Day Eighty-Four…

This year’s autumn has turned its way into the holiday season. I know because this morning I sang along to Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (It wasn’t Judy Garland but let’s face it her version is the best one) on my way home from dropping off my sister from our weekly WW meeting.

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I do love the classics they had such great style.

I did well (I can’t believe that a week ago I was still in St. Louis) during my absence. I’m down another 2.6 pounds. I am 12 pounds away from my lowest weight:

New Numbers

It was a great meeting because we all reflected on the holiday and refocused our goals. We talked through strategies and shared our struggles. I got a “Bravo” for sharing my strategy for Thanksgiving, eating whatever I wanted smaller portions and tracking it all. It’s not so much about the accuracy of the tracking, it’s more about the reflection that tracking brings with it.  I came home and made a lovely breakfast and I feel pretty good.

What are you thankful for? 

The topic this wee focused on gratitude. There are many studies that have taught us that having a sense of gratitude has many many benefits to our health and wellbeing. Last November I included a piece of this in my professional development with my teachers:

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Click this link to learn more:

Really, if you just think about it, this totally makes sense. Whatever we fill our minds with eventually makes its way to our hearts. So keep it positive – losing weight is hard enough without demoralizing ourselves:

  • Celebrate accomplishments
  • Think about what you have
  • Share love with others and yourself
  • Be nice to others and yourself
  • Remember to smile

Also, know, there are many people in your corner, if you look my way I’ll be rooting you on! We can do this thing together there is no reason why any of one of us shouldn’t make it to goal. I am saying that there doesn’t have to be losers to be winners; or, outsiders to be insiders because the culture we create is a reflection of who we decide to be. So let’s be great. More tomorrow…

(This last part was inspired by Seth’s Blog click here to read, Outsiders)

Day Eighty-Three…

I woke up this morning and made myself a great breakfast. I really enjoyed this, and I kept thinking about how important it is to eat foods that are very satisfying:

David and I went on two long walks today, it was just a gorgeous autumn day. I took so many pictures because each bend of the walk was more lovely than the next:

I was very aware of the moment, I felt very connected and appreciative that this was a special moment.  I was content, I wasn’t looking to do whatever comes next, and I also wasn’t thinking about the past.

I worried a little today because I ate so much on Thanksgiving that my weigh-in (it’s been two weeks since I weighed in) won’t be as great as it would have been. Then I remembered that this isn’t a race.

This is a complex goal that I’m working to achieve, it’s not a yes / no situation. When I make it about good days or bad days I’m missing the point.  I am learning how to properly name my emotions, and I am becoming more mindful of what I eat and when.

Anyway, the holiday season has begun, and my gift to myself is to take time to do what I need so that this will be the year, I get to goal! More tomorrow…