Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Last night was dinner at Cheddars with the Girlfriend Group. I placed my order for a salad - they have WONDERFUL salads and I had planned my calories that day so I could also eat the croissant that comes with it.
The salads are huge, though, so when the waiter asked "Would you like anything else with that?" I answered, "Yes. A take out box". He laughed a little but sure enough, he brought it with the food.
In went half of my huge, wonderful salad. I ate the rest with the croissant, with no guilt. The other half is in my fridge, waiting for lunch today.
This technique is working well for me. No temptation to continue to nibble on the food in front of me when I've eaten all I need to satisfy me. Nibbling is a sneaky, unconscious little twitch that happens before you know it, lol. And ruins the best laid plans of dieting women!
I hope this works for you, too!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Joe and I spent some time at the local Barnes and Nobles yesterday, then went out for lunch.
I ordered what I wanted and asked for a take out box to be brought with the food.
Then I divided everything in half and put one half in the box, leaving half on my plate.
I ate. We talked and laughed and enjoyed ourselves. I didn't miss the other half of the meal at all, so it came home with me to be my lunch for another day.
It's like having money taken directly out of your check and put into savings. Doesn't seem to hurt as much to do without it as if you had it in your checkbook but knew you shouldn't spend it.
Works for me, lol.
Friday, July 17, 2009
My favorite quote from William Shakespeare:
"THERE IS A TIDE in the affairs of men which taken at the flood leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their lives, is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea, are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves, or lose our fortunes."
I had a little bird in a cage. A cardinal that someone had trapped and kept locked up all his life. They hadn't taken very good care of him, and I was his rescuer.
I fed him and took care of him as best I could and one day I took his cage out into the yard and opened the door. Nothing happened. I left him there all day with the cage door open. Nothing.
Finally, I took him out of the cage and put him in a tree. He flew to the top branch.
Hours later, I went around the back of the house, where I had left the cage. It was laying on it's side in some weeds. The door was open and the little bird was inside.
He had been in his cage so long, he couldn't leave it. He died in it.
Is there something in your life you're waiting to do? Waiting until you're thinner, richer, or braver?
Remember, "There is a tide..." If you let opportunity pass you by too often, you will be like the little caged bird.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Yes, even Rosie is dieting. I'm the one logging her food, lol.
A couple of years ago the vet said "This is a 9 lb. cat that weighs 11 pounds."
Now she's a 9 lb. cat that weighs 15 pounds!
I've had cats all my life and never had a fat one. Rosie is a totally indoor cat and doesn't get much exercise because when I throw "mousies" for her to chase or leap up and catch, she doesn't fetch, lol, and I can't always bend over and pick them up.
So I feel badly about Rosie being fat. I've been measuring her food for a long time, so I know she's not eating a LOT of Iams. Half a cup a day and one little spoon of tuna in the evening as a treat.
Rosie and I talked it over and she CAN"T give up the tuna treat, so we're changing to Weight Control Iams. Blending it with her regular food until her body gets used to it.
And trying to play more!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
We all have "handles" that we use here and which we chose for some reason known only to us.
But we all have names too. Karen, Linda, Mary, Ann, Joan, Sarah, etc. etc.
It's just really hard to FIND the name to address someone. We forget to put our first name on our blogs. We forget to sign our name to our posts and comments.
It's hard to pretend your having coffee with a friend when you don't know her name, lol. It feels a bit strange to write "Hi Woman58478" lol. Even though handles are meaningful and necessary (how many Mary's ARE there in the world?), it feels more natural to use your name.
I'd like to suggest that to make it easier to form friendships and bond with others, and just generally make things more warm and cozy, we put our name on everything we do here. I think it would make us feel a little more like neighbors. I hope you try it.
And pass it on!
I'm starting a treatment of acupuncture along with my chiropractic adjustments, hopefully to lessen the chronic pain that fills my life on a daily basis. I was saving money to replace the carpet in my house, but have decided to spend it on this "chance" that might make life a little more pain free.
I've promised myself that if it doesn't work, I will NOT look back and regret spending the money on it. If I don't welcome any opportunity that seems workable, I'll be resigning myself to just whining about pain. And I don't want to be whiney, lol.
Wish me luck.
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