Monday, March 26, 2012
It's almost end of March (already!), and time to look over how I did with "no night eating."
Before I say "lousy," I have to consider that it's truly a lifelong behavior. So to expect it to change in a month is unrealistic for me.
Mid-month, I reassessed no night eating and changed it to "only light snack" being just a small veggie or similar other item. Okay, that didn't work either. But what I feel is progress for March is that I've established a keen awareness of my nocturnal munching and that's pretty valuable when making changes.
So I'm going to carry over this goal into April, along with another HUGE humdinger (lifelong habit) - less salt. Again, to say no salt is simply setting myself up. Even less would be like none considering the way I've used it all my life. Let's just say I love pickles in addition to adding salt to food.
April goals will be less night eating (small snack only) and less salt. Those are realistic goals and don't make me feel like a deprived little baby as it does if I say I can't have it at all.
Wishing all a good day.
(UPDATE: As I used salt today, I forgot to say that I use Morton's Light Salt which is a fraction of regular table salt. With that said, I don't use a lot of "normal" salt. Yes, less salt will be tougher than giving up sugar for me.)
Saturday, March 24, 2012
It's a short walk; my friend is part of the organization so we'll be walking together and with some other friends. It's a pretty location, and good cause. I'll be walking again later today, as I usually do either one long walk daily, or two shorter walks.
Wishing all a wonderful day.
Friday, March 23, 2012
I recently started my boys on pet vitamins from a long-trusted company. They eat mostly dry food, with just a small side of wet food. I mash the vites in each of their bowls, mixing it with the food. I'm shocked that they don't detect it because they're so finicky. I think these have really helped them stay healthy.
BTW, many have commented that their eyes in the pic on my page are strange. They are actually blue eyes that came out like that with the flash. It makes them look like creatures from beyond.
Wishing all a great day.
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.
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