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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.
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  • LOOSING_IT
    i wouldnt worry about small things either or short times slipping off, you need to have your "fun foods/times" in order to not get frustrated with your weight loss progress right?
    i m only doing the thing i mentioned in my blog because i do get addicted to stuff and while it doesnt seem as bad as things i have done before- cigarettes, alcohol, worse... it can get fatal if you become too obsessive( eat 3000-4000 kcal worth of cookies a day)
    also if you like icecream- purely decadent with coconut milk ones from wholefoods are great and there are lots of other choices of candy, chips etc which at least dont have the "bad" fats and all, i m sure you know :) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3708 days ago
  • PEACH621
    don't sweat the small stuff while your away. enjoy the time with your dad and your friends, that's what really important, if you do slip up, don't let it get you down, remember the words of Scarlet OHara, "Tomorrow is another day" :)
    3720 days ago
  • STORMSONG30
    You are completely correct! Just have to try your best and if you slip, just come back and be stronger next year. I hope you have a lot of fun over there!!
    3722 days ago
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