Poor husband worked for 12 hours yesterday and as usual, was paid for 8, such is life. I spent a lot of time on my own because he was gone all day so I got a lot of work done. At 6 pm I finally stopped and went outside for a long walk and then thought…doh! You nut! You’re in California, and you spent the WHOLE day inside? I like to leave the doors and windows open wherever I am so I can feel the outside, I guess my mind just never got to the fact that I wasn’t actually out there. A hotel employee came up to make sure I was ok since the doors had been open all day long. I do the same thing at home in New Mexico. Everyone else pays their $300 a month for constant air conditioning-even when they’re at work, so they don’t have to come home to a “hot house”. I’d rather sweat a little and feel the outdoor air blowing in.
Anyway, I took a long walk in the area, through neighborhoods. I walked for 3 miles and SAW the ocean down below, but just never made it over there. I was having fun looking at the houses and yard plants. Real estate is so strange. One house I saw yeseterday, smaller than ours in Albuquerque, was in escrow, having sold for $1.6 million. In Seattle, a house like that, which was similar to our house in NM would have cost us around $700,000, in New Mexico, it cost $250,000-one of the reasons we left Seattle.
Here are a couple of shots. I have no idea what these plants are, but they’re cool! The picture shows them as sort of purple-y but there were actually black.
I love all of the bamboo that people use as “divider” plants. This isn’t a good picture here, but I wanted to show you anyway. Lots of bamboo in the area is twice as tall as this:
Things are really quite boring on the weight loss fronts. No high highs and no low lows, so I just don’t have much to talk about! I’m continuing on with our normal diets, which pretty much consist of:
1/2 c. Old Fashioned oatmeal cooked with 1 1/2 cups of water for a good sized portion of grain for breakfast with 1 t. boiled molasses for a little sweetness and a good dose of iron, and several pieces of fruit throughout the day plus a slice of homemade wheat bread with almond butter for snacks. I usually have some seitan for lunch, dipped in a mix of veganaise/catsup/mustard, and some fresh veggies on the side like carrots, broccoli and sweet peas, and maybe a piece of fruit. For dinner I always make us each a huge salad with vegan deli meats sliced up, alfalfa sprouts, raw veggies, nutritional yeast (which I’ll eat on ANYTHING, I love it so much!) and balsmic vinegar and olive oil. I know, we’re so boring. Seriously, I know we eat great food and it tastes so good, it’s just not orgasmic free-for-all-eating anymore!
I’m having 1400 calories each day and am making sure I come close to that without going over, so I’m all good there. I feel great and am not hungry. If I DO start to get hungry, I immediately head for a lite snack of whole food. I’ve been surprised to find that you don’t have to eat much when you think you’re DYING of hunger, you usually just need a healthy snack with a good amount of fiber (not some stupid processed food that’s like eating a puff of air) of a couple hundred calories and your body is great to go again.