Thursday, September 25, 2008

Feeling Good

Yesterday, I got all 6 stars on my chart.

In the style of Napoleon Dynamite, I pull down my fist to emphasize the "yessssss!"

It's day 2 of my quest to pick up some good habits. Why is it that good habits are so much harder to get into than bad habits, and so much easier to break? Or is that just me?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Now What?

Pictured you see the foods I'm trying to incorporate into my diet, per some article that I'm deciding to trust about foods that have proven value when eating them intentionally to aide in weight loss.

Asparagus, already a favorite of mine, now I just have an excuse to buy eat and eat more of it. And giggle at the side effects of eating a lot of it.

Green tea... oh, how I don't love thee. I would much rather be sipping a cup of coffee than drinking tea, but it has antioxidant value and apparently drinking so much coffee has me fairly addicted and most likely eating more than I should. I will wholeheartedly agree that I need to cut back on the caffeine, at very least, so this switch to my morning routine is difficult but with a forseeable reward; even if I don't come out on the other side weighing approximately 40lbs less than I do right now, at least I'll be less addicted to coffee.

Pine nuts, which always make me think of Best in Show, make a great snack that supposedly improve the gastrointestinal tract and digestive functions, as well as suppress appetite. I'm all for it! Now if only their caloric content was a little more appealing... at 210 calories for 2 tablespoons, I know it's terrible but I feel like I'd rather snack on a 100-calorie pack of cookies or candies. Uh-oh, is my sugar-junkie showing? Moving on...

Pomegranates! I LOVE pomegranates! Even if just for the unique factor. And I even looked up an easier way to get to teh seedy goodness inside. Last night I enjoyed a pomegranate with a couple of dollops of frozen cool-whip like substance. Hey, I've got to have something that I can call a treat!

Millet. When I first saw millet on the page I immediately thought of a bird feeding contraption I had seen once in a Highlights magazine growing up. And while it is typically found in birdfeed,it actually is a whole grain that is good for you. As long as it's hulled, of course. I looked first at Trader Joe's, but they didn't carry it. The girl suggested Henry's (yes, I gasped inside at the thought), but I went to Henry's and sure enough, they had it in bulk. Now as far as how to eat the stuff, I'm still working on that.

I'm not just going to start eating those foods, I'm also going to be tracking my calories via Tweet What You Eat. I made myself a "star chart" and invested a whopping 65 cents into some foil star labels to give myself stars for doing things like getting up by 7 (which leaves plenty of time to walk the dog in the morning), and exercising, and going to bed at a decent hour, and drinking enough water, and staying under 1600 calories a day. And if I meet all of my goals in a day, I get a "bonus" star. :) I set up rewards based on how many stars I get over the next 40 days. They say it takes 40 days to make or break a habit, so here goes.

Wish me "luck"! And by luck, I mean perseverance.

Friday, September 19, 2008


Does this count as irony? I'm sitting in the drive-thru at Del Taco picking up junk food for dinner after making a special trip to Trader Joe's to pick up some staples for my newfound determination to change my eating habits and lose weight again, starting of course, tomorrow.

*sigh* someday I'll really get this down.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Dog Days of Summer

We got to watch a couple of our favorite dogs this weekend, since their moms & dads had to go out of town. Originally we were just going to have Otis (the pug looking guy), but then Cyan needed a place to stay, too. It was a bit hectic at times, and my floor was FILTHY afterward, but overall it was fun and thankfully, Scout is STILL tired. ;) Here are some pictures and videos of these three amigos:


Yes, that bed is a little big for you, Otis… good thing Cyan is nice and let you take it from her.


Apparently too tired to STAND and eat.


Otis is SERIOUS about his food. And if the other dogs walked away from their dish for a second, he was ON IT. He moves pretty fast when he’s motivated.


The only way they would all stay calm was if we put Scout in her crate, but we didn’t want her to feel isolated so we kept her close to the peanut gallery.


Can we come in now, pleeeeease?

Wait for it, wait for it…

For some reason, this was really confusing for Scout. hahaha

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Holy 15 Freeway, Batman!


Whoever you're voting for in 2008, you've got to admit that this is reporting at it's finest.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008