Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Been mostly sticking to plan. I know that once I get into the dieting groove (yes yes I know, I should be working on a lifestyle change but with as much weight as I need to lose, I'm calling it a diet!) I will have a much easier time. The last year I've gotten in to the habit of giving up at first stumble...need to work out of this. I'm also trying to get used to the fact that it doesn't hurt me to feel hungry once in a while. That's a good thing (not talking starving here, folks, I have to keep the blood sugar relatively steady) but that slightly empty feeling in my stomach. I've gotten very bad at actually listening to what my body says, time to re-learn.
Sunday, September 09, 2012
I've had a very rough 14 months or so after I had a second trimester miscarriage. I very much would like to have a second child but can't seem to manage to stay pregnant, none of my pregnancies have carried to term (my only living child was born 16 weeks early). After the last miscarriage, I self medicated with food & excuses. I gained almost all of the weight I'd worked very hard to take off the previous year. It's been very difficult to get back into a dieting routine.
I don't know what clicked for me. I have been very physically uncomfortable during our muggy (for San Diego) heat wave. Not sure if it was that, the fact that I turn 40 this year, or just general "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! I can't take it anymore!!!", whatever it was has inspired me to run after that healthy lifestyle wagon & jump on.
I've started Sparking again, tracking food & exercise. I've started exercising in a way that is consistent & can NOT be put off. My son started a new school that is 0.5 mi away. Most days I walk him there, then walk home, then repeat when picking him up. Bamm! Built in exercise.
We'll see how this goes.....
Thursday, March 08, 2012
I have long been an admirer of Crock Pots AKA Slow Cookers. I knew their good points & sweet ways, but was playing hard to get. I would shoot coy glances at slow cooker recipes, put them in my folders then callously ignore them. In the end we were reduced to passing notes "I love you, but my life now...it's so complicated." "It's not you, it's me." "Some day soon, I promise we'll get together, but the time is not yet right."
My mother-in-law gave us a wonderful 5quart Crock Pot. I did make a recipe of lentil Sloppy Joes & mull some wine...but mostly our slow cooker languished in obscurity, forgotten in the cupboard with the other neglected pots & pans.
Several things conspired to spark my interest in my forgotten love. Money got tighter, we started getting tired of prepackaged foods, our neighbors kept cooking wonderful smelling food (they're from north Africa...the spices, wonderful spices, yum!), I started working in a book store. The stars aligned & I realized I must end the flirtation & try to build a relationship!
Some online searches & a new cookbook later & MY house is the one filled with the mouth watering aroma... I feel this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I don't know too much about Tina Fey. I know she's on SNL but as I have no satellite or cable & my TV is devoted to children's shows for the most part, this doesn't mean much. I had heard of her book Bossypants but hadn't read it or even planned too. Then today I was looking for photos of Christina Hendricks (long story) & I found some quotes from this book. Now I have to read it!~
Enjoy these quotes & check out the book!
“But I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style. That was the first time that having a large-scale situation in the back was part of mainstream American beauty. Girls wanted butts now. Men were free to admit that they had always enjoyed them. And then, what felt like moments later, boom—Beyoncé brought the leg meat. A back porch and thick muscular legs were now widely admired. And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful. Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you. All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful. Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes.”
― Tina Fey, Bossypants
“It is an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don’t like something, it is empirically not good. I don’t like Chinese food, but I don’t write articles trying to prove it doesn’t exist.”
― Tina Fey, Bossypants
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