Tuesday, July 19, 2011
As most of you know, my husband's brother, wife and children were here visiting so needless to say we were kept busy. We hadn't met the children before and they are 13 and 10 so we weren't sure what to expect. I'm glad to report they are two well-balanced kids who are mannerly and are extremely witty and talkative. They love Maddy and Lou and took them for many walks which is good for all of them. Sam and Grace (the nephew and niece) wanted a dog but now they realize that pets are a lot of work. I think children should be exposed to what pet ownership is really like when they reach that age where they go "puppy" crazy.
The sun was out for two days while they were here which is kind of a drag but which we kinda get used to living on an island where we can have three seasons in one day. Sunday we gathered at a relatives cabin and it was nice enough for the kids to swim and fish. It was really a nice day to get together and to chat....and eat!!!! ha!
I've learned some things about myself the past couple of days. I was told I'm high strung by my psychiatrist and I'm still not sure what she meant by that. We were just talking about different things and she was telling me how far she has seen me come in the past five years. Apparently the first day I met her I wouldn't make eye contact and I cried constantly. Now five years later, I'm talkative, funny, and introspective (her words - not mine)
Then Grace and Sam told me that I am such a cool aunt. Me? Really? And then Grace piped up and said she liked how confident I am...that one made me almost cry. Apparently they both were worried about meeting us and I put them at ease....wow.....that really touched me. I told them I had been worried about meeting them too and we all laughed.
Another big victory for me was to actually hang out with John's family. Traditionally, we haven't done much at all with them despite his parents living within 10 minutes from us. We were all so very different but this week taught me that we can get together for special occasions and get along quite nicely. For the record, John doesn't get along with his parents either but we've vowed to start taking them out and making and effort.
Another non-scale victory was we all went out to supper. I deliberately would not order a diet Pepsi and instead drank 3 large glasses of water with my veggie/chicken stirfry. I felt so much better afterwards.
I know now that I have to tackle my journey one day at a time and one decision at a time. As long as most of the decisions I make during the day are Spark-oriented, I will be fine. It can't be an all or nothing battle for me and I have to stop referring to weight loss as a fight of any sort. I am not fighting my body; I am embracing it and trying to nurture it to where I want it to be!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Before I forget, the above is a link to my friend Brian's online gallery page. He is the one who painted the background picture I use and several of you asked about his work. Let me know if the link works!
Also, several of you have expressed confusion over the Newfoundland T'Railway walk I am doing. YES, it is a virtual walk as I'm in no shape, yet, to tackle the almost 900 km the route involves! Ha!
Speaking of which, I was contacted by a reporter with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to do a phone interview about this adventure. I'm thinking she actually thinks I walking the trail itself so I have to contact her to clear that up.
I've been absent a bit due to continued computer problems. I didn't walk at all yesteday but I did do several hours of housework so I feel good about that. John's brother and family arrived home from New Brunswick last night so it is also a time to catch up with them. We haven't seen them in over 13 years, nor had we ever met their children. Busy, busy, busy!
I'm still eating better than usual and getting my water in each day which is a good place to start. I'm also getting the minimum of 10 minutes of exercise in a day and am sleeping good. Have to try harder at tracking the food though all the same!
Thanks to all who take the time to read this! I hope all is going well with everybody!
Monday, July 11, 2011
Well, I did it! My Gros Morne Challenge is almost over as I have all the km done and am now working on the elevation bit. I'm doing this part by walking up steps so it is going to take a few more weeks. I think I have over 1000 uphill steps done now so I'm pleased.
But now I've moved on to another challenge.....a few of us on the Newfoundland team have decided to tackle the Newfoundland Trailway. Here is a little about it from the actual association.
Newfoundland T'Railway Council
"The Newfoundland T'Railway Council is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the development of a recreational trail from St. Johnâ's to Port aux Basques using the former Canadian National railway line. Its mandate is to promote multi-use trail development and to preserve abandoned railway lines for future use such as hiking, biking, equestrian, snowmobile, ATV and cross-country ski trails. Other uses like dog sledding and snowshoeing may be appropriate in certain regions.
Known as the Newfoundland T'Railway Provincial Park, the rail bed route extends for 883 km (548 miles) linking urban, rural and wilderness areas. The park forms the Newfoundland section of the Trans Canada Trail stretching from St. John's to Victoria, BC and to Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. When complete the Trans Canada Trail will extend for more than 22,000 km, making it the longest continuous trail in the world."
I am doing this along with the 60 Day summer challenge so it gives me something to work towards. I'm one week into the the 60 Day summer challenge and it is working for me! I lost about 2.4 pounds in a week but more importantly I've gained the sense that I can do this! All I have to do is keep it simple as that is what I need. Eat, track, walk, and drink my water! Yeah!!!!
Must go and get in that pool that we've been allowed to use! I am going to start the T'Railway today too........
Note added several hours later: Spent 60 minutes exercising in neighbour's pool. Water temperature was 65 degrees F while it was 26 degrees C air temperature. I'm a bit cool now!
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