When You Know Better

You should do better. That’s how the saying goes.

This is on the chalkboard at our gym:

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I am a fairly intelligent person. I tend to err on the side of logic. I like when things add up, and if you can explain something to me logically, I can be all on board.

Except this “clean eating” situation.

It’s a combination of things. Laziness. Not liking to cook (which is not to be confused with not being able to cook, because I can. I’m not Rachel Ray, but I can). HH not eating meat, the teen being a meatatarian, and me somewhere in the middle. Getting used to parenting a newborn. Between food getting eaten before I can get to it (grrrrr. Whole other post entirely), and feeling like I don’t have enough time in the day, I am often grabbing convenience food or whatever I can get my hands on.

I cannot find the motivation from within to do better right now. I don’t know where it is. I also need to work on emotional eating. Frankly, the chocolate cookie makes me feel better about stuff.

I don’t know. I’m just…meh. So many folks I know are great examples of what I need to be doing. I watch them and applaud their efforts.

And then I don’t make any changes.

I will get there. At some point.

Do you eat “clean” or relatively “clean?”

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They Don’t Count

I’ve decided that birthday calories don’t count, because I just smashed this salmon dish:

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And when I got back to my cousin’s house, I ate one of these:

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So…yeah. They don’t count. LOL!

Bucky’s

That’s what my friend Ja’ calls Starbucks. And now she’s got me saying it.

I’ve got two rewards waiting for me:

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I missed the days when they sent postcards, because then you could hoard them (I learned this from Miss Mile High. I swear she had about 56 free drink cards at any given time). The baristas rarely checked the date.

Clearly, corporate was like, this simply will not do. Now they load them onto your phone, and they disappear if you don’t use them. Ain’t that a bish?

I’ve been rolling with Starbucks since the Chase Duetto Visa. I used to pay my bills on that card (then pay in full when payment was due), and earn 1% to use for Starbucks purchases. Winning, people.

Then they pulled the rug out and started this Gold Card situation. OK, cool. I can use free soy. My digestive system thanks you.

Well, last year they decided, “no more free soy and syrup.” I mean, seriously? They just keep taking isht away. It makes me mad.

I need to find a cheaper favorite drink so I can earn more stars.

Of course, there’s the whole “coffee-is-making-it-hard-for-your-body-to-absorb-the-minerals-it-needs” situation. Having friends who are well versed in natural health can be a PITA when you’re trying to do bad. I’ve been trying to cut back. I haven’t been in a few weeks, and even then I was just getting the egg white breakfast wraps.

I’m using my free drink rewards, though. That’ll be my treat to myself for making better choices. I won’t even get a venti.

OK. That’s a lie. My free drink is always a venti. It’s free, dang it. LOL! I’ll just get tall treats when I make a purchase. For real.

Yep. You just read a post about Starbucks. Because I had nothing better to say at 8:35am. 🙂

Creature of Habit

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I have certain restaurants that I will go to for one or two things specifically. Like right now, I’m sitting at Saigon Palace. It’s on the south side, and since I don’t live over here, I don’t get to come often. I love their vegetarian spring rolls with the Thai peanut sauce.

Now this restaurant serves Chinese and Vietnamese food. There are so many things on the menu that I could try for the first time.

I ordered the spring rolls and the sesame chicken.

Again.

Because that’s what I always order.

Why can’t I branch out? I don’t know. I think once I find something I like, I stick with that. There’s nothing worse that being hungry and then getting nasty food.

What about you? Do you eat the same thing at your favorite restaurants, or do you like to try different things?