Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Wednesday, June 12
Today I did not workout. I kept thinking throughout the day that I will but never did. I woke up and it was one of those rainy days and I just didn’t want to get out of bed. I was waiting for the weather to get better to go for a walk and then if it did not, I would do a DVD workout. Anyway, I was lazy and just didn’t do it. In the afternoon, I went to town and did some errands that I was putting off and also got Lavinia's birthday present. Even though it is her birthday in 8 days, she won't get it until she comes here the end of July. Split custody sucks. Tomorrow, I am going for my walk first thing.
I am reading the book French women don’t get Fat. It has some good ideas in it but I find the author a bit snotty in her expression of the ideas. For instance, she emphasizes enjoying what you eat, mindful eating while savoring every bite and enjoying real food. She says I don’t know why people would put sugar in coffee; or corn, a food usually reserved for livestock. I’m not offended or anything but it is a little funny. She does premise the ideas by saying that it is meant for someone needing to lose 20-30 lbs and not on any special dietary restrictions. She does not feel a need for counting calories. Obviously, I must. However, there are some good ideas in the book. Using anticipation to heighten the flavor of the food is one idea. Having small courses slows down eating allowing us to feel full faster. Using nice dishes and candlelight heightens the senses and allows you to savor the experience more. Using plates with gold edging tricks the mind to make the plate seem bigger. Using real food, unprocessed and in season is tastier and seasonal food only eaten in season adds a traditional element to eating. In her book, she LOVES eating. Well, I don’t think I have trouble in that department. The trick is to enjoy and savor what I am eating so that it takes a longer time and I can register being full and also to tell my body enough is enough. Well, if I could do that, I don’t think I would have ever gotten to the size I am now. However, I think that I should at least try. Maybe it is not that I can’t say no to a second helping of rhubarb torte, it is just that I need practice.
You know you’re 80’s old school when you soon owned more cassettes than vinyl albums… although many warped from being left in the car’s tape deck. I have had a few that were warped from me leaving them on the back window. I never did have many vinyl albums but I did listen to a lot of my brother and sisters. I did have Sesame Street Disco Fever. I do know that one was mine. I listened to the Greece Soundtrack. There was a Happy Days soundtrack, Carly Simon’s Tapestry, Meatloaf’s Bat out of Hell, a lot of Simon and Garfunkel. I know my sister had a lot of Sean Cassidy albums but I must not have listened to them because I don’t remember anything, just him on the jacket. Once I started getting cassette tapes, they were mostly either read-a-long books, or the Mini-pops. I think my first real cassette tape was Cindy Lauper’s She Bop. I then had Madonna’s True Blue, and Bruce Springstein’s Born in the USA. All us kids on Alexander Dr. used to get together at my friend Tarky’s and we would put on a lip-sync show for the neighborhood. It was pretty fun. We definitely had the boom boxes and not the record players then. My daughter downloaded a video last year that started off in the 80’s with roller skates and the big Boom Boxes. About a minute into the video they change into present day. It was then that I realized that the scene was even set it in 80’s. It looked pretty normal to me.