Sunday, August 26, 2012
There are two here. One is related to weight loss, the other is not.
First, the non-weight loss related one. On Saturday mornings, my local NBC affiliate has a little trivia contest. I have not done this for awhile. Did it last week and scored very poorly because there were a lot of questions about a Broadway show (Lost) that I have not seen. Yesterday's category was Firsts and Lasts. The first question was: Who was the first man to walk on the moon? Choices were Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Buzz Lightyear. I got the answer right, yay!!! Actually, the first question is usually pretty easy, and it gets harder as you go along.
So imagine my surprise when I heard later in the afternoon that this first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, had passed away (and it was not Neil Young, like NBC initially reported). Those of us who were around in 1969 will remember how he stirred the imagination of the nation and the world. I remember watching the moon landing from a little tv at summer camp. It was a big deal to be able to watch any sort of tv there, and we all had to chip in $.50 to be able to do this. I guess they had to get a satellite dish or something, but it was all worth it. I heard that his family simply wanted him remembered as this: next time you see the moon, wink back at it. Last night I took a walk. The moon was shining brightly, and I was winking at Neil.
The other coincidence is food related. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of having lunch at Whole Foods with some new spark friends. Thanks to Nancy, Yvonne and Tracy for the invite and for a great time. After lunch, we walked around the store and did some shopping. They sell freshly ground nut butters. The nuts are in the bin, and you press the button to grind it on the spot. Among other things, they have chocolate peanut butter (peanuts and dark chocolate chips).
I have really been craving peanut butter, but I have been afraid to have any. We have two large unopened jars at home, and I am seriously afraid that if I open the jar and have a little peanut butter, I will end up eating the whole jar, which is listed at 7,000 calories!! These are large jars, and I doubt I would eat the whole jar in one sitting, but even over the course of a few days, that is a lot of peanut butter (and calories). I am actually proud of myself for being able to realize this is a problem. A few years ago I would have continued the pattern of opening the jar, eating the whole thing, and wondering why I was so weak-willed. There is also a brand of dark chocolate peanut butter that has made its way to our local supermarkets. This is a much smaller jar, but several times I have bought one and polished the whole thing off by myself in short order. Anyway, I decided that it might be a good idea to buy a small amount of the chocolate peanut butter from Whole Foods. I could grind just a little bit. So it wouldn't be too expensive, and there would be a pretty small limit on what I could eat.
I had some of the peanut butter yesterday, and I must say that I was extremely satisfied with a very small amount. In fact, most of what I bought is still left over. I will have it another time. I am very pleased. But it makes me realize that in this case, what I saw was what I got. Even though I don't know exactly what is in the chocolate chips (I have an idea, though), there is not a lot of extra added sugar or anything else. And coincidentally, I did not display addictive behavior. Something I will definitely have to keep in mind going forward.