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11 August 2014

Ah, Monday again. Yesterday a dear friend of mine here PM'd me commenting 'it was a long day' - for me, not nearly long enough. But I understand... I've had many of those where an hour felt like a week. But yesterday, I want a do-over. Short of getting 'that' I'll just look at it like this and move on.



All things Food, of course. Yesterday was a good eating day. Then again, being able to spend a 1/3 of my day not awake helped. I always think back to 'Valley of the Dolls' where Jennifer went to some 'sleep clinic' where they basically sedate you for about a week or so and you drop weight.

Back in my 20's I called that the vodka diet. One fifth of Grey Goose and I'd lose 3 days. But to each their own.

Nonetheless, I stuck to my good wholesome chicken vegetable soup after indulging a craving for bacon with a homemade biscuit and gravy ( the gravy made using the bacon grease, of course ).

I don't think I got anywhere near the protein from which my body may have benefited but then again I doubt my total steps for the day went into triple digits either.

The most activity I did was watering my poor dehydrated plants before the triple digit weather peaked. The I came back inside and vegged a little on 'Breaking Bad' DVD's because I was missing Gus and his pollo buckets...



As for the indoor rooting plant experiement ~ one week later yields the coleus is thriving but gardenia, shrimp and bougainvillea were a fail. Ah, the things I do for science. And indoor comfort.

Last night was another night of 'not awake'. I call it that because it wasn't natural sleep. I felt a bit like Elvis taking an 'extra' little something 'just in case'. Calling Dr. Nick? But this morning I found the reasoning behind the insomnia, and the answer.



Back to gardening, this is not from MY yard but I am teetering on making my own scarecrow. Must remember to put it out of range of the security camera so I don't freak out in the middle of the night. The plants behind 'her' are called 'squeeze weeds' and they DO cover my entire fence right now. Those flowers are major crack addictive for the butterflies and bees so it's fun to watch.



Mine haven't flowered yet this year so these are from last year:













And if it hasn't become painfully obvious to you by now, I really don't have that much to say today. Or I have a lot and am using the 'picture is worth a thousand words' approach because after all it is my journal and ...



With that, I think I'll go scrounge up some lunch. Hope you're having a good Monday in your world today. Thank you for stopping by to visit with me.

Bella




10 August 2014

Sunday afternoon. I’m not sure if I would label what I did last night as ‘sleep’ as much as ‘not be awake’. I had checked in here for a few minutes and toddled off to bed. But by 9:30 I was kicking the mattress with frustration so I took a second dose of ‘my little helpers’ and soaked in the hot tub two hours.

And then, it was 8:30 am.

Three hours and as many cups of coffee later my brain started functioning again and I considered walking to the Winery for brunch but one step outside to let Mushy potty and that idea was squashed. Triple digit temperatures out there. So I am staying in where it’s cool and quiet. Had some bacon with a homemade biscuit and gravy.

Yesterday indeed felt long as anticipated but the crowd of customers at the show kept it moving along. Then Mr. BCF babysat Mushy while BCF and I went out to dinner for Mexican food.

I felt the ‘recent’ me try to kick in as we walked past the dessert tray sample but the ‘renewed me’ kicked her back and said ‘no, not this meal, not if you are going to have a margarita like you want.’ Boy oh boy did I want one of those right then too. Had two.



So we split the shrimp brochette and fajita plate. It was delicious and I managed to stop before I overate, which I could have done, would have done recently. I took a cue from BCF because she actually sat back and said ‘whew, stick a fork in me, I am done’ and I thought ‘oh, yeah, good reminder.’

BCF's doc recently advised her she'd gained too much weight. When she had that hip fracture a year ago she lost too much as was so thin it was a health issue. She's a reminder to me.. we all have health issues. So she started eating more and now she has to pull back too. I considered it nice of her to give me that little cue.

Plus that left enough chicken, shrimp and steak to bring home in a doggy bag. Literally. Mushy loved it. We took Mr. BCF chicken quesadillas.

All in all, I give my ‘dinner out’ a good review as far as the food was fabulous and I did not eat too much of it to feel uncomfortable or as if I had ruined anything later.

Blondie’s crew was supposed to bring my new dresser over today but it’s just too darned hot nor do I possess the energy or ambition to deal with it. Maybe in the Fall, LOL. For the rest of the day I plan to stay still, cool, and comfortable. I have earned today. I’m going to spend it.

Hope you are all having a great Sunday in your world today too.

Bella-La-Lazy





09 August 2014

Well today will be an interesting day of opportunities to make conversation, do business, and stand upright after my second sleep deprived night. Okay, that’s exaggerating. I don’t remember much between 10:30 and 11:30 so that must have been sleep. But the rest, yep, Owl Eyes.



The return to clean eating committee recognizes two successful days in a row as well as a shocking refresher course in measuring spoons. We are now painfully aware that eyeballing the peanut butter tablespoon size servings for the past few months has been waaaaaaaaayyyyyy off. Well, that’s why we review.



