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It’s funny how one good day can really turn things around.

I unplugged yesterday and spent the day cleaning/baking bread/prepping meals/grocery shopping/exercising. I was rewarded with a fully stocked fridge (after 2 hours and 4 stores…I love grocery shopping), and an excellent night of sleep.

Speaking of grocery shopping; Lucas and I hit up La Grotta yesterday, which is somewhere we have absolutely NO business shopping as we are far too poor. Nevertheless, I was on a mission for good, wholesome yogurt without an ingredient list a mile long or a pile of artificial sweeteners (difficult to find in your average grocery store – at least in Winnipeg). I found Liberté. I almost died. I also bought some ridiculously expensive salad dressing with…get this…real ingredients. I’m basically going to have to stock up over the summer while I have an income, because I doubt I’ll ever be able to go back to Krap…er…Kraft. On second thought, why don’t I just find some bottles and make my own dressing? There’s a thought…

We’re looking at +17 here in the Peg today, so I’m thinking it’s time to take the puppy on another long walk. I really can’t wait to get my bike back into the city and take it out. I love my bike. It is definitely my favorite thing about spring/summer…camping being a close second. So with that in mind:

What is your favorite spring/summer activity?

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I have a confession to make: I have been a terrible Food Snob for the past couple of weeks. Too much fast food and drinking, and not enough exercise or real food. I feel flabby and weak, and I don’t like it. Who I am and who I want to be are two completely different things right now, and that needs to change. So I’ve come up with a few steps to get myself back on track:

  1. Go back to journaling. I always have greater success when I keep a food journal, especially the loosey goosey kind with no measuring/weighing/etc.
  2. Eat at the table. If I’m actually hungry and the food in front of me is worth eating, then I should pay attention to it – right? Odds are I’m not going to sit at my kitchen table shoveling crackers in my mouth, but it’s a different story in front of the TV.
  3. Turn of the computer. I need to be a little more creative with my spare time. It is far too easy to waste time playing on the Internet, and it needs to stop. I really don’t need to update my FB status several times a day…do I?

Time to get back on the eating/exercise wagon so I can think about other things instead of wasting my time wishing I didn’t feel so terrible.

What do you do to fill your spare time that doesn’t involve TV or the Internet?

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Most people who know me know that I have been trying to quit smoking for quite some time. I’m a light smoker; about 1-5 cigarettes a day, roughly 4-5 times a week. That’s not a lot, but it’s enough to put me at risk for heart disease, lung disease, mouth disease….well, you get the point.

I started smoking when I was 14. If I could go back and give my 14-year-old self a hard kick in the ass I most certainly would. There were a few times during my teens and 20s that I quit for months at a time, but I always seem to come back to it. I don’t need anyone to tell me how stupid that is…I am perfectly aware.

I am convinced that smoking is why I’ve been sick so often this winter. I also know that when I’m smoking, it is harder for me to exercise…because my lungs just don’t wanna. I also know that you really can’t quit smoking until you are ready – and for the past week or so I’ve been thinking that I just might be ready to try again. So when I felt myself getting sick on Thursday night I thought “Hey, this is gonna suck…but now is as good a time as any to quit!”

I didn’t smoke on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. There was a situation on Monday that was extremely upsetting and I ended up having 4 cigarettes before I decided that it really wasn’t helping. Then there were 2 puffs yesterday before I decided that I really, really didn’t want it. And that was that. I had an almost full pack of cigarettes, and I just didn’t want any – which is why I think I’m ready to quit.

Of course, I had awesome plans to hit the gym at school before class this morning…until I woke up with bad chest pain and difficulty breathing. Coincidence? Well, probably more related to being sick for the past 5 days than anything else, but still.

So when I brave the blizzard outside to go to the walk-in today, it might be a good time to discuss some stop-smoking strategies as well.

Is there a point to this post? No. But I’m going to be super embarrassed if I put this out there and then don’t quit….so there you go.

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