I was looking back through my journal entries to see where I was in sharing my story with you and I discovered that it's amazing how similar my life this week is to my life 2 years ago...and yet it's so very different too! Two years ago I had 3 children who were just getting over the flu, and so was I. Today, I have 3 kids who are just getting over a really bad cough/fever and so am I! hahaha
Here is what I found in my journal "I'm doing good. :) 17 pounds down!!" I had decided that instead of rewarding myself with food...and probably gaining some of the weight back, I would reward myself with a new book every time I lost 5 pounds! I love to read but I lived in a small town where pthere were no bookstores close by so I didn't go buy a book very often. Yes I know, I could have ordered books online. But there is something almost magical about browsing in a book store and I love it. So about 2 1/2 weeks after that journal entry I left on a sort of vacation. I was going to Salt Lake City and there were many many bookstores there that I love. By the time I left on vacation I was down a total of 25 pounds! That meant I got to buy 5 books! I don't think my husband was that thrilled with the cost of that reward, but he was proud of my progress so he never complained! It was the first reward I indulged in and I loved it!
Being on vacation brought a whole new round of temptations though, and difficulties with sticking to my new eating plan. I went to Salt Lake to be part of a reunion concert for a choir that I was a part of many years earlier. I was excited to be there, but it was an intense week. We had rehearsal Tuesday and Wednesday night, dress rehearsal Thursday and a performance Friday and Saturday nights! Oh and did I mention that we did not receive the music until the first rehearsal? Ok, so my point is that it was a busy, hectic and stressful week. As I have said before, my reaction to stress is to eat, and then my body doesn't let go of those calories easily. I had to leave for rehearsals at 4:30 pm and it was usually after 11 when I would get back to my sisters house.
I decided the only way to handle it was to have dinner a little earlier than normal. I knew that by the time I got back to the house I would be really hungry and tired and tempted to hit a fast food drive through on the way back to my sisters house. So I planned ahead and packed a small snack to eat on the way home and plenty of water to drink! I absolutely love the Special K cereal bars so that is what I usually took with me.
It worked for the most part too! I did succumb after our final concert though. There was a reception afterward with yummy cookies and I had a couple even though I knew I really shouldn't. But it was time to celebrate! That had been such a long day and so emotional and so by the time Larry and I headed back to the house after the reception I was starving! (I had limited myself to only 2 cookies). In my moment of excitement and exhaustion I totally gave in to the temptation to stop at IHOP and have a cheese blintz! I had not been to IHOP for several years (there weren't any close by to where I lived) and I just couldn't say no that night.
It was delicious and I did put 2 or 3 pounds back on...but the extra work it took to get that weight was still worth that one little bit of celebration :)