I know that I’ve asked that question before, but it bears repeating. Are YOU there yet? Have you reached your weight-loss goal? And if you, like me,

have not, how’s it going? I was in a plateau stage, but seem to be back on the losing track. At least I was ‘til my TJMS family birthday partied me out of my mind recently. They had a major breakfast spread (thanks, Matt!), including the world’s best cupcakes, made by our very own Leah Washington. And after the show, there was a wonderful lunch. And that was just one day. The birthday celebration continued through the weekend!

So, to answer my own question, no. But I am back on the program. I’m making better food choices and getting some exercise in each day. I had a small lightbulb moment last week. Not a major epiphany, but a realization that could make a big difference. One of the birthday highlights was the spa weekend, thanks to my BFF. It was both relaxing and invigorating. The sauna, steam and massage routine gave me time to think about my plans for the next year. At the top of my list is to continue to get healthier.

This past year, I’ve lost friends and had friends with health challenges. These events have reminded me how short our time can be. Are we making the most of what we have? Good for you if you answered yes, ‘cause I’m not doing all that I could or should. Now here’s the realization: The taking-care-of-ourselves part of life not only involves exercise and proper diet, but resting and relaxing as well. If we are gonna work and play hard, we have to give the proper amount of time to rest and recoup as well. And I don’t know about you, but I’m not bouncing back from strenuous activities like back in the day. So as we are traveling the road to wellness, I ask that if we work hard and play hard, take the time to rest well.

Please share with the class how you are doing. Any suggestions, stories or tips are always welcome!

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