Goooood Morning, Journal & Friends!
I'm BACK and I didn't melt away yesterday. It was sooo much fun... I felt ALIVE and a "part" of the Fair.
Not sitting at home, trying not to feel sorry for myself, waiting for Jim to come home and tell me about something... I got to EXPERIENCE it. Can ya tell I'm all jazzed???!!! A taste of things to come... but first, business. ;-)
The first is the Freedom Challenge update that Deb is sponsoring.
I had goals in 6 areas... instead of going into detail this week, I'm just going to cut to the chase and tell you that the first 5 days of this week were awful! I struggled tremendously. I had a very painful emotional incidence, and I fell back into old patterns and ate too much food. I stuffed my face instead of facing my stuff!
One thing that Deb pointed out to me really helped... and I found it interesting that it took someone ELSE to point this out... I was too busy feel sorry for myself to accurately see it.
And that is.. in the past, a "blow out" would have been thousands of calories extra per day... and might have lasted for days, weeks, months or even YEARS!
This time, it was eating maintenance portions (around 2000 calories per day) for 3 days, of food that was on my plan... SEE THE DIFFERENCE???!!!
So even though I didn't do as I had planned, I really WAS encouraged at the true change in myself. I am NOT excusing messing up... I'm just saying it's Progress... not perfect... but yes, progress.
This whole week has sooo not been about the food for me. It's shook me up... opened my eyes... made me shake off the "diet doldrums"... shown me where I fell into lazy, bored, same-old same-old attitudes... and then jazzed me all up with new SPARK!
Okay, next Challenge Update:
Sean and Kenz's P.E.W.C.... "the water" challenge.
Well, if I did not do so great at the Freedom Challenge, I did EXCELLENT at the Water challenge!
Made my 2 quart goal every day, except yesterday. We took GALLONS of iced tea with us to the Fair, since I didn't know what would be available. And I think we drank it all... and I feel great about my choices! Take that, H2O!!
Now a Sneak Peek at the Fair! This is already too long, so I'll have fun tomorrow with an official Fair Post. ;-)
By the way, yesterday was the hottest day this summer, so far, here in Oregon: 101 degrees!!
Today, for your amusement, here is a pic showing me in the morning, getting ready to get into the van to leave for the old-fashioned country Fair.
The entrance... last day of the Fair, and it was free admission. :-)
Jim wasn't that interested in the exhibits... he wanted inside with me to cool off!!
The "Vomit Cages"... no! I did NOT ride them!
Home-spun country crafts... very fun and gave me a good feeling.
And this is me once we got home at 4:30, sitting in front of a fan
with the AC going full blast... hot, tired, and happy:
PS: Yes, Nancy, I did excellent with the Fair food. I went with a plan, and the Plan worked. Yay!! :-)
Did I mention how much FUN I had??!!
From Dr Phil's book: "It's my choice, and I can do something about it."
My verse for today: "I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken."
My quote for today: "I'm learning, sometimes you gotta head straight on into the pain, to come out the other side. Sometimes the path of least resistance just makes the road longer." --from The Cleaner, with Benjamin Bratt
Enjoy the Journey,