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Project ME!! Day 411: Vacation in France, while staying the course...


Monday, July 18, 2011

I know, I know...I am beyond blessed! As part of my 50th birthday celebration one of my gifts to myself (with hubby's support) is a two week stay in a Paris apartment. Half by myself, half with family members passing through (daughter, husband, sister, and two nieces). Not all at the same time, but just enough to visit all the spots I haven't seen in ages, some not since we lived in Paris from 1993 - 1996. My son was born there, and he is now 17, so gives you some idea of how long it's been...

I loved Paris when we lived there, and I fought hard to stay. But it didn't work out with hubby's job, so we moved on, but it's always held a special place in my heart. We pass through every year, no matter where we are living, to spend at least two weeks at my in-laws summer home off the west coast of France (another idyllic spot), but don't usually have much time to spend in Paris: between planes, trains and metro, it's usually a mad dash to make our connections. So staying for two weeks, before heading out for the vacation with the rest of the family, feels lazy and luxurious, even if I'm sure I'll be walking the length and width of the city in 14 days, trying not to miss anything. It's nice to finally reach a point where I appreciate any time I spend there, but don't feel the strong desire to live there anymore. With dear son leaving next year, I have the feeling I'll be able to spend quality time in Paris, and anywhere else I'd like to wander, much more often in the future. And this is a good thing...

Now just have to stick to my healthy eating; the exercise will take care of itself. It's hard to be in Paris and NOT walk all day and night. So my plan is to allow myself one of everything I've missed: one baguette with salted butter from Brittany, one pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant), one crepe with butter and sugar, one round of goat cheese...you get the idea. Thank goodness it is easy to get wonderful fruits and vegetables in France in the summer: everything is bright and beautiful and bursting with flavor, and since I'll have a kitchen, I can make myself simple meals on nights I'd rather not go back out, or eat alone in a restaurant. Sounds like a plan!

I'll have internet, so will be on and off Sparkpeople. I've been neglected this blog, since nothing much of interest has been happening, but I feel like I'm starting to move forward again, finally. More on that in my next installment!
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FLOOSIEMAGOO 7/23/2011 5:04PM

    Happy Birthday!

It is wonderful to have a few days alone, in such a beautiful place, and oh yes, those chocolat crossiants... Y U M!!

Enjoy sweetie.

Chana
PS - Life is returning to normal. The scale is going the right direction.



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ZELLAZM 7/20/2011 3:26PM

    Vivian, nice to hear from you. I like your Paris plan!...it's on my someday agenda to visit the city again...only 4 hours on the TGV from here, too.

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SNUGGLY4U 7/18/2011 11:31AM

    It sounds like an amazing present to yourself! So glad you are enjoying it. And wish you the best of luck sticking to your diet among all the tasty treats.

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