I asked IUSBDEB to take a photo of me so I could see myself at the weight I am at in the beginning of this May challenge. Sparker FVHORVATH was standing with IUSBDEB and I spotted these beautiful purple iris blooming on campus outside of Greenlawn Hall. LESSOFMOORE was just arriving, walking down the sidewalk toward us to meet up for a SPARK walk last night after work. I shed my jackets for this photo, but the weather was not cooperating, windy and drizzling so we decided to walk inside the Student Activity Center. I was a little disappointed not to be able to show my Spark friends how beautiful the flowering trees are on campus, so I will borrow a photo from Anne Brown (all credit to Anne Brown who took this photo on campus).
At the beginning of this May challenge, I fasted for a day, (last Friday, May 3rd). I have been struggling with my weight gain, but I was successful with one day of fasting. I took note of my starting weight for this challenge last Saturday, May 4th.
Thursday, (May 09th) while eating lunch with friends, I was able to resist eating the toasted bread that came with my salad. That is a small victory for me. I gave one of my pieces of bread to Anita who accepted it (thank you, Anita) but I take note that I was able to leave the other piece of bread on my plate without eating it.
The "Sparkettes" and I walked at the SAC after work last night for 45 minutes and I noticed the number of steps increase on the pedometer that I remembered to slip inside my pocket yesterday morning. I heard myself asking them for their support, I heard myself voice that I have been struggling with my weight gain this year. So here I am at that pivotal crossroads again where I turn toward the mindfulness of discipline and turn away from denial. And I'm taking a hard look at myself.
After walking with my Spark friends, my husband and I decided to go out to eat at The Blue Lantern Restaurant on McKinley Highway. I was successful with my resolve and did NOT eat the garlic toast nor crackers and cheese that they bring to the table. This is another small victory.) I ordered oil and vinegar for over my salad, but indulged in their delicious croutons. When asked which soup I wanted, cream of potato soup or chicken noodle soup, I asked if I could substitute the steamed California vegetables in place of the cup of soup. (another good strategic choice). I resisted the sour cream and cut my baked potato in half, wrapping up one half to bring home. I did not ask for seconds on the "All You Can Eat" fish and I did not use any tartar sauce. I chose to drink iced water with lemon and black coffee and said no thank you to dessert. I felt good about the way I maneuvered through this evening.
I'm owning up to my regained weight and this morning (Saturday, May 11th) I weigh exactly one pound less than I did one week ago (Saturday, May 3rd). I figure I am moving in the right direction and pray that I can continue to do so.