Just in time as I recently discovered a delectable little beverage that could have been the devil in disguise: Vietnamese Iced Coffee - using sweetened condensed milk as the creamer. I froze some coffee this week to use for the ice cubes to avoid it becoming diluted. Nice little afternoon pick-me-up every now and then.



So time to go pull on some clothes, paste on a smile, and Sparkle, Neely, Sparkle. I’m going to be away from the internet until later this evening so I hope all my dear friends will play nice today. Or at least, PM me if there’s a truly volatile thread to follow. I’ll make popcorn and catch up.

Reminds me of that line in The Big Chill:

Sarah: Michael, if you're going to sleep this late, you're going to miss a few minidramas.
Michael: I just hope you'll wake me for anything really ugly.

Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful, healthy, happy Saturday.

Buh Buh Buh Bella

08 August 2014

08 August 2014

I’ve been awake since about 2am; finally threw in the blanket and started drinking coffee around 4am so, well, I’m wired and there’s no telling where this journal may go today. I was so frustrated to find even Alec was asleep, perched on a little branch in his bowl, I felt myself on the verge of channeling my Grandmother and one of her memorable crap slinging irrational ‘fits’ and wanted to just crank rock music and shake Mushy awake from her snoring. If Bella’s not sleeping, NObody sleeps. But I didn’t. Besides, the vacuum would have waken her more than Bob Seger. Or the weed eater.

Anyway, I was pleased to realize I was hungry this morning. I know this goes against the logic of ‘today is the second day of my better, less indulgent, clean eating’ proclamation but I consider it a good thing. Then again, being hungry at 6am after being awake since 2am is really more like lunch and that’s my normal but .. oh, well, I don’t feel like doing quantum physics logic right now. I’ll consider it a good positive.

Mainly because I was trying to recall ‘what did I do back ‘then’ that aided in my weight loss that I’m not doing now but could start doing again to see if it still helps?’ Yes, of course, fewer trips to the Cheesecake factory, taking a sabbatical from the cheeseburgers and putting down the french fries will help more than anything.

I’d been struggling with resuming the breakfast meal because it seemed forced; eating when I wasn’t hungry seemed contradictory to everything I’d been trying to achieve. I’d even stopped adding coconut oil and unsalted butter in my coffee hoping to ‘debulletproof’ my morning in effort to have a natural appetite return. I just couldn’t face force feeding myself; it felt like too giant a step backward. Oh my, google tells me that isn’t grammatically correct and is suggesting a different adverb. Deal with it.

So I know ONE thing that kept me somewhat troubled last night and contributed to sleeplessness was that stupid math stuff. You know, the part early on in a weight loss where you waken and start calculating CICO and wondering if you made a difference that day. I lay in bed thinking ‘no way I only ate 900 calories yesterday … I must have missed something… I can’t have eaten that little and not have been hungry… ‘ and then I remembered ‘Oh, crap, I had an apple… and I added relish to my tuna… MUST remember to add that to my food diary when I get up… darn, why is it I can’t log into FS on my Kindle HD… do I need to bring the old Kindle in here .. yikes, my bed already looks like I’m the loneliest woman with ADHD in the world with a kindle, TV remote, PS3 remote, bed remote, light remote, glasses, and sudoku puzzle book all on the side where Cutty used to sleep..’

As if it would have made any difference. I’ve done the math before; logged everything. I actually over log food because I’m aware the math on ‘how many energy calories in this food’ is only an estimate. And I would log my activity as if I slept 24/7. And at the end of the month I would end up with a 28,000 calorie deficit but the scale would stay the same. If only it were that easy.

A new change I’m making is NOT drinking an entire pint bottle of water at one time. I remember graduating that down from a two pint bottle back about a year ago; it stopped making my stomach feel so swollen and sloshy. Now a pint bottle was doing the same. One cup at a time…. everything in moderation, even the H20.

Anyway.. that’s the start here today in Bellawood. Trade show tomorrow so today is my Thursday, tomorrow will be my Friday and Sunday will be ‘I think I’ll just lay here on the recliner in the yard’ day. The plan is to go out to dinner with BCF after the show tomorrow. I’m looking forward to this opportunity to renew my skills of ordering and eating mindfully, even in public, when the food is paid for, and there’s too much served, and there’s a dessert menu. Yep. I got this.

So, if I don’t make it back today ~ y’all have a good ‘un. Thank you for stopping by to visit with me here in Bellawood. Comments always welcome. Cash accepted too.

Bells









I laughed at this one the most - it reminded me of how our fridge looked in the past when I'd start a diet... the colorful side, of course, was Cutty's with all the usual foods - processed, high fat, delicious stuff. Mine was the boring white side of 'no fat, low fat, bland boring' stuff.

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