The path to greatness is along with others. – Baltasar Gracian

A cool breeze through your hair. Light rain drops on your skin.  Sunshine on your face.  Grass in between your toes.  Cold water in your mouth.  Good food in your stomach.  A soft pillow at night.  A baby’s smile.  And the Tour de France playing on TV 24-7.  Yes, these are the good things in life.  🙂

I’m looking forward to a fun & productive day.  First, I am considering going for a longer run than usual – maybe 7 to 8 miles.  Then after a quick shower, my mom and I are going to hit-up some brunch and have a mimosa (or two).  After that, I will be painting for the rest of the day.  If I discovered anything yesterday, it’s that my new place has LOTS of eight-legged friends… all of which must die.  I swear I killed 20 spiders yesterday and cleared equally as many cobwebs.  Yuck.

I think it’s high time that I give myself a pat on the back for maintaining my weight-loss so well.  It will be a year this October since I lost all of the weight – a great accomplishment.  Maintaining can be as hard as losing sometimes, because there is no end-date when the effort can stop.  You will always have to watch the scale, watch your calories and keep up the exercise.  The longer you can keep it off, the better your chances.  I don’t think the stats are really in your favor until you’ve kept the weight off for three years, so there is still a long road ahead.  But while I’ve been on this journey, I have found a way to enjoy life.  I can still eat foods that I love, and exercise has become something that I look forward to.  It’s all about finding a balance, as with anything else.  There are good weeks and not so good weeks, but I make it work.  Self high-five for that!!!!