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.