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!