I’ve been out-of-town for a few days. Veteran’s Day allowed me the chance to visit my brother’s family. I don’t get to see them enough…especially when my nieces are 18 months and four years old. They change so much, even in just a few months. We spent the better part of one day wandering around the zoo. My older niece has always loved the zoo, she especially likes when she gets to say “all aboard” on the train. The thing that made this trip so special was that the 18 month old has just started using inflection in her indecipherable babble. Even though we had no idea what she was saying, we could tell when she was really excited to see something. She loved the penguins. I also adore hearing my 4 year old niece sing the Spiderman theme song repeatedly! Clearly my brother and sister-in-law are doing something right.
As much as I enjoyed seeing them, it is now time for some damage control on the diet front. With the exception of breakfasts, we ate every meal out. Now, I know there are restaurants where you can eat a fairly healthy meal, but those aren’t the kind of restaurants we went too. Add to that my food restrictions… and it will be a long, long time before I want to eat nachos again. So here I am, a couple of pounds up, after only three days away. I’ll just have to pick back up and start where I was before this little mini-vacation. This trip does make me wonder how I’m going to manage the holidays. Anyone have any tips for how to NOT ruin your diet during the holiday season? I’m all ears.
I found a tomato free recipe for jambalaya, that I’m going to make for dinner tonight. If it turns out well, I’ll post about it tomorrow.
Cucumber slices, celery, carrot sticks: these are the healthy things we should want to eat. But no. On a day like today-November 1st, what is it that we want to eat? The candy that’s sitting in a bowl, somewhere in the house. You know what I’m talking about, that stinkin’ leftover candy from Halloween. Sometimes I wonder what exactly it is about us that makes us crave the very things we should avoid. I know that candy is in no conceivable way good for me. I know that it is empty calories. But none of that stops my body from craving just one more little piece. I can’t be alone, right?
So I have a two part solution. First, I’m going to lengthen my walk today. I may not be able to completely say no to the candy, but I can walk some of the calories off. Second, I’ll indulge in some eye candy instead of the sugary kind!
If you’re reading this, I think I should inform you that I don’t have anything profound to say. Starting this blog is something more of a exercise in keeping a journal rather than a burning desire to share my life with the world. In the past when I’ve had to journal (both times as course requirements) I found the exercise to be tedious. But there is something about a computer and the internet that makes it not seem so boring. So if you’re still reading I’ll give you a brief idea of what the expect.
I’ve recently started using Livestrong to keep track of my daily caloric intake, exercise, and weight loss. As of today I’m three pounds down, which included hitting a fairly major milestone. The idea of having somewhere to put my thoughts and share my progress (and I’m sure setbacks) is pretty appealing.
I love to cook, and with this new way of eating comes lots of new recipes. For me this includes taking recipes I find and adapting them because I’m allergic to wheat and tomatoes. So if you’re interested in gluten free recipes that I’ve tried and tested, then you might what to check back every once in a while.
I’m also slightly embarrassed to admit this, but I’m a fangirl of Richard Armitage. This would be clear to anyone who looked at the first few entries in my Netflix instant queue–Spooks, North & South, Robin Hood, George Gently. Then there are the audiobooks on my I Pod. Almost daily I find myself lurking at blogs devoted to the man (I think I may have just delurked). Now I know if you’re an American you are probably thinking, “Who in their right mind is a fan of Richard Armitage!” I’m not talking about the US politician, but the incredibly talented and incredibly attractive British actor. So, he’ll probably be mentioned fairly frequently, because his work makes me happy.
Well other than that, I love to read, so there may be the book review. World events interest me. I can get pretty heated about politics, so there may be the occasional soap box moments. Ultimately, who knows-hence the blog name.