Wow, I was just sitting here, staring at my blog, and realizing it’s been quite awhile since I made an entry. My apologies. I do have an excuse or two.
I have been busy.
Wait, no that’s not an excuse. Well, it would be an excuse if it were true. I have not been busy. I have been un-busy.
And quite frankly, I’m pretty good at it.
Again, my apologies. Let’s just skip the excuses, shall we? I can make that stuff up later.
Most of you know that we moved to Boise from Las Vegas last July. Life has definitely changed for the better since we moved. Reasons for the positive change are bullet-pointed below:
- Our Las Vegas apartment had eighteen very large stairs leading up to the door. Our Boise condo has no stairs and the over-sized garage is just off the kitchen.
- Taking out the trash in Las Vegas was a nightmare. Eighteen stairs down, then a hike up the street to the dumpster, a hike back, then eighteen stairs up. UGH. Here at our humble abode in Boise, we have our own little personal dumpster in the garage that we wheel to the curb when the garbage man is due. After that, maybe a nap.
- The man in the apartment below us in Vegas yelled and stomped and hit the walls (and probably his wife) and had us nervous all the time. Here in Boise, we have kind neighbors who shovel our walkway and sometimes even bring us our mail. Mimosa’s anyone?
I think I’ve made my point. We love it here.
Quite frankly, I don’t know why I didn’t think of this retirement stuff years ago, when I had time to enjoy it without arthritis and wrinkles.
Since moving here to beautiful Boise, I have been losing weight and getting in shape. Well, I’ve been losing weight. The shape is still melon…ish, but that’s a shape, right? Seriously, I am eating healthy and taking care of myself better than I have in years. Of course, I didn’t do it alone. Joan has been right there, riding that bandwagon with me. She’s eating right and exercising more. I am proud of her. I’m proud of us.
I still have about 35 pounds to go before I reach a total weight loss of 110 pounds. I’m planning on losing those last pounds as I did the first ones…very slowly. Lots of friends and relatives have shared their favorite roads to health with me, and I’ve learned there are apparently as many and varied ways to lose weight as there are bad politicians in Washington. I am always patient when given advice and listen intently, taking each nugget of wisdom into account.
And then, quite frankly, I forget all of it and do my own thing.
“The Terri Diet is the latest and greatest diet to hit the universe since…well, forever. It is quite effective, easy, wholesome, NOT boring, and will have you dancing the skinny dance in no time!”
That’s my marketing pitch. What do you think? I’m going to be rich! Skinny, maybe. Rich, probably not. One needs a market in which to make a pitch, I suppose. So never mind.
Truth-be-told, I actually gleaned a little something from all the good diets out there I could find, threw out the stuff I didn’t like, and consolidated the rest into a program I could handle without cheating every thirty minutes.
Somehow it worked, and here I am, a skinnier, healthier, albeit more-wrinkled and a bit tired, person. But, quite frankly, such brilliance should be shared, so I’ve bullet-pointed the elements of my diet below, for your enlightenment:
- The majority of my diet encompasses vegetables. Green beans, potatoes and peas are fine, but the real gold lies in the dark leafy greens. KALE, BABY! Eat it in the morning, eat it at night, eat it on the weekends because it’s DY-NO-MITE!
- If you really must have meat, try to opt for chicken, and then only 3 ounces or less. Prepare it anyway you want, but keep in mind that calories really do count.
- Drink water, water, water. I am not a big fan of water. In fact, just writing about it makes me want to pee. Drink it. You must, or you’ll die.
- The last important thing on this diet is to include variety. For me, that was the key. For gosh sakes, don’t get into a rut of eating kale and drinking water just because you are too lazy to find a new recipe and make a pot of tea. The spice of life. Oh yes, use spices too. I love me some cumin. And red pepper flakes make me blush with culinary happiness.
That’s about it. It’s so easy. The beauty is in its simplicity.
So, what’s next for this crazy, soon-to-be-skinny grandma?
Tune in soon for the next chapter on my new and improved retirement life. I have much to tell. Soon I will be taking on a new venture, the thought of which has me all giggly and goose-pimply.
Are you curious? Well, quite frankly, I have laundry to fold so I can’t discuss just yet.
However, the picture below is a HINT.
Any idea what I’m up to?