Wednesday, November 23, 2011
This has been a challenging Thanksgiving season. First, we had to cancel our travel plans and are staying home, just the two of us, for Thanksgiving. "But that's okay," we said, "we can finally celebrate our anniversary, get a hotel for one night and get away. "
Then I took the car into the shop yesterday for what we though would be a couple hundred and has turned out to be a couple grand. "Well, that's okay," we said, "the hotel is out of the budget now, but we will just stay home and cook together and enjoy each other's company."
Then the shop called to tell us that they couldn't have the parts in until sometime today. And the work is fairly extensive. Which means that we won't get it back until at least this afternoon.
And we haven't done our Thanksgiving grocery shopping yet. So, if we are lucky, we will get to be in the grocery store, looking for a turkey, sometime around 6pm tonight. If we are not lucky? Meatloaf. The cupboard has a bad case of Mother Hubbard right now.
It's getting to be a little challenging. But you know what? Even the worst case scenario would still be okay. Because we still have each other, and I am continually thankful for that.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
This weekend is being spent deep in work mode - a computer project that requires much concentration. I used to use this project, which happens every November, as an excuse for junk food - "It's so boring, I deserve a snack to keep me going." But this year, I've instead had a marathon of a favorite show - in this case, Buffy the Vampire Slayer - going on in the background to reduce the boredom.
Additionally, when I got to the point where my body just couldn't take anymore sitting on the couch and working, instead of raiding the kitchen, I switched over to Kinect and played some physical games to get my blood moving and give my brain a little rest. So here I am, feeling happy with myself instead of bloated and ashamed. And honestly, I think I got more work done than I would have if I was mindlessly nibbling.
Certainly there are fewer crumbs in my laptop!!
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Last week I was feeling kind of blue that the scale wasn't changing. Well, I stepped in it this morning and was down 4 and a half pounds!! Thanks so much everyone for encouraging me to stick with it! I have a long way to go, but at least I feel I'm on the road again!
Friday, November 18, 2011
I have a client who owns a Greek restaurant, and I can never go in there without coming out with a TON of food - she insists on feeding me! Yesterday it was a dozen spanikopita, 5 cabbage rolls, and three stuffed peppers! Fortunately, I had company coming last night, so the spanikopita got pretty well finished off. The remainder just has to go--there's nothing healthy about that much philo and feta, no matter how delicious it it (I limited myself to one bite last night, so I'm very proud).
I'm freezing the rest in individual servings for THOSE nights - you know, the ones where you are tired and don't want to cook and fast food is *so* tempting. Last night was, in fact, one of those nights. Due to a crazy work day, I hadn't eaten anything all day except half of a homemade, no sugar added, fruit smoothie (225 calories). If I had not had all that food to take home with me, I'm sure I'd have stopped at McDonalds or something. Instead, I had a cabbage roll filled with veggies. Both healthier and tastier!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
That's what my life has been the last few weeks! First travel, then a really dreadful chest virus that had me coughing up a lung when I did more than climb up the stairs, now a UTI. I'm kind of frustrated with the piling on. But I'm still watching my eating and getting in some exercise. Let's hope all this stops soon!
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