Are there any Sade fans out there?
Every time I see the new emoticon, I think of her song, "Keep Looking" and it seems so appropriate to the Spark Journey.
Here's a link to the song, if you want to listen while I type:
It is so important to keep looking and keep pushing on, keep pressing on no matter what is happening in our lives. Every time a goal is reached, don't stop there! With each stumble, we need to get back up - as fast as we can. Dust off and Keep pushing forward. No looking back, no regrets, just forward momentum.
I have a new challenge going, to shake off some dusty habits I've been neglecting a bit more each day since we've returned from vacation. I ask myself, "Why am I allowing myself to stop? There's more out there to reach for and new goals to meet!"
I did pretty well on our cruise. I faced the buffet squarely each breakfast and lunch, dining on delicious, nutritious fruits, vegetables, salads - both meals with a reasonable protein choice. I allowed myself to enjoy the traditional dinner in the dining room each night. Our waiter would present the nightly menu and I would select an appetizer and a main course, and then I would select and enjoy a dessert. I came home with no damage done ticker-wise but I think I opened a little door with the dinner/desserts.
Now that I've graduated and have that degree, finally, the future is looming. My hopes of transferring directly into a nursing program have turned into a "can't get there from here" unless I take my plans down the private college path. Frankly, that's a non-starter! I'm going to be 50 next month; I wouldn't have the loans paid by retirement for crying out loud! So I sit on waiting lists at three different public universities and have to contemplate good, old "real life" again. Going to college, and graduating have been a dream come true for me. But it's time to wake up and get a job, and the prospect has me a bit paralyzed.
I came home with a small cold and sore throat; DH came home and promptly came down with a worse version of mine, so we were totally Misery Loving Company for a week or so. Blah, tough to get anything done. Before I knew it, I started feeling better but I was picking up this snack or that, "for a special time". We started going out for an ice cream because, heck, it's hard to look for schools and stress out about getting a job - STAT! Scale creep, well, hello my old friend.
:SCRATCH: wait a minute!! Take that old record right back off the turn-table folks! I am not going to go gentle into that good night - no WAY!
So I'd gotten back to sticking to healthy food, PLUS. I had a few weeks of eating the good stuff, and then a little something at night, still. "C'mon, Melly. You are back to the healthy eating. What's this little old serving of pretzels?"
Well, no more. Today is Day One of my "17 days till One Year of Maintaining" and I plan to finish the year in style. Last time I weighed, I was over my ticker by 4 pounds. I had to get a blood draw this am so honestly forgot to do weigh-in but will remedy that tomorrow. It was a fits-and-starts kind of day today, but I stuck to plan and did not let the gals who are joining me in this challenge down. Thank you KATHYD62 and MUSTANGAMORE !! Accountability rocks, and I can say "I did it!" I got that cover letter and resume tailored for yet another job, sent them in and faced Jane Fonda Strength Training squarely at 4:20pm. I followed that with my planned recumbent ride! It was hard to make myself do it, after letting things slide, but there are gals out there who are working far harder than me with a lot more on their plate.
I can do it!
We need to just
And never forget, every day is