Thumbs down: Oops. I didn’t mean to publish this today. Eek… Still a work in progress. Brain fart. Sigh.
Thumbs up: My job. I’ve got two blog post drafted about this, one to share how it’s going since several of you have asked (thanks for the emails, comments and tweets) and one from the perspective of my blog’s theme – the impact of my new job on my “diet.”
Thumbs down: Commenting on blogs. I’ve been unable to comment, intermittently, on several wordpress.com blogs lately. So, if you have one, I’m still reading, even if I don’t comment. Because… I DO comment but darned if those words don’t get eaten by the wordpress goblin!
Thumbs up: Eating out. While my teen was home on spring break, we went out to dinner at a new Mongolian grill style restaurant. It was a great choice because we could all make our own bowls of food based on what we like or don’t like and, in the case of hubby and myself, what is currently “on” or “off” our eating plans. My son got pretty much protein with five different spicy sauces and white rice. My husband had tofu instead of any animal products, also with rice. As for myself, I had a very tasty bowl of veggies with some chicken, shrimp and beef, no rice. My bowl looked pathetically empty in comparison but I was happy and satisfied and was pleased to eat out with no regrets.
Thumbs up: Lemon water. I’ve started adding a slice of lemon to my morning glass of water. Recently I had heard about it from a couple different sources, both touting the potential benefits. What could it hurt? And I was surprised to find I actually like it better than without:) Thumbs down that you are never supposed to get lemon in your water in a restaurant. Did you know that? Studies show the lemons are horribly germy and then they transfer that to your drink:(
Thumbs up: Green tea. Lately it seems that I’ve recommended green tea to several other bloggers, who, like me, struggled to find one they liked. So I thought I’d share with everyone the two that I drink on a regular basis. Every morning I drink two mugs of Lipton Decaf Green Tea with Honey and Lemon. It’s perfectly palatable and pretty inexpensive. I can find it at some but not all of my local grocery stores. Later in the day I might indulge in the much more expensive, surprisingly yummy Republic of Tea’s Plantain Coconut Raw Green Bush Tea, also decaf. My Whole Foods carries this and I have also purchased it online. Hot tea is a great alternative to snacking for me, and I’ll be sad to see the warmer temps stick around because it means less of this healthy habit. Yes, some like it hot, and I’m one of them:)
Thumbs down: Let them eat cake. So… my book club gals came and went and at the most the gals ate ONE bar of the baked goodies I
slaved over made just for them. That’s one bar total, not one bar each! I chose a recipe with lots of walnuts (which I don’t like) but it was still tasty enough that I, unlike my gal pals, managed to ingest several over the course of the day. But a big thumbs up that I didn’t eat even one crumb once book club was over. Thumbs up that a lesson has been learned – stop trying to please them with the food I serve and start pleasing myself!
Thumbs down: Wrist owie. A few times a year for the past several years my right wrist has hurt. It typically comes on in a matter of hours and lasts for a few days. I wear a brace for the duration which seems to help with the healing. I have no idea what it is and often no idea what causes a particular flare up. But I do know a few things that have set it off in the past: “playing drums” on my teen’s Rockband video game (which was the first trigger), full body push-up with my palms flat (so instead I do them with my hands on weights or push up grip thing-a-ma-bobs), tricep dips (which I have given up since I can’t find a way to do them without putting my full body weight on my flat hands). Last week it flared up again and has taken longer than usual to abate. I actually had to wear my brace to work a few times and I’ve avoided yoga since so many of the poses require wrist support. And, yes, thumbs down, it hurts to type unless I wear the brace in which case it’s hard to type:(
Thumb down: My darn calf. Still not healed. I “rested” for two weeks and can’t really sense an improvement. It doesn’t “hurt,” but is just still not right, tight sometimes, nothing horrible but something is still going on. I can’t decide if I should try resting longer or just give up and go back to my full activity and put up with it. Sigh.
Thumbs up: Time change. I have to say that I have really appreciated the time change this go round. Typically I’d be trying to keep my eyes open in the evenings but now I am (almost) easily staying up until a reasonable bedtime. And, since I have no kids to wake up for school and always wake up early, I don’t mind having lost the hour in the morning. And I’ve also taken advantage to shift my dinner time later which has helped with cutting back on evening snacking. Thumbs up that I figured out how to change the time on my (seldom used except for travel and now for work) digital watch all by myself! My teen always used to do it for me.
Thumbs up: Evening snacking. Funny how all of a sudden something that was so difficult for me in the past is now so easy. For the past couple of weeks I’ve not struggled at all with evening eating. Really. Just like that. Easy peasy. Don’t ask me why and how. I don’t know. Let’s put it down to a new found determination and not look a gift horse in the (empty) mouth. Thumbs down that my my afternoons are still more of a willpower battle. But right now I’m winning:) Thumbs way up.
Thumbs down: Helicopter mom. Yep – me. Yes, my boys are both halfway across the country. Yes, both are legal adults. But some habits are hard to break. I’m trying to let go. Really, I am. Baby steps. (“Baby?” – How ironic.) The latest: my husband and I are planning a trip to help our oldest find his first apartment (for his first job, after graduation in May). Husband to me: “Did you look for your first apartment on your own?” “Yes, but this is different.” And son number two is having some struggles with school and hubby and I are trying to figure out how best to help him and what he really wants from us. I think I’m doing pretty well with listening, asking questions, only offering advice when asked, and letting him make his own decisions. Thumbs down at how hard it is when your child is hurting, regardless of how old he is.
Thumbs up: Blog award. Thank you muchly to KC@TheOccasionalAdventuresofaHermit who gave me the Versatile Blogger award. And apologies to her for taking so long to acknowledge it here. Since I’ve gotten this one before I’m going to forgo passing it on. As for the requirement to tell you seven random things about myself, I think this post has that covered:)
Thumbs up: Eating. Mine has been stellar since the morning after book club. 100% on track. I feel great, physically and emotionally. Funny how that happens:)