I've heard that as you get older time seems to go by faster. I never realized just how fast until this year. I feel like the past three weeks has only been a couple of days. I saw how long it had been since I last posted and I tried to convince myself that was a big lie. I swear tomorrow I will wake up and be 50.
I'd like to start off today by asking you to please visit my dear friend Cayli's blog and consider donating to her fund raising efforts for the Breast Cancer 3-Day walk that she is participating in. She even has a fabulous contest going for the people who donate. She knows how to motivate us! And speaking of prizes.. Cayli is nothing short of an amazing person, spinner, dyer and knitter so if you are lucky enough to win one of the prizes I absolutely guarantee you are getting a treasure! So please hop over there and help her to raise funds for such a worthy cause. Then we will need to collect money to hire someone to rub her feet for an entire week after it's over :)
Back to someone who couldn't walk 60 miles in three day unless there was a mountain of calorie-less ice cream bars she could throw herself upon at the end... I feel like I should have done so much more in the past three weeks than I actually did. I think my favorite thing I did was go to L.A and see Linkin Park in concert at the Staples Center. I bought tickets for my son as a birthday present and we had soooo much fun. I could gush for hours about how amazing that concert was but I will spare you lengthy details. But if you get a chance to see them.. DO IT!
I also managed to do some knitting...
Yarn: STR lightweight in Rhodonite (color no longer available)
Pattern: Monkey (modified to knit the purls)
I am officially over the No-Purl Monkeys. This was my last pair! The yarn was cursed from trying to knit the Jaywalkers with it in January. You saw what a nightmare that was. The sock color reminds me of Peeps. I used to hate those animal shaped sugar coated creepy things but now I love them.. but not as much as Cadbury Creme Eggs! If I wasn't dieting I would have my heart set on a huge Easter basket full of them. Actually I would want this!!
Notice how everything keeps coming back to food. Can you tell that I am feeling the pinch of restricted caloric intake? 1200 a day sounds like a lot but it doesn't feel like much. I finally decided that in order to keep up my diet and exercise routine, that will hopefully end up in me prancing around in a bikini this summer, I had to find a way to work in dessert. There was just no way around it. I am a sugar craver. After some time in front of the ice cream section I ended up leaving with something so fabulous but disturbing at the same time. I love the 97% fat free part. I even love the 140 calories and 3 grams of fiber. Can you see what I don't love?...
Every time I take a bite of mint ice cream sandwich deliciousness I don't want to have the word cow in my face. I know Skinny Cow refers to low fat dairy.. but there's something unsettling about diet food with word cow printed right on it. It won't stop me from eating them, of course. In fact don't think I didn't do the math and realize that I could hog down an entire box of them and have it add up to only 840 calories. In fact I could almost eat a box and a half! Maybe one day I will do just that.. eat a box and a half of Skinny (you're a) Cow mint ice cream sandwiches and call it good. No.. I will certainly do that.
And as not to stray from my food obsessed post.. anyone shop at Trader Joe's? That is only the best grocery store ever. I wanted to share this with any of you out there who shop there but are on the lower end of the totem pole when it comes to cooking skills, like me...
When I am back to eating a normal amount of calories again I am so going to try out some of the recipes in it. You can buy the cookbook here.
Obviously I'm in a bit of a low calorie lull and that means I sometimes need to do things to perk myself up. Now I know that sometimes what I do isn't what's best. I know that my actions have consequences. I know that I don't need more yarn...... That being said. I joined two more sock clubs. <ducking> I know, I know. I can't really defend myself but they were too tempting.. and they did wonders for my mood. The first one is All Raveled Up by Blue Hands Fibers. She is going to be dyeing Ravelry themed colorways and is donating half of the profits to Casey and Jess! So really, it's charity. The second one is Scout's Swag Sock Club. She did a lottery for the spots so I consider it winning a prize. A prize that cost me money but a prize none the less. Oh how I make such wonderful excuses for joining more sock clubs.
Alright.. time for my protein bar. You go about your happy hamburger eating day. No, I'm not bitter at all.. not even a little bit..