Thanks for letting me vent during my impromptu post last night.  I feel much better this morning after a good night’s sleep.  All of the concerns that I mentioned are very valid, but sometimes at night things get amplified in my mind.  I am sure that happens to a lot of people, because nighttime is the hardest time to keep your emotions in-check.  I am proud to report that I made it through, and writing that post helped me a great deal.  I have also come to find that the day after my weekly long run is when I feel the most exhaustion.  But today… I feel GREAT!  😀

Turns out I have misplaced my LiveStrong bracelet, so my friend Sarah at work is bringing me another one this morning.  I just need that subtle reminder on my body to get me through the multiple pecan pies and sweet potato casseroles over the next few days.  But, I am still letting myself have that one piece of pie if I can manage everything else in moderation.

While lying in bed last night, I realized that a lot of my issues have to do with control.  I need to be 100% control, if I’m not, I tend to let it get completely out of hand.  For example – my office at work is super clean.  All of my papers are in perfect angles to my desk, and there is no dust or trash in sight.  On the opposite side of the spectrum is my bathroom.  I have clothes everywhere and make-up scatters my counter top.  Jennifer at work would have nothing to do with that, but Jennifer at home could give a rat’s butt.  I’ve noticed that my food & eating patterns fluctuate between those two extremes.  It’s never somewhere in between.   Maybe I need to learn to relax a little and lose some of the obsession with being perfect all of the time. I am in need of balance.  But one thing is for sure – there is no question that I’m on the right path.  Now that I’m in this new phase called “maintenance”, it just requires a new mindset.  One that I look forward to attaining!

Some good news – I got a lot of writing done last night!  I am still participating in NaNoWriMo, but on my own terms.  I feel much more comfortable with my new deadlines, and I am making some serious progress.   This book is going to rock your socks off.  🙂

Here are some fun photos from our Ball at work this past Saturday night.  One is of Mike and I, then the other is of me and my sister Rachel.  It was so wonderful!