I have a goal in mind and I'm focusing on it. When Mr. Helen and I went to St. Martin for our delayed honeymoon/Tenth Anniversary, I wore a hot pink floral dress when we went out for our anniversary dinner. Another evening, I wore a pair of capris with a tangerine top - you know, one of those outfits that you'd only wear in a tropical location. Here I am 10 years ago wearing the capri outfit:
I'm not sure I appreciated this back then.
In order to do that, I think I need to lose around 10 more pounds before April 27th. While my weight loss has slowed down a bit I know if I focus I can reach that goal. Refocusing over the last 12 days has been good for me and resulted in a couple more pounds coming off. But I can do better and I plan to.
Monday I will be starting my Countdown to Vacation Challenge. A personal challenge to get those ten pounds off and wear those tiny clothes. I'm going to report on the blog once a week, just like I did with the Zero Excuses Challenge. Accountability and all you know. "Fooling around February" is over and it's time to move on.
As Emily said on the Biggest Loser this week as she stood in front of a case of gorgeous pastries, "I'm not getting anything, it's just not worth it. You can't lose eleven pounds and eat this stuff."
Why wait until Monday? Well, today is my birthday and the food/cake extravaganza began yesterday with the cupcakes that my co-workers gave me. They knew I wouldn't be in the office today because Mr. Helen and I are spending the day at the Spa!! I'm doing yoga, having a facial and a pedicure. The package also comes with lunch and the food there is delicious - and because it's a spa, every single thing on the menu has the nutrition facts written below it. I'll be able to make good choices at lunchtime to prepare for the rest of the day. The spa is practically across the street from one of our big Indian casinos so we'll go over there tonight and see if I can put some quarters in a slot machine and win enough to buy us a permanent vacation home in St. Martin. A girl can dream, right?
Saturday is the family dinner. I got to pick the menu and it's going to be fab: Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells, Tossed Green Salad, Garlic Bread, and Pecan Pie Cake with whipped cream. Good way to celebrate turning 52, I'd say!
Sunday, Mr. Helen took the day off which bascially turns my birthday into a four-day extravaganza. You know what? I'm not stressing at all about it and I'm going to enjoy every single minute.
So Monday. For Sure. Laser Focus.