Monday, July 12, 2010
The good news is that I didn't gain weight over the weekend that included a dinner out at Macaroni Grill with my husband on Friday, a lunch reception on Saturday, a jazz concert in a cocktail lounge that night, and a dinner party at a country club with 16 friends on Sunday. The even better news is that I lost a few ounces in the process. I actually made some pretty healthy choices while away from home and even got in some extra exercise. Since we almost never eat out this was a very unusual weekend for us. The extra exercise came in the form of an unplanned evening walk when we parked at the wrong place for the jazz concert at the Snowbird Resort. We ended up walking more than a mile uphill to get to the right building and there were lots of stairs to navigate along the way through the maze of buildings and trail systems. The return to the car was all downhill which was a good thing because I was really tired. I was sure that the glass of white wine and the cup of coffee with Kaluha would do me in, but the evening was kind. Sunday night I was sure that the orange roughy tostada followed by gelato and berries would be killer, but once again all turned out fine. We did go walking after that meal as we revisited a couple of the condo sites we are considering. It seems that each time I was afraid I would get myself into trouble there was some extra walking and the menu choices really weren't too bad. I ended up ordering Chicken Marsala at the Macaroni Grill on Friday and only ate half. The rest is still in my fridge which may be lunch and snack for today.
What did this weekend prove? Well, it proved that I can be social, have fun with food and friends, and still come home a winner!
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Another new month and to me another new opportunity to achieve, to love, to live. A few days ago I learned that my brother-in-law's very fit family is joining us for family reunion at our hotel retreat later this month. Granted, I'm the only fat one of this bunch, but because I am I dread showing my body off in a swimsuit to the extended crowd. I had so hoped it would just be my husband, me and our kids and their families. I so want to cuddle the little ones so selfishly. I don't want to share. Shame on me! I finally shook off the fear of swim suit shame as I remembered that it will be wonderful to have so much family together. My brother-in-law is in a huge remodeling mess at home and his wife and kids relish the chance to stay at the 5-star hotel near my mother-in-law's house. So, not only will I thoroughly enjoy the reunion lunch party that will include more than 30 of us, I will also enjoy thoroughly the pool play with whomever can make if over to join in the fun.
I still hope to lose a few pounds in the next couple of weeks but realistically that won't make me look all that much better in my tankini. I have a long way to go to get to my goal. But, my immediate goal is to enjoy each day and each relationship along the way. I don't want to waste any more time worrying about what others will think about my appearance. I've been married 37 year, have a wonderful family, have weathered many health and other storms and by the grace of God, I'm still here! It's going to be a great month!
Monday, June 28, 2010
My six month old granddaughter has already had a monumentally rough journey from which I'm learning every day.
1. She wanted to be born far too early, but was stopped by shots resulting in her head being fused where it should not have been. Lesson: God knew the right time, but man screwed it up. Listen to, trust, and obey God.
2. Ziva had very serious surgery to open her skull and add to it with spacers and anchors and more. She survived. Lesson: The prayers of many and the skills of many can come together in multitudes of blessings. We humans have a very strong drive for survival.
3. Tiny Ziva is just not growing. The most recent diagnosis is "Failure to Thrive". My daughter and son-in-law are force feeding all they can get into her. She saw her doctor last week and must go for weigh in again this week. Lesson: Even the tiniest among us can struggle with weight. As much as I would love to give her (and our daughter for that matter) some of my extra pounds, that's not possible. Patience is hard. Tick, tick, tick.
4. We are arranging for our family to get together in July - a long weekend fly away destination for us all to support and love one another close up and personal. Ziva gets to meet her cousins, great grandmas, aunts and uncles. Lesson: Praise God for resources to provide for flights, hotel rooms, rental cars and food for the 10 of us. He provides in abundance.
5. Her too tight hips won't let her sit up but she is getting around well with her military crawl. Lesson: We are resourceful. No matter the struggle there is an answer somewhere, somehow, some day.
6. Despite her pain, joy bubbles out from her in those amazing full body giggles. She 'talks' practically non-stop. She loves to watch every move her brothers, her mom and her dad make. Lesson: We can always find something to be glad about. If we will only look beyond our present struggles we will find the joy.
Today I wish all of you amazing joy and full body giggles!
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