“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” Theodore Roosevelt

Show of hands, who else took their daily walk in the dark tonight? And saw a meteor shower? And saw the band of the Milky Way stretch clear across the sky? And heard two owls talking to each other hidden in the cedars?  And smelled a prairie fire nearby? Anyone, anyone?  I did. 😊

I even had child #3 ask if he could tag along tonight and ride his bike! It took me an extra 25 minutes to walk my 5K tonight with him stopping often, but at least I wore out a child in the process, easy bed time tonight. I’m going to be really sad when it gets to be too cold to do my walks in the dark and I have to resort to gym, but Kansas weather is highly unpredictable, we’ll see how much longer I can make it before winter wins out.

I have a confession: I had gluten today. It was not on purpose, I wasn’t going to knowingly cheat either. Our first choice of breakfast establishments was insanely busy this morning, we had to come up with a quick second option.  I had no idea that Wahoo Fire & Ice Grill even had a Sunday brunch, but we were lucky to stumble upon them early before everyone else started arriving. I found steak tacos on the menu, which I assumed were crunchy corn taco shells, but I should have asked because they came out in soft flour tortillas.  Oh well, I was so hungry and I refused to be a pain in the ass customer and send back those delicious tacos with perfectly cooked steak.

Another first today: I drank coffee with only Splenda in it, and I liked it.  Folks, I usually add enough creamer to make my coffee match the color of my walls, which is a very, very, very light cappuccino color of beige. 😬

So, not a perfect diet day, but the end of my day was just about as perfect as it can get.  All that’s left to do is sip some hot tea, rub down my feet with my oils, and listen to some Amos Lee as I drift off to sleep. Sweet dreams, all.

~~ Amie

Author: lifedeathdieting

My story is the same as most women, all was fine with my health, weight and body -- until I had kids. My metabolism is nearly non-existent, it seems I have to put in 10X more effort as anyone else to loose even 1 pound (yet, I can gain weight almost instantly if I allow myself even a single cheat day), I'm embarrassed to say how many different diets I've tried and bombed, and most days the motivation simply isn't there. I have even met much resistance with people in my life, dieting and loosing weight is such a common topic, I think it is often minimized just because so many people talk about it everyday. Friends and family always brush it off like its something I can do if I just stop whining about it and just do it -- but I can't, I've learned over the last 17 years that it is far more complicated than "just doing it." Exercising is difficult with all the loose skin and fat that sags on my abdomen...but I need to exercise to get all that fat off...but many exercises I can't do because the fat and skin are in the way...it's a loose-loose at the moment. But there is a new dawn on the weight loss horizon, I have finally begin to drop some weight, and I am slowly figuring out where my buggaboos are hiding within my mind and my diet. I am sharing this journey to chronicle the successes and failures on my return to health.

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