I’ve become dependent on water. Okay, yes, our bodies do require it to function, but I have developed an addiction to it. Perhaps more like a dependency on feeling great, which has a lot to do with the amount of water I drink when on plan, 100+ ounces a day. Give me one day of not drinking enough, then the next day (like today) getting even less, and this girl isn’t feeling all that marvelous. My brain gets fuzzy and I feel like a hangover without the party.
This goes for not eating healthy too. Yesterday was just a mess of not eating the right things and not getting enough water. It was day #2 of 16 hour shifts so to say I suddenly don’t feel so hot would be understated. Thankfully just a big tumbler of water and I’m starting to feel great again.
The pause button was pushed on my health journey the past few weeks. Thanks to continuing in a mostly healthy vein of food choices I’ve not gained back a single pound, but I haven’t taken anymore off. One resident I care for informed me I needed to stop because she feels I’m “too skinny”. I’m not stopping and in fact my schedule is set to push the play button again on November 1st. I want to reach transition and maintenance by Thanksgiving. I want to roll through the holidays a yet better version of the already improved edition of me!
Today I had planned to spend my entire Saturday curled up in a chair with a crochet project and ongoing coffee. Instead the day was even better. My work community hosted trick-or-treating for resident and associates families and it was so sweet! The residents really enjoyed it and 2 of my grandchildren made it up for the event! So, now I’m going to curl up and crochet while I catch up on last night’s episode of Blue Bloods!
We had a touch of snow in Cincinnati in the wee hours of the morning. Just some wet flakes that vanished upon impact with the ground, but still it was snow because it got THAT cold. NOT a good thing and this needs to stop at once. I’m not ready to be cold even if I do enjoy curling up in front of the fire to crochet.
Just when I was debating taking this fashion gingery color to a bit more brown, I received half a dozen compliments on it and how good it looks on me. Guess I’ll just refresh it and my roots and keep rocking the more red than brown locks! 🙂
Let me preface this by saying that there are possibly 3 dishes that I can cook well, one of which never fails to get compliments, beyond that…I never get compliments on my cooking.
Now do not misunderstand, I can cook. If you call following a recipe to the letter cooking. But the kitchen is just not my territory. I enjoy baking to a degree, and make some pretty good Christmas cookies, but honestly I am not at home in the kitchen at all. The only appliance I am an expert at using in the kitchen is the coffee pot. I make good coffee. But face it that is not hard to accomplish. When it comes to cooking, I can burn water.
I do not exaggerate this really. Once when I was making chili, even the ex had to take a swipe at me. A little history…for whatever reason one day when he started to make his chili, he ended up using black beans. I think we were trying to make the chili more South Beach Diet friendly if I recall correctly. So he used seasoned black beans rather than chili beans. It totally changed the flavoring and made his nice recipe a lot better….Okay back to the story at hand. I called the firehouse to ask him how to make that chili because I wanted to make it for dinner. After giving me the list of ingredients, before hanging up, he said he would put his unit on stand-by since I was going to be cooking. VERY funny, Chef Piere, though probably not a bad idea all things considered. After that, anytime I was cooking I put that status up on my Twitter and Facebook accounts, requesting whatever unit was on duty to be on standby while I was in the kitchen.
I am proud to say that this chili recipe has been improved upon by ME. Oh and the kitchen is still in tact, but I’m sure if it ever catches on fire somehow I will have been involved, attempting to cook something. I changed the type of tomatoes used in it and it tastes even better. It IS good, meaty chili, but not spicy, just slightly sweet. I love it. Everyone that has had it loves it. It is one of the requested dishes in the Diva Den. But beyond this very simple, tasty recipe, no one ever compliments me on my cooking. And honestly? I’m okay with that! (when you cannot cook, no one asks you too!)