I received an inter-office envelope today. I never receive these, so my curiosity was piqued. When I opened it, there was but one sheet of paper enclosed, bearing the message:
It would be a fine idea if you were to refrain from the consumption of candy today.
I grinned because I know who the phantom is and he’s quite inspiring. His note helped me refuse a chocolate covered salted caramel today. And when a colleague offered to bribe me with chocolate, I confidently announced that I’d prefer baby carrots.
Today was a pretty good day. I had a lot of lean proteins and a lot of spinach. Of course, I had a poptart and crackers, too. This blog is about progress, not perfection, so I’ll continue to tell it like it is.
I told it like it is to Jeff tonight. After surfing to the end of the internet, (did you realize there’s a page on tickld that doesn’t have a “next” button??) Anyway, after surfing to the end of the internet, I got angry with myself. Here I had paged through 45 pages of things of little consequence and wasted hours of time. Time that could’ve been spent cleaning, exercising, crafting, painting, or even sleeping.
Then I shut down the computer and said to hell with it. Jeff is going to help me block the trouble sites and I’m going to redouble my efforts to be more productive with my time.
I have a lotto update on. When last I wrote I was talking about not having a plan. It has really hit me in the wallet and in the GI tract to not have a plan this week. Even Rah-rah noticed it! Tonight on the way home, I asked what he wanted for dinner and he replied “I dunno… We really haven’t had any good food this week..” and he sounded so sad! I guess that this means I need to keep up on that menu-making 😉
After I post this entry, I’m going to make 2 more pages for my blog–a “new foods” page and a “Favorite Links” one. I think it would be a good way to keep things in order and to share some resources with you.
Earlier this week, I was gifted with a Spaghetti Squash from one of my co-workers. I had never tried it before so he brought me one from his very own garden. His suggestion was to cut it in half (which I almost needed a hatchet to do…) and then microwave it. Mrs. Roomie ended up doing the rest of the cooking after I cut it up because I simply had too much to do on my list.
She browned some lean ground beef and added a jar of Classico Tomato Basil sauce, then served the meat sauce over the stringed squash instead of over pasta. The review that I received from Mr. and Mrs. Roomie and Rah-rah said that it was cold and kinda chewy. When I re-heated it when I got home, I thought it was pretty tasty. Maybe it just needed to cook longer? Rah-rah rated it a 6 out of 10, so we’ll probably try it again. Mr. Roomie said it was pretty tasty with just some olive oil and some garlic powder. Who knows? The flavor is so mild that the possibilities are practically endless.
The rest of the nights, we pretty much had a gas-station diet–frozen pizza, sandwiches, etc. It was really expensive and I’m going to have to be careful with my cash over the next week. I’ve got my dry-erase markers ready, though! The menu shall be made!
Warrior Dash is a mud-crawlng | fire leaping | extreme run from hell | Are you a warrior?
. Now, on SparkPeople, I joined a great group of girls called the Weight Loss Warriors. I haven’t been much of a warrior lately. I have lost touch with a few of the girls and I have been avoiding spark like the plague for various reasons. Be that as it may, however, the Weight Loss Warriors are some of the best, most supportive, consistent people that I have met. Most of them have already met their weight loss goals, and if they haven’t, they’re still plugging away and making good choices. I feel like doing the Warrior Dash will not only “make me a warrior” to them, but it will also provide some validation for myself. If I can get through that race, hell, I can do anything.
Since it’s more of an obstacle course than a race, I’ve made a serious commitment to fitness. On Monday I start Phase I with Mr. Trainer to begin preparations for the event. It is about 9 months away and so every 4 weeks until July 2012, I have committed to meet with Mr. Trainer so that I can be ready. Right now, I love sweets and carbs and cuddles–and I have been avoiding the gym. With something like this on the horizon there will be no choice except to shape up. It will be either get ready, or get hurt–one of the two. I’m going to aim for the former, not the latter.