Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I thought I would take it to work...instead I poured it over lettuce as dressing tonight. My hubby asked me what the H--- kind of dressing did I make...Oh you mean lemon, celery, romaine, basil (sounds good so far, right?) dates, peanuts, cayenne and tabasco? I have no idea WHAT mood I was in when I began throwing things together. It actually didn't taste SO bad when you added salt...and it was much lower in calories than other things I could have used.
I am at 1400, which gives me a little wiggle room...about 50% raw today. Tomorrow, we're having friends for dinner, and I am making raw cucumber soup, pasta with fresh tomatoes and fruit compote for dessert. I am hoping NOT to add sweetener, but I bought a bunch of rhubarb today, that looked SO good, so I may cook it with a little, then add fresh plums, nectarines and apples.
Have to get busy. The Celtics are ahead, and I *need* to watch the rest of the game, get organized for low cal tomorrow. I am on a roll.
And I walked over 3 miles today.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
AND, not only Truffles, but triple ginger cookies (one of my favorite Trader Joes' treats) sitting in the kitchen at work 20 feet from my desk! I went to the fridge to put my lettuce, fruit, etc in the fridge and they were sitting there...calling my name. LOUDLY. VERY loudly....I almost succumbed. I had to run out of the room, take deep breaths, walk around, and keep going back into the kitchen to see "if they were gone yet" It took a couple hours. But it was a BIG box of truffles, and a huge full container of cookies...I could not even start working til they were all gone!
I was SO relieved when they finally disappeared. I could barely breathe. I made up my mind last night that I was going to eat 1500 calories today, and not one more. Period. Well, my first challenge came WAY earlier than expected. I had to laugh. Last week, I would have gobbled a few truffles and a large handful of the cookies...but the day is done and I am at 1475 calories! Lowest intake in months. I am nauseated, light headed, and all the other things that go along with cutting sugar, and excess calories out of one's diet.
I have my weird smoothie all ready for the morning. And it is farmers' market tomorrow so I will be set with fruit and veggies. And I am off to bed before I attack the fridge.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Something happened today. As I was pulling in the light rail station this morning, I realized I had forgotten my pass, and my work ID. So I turned around....and it hit me. I cannot go to work today. Period. Was it a premonition? Friday the 13th? Or was I just being lazy? I called in, and had a fabulous day!
First, I did a lot of soul searching. My eating has been SO out of control. I got on the scale today, and I am up a few more pounds. YIKES! I DO NOT WANT TO BE A WEIGHT LOSS FAILURE STATISTIC! I have said this so many times. So after I over ate this morning, I got a grip, and we had cucumber soup (YUM - posted the recipe on the RAW FOODIES recipe thread) for dinner. I feel SO much better. My knees, and my feet have been complaining a lot. THEY are noticing the added pounds...so again, I am starting over.
Then, I know I said no more travel...but I was so tired on our anniversary (last night) that I made omelettes for dinner, and watched TV while hubby went to bed early. So much for celebrating our 20th. Instead, I decided to plan a romantic getaway. We are off to San Francisco for the weekend. Found a great hotel a block from Union Square and was able to bargain down the rates SO CHEAP! They were sold out, but just had a cancellation, and the gal felt pity on me when I told her our story. She checked with her boss, and really gave me a priceline kind of deal.
So we're taking the train in the morning, and going to a international string competition as soon as we check in. Semi finals for violinists, cellists, etc (aged 14-23) from all over the globe. Should be awesome. About 10 years ago, we stumbled on a music camp for string prodigies (aged 6-18) on an anniversary getaway to New Mexico. It was one of our favorite events. How appropriate to have a similar experience this year!
Sunday, we are going for dim sum, but have to walk almost a mile to get there...then we are going to the Frida Kahlo exhibit (one of my favorite artists) which opens tomorrow...again, a good walk. Take the train home Sunday night.
How fun to travel for something other than work, house stuff, or family respite. First getaway weekend in about 3 years, other than a couple of camping weekends last summer. Just to play tourist...I have so much family history in San Francisco...my great grandparents, and my grandmother were the great earthquake survivors, and I spent so many summers there as a kid.
We are planning to eat light Saturday night (Café Gratitude?) and will exercise a plenty with no car. Monday....counting calories again. 1500. Every bite accounted for. No cheating. No lying to self. Integrity. Name of the game.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
And does it feel good! NO travel on the agenda for at least a couple of weeks...We'll be gone with some great friends for 5 days over the fourth of July weekend...but it will be a FUN trip...for the first time in AGES. In the meantime...I have time to regroup.
Weekend with my folks was wonderful, but exhausting as usual. My mom is declining every time I see her. We had one marlvelous, magical moment of lucidity...a lifetime memory. Will share at a later date.
Thanks to all for the support, encouragement on ongoing friendship. One of these days, I'll have, and take the time to thank you all individually. For now, just know I read and appreciate the comments.
Friday, June 06, 2008
It is SO good to be home! What a grueling week it was. Filled with hostility, lies, cover ups, and long, long hours....AND in all of that, having to deal with Los Angeles traffic. Thankfully, the theatre/opera provided exactly what was needed to get through the week.
Meeting today / conference call with the rest of the offices that were involved in the state wide project. I have never seen such baggy eyes, and fatigue on everyone. It was difficult on all of us. SO glad to sleep in my bed. After 12 hour days, we opted to come home last night...and was it nice!
Off again to San Diego early in the a.m. I'll probably not be on line much til the middle of next week...may have access to dial up...
I am reminded of my Hawaiian (Victorian) bracelet. One of the many heart felt gifts from my hubby. When trying to think of what should be written on it (as in the Hawaiian tradition) he spoke with the director of a Hawaiian immersion school, and told her he felt like a big dog who loved to lay in the garden and soak up the sun. While basking in the warmth, he liked to watch a beautiful butterfly flit from place to place, and iwhile doing so, brought a smile to his face. Then the butterfly landed on his nose, and he felt an incredible sense of joy and gratitude that the butterfly (me) chose HIS nose to land on...
The director took the story to the classroom and the students gave me the Hawaiian name of Pulelehua (butterfly)to engrave on the outside, and the words to engrave on the inside. "It is YOU (the very special and unique being that you are ) that brings (all the) blessings (and joy) to my life."
I am so glad to have my big dog to come home to....
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