This morning, I had a four mile easy run on my schedule, so I headed outside for that. It was gorgeous in Michigan today! Even early in the morning, it was 54 degrees. I got to leave my gloves at home. Usually, I don't listen to music while run (I prefer podcasts or talk radio), but I made a new playlist yesterday and listened to that. I felt really good throughout the run, and did it rather quickly:
They were on sale for $1 each, but they all rang up at $1.59. After I paid, I went to check the sign again, and I knew I was correct about the sale. So I went to the manager's desk and ended up getting a refund of 59 cents on each bar. Good thing I was paying attention!
When I got home, I tried the Iced Gingerbread flavor, and was immediately hooked. That one was just as good as the Peppermint Stick! So it looks like I'll be going back for more of those, too. The expiration date isn't until May 2013.
I'm going to keep this kind of short, because I am very sleepy right now--I took a Xanax because my anxiety has been really bad for the past few days, and Xanax always makes me tired.
A. I actually find that the less rules I have to follow, the better I stick with my plan. I have found certain habits that work for me, but I don't necessarily have "rules" that I stick with. I always eat a bedtime snack (lately it's been wine and chocolate). I eat breakfast in front of the computer while I check e-mail, and I eat lunch in front of the TV. I do eat dinner at the table with my family, but that's the only time I sit at the dining table.
I think those rules are all ways of tricking yourself into eating less food; but since I measure out my food and count the PointsPlus (or calories, in the past), I'm not risking overeating. Some habits that I've gotten into have certainly helped, however: I always drink a lot of water throughout the day, so that I never confuse thirst with hunger. I never skip meals. And I measure out my portions.
I think the reason I dislike the diet "rules" that you mention are because they are always changing and conflicting. I love Dr. Oz dearly, but watch his show for a week and you learn all kinds of different tips that totally conflict with each other! So I just do what works for me, after trial and error :)
I want to end this with a huge THANK YOU to all of our veterans today (and every day)! I wanted to write this post all about my little brother Nathan, who joined the Army at 18, just after the September 11th attacks, and spent a few years in Iraq. However, he would not be very happy with me if I did that.
|My brother surprised my mom at work when he was home on leave|
I have a very special place in my heart for the young soldiers spending time in Iraq, because I have seen first-hand how much it changes a person. These 18-year old kids are sent to war without the slightest idea of just how it will alter their lives forever, and their jobs are to do things that most of us can't even imagine doing.
I was trying to think of a way to express my gratitude and care for these soldiers, and I decided that I'd like to send some care packages for the holidays. I know that there are websites to "adopt" a solder, but I was hoping that some of my readers know a soldier who is going to be spending the holidays in Iraq--maybe a spouse or a son or daughter.
If you know a soldier in Iraq right now who you think might like a care package from my family, please send me an e-mail with their shipping address, as well as tell me a little about them--whatever you'd like to share. Eli is very excited to draw some pictures to send as well :) My e-mail address is SlimKatie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com.
|My boys, waiting for Uncle Nate to come home for GOOD :)|