Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Road Is Long

Hiking in Florida's Apalachicola National Forest
December 30, 2007
I am at goal weight in this picture - where I'd like to be on December 30, 2010

The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Who knows when
But I'm strong
Strong enough to carry him
He ain't heavy, he's my brother.

So on we go

His welfare is of my concern
No burden is he to bear
We'll get there
For I know
He would not encumber me

If I'm laden at all

I'm laden with sadness
That everyone's heart
Isn't filled with the gladness
Of love for one another.

It's a long, long road

From which there is no return
While we're on the way to there
Why not share
And the load
Doesn't weigh me down at all
He ain't heavy, he's my brother.

He's my brother

He ain't heavy, he's my brother.
It is evident from your response to me over the past days that my "welfare is of your concern" and yours certainly is of mine.  Thank you for everything up to and including some tough love last night.  I asked for it, I got it and wouldn't have expected anything less.  This morning is a new day and a new attitude.  The road ahead is long, winding and filled with ruts just like in the picture.  But I have a plan and I have goals and I have friends.  Walk with me - let's go!

The Goals:
1)  Do not weigh until September 1, one week from today.
2)  Maintain weight for the month of August.
3)  Reach goal weight of 138 by December 31, 2010.  
4)  No more weeks with less than 10,000 steps average over the seven-day period.

The Plan:
1) This week (today 8/25 to next Weds, 9/1) follow original "diet" as outlined in this post.
2) For this week, NO sugar, white flour, extra snacking, eating after 6 p.m.
3) After 9/1, back to plan I was following that was slowly, but surely, working!

Strategies for Success:
1)  Print comments from recent posts and place on pantry door, fridge, kitchen cabinets & freezer
2)  Blog, blog, blog
3)  Read blogs (make sure I've read "whole" stories of all my favorites)
4)  Find some "newbies" to embrace and encourage.
5)  Get outside 
6)  Get a massage (still have enough for 2 from Mr. B's Valentine's Day gift card)
7)  Move all my pictures to new computer
8)  Read "Born Round" by Frank Bruni (thanks, Sarah)
9)  Attend Small Groups and fully participate in Fall Festival of Faith at my church.
10) Finish reading, "The Me I Want To Be" by John Ortberg, the book being used for the Fall Festival.
11) Use my gift card from Bike Zoo
12) Buy a new hiking book and work on a fall hiking plan.
13) Make the changes that I've wanted to make on my blog and set some new goals for it.

Guess that's enough to get me started and at least provide a "go to" list for weak moments.  I'm going to "pretty up" this list of goals, plans, and strategies, then print it and post somewhere that I can't miss.  Mr. B just LOVES it when I post things all over the house. 

Here's the plan for today:
1)  Headed to MIL's to help her complete an insurance policy and then to her bank.
2)  Downtown to pick up "Born Round" which I have on hold at the library.
3)  While downtown, visit Wednesday Farmer's Market for some fresh veggies.
4)  Make sure I have my 10,000 steps before coming back home.
5)  Finish homework for Small Group Study tonight at church.
6)  Go to Small Group Study and choir practice.

Strategies for today:
1)  I have food planned
2)  I have told MIL I will bring my own lunch.

Yep, the road is long and so is this post.  But I'm strong and I refuse to be heavy.   So on we go...............


  1. Whew. That's a lot of goals. Just wanted to say, I love the book 'the me I want to be.' Hope you enjoy it too.

  2. Those are great, specific goals. I have one more you might consider. I have not done it, but I hear it is a good one. List the reasons why you want to lose the weight. And refer to the list every day.

    Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

  3. That is a big list of goals! Enjoy working through them :D

  4. Great goals and nice do-able strategies for today!

  5. I like your idea about putting the blog comments up where you cn see them. A great way to make the virtual support connect to your real world I'm going to steal this idea!

  6. Anyone who is as diligent and thought-ful as you are regarding weight loss can't help but get to their goal. You are absolutely going to rock this thing. :) Just be willing to be gentle with yourself--sometimes rocking starts out slowly when the grounds been unsteady.


  7. That's a lot of goals and things to do. You are ambitious!

    Thanks for such thoughtful advice on my job decision. I still can't figure out which one is the right path! I'm ready to do what my son has suggested, "eeny, meeny, mynee, moe."

  8. You are off to a great start. There is something motivating about putting it in writing. It seems like more of a commitment.


  9. To answer you comment in my post about biking, the name of the trail is the Red Jacket Trail, in Mankato, MN.