Normally, I love winter. I think I can say that because normally our winters in Delaware are cold, a few snow flurries and nothing else really to write home about. This winter, as many of you know has just been straight up freezing it seems like! In addition, I have had 4 1/2 snow days from work since December. While this has been great for catching up on reading, Netflix, and Game of Thrones, it has NOT been great on my diet. I am such a poor dieter when the snow comes, I make the excuse that hibernation mode is okay to splurge on calories. Ooof! I share this because, I think its normal to do (doesn't make it right) but I read so many blogs where theres a lot of bashing (self and others) when it comes to breaking a diet. I share my experience, because I am far from perfect and this journey I am on--- is just that a journey. By the grace of God, I am a healthier person today than I was a year ago. Praise God for that. I am not where, I want to be today- but in my struggle I am learning it's okay. It's okay when the schedule and numbers are changed in a minute. It's okay to let my hair down and have fun. I've worked hard for the healthy body I now have. What I am NOT saying is - it's okay to binge and give up. We must remember the goals we set for ourselves, and strive towards them, but in a human-way. We are not robots or superheros, our experience is human. I digress. This past week has been yet another struggle if I'm honest. With trips to the ER and Dr. for a kidney stone ( very painful). I'm fine now, but it was a week where I just melted and felt like-- really? I just recommitted to IP, and now I need to have certain foods that aren't IP friendly, because my body needs (cranberry juice, etc)to get healthy, and back to a baseline. After having numerous exams, tests, and ultrasounds I was a whiney little lady. I pushed through the rest of the week, and thought I was "finally" getting back on track... until yesterday. Yesterday, we had a mild snowfall and state offices decided to close, so I happily got to stay home for the day. It turned out the husband already had the day off. We enjoyed a morning coffee, watched a sermon, relaxed, walked the pup, caught up on some tv shows, and then came lunch.... I was doing so well. BUT, I was craving thai food. I knew I shouldn't give in, especially after recommiting myself to this diet. I realized I had a choice. I decided to go out with my husband for a snowy lunch date. It doesn't get better than that, right?! An unplanned, romantic trek down the road and stop at one of our favorite little Tavern's that just so happens to have an amazing thai noodle soup. Instead of becoming consumed by guilt of "cheating" on IP, and fearing the weigh-in scale, I decided that I was going to be happy about this lunch, this gift-- of an unplanned and totally sporatic time with my husband. It was great. We talked about future, goals, laughed about a plow truck spinning its wheels, and I enjoyed him as he relaxed with a rum cocktail. In life, it really is about the little things. So often, I know I get caught up in the "must do" or number-driven goals, that I often miss out on the little gifts that the day brought. As of late, I think is because I have become consumed by my dieting results. So unhealthy. So friends, if you're doing this thing or another diet, or just trying to live a healthy life-- know that there will be days where you go off course, but don't beat yourself up about it. Enjoy the moment, taste, and people, and know you're a work in progress. There's always a new tomorrow, and life's a journey. Relax, you're doing great!
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