Well, this will probably be my usual Tuesday update, but I am writing first about my dinner that has been interrupted. I had an idea that sounded great, even decadent, but ended up not tasting as good as it sounded. I had some of that flat out bread, and some cheddar cheese (which I usually don’t keep around,) and some great tomatoes from the farmer’s market. So I had thought this morning, I’ll make a ‘grilled cheese and tomato sandwich.’ Trouble is, for me, evidently, the best part of a grilled cheese is really good bread. And the flat out bread just doesn’t make it. I took a bite, and decided it was not worthy. It was only 225 calories, but I can have something really good tasting AND nutritious for 225 calories. I’m sure the chickens will enjoy it, and in the meantime I get to eat something else that I will actually enjoy. So when you are eating something that you had looked forward to, or fantasized about, or even spent a lot of time preparing, and it doesn’t measure up…JUST SAY NO! I usually stay plenty ahead on meals in both the refrigerator and the freezer, so it is no problem to change my mind. I think this may sometimes keep me from overeating because I was not satisfied by the bad food, and keep eating to make up for it. Just my cheap opinion, of course…
Okay, today was a great day again! First I went to the eye doctor, and I am weighing my options. Got some new frames picked out–I always like different ones than the ‘helper ladies’ like. They always seem to be insulted that I don’t like their choices, but really, they are not exactly fashionistas themselves, so why am I supposed to take their advice? I’m also considering getting contact lenses again. They don’t work exactly as well for me as glasses, but I do like the way I look without glasses, and they are especially convenient when I am traveling. I also really love the fit and feel of the really great sunglass frames they have there, but my golly, they are very expensive when you get the prescription lenses put into them. So I am going to check around at the ‘nicer’ sunglasses that they sell…somewhere? I’m not sure where to look besides kiosks in the mall? Costco? Anyone have an opinion on this? Anyway, its always fun to get new glasses.
Then on to the gym to meet with Vicky. She is just a fount of info, I tell you! I actually went to a group class she had last night, where she went over some negative resistance exercises. Very good, and you can really feel that you have worked your muscles. She had me work more on them today. She showed me a new machine that is kind of a pull up helper machine (sorry, I don’t know the real name) and she said eventually I would be able to do a real pull up, and I said, I will have to bring my camera and have her take a picture of me so I can put it on the blog for everyone to see! Don’t hold your breath, that is going to take me a while! The Monday night class was also about eating, and we are going to do another ‘cleanse’ diet that eliminates wheat, meat, eggs, and dairy except yogurt, for one week. It will be a good challenge for me. She said there are new studies that say that up to 60% of the population has wheat allergies! I am actually looking forward to eating more veggies, and trying some new grains. I think I am even going to try to cook some beans from scratch, because that is supposed to be one of the main sources of protein on the diet, and I don’t like beans, mostly because of their texture. And Vicky and I had the same thought at the same time–maybe cooking them from scratch would make a big difference. Any bean cooking advice out there? I have NEVER cooked a bean!
After working out with Vicky, I ran over to my quilting group. I haven’t met with them for about 6 months, I think, so it was nice to see some of them again. However, the most important part of that story is what I learned as we were saying our goodbyes–WE HAVE A NEW FROZEN YOGURT SHOP right here in Jackson! Be still my heart! I am trying not to get too excited until I check out their nutritionals, and in fact I decided not to go over there after I left sewing, because I was not hungry. But really, I have been wanting a frozen yogurt place in Jackson for several years. I was really considering buying my own ice cream maker. I didn’t really want to have one because I thought it would lead to me eating it a little too much. But to have it available for those times when nothing else will do, well, I’m just really excited.
P.S. One more question: does anybody have a ‘Magic bullet’ and if so, do you have an opinion on its usefulness?