Thank you, Randi, for the concerned comment asking where I've been. I love the cute picture of you with the puppy on your blog -- you both look great. Though there is probably some truth to the idea that my weight-loss stagnation has taken a little wind out of my sails, I also took an extended Fourth of July trip and went camping with a bunch of family members.
My good intentions -- I packed a bunch of veggies and fruit, hummus, and other semi-healthy snacks -- were tested by the cookies, candy, potato chips, crackers, and alcoholic beverages that other people brought. Sadly, I was weak. I don't keep one bag of chips in my house, let alone several kinds of chips. I had to have a s'more, which was disappointing because the chocolate didn't quite melt. My one moment of strength was after a long day of sitting around the campsite eating. Someone suggested we walk to the camp store for ice cream. I realized that not only wasn't I hungry, I felt sick from all the stuff I had already eaten that day, so I brought along a bottle of water and passed on the ice cream. Score one point for common sense. Speaking of points, I didn't count them when I was away or even try to keep track of what I was eating. I am sure I'll pay for that tomorrow.
I really enjoyed having time with my family. It was also fun sleeping in the tiny little tent I got, which was just barely big enough for my husband and me. One night it rained and we still stayed snug and dry inside. I liked listening to the raindrops on the roof -- it put me right to sleep.
The hard part of a vacation is getting back to normal when you get home again. I've been journaling today and am doing fine with the food. I didn't get much work done on my dissertation this morning, because was so tired and achy from the long car trip home. I went to yoga tonight and am trying to schedule a massage to help work out some of the kinks. In short, I'm trying to get settled back in. Tomorrow I go back to my job. Normal life resumes.
The next thing, of course, is to shoot for the next goal on my list, as Randi suggested. I really appreciate all the support I get from all of you, cheering me on. I have other goals where I just need to push through the pain and finish, too. The dissertation. Continuing to apply for jobs. Getting rid of clutter so it's easier to keep my house reasonably clean. It's the middle of July, and the clock is ticking on all those goals I wanted to accomplish this summer. I feel like I'm on the right track, but I'm really ready to see that finish line.