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Aug 21, 2012 ...Calm and Chaos

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

This was the morning view from the cottage we rented on Bark Lake near Algonquin Park just over a week ago. It was so beautiful. Gorgeous surroundings and very private. Paul, our two daughters, Keara and Nicole and new puppy Loki, had a wonderful time and the week went by way too fast.

There was no internet or tv, so we had a lot of very valuable, and much needed family time. Paul travels a lot and Keara and Nicole now live in Toronto, so having that week together was wonderful! It was just like old times when the girls were little and we would rent a cottage during the summer.

It was fun having our new little doggie (not so little, almost 50 lbs at 5 mos) Loki with us too. He went in water for the first time - I was so proud when after two days he decided to venture further than his chest and started to dog paddle. LOL

Here is Loki waiting on Monday morning to greet Paul, Keara and a friend of her's Andrea (who came up for 2 days), on return from their morning fishing
expedition. Not much was caught that day, but a couple of days later Paul caught a couple big fish that we had for dinner that night....nothing better than
fresh fish!

I was concerned before we left that I would follow old patterns/habits and fall into my previous 'vacation-eating' mindset, however I surprised myself. I did eat some foods that are no longer part of my day to day diet (like fresh bakery honey buns), but for the first time in many years, I stayed mindful of what I was eating and how much. I didn't deprive myself, I enjoyed what I ate but I watched my portions and amazingly when I weighed in the Monday after we got back I was down a lb! To know that I had achieved that control while
away, was a pretty awesome feeling.

The chaos? Nothing major or earth-shattering, just a lot of little things that
seemed to crop up in multiples each day since we have been back. One on one, everything is manageable, however when bunched together repeatedly,
it becomes rather chaotic. Suffice it to say that I sure am glad that we had
that week away!

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  • GAYLEP67
    Bark Lake looks like it was a terrific vacation! Amazing what happens when we have no TV and no internet, isn't it? Congratulations on not just maintaining but LOSING while you were on vacation. You've worked the system and it's becoming a habit now!
    Sorry to hear that things have become chaotic since you came back. You can handle it...just keep pushing forward.
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    3179 days ago
    Sounds fantastic, I love a vacation away from everything and everyone, but alas I also love my family and take them with me.
    3181 days ago
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    Looks like a perfect spot for a vacation. emoticon on being mindful of your Spark goals and following your plan. Any loss after a vacation is a powerful incentive. Glad you had fun.

    3181 days ago
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    awesome that you had a great vacation, hope the choas settles down
    3181 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful vacation!
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    3181 days ago
  • EDWARDS1411
    Beautiful pics - the water is sooooo calm! Congrats on losing a lb. while on vacation - amazing!!!
    3181 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    WOW, how serene!

    I'm so glad you enjoyed and realized
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    3181 days ago
    yay you!!
    3181 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12367305
    Wow your vacation sounds like heaven. Sounds like you did great.

    Good luck with the chaos... emoticon
    3181 days ago
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