Warning: Food talk ahead.
Well, its been an eventful birthday season. Started out with a little binge on, of all things, ‘white trash cookies.’ Have you ever heard them called that? Those soft sugar cookies with a lot of soft icing on them. YES. They were in the breakroom. And I really like those cookies. That was Wednesday.
Thursday was my first day off. My plan was to go to the movies, have movie popcorn, and also maybe a peppermint brownie from Starbucks. I decided I would actually RATHER go to the gym for a little longer time, and get some of Vicky’s healthy cookies,and have some good popcorn at home. I KNOW. I would rather go to the gym? Eventually I will go to the movies. But I would rather wait and see the new Narnia movie that is coming out. This turned out to be a wonderful day. I got the carpets vacuumed and shampooed, then hustled Noah into the car, walked him around the parking lot of the shopping center, and then took him to the dog wash! Brought him home, had lunch, and then went back to the gym for my workout. Had some popcorn and one of Vicky’s cookies, and a piece of See’s candy in the evening while I watched (let’s say it all together) more episodes of The Dog Whisperer. It really was a great day!
Friday was the day I was going to ‘the Big City’ to shop, and eat out, and celebrate my birthday (which is actually today.) Started the day with a protein pancake topped with mashed banana.
I had so many mapquests to various places because I couldn’t decide exactly what I wanted to do. Okay, who but me would find it exciting to go to TWO grocery stores for their birthday? Went to Whole Foods, got a few items, and one of my most favorite cookies for tonight for my ‘birthday cake.’ The other store was Henry’s, which is really a great little store. GREAT produce, much cheaper than Whole Foods, tons of stuff in the bins, and other interesting stuff like Trader Joe’s.
I ended up going to TJ Maxx, which was not on my plans, but I scored BIG TIME! Another pair of Saucony shoes, even better than the ones I just got, for only $35, and 3 Wacoal ‘b’s’, in the right size, for only $17 each–usually $64 each!!! I went to BJ’s for my planned lunch of a really great burger. I only ate half the bun and half the fries, but still it was a lot. Did a little more shopping, and then got a Starbuck’s coffee and PINKBERRY yogurt (wheeeee!!!) for the drive home. No way I was hungry for dinner, but I did manage to end the evening with a very special homemade cookie sent from my BFF. Its an oatmeal cookie with a little mincemeat filling. And I had a little trail mix. I got a couple of irritating messages that put me into a little funk for a while. That’s the ‘mostly’ part of my merry birthday.
So the funk continued for a little while this morning. I even wrote in my little journal about feeling like an insecure 10 year old instead of the 56 years I am. Part of that was ‘feeling fat’ and worrying about how much I ate yesterday. So I made myself add it up. It was about 2600 calories, trying to be very honest about it. That is not actually too bad for a single day. I decided to eat really healthy and ‘clean’ today, except for my birthday cookie tonight.
Started the day with some goatmilk yogurt that I had gotten yesterday–double yumm on this stuff! Topped it with half a pear and some muesli. Then I decided I would get out for a long walk with Noah. You know. Hoping a little of those endorphins would kick in. It was really windy outside. Its unusual for it to be windy around here, but when it is, these tall skinny pine trees just sway back and forth. I don’t know how they stay upright.
I noticed that I was wearing all white with my white dog and decided to capture the moment. Even though I like colors a lot, I really like white and black clothes.
Aren’t the colors and textures in this picture pretty?
We walked about four miles today. It felt really wonderful, and the sun even came out for a little while. I took a JayBar with me, but was most pleased that I was able to keep from eating it. Instead had a most excellent lunch when we returned home–this delicious brussel sprouts medley, and a bowl of cottage cheese and red grapes. Most satisfying.
This is my version of a pumpkin spice latte: gingerbread spice coffee, almond milk, a little pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice all whirled up in the blender, with a little caramel syrup swirled on top. I am not as proficient at the swirl as John! I might have one of these when I finish this interminable blog!
Gratuitous doggie shots, especially for Mr. Monk’s Number One Fan!!! ( Pubsgal’s daughter.)
I hope for this evening to be as peaceful as this! Hope you all are having a wonderful peaceful weekend.