Over the last decade, I have been steadily gaining weight and once COVID started, I gained some more. While at my mother-in-law’s house I decided to step on her scale and I had blown past my previous all-time high. I’m not trying to fat-shame anyone by saying this, but I would like to look more attractive to my wife and we should all know by now there are health issues associated with being overweight. Visceral fat in the liver and other organs makes them work harder and leads to an early demise at best and a loss of quality of life at worse.
In 2015, I had the good pleasure to take a long-term stay at my grandparents’ place in Costa Rica. They live high in the mountains and there is a steep winding road to get up to their place. The scenery is beautiful and I would walk down the hill to the road and then back up every morning.
The air is amazing in the mountains, but the emission controls in the country are not. When I would pass a car coming up the road, I would choke on the fumes until they were long gone.
My typical meal used to consist of going to Chipotle or I would eat super simple like an apple. We used to spend a crazy grocery bill and then have more spent on restaurants. In order to pay off our mortgage faster, however, we are trying to stick to a food budget of $200 a week. In contrast, in January my wife said we spent $1400 on groceries and $300 on dining out.
I am proud to say that for the month of February we spent $804 on groceries and didn’t go out to eat at all! Also, $4 of that was spent at Albertsons on Lottery tickets so technically we made our goal!
But a few weeks ago I had the urge to eat something amazing. The idea of filet mignon popped into my mind and I couldn’t shake it.
I like to think I have a lot of gratitude.
If my grandma gets me white socks for Christmas, totally cool with that. If given a book that I didn’t really care to read, it’s the thought that counts.
But recently we have had catering at the office and the one thing I can not stand is Jason’s Deli. I can not fathom how people swear by their mediocre food.
The last few weeks I have been hitting it hard at work. First the company website, we set a go-live date and made it. Second, was designing all the Black Friday and Christmas ads for the newspaper and mail inserts. This week I thought I would slow it down and set up a server so we could share files and that too is eating my lunch. All this on top of side jobs. Ugh.
So forgive me for not posting last week (you should get the cookies tomorrow fellow bloggers), and I apologize for mailing this one in…
Sometimes you only miss something once it is gone. This is certainly the case for me and one of the loves of my life, the Pink Lady apple.
My wife recently asked me to do a 21-day green smoothie challenge with her. The only rules were drinking 32 ounces of a green smoothie per day so I was in.
Mainly we have made the smoothies at home but, on occasion, we will go to Pure Cafe or Jamba Juice. It is really no big deal to replace a meal with a smoothie. At 32 ounces you won’t feel hungry and it is probably better for you than what you were going to eat. So I suggest you give it a… wait for it… whirl.
Have I written about cider yet?
I just did a search on my blog and it only showed up only once. So begins the tale of my relationship with cider.
Today I checked the mail and, to my surprise, received a letter from my fellow accountabiliblogger, Hugh Murphy. The topic of the message was that he missed a blog post and enclosed was a gift certificate for Central Market!
It was an extremely nice surprise but what I wanted to blog about was the benefits of being a person of honor and integrity.
While there is a perverse joy in parking in the employee of the month space and this being my last week on the job, there is a downside to leaving. For the last 3+ years, I have been going to the Lewisville Chipotle and have an unspoken bond with the crew.
I might have to back it up a little.
I think this blog would not be complete without telling you about my obsession with Chipotle.
Our relationship first began while I was seeing someone else. My girlfriend at the time and I were on a road trip to her hometown in Colorado. She told me about this cool place with huge burritos so we went to check it out.