In case you are not already sick of me talking IN EVERY COMMENT SECTION ACROSS THE LAND about my favorite baby name book, I'm reviewing it today over at SundryBuzz.
Elizabeth's vocabulary is developing rapidly. This weekend she pointed at me and said "YEAVE ME 'YONE!" (Leave me alone.) Then she pointed to the enormous laundry pile and said, "YOU DO YAWN-HEE!" (You do laundry.) NICE. How 'bout a little "I yuv you"?
First weigh-in today! I'm down three (and a half) pounds. I love the first week of a diet, when my system is all "WHUH??" It's harder to get excited later on when it's a half-pound loss, or no loss at all, or even a little bump up.
Isn't it weird how some diets stick and some don't? I've been on so many half-day diets, where my resolve fails before I even get to lunchtime. It's too early to celebrate this one's success, but even getting past the 3-day point is a big deal to me.
Everyone has their own weak spot, and mine is SWEETS. I almost feel I can't be happy in life unless I can be constantly grazing out of a sack of chocolates. Here are a few of the, um, sensible choice treats and desserts that have been pulling me back from the edge of the cliff:
1) Sugar-free fat-free Jell-o pudding, particularly the Chocolate Fudge flavor (the regular Chocolate tastes flat to me). I eat it with Lite Cool Whip, which makes it sweeter and more dessert-ish. It's even better if you crumble up some graham crackers on it: tastes like one of those graham-cracker-crusted pudding pies.
2) Chai tea made with milk. Fill a coffee mug half-full of skim milk, then the rest of the way with water. Microwave for 2 minutes, or until hot but not boiling. Put in a chai tea teabag. Wait for awhile, maybe do some dishes or something. Remove teabag and stir in some Splenda. The milk and Splenda take the tea out of tea category and into the hot chocolate category, and the warmth and caffeine are heartening.
3) Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats, especially the strawberry and vanilla flavors. I eat them dry, with a glass of milk on the side: this maximizes the sweetness impact. The wheat makes them righteous, and also filling.
4) Mint milk. Fill a glass with skim milk. Add a few drops of peppermint extract. (Seriously, don't overdo the extract or it'll taste like toothpaste.) (And don't accidentally buy Mint instead of Peppermint--ICK.) Then add a little vanilla extract (I like the cheap artificial stuff for this), maybe half a teaspoon. Then a couple of spoonfulls of Splenda. This drink has the SPIRIT of melted mint chocolate-chip ice cream.
5) Sugar-free Jell-o with crushed pineapple. Use just about any flavor of Jell-0, but I particularly like the citrus ones. Add about half of a big can of crushed pineapple. The Jell-o and pineapple are both sweet; the pineapple gives the Jell-o some substance, and makes it more nutritious and filling. Add some Lite Cool Whip and you might find your will to live returning.
6) Sweet popcorn. Pop it with just a little oil, and then sprinkle it with a little salt and a lot of Splenda. It's surprisingly yummy--I eat this even when I'm NOT dieting.
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 2 of 2 - Last week I talked about the gifts we were getting/considering for Edward, who is turning 8 next month. This week it’s Elizabeth’s turn: not “girl gifts,” ...