Thinking about Food

just4today5So I woke up thinking about food. And how powerful I was when I did my Just 4 Today posts:

Just 4 Today, I’ll walk 3 miles, I won’t eat between meals, I won’t take seconds and I will drink 2 liters of water.

What I don’t know is if it was making the promise that was powerful or that I stuck to it.

So, here’s a test Just 4 Today, I’ll do all that stuff.

What about you?

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Winter 2013

So, I didn’t get to do this post yesterday. I took a zillion photos of our amazing fake-snow-storm … Known as Blizzard of Oz, 2. Yes. I did.

But, getting an interesting selection posted here was a tougher challenge due to my habit of mixing portrait and landscape photos. My first few attempts, while gorgeous stylistically, were horrible artistically. The photos were being randomly cropped to fit the template of the slideshow style!

And searching for help was very frustrating because so many template developers think it’s a mistake to have a mixed bag of photos in a variety of sizes.


Well, I found A solution. It’s not as polished as I’d like but, I’ve got a good start and who’ll want to see these photos in the spring when I finally learn how to control gallery & slideshow styles to my personal liking?

Until last Thursday we’ve had almost no snow here for 2 years! I couldn’t tell you how much snow we’ve had in the last 5 days but, I’m sure it’s something over 12″ and still coming down.

Blizzard of Oz 2 begins

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Knitting up a storm

Another Blizzard of Oz?

Another Blizzard of Oz?

Here in Kansas City we’re preparing for another dramatic snowfall. I guess it could turn out to be nothing but, for once the forecasters seem pretty sure of themselves.

It won’t have much of an impact on me (although I like looking at it) since my life has taken a major turn and my time — and destiny — is my own.

It’s my destiny that concerns me most.

A lot of ideas have been flitting through my brain.  I guess it’s time to decide what I want to be when I grow up.  It might take a while for me to make a permanent commitment but, for now I think I’ll be spending more time here. Visiting with friends. And knitting.

What’s going on with you?


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Time to watch out! It’s my 8:30s … or Why I Don’t Keep the Good Stuff in the House

My rules (I won’t eat between meals, I won’t take seconds, I’ll strictly-avoid added sugar & I’ll drink at least 2 liters of water a day) serve me pretty well most of the time.  They act like a protective shield around my body — keeping temptation away. So I don’t (mostly) have to use will power.  Which is good since I don’t have much.

But, I’ve noticed that almost every night at about 8:30 p.m. I find myself rummaging around in the kitchen, looking for something good. A sweet treat.  A COOKIE.  Ice Cream …. even (pause) … a marshmallow.

8:30 is a witching hour of sorts in my house.  That protective shield evaporates.  And I’m helpless. I swear, It’s not a pretty thing.

Luckily the grocery shopping happens in mid-afternoon when that shield is up and at it’s most powerful.  You should see me in the grocery store.  All the bad stuff lines the aisle right inside the door but, I breeze right by.  Candy?  Nope. Cookies – naw! Chocolate powder?  Cake mix? Sugared Cereal? Rice Crispie Treats? …. No, no, no & no! It’s all there, right inside the door.  You can’t get to anything else until you pass that.

(whew! just typing it out exhausted me)

I admit it.  I have my weak moments.  But, I’ve found a way to work around them by limiting my access to tempting treats at home.

What about you?  Whatever your goals, are they always strong enough? Or do you get tempted by something you don’t really want to eat anymore? How do the 8:30s (whenever that is) affect you?

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Yesterday doesn’t count

Hoo-KAY — God knows that after the 2008 election season I should be used to the robo-troll phenomena.  But, their appearance in my Sugar, Sugar post took me by surprise. So just to make it clear: The Eat4Today posts are thought pieces about issues revolving around Eating.  Which, for me are pretty much ALL issues.

And I don’t advocate ANYTHING for anyone.  What I DO advocate is that IF food is an issue for you, that you think about what you eat and when. I’m no ones nanny.  And I’m certainly not going to tell anyone that they should give up all sugar – or anything else. What you eat is your business. And, if you want to talk about it, I’d LOVE to hear from you. 

IF food isn’t an issue for you, then feel free to skip these posts.

Everyday is a new day
Eat 4 Today

Eat 4 Today

The thing about my Eat4Today plan is that yesterday doesn’t count. This is a good thing when my eating habits have been weird or out of control.  But, it can be exhausting and intimidating too. I’m not working on averages here: I can’t say, “I’ll have this toast and cheese now and make up for it tomorrow”.  I can’t say, “I’ve been so goodfor a whole month now — I’m going to have toast and cheese for breakfast as a treat!” …

Nope.  Everyday, I wake up – all too often craving that toast and cheese deliciousness.

But today, I had a cup of coffee, shook out my brain and had some oatmeal. This may seem like a small victory to you.  There might not even be a very big difference in nutrients or calories between the two choices. The difference is in what it does to the rest of my day:  The oatmeal puts me in control — the cheese starts me off with a defeat. I’m guessing that for me, the ritual of fixing & eating oatmeal is a power booster.  And for me, that’s important.

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