Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Best Diet

This little blurb was the first thing in the book Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink that I'm currently reading.  There's also a website:  Mindless Eating Website.

No truer words could be true!

But let's face it, when you're on a diet (or lifestyle change or food plan, whatever you prefer to call it) you're constantly thinking food.  You're tracking, you're weighing, you're measuring, you're planning.  It's work and it's work that makes you constantly think of food.  So you know you're on it.

I once did a faith based "diet" at a church that said the same thing....diets make you think about food all the time.  With this particular program, you were to prayer if meant by temptation and eat only until you were satisfied not stuffed.  You could eat whatever you wanted, within reason of course; the goal was to take your mind off food and keep it focused on God.  This diet did work, however, the fact that they want you to believe that if you gained weight or stopped losing it was because God was punishing you didn't sit well with me at all; but I did agree with the diets make you think about food!

I came across Mindless Eating on a blog somewhere; I'd gladly give credit where it is due; but can't find which blog it was now.  I immediately ordered a used copy off of Amazon and well, the first quote is right at the top of this post!  The website is full of lots of information and there are Checklist sheets you can print out and use, which look very useful.

I've dumped points of any kind (but not Weight Watchers) and am using Simply Filling so I can get away from the weighing, measuring and tracking.....my goal is to aim for the healthy stuff with a treat here or there.  I just can't count points of any kind anymore...I've outgrown it.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Jury Duty

Let's discuss the dreaded thing.....that thing you hope never comes in the mail....the dreaded Jury Duty letter!!!

Yep, I got one of those.  It was the second time I've gotten one, the last time being over 10 years ago.  My sweet hubby, who's lived in this area his entire life, has never gotten that letter; but in the 19 years I've lived here, I've gotten it twice.

Though all states may not do their's the same, where I live you get the letter to appear and have 5 days to fill out a questionnaire and return it.  I did mine online.  I mentioned several times that due to my job, I would be unable to remain impartial in making a decision....definitely hoping they'd excuse me - no luck, I had to go.

However, in between filling out that questionnaire and going to court; I had a change of heart.  I began to think what if it was one of my friends or family going to trial - what kind of jury would I want them to have.  Definitely someone like me!  I went in hoping to get picked.

Course I had forgotten about my answers on that damn questionnaire, they even questioned me on it at one point which I explained; but none-the-less the damage was done and I didn't get chosen.

Sigh......if there is ever a next time - I'll remember this.

But my main reason for writing this is to say, not to fear this.  Embrace it.  Imagine it could be a friend or family member who needs you to be impartial.  This is your civic duty...do it!