>I’m slowly getting back on track. Started walking around the neighborhood with Riley. I loved doing this last year…as spring finally comes to Cincinnati an awakening begins within me as well. My neighborhood is perfect for walking…so many routes and quiet, tree-lined streets…it’s just lovely. And as an added benefit, Riley really loves it too!

This week, I’ve started planning my diet in a more thoughtful way. Though I haven’t given up on eating organically, through all this, I have been eating out alot over the past few months and, therefore, have not been eating as organically as I normally would.

The latest issue of Clean Eating just came out and there are so many recipes in it that I am excited about making. Made the Salmon and black bean salsa last night. Delish! Having black bean burger for lunch today…and as always, when I eat in a positive way, I see results on the scale.

I haven’t been successful, so far, in getting up early enough to get to the gym. I have been sleeping a lot lately. In bed by 10pm and not waking up until 7am or even 8am. I think I’ve been really tired for a long time and am just catching up. But, I’m giving myself a break on this because, you know, baby steps. I don’t have to be “the perfect dieter” all at once.

I bought 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food a couple months ago and picked it back up last night. It is good…a small little, pocket-sized book…with lots of great ideas for finding other ways to deal with stress without automatically turning to food. Really should have been following the ideas when I was in the thick of all the stress! But reading it now and perhaps I can put some of those practices in place so that the next time I’m stressed I can do that instead of eating cake.

Today, I will keep the following in mind:

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson