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Countdown to Palm Springs

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

This is my countdown week to me going away from home for a week alone: I rented a small studio-size condo in a Palm Springs resort complex with a huge pool/spa area, and will take time for a "personal retreat." Although I'll miss DH and Kaile, of course, I'm also looking forward to it.

I wanted to go away two years ago, after Scott died, and lucked into a stay at this isolated, small resort... it was the only one available with short-notice reservations. Then, it turned out to be perfect for what I needed! I hadn't thought I'd go again, but the opportunity arose and I grabbed it.

Hopefully I'll get DD's old laptop via UPS in time, and there will be reliable wi-fi as advertised, so I can spend time daily on Spark while I'm away. I have so much I'd like to do on my teams, but always seem pressed for time, or get distracted and spend too much time on long posts, et al.

My main task this week is preparing to go: finish up what needs to be done here; laundry for needed clothes, and all the other items packed; plus, menu-planning and grocery shopping to fill out my planned meals. DH is dropping me off and picking me up, so no access to the stores.

That's actually a fun part of the trip! As a person who has dealt with extreme food anxieties since childhood, facing a time without free access to food is usually very upsetting. Even a stay in a nice hotel - unless we have a fridge and groceries in the room - is difficult for me emotionally.

However, two years ago, with what I'd learned since I joined Spark, I was determined to use the trip as practice to deal with food in a healthier way. That part of the trip was VERY successful! (Other than spending the first two days and nights in bed crying, the rest of the trip was good too.)

I am SO grateful for having SparkPeople in my life! This website - my teams and the message boards, as well as the resources and tools - have helped me make real changes in my life. I feel like I have a real chance for a healthy and happy future, a longer more able life, and far greater peace of mind too.

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