If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always had.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Coffee, tea, or both?

When I got up this morning, Eric wasn't home. He'd started the dishwasher, fed the cats and gone on an errand, but he turned on the computer and left (what I thought was) a cup of coffee on the desk. I'd already poured a cup, so I took the one he'd poured and added it to the insulated carafe for later.

He came home a while later, and while we were getting ready to have breakfast he started muttering about having lost his tea. Then he found his cup - empty - next to the carafe.

Turns out I'd poured Earl Grey into my hazelnut half-caff!

I have to say, it's really not bad. Surprisingly, the Earl Grey very nearly overpowered the coffee, and I had one cup of tea in two cups of coffee. Yum, hazelnut with a hint of lemon. Drinkable, but not preferable. I made fresh for the afternoon.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Losing weight

I got my shorts out last weekend, and that's when I remembered that I'd gotten rid of stuff last fall that didn't fit. I was down to three pairs of shorts and three pairs of capris, of which one pair of shorts and two capris fit.

After a short bout of hysterics, I decided it was time to get serious about getting some weight off. I'm not overweight, but I am at the top end of my ideal weight and body fat measurements.

Bear in mind, I've been trying different weight loss methods for over a year. I've gone from doing nothing to cutting sweets and working out six days a week. I'm estimating that I was eating 1500-2000 calories a day. I didn't lose or gain a pound, and I was very discouaged.

I decided to try the Sonoma Diet because I figured if nothing else I'd get some new recipes. I started on Tuesday, but I haven't been following it strictly because this week the recipes were too high maintenance. I didn't have time to shop, so I fudged with ingredients I already had. I've had Eric looking over my intake (he was a dietician in the AF for 15 years) to make sure I'm staying under my 1,100 calorie goal. (Sonoma doesn't say you have to limit to 1,100 calories. That was my choice. I'm des

So far I've lost four pounds. It doesn't sound like much on the surface, but after two years of not losing any weight, I'm happy with it. I'm not happy enough to stay here; ten more pounds will put me back into almost all of my wardrobe.
Things I've discovered this week:

-Plain celery isn't as yucky as I remember.
-Water helps me feel fuller.
-If I take little teeny bites, I can feel full on half the food. (I learned to eat fast in basic training, and that's one habit that stuck with me.)
-Staying busy keeps my mind off my stomach.
-The 'three bite' rule is going to be my saving grace. (It's a tip I picked up from the author of "French Women Don't Get Fat" when she was on Oprah. If you crave something, eat three bites of it and stop.)
-Having an in-home dietician is a good thing!

Six more pounds and I'm going shopping.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Boys vs. girls

I was listening to the radio a while ago and heard a discussion about the differences in the way men and women think. The analogy they used was that men have one window open on their computer screen at a time; they deal with what is in front of them, close it, and move on.

Women have 5 or 6 or 20 windows open all at the same time. We're thinking about what to have for dinner, inviting the girls to the Mary Kay party in two weeks, homework that needs to be done, bathrooms to be cleaned, etc. ad nauseum.

I had to laugh because they were absolutely right. I'd heard the analogy for sex drives years ago: men are microwaves and women are crock pots. Now I know why: Women have too many windows open and it bogs down our hard drive!

Thank you, Bill Gates, for helping us to understand!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Happy Easter

Christ has risen indeed! Go and spread the good news!
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Enjoy your day!