December Already!?!

Where’s the Cigarette!?!

How did that happen? December really just snuck up on me & I have no results to post this 1st day of the new month.

Only because it’s far too embarrassing on the dietary side of things, but …

I am a non-smoker for just over a month now!

Now nobody that knows me can believe this but … I have been so calm, so nice, so patient & kind, throughout this entire challenge!

I told you, didn’t I? Nobody believes that! ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜

Ahead of the Christmas holidays, & before I’m out of the “I’m still quitting smoking” phase, I feel like having a few rants. Sometimes, you just want to whack things with a big mallet! Don’t you!?!

And let’s be real here, what are the chances of me getting refocused on weight-loss this close to Christmas! ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜

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! ๐Ÿ˜œ

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! ๐Ÿฅ›๐Ÿช๐Ÿฅ›

I think that bloody ice is ruining my diet! ๐Ÿคช

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! ๐Ÿ˜œ

Bon appรฉtit ร  tous!

Results … Month #25

Rinse & Repeat!

I weighed in again on the 1st of the month but I just didn’t know what to say about it. I’m just now circling back again, with great guilt & remorse, my apologies. And I’m reusing the image from the last 2 months because I was just 0.2 lbs off (more!) the same readings from then.

Basically, an abysmal result. My head is not in the dietary game at the moment. But my mouth, unfortunately, is!

I have nothing more to say about this result! ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜

Wok Me!

My wok arrived. And 3 days ahead of schedule! Guess the supply chain is adjusting to the pandemic. Knew I shoulda bought the Amazon stock! Yes, I feel guilty that I didn’t shop locally but they didn’t have a model I wanted so I went to the online gorilla.

Still worried that it might not work on my induction stove, I immediately stuck it on the stove top & fired up the burner on max boost. While I waited for it, I grabbed the manual & one of the first things I read is to not put it on high heat with nothing in it. Oops!

Fortunately, I caught it while it was still cold. Disaster averted. I know the carbon steel ones are the more authentic choice but I always let those go rusty when I go off wok cooking for a bit, so stainless steel is the (lazier!) way to go for me.

Buying online can be hazardous. A picture is worth a thousand words though they can, sometimes, be totally misleading. Not this time; this wok is a great size. I get very enthusiastic while wokking, so having a high & wide vessel keeps most of the food in the wok. And I can cook lots of stuff all at once. I like the size. But what’s the lid for? Stopping the moisture from escaping just makes everything taste boiled, no? Can you steam wontons or dumplings in it?

It’s so long since I got rid of my last wok that I can’t remember what my favourite wok dishes were. It’s like starting out on a whole new adventure. I do remember that it was one way for me to eat veggies. Cover anything in oil or fat & its appeal goes way up.

Now that I’ve got it, I really have no excuse to avoid eating a little better through what’s left of this month. Might be time to risk a trip to the supermarket.

If you’ve got any good recipe ideas, please send ’em my way.

Hope you, & all those you care about, are making it though the pandemic & its restrictions okay. Stay safe out there.