Monday, November 18, 2013
One of the things I often crave is chocolate (and peanut butter, too, but that's a different story...) and a couple of weeks ago I was surfing the web and up popped an ad for "Choffy" Like ground coffee you put in a French Press, but made out of cocao beans instead. So I thought, hmmm, what the heck, and ordered a bag. It.Is.Amazing. You make it and pour it in your cup. after it has steeped for 5 minutes and it's like dark chocolate heaven. It's so smooth, you don't even have to put any sugar or milk/cream in it, though you could. It's kind of expensive ($15.00 plus shipping for a 12 oz bag) but it's worth it for a special treat or maybe stress relief at the end of the day...
Oh, and did I leave the best news for last? An 8 oz serving is 20 calories, only a tiny bit of caffeine, full of antioxidants, only three grams of carbs and 2 grams of protein!
The only negative is that it really doesn't work in the Keurig. It really needs to steep.
If you Google "Choffy" it should come right up. I love it so much I might become a distributor.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Yesterday I went to the doctor, not because I was sick, but because it had been a year since I'd had bloodwork done and figured I'd better face the music about my blood sugar and my cholesterol. Not that my diet has been horrible but it could be a lot better.
So, my doctor hands me the results of the bloodwork and says "I think you'd rather be about 25-30 pounds lighter, but I can't really say anything, because your numbers are good, and I know you are walking your dogs for at least 30 minutes a day.
Here are the numbers:
Fasting Blood Sugar--84 (optimal less than 100)
Cholesterol----200 (optimal less than 200)
LDL --116 (optimal between 100-129)
HDL--75 (optimal greater than 50)
Triglycerides--47 (optimal less than 150)
So, I've dodged a bullet! This gives me motivation to get back to eating more healthy, getting back to the gym, and getting rid of those extra pounds again...this time for good.
My plan to return to the gym (after the first of the year)...wear my workout clothes to bed, get up at 5, take the dogs out, feed the dogs, take myself and my pre-loaded gym bag to the campus recreation center (where I can work out for less than $100 per semester), work out, and then get showered, dressed, made up, and accessorized there and to work by 7:30. Can I do it? I think so.
Wish me luck!
On the road with you,
Friday, October 25, 2013
And I only work half a day on Fridays! This has been a really busy week, leading up to a conference program at our local History Conference yesterday. My colleague and I did two sessions yesterday morning, and that was after about 20 hours of work getting ready for it this week. God forbid that I should get things done early. I've known about this program since APRIL. But it turned out great and I think that people who attended were really satisfied. It was about using trade books to help with the Common Core State Standards in Social Studies classes.
The big news of today is that I got my SP Tracker in the mail. So cute and easy to set up. Maybe this will help me get motivated again. I certainly hope so!
I do have to work on Sunday afternoon, but the rest of the weekend is fun. Tonight I'm going to see "The Little Shop of Horrors" at the university, and Sunday evening am going to a "Fright Night" concert put on by the Eastern Illinois University Symphony Orchestra. They do this every year and I've never gone. I hear it's really fun for kids--the kids all wear costumes and the conductor wears a Dracula costume that is very scary.
The only stressful things left on my calendar have to do with the sorority I advise. Initiation is in a week and I'm probably going to have to tell three new members that they can't initiate because of poor midterm grades. There will be much crying. And then there will be installation of new officers, and all of this year's reports that I am going to have to plow through and correct and give back to the officers to retype and look at them again ad nauseum until December 21 when the semester is over! And then it starts all over again.
This week I did two things for myself. I applied for a sabbatical for Spring 2015, and I let the Provost know that I am applying for a Professional Advancement Increase (like a promotion, but after you are already a full professor). The main reason to do it is that it's a 7% increase in salary, which I can definitely get into. It'll help pay for my new car, which I got this summer after the old one broke down, unfixable, while I was on my way to my family in Iowa.
So, I'm doing laundry and it's beeping at me. I think I'm going to do some cooking tomorrow, including making fresh applesauce to freeze with some Winesap apples I got on Wednesday. I also have a cabbage that needs to be cooked or something, so I'm going to do a corned beef and cabbage in the crockpot. And make a big salad I can eat off of for a few days, and boil some eggs for quick breakfasts or lunches next week.
Hope you are all doing well!
PS: The cat brought me a dead goldfinch today. Naughty boy.
Monday, October 21, 2013
For how long, I can't say. During the entire time I have continued to read articles from SP, and have generally kept my weight about the same(within 5 pounds) since last December. Of course, that's approximately 50 pounds above where I was at my thinnest, and about 30 pounds above where I felt my best.
My puppy, Lulu, has turned into a dog. If you remember, she was the rescue dog I got last March as a 4 month old lab/pointer mix. Now it appears there is no pointer, but rather some Australian cattle dog in there with the lab. I love her to death, but she is a handful.
Lulu pretty much runs the household, and now the cat is afraid of her, though he gets his licks in. Lulu just loves the cat so much that she wants to lick him to death, something the cat is just not very happy about. And she bugs Chica the chihuahua mix so much that after awhile Chica turns around and gives Lulu a good nip, which of course sends them both on a mad chase around and around the dining room table. Here's a picture of Chica, too.
We do get quite a bit of exercise walking morning and night. I have a double leash so that both Lulu and Chica can walk, and Chica keeps up with us and has lost 2 pounds...which I think is about 20 people pounds! Unfortunately, that is the ONLY exercise I am getting.
Work has been crazy. I set my schedule so I work a little bit longer Monday through Thursday so I could get off at noon on Friday. Sadly, this has not happened yet. I work longer Monday through Thursday, work a full day Friday, and come into work at least one day of the weekend.
In addition, I have resumed duties as my sorority's Advisory Board Chair, which is taking up about 10 hours a week.
I did drop out of my church choir, but picked up teaching a Sunday school class. This will end in December, though, thank goodness.
So, as you can see, I need to learn to say no.
So how are all of you doing?
Monday, March 25, 2013
We got a bunch of snow yesterday/last night. I don't know the official numbers, but it's around a foot. Here's a picture of my house taken at 6 am this morning. I'd just finished walking my puppy Lulu, who is doing fairly well at housetraining...though she has peepeed in every room in the house.
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