Wednesday, June 26, 2013
So here is the deal...
Eating. We have to do it. I mean, you can go without food for a pretty long time, but eventually you have to do it or you die.
You shouldn't eat when you are not hungry... I struggle with this and here is why --
I had gastric bypass surgery in 2012. I don't feel hunger like a normal person. If I wait until I am hungry to eat, and stopped when I was full, I would only consume maybe 600 calories a day at most. So, I end up eating when I am not hungry in order to get proper nutrition.
I struggle with this sometimes. I don't want to say I feel guilty (not an emotion in my spectrum) but I feel like I am breaking Healthy Lifestyle Rule #21 if I eat when I am not hungry.
We hear it over and over and over from the experts... don't eat unless you are hungry. Don't put "fuel" in an already "full" gas tank... But I can go too many miles before I am on E (does that make sense??)
Like right now... I just had Greek Yogurt and Kind Granola (2 tablespoons) for a snack -- I wasn't hungry, but it was in my "plan" for the day. Now, had I not eaten that snack, I would have been under on my protein and even further under on my calories.
Maybe I am just thinking too much and need to go to bed?
Monday, June 24, 2013
Saturday my boyfriend surprised me by suggesting we go for a bike ride and check out a new trail. I was pretty excited! A co-worker had told us about it, and I have been dying to check it out. When he suggested that we go on Saturday, I was thrilled. The train was pretty nice. It follows the old railroad beds so it is pretty level, but the scenery is nice.
When we had gotten a little over a mile in, I noticed an animal walking on all fours about 1/4 mile or so up the trail. I stopped to watch it, and when he came up beside me (I was riding lead) he asked me what I was looking at. I pointed and said "something tells me that isn't someones' dog" he said "no, I am pretty sure that is a black bear" and that is what it was. If I had to guess, I would say it was around 250 pounds. It may have been a little more or a little less. It was pretty far off in the distance, but from what I could see, that would be my guess. It was really neat to be able to hang out on the trail and watch this black bear wander around like he had not a care in the world. When he was off the trail, we proceeded through with our ride, but I think we rode a lot faster than we would have had we not seen him.
It was a nice ride - we had a good time. It wasn't overly long, but good terrain, and easily accessible.
That night we took the scooter and went out to dinner at a local family owned diner/pizza shop. I had a chef salad with their wonderful, homemade dressing. I am not 100% what is in the dressing, but I know there is... Vinegar, water, sugar, spices - no oil... anyway, after that we went out to my parents house and spent almost three hours relaxing in the hot tub. It was such a wonderful night out! We had such an awesome day!
Fast Forward --- Today -- Monday
I went biking with my friend Randy at the abandon Pennsylvania Turnpike. www.abandonedturnpike.com/
It was so awesome! I loved it, I can't wait to go back with stronger flashlights so we can see better!
After that, I volunteered the rest of the afternoon at the library.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Attention! This is a rant/vent ** Then I will get to my day
Why can't people understand that I do not want children? I don't understand what is so hard to understand about that.
My co-worker's wife is due soon. I am very happy for them. I know they are excited and I am excited for them, however I don't want to be in that boat. Another co-worker asked him when his wife was due and he said next month. The co-worker then said "now all we need is Cortney on board" I looked at him and said "I would rather die" He just stared at me open mouthed. He didn't know what to say.
Children aren't for everyone. I recognize that I would not make a good parent, so I decided not to be one. I love other peoples' children (in small doses) I volunteer with Kids at the library... I just don't want kids of my own... ever.
In other news, my day was pretty decent. I volunteered at the Library today for the United Way of Blair County's Day of Caring. Area business allow employees to volunteer with the United Way for the day and pay them their regular salary. The volunteers are then sent to different community organizations. Our group of volunteers helped with outside maintenance. They trimmed the trees and shrubs, planted flowers and tilled up the mulch in front of the library.
I was in charge of getting lunch together for our team (go figure lol) - We had Ox Roast, potato salad, chips and cookies. I set up a nice buffet style lunch for them and everyone enjoyed it. There was so much left over food! I brought a container of Ox Roast (ox roast is made by putting seasoned, cooked roast beef through a meat grinder, then placed in a slow cooker with water and spices) for my boyfriend. I did ok at lunch. I didn't overeat, but I did have a few chips and some potato salad. It was good!
After the library, I went tanning then to the gym. Now I am at work. Whoo hoo!
Sunday, June 16, 2013
My co-worker brought in Mrs. Grove's Pastries for us today.
Mrs Grove's is a mom and pop bakery that is only open 3 days a week (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from 6am until they run out of goodies (which can sometimes be noon, but is usually around 9) People line up in order to get cinnamon rolls and monkey bread.
I haven't had Mrs Grove's in years. When I lived in Altoona, I used to make it a frequent Saturday or Sunday thing, but since I moved in 2007, I have not had the opportunity to indulge in their ooeey-gooey goodness until today. I had a piece of monkey bread, and topped it with their peanut butter "butter" (which is like a frosting, but not as sweet) It is an experience I can not begin to describe... to say it was absolutely, amazingly delicious would be an understatement. It was like a gala affair in my mouth!
This is where the moderation thing comes into play. I wouldn't "spend" the calories on a tasty cake, but a homemade baked treat made by three local ladies? Heck yes! And I enjoyed every sinful bite!
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