Day Seventy-Eight…

Today is my travel day back home. I will not get into JFK until 12:30 am. Yes, I have to work tomorrow and that is daunting. As I take a moment to look back at some of the pictures from this trip, I was struck by the Christmas tree standing in the park from my hotel window.

Christmas Tree
Thinking about staying present and not looking so far ahead even if the world tells me to get moving.

I want to be really mindful of being present in the moment and not letting myself get pulled into a frenzy of the holiday season.  Yes, Thanksgiving is the week, and yes Christmas is right around the corner. That’s kind of stressful. One of my brilliant Saturday morning members shared that there was research done and that Christmas music prokes stress reactions in people. That makes sense but that’s also sad.

what does this mean for my weight loss and good health goals?  When I struggle to pay attention and maintain my stamina for the program during a stressful time of year I find that I begin to disengage.  My leader, Bonnie, said that she sees membership drop off during the holidays so I think I might be onto something.

Hummm......

I will most likely be writing about this because I realize how easy it would be to go on autopilot (no pun intended since I will be boarding a plane soon) and just eat mindlessly, or use it as an excuse to as Rose said, “Throw on my sneakers and go for a walk.”

For me, one goal is to name my struggles and work from there. Please think of me and wish me safe travels. More tomorrow…

 

 

Day Seventy-Seven…

When I think of November, I think of family and tradition. I think of great food and comfort and home. November makes me feel a deep appreciation and gratitude for all the people I love.

Thanksgiving Throw Back
You’ll notice all the high smartpoint value foods on the table.

Tonight was my last night at the #NCTE17 Conference in St. Louis,. No matter what state the conference is held, Scholastic hosts a free Thanksgiving dinner for teachers.  Tonight, was the 85th year of this long tradition.

The first dinner was hosted by  Maurice Robinson in 1932. His son, Dick Robinson, continues this tradition in great style and grace. Like a good host, he greets everyone’s table, and then he reads the same speech, the same one his father wrote all those years ago. What a beautiful act of gratitude for teachers and homage to his father. There are so many things to be thankful for all we have to do is look for them.

I know I usually reflect on my how I’m doing with staying on plan (dinner was estimated at 19sp and yes I did eat the little slice of pumpkin pie) but I thought you might be inspired to hear this story. I think gratitude fills us up with a kind of fullness that we can’t get from food. Gratitude draws us together connecting us with all that we have instead of all that we lack. What if we were all thankful every day? That’s what I’m thinking about so it must be relevant to this journey.

Flowers for Thanksgiving
We were allowed to take the centerpieces, so I took ours as a way to say thank you to our hotel maid (with a tip of course)

I hope you had a successful day. I am sending out well wishes to my Saturday morning friends I miss you too and look forward to seeing you all next week.

The Arch Again
My friend Gravity took this picture isn’t it amazing?