I’m sitting here chugging twelve ounces of milk (remember when milk used to come in pints?) to cool down from my walk this morning. While milk certainly has many more calories than the black coffee of my normal routine it’s sometimes nice to start the day with a cold drink of milk instead of a hot cup of coffee.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Pledge to ask yourself if you’re hungry the next time you get ready to eat a sweet or salty snack.
We use food to fill our stomachs when we’re hungry, but sometimes we may also use it to deal with our feelings. The problem with emotional eating is that people rarely reach for healthy foods – instead, it’s usually foods like ice cream, potato chips, and candy that take center stage. By thinking before biting into that snack, you may realize that you aren’t hungry and are eating as a way to handle a feeling. This might prompt you to do something else, like go for a quick walk or share your feelings with a friend or co-worker.
This is a good one for me to try and follow.
A Meal Fit For A King, And A Queen
Even though I consumed the remained of my hot-as-hell Tasty China leftovers for lunch yesterday I was hungry as I approached home last night, so I stopped off for some chicken tenders and beer (no EUFA) at Midway Pub. This meal, with or without beer, is easily one of my favorites around town when I’m considering comfort food. The platter of chicken and tots last night was so large that I had to take two of the pieces of chicken to go. And now you know what my lunch will be today. No, I’m not complaining in the least, in fact I’m rather looking forward to noshing on my leftovers.
Now How Do I Turn That “Feature” Off?
As I finished my walk this morning I heard my pocket loudly exclaim “Five miles. One hour, Twenty Three Minutes. Average speed three…” before I could silence it. More specifically it was the robotic female voice from the Map My Ride app which I use to track my walks/rides. I’m not exactly sure what triggered the voice, and for all I know she announced my distance, time, and speed at each mile today; if so I never heard it because I was too busy listening to a podcast as I walked.
The setting was easy enough to disable (at least I think so, but won’t be certain until the next time that I walk), but I am flummoxed as to why the default setting was to have the voice enabled.
Six-month cleaning/checkup day. Because of the difficulties I’ve had lately I’m far more nervous about today’s cleaning/checkup than I have been in quite some time. It’s not so much about the money, which for my dentist I have no insurance, but rather thought of pain and difficulty down the road. I will do my best to think positive thoughts today.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – harried
Current Music – silence at the moment, and perhaps for the remainder of the day since I really need to start attempting to regain focus
Website Of The Day – Yesterday Amazon had some digital downloads of Wallace and Gromit on sale. If you don’t think that I am now a proud owner of these then you don’t know me very well.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, 5.0 miles
Morning Weigh-In – not checking
Foot Mileage – 10.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 34.5 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Days – 1
Carnivorous Days – 17
Pancakes Eaten – 0
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2012
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me — Mindy Kahling
- Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man’s Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science — Curtis Ebbesmeyer
- God, No! — Penn Jillette
- The Elephant to Hollywood — Michael Caine
- Here Comes Trouble — Michael Moore
- How We Decide — Jonah Lehrer
- Steve Jobs — Walter Isaacson
- Death of a Salesman (Penguin Plays) — Authur Miller
– Post at least ten new photos during the month
– Lose at least two pounds (net weight loss)
– Finish two books (audio or otherwise, comic books do not qualify)
– Exercise for thirty minutes no fewer than twenty days
– Not to get sick for the entire month (may be a moot point as of today)
– Eat vegetarian no fewer than ten days
– Watch all of the classes in the 2011 Winter semester of Stanford’s CS193P (iOS Development) course
2012 Goals [will be a little less fluid than last year]
– Get my weight under 200 pounds, or at least whittle myself back down to where wearing a 36″ pant size is comfortable
– Completely read ten books, audio books permissible
– Run Sharpened Stone as a real business
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Ride in no fewer than five 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Run in no fewer than one one 10K
– Submit at least one application under the name “Sharpened Stone” to Apple’s iOS store
– Restore the ITP Estate to a condition where it can be put up for sale at any time
– Buy a new iPhone (iPhone 5?),
a new iPad (iPad 3?), and MacBook Air [look, not all goals have to be altruistic]
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient and profitable programmer in Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions
– Start, and continue, to make my own bread using my bread machine as well as using the technique outlined in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
– Read and discard magazines during the month in which they arrive (even digitally)
– See more live concerts than I did in 2011
– Eat more pancakes
– Drive/Fly somewhere for a real vacation