Can you believe it’s October already? Time is flying by. About a week ago, I started my ninth month of dieting. I just crunched some numbers, and with my total loss of 137 pounds, that means I’ve been averaging a loss of over 3 pounds a week. WOW. