Vacations aren’t so bad after all

Well, we are on day 4 of our vacation. The first two days we spent travelling once my family was done Mud Mulisha. The first stop was at my cousin Lindsay’s house. My Auntie Lynne and other cousin Chris and family all came over for dinner. It was a great visit and dinner with family. The next day, after a great breaky, we headed out on the road. We stopped in Hope to see my Auntie Pat, what a sweetie! We arrived at Grandma’s (Trevor’s mom) on Sunday night. I am so impressed and so thankful how awesome everyone has been along the way to make sure we have healthy meals. 

On Monday I woke up to go for my run. I try not to weigh in too many times, aside from my Friday weigh ins, but I needed to check in and make sure the traveling didn’t cost me anything. I was super happy to see I was on track for a normal week, I can’t wait for Friday morning.  My daughter Taylor came on my run with me.  I am still bit of work in progress when it comes to running. It has only been in the last month or so that I have been able to run without it hurting, my knees and shins too much. We were on the last stretch of our run and I tried to walk and she said “come on mom, you can do this”.  She was right, I could keep going, what a sweetie! I think I might get her to stick close to me for our 8k Road Race in October, I might might need her at the 6km mark. 🙂

We went to the lake that day, so we cut up a ton of fruit and they had sandwiches. I opted for some crackers and light cheese, fruit and lots of water. It was a great day. It would have looked a little differently a year ago, chips, maybe a couple floaty drinks but I had just as much fun with my floaty, water and melon!

Yesterday would have been my dad’s 68 birthday.  These dates always cause me to reflect back on when my dad was still here and what he brought to our lives. I miss him terribly.  I have lots of great memories of summers at the lakes with my dad, so that is how I wanted to spend his birthday, at the lake with my family. As I lose my weight I often think of my dad. He was so bummed out when I got heavy, then obese. His mom was always a big woman and he watched her struggle because of it, he wanted more for me.  I know he would be so proud of me right now. I just wish I had got my act together in time for him to see it.

Things I have noticed since hitting the road almost 90lbs less…. I can bend over in the front seat and pick something up off the floor of the car, I can put my feet up on the dash (and still breath), I don’t need to stress out about my chair options at my next destination, I don’t care or worry about what me legs look like in shorts or what I look like in a bathing suit. I know I have alot more work ahead of me but for the first time in many many years I know it is temporary and I realize that it is bigger than just an exterior appearance,  it’s that beauty that comes out when you have confidence in yourself and love yourself regardless of your size, shape. Everyone is beautiful!

Blogging has been a great addition to my life, I can’t thank you all enough for the comments, facebook posts and instant messages. I am happy that my journey is inspiring others to get out and live a healthier life! Thank you all!

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