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Volunteer landmark - weight maintenance at a conferenc

Saturday, July 20, 2019

I teach the AARP Safe Driver course in San Francisco. I do four classes a year at a particular Senior Center and very much enjoy meeting folks and talking with them about how to feel safer and more confident behind the wheel. Another instructor does many more courses a year at a different location in the city. The courses I do occupy about four full days of my attention twice a year plus some additional preparation time. I'm looking for other places to present the course, so I can engage with more people.

During the last two days the Driver Safety program in my area had a conference in Sacramento where between 25 and 30 volunteers like myself were invited to get together and learn more about the program. At one point I realized that the conference leader probably volunteers full time for the program. And I realized that everyone in the room was volunteering two full days of their time to be present and share ideas. That's pretty awesome.

There are lots of benefits to volunteer work - and which benefits are of enough value to any individual person to get them to continue volunteering varies from person to person. Running an organization where anyone can quit whenever they want is quite a challenge. Props to those who succeed at such assignments.

Now I've got some conference homework to do, but, no surprise to you who have read this, I've wondered whether I had succeeded in maintaining my goal of keeping my weight under 160 pounds for the entire week. At home that would be a challenge, but while in a place that had way too many meals and snack breaks, and too many tables of well prepared treats, I was worried.

I did maintain my weight goal! My weigh-in this AM was well under my 160 pound goal, and that makes me feel doubly good for attending to both the meeting and my nutrition. Now to attend to that conference homework - and continue to work at making good food choices.
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  • JEANKNEE
    emoticon What a great report, Doug!

    Congratulations on making the healthy food choices last week while away from home and your established routine. emoticon

    And, thank you for volunteering!

    Maintaining well under goal and volunteering would leave me feeling doubly good too. emoticon

    115 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    Kudos to you emoticon for being a volunteer as I too, believe in giving back. We would not be where we are if someone had not cared enough emoticon I tend to be better when I'm away from home than around the things that are familiar to me, interesting, Being aware and educating yourself is a plus. emoticon emoticon and emoticon
    115 days ago
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