Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I leave in three days for two full weeks of....goofing off.
First will be days with my Dad in the 110+ heat, where our activity will center around me sticking a $20 bill into his thermostat and insisting we turn on the A/C while he argues that the swamp cooler is keeping the house at a comfortable 85 degrees. Because of his health he isn't able to get around much, so our time together is spent talking, drinking coffee, and lounging on couches watching Judge Judy. And eating. Usually desserts.
Next will be several days with the "Girl's Club". Even though we no longer work for the company where we met 21 years ago, we've continued to get together once a year to catch up on each other's lives. Girl's Club usually unfolds like a slumber party--we spend our time talking, drinking coffee, and lounging on couches in our pajamas solving the problems of the world. And eating. Usually desserts.
Since I'm usually the INSTIGATOR of any unhealthy eating (particularly at Girl's Club; my Dad typically needs no encouragement) my recent healthier habits will be especially unbelievable. Now I wish I hadn't raised my eyebrows at the low-fat brownies Lynda served us a few years ago....
This is where my "improved" vs. "perfect" nutritional goals come into play. I'm deciding now that I'll attempt to make the healthier choices, but not spend the next two weeks agonizing over every food and exercise decision. The important thing is to enjoy the time with my Dad and my friends. If I wander off the path during my journey, it won't be so far that I can't see how to get back. I'll weigh and measure the day before I leave on this trip. If I come back home with the same statistics, that defines success! If not.... I'll have an opportunity to get right back on my journey and maybe have some better strategies for future success.