Monday, December 19, 2011
There was one thing I’ve always wanted to do since I joined SparkPeople.com in June 2010. And that was to be able to fit into my wedding dress worn only on December 19, 1981. My husband knew about my desire to do this from the first day I became a member of Spark.
Today my husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. We recalled our wedding day and the many unforgettable days that followed. After we completed our morning activities, we headed to the Culinary Institute of America to enjoy a delicious lunch prepared and served by the student chefs at the Ristorante Caterina de' Medici. When we returned home, I decided to take the dress out of storage and see if it fit. As you can see, the smile on my face says it all. I think my husband was more surprised than I was. He smiled and said, “Wow!” And then he congratulated me and said, “You did it!”
Saturday, December 17, 2011
It was about 28 degrees this morning and the thought of going outdoors gave me the shivers. But I had to keep an appointment with the auto mechanic to get the oil changed on my car. So, off I went to get the job done. An hour later I returned home and had a cup of tea to warm up a bit. Looking at the kitchen clock, I debated whether or not to head out for a bike ride or go shopping for that last minute gift. I kept hoping the temps would warm up soon. But by noon, the temperature gauge did not budge. I thought about shopping. Visions of packed malls, limited parking availability, and long lines at the check-outs danced through my head and weakened me. Instead I had a quick light lunch and then began to dress in layers: long johns, biking pants, ski pants, jacket and gloves. Before I allowed myself a second thought, I headed out the door with my helmet on. No turning back until after the 10 mile ride is done. The winter season is just beginning. This was the first of many cold days here in New York. Ride we must!
Saturday, December 10, 2011
What one can accopmplish when planning ahead! Last evening, I planned my meals and activities for today. Simple but nutritious oatmeal breakfast with fresh raspberries, set up crockpot dinner with pork/potatoes/carrots, shop for Christmas presents using a prepared list, home for lunch, and then out on my bike for a 10 mile ride. After dinner, I will continue into this evening preparing chicken/pasta/tomato sauce for tomorrow's surprise guests. My son and his girlfriend will be visiting!. It's been about 3 years since they were at home with me, although I have traveled frequently to their home in MA. Lighter work and school schedules along with newly aquired personal transportation is now making is possible for them to visit.
Preparation is just one key to my success in reaching any goal.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Here it is, Saturday after Thanksgiving and I still have lots of energy in my reservoir. This morning I went for a 10 mile bike ride. It was 38 degrees but I just had to get out and ride. I told myself to dress for it and ride! Glad I did. Will be back at it again tomorrow, maybe for a longer ride, as long as the sun is shining. I'm trying to "work off" my over indulgence from the recent holiday. I love wearing size 8 and don't want to jeopardize it!
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