Renee' and I were still communicating regularly and I was still sending her my food journal every night. What started as me being unsure what I was getting myself into, but knowing that I needed to change things, had turned into an awesome friendship that I feel so lucky to have in my life.
That week was a busy one. As I mentioned before, I teach swim lessons as something a little extra to do and the summer session started that week. It was funny how my priorities had changed. I had to be in the pool at 5:30 so I made sure I got home from work in time to go for a walk before I had to leave. One of the little things I noticed with teaching... I was able to hop out of the pool without using a ladder for the first time in years! I had so much more energy and was excited to be there.
Wednesday was graduation which meant I would be at rehearsal most of the day and would spend the rest of the afternoon walking around Oxford because I didn't want to waste time and gas driving home. During rehearsal I am on my feet a lot and running around, getting extra chairs, putting signs up, etc. This year I wasn't tired. After the kids left, I had a couple of hours to kill. I actually went to a restaurant and had lunch by myself - which never would have happened the previous year. I also went to Starbucks, had some green tea and read on my Kindle for a couple of hours. And I wasn't uncomfortable. I did do a little people watching but, who wouldn't in that situation :) I couldn't believe I did all of that all by myself. This is from somone who (still, to this day) hates situations where she doesn't know anyone. Amazing what a little self-confidence can do for a person.
Since I didn't really get a chance to exercise on on Wednesday that week, I wasn't expecting much from my weigh in that week. The scale had a different idea - 3 more lbs! I was in absolute shock that I was only 5 lbs away from my next goal and I had a month to get there. And I still hadn't eaten sushi again... ;)
Of course at this point, Renee' started trying to get me to eat new foods. As you know by now, I don't understand food. She mentioned something called mahi mahi... I just said, 'more fish??'.. which also would mean more recipes... I still haven't tried it or found recipes for it - Avoidance is a difficult thing to get rid of sometimes!
That weekend I remember being a busy one - Supervising the ACT, trying to finish things up to get the condo on the market, babysitting my favorite little kids (all in one day)... I even made fish for my dinner when I babysat the kids and my nephew looked at me and said, Mimi, what is that awful smell?? It made me smile because I totally agree with him that it smells bad. I told him it was my dinner and he made a face that looked a lot like the one I used to make whenever a certain someone would mention fish...
Sunday was the first meeting of the book club I joined. I wasn't anywhere as nervous as I thought I would be. I actually beat my friend to the restaurant and introduced myself to two people I had never met - That's quite an achievement for me. Once everyone was there, we ordered appetizers (well, I didn't) and talked for a long time. Although I didn't say a lot (still working on that confidence thing...), I did talk a little bit and I had the best time. They all are so nice and really funny. They had me laughing most of the night!
I couldn't believe how much I was enjoying being around people again and I loved how I felt comfortable in my own skin again. Little did I know, it was just the beginning!