I noticed today how loose my belt has become when I put it on in the morning. I was already using the tightest setting for the belt but now when I put it on, I can fit my entire fist between the belt and my pants. I’m going to have to go out and get a new belt soon so that it helps keep my ever-loosening pants from falling down. This is a great problem to have. It’s just one more sign that I’m moving in the right direction and that I’m continuing to make progress toward getting to a healthy weight.
Yesterday, I found a new type of food that I can enjoy: tabouli. I’d never had tabouli before yesterday, but I had the opportunity to try it and I do not regret it at all. I had tabouli with oranges and sunflower seeds. It was served over fresh greens and was really delicious. Tabouli is made from finely ground bulger wheat so it’s not something that I will eat a lot of but it is better than white rice or refined white bread flour. It’s nice to see that I’m continuing to find new ways to eat healthier and enjoy my meals at the same time. After splurging on Saturday, I made it a point to eat mindfully yesterday and to go out and exercise. This had its desired effect since when I stepped on the scale today, I was back to 310 instead of the 312 I had hit on Sunday morning. It’s great to know that I’m able to allow myself to be sidetracked for a day and to then not feel defeated or hopeless after the fact.
Yesterday morning when I got up I made it a point to sit for as long as I could (read: until my kids came in to see why we weren’t out of bed yet) and was able to really enjoy the time that I spent in mindful breathing and meditation. It started my day with peace and I was able to keep that peace with me throughout the day. Today wasn’t nearly as nice. We were woken up by the sound of jack hammers tearing up the street outside our home at 6:15 AM. I’m trying not to carry the frustration around with me today and instead allow myself to feel tired without animosity toward those people doing their job. However, it’s not easy to do each time I yawn and remember being woken up early. For nor now, I’m just concentrating on my breathing.