Thursday, October 29, 2009
A. Those giant bags of candy that surface four months before Halloween.
You can't be without sufficient treats on Halloween (although our only trick-or-treaters will have to sit and shake a paw first—I could still be talking about humans) so you always end up with too much delicious candy. The treat bowl on top of the fridge is for both humans and canines (and the dog down the hall knows it), but pets and candy don't really mix.
"Discarded Pet Toy," One of my Favorite State Street Costumes
That's it, I have no solution, but I'll be on my second round of Halloween treats and chances are slim (ha) I'll get any two-legged trick-or-treaters here. I've been pretty successful in giving away leftovers (mostly because I've had a candy blog for three years), but who am I fooling putting out bowls of seasonal candy ahead of time?
State Street is another matter entirely. If you're not from Madison (WI) you may not be familiar with the ritual of youthful drinking and pyromania that was Halloween on State Street (the UW-Madison campus).
You Get a Lot of This Sort of Nonsense
Not to worry, the kids are all roped off now, the trees are no longer being lit on fire, and the renamed "Freakfest" has mostly likely contributed to a decline in arrests and destruction. More pertinently there's a night for the old folks such a myself to wander the area the night before and take photos.
It's the one night a year I'll be able to walk it off in a crowd that should be doing the same. This year I'm wearing my new pedometer and giving away candy.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Do you know what's really scary?
•Cutting your hair to lose weight
•Clipping your nails to lose weight
•Holding your breath and standing really straight on the scale at the doctor's office to try and manipulate the scale
•The scale thing works and the person weighing you still looks horrified
•Trying to look taller in order to look thinner
•Wishing you had more hands just for eating candy
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
A gloomy day today, but I like gloom and there are some good things piling up (which means hideous things are close at hand).
Starting out small, I changed my desktop wallpaper to a black and white foggy cliff top reminiscent of "Rebecca".
Seemingly miniscule, but "big" to me: I lost two pounds even. I was just gaining weight after losing a literal buttload (similar to a stone), so to me, huge, no pun intended.
This guy had part of his tail cut off and they thought he might have more cancer. My cuz wrote he was "cancer free" on my wall today. Poor boy is intent on ripping out his stitches.
I drove to Devil's Lake and saw some nice foliage and frolicking. No rattlers, but I did come across a grass snake at Governor Nelson last week (that's a very good thing).
Finally saw the latest Harry Potter movie and enjoyed it while I was watching, but left feeling a little cheated. I hadn't been to the movies in a very long time. I think they're too expensive and the ratio of annoying audience members to you is high—if it's you and one other person, chances are they'll be on their cell phone, rattle popcorn seeds, and shake a big gulp's worth of ice throughout the film.
My favorite is the guy who gets out his car keys during the big climax and starts to twirl them until the closing credits. Where is he going? Why doesn't he just leave? Why now? Why didn't I stay home?
Good: Lost 2 pounds even
Bad: Am eating an "early lunch" which means a second "late lunch" too close to breakfast which included noshing on pumpkin pie from the pie tin and cold bbq pork ribs as I write this entry
Good: I planned that meal with beef ribs and many a vege
Bad: That doesn't really change anything
Good: Cujo the chocolate lab is cancer free
Bad: He needs to see a dietitian and get his own blog on Spark
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I got sunshine, on a cloudy daaay. Actually I got cinnamon raisin bagel crisps—130 Calories, 5 g Fat, 85 mg Sodium, 19 g Carbs, 0 g Fiber for six—and the 6 oz bag is almost gone. Overeating is overeating no matter how it's packaged.
Someone was blogging about candy corn today and it got me thinking—I could really go for an entire bag of candy corn—I mean to say that temptation is not only out there, it's just about shoved down our throats every day.
I got refocused after an appointment to discuss my abysmal cholesterol levels yesterday—unfortunately now I'm not only focused on vitamins and exercise, but toasted ham sandwiches, strawberries dipped in melted chocolate, and how everything tastes better with butter and margarine and caramel pellets.
Then it hit me—I'm trying to make things taste better. I should stop doing that (and mindlessly eating crumbs off my shirt like a golden retriever because let's face it, sometimes it's NOT food).
Apropos of Nothing
Speaking of song lyrics, I'm going through old mp3s and listening to the Uppity Saffire Blues Women, here are some of my favorites lines:
~Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean I'm not out to get you
~You sewed a lot of b*tch seeds, now it's harvest time (you got a bumper crop coming in)
~How can I say I miss you when I can't get you to leave
~It's time for me to put out the dog and find me a brand new cat
and my favorite:
~There's lightening in these thunder thighs
Good: There's a little lightening left in these thunder thighs
Bad: Lightening and pool water don't mix
Good: I'm back in the pool on a limited basis
Bad: I think someone changed all the pools from 25 meters to 40 meters when I wasn't looking
Good: Swimming, to say the least, has not been my friend
Bad: A pool of cool blue water is as tempting as a fried green bean
Question: Is it harder for people to lose a lot of weight (a lot, a lot) or just a little? Think about it, you only have a few pounds to shed, why not let it slide. On the other hand you're in crisis mode with a world of reasons and motivation to lose a LOT of weight.
Bonus Question: Do you think it would be easier to resist temptation without a sense of smell?
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