Today’s weight: 144.2, down 1.0 pounds of clean eating. YesterdayI sipped on my Goopish Glowy Skin Crap Cleanse smoothies for breakfast and snack. For lunch I had a delish shrimp-cilantro cake on a bed of lettuce made by a friend. And for dinner we had shrimp with a touch of homemade pesto. No White Devils, not even at poker, where I was perfectly fine with seltzer. And you know what? I woke up feeling better.
Okay, what is the deal with “young coconut?” One of the recipes called for it. The last time I made the smoothies, I couldn’t find it in the store, so I subbed in unsweetened flaked coconut. This time I spotted one in a Korean market and spirited it home. It didn’t have the brown hairy shell, so I figured it was all edible. I hacked–and I do mean hacked–off a fibrous piece and tossed it in the Vita Mix. And drinking it was like drinking tasty sisal; I kept coming upon chewy lumps that I had to disgorge and put in a polite wad, in case the Queen was dropping by. This cannot be right.
Oh…wait. Just did Google Images. Apparently I was supposed to hack through all the tasty sisal into the center. Sam actually had a go at that yesterday, but I was so terrified that he’d cut off his thumb (en route to his First Responder Certification!) that I made him stop. Ken is busy chopping away at it now WITH AN AX and OMG, now I get it:
Today I am grateful for: 1) Men in my family willing to hack into coconuts. 2) Nora Ephron. I was so sad that she died yesterday, so young, so amazing. 3) That the fire that spread in my friend Janet’s house spared every personal item, musical instrument, and computer!
Today’s gym monitor gleanings:
* Let us pause to remember great women: RIP Nora Ephron. This morning NPR played one of my favorite lines of hers, from “Julie and Julia.” Julia Child’s husband, played by Stanley Tucci, asks her, “What is it that you really love to do?” Julia (Meryl Streep) pauses, then answers, “Eat. I love to eat. I do. I love to eat.” Stanley pats her hand and says simply, wonderfully, “I know. I know.”
* Real moms: Real bellies.
* Another reason: To make your own salad dressings.
* Jennifer Hudson’s advice to Jessica Simpson: “Get paid multi-millions to do Weight Watchers–SCORE!” Oh, wait, no. What she said was, “Don’t snack with the baby.” Z-z-z-z-z-z.
* Roll your own: ‘Cause those pre-made hamburger patties have more fat rolled into ‘em.
* Aw of the day: Refrigerraiders. Hey, they cut the cat out of the video they showed live!
10 minutes! Epiphany!
The last two days I’d failed on doing the 20 minutes of Protected Time. I couldn’t find or make those 20 minutes. So a friend said, “Try 10.” Well, duh. I should have thought of that myself. But this morning, I grabbed 10 minutes before departing for work and did: nothing. Stared at chirping birdies in my yard. Okay, so I’ll start with 10 minutes and work up from there.
Today I’m grateful for: 1) Smart friends; 2) Sympathetic colleagues; 3) An effort made yesterday to tidy up the office–the clutter was astonishing, and now it’s all in one pile, waiting for the dumpster to arrive.