Politics? What's that? I've been too busy these past few days keeping up with my kids, with all that's going on in their schools these days, and getting ready for Christmas. I don't know about you, but I have plenty to get done: printing out and mailing out the family newsletter/card now that I've written it; sending online gifts and still getting out to the stores for real purchases; wrapping gifts, putting together packages and hauling them to the post office to stand in line.... Haven't even started any Christmas decorating yet--just some of the cleaning in advance of it.
I've only got four more days to myself until my son has final exams and starts calling me to pick him up from school by noon each day...and only seven more days of school till both kids are home for Christmas vacation. Got to make the most of the time I have left to get all the "Santa secrets" squared away.
Although I must say it's more relaxed now that both of my kids know the Truth about Santa. I don't have to sneak quite as much.
I've been listening to my favorite radio talk shows as I rush around (my daily fix) but don't really have much inclination to comment. Too busy. Besides, any Republican candidate that wins the primaries will have my vote over any Democrat candidate. That simplifies things.
In the meantime, I'm halfway to my goal of losing that ten pounds I gained since last July at the family reunion when my sister-in-law's cooking was so hard to resist (she put five extra pounds on me, and birthdays, Thanksgiving, and general indulgence in deserts and baked goods added another five). Seem to be losing five pounds every 2-1/2 weeks, which is a leisurely, safe pace without too much suffering. My diet consists of:
Orange juice and vitamin pills for breakfast, with a banana
Bowl of Mueslix with skim milk and blueberries for lunch
Anything if it's a salad or a soup for dinner
Snacks: bananas or plain Greek yogurt
All the fruits, vegetables, water, coffee, tea, and nuts I want, whenever I feel hungry.
Any Thai food I can get.
No sweets (doughnuts, candy, cookies, pastries, sweet sugary breads, etc.)
And when I cheat (and I have), I have less than I'd normally eat (one piece of pizza instead of two, etc.). Some days I feel okay about eating sparsely, some days I allow myself to cheat a bit (after all, I am still preparing the usual meals for everybody else, and I'm human! Who can resist the skin of a fried chicken passing through her hands anyway? And I had to try one of my tea cakes with a tiny schmeer
Add a 3-mile walk every day I can, and that's my not-too-stringent diet.
I've got a lot of "skinny pants" hanging in my closet waiting for me, so I'll try to stick with it for another couple of weeks. I'm already planning to cheat on Christmas Day, though!
UPDATE: A closer look at the Republican field
. Huckabee's shine is rapidly tarnishing
as folks learn more. Could The Fred be the answer
? Meanwhile, Hillary steps in it
! Answer the questions, Madam Senator.
Labels: Christmas, dieting, U.S. politics