Balanced Life Weekly #46

Hey everyone and welcome to another edition of Balanced Life Weekly. I have quite a few things to share this week so I am going to get right into it.


First off let’s get right to the weekly weigh in. I actually gained .6 pounds this week, a little disappointed but that is something I can easily lose next week. What I think happened is my calorie gap was too big. I use Lose It to track my calories and last week I finished under 3800 calories. It is good to be under calories but being under too many can be a bad thing in terms of weight loss. I also had some food that was high in sodium as well so that didn’t help as well. I have done a great job on calorie counting, but I need to do a better job of watching the sodium count as well. Salt retains water which leads to weight gain. So I get a handle on these 2 things and I will be all-right, in terms of exercise, I hit all my regular fitness routines with the exception of Saturday which leads me to my next topic, finding inspiration in others.


On Saturday I got up early and headed up to Jackson, TN to see my friend Jeremy run his first 5K. He did great and finished at a great time which even surprised him. You can read all about his first 5K experience on his own blog and I do encourage you to read it especially if you are looking into running a 5K or a 10K race. It was great to see his confidence and focus going into the 5K, not nervous at all, Jeremy truly had his game face on. After the race we hung out and talked and then I had lunch with him and his wonderful family at Olive Garden.

After driving back to Tupelo, my wife and I had dinner at Cracker Barrel with my folks, brother and his girlfriend (I had a grilled chicken salad there). After which, my brother and his girlfriend came over to our house and we headed over to Veterans Park for the Up Up and Away Hot Air Balloon Festival but by the time we got there a lot of the activities were dying down and most of the hot air balloons had already left.

We decided to go to Fairpark Grill in downtown Tupelo where we had adult beverages and dessert. I enjoyed a nice Camelot Merlot and Kristen had a Godiva Chocolate Martini and we shared a Brownie Sundae. Now I did finish the day over my calorie budget by quite a bit, but it was worth the company and conversation. We really enjoy spending time with my brother and the love of his life.


On Sunday, after being out all day Saturday, I decided to sleep in and for the first time we went to the Spanish Mass at our church. I can get by with a few words of Spanish, but after the Mass it became obvious that my Spanish is well, no es beuno shall we say. That being said, it was great to see a whole different community at our parish that we don’t see every Sunday and we had a good time. Fr. Tom talked to us briefly before Mass to ask how the adoption process is coming along. He speaks Spanish quite well for someone born and raised in Ireland, much better than this Los Angelino that is for sure.

After Mass we had an early dinner at Olive Garden where I had Seafood Alfredo (yes I know of the high sodium count) and then we decided to make it an official date night and see Soul Surfer. Soul Surfer is a fantastic movie! It is about the real life story of Bethany Hamilton who lost her left arm to a shark attack while surfing. Her faith in Christ along with the support of her family though, got her back into surfing again and today she is a professional surfer. Amazing story and I would highly recommend seeing this movie!

Well, that is going to do it for this week’s Balanced Life Weekly. Be back next week with another update. God bless!

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