It is SO icky here right now–windy, rainy, flat out blustery. I’m sitting on the couch with a blankie wrapped around me watching Law & Order, and I can’t believe it is still before 9pm! I’m going to try to go to bed at 10 since I have to get out of bed a bit earlier tomorrow.
The day started out fine, much better than I felt last night for sure! I didn’t sleep totally well, and I was tired when I got up. I went through the usual routine again, except Lily couldn’t find her ball outside so we couldn’t play 😦 But, there were three squirrels in the yard this morning, and lots of little birdies 🙂 I managed to catch a pic of a squirrel and a Downy woodpecker (the’pecker is on the bottom right part of the little house). Raccoons have been wreaking havoc in the yard the last few nights, pulling the bottom out of the platform feeder and getting the suet out of its house.
My breakfast oatmeal seemed better this morning, even thought it was the same as yesterday–steel cut oats with raisins and almond milk. After eating I noticed I felt allergies coming on–suck! Why can’t they go away already?!
This held me over for a long time, and I didn’t eat lunch until about 12:30. I had a sandwich consisting of whole wheat bread, low fat turkey, avocado, spinach, and a little Nature’s Seasoning sprinkled on the avos. It was yummy! I forgot about the avo and was not very excited digging into it, but then the avo and Nature’s hit the palate and made me smile 🙂 Like my foil? I made it a point to reuse it for a few days. I’m not sure how to pack a sandwich without wrapping it in something so it doesn’t fall apart, but then I end up using more packaging over time than I’d like. Any suggestions?
Around 2 I had a little snack: a white cheddar rice cake. I also made it a point to drink lots of water today to help make sure I was hydrated and to stave off hunger. I chatted with my office mate about getting sick last night and the same thing happened to her–shortly after eating her stomach started hurting, nausea came over her, and she tossed her cookies. Is it an incredibly quick bug going around??
I also had a handful of trail mix around 4 or 4:30. Sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts, raisins, dark chocolate chips. No pic of that…
Traffic was slow on the way home because of the heavy rain, and it seemed so dark. I hate how early it gets dark now!!! Lily is so cute when we get home, and immediately she wants to go out and play. She’ll totally go look for her ball and bring it to me before she does her business… a bit obsessive?? But, again, no luck finding the ball.
I made a rather quick and easy dinner consisting of pan fried pork chops, mashed potatoes with Smart Balance Light & a touch of reduced fat sour cream, and canned Italian green beans. I felt like I needed something to snack on while cooking, and that an extra serving of veggies would be great, so I made a little spinach and broc slaw salad with balsalmic, olive oil, S&P.
Dinner turned out well, and although this plate looks large I somehow managed to eat it all without being full really. The potates were good, especially since I added a little bit more Smart Balance 😉 I like mine with chunks of potato in them, how about you?
One thing I’ve been thinking about a lot while eating is s-l-o-w d-o-w-n. I used to eat too fast for a few reasons: I would be distracted or thinking too much about something else; or, I would practically force myself to eat faster so I could get more yummy bites in. Today it finally *clicked*: if I eat slower I’ll be enjoying the food more, stretching out the time I get to enjoy it, and eating less. DUH! My last intentional overeat was about a month ago when I had chicken pineapple curry for my birthday. I just could not stop myself from eating more and more and more, and afterward I was quite miserable because of it. No more!
Now, a Recycling Moment with Kersten… While at the gym over this last week I noticed a HUGE number of plastic water bottles in the trash cans all over the gym. Don’t these people recycle? How can they just throw away something that will take like hundreds of years to break down??!! On my way out I asked the front desk staff if there was a recycling bin for plastic bottles, and she said, “yeah, there’s one upstairs.” ONE? UPSTAIRS? What good is that doing? She made a note to ask management about it and try to get another one downstairs 🙂 I desperately wanted to dive into the trash and take all those lost plastic souls home to recycle, but I didn’t. Boo. Did you know that like 85% of plastic water bottles end up in the trash? Double boo!!!
At my office only paper recycling is accepted by our property management, even though other items can be recycled at work throughout Portland. So, I added a bin that is for all other recyclables, and it seems to be going okay. There are 11 people in my office, and I’m still surprised that water bottles, cans, other plastics, etc, end up in the trash. I do fish those items out of the trash, though. At the end of the week I bring the bin home, sort it, clean everything, and recycle what I can at the curb. I’ve started collecting non-curb recycling items to take to a recycling depot near work. At least someone will take those little tubs, styrofoam, and other things my local trash carrier won’t. Yay! I’m thinking of taking a Master Recycler course in Jan/Feb, which involves a great amount of teaching around materials, processes, and problems in recycling, and requires some community service time to promote recycling. Sounds fun to me!
Alright, it is already like 9:50 (I’ve been watching more Law & Order along the way), and I still need to update my iTunes and then hit the hay. I enjoyed rocking out to Billy Idol and Duran Duran during yesterday’s workout session, and I need to make a playlist just for working out.