Friday, April 23, 2010
For example, I worked in a bakery during my junior and senior years of high school. Yes, I tasted every single one of those doughnuts! Had to!! You can't recommend a good donut if you have not personally tasted every variety, right?
Anyway, every morning, the baker would come in and bake the donuts. Some Saturdays, I would pull the morning shift and be there right as the donuts were coming out of the fryer. Do you have any idea how delicious a doughnut, straight out of the fryer and freshly glazed, is? Oh...I do! And because I do, donuts are not usually a food that I eat. Because they're not fresh. The closest are the Krispy Kremes when the line is running. But most of the time, I'm not willing to spend my calories on donuts.
Another example is candy. If I really think about how the candy will taste, I almost always walk away without buying any. The flavor just isn't quite "it". Most sugar-based foods fall into this category for me.
However, I've never met a cheeseburger that I didn't like (okay, one, but I still go back. What's up with that?) French fries? I don't think you can screw up french fries...even if they've been sitting in the warming bin for awhile and someone puts them back in the fryer to"freshen" them up. I'll eat those! As you can tell, I'm more of a salty cravings kind of girl than sugar.
Any ideas on how to make myself budget those calories on salt as well as I do on sugar? Anyone have a french fry?
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I plan my food for the next day fairly religiously. If I have relatively high calorie foods, I will be at the upper end of my calorie range. That generally includes three meals and two snacks. But what about my last snack of the day?
I like knowing that I have some calories left to be able to have a snack after I've worked out and before I go to bed. Not a huge snack, just 100 - 200 calories is plenty. I've noticed that if I don't have that leeway, I feel deprived ALL day! And because I feel deprived, I have a tendency to overeat on those days (yesterday, for example).
That means I need to make sure that I don't have two (or more) high-calorie meals in one day. OR (and this is a novel idea), I could give myself permission to go a little over. Have that healthy snack and be over by 100 - 200 calories instead of the 600 and up that I go over when I feel deprived. Working on both approaches. Doing good so far! Of course, today was day one!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Yes, you need to read the title to the tune of 99 bottles of Beer on the Wall. Not that they have anything to do with each other, but it may give you a peek into how my mind works. On second thought...
Anyway, my local library has a reading program for adults. As you finish a book, you write your name, the name of the book you read and your phone number on a slip of paper to enter yourself into the drawing. Every Monday, they pull a certain number of names out of the jar/can/tin. If they draw your name, you can come in a pick out a free book! Of course I play!!!
Since I generally go to the library on Saturdays, I needed a way to keep track of which books I had finished. The solution (for me) was to get one of the larger post-it notes and put it on my book mark. As I finish a book, I write the title on the post-it. On Saturday, I write down the date, enter the books and then cross them off. That helps me know that I did enter the books each week and also gives me a running list of all of the books I've read.
Today, I reached the end of my post-it note. Looking back over the books I read, I noticed that the first date was 3/21...of 2009! (Am I pack rat or what?) Wow, thought I. I've had this post-it note for over one year. I wonder how many books I've read in that year. For those of you who read the title, I'm gonna say you already know the answer to that! LOL!
But, do you also know that the average is 6.7 (almost 6.8) books per month? (I used 13 months if any of you math nerds are following along.) That is 1.69 books per week (average again)! Some folks don't read 1.69 books per year! Not that they should. I just can't imagine why they wouldn't. I enjoy reading, so everyone does, right? Okay, not!
Of course, the one lady at work who reads as much as I do is out this week. I'll have to remember to share with her what a nerd I am. I mean, she knows I 'm a nerd. This will just reinforce how much of one I am! LOL!!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Traveled to a nearby town for my daughter's softball game. This town runs their softball program a little differently than my town does. They start the girls on one team when they are fairly young and keep them on that same team throughout their time in the league. There are obviously going to be girls who leave and those who come in, but for the most part, they stay together for years. Because of this, these girls are a team. They know who can do what and they work together really well. This isn't to say that they are unbeatable. They can be beat, but your team has to have it together. It won't be a walk.
My daughter has played on multiple teams with many girls. In doing so, she has learned to play many positions and has gotten to know a lot of different girls. She has also learned how to be part of a team, even if that team changes every year. For the most part, my daughter's team is a good team. There are girls who have been playing for years; others started this year. They all get along and they know how to play the game.
Until they go through the mojo sucking force field. I swear, something about playing this team in their home town sucks all of the mojo out of our girls! LOL! There were more wild throws and missed grounders in the first inning than there has been the whole year to this point. I think part of it is that they psyche themselves out to play this team. After the first inning, they held that team to no more runs. They even scored a few, so it wasn't a total shut out. They even started throwing the ball to each other instead of into space! LOL!!
Does anyone have a reset button for force fields? Or a way to travel around them? I'm not exactly sure where it is, but I'm determined to tear that puppy down!! LOL!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
The last two days have been absolutely beautiful! Temps in the 70's, sun shining, light breeze! Gorgeous. And what did I do? I actually enjoyed it! Saturday morning, after DD had her pictures taken for softball, I came home and started some laundry. I was dressed for the gym, so I sat in the sun outside to read my book. Fell asleep, but not for too long. Turns out, it was long enough. Slight sunburn on my forehead!
Today, I sat outside again, but this time with a hat on to protect that forehead o'mine. Yep, fell asleep again! And, trimmed the yard (DH mowed) and pulled some weeds. Walked to the gym and back. Made potato soup. Made dinner. (The potato soup is for lunches for DS and me.)
Tomorrow, DD has a softball game 40 miles from my work. One of the other moms is giving her a ride there so I don't have to come back, get her and then drive all the way back again. That means that not only am I packing all of my meals and snacks tomorrow, but I also need to work out in the morning before work. That means I will be getting up at 4:00 for my exercise. It's only one day and I can handle anything for only one day, right? Right!
On that note, I need to go to bed so I can get a decent night's sleep to start my week. Night y'all!
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