Friday, August 14, 2009
Last night, after dinner, I was still very hungry and I only had a few calories left. I tried my standard procedure of drinking more water and waiting to see if it would go away. It didn't. It was in my tummy and not just a wanting in my head. (See "Ignorance is bliss... " blog)
While I was in the kitchen doing the math, trying to figure out what I could best spend those calories on, I saw a box of green tea sitting on the counter and I remembered reading in Tosca Reno's "The Eat-Clean Diet" that she supplements her food intake with green tea. Ok, that's free so I can have that. I promptly brewed a big pot. Now, I should preface this by saying, I don't like green tea. I like black teas. Dajeeling being my favorite and Earl Gray running a close second.
I drank two big cups of the tea and surprise! surprise! not only did I enjoy it, it really filled me up. I felt comforted and relaxed. Very good for bedtime feelings. The act of taking the time to make the pot of tea and take care of myself was a lovely gift to me. I have been working on taking care of myself in kind and loving ways and that was something that really made me feel good. I will definitely be doing it again.
I went to bed feeling satisfied instead of hungry and slept really well. I would highly recommend it!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Well, stop by my house one night and I'll show you how it's done. The kitty sitting up in the window next to me, he's the smallest in size but the most demanding. Watch as he tries to paw my arm to remind me that he's waiting for his next serving of MY dinner! And the two brown lumps on the floor, they are more polite, but don't kid yourself, they are waiting for their bites too. It's so unfair that I carefully weigh my food and put it in my nutrition tracker when a portion of it goes to these hairy beasts... ok, I know, that's my fault. I should tell them no. I bet Cesar would have a fit if he knew. I use to be so strict... when did I become an old softie??? Ugh!
Nicholas, demanding vulture #1.
Toby, slightly less demanding vulture #2.
Maureen, even less demanding because she spends most of her time complaining about Nicholas getting bites before her!
Well, we're off to be bed potatoes and watch another episode of "The Dog Whisperer" DVD. God bless ya Cesar!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Yesterday, I had a serious case of the blahs. I just couldn't get motivated about anything. Didn't blog like I like to do, read only a very limited number a fellow sparkers blogs (I usually read lots) and in general didn't really care much about anything. I tried to figure out what brought them on, but I'm still not completely sure what happened. I am slightly better today.
I'm really tired and that may have played into it. I haven't been following my sleep schedule and I know that's a big no-no for me. I need to get back on track.
I had an appointment after work yesterday and even tho I was tired and had the blahs, I still took my walk. It wasn't a long one but I moved. I kept thinking about my kitchen calendar and how there would be a blank spot where my Tuesday sparkly star sticker should be and I just couldn't stand it. My appointment is in an area that is mostly wooded and except for the mosquitos is a nice quite place to walk. I had nearly 45 min. to wait for my appt. so I didn't have to walk fast and get too sweaty. It actually helped me feel some better.
I do hate those mosquitos though. I swear, when I go outside, they all get out their cell phones to alert their friends that the buffet has just been served. I believe they come from miles around just to get a chance to take a bite out of me. So, I'm even more itchy today than yesterday, but I got my star. (I do so love my shiny star stickers!) The last thing I do before I head out my door is glance at my calendar to see how I'm coming with my stars. August is quite shiny at my house. LOL
For my fellow avid readers, my current book on CD (I have a long commute) is "The Year of Fog" by Michelle Richmond. I'll be the first to admit that I get way to involved in my books. I love a good book but this book has driven me crazy... in a good way. I woke up at 3 am (hence the dog-tiredness) trying to figure out how the main character was going to accomplish a feat that I did not believe was possible and could not be written in a believable way. Well, Ms. Richmond did it. If you love a twisty, heart wrenching, holy-cow-this-is-a-good book, then add this to your list. If you know Michelle Richmond, poke her in the arm and tell her I'm tired today and it's her book's fault!
Here's another for me since I'm looking out for me!
Monday, August 10, 2009
I've been reading to try and find foods or combination of foods that will stick with you and last longer than some of my regular choices. A new favorite is my almond butter. I find that it really sticks with me. I use it sparingly, like I do my PNB but coupled with my multi-grain complex carb english muffin, I have a snack that stays with me thru out my morning and holds me over for lunch. I need more of these combinations.
Saturday we spent the day at Sauder's Village. It was a rainy yucky start to the day but got nice after we were there for a bit. I love learning about the past. Seeing all the ingenuity that went into their lives. Women back then had so much work to do (I know, men too...) and I got tired just listening to them talk about it. You or your daughter want a dress? Sure, no problem, we have to make it... wait, we have to weave the material.... wait, we have to spin the wool... wait, we have to shear the sheep... wait, on second thought, I'll wear what I got! And that was only one of the many things they talked about. I think families were closer back then because they needed each other to survive. It was a lovely day but it made me tired and grateful for washing machines, dish washers and all the other amenities that my blessed life has!
The ingenuity that our forefathers had could be used today. I wish we had stored some of theirs in a few canning jars and we could open them now and it'd help us figure out the mess we're in. *sighs*
One things for sure, walking all over the village was a great way to get all my steps in!
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