Yesterday, I came back from my errands to find my mom muttering and throwing stuff around the garage.

“What’s wrong?” I asked.

She looked up with a crazy look in her eye, “A HUMMINGBIRD WENT PAST MY HEAD!!!! They’re here!!! I gotta get my feeders out!!”

Shortly thereafter, she pulled out a couple of hummingbird feeders, ran into the house and was mixing up a pitcher of red food color, sugar and water.

That’s how serious my mom is about her birds. She has birdbaths, bird feeders, and she puts out seed for wild birds. If you hear something rustling in the bushes around here, don’t worry. It’s the birds. And, they make a ton of noise chattering away. We’re kind of a country bird sanctuary.


I went to my Weight Watchers meeting knowing I had gained. I seriously did not want to go. All afternoon thoughts bounced around in my head: go/don’t go and all the arguments for either decision.

I did suck it up because I remember that no matter what, go to the meetings! It was not bad at all. I gave the woman my card and told her, “I know I gain. I won’t be shocked. Please, just write my info on the card.”

She did. And, told me: “It happens to all of us. We all have to start over. JUST START OVER! Get back on the wagon.”

True. But, I need to actually get on the wagon.

Last night the lecture was, “Is it worth it?” We talked about what foods were worth it and which were not. For me, I don’t analyze it as worth it or not. If I want something, I just eat it and track it. Whatever the points are, fine. If I go outside my points, which I do, I don’t care.

I am going by the hour now. Then, by the day. I’ll be repeating this mantra:


To help me not mindless eat, I am going to drink an 8oz glass of water before I eat anything. Wait. See if I’m still wanting to eat it and go from there. I’ve heard most of the time you aren’t hungry. Just thirty. I’ve also heard to slow down eating and let your mind catch up with your brain to take a big drink of water between each bite of your meal.

I’m also going to try dang hard to only eat when I feel a rumbly in the tumbly.

I’ve heard that if you eat something or are eating out, order the smallest portion possible. You can order more if you find yourself still hungry.

Julia Child said:”Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health.”

This should ensure I have a really good Weight Watchers week.

Today, I am going on my walk through our little town.

Here is a picture I took yesterday on our walk. It shows how old some of the houses are in our town. Can you imagine going to your backyard and pumping water? This particular house was built in 1870.