New Year’s Day found me facing my final two days at True North. I have enjoyed myself so much here and yet I’m a bit weary and ready to be home. Back on my turf. Sleeping in my own sweet bed. Thursday morning I had my final appointment with Dr. Lorn. It was a good meeting. We went over my stats. She asked me if I had decided what it was I really loved….what made me happy. The jury is still out on that one, but at least I’m thinking about it and I think I’ll find my way there soon.
Total weight loss: 23.4 pounds
Starting Blood Pressure: 174/114
Ending Blood Pressure: 94/60
I’ll call that a success.
The classes for Thursday included a demonstration by Katie Mae of Sweet Potato Tacos with Tempeh & Broccoli Rojo and a Ginger-infused Pad Thai. Both were quite tasty. Here are some pictures:
The afternoon found me at a food demonstration by Chef A.J. One of my favorite bites of the entire stay was the fennel & date salad that she made this day. I have even made it since I’ve been home. The picture below is of the salad I made after I got home. Shayda demonstrated a Chipotle Bean Burger. Unfortunately I had to leave mid-way through this class to go through the check out process. Luckily, my sweet friend Jeannie saved me a burger sample and delivered it to my room. It was delicious. I’ll be making this for a group of friends on Monday and I’m excited to share it with them.
The staff here are all so sweet. The check out process was a little hectic, but I was happy to visit with the staff and get a chance to say goodbye to them.
Dr. Morano gave a lecture this evening that I was looking forward to, but I was tired and wanted to spend some time getting my things together as I was leaving the next day.
Friday was a great breakfast and I even got a smile out of Dr. Goldhamer. My friend, Paul, picked me up and we did another fun driving tour of the surrounding area before hitting the airport. The kitchen crew made me a lovely take away lunch to help me eat properly on my trip home. It was tasty.
Paul and I tried to go see some Redwoods, but it was a busy tourist day and finding parking was problematic. I’m grateful Paul took time from his busy schedule to shuttle me around. It was fun to spend time with this old friend of mine.
I got a little bit motion sick on my way home in the airplane. I couldn’t believe how cold it was when we landed in Utah. SO COLD! My brother, Trent, his wife, Marilee, and their sweet baby girl Megan picked me up at the airport and drove me home.
When I was at True North I had a few people ask me if I was emotional, explaining that they had been when they were fasting. I hadn’t been. I had been a bit melancholy and home sick a few days, but that was it. Once I was home and had most of my stuff unpacked and put away, I sat down in my living room. I reflected on the past three weeks, the things I had learned, the people I had met, all of the people at home who were so kind and supportive, my family, my friends, my coworkers and bosses, the phone calls I received, the cards and e-mails. And the dam broke. I sobbed for a half hour. Partly I was relieved to know that I had made it. I had accomplished what I set out to do. I was overwhelmed with the love I felt from everyone. And I realized how much I felt supported by God while I was doing what was truly one of the most difficult things I have ever done. I cried a lot of tears of gratitude that night. And repeated it every time I had a few minutes to think about it over the next four or five days.
This experience has been such a blessing. Now I just hope that I can stay focused on my goals, be forgiving of myself if and when I find myself falling off the path, and correcting any mistakes that I make quickly and kindly.
Thank you for following my journey and for your support.
I’m excited to continue to share my story. It has only just begun.