Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The long and winding road.....

Hello everyone. Hope all is well and you are enjoying the hot days of summer. I know that 37 states have excessive heat warnings, so hope every one is keeping cool. It sure is hot in PA and I'm not liking it one bit. Today was weigh in day, and I lost that pound I gained on the vacation week, and a bit more. I don't even want to brag about it because it is such a slow process for me. But hey, progress is progress right?

One of my blogger friends, was feeling a bit down this week, and so was I last week. I hoped I cheered her up, and encouraged her with my post, because she always does the same for me. In fact last week, unbeknownst to me ( who's keeping track at 50??), I was really PMS' ing. I didn't realize it at the time, but I was super emotional, very moody and quite frankly feeling like giving up. Not  like me at all, but again,I didn't make the connection until after it had all passed. I really didn't think I could ever really succeed at this weight losing process. But then I made a connection, this time on twitter, with someone who helped me over the hump.

 Thank goodness for the kind uplifting words that Amber ( if you don't know who she is, you should, gave to me. It sounds corny, but she turned my thought process and mood around, just by her kind words of encouragement.  Please indulge me for a minute, but whether it was hormones, or raw emotion, I was actually teary during our conversation on twitter. The fact that someone I had never met, cared enough to help me through a rough time, and gave me motivating words of advice, made me feel so grateful and restored my faith in humanity and the spirit of human kindness.

This journey we are all on, is a long, winding, road. You may have great progress for days, even weeks at a time,  and then one day you are feeling down and out and don't know what to do. If you reach out to others on these blogs, stay in touch and keep up on new ideas, and meals, your journey will be smoother and easier.

The fact that these blogger friends, are people that I have never met, but who care enough to reach out, and take a minute out of their day to help a fellow traveler on this journey, makes it all the more special to me. It makes me realize that we are more alike than we think, and more connected than we know.

So today, I thank all of you for those kind words of encouragment, especially when you speak more kindly to me than I do to myself. You are setting me in a positive direction and I hope to always return the favor.

So treat yourself kindly, speak to yourself as you would to others, and don't beat yourself up over little missteps or mistakes. It's all good my friends, and little downfalls are only bumps in the road, We are on the right path. It's about the journey, not just the destination.

Thought for the day:  Keep calm and carry on!


  1. What a great post today! I really appreciate all your kind words too. I love this blog community that we have. I think it holds us all together and keeps us straight. We all really need this support system.
    Have a great day :-)

  2. Pattie,
    Congats on losing the one pound. One pound a week is about the norm for me, and sometimes, like this week, I lose nothing. It is hard sometimes when you feel like you're being so good and not eating all that crazy stuff we used to eat, and then see you've only gone down 1 pound. It seems like we would be losing tons of weight a week! Oh well, I try to tell myself that as long as it's coming off, even very slowly, that's the good thing!

  3. This is such a thoughtful blog post!! I am so glad that you were lifted up when you needed it - this is so important for all of us! And don't belittle that one pound AT ALL! That is a lot of extra fat that you don't have anymore - that will never come back! Rejoice!! And have a great day!

  4. So happy for you Pattie! Hugs and Kisses via the internet ;-) Someone at the beginning of this journey told me I needed to treat myself like I treated kids, and that was really good advice. We are really fragile sometimes and positive self talk and few good friends can make a huge difference.

  5. Pattie,
    Your blog means so much to me,,,The way you write helps me through rough times as I have beat up on myself too. To hear how you express your feeling are thoughts I can't put into words. I'm not too good at writing but I read all the blogs you girls are putting out there for all of us to help each other. Do you know where Landisville is off route 30? My brother that died 3 years ago lived on Stoney Battery Road. We still go to visit my sister in law once in a while.
    Well, I wanted to comment on your blog as you are on the East side of the US and I felt a "closeness" to you. LOL
    I miss reading the encouraging blogs from Kasy and Helen. I hope they are OK.
    Thanks for listening