Sunday, September 4, 2011

Day 12 of 25: Picnic Galore

We'll it's a holiday weekend and we've got picnic's galore! Two picnics today and a picnic tomorrow. I was trying to do well, by staying within calories, but then I got to thinking. One day off from being within calories is not going to ruin all of my efforts. It may set me back a bit, but these holiday weekends do not come around that often. I started thinking about an old blog that I wrote about "saying 'goodbye' to the wagon". Here's a recap from my previous blog post:

.:* Saying "Goodbye" to the Wagon *:.

"I always use to picture weightloss as an all or nothing kind of journey. After many years, I've realized that we are going to have days when we have a wedding to go to, an anniversary to celebrate, parties to go to, etc. We can't be "good" 100% of the time. If we could be good 100% of the time, this journey would be a really boring one. Not challenging at all, right?

After falling off of the wagon last night, I've come to the decision that I'm going to stay where I am and wave goodbye to that "wagon" that I've been falling off and jumping back on these past four years. When I use to fall off of that old wagon, it could have been days, weeks, sometimes months before I would catch up to it and jump back on. Well, no more of that! I am cutting my ties with that wagon and I am going to be focused. I'm going to walk the rest of this journey. During my walk, I'm sure that I will get distracted here and there; perhaps I may take a short rest on a rock and enjoy a sunset. That's a much nicer analogy compared to falling off of a wagon, and without a wagon to fall off, I have no wagon to jump back on. I will simply stand from my rest and keep on walking. No more time will be wasted, trying to catch up to that pesky wagon. It's all about getting refocused. Refocusing sounds a lot easier than jumping back on a wagon, now doesn't it?

So, for all of my other friends on the wagon, I urge you to JUMP! Jump off of that wagon and join me in walking the rest of our journey. Because, afterall, we should “focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” ~Greg Anderson.

I'm ready to stand up from my rest on this rock, and continue my walk. That wagon is long gone in the distance now, and I'm feeling better already!"

Looking back on that post makes me remember that it's okay to have a day where I go outside of my calorie range. No guilt here!

As for my Anniversary challenge, I am now at day 12.

Dinner Plans: 9/5 – 9/10

Monday: Chicken w/ Potatoes and Zucchini
Tuesday:Shrimp with Rice and Broccoli
Wednesday: Chili
Thursday: Chicken Stir Fry
Friday: Homemade Pizza
Saturday: Date Night
Sunday: Lasagna

Starting Weight: 241 lbs
Goal Weight: 231 lbs
Current Weight: 237.2 lbs
Total Loss: 3.8 lbs

I've got 6.2 lbs. to lose before my two year anniversary with my husband on September 19th. I know that today didn't really help my efforts for the challenge, but tomorrow I will be ready to continue onward with my journey. If there is one thing that I need to keep in mind right now, it is one of my favorite quotes: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.” ~ Brian Littrell.

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