Holidays, Birthdays, and Exhaustion


Memorial Day weekend was busy for us, as it was for millions of Americans.  We did the country things with family and friends.  One of the wee ones turns FIVE tomorrow, so we celebrated his birthday and mine together on Sunday.  There was a lot of yummy foods around, but the best part of the day was being together time with those we loved.  Of course there was cake, with a batman on it.  There were also gifts exchanged, and stories told, and laughter heard, and water balloons thrown.  I was exhausted when it was over, but only in the best of ways.

I hope you all had a wonderful time this past weekend with your family and friends, and I hope that if you were exhausted at any point, it was only in the BEST of ways!

What yummy thing did you have to eat over the Memorial Day holiday?  What fun things did you do with family and friends?

Ithaca, New York

Today the fam treated me and the mr. to a road trip for part of my birthday celebration. We drove to Ithaca, and spent the afternoon on the lake, feeding the geese and goslings and soaking up the hot NY sun. It’s not usually this warm in NEPA in May, so we were taking full advantage of the good weather.  What a gorgeous day!

Before we hit the road, I’d caught myself several times thinking about my three teeny tiny goals. Goal No. 3 has been on my mind alot.

I’m psyched about the chance to find my balance in life again, and I think I really believe it’s possible at this time, which hasn’t always been the case.

This weekend I’m not thinking about food, as much as I’m focused on behaviors. Example:  Tomorrow we are having company over. Perfectionist Lori who loves order craves a setting that is flawless, so when family members who are not perfectionists want to put up a new door screen on the pavillion, perfectionist Lori quickly gets frustrated.

It’s not lined up right.

There’s a pucker over there.

Let try again for the fifth time!

It was at this point that I stopped, realized a personality trait of mine was preventing me from finding the balance I sought between readiness and fun, and regrouped.  I said the serenity prayer, reminded myself I’m not in control of all of life or other people, and went on with the project.

When I got back to the pavillion after looking for the hammer, don’t you know, someone had rejiggered things and was making adjustments to the screen without a word said by me.

I love it when that happens!

I’m feeling the balance slowly seeping back into my conscious mind and life.  Yay!

I couldn’t be happier!!!



Bringing Balance Back

I’m away from the office and on the road with the Mr today. We changed our vacation plans for this weekend, but that doesn’t mean we can’t eek out some alone time over the next four days.

Part of my new goal list this week includes efforts to bring back the balance to my life. How am I doing that? By finding time to pursue activities and relationships that bring me joy.  This guy does!!!!


Where are you finding joy these days?  What are you doing this weekend?

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Goal:  The object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.

My regular readers know that every Thursday I blog about the goals I have set for myself the week before and in that update I include the good, the bad, and the ugly truth about this journey I’m on to health.  I’m trying to recover from the effects of a childhood ignorance regarding how food obsessions get started and where they take the unfortunates caught in their clutches.  Most of the time I find my goal list inspiring, but there are days when I’d like to punch it in the face.

I’m not a violent person, mind you, so I don’t really punch anyone or thing, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to, if indeed goal lists could be hurt in this way.

I like goals because they fuel my ambition and bring me results.

I dislike goal lists because they hold the potential to make me crazy.  😉


  1. Read three chapters from a current healthy-living type publication and blog about what I learn there.
  2. Continue on with my IF-ing experiment, IF-ing at least 3 x per week.
  3. Report my current weight as a coded message in at least one blog post this week.


I’m pretty excited about my progress this week.  I fasted during breakfast three days, and I also reported my current weight as a coded message on Friday.  If you didn’t see that post, check it out here.

Yes, I do have a sense of humor, and

No, I do not want you write me to ask which of those numbers is my true current weight.

Some things a gal has to keep private, right?

I did not do so well with Goal No. 1 on my list this week.  For some reason, I have been finding it difficult to do all the things I want to do in a week for a while now.  Reading has been one of those things that has fallen by the wayside. The good news about that is that I have been getting to bed earlier in the evenings in lieu of reading into the wee hours.  An earlier bedtime is part of my continuing effort to bring some of the things that are out of whack in my life back into balance.  I don’t sleep well most nights, so an earlier bedtime helps me to get somewhere near 8 hours of shut-eye every evening.

Since I did not get Goal No. 1 done this week, I will put it back on my goal list for another week and see if I can accomplish it in the next seven days.


  1.  Read 3 chapters of a current healthy-living publications and blog about what I’ve learned.

2.  Continue IF-ing this week, for at least three days.

3.  Focus on bringing the balance back–with food, with fun, with family, and with my future plans.


My hope?  Same as yours—to feel better and to live a balanced and happy life.  Isn’t that what we all want?  Wish me luck this week. Weee, here I go…

What are you doing these days to bring the balance back to your life?  What one thing are you willing to do this week to help you meet a teeny, tiny goal you’ve set for yourself?

Remembering to be Sad

Memorial Day plans changed, so mr and me will be hosting others this coming weekend instead of walking along the lake alone.

I think I’ll just sit here and wallow for a while today!

The Good News: We both love our families, so its not a hardship to entertain them. Not at all!  I just regret having to postpone our vacation, but it won’t be forever. Just for now.

When has a change of plans upset your apple cart?