Monday, September 30, 2019
Whew! What a weekend. On Thursday we received the sorrowful news that my partner's father passed away unexpectedly. This triggered the need for us to travel from the West Coast to the East Coast immediately. I ended up flying to New York from Los Angeles on Friday and back again on Sunday. I've been working really hard to create healthy routines and keep those spark streaks going but this event was one of those bumps in the road that are completely unavoidable. Talk about a hurdle! Not only was there emotional distress, a complete deviation from normal routines, but also the mountains of food that seem to accompany events such as this. From the moment we arrived, my partner wanted to stop at a restaurant his father took him to as a child -- I was proud of myself, I substituted the potato for salad -- to the time we arrived at the house where awaited literally tables groaning with rich Italian foods like gnocchi swimming in olive oil and pesto and pyramids of desserts, wines, and well-meaning relatives trying to feed you as a way to show their love and sympathy. I did veer a little off track (one of the Spark Coach programs really helped me in terms of "eyeballing" or hand measuring my portions as it were) but I was not completely derailed. I weighed this morning and while I didn't have the huge success I had been on track for before this hurdle, I had still lost a pound. Plus I learned while striving to catch that first flight out that I can actually sprint pretty good. We made that first flight with seconds to spare. Maybe I'll add sprints to my exercise routine in the future! So I'm home now and turning my face away from that rear view mirror. Today is a new day, it's a new week and having honored the end of the journey for one very beloved person, I'm ready to take up my journey again and with a renewed appreciation for every step. Carpe Diem.