Today was a very, VERY busy day loaded with fun! It started with a terrific church service at Brookwood Baptist Church, followed by a fast lunch, and then off to the Krewe of Highland Mardi Gras Parade. It's a Sunday afternoon, family friendly parade that runs through some beautiful neighborhoods (with no nudity or shenanigans like you'll find in the French Quarter). We caught TONS of beads, cups, Moon Pies (yes, they actually throw Moon Pies!), and other fun novelties!
It was definitely unlike any parade I've been to before and I cannot WAIT to come back again!
Even Trigger wore some beads (against his will...)!
After the parade ended we headed straight for the Boardwalk for two hours of shopping. We stopped by the grocery store and finally made it back to the house just after 8:00 to eat pastalaya (jambalaya pasta) and king cake for dinner.
Shockingly, I was under my caloric limit today! I did so well with my eating, but I had a difficult time with my self-esteem, falling into the trap of self-criticizing. I'm trying so hard not to cry and be upset at the fact that I've lost 18 pounds and yet I'm still not happy with how I look in pictures. I felt so much bigger than the other women at the parade. It was a constant fight to keep myself from saying mean things in my head. Even as I write this, I'm feeling like I want to cry.
However, I HAVE to focus on the positives; I've lost 18 pounds in seven and a half weeks, I bought an XL sweatshirt this weekend that was actually BIG on me, my jeans are becoming too big, I continue to do great day after day with my caloric intake, and even though I didn't work out to an aerobic DVD this weekend, I've done a ton of walking and have kept physically active.
The bottom line: I won't give up hope, I won't let these barriers get me down, and I won't give up on my dream!