Sorry for the absence. One thing you can say about me is that I’m consistently inconsistent… Last week was one of those weeks that I really try to avoid. Over-filled with too many activities. It wasn’t really my fault, and it wasn’t really anybody else’s fault. Just a convergence of events that could not be changed or delayed. In short, I met with three realtors, and then chose one to list my dad’s house. Vicky was out of town for a week, so my little job was a little bigger. The pastor from Haiti (where we have our child sponsorship program) was in town, and we met with him (in person for the first time!) to work on some of the details of the program. I had scheduled a lunch out with a friend that I hadn’t seen for several months. And, I was scheduled to sing at the Ladie’s Tea on Saturday! Egad! But you know what? I made it through, and I had some real food victories along the way.
But first, I wanted to share some of the great comments I received on the last entry. Sometimes I think blogging is so weird. I blab on and on forever, and then some of you are so kind as to make pertinent comments, and on my best days, I will reply to those. But when life gets so hectic, the comments just sit there, and that is the end of the conversations. “blah blah blah blah blah” I go. and you reply, “oh, well have you thought of blah blah?” splat. the end. Don’t you think that’s weird?
ANYWAY, some of those comments were really really helpful to me over the past few days. So thank you! Sharon said simply “Do the next right thing.” Okay, I can do that. Lori talked about “the line that you cross between being accepting and complacent. I think with complacency comes weight gain. Accepting doesn’t mean you stop trying, but just accepting that where you are right this minute is okay. Sure, it may not be quite where you want to be, but it is not a reflection on the person you are.” Yes, of course. I hadn’t quite thought of it that way. PJ suggested “keep it simple. quality. really satifying visually and texturally” in regards to my food choices. Yes. That was something I could really relate to. DebraSY just said “RRAAaaar! Dig in with your heels and fight back!” That was something that I really appreciated hearing, especially from Debra. And Karen left a note about being in a similar muddle, which made me click over to her blog, where she had written an excellent post about practicing both acceptance and improvement. Now that is an excellent thought! A little unrelated, but it made me very happy, was Caron’s note that she recommends my homemade yogurt instructions to people who are interested. I appreciate so much all of the comments people leave, so I feel a little rude for only listing these. Just know that I love all of them!
I had quite a few challenging food “situations” in the past few days, and I’ve been so very happy in how I’ve handled them. The best one was the ladie’s tea. I was totally stressing out over NOT wanting to eat the food there, but worrying that I would feel pressured to eat it, more by myself than others. I knew if I sat down at one of the fancy tables I would eat. So I went in the kitchen area where they were just starting to prepare all the plates of fancy little foods, and I asked if they needed help. For once they said yes. I was so happy helping out, arranging the food, and not at all tempted to eat it. And then they left me to arrange the dessert tiers all by myself! I put out about 250 little dessert tidbits on those plates, and I did not even lick my fingers. Cause I knew if I licked my fingers I would take a few home for later LOL. If you’re interested, here is a link to the song that I sang. Its a beautiful song by JJ Heller “What Love Really Means.” And then I went straight from the tea to our meeting with Pastor Gilbert! It all went really well, but when I left that meeting, I knew that all the stressful things from the week were over and done with. I came home, put on my shorts, and sat in my chair with the two little dogs on my lap for hours! Lovely.