Up, Down, Up Again

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

First a great trip to North Carolina ... no weight gained although there were LOTS of opportunities to overdo it. A week at home, no gain - no loss. This past week, oh Lordy !

My dear friend, Susie, from Seattle came to visit. We have been friends for over 30 years. Through thick and thin, hers and mine. She has been 'thin' for 10 years, since she married at 46. Just prior to meeting the love of her life, she'd gone on Jenny Craig, lost 25 lbs. and kept it off.

Susie and I did healthy things. We went to a village about 20 miles away, New Salem, where Abraham Lincoln lived before moving to Springfield. We walked the village, the barns, the sheds, and even circled the parking lot for exercise. We went to two wonderful yoga classes. We hiked Lincoln Gardens, (nature trails). We walked all over the downtown area. Are you getting a picture here?

The problem... in those 5 days I ate two 'guacamole' burgers with fries, 2 giant cinnamon rolls with frosting, shared two ice cream brownies and drank lemonade. I haven't had a french fry in years ! I refuse to feel too bad about this feeding frenzy, but I sure don't feel good about it either. It has derailed my streak and upset the balance I was maintaining.

I discovered that if I am with healthy friends, I can easily pass on the goodies. It appears if I am with a friend who eats ( excuse me for saying it out loud), crap, then I will eat it too. Tsk, Tsk... eating this way is not loving myself. In yoga we learn to love our bodies ( and I do ), to respect them as temples ( I do some of the time) and to do things thoughtfully and slowly ( I set the land speed record for wolfing down those burgers !)

The moral of the story is ........ ?

big sigh.....

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  • MAIA2011
    I guess the only thing to do is get back to what you've been doing but what do you do when you've been "good" for weeks and still no results?

    I laughed because I have a friend named Suzy of more than 20 years and we eat junk together, always have. All the same things as you guys, too! In fact, I have been hiding out in the house and not seeing anyone so I won't eat crap but this week I had to see my family and I went a little wild.

    How to fix this? I have no advice but to keep trying!

    3856 days ago
    I'm so glad you and Susie had this opportunity to get together, Annette! Thirty years is a long time to share a history - and so many memories! - and it sounds like the two of you had a great time together. Eating out of celebration is a type of nourishment shared by our culture and so many others, if not all. It seems diametrically opposed from the eating behaviors Spark promotes, yet except for the rare hermit, all of us occasionally participate. We are all exploring new ways to eat in familiar old situations, and I haven't really seen "right" vs. "wrong" here. The only real harm would be to allow a disordered pattern of eating to take over even after the party was over, and I don't hear that in your description at all. You were just "living a little" with an old friend, and such experiences are, I believe, to be treasured.

    It's all good! - Sandi emoticon
    3873 days ago
  • BONNIE627
    if you were a couch potato and ate those things then the results would be different.. you kept up the walking etc..once in a while spluring is not going to derail you entirely.. you will get back on track..think of all the good times you had with your friend.. emoticon
    3873 days ago
    You made memories that far outweigh the burgers or the fries. Savor those. You'll swing right back into place...

    with love -
    3874 days ago
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