Thursday, March 22, 2012
Today is day 49 of no caffeine, and it's amazing how deep into the subconscious old habits go. Just a brief history.
I didn't start drinking coffee until adulthood. Never drank a lot. But always very caffeine sensitive, I knew that it wasn't doing me any good. At the time I gave it up this last time, I was drinking a small mug a day, sometimes half that amt.
Never really liked the taste, except when I started to meander into flavored coffees (more chemicals added), with added flavored creamers (more calories).
Yesterday, I read a blog response that one of my sparkfriends sent to another. She mentioned how much she loves her coffee and a certain brand that's delish. I remember being struck by the distinct taste of that brand when I was a coffee drinker, and even went to their website to see how much it was. I rationalized (as I have before after a streak of having eliminated it from my life before) that a little bit won't hurt. I also had to counter the childish feeling that everyone else in the world is enjoying it, why can't I?
Well, I didn't order any of it, but then dreamt that I drank a cup of coffee last night. As I drank it, I remember saying "A little bit won't hurt." But even in my dream state, another corner of my mind countered by reason - "You know that's always how trouble starts."
Oh my, it's amazing how old habits die hard. And how deep they go into our psyches. After seeing the price of that terrific brand, I know that I'm saving a ton by staying off the stuff.
Wishing all a good day.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
There are a few things that have recently come to mind in dealing with local dog owners, and I just wanted to vent. I just don't get it. I've noticed these behaviors for awhile now, but the first one is what has been most prevalent lately.
-Several cars have passed me by while I'm walking with drivers having their dogs on their laps. Any clue that this is potentially dangerous for the driver, the dog, and others?
-How about those tiny dogs that owners proudly walk, forgetting that the dog's legs are itsy bitsy. Not only can the dog not keep up w/o a lot of effort, but they also tire and pant sadly behind their human friend.
-Oh, those leashes! There are a lot of new puppy owners around and they pull their puppies to the point of practically choking them. I sometimes meanly fantacize about giving the humans a taste of their own medicine. Especially the other day, this lady pulled her little dog into the air like a marionette and it was downright cruel.
-How about when people leave their homes for work during the day and leave their dog in hot garages to cry and howl all day?
-What about letting dogs leave their landmines all over the sidewalk for others to slip and slide on?
-And last, but not least, the hot pavements. Doesn't it occur to these dog owners that the pavement is red hot on those tender little paws? Last summer, there was a long trail of bloody paw prints that someone was oblivious about while walking their furry friend.
Somehow, I have a feeling that several new puppies will be up for adoption at the Humane Society as soon as people realize they are not toys and require care and attention.
Not sure why I felt a need to blog these points, but I've observed them for some time and just had to release the thoughts somewhere.
Wishing all a good day.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I can't believe that this is the first day of Spring already. This year is rolling along soooo fast. Wishing all a beautiful Spring season.
Monday, March 19, 2012
This morning it was a bit rainy in San Diego. I dragged out my five miles Leslie Sansone DVD and proceeded to walk with her.
Have to tell ya, she walks a lot differently than I do when I'm outside! She whipped my butt with her moves. When the rain stopped, I went for an outdoor walk as well. Honestly, I have to step it up out there to get the same type of workout. I realize that my body is comfortable with my current pace and mileage. That'll be one of the next goals to shoot for; meanwhile, I'll start tomorrow picking up the pace.
Wishing all a good week.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Night eating has been a lifelong behavior and it's my March/April goal to eliminate it.
However, it's like when I gave up coffee, I still needed to sometimes feel the hot steamy mug full of something. So I made myself herbal tea or lemon with honey in hot water to give my psyche the visceral things it needed.
Same with night eating. I've decided that, instead of telling myself that I am giving up night eating, I am permitting myself to eat a small veggie or fruit, if needed, to satisfy myself. I think that night eating was developed as a kind of comfort before bedtime. Comfort from life stresses, etc. Therefore, it's as though I'm still giving myself permission to go through the motions, but with healthier food and very tiny amount. I'm going to count this as "no night eating" because, compared to what I was ingesting, this is a HUGE victory. Hooray for me!
Wishing all a good day.
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