Went off on a shortened trip to visit my best friend and go to the world famous Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show! The trip was shortened because of my friend’s wise advice that I might need some time at home to relax and decompress from all the recent stress and activity in my life. She was right. Those four days at home were a gift. I like normal. I like routine. And that is what I did those days. Normal cleaning. Some extra de-cluttering. Lots of reading. A little quilting and creating. And more than the normal dose of exercise, which was really fun.
[Side-bar: I haven’t blogged about the stress that much, because, well, because I didn’t want to, I guess. In January, my dad’s wife became ill, and she died in June. There was a LOT of travel and doctor’s appointments, and moving and decision making and everything else involved in that kind of thing. And trying to support my dad the best I could. It has been difficult. And yet, I know, not nearly as difficult as many people’s lives during this kind of thing.]
Anyway, we had a blast! We always have fun together, but this was really a great time.
There is too much to tell about in one post, I think. I want to write first about what I was thinking about on my drive home. Can you guess? You only get one guess. Yes, FOOD!
I was thinking about how travel has been all about food. I have written about this before. But I don’t think that I wrote that as I gained more and more weight, that travel, and shopping especially, became about food because that was all I had energy for. I didn’t really want to spend too much time walking around looking at stuff. So any destination became all about the best place to get the ‘best’ food. Have to put the best in quotes there, because of course, you know it wasn’t the best food. It was the food with the most sugar, fat, and salt per square inch…
Anyway, this habit is still a work in progress for me. My friend was nice and suggested that I bring some ‘Vicky’ food for our trip. And so we actually did fabulously with our food intake on the two days we traveled over to Sisters and back.
On my drive home, I really had to think about where I wanted to stop, and why. I finally decided against any food stops because it would save me time (and calories.) I ate sunflower seeds all the way home (I only ate 200 calories worth of sunflower seeds in 8 hours of driving.) I rewarded myself with a stop at Trader Joe’s to stock up on some of my favorites before going the last leg home. That was really fun, because in addition to the old standbys (Fage yogurt, cottage cheese, veggies and fruit,) I found some new loves: carrot juice(!) for my smoothies, fresh edemame beans, organic goat’s milk, and some delicious Rainier cherries. (BTW, I give up on making goat’s milk yogurt. But it will still be great in my smoothies.)
So the ‘re-framing’ referred to in the title is actually a ‘psych’ term from Weight Watchers. One of those eight keys to weight loss that they try to teach you. And, like I said, I am still working on this. I have to find new goals and enjoyments for travel that don’t include eating out and buying stuff. I think its gonna take a while.
I’ll write another post about our adventures at the quilt show, hopefully with some pictures included!