Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The journey home began late evening on December 21st - I was anxious. I come from a long line of "tell it like it is and apologize later" people, so anything goes really. It can be tough on the emotions regardless of how "thick" your skin is.
Nothing has changed. I don't want to focus on the tough times but rather the fabulous. Being away from the computer for 7 days I have lots bottled up inside to blog about which will come out in short bursts later.
This blog is to celebrate my return home for the holidays and the ability to stay focused.
I weighed myself before I left on the trip and I weighed myself upon my return - I maintained! An amazing accomplishment!
I was deteremined. I was focused. Only once did I think, "I can eat this, I'm on vacation." Before I could even finish the thought I had spit out the bite and dropped the rest like it was on fire. Eating something just because I'm on vacation was not allowed. Eating something because I simply wanted to or because I was hungry was okay ... I was being mindful and in those moments I had control and ate smaller portions.
I enjoyed my family and friends the best I could. I also enjoyed the experience of farm life too. Without fail, I woke early every morning to help my parents feed the cattle and on most evening I helped again. When I didn't "want" to I demanded I must - between the fresh air and physical work - it was important!
When I felt the walls caving in on me and my mind gluttered I left and went for a walk. Do you know what it feels like to run in temperatures ranging between 6 and 30 degree's? Yeah, I don't either. LOL! BUT, I do know what it is like to walk. Deep snow and wind does something different to your body.
Enjoy the photo's of my Holiday vacation ...
The Mr is from Jamaica and even in Jamaica they learn about the Mississippi river - he had always hoped one day he would see it live and in person. We took a 2 hour car ride early in our trip to see the river. Due to the condition of the river banks he couldn't get up next to the river but he did see it and take pictures. In addition to the river viewing we crossed over into Illinios ... another state he cross off his list of places to go.
A white Christmas on the Farm.
For fun we climbed to the top (191 steps straight up) for 360 degree view. It was beautiful and bone chilling cold. My body took to the stairs with ease, my lungs labored a bit - again, it was bone chilling cold. I don't know the temps at the top, I do know the Mr climbed to top and promptly left after the photo opt. He determined I was one crazy woman for "wanting" to climb to the top ...
Chasing the sun home