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Day 33: The Real ME and The Real Test

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Today I venture off to Atlanta to visit family and pick up my oldest daughter. I love visiting family. I do not like the drive there, but it is a time to talk with my youngest daughter for 5 1/2 hours. Sometimes she is open to share and other times she just wants to listen to music. I am hoping for a little of both this afternoon.

When I visit, I stay with my sister Anne Marie who lives in the house I grew up in. That house brings back so many memories. Some good and some not so happy. But it definitely makes me remember my parents. I do miss them and regret not visiting more often. But now I am trying to allow my children to visit regularly so that they may have a better relationship with my brothers and sisters.

So, what is the real test you say? Eating. My sister eats out almost every meal of every day. The hard part is for me not to be tempted with all the rich foods at the amazing restaurants she frequents. I must remember to look for the entrees that are considered healthy and always ask for condiments to be served on the side so I have control over the amounts I consume. Maybe I can ask my daughters to find the page I need to look at and go straight there without being tempted by the other unhealthy alternatives.

Yes this is a real test. I want to exercise each day so I am bringing my DVD. I also want to keep track of the calories and stay within my range. This is my desire. If I can be victorious this week, I know, without a shadow of a doubt, I will reach my goal.

This is the home in which I gained so much weight. My mother made such rich, decadent, and delicious meals. This is the home that always had home-made baked goodies available 24/7. The memories are all there. But I shall be strong and conquer any and all temptations that lurk in this house. I will be sure to keep busy with whatever I can do. Walk, play the piano, clean, mow the lawn, etc. I will look for activities to keep my mind actively pursuing healthy alternatives. Perhaps look at photo albums so that I can be motivated by my old self to stay focused.

Here's to healthy living wherever I am!!!
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