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On The road again
September 2, 2004


Many persons have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness.

It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

Helen Keller


  I definitely believe that keeping honest with one's food plan is a worthy purpose.  I must say that when I go to sleep at night and I have been honest with myself and kept on the program I find I am the happiest.

  For so many years , before I went to bed I would think that tomorrow would be the day that I would start my "diet".  Thinking that didn't make me happy it just appeased my frustration with my actions, I guess it gave me hope in an odd way.  Then tomorrow would come and again the next night I would think the same.  I actually believed it.  It was not until I made a firm resolve to change my lifestyle and the way I ate and acted upon it, did I feel true happiness from within.

It certainly has been a busy summer.  I can't believe it is already September!  Ed has gone back to work after being off for over five weeks.  John and Becky are settled into their Vermont lifestyle, starting to plan their wedding.  Kara is very happy with her new found freedom as a college student at Tulane, and as for me, I am trying to get used to the empty nest.  It seems weird that the house stays clean and there is no hustle and bustle around here.

It is a great time for me to get back into a routine.  In mid July I tore the meniscus in my r knee, as well as I was recovering from a shoulder injury. (diagnosed with a rotar cuff impingement) So exercise has not been part of my agenda, per the doctor.  I have been given the ok to start again at a lighter pace and go from there. Initially I was really angry that I couldn't exercise, but very quickly got used to my old habit of being sedentary.  I am hoping that it won't be too hard to get back into the swing of things.

My weight is up, the same as the end of  last summer, but with eating on plan and starting to exercise it should be back where I want it for the holidays.  I am giving up the scale however.  I need to focus more on the healthy lifestyle than what the scale says. If I am down a few pounds I tend to eat a little more, then get depressed when I gain, a vicious cycle at best!

I am leaving today for the Lake house for the Labor Day Weekend, it  will be strange not to have the kids there. Have a great on plan weekend!.