I feel as though I have emerged from the ashes after an intense battle with a formidable opponent. All of the noise from battle is gone and it is just me, staring out into the distance. I am looking over a table of turkey bones, empty dishes, napkins stained with grease, sticky cake plates and a bowl FULL of salad less my portions. HaHa. I was in the fire but came out and my clothes don’t even smell like smoke. I fought valiantly. I was aware and ready. Oh, the darts and jabs thrown. There was a table full of wonderful smelling goodness. As Shawnta put it, it smelled like angels and sunshine. I took small portions and when someone served it, I would say only half of that or a smaller piece please. I stayed on task. Afterwards, according to the battle plan, I got up and moved from the table so I would not be tempted. I stayed the course and it feels great. In the days afterwards, I went on vacation but I kept the same plan in place. I went to the grocery store picked up salad, fruit and snacks. It doesn’t look like much in the fridge, but that is a good thing. Vacations in the past included a trip to the grocery store with every snack, soda, sweet treat and fattening food. I was very proud of my cart, it looked healthy and controlled. As I went through my suitcase, I had about the same amount of workout clothes as regular clothes. I settled in and looked over the amenities of the place, specifically for fitness classes. I am a fan of Mixxed Fit, so I found a class offered in the area. I visited the local rec center for a list of classes. Every morning, I have been walking about a half mile to the workout center. One morning I worked out following one of the Mindful Bodies workouts in the onsite gym, then walked back to the room. Another morning, I walked down to the gym, swam 10 laps in the pool, jumped in the hot tub and then the sauna. I did a little shopping and took some extra trips around the store. I have a girlfriend that lives in the area and she invited me to workout with her. She started to become more fit as well, so it was good that we both changed some habits. I was very enthused about that. In times past, we have just met up for dinner and drinks and appetizers and dessert. She energetically described the high intensity interval training circuits with ropes, TRX, different level jumping jacks and extra cardio. I wanted to back out but I am not. I will have to report back on that experience. I plan to take some ibuprofen prior to the workout and find myself in that hot tub and sauna afterwards. More holidays are coming but making it through this one gives me the confidence I need to make it through the next. I feel as though I am on track although I have not been able to weigh myself. Hmm, it’s getting time for a new scale anyway. That may be a gift to myself for following my plan despite the big, bad Thanksgiving boogey man. It was no piece of cake, it was hard to resist. I had multiple conversations with myself and wanted to say “it’s only a little piece” or “just a tiny bite”, but I am too close to my goal and a setback right now is not worth it. I made it through and I am fine. Thanks for the cheers and prayers I know were said to keep my fingers out the pot. Feel free to follow my progress. I will be figuring out how to get through the remaining holidays and New Year’s.
Written by PurplePearls