Just a short note so y’all don’t think that I’ve forgotten about you… I’m back from vacation and still trying to adjust to the re-entry shock. Work tomorrow is not going to help, just sayin’.

The trip was fabulous.  The Canadian Rockies are absolutely stunning and the trip guides seemed to know all the best spots in which to take us.  Every day I thought, “Well, there can’t possibly be anything more beautiful than THIS spot…” and of course, the next day came around and I was proven wrong, time and again.

The new habit we started this past week was eating slowly — an oldie but goody.  Over vacation, eating slowly wasn’t too much of a problem because I was either chatting with someone, or gaping at the beautiful scenery too much to remember to eat. But now, it’ll be more difficult as the rush rush rush pace picks up again.

More later on the vacation as well as how PN is going.  In the meantime, a few photos to give you a taste of what I enjoyed for a week:

View from the campground

Lake Annette

This poem showed up last year, and I love it as much now as I did then.  Like I said the other day, it’s all about doing things just a little better today than I did yesterday, all about the progress and forward motion.

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

Portia Nelson
Chapter 1
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost. I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.
Chapter 2
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend that I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in this same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.
Chapter 3
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in. It’s a habit. But my eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.
Chapter 4
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.
Chapter 5
I walk down another street.

I’m not entirely sure how it happened, but it seems that the summer is two-thirds of the way over already. June took awhile to come and go, but July, well, WHOOSH! is the best way to describe it.

PN coaching has been going well so far.  We’re just starting to get into the swing of things, starting to meet other teammates and figuring out how to maneuver the website.  We haven’t even done our initial measurements and photos yet — that’s this weekend.  It seems kind of weird to wait two weeks to do this, but I think that perhaps it’s not a bad idea — it reinforces the idea that this program isn’t about numbers (though that’s one of the ways we track progress), but rather putting together a sustainable lifestyle.

Of course, I’ll be doing my first weigh-in and measurements and then heading out on vacation for a week.  Yay! Luckily I’m headed to the Canadian Rockies and with any luck, the hiking and other activity will counteract all the good food.  It could happen, that’s all I’m sayin’.

Can’t wait for this vacation … despite living in the desperately-flat city of Chicago, I’m a mountain girl at heart. Really, there isn’t anything I like better than to head out to the woods and hike up until I have a view of what feels like the entire country. Of course, since I’m not in the best of shape, my heart just might beat out of my chest while attempting this — and it’s not like there’s any oxygen at those altitudes (“… there’s just no air here…”).  Sounds like a great combination, no?  I might have to befriend a bear or moose to carry me back down the mountain to my tent. The animals out there are like the ones in The Jungle Book, right?

Back to PN, there have been some really good foundational lessons these past two weeks. Some new, some reruns from last year, but the program just kind of feels better this year. Maybe it’s the changes they’ve made, maybe it’s that I’m in a different headspace. Or perhaps I’m officially PN-brainwashed. Who knows?

Remember my workout stickers? Still loving
the whole shindig. And look at that consistency!
(and yes, Julie, I worked out on your anniversary
but was nice enough not to sticker you guys)

There are two concepts that have shown up in the lessons more than once:  the idea of progress over perfection, and that consistency is the key to everything.  And to that, I say: YES. As always, be a little better today than yesterday.  And then keep doing that today, tomorrow, the next day and so on.  It’s all so simple.  Not easy, mind you, but simple. I think I like to complicate this stuff, but it really does come down to being mindful and making better decisions than I used to, little by little.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the things that I really need to work on this year, the things that I didn’t manage to get a handle on last year, and there are definitely one or two items on that list.  More on that later, promise.

And on that note, it’s time to go pack but still try to hide from the dogs that I’m going to be leaving them.  Of course, they like my roommate better anyway, so it’s possible that they won’t even notice that I’m gone.  Damn dogs.  They’re lucky they’re cute.