Friday, March 09, 2012
I'm visiting friends this weekend, about 150 miles away. I'm making the drive alone.
At one point in my life, a 3-4 hour car trip would mean that I had to take snacks for the road. Those snacks would be cookies and candy and chips and soda. Because, after all, it was a long way and I would need sustenance.
Now, I look back and wonder what I was thinking. I'm driving a car through one state, not heading out on the Oregon Trail! I'm not walking that distance! Heck, with cruise control I'm not even using so much as my right foot for most of it! This is not a calorie-intensive activity.
What it was, was an excuse to try and step out of my own life. As if by going over 55 miles an hour the calories would be too slow and unable to catch up with me. In other words, madness.
So today, I will be packing a large cup of water, and a couple hundred-cal packs of almonds. That's all the snack that's really needed for this trip. That and a smarter attitude about travel.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Thank you all for encouraging me on my last blog entry. I've switched my icon to Dory so that I remember to "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming..."
Spark friends are awesome.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
My weight is stuck in the low 260s and just won't budge. This is frustrating. I want to be a machine: xcals+xexercise = xweightloss. I want the math to work. It's just not happening right now.
I know that I can't let this discourage me. If I continue to eat right and work out, I will eventually start dropping again. I'm trying to mix it up with the exercise, biking, walking, ski machine, and strength training. I'm working to keep it all interesting and fun.
I can't completely kid myself, though; everyone likes those little "gold stars" of the scale moving. As much as we console ourselves with the other changes, that's the one that haunts us. And when I'm not getting those, there's a part of me that feels a little defeated.
And yet, when I think about what "defeated" means in this situation, I can't imagine a true failure, giving up state. Because the way I am eating, and the fitness I am pursuing? I wouldn't change that. I like who I am and how I feel now. I have goals and ambitions that I didn't have before, ones that have little to do with the scale.
So when those scale numbers don't move, I wince with a bit of disappointment, but then I go on. Because, really, there's nowhere better to go.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Hubby should be rolling up any minute. After 10 days, I am very anxious to have him back! I'm glad of the time, because it's wonderful to do my spring cleaning while he is out, but it's a long time without my sweetie.
I should have been in bed an hour ago, but who can sleep when the love of their life is rolling down the turnpike, on his way home?
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The 5-year-old who lives in my head: WAAAAH! You didn't feed me ALL DAY!!! I'm starving!!
Me: I'm sorry. This day didn't go anything like it was supposed to. Let's make dinner now.
5yo: WAAAAH!!!! I'm too hungry for cooking!! Let's eat the leftover Girl Scout cookies!
Me: You know that isn't going to happen. Let's see what we have in the fridge.
5yo: There's heavy cream, and butter, and a great Amish raw milk cheese. Let's make cheese sauce!
Me: And put it over...what?
5yo: What do you mean?
Me: It's sauce. It has to go over something.
5yo: I'm not getting you.
Me: Are you suggesting that we just eat cheese sauce all by itself out of the pot?!
5yo:Oh my god, if you're gonna be that way about it, just make it thinner and call it soup!
5yo: Oh, fine! What's your idea?
Me: We have all these wonderful greens that we got at the market the other day....
5yo: Salad?! You can't be serious! I'm hungry!!!
Me: Well, I can saute up some onions and red bell peppers and mushrooms.
Me: Okay, and some grilled steak sliced thin. Oh, and I have some avocado.
5yo: A WHOLE red pepper! A WHOLE avocado!!
Me: That's a lot of--
5yo: Whole! Whole whole WHOLE!!!!
And that is why I am currently eating a salad the size of my head. It's actually very tasty, and the 5-year-old is quieting down.
And it's certainly healthier than a pot of cheese sauce.
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