A New Beginning!

Shrug it off & start anew!

I’m not a big fan of new year resolutions but, after 2020, I find myself making a lot of them this morning. For starters, I haven’t had any weight-loss benefits from blogging about my dietary screw-ups over the past two & a bit years. So I’m writing that off as a failed effort now. Time to wipe the slate clean & begin anew. Starting with a new way of reporting progress, or lack thereof, at the beginning of each month. The pic above is my shiny new weight-loss goal in 2021. This new “reporting” format is just a sneaky way of disguising how much weight I regained towards the end of 2020! But cut me some slack here, please. It’s a little embarrassing & 2020 wasn’t easy, you know! 😜

I weighed in this morning. I have a new tracking app & I logged my weight. The new 50lb target is dialled in. I’m ready to go. Wish me luck. And if you’re starting a new weight-control program, I wish you every success too. Let’s see what we can do before 2022 sneaks up on us! 😜😁

Last year brought pain & despair to many families. But as miserable as it was, 2020 wasn’t all bad. And not for everyone. I’m grateful for the positives too. It threw up a few epiphanies. Only little ones, but these minor events sometimes make little shifts in the direction of our lives. Such tweaks can have a compounding effect that matters. I hope it’s not one of those too-little, too-late things, but I’m now just over two months a non-smoker, for example. Though I’d still kill for a couple of cigarettes with my morning coffee! 🀭

Last year was pretty rough for some of our neighbours. Fortunately, most of us have a little store of kindness on the inside. Sometimes, when we remember that, we can start to make a difference in the lives of others. A lot of us, making tiny positive ripples, can create waves that wash some of the bad stuff away. I’m not preaching at you here, I’m trying to encourage myself to make ripples in this new year. Especially on a beautiful sunny morning like this morning.

To kick off the new year, I think I’ll swing by the ocean today. For a little water-therapy. Maybe I can support a local business on the way back. I just need to make sure that I choose something that doesn’t have me gaining weight the very first day! LOL

I wish you, & those you care for, the very best for the New Year.

May 2021 treat us all kindly!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings!

I’m taking a break from dieting, healthy eating, & weigh-ins until January 4th. Who’s with me!?! πŸ€ͺ

No, no, no! I’m just kidding. Stick with your program. I’m sure it’s working better than mine & I wouldn’t want to draw you into my patch of quicksand!

Whatever & however you celebrate, I want to share all the peace, joy & happiness that we can enjoy together at this time of year.
Have a safe & wonderful holiday.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & Seasons Greetings!

Swings & Roundabouts

Getting bored with the blue masks, think I’ll try these on the bus!

I’m gaining weight, but the rate of gain has slowed, so I’m taking that as a big win this month! 😜

Somewhat grumpily, I’m still a non-smoker. And I’ve been forcing myself to chip away at my home & office decluttering exercise. During this process, I’m finding stuff I didn’t even realise I bigly needed. While I’m selling & donating the stuff that others need. Okay, it’s just crap I don’t need but hey, that’s one of those win-win things, isn’t it? Hate that hackneyed expression. Am I thinking outside the box now?

ClichΓ©d expressions aside, if you’re stuck at home a lot these days, try a little decluttering. It can pay off. It also pushed me to do other things. With an even bigger payoff.

I started decluttering my social media feeds! This is big. I was following political sites. From all sides & ends of the political spectrum. I unfollowed all of them. I followed a bunch of investor types. Precious metals guys, crypto currency gurus, energy fans, even some that are into oil. I think a few got rich more because they were lucky, than smart. Or are they just messing with my head? They’re the rich ones, after all. Maybe I’m Dunning-Kruger-ing myself? It doesn’t matter, I unfollowed all of them anyway.

Not listening to all these people sniping at each other was uplifting. But I wanted even more. Guess where I got it from?

My friends! LOL

I’m not kidding, I’ve got friends on Facebook that were … I know you’ll find this totally unbelievable … but they were stressing me out a little. I didn’t even realize how much ’til I turned them off. Doesn’t matter if it’s about politics, religion, or vaccine positioning, you can kinda tell who isn’t fact-checking stuff & watching the news from both sides, can’t you? Or maybe not! 😜

Anyway, I try to avoid these conversations online. If we could get together & talk over a beer, that might be fun. Social media doesn’t seem to be the place for it though. But you can mute your friends for 30 days & they don’t even know it! If they’re still ranting when they are automatically restored a month later, snooze them for another 30 days! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

The calmness & serenity that follows is a relief & a joy. Maybe I’ll follow the Dalai Lama instead. Ommmm!

Or should I just join the melee? So many doing it. Is being nasty really that much fun!?! 😜😁

Friday the 13th!

You can’t gain weight on lucky Friday the 13th! 😜

Totally screwed up the whole weight-loss thing in October, but I have an excuse. And it’s a good one!

I’m a non-smoker! πŸ˜‡

And I didn’t just stub out my last one this morning. Today, on this lucky Friday, the 13th, I’m two weeks smoke-free. Woohoo!

October was a crazy month in so many ways. I’ll have to share some of those stories later. But I couldn’t let the day pass without wishing you a happy & lucky Friday the 13th! πŸ€πŸ€ž

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