The holiday week is officially beginning! Let’s start out with a holiday favorite of mine that is back now – the gingerbread bagel at Panera!
Today was a slower work day with both jobs. It’s going to be spotty all week with the holiday, so I am going to have to flex my hours a lot to get in all my work. It’s going to take some planning to get everything done that I need to.
After working what there was in the morning, I got busy in the kitchen making something fun that I will share for recipe Tuesday:
Then I made regular lunch. Stocked up on groceries after bagels, so I had lettuce and pita. The carrots are old, though LOL!
And some red grapes – on sale for $1.89 a pound!
One thing that I adore about blogging is that you can go back and read about stuff in the past in detail, not just memory stuff. I had said this after last Thanksgiving, and I really think it says a lot about my way of life now.
I despise feeling stuffed. I don’t like it when I am so uncomfortable after eating that I can feel my stomach bulge (something that I could not notice at 250 pounds) or that I wished I hadn’t eaten something.
That last part is so important to me. I have made it my mission to not feel guilt or remorse over food anymore. To do that meant to conquer the part of me that would just eat and eat because it was the holidays (or whatever occasion) and the food was there. I don’t have to eat 5 slices of cranberry bread just because 5 slices are available to me. I don’t believe in deprivation, but I also know that is is okay to *not* want something. I didn’t have any pumpkin pie last night because I didn’t want any. I certainly could have had it because it was there, right? What I really wanted was the cheesecake. I knew that if I had both the cheesecake and the pumpkin pie, I would have been stuffed. So, I didn’t have the pie…
As you all know, enjoying food on a daily basis is important to me to keep the weight off. That way I don’t feel the need to gorge on particular days of the year, especially since I don’t restrict my calories to the extent that I feel the need to do that. That is just what works for me. Everyone is different in how they need to approach these things.
Maybe that is what is meant by everything in moderation? Not to say that I don’t have those binge/snack days still, but as time goes by, I am becoming more comfortable with myself. Sometimes I wish I could go back to my 20-year-old self and hand her this post. 😉
It was cold today at 39 degrees, but we took an afternoon walk today.
All the leaves are gone except this one tree. How odd.
Football and afternoon lattes commenced after the walk to warm up. I just love latte time with John. Not only is he my biking buddy, but he is my coffee buddy. And to think 16 years ago when we met he hated coffee (can you believe I still went on a date with him??)
Pixie also likes latte and football time. I don’t think a kitty could look any happier.
I also made dinner tonight – very productive in the kitchen lately. I got some fresh stew beef at the smokehouse yesterday and wanted to do Alton Brown’s pressure cooker chili. It’s so easy and so tasty! I subbed baked tortilla chips for regular. Actually used up the 1 beer that has been in our fridge circa 2009. The pressure cooker is one of those kitchen things that I forget about and then wonder why after I use it. I also managed to hit the Baked Tostitos pretty hard while cooking dinner. 🙄 What was I just writing above about not eating something just because it is there??
I must say this was so, so good. Wow. It is rib sticking, though! I didn’t need any fruit with this dinner as I was quite full.
Gotta get back to checking in with work and losing the football picks again this week…
4 days until egg nog lattes!!