It’s cool enough that I wanted to close the window here by the kitchen table, where I sit with my laptop and my old man cat and a bowl of little hemispheres of watermelon (1 point).
This morning I went out with a friend and colleague, The Wise Cellist, and I remembered how challenging it is to order breakfast in a restaurant while counting points. That abstemious breakfast of Fiber One (1 point for a half cup), half a banana and a half-cup of skim milk is not usually on the menu.
Now, in the past, I might have said to myself, "Well, it’s only once a week, the clergy breakfast group. I’ll just have what I want and count the rest of the week." Or I might have planned to count but felt depressed by the total (two poached eggs, English muffin, somewhere in the neighborhood of 8 points including the skim milk in my coffee).
But today something in me seemed to turn just as the humidity and temperature and barometric pressure have this evening. I counted up and went from there. When I had to manage dinner on a small number of points, I fixed a big salad. I did not have to resort to the additional weekly points, although I certainly could have. But I wanted to see if I could do it without them. And I am pleased to have met the challenge successfully.
This is a small moment in the greater scheme of things, but I find hope in this change of attitude toward not only food, but toward myself. I ate pretty freely at camp (there was no way to get the fat free milk or healthy oils that are the lynch-pins of Weight Watchers), but not crazily, and heaven knows, I was far more active than I am on the average sedentary day of ministry. The wild singing after every meal wasn’t just good for tiring out the campers! I missed my weigh-in on Saturday, because we weren’t back until well after the WW Center closed, but I would say I feel pretty good about how I’m doing. Tonight’s walk was two minutes short of counting for 4 activity points, so I am pleased with how well I maintained the fitness I was working on before camp.
For those of you also seeking wellness, how is it going?