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The Best Tuesday Ever

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My local news radio station, KMOX, announces birthdays every weekday morning just before 7 AM. One of the "happy birthday" voices says, "This is the *best* birthday ever!" I'm sure that's a clip from some movie I've never seen, but it kind of sticks with you.

I started thinking that today is the best Tuesday ever -- well, at least it's the best Tuesday of this week -- and tomorrow will be the best Wednesday of the week, because each day that is given to us is a chance to do a little better than before. Today, I can drink 8 more ounces of water than I did yesterday, or eat one more piece of fruit than yesterday, or walk a couple of steps more than I did yesterday....

Two weeks ago tomorrow, I took a quick road trip up to New York City and Long Island. The NYC thing was because an old classmate, who is now a Blues musician living in Stockholm, Sweden, was coming in for a show, and a few of us were getting together for an informal reunion. The Long Island portion was to see my brother and his family - my nephew Aidan is 8, and I haven't seen him since he was three months old, and my niece, Emma, is 5, and we hadn't met at all.

Now anyone who knows me, knows I love to drive hard, and this was a great chance for me to unwind. And I was great until I got out of Pennsylvania, and hit New Jersey, in rush hour. St. Louis doesn't have the hyper-aggressive stop n'go traffic they do back East, and I was not exactly ready for it mentally. (I did not learn to drive in NY, I got my license in St. Louis, several years after I moved to the Midwest.)

I actually pulled off the road and had a crying jag/panic attack -- I couldn't face having to drive through Manhattan to get to Long Island.

I was terrified to do it.

I even had a text ready to send to my brother and my friend Barb, who was going to the show with me, "Sorry, I just can't do it, I need to go home."

And then I stopped and breathed. I realized that I really *did* want to see all of these people, and, at 50, this might be my last chance to drive to New York. Was I going to let the *thought* of the traffic defeat me?

Long story short: I went, I drove, I had a great time.

But wait, there's more!!

I realized that I need to channel that determination right back into my diet & health outlook, and get back on that highway to weight loss too.

That's what makes this the best Tuesday ever.
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    I liked reading your blog very much. My sister and her family live on Long Island. I'm glad DH was driving when we missed the road we were supposed to take to drive from their home on Long Island to Ohio. It is NO FUN driving through Manhattan. That's why few people who live there have a car. But we very successfully did not run over all the Manhattanites who crossed in front of us, and we did get to Ohio safely and from there back home. I understand what you were going through.

    DeAnne, Missourians Team

    1711 days ago
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