We are home! It was one of the best trips ever, with days and evenings filled with fishing, swimming, tubing, boating, and all of the fun that goes with family, forest, and a lake. I am really growing to appreciate the joy of having adult children and spending time with them. I admit when my boys all started growing out of their teens and moving on with their own lives, it was a hard transition for me. After all, I was "Mom" above all else and had spent over 20 years focused on being a mother to young kids. At first I just missed their little-boy childhoods terribly and kept wishing they were still kids. But over time I have come to *love* the freedom of having adult kids who are independent and living their own joyful lives. It is a great thing to see them grow into responsible, happy adults with their own healthy relationships and getting to know my daughter-in-law and possible future daughters-in-law as well. I am so proud of my kids! It was so cool watching my sons teaching their little sister to fish and boat and paddleboard. But as always it is so good to be back home, too.
As I was out on the lake with my family, and while hiking up steep hills in the woods, I had the distinct impression that all of this would be so much easier if I weighed even 40 pounds less. I started to think back to that summer vacation in 2007 when I went to the beach and forest with my husband and (then much younger) children and was unable to walk down the beach, swim, or hike with them. I posted about that trip very early on in my blog, because that trip was the incentive for starting this blog and losing weight. My "before" photos on the sidebar were taken on that trip to the beach in California. And this trip, while much, much better, gave me similar incentive. I was able to swim, and boat, and hike, but wow was I sore every evening. And I was out of breath when I'd reach the top of a hill. And sometimes when the kids went down to the dock to fish, I'd stay on the cabin porch and read. Not often, but a couple of times, I made that choice because I was getting tired and sore and just needed a break. I did love sitting on the porch drinking iced tea and watching them fish, but even more I loved the times I was down there *with* them. So this strengthened my resolve to keep going on this weight loss and fitness journey and take this year to get in the best shape of my life... so that as the years go by I can keep participating in all the fun things we like to do.
We did eat grilled fish, chicken, and vegetable kabobs, but we also ate burgers and s'mores. I did have fresh fruit always on hand, but also enjoyed a good quality ice cream cone from a little shop on the way home. I drank lots of water, iced coffee, and iced tea, and am happy to say that I have lost the 4 pounds I had gained before my trip. Today I cleaned out the fridge and took inventory of what produce I have left (most from CSA boxes): onions, celery, 3 colors of carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, plums, blueberries, apples, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, lettuce, cabbage, and kale. Lots of great food for the coming week!
This week I will get back to what I was doing before the trip: very small portions, higher protein, lower carb, and daily walking and biking. I am convinced if I get my calories low enough (but not TOO low) and activity high enough, my body will respond and I will get below 200 by January 1.
I hope you're enjoying your summer as much as we are! Life is good :)
I am 38 years old, female, a degree-holding stay-at-home-mom, and I weigh 278 pounds. I have been obese for ten years now. Time to get out of this fat prison I have made for myself.
--This is the original introduction I wrote when I first started this blog in 2007. I leave it as a reminder to myself of where I came from. Currently, I am 46 years old and weigh significantly less...see the blog for details. I lost 103 pounds, then had a partial regain, and am once again working at weight loss and better health.
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