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Sunday, May 01, 2011

Today is the last day of my Spring Break and what a Spring Break it has been! Picture all those young people having a blast in all those famous spring break places where they can unleash their wild side and have a blast. Well… mine wasn’t anything like that. Or maybe it was but the only thing that came unleashed was my self destructive behavior. I slept in, I didn’t log my food. I didn’t exercise. The only thing I was consistent with was checking in with Spark People everyday (to get my points – LOL)
The first 3 days were pretty good, I worked in my yard. Did a lot of weeding and planting. I wore my pedometer and even though I did not get on my treadmill, I logged in more steps than ever. I reupholstered my outdoor barstools. The 4th day, I was so sore, I could barely walk.
I had so many things on my to do list and I barely made a dent. If I have to look on the positive side of things I have had some break through moments in self-discovery.
I realize now how important it is for me to have a set routine. I know during a regular work week that I eat 3 meals a day and 2 or 3 snacks. Even though I eat the same stuff almost every day, I can deal with it. I don’t have a problem with logging because all I have to do is copy and paste. But this week, with no routine, I just ate whatever and whenever and to tell you the truth, I am scared to death to get on that scale. I think I’m going to wait one more week and get back on the healthy eating track again before I step on that monster and see those dreaded numbers.

I was so looking forward to retiring at the end of this school year. Our school district had offered us an early retirement package that was hard to refuse. I applied for it, but unfortunately it was not approved by the board so that means another 2 years of work for me. I was very disappointed and went through some agonizing, emotional eating over the whole thing, but I now realize that retirement would not be beneficial to me at this time. Can you imagine, me losing control of everything I have learned after just one week… what would happen if I retired? I’m not ready yet. I’m going to have to go back to working on my healthy eating lifestyle regardless of weather I’m at work or not. I have to make healthy eating a habit that is as natural as breathing. Something that I just do routinely without having to think about it.
Even though I have logged on to SP everyday, I did not open my email and today I decided to catch up. Not going to happen! I had over 256 emails. Tomorrow is another day, another new beginning, another opportunity to learn and be a better me.
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    3704 days ago
  • LEASIM1231
    Welcome back!

    3705 days ago
    Well it sounded like you did what you wanted to do and that was fantastic ... sorry you don't get to retire early, but that just gives you time to "practice" so it doesn't hit you like a ton of bricks .... LOL

    I retired and have not figured out how I got everything done when I worked ... it is NOT easy to be retired ... you never know they might change their mind !!

    I cannot imagine going 2 days without catching up on my SparkPeople ... how are you going to get through all of those emails .... oh my

    3705 days ago
    Welcome back! I'm sorry you are not getting to retire, but you know yourself and it's not time yet.

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    3705 days ago
    Spring Break didn't break you, it just slowed you down a little. I believe you when you say it was a gift of insight to help you make peace with delayed retirement. By the time you finally retire you will be awesome at all of this!!

    Those emails can be overwhelming! But we're all in this together, and we all understand that. Starting fresh today is a great idea!

    Have a wonderful, healthy, happy week. Love & hugs, Jodee
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    3705 days ago
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