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Second Half of The Month

Sunday, October 18, 2020

We're on the downhill slide into


LOL - I know. So many people, especially working people love it - they're so glad it's still light out when they leave their office. But for the larks among us - DST is so awful, robbing us of daylight when we are most awake and alert. It was worse when I worked and wanted to get a run or walk in before work - only - it wasn't safe. Running in the dark on a 1 mile dirt lane was a guarantee of twisting an ankle. Besides - I simply love that cozy feeling of darkness at dinner time. Like a warm velvet blanket falling over my shoulders - I feel so loved when darkness comes early.

Which prompts me to wonder - What was it like before electric light - or even gas light - what was it like in 18th century when night fell so early? Makes sense that Dinner was the mid-day meal because cooking by candlelight would be tedious at best and dangerous way too often. And eating a big meal before going to bed - well - we all know how that feels.

Anyway - this has nothing to do with how my week went - it's just something I'm looking forward to. Early dark evenings in my brightly lit kitchen. The other half of my readers will get their turn in the spring to be happy.

As for how I did this week - well. there was cake. oops. I forgot. And it was eaten too fast. So while I got the first burst of sweetness joy - I didn't S A V O R the fun - which is something I really need to start doing. I'd feel much better about having cake if I really really enjoyed it.

There was also some tummy trouble and evidently I didn't track anything accurately for a few days - so it will be difficult to fill in the chart with accuracy. I'm not sure quite what happened except that I lolled around in bed a LOT. I am all fixed now though and ready to begin a new week. And I am also happy to say that even with cake there was no weight gain. No loss, either, but no gain. There was a bag of Cheez-its too. And dessert plus a second glass of wine in celebration of a 49th first date anniversary. Well. Humph. I knew this would be a tough season for saying "no" to cake and wine. That's why my goal is so very tiny.

I understand the chart below - but it's not intuitively clear. I may fiddle with that this week and come up with a better one - but the first number after each objective was my first week at this effort and the subsequent numbers each represent one week. So in 4 weeks I have lost 2 lbs. Definitely a turtle pace - but I expected that. Let us see if I can do better, though, in this coming week.

Days at points limit: __1_ 2_2_2
Weeks within total points:__0_1_0_0
Days with adequate water:__6_ 5_6_5_
Days walked:_6__6 plus 3 DVD workouts_5_3
Pounds changed:_0__-2__0_0
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    I really wish we would stop DST. It does not do what they claim (save electricity or give farmers more hours in the field). It puts people at risk for a month after the change.

    Glad your charts are keeping you straight!
    39 days ago
    I'm a morning person . . . and love a cozy dinner in the evening too. Glad your tummy upset is all better!!
    39 days ago
  • WILDKAT781
    I Love DST. I know some don't like it but I wish we could just stay on DST all the time
    39 days ago
    We had tikka masala this week so I know what you mean about tummy issues. We are into pie season and I have a hard time saying no. But I am skipping the whipped cream or ice cream. We more daylight hours here than you and it just seems dark because it is still in the 70’s after sunset.
    39 days ago
    I can't say I mind it being dark a little earlier in the evening . . . it does feel pretty cozy. I love my early morning walks, though, and it's a little too dark. BUT like always, the routine will be acclimated, and all will be well.

    39 days ago
    Keep up the great work!!
    39 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    Congratulations on the weight loss and don’t be too hard on yourself. You are going in the right direction.
    I love DST and wish we could just leave it there all,year. There is actually talk of it happening.

    39 days ago
    Ooohhh...my granddaughter (a huge historical fiction fan) and I enjoyed your explanation of why the big meal was served mid-day back in the day...makes perfect sense.
    I’ve had an off week as well...I’m approaching the whole ‘who cares’ phase of life right now...hope not, tho.
    39 days ago
    No gain is a good thing. And sometimes, well, you just need Cheez-its.
    39 days ago
    Glad you’re feeling better and are back on track! I’m only losing about .5 pounds a week. Frustrating but at least i’m finally losing!
    39 days ago
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    39 days ago
    Another week in the books. I'm a fellow Lark, but one thing that used to bug me when I worked was the need to live through the sunrise on the commute all over again, when I would turn toward the garage, it was straight into the rising sun, increasing the danger of not seeing something important... like a pedestrian, bicycle, or another vehicle. This is caused by the changing of time, that we have to live through the natural change in time of sunrise... TWICE in the Fall, and TWICE in the Spring. Since I've retired, not so much a problem, but it used to irk me. And I LOVE mornings!

    39 days ago
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