Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Seizing the moment!
Seize the moment. We had a lot of fun going to Detroit for the Vikngs/Giants game. The energy from the fans was palatable at all times. Starting at the airport it was Viking hoopla, which continued onto the plane and the bus. I never saw so many varied, sparkling and vibrant Viking’s attire. The cheerleaders, Victor our mascot and our “motorcycle guy,” were all on my plane. The excitement and enthusiasm were something to be a part of! There was also a little drama as the bus with the cheerleaders and MPLS area sports news crews broke down and they all piled in our fan bus for the trip to the field. Imagine going to a game on a cramped bus with cheerleaders and news personnel crowded three to a seat and up and down the aisles. Completely merry and entertaining. The spirit of the fans, unfortunately, did not carry over to our team. That loss made it crystal clear that we are in desperate need of a number of key players, including a quarterback who is not a career back up (TJ). Yep, it was poignant too, to see one of my all time favorite players Brett Favre, chatting with players and coaches and seemingly not paying attention to the game. We were seated about the 45-yard line only 17 rows up, so most of the time, I could keep an eye on him. Brett has had an incredible career and it was fun to be a part of all the momentum last year. This year’s trouble is not just with BF, but lots pieces. In short we need a new game plan for the long haul.
Speaking of game plans: I was so involved in getting ready to go on Monday, that I forgot the most important part of my own game plan: preparing some food and snacks ahead. I ate a quick and early lunch after I finished teaching in the morning, but by the time we were on the plane, I was starving and realized I had not planned for any snacks like I usually do. So, I went off plan and ate the airplane food (hamburger and cookie and some chips). The food was not good, but, I was so hungry, well you get the picture. I did better at the stadium, but did have a couple of my favorite beers: Newcastle. My DIL calls me a beer snob. I just like my beer tasty and robust.
I am not going to beat my self up about the extra 1000 calories I had a Monday at the game and traveling to it (just like I would say to all of you when your game plan falls). Today I weighed in and am holding steady at 22.5 pounds off so no damage here. I did not exercise for two days with the travel whirlwind, but already put in two miles of walking through snow today.
Just as my favorite football teams need to adjust their game plan when things start to go south, I am more conscious than ever about how my journey hinges on planning for meals and snacks. It was a great trip and I would not trade the whirlwind for anything. As a matter of fact, I am so happy that I seized the moment.
So, now you heard about me and seizing the moment: what about you? When was the last time you seized the moment?? Stay strong! Michele