Sunday, April 21, 2013
I am home from a short trip and it is just what I needed for a boost to my confidence. The last few months have been a struggle for me. I just kept with everything as best I could, because nothing seemed to be working. The only progress I was seeing was another day smoke free. Otherwise, I am gaining and losing the same 3 or 4 pounds.
Off I went for a Friday/Saturday with an old friend. The plan was to go shopping at a mall and then walk around Iowa City and do the pedestrian mall/visit the old capital building. Friday we did alot of nothing at the hotel, but we did go to the fitness room and then the pool. Salad for supper it was huge and I only ate half of it. My friend thought I was crazy for two reasons, I never would of eaten a salad and two I removed over half of the meat. Without a scale, my guess is there was 3 servings of meat in this salad. What I didn't eat I brought back to the room and put it in a glad container for lunch on Saturday. As I had thought ahead and brought my thermal bag to pack a lunch in if I need too.
We got up Saturday, went down for breakfast. Made the best choice I could, keeping in mind my plans for lunch were upstairs in the frig. Off we went to the mall, my water bottle in hand. Neither of us bought a thing, but enjoyed the morning and into the afternoon. I turned down several things, that in the past I would of eaten and not thought a thing about it. As we moved on to Iowa City and the next adventure thoughts moved on to lunch. I knew of a place where she could grab something and then we could sit outside. This way I could finish off my salad from the night before. She chuckled and said I had thought ahead. I did end up with a slice of bread from this store, but I knew it would be worth every calorie it had in it. Plus we still weren't done walking for the day. By the time I headed home, we had walked for a total of 6 miles.
Today I look back on the last two days and know what all I have accomplish. Even all those months I haven't felt like I haven't.
1. I can walk 6 miles and not realize it
2. I can make food choices and not feel like I am missing something
3. I am still smoke free
4. I am still 30 lbs lighter than when I started this journey
5. I didn't let what others were eating make me want to eat something else
6. Life doesn't have to revolve around food.
All of this helps me see I need to give myself some credit and be nicer to me. Everyone have a wonderful week.