OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADay two. Last night was really challenging. It’s hard to break old habits. Especially ones that aren’t good for you. Another glass of wine. A half a dozen slathers of oozing brie or bleu cheese on dark bread, a slice of peppery salami on crackers with mustard. See? Whenever I try to think of not eating, my mind detours to food. Salty, sweet, crunchy….

We’ve gotten into the habit of snacking as we sit in front of the television. I know that’s bad, but I think it’s because TV is so mind-numbingly boring, eating is a diversion. My hubby likes watching television that I find dull – Business News Network, House Hunters International, Weird Homes. I can manage one or two of them but hours of back-to-back home renovation shows or stock market tickers make me want to dunk my head in a bucket of homemade ice cream (a liter of whipping cream, six egg yolks, chocolate ganache….stop!). Change of plan. I’ve got lots of yarn and patterns, so I’m going to start knitting again. I find that deciphering patterns or counting stitches keeps my mind off of snacking.

But I got through Wednesday evening all right. Read through a dozen magazines from the library – Bon Appetit and Eating Well. That’s another habit I’ll have to break – consuming food porn. My indulgence on Day One was a glass of Riesling with dinner and one quarter cup of mixed nuts (salted). I ate them like a squirrel, one tiny nibble at a time.  And I dabbed up the crumbs and ate them too. I finally went up to bed at about 9:30 to keep myself from falling off the healthy eating bandwagon. Listened to an audio book for a couple of hours and slept well.

Hub and I went to the Bradford Community Centre and swam for half an hour. I haven’t done that for months. My body feels rusty. Nevertheless, I’m going to cart some barbells down to the kitchen so I can listen to another audiobook (Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle) and pump some iron while supper is cooking. I’ve been cruising the Inner Circle pages and downloaded dozens of useful reads.

How do I feel? A bit hungry, but then again, I haven’t been snacking things that I shouldn’t.

Breakfast – 2 eggs scrambled with 1 tbs. crumbled feta cheese. Two small pieces of rosemary focaccia (buttered).

Snack – 1 really ripe banana

Lunch – bowl of homemade barley vegetable soup (double-simmered turkey stock, sauteed chopped onions, celery, lentils, 1/2 cup barley, seasonings). A cup of pop-chips with 1/4 cup red pepper dip

Supper – spaghettini with chunky basil tomato sauce and meatballs. Salad with oil and vinegar dressing. Small glass of red wine.