Two key things that were working for me — getting eight hours of sleep, and logging my food on Fat Secret — were absent from my life last week, and I know it makes a difference. So today I am sallying forth with renewed vim and vigor. I've logged all my food (which, I sadly must admit, included half my chorizo-and-hot-pepper pizza from Za and a slice of sharp cheddar) and will turn off my light no later than 11 (the alarm rings at 7). I've also walked on my treadmill already, my usual two miles in 40 minutes. I feel ahead of the game.
You know what's killing my early-bedtime plans? The Good Wife!! I curse its goodness. I climb into bed at 10, fully planning to watch just one episode . . . and then, like "just one glass of wine" or "just one Peanut M&M," my good intentions put up all the resistance of Aunt Pittypat. But I'm almost done with Season 1, and I'll try to resist getting Season 2 for awhile.
In any event, while treadmilling I began compiling a list of things that I love to do that have no calories. Here's what I came up with:
- Taking long hot bubble baths (have I mentioned that?)
- Planning party games and party menus
- Watching girl movies with Mimosa
- Playing with beauty products, particularly nail polish and things that exfoliate
- Calling Lady Darcy or my mom (long distance!)
- Drinking Diet Pepsi over ice with a squeeze of lime
- Playing Speed Scrabble and Taboo
- Doing hard crossword puzzles
(And track what I eat and get in five sessions of vigorous exercise and sleep eight hours each night.)
Piece of cake!
Back to work. This week, I'm editing a curriculum on the civil rights movement, which will have plenty of horrifying stories, I'm sure, but will also include moments of profound courage and inspiration, and that? Is a nice thing to spend time with, day in and day out.