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Checking In

on August 20, 2012

Greetings from lovely Cape Cod.

I’m sitting here sipping on my protein shake while a table full of friends chows down on omelets made by another friend.  Our weekend was filled with warmth, long time friendship, laughter, conversation, and food.

Lots of food around.  Temptation is everywhere, but I’m doing okay.  I’ve probably had a few too many carbs — it’s hard to avoid them when the whole point of yesterday was a spaghetti cook off and people have also brought in really tasty bread and delicious pies — but I’m not overeating and that is a huge plus for me.

I mentioned in a comment a day or so ago that I experienced the big NSV on the plane that the seat belt fit.  I didn’t even have to pull or tug.  It buckled without strain and I have a couple of inches to spare!  Yesterday, I put on a regular XL sized T-shirt for the first time in more than 25 years.  It’s a unisex, not ladies cut, but I felt terrific and it really showed my weight loss.  No, I forgot to take a photo.

Tangible evidence of positive progress is so important.  I recommend to everyone on any kind of personal health improvement journey that you seek out and recognize these progress points.  Celebrate them as often as possible.

Amid all of the activity and tribal camaraderie, I took a good thirty minute walk yesterday.  I looked up local Zumba classes and plan to go to one either tonight or tomorrow, depending on our other group plans.  Regardless, I’ll get out for another walk today, maybe two.  We’re big walkers in this group.

I’m having a great time, but I’m also well aware that I need to maintain a healthy vigilance about my food plan.  I can take a vacation from work, but not from the rest of my life.  The urge to eat compulsively, never really takes a vacation and with all of the food around it would be easy to eat things not on my food plan — not in quantity, of course — but the content matters.  If I fill up on junk, I can’t put in what my body really needs with the protein and so on.

The good news is that I’m not super stressed about it.  So far, I’m not feeling any resentment either.  Add everything up and I feel good in body and mind.

Onward and upward.  More good times ahead today!


2 responses to “Checking In

  1. Hope says:

    I’m sorry we couldn’t spend more time with you, but glad that we got to see you!

  2. Mary says:

    Mary, I’m glad you are doing okay with temptation. Have a terrific time on Cape Cod.


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