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A common sense approach

So, it's been about a year since I started making a conscious effort to take better care of myself by eating better. I've never been a breakfast person, but now I usually eat something within an hour of waking up, even if it's just a handful of almonds. I eat a little something whenever I feel hungry, but if it's not mealtime, I usually eat just enough to stop feeling hungry: a handful of almonds, a piece of fruit, a string cheese, a yogurt. I eat almonds, Greek yogurt, and an apple nearly every day. I drink primarily water and tea. I place a priority on having fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible, (at least one serving per meal), I avoid processed foods and artificial sweeteners, and I try to limit any crap choices to a single serving: one can of soda, whatever the serving size is for cookies or chips, etc. If I catch myself eating fast, I try to slow down. I like to have a glass or two of wine with any especially fatty meals. I will say, "Does anyone else want a glass of artery de-clogger?" Charming, eh?

I make exceptions, of course, but those are my habits. I make exceptions all the time, actually. I always thought you had to be really disciplined about eating well to see any benefits, but that hasn't been the case for me. I don't put any restrictions on my alcohol consumption, (other than the natural limitations afforded by lack of opportunity, reduced desire, and budgetary concerns), I don't avoid animal fats, I don't count calories. I figure stressing over the quality of my diet would detract from the benefit of eating well, and the last thing I need from the standpoint of better health is more stress. So if something doesn't seem reasonable to me, I don't bother with it. The results have been that I've lost weight, (an unspecified amount, I never weigh myself - a two or three pants sizes, anyway), and overall my health has been excellent. I feel consistently better, more resilient, and more energetic.

I think it is interesting to note that although it's been a very stressful year, instead of gaining weight or mitigating my emotions via poor food choices, I have better emotional stability and I've lost weight. I call this progress.


I've said it before, and I'll no doubt say it again: these are the gassiest children I've ever met.
How dorky is it that I'm actually looking forward with great anticipation to the (typically lame) Halloween episodes of my TV programs?

Pretty dorky, I would think.

You know what? He's right.

James just informed me that the cauliflower that I made for dinner was "ridiculously awesome."
I'm having one of my occasional calorie-binge days. I've only been awake for five hours, and I've had almonds, salami, cheese and crackers, an apple, a real (!) Coke, and I just ate half a box of graham crackers with milk. Of course, yesterday I had so big a lunch that I never did eat dinner, so maybe I'm just playing catch up? Yeah, that's what I'll call it.


Oct. 7th, 2010

How can it be only Thursday?

I do enjoy my atmospheric phenomenon.

I commented yesterday that if you displaced me in time and plunked me back down right here, right now, and asked me what time of year it was, I would have said late October. It was gloomy and overcast, and it got dark early, but it was still warm and humid enough to want the air conditioning on. Today, a storm. Lightning just cracked right outside, there was literally no time between the flash and the noise, and the noise was HUGEMONGOUS. Cue all three kids bolting in here, quivering in horrified delight. And then the rain came pouring down.

I love thunderstorms. I love autumn.

Facebook Follies

Is anyone else having problems with Facebook? First my anti-virus software started pitching fits about it, now I can't log in at all. It won't recognize my password.

Good morning, children. [/Chef]

Jimmy made the kids cheese-and-bacon omelets and refrigerator biscuits for breakfast, and gave them chocolate milk. They must have been stoked, because when I make breakfast it's cereal and fruit or boiled eggs and toast and fruit, something simple like that. He also made their lunches. I gave them their milk money, made sure they had their homework and all their school supplies and were dressed in brand-new matching outfits. Selah's matches down to her socks! That was my big contribution this morning. Heh.

While Jimmy was walking the girls to school, I had salami, Swiss cheese, multigrain flaxseed crackers and green grapes for breakfast, with a handful of almonds. I haven't had an opportunity to eat that for dinner, and I was missing it, so I had it for breakfast.

Back to school night is tonight, and the kids are stoked. But I have no idea how we're going to get around to two different schools.

I had a nasty dream last night, it was like a boss battle from an ultra-violent video game. Actually, the whole thing was like a video game. I slowly became aware that all this weird stuff happening around me was because there was a serial killer in my city, and I seemed to be the only one picking up on it. But I found out the crucial details too late, and his hideous plan had already been set in motion. My dreams aren't usually gory, so I won't be forgetting that one for awhile. Off to watch some kitten videos or something to cleanse my mental palate.

Silver linings

I just realized something awesome: I can now take a shower any time I like. That had to be scheduled a little more carefully when I was answering phones 12 hours a day.

Also: Couscous with onion, tomato, cucumber, garlic, oregano, olive oil, rice wine vinegar, feta cheese and pine nuts - Kid-friendly food? I'll let you know.


Maria Jr.

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