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A Hallmark Weekend

Sunday, April 17, 2016

My husband was gone again this weekend. After the last time, I would get the very occasional pang, "Man, I wish I had watched Hallmark Channel movies while he was gone." Weird, right?

I never watch those. I watch the Hallmark Channel, because they have reruns of the Middle and the Golden Girls, and I see the cheesy commercials. I had put them in the same drawer of my mind as I do the Lifetime movies. I mean, the content is completely different, but they're both corny with bad acting, right?

But my friend SHINEFROMWITHIN told me months ago how much she liked watching them, and ever since she told me that, I would watch the commercials that slipped past my DVR fast forwarding skills with a newfound interest. Maybe there is something to this? She is one of the best people I know. If she likes them, they must be good!

So with my husband away again this weekend, I went through my normal routine, but after I got home from the gym yesterday, I looked at the Hallmark Channel listings. A movie was starting soon!

I sat on the couch with my lunch and watched as the bride-to-be (of course) meets her true love (of course) and breaks it off with her fiancé, who is a doctor (of course). Of course, she and the fiancé remain friends. I mean, hello! It's Hallmark!

But I finished that movie, and I was SO HAPPY afterward. It was like getting a bouquet of flowers or eating a really good piece of cheese. It did my heart good.

I tried to watch another one later, and I succeeded, but it wasn't nearly as good. Another time...

I was actually pretty bummed out today, because they were showing movies from a series all day today, and I wasn't interested. It would have been nice to have had some Hallmark movies for Self-Care Sunday.

For about six or seven weeks, I've been trying to focus on Self-Care on Sundays, so that I can prepare my mind for the week. It was the culmination of me reading something similar on Reddit and getting my Birchbox subscription, so I have samples of all kinds of foo-foo things, and they'd pile up if I didn't make myself use them. Today's Self-Care included an hour at the gym, an exfoliating scrub for my face and a sugar scrub for my elbows, shaving my legs, a face mask, a hair mask, and a blueberry beer. But no Hallmark movies, and I'm bummed out. I think I am now addicted. My husband is in big trouble.

I'm drinking the beer right now, and if I'm honest, I'm not feeling it. I opened it before I put it in my tracker, and it is TWO HUNDRED SIXTY CALORIES. For 12 ounces! Isn't that CRAZY!? I mean, it's 8% alcohol, so it's kind of like two beers, I guess, but geez. I wouldn't have opened it if I tracked it before (there's a lesson in there somewhere, I'm sure!). It tastes like 8% alcohol, too. I will be leaving the other bottles for my husband. I had a taste of his when we first bought this six-pack, and I thought it tasted good and very sweet, but mine does not taste that good. Sweet maybe.

At least I'm in range today. The last two days, I overate a bit, but still stayed under TDEE for both days, so at least I didn't set my weight loss back. It feels better to be in my calorie range and still indulging, though. It's like a double victory.

Now, I'm reading through the old blogs of someone who I will be writing a letter in the near future, and heading to bed soon. Have a Hallmark week everyone!
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  • ELATCHEM
    Looooooove Hallmark movies!!!!!!!!! Yes they are far fetched but no bad language, no sex, safe for kids to watch! And happy endings, yay!!!!!
    765 days ago
  • ZELLAZM
    Self-care Sundays is a great idea. I had a "Screenless Sunday" a couple of weeks ago - no cell, no computer, no TV - and it really did me good. Nothing like a story with a happy ending. Here in Germany, it's the Rosamunde Pilcher TV movies that have the same effect. :)
    823 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    how cool is that self care sundays!!

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    824 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Hooray for self-care Sundays!
    824 days ago
  • KALIGIRL
    Love your self-care Sunday!
    824 days ago
  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    Well, I'm not able to get the Hallmark Channel, but I can imagine the kind of movies you're talking about, the ones with happy endings that put you in a good mood and make you sigh with contentment. I like to watch those, too, especially now that I'm older. I don't like action movies full of violence and chases, or horror movies that remind us of the evil all around. I remember when I was young, I tried to be cool and go to movies like Hamburger Hill and Apocalypse Now. "Why do you want to see that kind of thing?" my mother would ask. And now that I'm the age she was when she said that, I feel the same way! I know enough about guns, war, and hatred. Except for historical documentaries, I really plan to stay away from things with graphic violence.

    Sorry to ramble so! Didn't mean to go off on all that, especially after your lovely blog about Hallmark movies and beauty products. I've never paid much attention to beauty, but guess what--yesterday I ordered some popular Korean face masks. Last year, I almost bought some really good-smelling Korean face cream but changed my mind when I discovered the main ingredient was snail mucus (remember?), but I saw a story about how these masks I ordered yesterday really beautified skin, so thought I would indulge and get some for me and my daughters. I'll let you know if they turn out to be good--they're fruit-flavored, not snail-flavored.

    Hope you enjoyed your Self-Care Sunday. Sorry, BEATLETOT, but Blueberry Beer does not sound good to me.
    824 days ago
  • CHRISTINEBWD
    emoticon I love the idea of self-care Sundays!! How fun!
    825 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    I love Hallmark & the Lifetime channel. I call my mom sometimes & we will watch a show together over the phone! LOL She has seen them all so sometimes she spoils it for me. Love your Self-Care Sunday idea!! emoticon
    825 days ago
  • MADAMES
    Self care Sunday...what a great idea!!
    825 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
    Glad you enjoyed the Hallmark movies yesterday and took care of yourself today.

    Like the Self-Care Sunday idea. I trimmed my hair yesterday and put some coconut oil on the ends. They're looking much better than they did before they were cut.
    825 days ago
  • KELLYFIT123
    I secretly love/hate Hallmark and Lifetime movies. I got rid of cable a few months ago and could probably find them on Hulu, but I won't. My favorite Lifetime movie is the Craigslist Killer. It was actually, truly good! But it won't leave you happy like the one you watched today.

    That calorie book I read said that alcohol calories are very different than calories from other sources. I didn't pay close attention to those chapters because I drink so infrequently, but you might want to read up on that. Or not.

    Self-Care Sundays... Sounds great!
    Glad you had such a nice weekend, and I hope you enjoy your week!

    825 days ago
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