Hi all! Here I am refreshed from my ‘Sabbath rest,’ and pretty excited about my weight this morning: 159.8. That is the first time since I started this blog a year ago that I have seen a number in the 150’s on the scale! I did not suffer, I did not go hungry. I ate some different foods than I was eating a year ago, and some smaller portions. Amazing!
Next, had a great day yesterday. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone–call it whatever you want–Rest day, Mini-retreat, Luxury day… We are too busy in our world. I just set a few boundaries and guidelines for myself. No cooking (because I can really spend a lot of time cooking since I enjoy it,) no housework, minimal phone calls (I actually unplugged the phone by mid-day.) In the morning, I wrote a little schedule (I know, schedule ≠ rest.) But basically it was so I didn’t get off-course for my main purpose, which was to spend time with/thinking about God.
In June, I had to cancel plans to go to an international Renovare conference, and so I had indulged and bought the DVD’s of all the keynote speakers, and I watched a couple of them during the day–FANTASTIC speakers! I got out my spiritual journal that I hadn’t written in for a few weeks, and a scrap of paper fell out with a plan for a new quilt called ‘A Dream for Africa,’ and so that became my quilt project for the day! In the morning, before it got too hot, I spent some time outside reading, and took the dogs for a walk. All my food was pre-planned, so that was easy. Even though I always change it up a bit during the day, I still have an outline, and so it makes it easier to stick with my calories. And like I had said the day before, I planned for it to be a day with lots of veggies and fruit, and so by the end of the day I had a few calories left over, and I thought and thought about what I wanted, and finally decided to indulge in a No-Pudge Brownie–very yumm! BTW, that ‘Lasagne in the Raw’ recipe that I mentioned in the last post was delicious. I re-named it Zucchini Marinara Bake and it is over there in my recipe section on the side-bar. I even gave some ideas about how you could vary it to suit your own tastes.
If you do a day like this, the main thing to remember is that the goal is REST. For example, in the late afternoon, I got a little obsessed with the idea that I could FINISH the quilt, and then finally I realized that it was becoming more like work than rest, so I got to a stopping place and put it away. Anything, even blogging(!) can become work.
So now I am renewed and refreshed, and ready for a workout with Vicky. Have a great day, everyone!