Normal people don't do that, do they?
Yesterday Jonathan left a comment for me that included these encouraging words:
"… these wretched stretches of purgatory when there's no progress in the weight loss phase can sometimes be the one thing that we need most. Because when (amen, hallelujah) you get to goal, you want to know that you can make it through bad news, rough sailing, lean times and forbidden fruits."He knows whereof he speaks, having maintained his 50-pound weight loss for several years now. And notice he said "when" you get to goal, not "if." Positive Mental Attitude! Another trait of most normal people!
I really am not discouraged with this long stretch of staying the same, although I must sound like it sometimes. I've read enough of others' weight-loss experiences to know that, while it might not be inevitable, it certainly is common. I'm not so special or unique [thank you, AA, for teaching me that!] that I'm immune to this part of the process.
Did you watch The Biggest Loser, Love Boat Edition last night? The Red Team's third-week losses were not nearly as impressive as last week's results. They won the challenge – which, in my not-so-humble opinion, was a pretty cruel one – and got to spend some downtime with their families. The Blue Team had to go run around the ship with Bob after they bid their loved ones a fond and tearful farewell. Who do you think won the weigh-in?
It's all about moving, people!
I was not inspired to hop on the rower during the program last night, but I'd worked out earlier in the day and also spent three hours on yard work. [I hope and pray that's the last time I have to mow this year.] Yesterday was one of those busy days. I made a list of Things I Needed To Do, and I actually did most of them. As partial evidence, I offer the baby sweaters:
On the left is Elizabeth Zimmermann's baby sweater from her Knitter's Almanac. The yoke is all garter stitch and the sleeves and body are in a lacy 'gull' stitch. The manly little jacket is a Debbie Bliss pattern – all seed stitch, all the time – from her book Baby Style. Both sweaters are made from Lion Brand Wool-Ease Sportweight, in the gender-neutral Wheat color.
[Tangent Alert! One of the other patterns in the Debbie Bliss book is for a cabled cashmere bathrobe … for a toddler! I don't think so. She must have a staff who does her children's laundry; I don't know any mom these days who would want to
- put a bathrobe on a toddler or
- handwash it.
I ripped back the Seville Jacket sleeves during the Mets' game and almost completed reknitting the sleeve caps in the evening. I also packaged up several things that needed to be mailed, made a couple of cards, and met with the man who maintains and repairs our well. All in all, a busy day.
Today will be more of the same. I need to get a workout in this morning, as well as work on a website for a group I belong to, and then go to the prison this afternoon for a drug program graduation ceremony.
Nearly all of the graduates come through the AA meeting I help facilitate, and they appreciate it when the volunteers come see their shining moment. They leave Alderson full of hope, in high spirits, anxious to go home – I don't think anyone appreciates home as much as these women do. Unfortunately, some of them violate their parole and end up returning to finish their sentences. Just as in AA on the outside, we don't all get it. And just as in AA on the outside, we welcome them back with open arms.
Well, the volunteers do, anyway. I can't speak for the staff. Anyway, it's time for me to hit the ground running. I hope you do the same!