Monday, September 07, 2009
I just returned home from a long weekend trip to attend the wedding of a very close relative, during which I just sort of "took the weekend off" from my own lifestyle goals. This short trip opened my eyes in several ways that I will try to share briefly to help others who might encounter the same pitfalls.
Before I explain the lessons I brought home from my trip, I have to say I had a great time visiting family and friends and seeing my lovely Niece marry the man of her dreams in a beautiful riverside ceremony. The entire wedding party (including all the guests) were ferried to the location on large flotilla of pontoons, which gave the whole event a unique twist from the beginning. From there everything just got better, but I won't go off on that tangent here.
Now to the reason for this writing. During my hours on the drive home, I had time to reflect on the weekend and I soon realized that this trip was only a detour on my real journey to a healthy lifestyle. Here is a short list of what I learned:
1. Most people have no idea of portion size or nutritional content of the foods they serve and eat.
2. For most of us, any "special occasion" serves as an excuse to put our own life goals on hold.
3. It is very easy to get caught up in the moment and totally disregard what we have worked so hard to learn.
4, I am not even close to the end of my journey and have a lot more work to do on MYSELF before I get there.
5. I made both good and bad decisions for myself, both which will help me make better ones in the future.
6. Every situation is a chance to learn, if we use it such. And I gained many chances to learn from mine.
Well, now I'm home, back on track, and grateful for my wonderful weekend seeing everyone so happy, visiting , and learning so much about myself.
By the way, I DID do enough right over the last week to drop another pound along the way!!