Good morning, people! Its your lucky day. I don’t post for a week, and now you get to listen to me complain. That’s okay if you don’t want to read. Click away to some happy little elf’s blog (Lemony Snickets movie reference. I LOVE that movie, BTW.)
So this is the deal. My work (do you call it ex-work when you’re retired?) offers a ‘healthy living plan,’ and if you fill out the form online and maybe do what they tell you to, they give you $100. Good deal, huh? Well, apparently I am going to have to be tortured for my $100.
Last week I filled out the form accurately. They knew how much I exercised, what types of food I ate, and my height and weight. And I was treated to their assessment that I was overweight and had an unhealthy BMI. (insert me screaming here.) And the BMI recommended that I weigh 98-132 pounds. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. I treated them to a tongue lashing, telling them that they did not have enough information to make that assessment. They did not ask about ANY weight loss history. They did not know that I was currently maintaining an 80 pound weight loss after having lost 100 pounds. and that to recommend such a thing could likely cause a person to REGAIN weight if they were to try to reach such a low weight. Their information was outdated and poorly informed. Of course, this is all on computer, and I am sure my response went into some great internet void, never to be seen by human eyes that give a crap.
So today I get an email from them to start my ‘healthy living adventure.’ Okay. The $100 carrot is still dangling in front of my nose. So I go through the check list. Yawn. Really? I should keep a food journal? THANK YOU for that bit of advice. Oh? I can ‘eat more and weigh less? Whoopee. That sounds great! But I keep playing along. Let’s check the menu for day one. Wow, at first glance it looks a little skimpy. Only 3 meals and one 100 cal snack. But wait! There’s more. The lunch menu sounds vaguely familiar–shrimp over avocado salsa (my shrimp ceviche.) Oh, but they have you eat it with TWO slices of french bread. And they have you eat dinner over TWO cups of couscous. Breakfast was an egg white SANDWICH. Evidently these people haven’t read “Wheat Belly.”
Ah well. I know they are well meaning. Stay tuned to see if I win my $100. I think I’ll spend it all on TOO MUCH FOOD.
I’m just tired of this stuff right now. I’m tired of counting calories in my brain (I swear, there are neuropathways devoted specifically to this chore. I can’t NOT count calories.) I’m tired of food and body image being a constant buzz in the back of my mind. Its irritating. Its even unimportant. “Life is a vapor.”
In other news. Oh, I don’t have any other news. How about some pretty pictures?
I’ve been quilting like crazy. I LOVE the saying on this quilt. I think you can click on the picture so you can see a bigger picture. I’m not crazy about the composition of the quilt. But that’s exactly what that verse is about. So it seems perfect to me. I’m still blogging about my quilting on my other blog. I probably will blog later today over there, because I have a plan to go to the gym this morning for a change.
The scene after I am done with my morning reading. I noticed afterwards my kindle on one arm of the chair, and ‘real’ books on the other. I still like real books, and I like writing in a paper journal. The dogs are always happy when I am done sitting there. Its too crowded when I try to sit in their chair.
Mmm. My latest breakfast obsession. I told you I really love that Abundance brand of oatmeal, only its not just oatmeal, its multi-grain. I love that it is so easy (microwave) and still has texture and tastes delicious. I usually add a few walnuts and raisins or cranberries. Then after last week’s post about eating more vegetables, I thought about how I could add veggies to breakfast. So I just shredded some zucchini and put a little in the dish with the oatmeal and water. It is just right in the 2 minutes it cooks in the microwave. Adds a nice texture. And that shredded zucchini keeps very well in the refrigerator. I’ve been using it all week!
Thanks for listening. I feel better now. I’ll feel even better after spending an hour at the gym, lifting weights and riding the bike while watching the food network. Oh, and then I’ll feel EVEN BETTER after a Starbuck’s coffee with my favorite Quest bar with 20 grams of protein. I might feel better after my turkey burger that I have planned for lunch. Or after I take Noah for a quick walk this afternoon. Maybe I’ll write a blog post tonight from the Cheerful Old Lady!