Last night I went to watch a friend’s little sister play a softball game. While I was there I probably sweated out a pound as well as let mosquitoes suck away a pound of blood. Mother Nature = naturally painful weight loss techniques. I would rather just do it myself, thanks!
This morning I’m itchy all over but pretty excited about how this week is going so far. I am going to be out of the 240s soon, I know it! I am so tired of seeing those numbers. Its just not right. Not natural. Mother Nature clearly wants me to be thinner (see above) so why buck against what she wants? I shouldn’t. I give in Mother Nature! Call off the mosquitoes and heat!
At least I’m sitting in my office at my part time job right now. Its mosquito free AND has great air conditioning. One thing it doesn’t have is food. Normally I wouldn’t need my office to have any food since I bring my breakfast and sometimes my lunch. But today I brought a failed breakfast.
Before I left for work I through some things (blueberries, strawberries, flax seed, yogurt, etc.) into a blender to make a smoothie. Once it was blended the blue and pink colors were beautiful and I couldn’t wait to drink it. When I started drinking it the texture felt off but I shoved that thought out of my mind. I hadn’t used ice like I normally do so I figured that was the problem. I kept drinking it on my drive to work but by the time I got to my office I couldn’t stand it anymore. It tasted different, felt different in my mouth. It wasn’t necessarily bad, but it didn’t taste really good. To the trash it went, a sad smoothie death.
After thinking about it for a few minutes I realized that the yogurt I used was probably expired. I know, I know, I should have checked the date before using it. But I ignored that small step. I think that was the problem and why it tasted so … eh. A minor skipped detail made me throw away my breakfast and forced me to go pay $2.00 for a granola or protein bar. This is not exactly how I like to start my mornings.
Lesson to be learned from this story? Check the expiration dates on your food! Pay attention to details! Don’t rush through food preparation!
Because I rushed myself to make the smoothie I didn’t pay attention. I just threw stuff in there and hit blend all the while keeping one eye on the clock. (Here is the kicker – I can go to work whenever I want. I just made an imaginary start time so I’ll wake up each morning.) Because I rushed I ended up throwing away perfectly good fruit that was in the strawberry. If I had noticed the yogurt thing I could have saved myself the need to buy a new breakfast. I could have just brought the fruit to eat alone.
This rushed feeling is strange since I actually have plenty of time. I rush, I hurry, I act like I have absolutely no time to prepare food. This is the area of my life which gets rushed the most. I feel like I never have time to prepare and cook healthy food even though I do. Instead of using that time I convince myself I need to make something quick. I live off of sandwiches and anything that can be fixed in under two minutes.
Smoothies are quick. Smoothies are convenient. Smoothies normally taste good too. But I don’t really need to resort to smoothies. I have plenty of time in the morning to make a healthy breakfast. Even if I am making a smoothie I am in not such a big time crunch that I should just pour stuff together without looking at dates.
I know a lot of you really are busy. You have no time. You have full time jobs. Kids. Part time jobs. Blogs. Activities. You have less free time than me. But you still manage to cook and pay attention to what you are eating, right? I have a feeling this is all in my head (obviously). I make myself feel rushed so I will feel better about the quick, often crappy, food choices I make. How do you make the time out of your super busybusybusy schedules to make food and pay attention to what you are eating? Just make it a priority?