Thursday, December 28, 2006

Back to black

Well, that didn't take long, did it? It's mind over matter, I always say.

Actually I don't know if I've ever said that, but anyway. By the time I had my mid-afternoon cup of leftover coffee I was drinking it black again. Nasty old sugar-free, non-dairy, fabulous, flavored creamer be gone!

That's my favorite coffee vessel in the photo. I asked my friend and neighbor, who is a potter, to make a mug without a handle for my morning brew and it's perfect. Yes, it gets hot, but not for long.

Vickie recently listed some of the processed foods she eats. I guess I never considered that things like fat-free yogurt, skim milk and canned tuna are processed, but they are, and I eat those, too. When I think of "processed food," I think of power bars and breakfast cereals [I do eat Shredded Wheat occasionally; the only ingredient is whole grain wheat], frozen dinners and packaged snacks. I pretty much follow the safe grocery-shopping routine of sticking to the perimeter of the store and shunning the aisles. I'm happy to buy sugar-free bread-and-butter pickles, though. Definitely processed.

The great Greta mentioned in a recent comment that her dogs would scare away any intruder who came their way, and also said:
"If you liked dogs, a good watch dog would help."

I don't want anyone thinking I don't like dogs. I love dogs. I have two, who have been very good over the years at scaring away the deer so that I can actually grow tomatoes in the summer. They bark and bark and bark when the UPS truck comes up the driveway, but by the time the driver's feet hit the driveway the dogs are falling all over themselves and each other to greet him. Watchdogs they're not.
But wonderful, warm, fuzzy companions they are, and they sure do make life more pleasant. That's our old dog, Molly, on the left, resting on her special fleece-covered egg-crate dog bed. And that's Hershey on the right, covered with one of my t-shirts and resting on my pillow. But I don't spoil them, nosiree!

I don't walk outside with them, as Greta does with hers. Molly and Hershey have the run of our property and they know their limits; I'd hate to teach them that they can extend their boundaries into the road and beyond.

I've taken the last three days off from heavy exercise, opting instead for a short post office-and-back walk or – gasp! – nothing at all. But this morning I woke up feeling like it's a Rocky kinda day. I'll be doing a long run and shaking hands with a dumbbell or two. The weird thing is, I can't wait!

Thanks so much for all the recent comments. We love comments! I've been using Google Reader to track my favorite blogs, and I try to click and comment, but I must admit it's easier not to.

Must. Start. Doing. That. More. Often.

After all, why should I expect you to talk to me if I don't carry on a conversation with you?

8 comments:

Kristi said...

It's nice that you mention enjoying comments. Since I'm new to your "neighborhood" I'm never quite sure if you want to hear my thoughts, it is your blog. Thanks for your daily dose of "I'm not in this alone."

Debbi said...

The kinds of comments I don't care for are unsolicited advice. But even then, I have to realize that when I bristle, it's usually because I'm reading something that I need to pay attention to! So I'm absolutely glad you're hear and speaking up and please feel free to continue to do so!

Elizabeth said...

Hi, Debbi -

I have tried commenting a few times without luck in posting and will try again.

Our Weight Watchers meeting "sermon" last week was about how it's hard to lose weight - but it's also hard to be overweight. Pick one!

My "sermon" for the holidays is - it's hard to lose weight, whether it's quickly or slowly. I lost a lot of weight quickly on Christmas Day with the worst "belly bug" (doctor's office term) I've ever had. My weigh-in on Saturday will be interesting.

Congrats on the coffee switch - black is my regular other than for lattes.

Looking forward to more inspiration from you in the year ahead!

Also - a blast from the past - have you worn the Optically Delusional sweater?

Debbi said...

Hooray! I'm so glad you were able to comment this time. Sorry about that unexpected Christmas "gift." I've been known to pray for things like that, just to lose weight. Me? Eating disordered? You must be joking! Heh.

I frequently wear the Optically Delusional as a jacket. It's oversized and fits lots better now than it did when I finished it, 35 pounds ago. I really like it for our winter weather, which frequently is not quite cold enough for a heavy coat.

As for the choice between losing weight or being overweight – I will have to say that as tough as it is to lose, being overweight is much harder.

Greta said...

VERY cute dogs!!

I also have not thought of canned tuna or skim milk as "processed" I suppose because they are not made up of a combined list of ingredients.

Occasionally I will buy raw, fresh tuna, and eat it on my salad after cooking and cooling it. That tastes TERRIFIC. Way better than the "processed" stuff in a can.

Jeannie said...

I, too, read without commenting most of the time. But I do think of us as "friends."

Sometimes I feel no one would understand that I haven't yet been able to lose twenty pounds! It's as if I can always start tomorrow. But I could tell you horror stories: I can legimately account for enough Ben and Jerry's to have gained 100 lbs last year. So if I just stop that it should be easy. Right? Not so fast....

Anyway, hopefully training for my own half-marathon might do the trick.

I like going to the gym to work out, too. I'm promising to add strength training at least twice a week this year.

You do give me hope qnd inspiration. Oh, yeah. I like to knit and sew, too.

mehitabel said...

And yesterday, The Daughter bought a new remote for our old TV so that we can, once again, view DVDs on it. She fished out the "Walk" one Eldest Daughter sent us last year and we're going to start with that. We've had so much nasty wind t his week that walking outside is a bit dangerous--my yard is a mess of downed branches and liquidambar burrs!

mehitabel said...

And yesterday, The Daughter bought a new remote for our old TV so that we can, once again, view DVDs on it. She fished out the "Walk" one Eldest Daughter sent us last year and we're going to start with that. We've had so much nasty wind t his week that walking outside is a bit dangerous--my yard is a mess of downed branches and liquidambar burrs!