I returned a week ago from a trip to Kentucky. The first week that I was in Kentucky I gained 5 pounds. Yes, 5 pounds in one week. There were a number of reasons for this and I own each of them. First, I did not commit to my alternate day fasting program. Had I done this it may have saved me from the second reason. Second, we were eating out a lot. I did an ok job of selecting options that were on the healthy side (a salad and a bowl of fruit at IHOP while everyone else was eating pancakes and hashbrowns). It’s really hard, however, to stay completely away from the added oils and salt when you’re eating out unless you only want to eat salads and/or dry baked potatoes and that gets old really quick. Thankfully, the second week, I was in Kentucky, my sister joined me in my alternate day fasting program and was wonderful in cooking no added salt/no added oil meals while I was at my engraving class (more on that below). I lost 2 of the 5 pounds I had gained during that week. Conclusion: I have to eat out as little as humanly possible and stick to my alternate fasting program. My husband is now working the “graveyard” shift which is causing us to not be on the same “plan”. I have determined that the 8/16 fasting program works better for me. The program we were doing before, “normal” eating one day and less than 500 calories the next, wasn’t working well for me. I would get really hungry towards the end of the day and would end up making bad choices for dinner because I was so hungry. The 8/16 is working better. I eat for 8 hours out of a day and fast for 16. So, for example, yesterday I ate till 7pm so today I will start eating again at 11am. Most of my fasting time is done while I’m sleeping!
We will be traveling a lot this summer (we leave in 5 days for New Mexico!). Thankfully the next place we will be, Santa Fe, has quite a lot of vegan/vegetarian/veg-friendly restaurants. I was hoping they would have a farmers market open while we were there so I just looked and theirs is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Saturday it is! I love farmer’s markets! The best one that I’ve been to, so far, is the one in Boulder, CO. I seriously thought I had died and went to heaven when I saw that one! The other thing that I need to get better at is asking for what I want from the chefs/cooks at restaurants. I need to get over not wanting to be a bother to them. This is my health we’re talking about! I have started to carry my no salt seasonings in my purse (I found little glass vials at The Container Store) and will also start carrying balsamic vinegar for my salads. I felt a little uncomfortable pulling them out at first, in restaurants, but again…this is my health we’re talking about! I’m am perfectly fine now with pulling them out!
I was going to say that my experience with the master engraver was a setback and yet, in reality, it wasn’t a setback it was a time for me to reflect. My commute from my dad’s house in Kentucky to the engravers was 2 hours, each way. So, I would leave my dads at 7am and arrive at the engravers at 9am. Engraving is some mentally intense work!!! At 5pm I would drive back to my dad’s where my sister graciously had dinner waiting for me. I would spend 30-45 minutes on my “homework” for my engraving and then head to bed. I did that for 2 days. On the 3rd day, I woke up feeling like crap. I had been coughing most of the night and just felt horrible. I got my lunch together and headed out the door. I made about a 30 minute drive and realized that I was putting myself, and other people, in danger by driving for 2 hours with how I was feeling. So, I turned around, went back to bed and slept for 3 more hours! I continued to not feel well so I never made it back to finish my engraving class. My sister graciously offered to drive back to Texas with me so I wouldn’t have to make the 11-12 hour drive by myself in my ill health. Very grateful for that generosity. Because I’m a firm believer in everything happens for a reason, I knew there was a reason that I didn’t finish the class. My sister and I talked about it and I don’t think I’m cut out for scroll work in engraving. My heart just wasn’t in it. Don’t get me wrong, I think engraving is really cool and I think I could be really good at it. Just not that type of engraving. The gentleman I was working with does, at least from what I could see, one type of engraving – scrolls. I think he does lettering too but for the most part it’s scrolls. This works for him. He’s very passionate about it and is REALLY good at it. So, I have a few weeks before I have to decide whether or not to finish up the 3 other days with him or spend the money on equipment and see what calls to me from an engraving aspect (I’m leaning towards the last one).
What I’ve learned from the past few weeks is that I may, and probably will, have setbacks, or perceived setbacks, and that what I do after them is what’s important. Do I throw my hands up in the air and quit because I gained 5 pounds or because I couldn’t finish my engraving class? NO!!! I take a step back and look at what I am committed to, what I can change and what I can do differently moving forward. I read a great article yesterday about “Live like you’ve won the lottery”. The bottom line of the article was to write down the top 5 things that you would do if you won the lottery. Get to the bottom of why you would do each of those things and then DO IT!!!! You may not be able to do it in the grandiose style that you would if you actually did win the lottery but you can do something. One woman and her husband said they would move to Santa Cruz, CA if they won the lottery. So, that’s what they did even though they didn’t win the lottery. Yes, the house was smaller and they didn’t have all the “things” that they may have acquired had they actually won the lottery but they were living where they wanted to live. She and her husband are thrilled about their decision. So, that’s what my challenge for myself is going to be this week (as the Mega Millions Lottery approaches 1/2 billion!). What are the top 5 things that I would do if I won the lottery??? What would you do???