Saturday, May 28, 2011
I sat here yesterday and realized that when I feel a little down I cook. Sometimes it may be something not that good for our healthy lifestyle, like cookies; but at other times I'll cook up a big pot of vegetable soup.
We have scads of onions growing in a flower bed we put in. We probably won't put in onion sets again because while the tops of the onions look impressive, the bottom didn't really develop into what we expected. It's not the nice big white ones or even the yellow onions that you could store in a cool place and use as the need came along. So we threw out some of them.
But as I was in that "mood" again that meant cooking, I thawed out a couple of small pieces of sirloin steak, took 3 of the largest onions and got started. In a few minutes the steak was nicely browned in small bite-sized pieces, the onions were carmalized and tasty. I sprinkled in various spices (can't give away ALL my secrets!) and began cutting up carrots and celery. I wanted to add barley, but found to my dismay it is at "the other house." I've learned to be philosophical when that happens. During each stay at one house or the other, it's going to happen probably more than once -- so improvise ! Just think to yourself how lucky you are to have TWO homes!
My DH looked a little dismayed when I told him what I was cooking. He said, "I thought we were having Baby Back Ribs for dinner." We are, I told him -- this soup isn't for dinner, it's just to have on hand.
So now my soup is perking away on the stove, the kitchen smells heavenly, and my depressed mood is gone! Next best thing to taking a long walk -- which I had already done earlier today!
and = Life at it's best!
Friday, May 27, 2011
I've been working my butt off -- added riding bicycle to my exercise regime, plus taking my dog on long walks each day, AND I've been watching what I eat! All to no avail as my scale is just happily climbing a hill of it's own! Today I stepped on the same scale that used to be so friendly -- only to read 147.2 -- Holy Schmoly! I haven't seen that number since 2009!
Why? WHY? When you're doing everything RIGHT -- the scale is supposed to be rewarding you with lower numbers, not higher.
OK, I'm kind of depressed right now. I'm not giving myself a lecture, because after all, what would I scold myself for? I've eaten right, I've exercised. But I'd like to blame someone -- that's human nature. And so close to the end of the month, I dread the 1st of June weigh-in, it depresses me even further.
There must be a silver lining in here somewhere -- does anyone else see it?
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Today was a "me" day and unfortunately I spent WAY TOO MUCH OF MY TIME READING! It was nice out and I felt guilty for not taking my dog out for a walk. I needed it and so did she! But instead I made the bed with fresh linens and procrastinated on the walk.
I trimmed my dog so she looked and felt better for the summer heat -- and she felt wonderful. I felt ichy for all the little hairs I probably had on me. And I still procrastinated on the walk.
Then I went shopping for new sandals; and while I got a bit of exercise walking up and down each aisle of 2 different stores -- it's not like a walk where you are doing it just for the exercise.
Why do I procrastinate when I'm not happy with my progress?
Monday, May 16, 2011
I'M A LIST MAKER! I won't even try to deny it. I make lists for the grocery store, lists of things to bring on vacation, lists of things to clean in my house when getting ready for a party/company. I make lists for a variety of things and for a variety of reasons.
First of all I make lists because when in the grocery store it's so easy to forget some obscure item you seldom use, like Sesame Oil -- I mean, how often do YOU use it? So forgetfulness is a reason here!
I make lists of things to get done around the house because, while it may not be uppermost in my mind at all times, I'm constantly reminded of them. Carpet needs to be vacuumed, then you should polish the furniture, water the plants, empty the trash -- you know how those lists go on and on. The reason I make out lists like this is to goad me into doing it. When I do something and finish it, I can cross it off my list. Do you know what an exciting feeling that is?
Sometimes I write notes to myself to do things, a note is something like a list except it usually covers just one item. As an example, I stopped by the Post Office the other day to change my name (I got married) on my passport. I had my wedding certificate with me; but do you know what I DIDN'T have? That's right -- the passport!
I pride myself on having a good memory, but for little everyday tasks and chores nothing beats a list. It motivates you -- nags at you, until you finally DO IT -- MAINLY SO YOU CAN CROSS IT OFF THE LIST!
Are you a list maker?
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