Happy Monday

Today was a very profitable day. Work was extremely busy, but I got to look forward to yard work all day, so it made it go by quickly. I had leftover four-berry quinoa for breakfast, yogurt for a snack, and spinach garlic pizza for lunch. I had a 1:30 meeting, so I didn’t get to go exercise till 2 (didn’t want to be sweating in a meeting). I walked 2 miles at a good pace downtown and came back and freshened up before finishing my last two hours of the work day. My afternoon snack was green tea and some dark chocolate.

We picked up some mulch on the way home. Before starting the flower beds, I decided to make dinner (see the Cheesy Zucchini Omelet recipe in the previous post). It was delicious! I got the idea from the Design*Sponge blog (see RSS Feed on side of page), but I altered it a bit (primarily leaving out the puff pastry shell and all those glorious calories).

Then I started weeding. I never thought I’d enjoy gardening, but I actually do. I don’t mind getting dirty (especially if I have gloves on), and I love the physical exhilaration it is to work outside. Even hauling bags of mulch and soil is enjoyable (my strength training for the day). Plus, I get to wear my favorite jeans (covered in paint and holes in the knees, but still fit perfectly). The weeding took longer than I expected, so I only got about 1/3 of it done. But I did get the blueberry plants planted and mulched the first 1/3 that I dug out (wouldn’t want those nasty weeds to grow back…hopefully the mulch cuts down on the weeds like it claims).

Bryan mowed and watered my garden for me (which is growing quite nicely, especially the potatoes). Even the broccoli is starting to sprout little florets that actually resemble broccoli! Not sure how much I’ll get to work in the yard over the next few evenings, but I’m hoping to get it done by the weekend, since we have people coming for dinner on Saturday night.

After a quick shower, I visited with my friend Leigh. She’s been my accountability partner on this journey for over a year now and is a great encouragement to me! Usually we just email each other on a regular basis. But every once in a while, we just have to get together because the emails would be too long…and it’s good to see each other and the progress we’re making. As always, she was a sweet encouragement to me. She gave me another resource: www.genesmart.com, which I’m looking forward to checking out.

She also shared a sermon she heard recently about being joyful in the journey and not just waiting to be joyful in the results. If I think that I’ll be “oh so much happier” after I reach my goal weight, I may just be throwing opportunities of joy out the window along the way. I need to be in the Word, trusting God with the results, and content with the journey He’s planned for me. (Also, stress is weight loss’s worst enemy for most of us!) So, don’t stress over the journey; be joyful in each step along the way.

Happy Monday! ~Melissa

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