Monday, July 30, 2012

Twice In One Week

I'm slow at learning.  I must be.

Friday I decided I wanted some homemade ice cream. So I made a small batch in my countertop maker.  I put half in my dish and half in the freezer. (My house was warm and it was melting fast.) I enjoyed my bowl of ice cream.  Then had the debate with myself over eating the rest.  I could save it for another day and enjoy twice or finish it all now.  I decided to finish it now.  I opened the freeze and the bowl full of soft ice cream fell out.  Spilling all down the front of the fridge and all over the floor.  Treat 1. . . Me 0!
Then last night I was in the mood for something sweet.  So I made some chocolate muffins in a loaf pan. When the timer went off I checked it with a tooth pick and all came out clean.  I let the loaf sit for a while to cool.  When I dumped it out and sliced into it, everything but the very edge was doughy.  So doughy I could not eat it.   Treats 2 . . . Me 0!

I'm sure there is something great to learn about this. lol

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Joy in Life

I'm sitting outside reading. Same book . . . Health at any size. She is talking about how kids love to do what's fun for them. Adults seem not to have so much fun any more. Then the comment that really made me stop and think twice. "Food is a wonderful source of pleasure - but it will get you into trouble if it's the only source of pleasure you have in your life. Finding enjoyment elsewhere allows food to fulfill its primary role as a source of nourishment, while still providing you with joy and fun." So let's all get out and have fun.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


More book info: The average advertising budget for a national candy bar is $50 million. The average budget for a soft drink is $100 million. Yet the government only spends $2 million a year promoting fruits and vegetables. That sounds a little messed up to me. And then we wonder why there's an obesity problem.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


I'm reading a new book. . . Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon.  So far its a good read.  ($1.99 e-book at Amazon)  It was a book recommended by the director of Green Mountain at Fox Run in Vermont.  It talks about all the factors that play into your weight.  It's not as simple as eat less calories than you burn.  Here is a bit I found fascinating about sleep.
"Have you ever had a restless night followed by a day when no matter what you ate you never felt full or satisfied?  If so, you probably experienced the working of leptin and ghrelin.  Insufficient sleep drives leptin levels down, which means you don't feel as satisfied after you eat.  Lack of sleep also causes ghrelin levels to rise, stimulating your appetite so you want more food."
So its a double whammy.  You don't feel satisfied and your appetite is revved up.  So get lots of sleep!  It also mentioned that with a lack of sleep your desire for high-carbohydrate, calorie-dense food increased.  So, maybe that's what is helping with my weight loss this summer.  I'm getting up at 8:00 instead of 6:00.