Wednesday, October 13, 2010
It's almost worth being away for a few days just to experience the excitement and love that pours forth from your dog when they see you again.
I went to pick Amber up at about 11:30 this morning and I'm sure she realized it was me at the door, so even though she normally would not bark at me -- she let out a couple of excited barks. The door opened and she came zipping out the door at full speed, with her whole body wiggling with joy!
We walked inside the house and I sat down on the sofa, she jumped up, I hugged her, she jumped down and ran like crazy through the house. Then back up on the sofa again, more hugs -- and she repeated this little scenario about 10 times before she quieted down enough to simply come and sit by me. So much love and joy, and it was so obvious.
When I got up to leave she looked at me, probably wondering if I was going to take her with me. I said, "yes, you get to go for a ride." And those words brought on a whole new set of excited barks and spinning around in circles.
God Bless our pets -- NOW THAT IS TRULY UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!!
Sunday, October 03, 2010
I'll have to admit I was worried that I might come back from our cruise looking like the Goodyear Blimp -- and although I'm only on Day #3, I'm no longer worried. Between climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator, hitting the gym daily, and just the usual walking to find the spots we are heading for -- well, let me say, I'm walking more now than I EVER did at home!
And as far as food goes -- I have settled into a routine for myself. Fruit only for breakfast (along with coffee, of course) and lunch still is on the light side, fish if I see something good, otherwise a more substantial salad, or if I decide on the buffet I can make my own healthy salad. Evening is when I allow myself to splurge just a little with dessert. If it's fairly low-cal I eat it all, if it is one of my "real temptations" that I only treat myself to once or twice per year, I try to eat only half of it, then ask for a cup of coffee or tea.
All the extra walking is great for me, and while I haven't had a chance to weigh myself -- I feel good about my weight right now. The food on the plane made me feel more full and literally "stuffed" than I ever feel now that I'm on the ship.
Wish me luck and see you in about a week! Eve
PS - Rhode Island yesterday, Boston today -- tonight we sail toward Canada and Nova Scotia, so no more Internet for me. Boo Hoo!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I made an unrealistic goal to lose 4.2 pounds within a 6 day time frame. And..... being unrealistic, it did not materialize. But I did lose 1.2 pounds, so rather than feeling like a failure, I feel thankful that I lost what I did. I tried....... I didn't reach my goal; but the key word here is "I TRIED" so it shows that I'm not perfect, somewhere along the way I probably didn't make all the right food choices, perhaps I didn't get as much exercise as I should have. To me, what's important is that I made SOME progress and that beats going in the opposite direction.
You hear it everywhere you turn, baby steps, go slow to keep it off, no one is perfect, keep trying, and on and on. Most people tend to feel guilty when they don't reach a goal (even unrealistic goals) and we beat ourselves up over it. It is not only important to change our eating and exercise habits as we strive for a healthy lifestyle, we need to change our mindset. And by that I mean...... get over all those guilty feelings we harbor each time we stumble, chalk it up to experience and MOVE ON! If you can NEVER give in to temptation what would life be worth? Just remember that giving in to temptation doesn't mean eating the whole pie -- it means having a very small piece!
May your scale head 90% of the time! And when you are taking those steps, remember, they are still steps of progress!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
When I made the goal to weigh 140 by vacation time (Sept.30) I knew it was a little unrealistic to expect to lose 4.2 pounds in just 6 days, but if you don't have a goal what can you aim for? The first day I was so enthusiastic after losing a whole pound -- then I hit a plateau! Boom, my spirits hit a new low and I felt like a failure!
But after thinking it over for a couple of days I realized I was lucky and blessed in so many ways! I was going on vacation in a few days on a cruise to see the fall color in Nova Scotia, Canada and the East Coast! Yipee! I weigh a lot less than I did a year ago! Yipee! I'm very healthy and full of energy! Yipee! I'm not in a financial bind of any type! Yipee!
Actually makes me feel a little guilty to have been feeling so low over not losing the weight I wanted to lose, especially since it was within an unrealistic time frame. Life is not about being perfect, it's about doing the best you can, and if you stumble, or even fall, get back up, learn from your mistakes, and go on!
I'm not going to worry over every morsel of food I eat while on the cruise, but I will try to offset it by hitting the gym each and every day, walking the deck, and try to just "take a taste" instead of saying "I can't believe I ate the whole thing."
One more day, then I'll see you all back here in a couple of weeks!
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