April 16, 2011

Wool coats, Legos, and sexual favors

I made it through two more days without refined sugar. I'm really surprised how easy this has been for me so far. I'm a HUGE sugar addict (literally--I can't stress that enough!) but I haven't been craving it much in the three days that I've gone without it. I think it might be BECAUSE I haven't had any sugar that I'm not craving it. Ever notice how when you eat a cookie or something sweet that you suddenly have a ravenous appetite for more sweets?

Or maybe that's just me.

Well, anyway, I haven't had many cravings. I haven't been counting calories, but I haven't been pigging out either. I don't know if I mentioned this, but I'm not eating artificial sweeteners, either. I've never liked them, and I don't plan to keep trying them until I do, so I just have been curbing my sweet tooth with fruit. I have to be careful with the dried fruit though--dates and prunes especially. I could eat a ton of them in one sitting.

I went garage saleing (I know that's not a word, but that's what I call it!) today with my mom and aunt. There was a city wide sale. I bought a bunch of shirts and two wool coats. I've always wanted to own a wool coat, but I've never wanted to spend the money on them because I was "too fat" and I was "going to lose the weight". 

I actually went about three years without a winter coat at all! So today, I saw a cute black wool coat from American Eagle for $3 in a size small. Yay! Then at the very next sale, I saw a cute gray wool coat from American Eagle for $3 in a size small. Seriously?!  So I had to buy that one, too. The gray one looks brand new, but the black one needs to be dry cleaned. It'll probably cost more to clean than it was to buy the coat!

My kids went out to a few sales with my dad, and Eli (my 5-year old) found a big box of Legos. My dad asked how much, and the guy said $2. If you've ever bought Legos, you know that is a STEAL. They are boxed sets of Harry Potter Legos--and because I wanted to see JUST how much my dad robbed this guy of, I looked up the prices when Eli brought them home. The value of all the Legos he got for $2?  Yeah, they're $185 if you buy them at Wal-Mart! It's disgusting how much Legos cost.

I spent the whole afternoon helping Eli put them together. I'm probably a total freak for this, but I LOVE following instructions and putting things together. Anytime we buy something that has to be assembled, I get all excited.

Right now, I'm sitting here blogging while my poor husband cleans the house that I neglected all day while putting together Legos. I told him I'd trade him a sexual favor or two in return for his cleaning. He happily agreed. Is that horrible of me?  I think not, because we both win this way!  ;)

I added a Recipe page to my blog. I spent a good two hours TRYING to put links at the top of the page to jump down to the recipe you're looking for, but they just wouldn't work. Or I'd get them to work, and then edit something else and they'd stop working. GRR! Hopefully someday I'll figure out a better way to navigate recipes.  I also added a bunch of new stuff to my About Me page.

My food log for yesterday:

Grape-Nuts with almond milk and blueberries
coffee with cream

toast with peanut butter
pear with cinnamon
Spicy Carrot Bisque (recipe is up on the Recipe page)

Spicy Carrot Bisque

2 slices homemade pizza
handful of grapes

hummus with veggies (my hummus recipe is up too)

Ran 5 miles

And today's food log:

Green Monster
coffee with cream

Lunch-  (this lunch keeps me so full until about 4 PM... love that!)
toast with cashew butter
Spicy Carrot Bisque

Meatball Soup

hummus with veggies
I'll probably have one more snack today, probably pretzels or a banana

none scheduled


  1. Sounds like a good day! :) I don't really crave sugar. It's more the comfort food types for me: pasta, bread, etc.

    And trading chores for sexual favors? I vote yes! Lol! :)

    ~Let's Walk, OD

  2. I'm a huge salt fanatic and I use to put it on everything....that is like sugar is to you. Now that I have cut back drastically on sodium I dont really miss it anymore. Great job on finding those wool coats such a bargain, and the Harry Potter Lego's, what a steal, and I personally know what they retail for because my 5 year old has them all, and I purchased them at full price ( in Canada they are even more expensive...lol)
    Keep up the sexual favors, it always works in my house ;)

  3. We call the favors "vouchers" at my house so it's at least partially on the sly if they are mentioned in front of the kids. LOL. So I'll see your "wrongness" and raise you one more - when I get vouchers, I redeem them for backrubs instead of sexual favors. What can I say? I love me a good backrub! LOL!

    Kudos on finding the coats - I'm hoping for similar luck next fall. The winter coat I'm wearing right now is a 2X and should have been replaced this season, but it's hard to spend that kind of money! I'm hoping to replace it with a Medium by the fall. :) I don't dream in size Small because my chest has never allowed for that, but we'll see how it goes.

    Keep up the great work!


  4. Katie,
    Wanted to let you know I finally made the General Tsao's chicken. LOVED that sauce. I added red, green & yellow peppers and it was delicious. We will definitely have it again, maybe try that sauce with some stir fry beef too--thanks for sharing a great recipe. Now I want to try the carrot bisque!

  5. Sugar is definitely addicting - the cravings go away pretty quick when you 'get off the crack' but you are right, having one cookie will bring on the rampage! (for most people, myself included). There is a physiological reason for this too... so we aren't just crazy.


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