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Friday, April 10, 2009

It only took one more exhaustive (and exhausting) shopping trip to turn things around, as far as the diet and my attitude are concerned. Three different supermarkets in two days. A weekís salary (or nearly). A full pantry and two full refrigerators (I could use a third, but where would I put it?). This looks like somebody elseís house, compared to what it was a week ago.

Briefly, hereís todayís menu. Breakfast: hot oatmeal with a bunch of different kinds of fruit. Lunch: tacos (black beans, avocado, shredded romaine). Dinner: small salad and gnocchi with low sodium pasta sauce. (Itís hard to find gnocchi in the store without cheese on it.) Dessert: lime mousse (seriously).

I spent a lot on groceries this week, but a lot of that went for nonperishable items that I wonít have to buy again. And since I wasnít able to follow the menu plan very well this week, Iíve decided to overlap the first two weeks. Next weekís shopping list already includes a lot of things I already have, and the second weekís menu includes a meatless, cheeseless pizza Iím dying to try.

The point of all this is (isnít it?) that Iím supposed to be healthier and feel better. And whether itís being forced into a routine where I eat a substantial amount at certain times every day, or the veganness of the actual diet itself, or a combination of both, somehow I do feel better. I have more energy in the afternoon after eating a decent breakfast and more than decent lunch. Plus, I feel good about things in general, just knowing Iím eating the right things, mostly.

13 March 2009

Oak branches.

Thereís a lot to be said for following a diet plan that gives you guidance with shopping and planning. Itís always been hit-and-miss with me, before this, and there were so many leftovers that it took a lot of variety out of my diet. Now Iím eating something new and interesting every day, and it helps me stay committed. I donít know what Iíll do after the four-week trial period, but as of now Iím not inclined to give up a plan thatís already making me feel better.

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Padres 7, Giants 3. They played six innings in the rain, then waited an hour and finished the game exactly the way they left it, with the Padres leading, 4-2. All the rain delay accomplished giving Padres outfielder Scott Hairston a shot at glory in the eighth, when he made a game-saving catch that robbed Bengie Molina of at least a double, and then followed with a three-run homer in the bottom half of the inning. Barry Zito needed a good start, and he got it, after a sketchy first inning during which he had a hard time finding the umpireís floating strike zone. But he was gone in the fourth and probably warm and dry long before this one ended.

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