Thursday, July 15, 2010
I'm sitting here, eating one bag of peanut butter M&M's. I am breaking the "Don't eat after 8:00 pm rule (another rule that I'm breaking!), but I am making sure that I am aware of every bite! I am eating them one at at time, breaking off the outer shell (oral dexterity...LOL!) and then letting the peanut butter melt in my mouth. They have lasted almost 20 minutes now! Last one...done!
Which got me to thinking....shouldn't I savor everything I eat? No, really, EVERYTHING!!! I don't. Not by a long shot. There are some days that I couldn't even tell you what I ate, let alone how much I ate. Today at lunch, I sat on the patio at work (sooooo warm, so pleasant, so wonderful) and ate my food. About halfway through the "entrée" I realized that I was full. Part of that was because I was drinking a Diet Pepsi (carbonation makes you feel fuller...until the carbonation is released! LOL!). But part of it was probably because I wasn't hungry any more. Weird, huh?
So you know what I did? Yep...I finished the whole thing! LOL! Afterward I didn't feel overly stuffed as though I had eaten way too much. But I did start to wonder if I would have been just as satisfied with less. Why didn't I stop? Because I was afraid! I was afraid I would be hungry later! BTW...I had a string cheese in my lunch pail and two boxes of Fiber One bars at my desk and peanuts at another desk and vending machines if push came to shove. In other words, there was plenty of food available should I get hungry. And healthy food at that.
But not finishing my food is breaking one of those rules. And it would make me get out of my rut. And the starving kids in Africa would starve more if I didn't finish every bite! Right?
What? No? I don't have to finish the food just because it's there? Are you sure? Hmmm...I'll have to think about that...and savor every bite. When I'm no longer savoring, maybe I'll stop eating. What a concept!
Sunday, July 11, 2010
As most of you know, I took the kids to the water park (again) today. We've gone multiple times and the wildest ride I've gone on is the Wave Pool. It is a big pool that has large waves for 10 minutes at a time, then 10 minutes of relative calm, throughout the day. Even when I went on that "ride," I didn't venture past the blue line that non-swimmers aren't supposed to cross. Yes, I can swim. I'm just a sissy-la-la-wah-wah-girl! LOL!
Well, this year I've ventured outside my comfort zone. Today, I went on the family ride with the kids. Tube, water, slide. Then I went on the slide. Tube, water, slide. Then we went on the racing slides. Tube, water, slide. Seeing a pattern here? That's just it...so did I! LOL!! Every ride there is just some variation of tube (or no tube), water and sliding!
So then it was my turn to choose a ride. And going potty and sitting down reading are not rides - according to the kids! LOL! So I chose the Viper's Vortex. It basically looks like a big toilet bowl and the ride ends when you get "flushed"! LOL! We went up the ride and DD and I went in a tube together. DS wanted to go alone, so we let him. I was in front and I swear that first drop was 100 feet up and straight down! I screamed! And I was scared! And then I laughed! And then we did it again!!!! What an absolute blast. We continued to ride rides for about 90 minutes. Then I had to stop for water and reapplication of sun screen (and so did the kids). Then I was hungry and tired so I rested a little. And then we did it again...another 30 minutes or so.
It was a great day, but now I'm done. I made dinner (twice), started auctions, packed my lunch for tomorrow and picked out clothes. I've even done my SParking for the day. I think I can safely go to bed now! And it's not yet 10:00! Thank goodness, cos I could use the sleep! LOL!
Night all. Five more wake ups until my STAY-cation!!!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
I am BIG on rules. There are rules and they are there for a reason and everyone should follow them! EVERYONE!! Unless it's a stupid rule and then you can ignore it. But I get to decide which rules are stupid.
Most of the rules I follow are ones that I "wrote" for myself. Don't get me wrong...I obey the law (usually) and follow policy at work. But the rules that came to mind today are self-imposed. For example, when putting away dishes, the clean dishes go on the bottom of the pile. That way, all the dishes get used evenly and none of them feel left out. Same thing with towels, clothes, etc. Now...don't think I'm TOO crazy. I don't try to make the family follow that rule...much. hee hee. Another rule is that if you already own something that works, you use that. You don't go out and buy something better just cos it exists. Probably comes from growing up on a farm. A working farm. No money. No new things unless you really needed them. Or earned extra money for them.
This morning, I had a bunch of stuff that I wanted/needed to get done so the kids and I could get to the water park early enough to get the best seat. I went to the gym first (yay me!) and took two small towels to wipe the sweat off my face (I don't like the ones the gym provides). One of them was old and the stenciling/pattern/whatever on it was starting to come off. That made the towel really rough and it kinda hurt when I used it to wipe away the sweat. In fact, I've had that one and a couple like for close to a year. I don't like using them, but I have them, so they go in the rotation. I finally realized today (AHA moment!) that I never go through all of the towels I have for the gym in one week. I have plenty of the towels I DO like that I could use. I can throw the ones I don't like away...or use them to wash the car or give it to the dog to chew on!
Then I started to wonder if any of my other rules were perhaps too stringent. Should I look at some of the things I've lived by for years and see if changes need to be made?
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Two Christmas' ago, we got my son a drum set. He really didn't play it much, but then, he didn't really know how. So, for the last two months, DH has been taking DS into town once a week for drum lessons. Apparently, he picks up on new beats very quickly. He hears the beat once and he has it! I'm impressed and not just cos he's my kid! LOL!
This weekend is the Portland Expo in (you guessed it!) Portland Oregon. DH has been planning to go and was originally planning to leave today. That would mean that I would need to take DS to his drum lessons. Okay. No problem. In fact, kinda looking forward to it! Then DH changes his plans. He's still planning to go, but doesn't need to be there for the expensive Friday "first" day. He's going to leave tomorrow. Which means he can take the boy to drum lessons.
Okay. I wanted to go and listen in, but this is a Dad/Son thing and I'm not going to try to mess that up. DD is spending the night at a friends, the boys will be at lessons...wait...that means I'll have the house to myself!! I can do ANYTHING I WANT!!! Oh, the possibilities that go through my head. Hope you're sitting down because this list is on-the-edge-of-your-chair EXHILARATING!!
1. Work out
2. Spray vinegar on the weeds and grass feed on the...yes...grass
3. Cook dinner
4. Sit on my butt and read
I'm sure I could have come up with a lot more options, but on the way home I get a phone call from DH. He always seems to call just as I'm rounding this one corner. So I'm trying to shift, turn down the radio and answer the phone all at once. Ugh! But I digress. DH is telling me that if I want to join the boys for drum lessons, I'd better chop chop and get my little butt home (yep, he said "little"!).
What?!? I get to go? Yippee! I chop-chopped and got my butt home! Drum lessons were pretty cool, too. DH and I sat on a couch in an adjoining room where we could hear everything, but not be in the way. DS really does catch on very quickly. And he seemed so driven!! The teacher would show him one beat, he would practice it two or three times and then be ready for the next one. it was like he had a goal in mind...to learn ALL of the beats and he wanted to get it done NOW! Not sure where he gets that! LOL!
After lessons, we had dinner at a Mexican restaurant that we all really like. So now I have two meals that I can put on the menu to guarantee myself a night with no cooking...chicken parmesan and tamale corn pie! My two favorite recipes! LOL!
Thursday, July 08, 2010
It is a stay-cation all the way! Woo Hoo!! I do have a couple of things planned. Water park at least a couple of days. A local park and the zoo another day. Will meet my mom for lunch one day as well. I will workout each day before the activities planned and I will watch my food intake. I plan to maintain my healthy lifestyle even then!
That's it. Only seven more work wake-ups til vacation!
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