Better than Average!?!

Silly things crack me up these days!

So it’s been a week now, since I started this stupid walking thing. That dumb app buzzes & flashes whenever I’m idle for too long. Ever the sucker for those bloody marketers, I bought a new fitness band too. It’s the same brand as my phone & the app, so they all hold secret meetings together, planning on how to get further into my head. And under my skin. They incessantly vibrate on my wrist, in my pocket, & in my ear. It’s orgasmically terrifying. I can’t enjoy a nice lounge on the couch anymore. It’s just brutal.

Then, when I go out for the damn walk, I’m surrounded by these silly little critters. The cavorting squirrels, the oh-so shaggin’ cute little chipmunks, quacking duckies, & soaring eagles. Or are they crows? I don’t feckin’ know, this whole nature thing is for the birds.

Then there’re all those people. All smiley & happy-like. Walking their dumb dogs. The dogs always want to be petted. I feel like I have to do it. Then they wag their tails off & grin at me, tongues flopping out of their mouths with joy. What’s wrong with those creatures!

Worst of all, you have to talk to all the people you meet. Why are they so happy? They’re out walking, for cryin’ out loud, what’s to be happy about!?!

Despite all these challenges, I’ve kept it up for the week. Mainly to keep the apps off my back. Talking about my back, I think I need to see a chiropractor. Maybe a chiropodist too. And I’m not sure if I need a replacement hip, or knee, maybe both. I’m almost wishing the aliens would abduct me & give me an otherworldly makeover.

According to the step-counting app, I’ve gone from the 82nd percentile, all the way up to the top 30% already. Proving, once again, that most people have way more sense than me. The “average” person is at the 41st percentile. Why not 50%? Or is that the median? I don’t know, but now that I’m above average, I never felt less like a winner. I’m a total bloody crock & I’m making absolutely no promises about keeping up this walking thing.

Do I need a walking stick? Hurrruuump! 😜😁

Motivation?

What’s That!?!

Why I should get out more!

I totally missed my weigh-in on the 1st of the month. I think my subconscious took over & kept it from the conscious side of my brain. I discovered why when I stepped on the scale a couple of days later!

I’ve tried being nice to myself & I’ve tried yelling at myself. Neither approach worked. I’m failing, miserably, at the weight loss game, at the moment. Did the same cajoling & yelling thing trying to quit smoking. Same result, I’m still smoking. Sometimes, you just need to take a break & do something completely different.

I blew the dust off the health app on my phone & thought I’d try getting outside a little more. Maybe that would blow some of the dust off my addled brain. So I’ve been talking a walk, only a short one, every day for the past 3 days. A walk by the water is especially calming.

Today, my app gave me a little encouragement. It told me that my average daily step count for October is already better than my average daily count for all of last month. For cryin’ out loud, it’s only the 6th! What on earth was I doing in September!?! No wonder the scale isn’t budging!

Don’t worry, I know what average means. I’m just trying to trick my lymbic system here! πŸ™„πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚

I should probably carry on with these little walks, eh? And perhaps without that whole cajoling & yelling thing.

Motivation is sometimes hard to find. But there’s probably no need for adding that kind of abuse to the recipe. I’m just going to let it be for a little while & see what happens. I’m beginning to think that motivation, or at least the forced kind, is a little overrated.

Meantime, & before winter sets in, I’m just going to enjoy the walks & see if I can get some nice fall pics along the way.

Hope you are enjoying the walks in your neighbourhood. And if your walks happen to be in the vicinity of white sandy beaches, shaded by palm trees, please send me some pics! 🌴🍹

Stay safe out there.

On the Rocks!

Lovin’ those rocks!

I like chocolate! But then, who doesn’t? I prefer milk chocolate. Though I will force myself to eat the dark stuff, my cut-off point is 70%. And I need that to have those little, sweet, crystallized, intensely fruity bits in it. I like my chocolate cold. So I store it in the fridge.

I like cookies too. But only when chocolate is involved. It can be chocolate chips. But better yet, I like my cookies to be totally covered in a thick layer of the stuff. Since I like my chocolate cold, I store my chocolate cookies in the fridge too. If I have cookies with zero chocolate content, I break my cold chocolate bar into squares. So that I can pop a square on top of each deficient cookie. It’s almost like healthy homemade, eh! 😜

I don’t drink milk. Or at least not those low-fat fat versions. I might have an occasional glass of the full-fat, high-octane stuff with a sandwich. Or with dinner. Sometimes when I’m thirsty. And, of course, I just can’t eat a cookie, especially a chocolate cookie, without milk. Milk & cookies just go together, don’t they? It’s like some kind of rule.

I like my milk cold too. Very cold. Ice cold, actually. So I add ice. Just a couple of cubes, I’m not talking a frozen milkarita here! I don’t want to dilute that delicious creamy fat content too much.

Ice cold milk & chilled chocolate cookies! Mmmmmm! πŸ₯›πŸͺπŸ₯›

I think that bloody ice is ruining my diet! πŸ€ͺ

Foreign Music Diet?

The influence of music!

Restricted living still has me eating poorly. Up until this evening! Chatting online this afternoon & the conversation swung around to music. That started the inevitable track swapping thing that the digital universe has made so much easier. I’m a Latin music nut, so most of my shares were of that genre. Afterwards, I couldn’t take the headphones off. I wandered through my playlists, listening to Spanish, French & Italian tracks. Somehow, later on, I found myself on the porch with the food, & the drink, in the pic!

Be assured, this has not been my usual pandemic platter! I’m out here an hour already, headphones still on, & I’m nibbling away, still not finished. Normally I’d have put that amount of food away before my dinner. Instead, this evening, I’m actually enjoying the slower pace. The simpler selection of fare. And I’m dancing in my seat to boot! Of less value, of course, are the three cigarettes I’ve consumed during the meal.

Does it all mean anything?

Probably not. But I am enjoying it. And that might be enough. In fact, now, the silken sounds of Carlos’s guitar are calling me to stand up & dance in a bubble small enough that the neighbours won’t notice! OMG, I hope I wasn’t singing out loud! 😜

Bon appΓ©tit Γ  tous!

Results … Month #26

Unbelievable! 😜😁

I was on vacation last week, local driving only allowed without quarantine, & I really enjoyed myself. That’s fat-person code for “I stuffed my face the whole time”! In my defense we were in Cape Breton & it’s tough not to have seafood. At least twice a day. The seafood wasn’t the issue, of course, but the stuff that accompanied it might have been a problem. Especially the desserts! 😜

If you ever get the chance, when this whole pandemic is behind us, seize any opportunity you can to visit the island wonderland that is Cape Breton.

Nature’s beauty & bounty, with Acadian & Scots Gaelic flavours!

But enough of that, let’s get back to this month’s weigh in. I had no warning that the battery was on the way out. But I’ll admit that I was overjoyed to see, instead of a big number, a big “LO” on the scale this morning. Fortunately, I didn’t have a spare battery available so I’m starting off this month thinking that my weight is low & that I don’t need to worry about it! πŸ˜‚

Okay, I know I’m being silly. But let me take a little pleasure from it. Just for a bit.

Hope all is well in your little corner of the world & that you’re getting through all the complications & limitations of living with the pandemic. I’ve adjusted to many of the restrictions pretty well, but I’m definitely struggling on the dietary front. Maybe this month I’ll find the key to losing weight, while enduring this new normal.

Have a great September & stay safe out there.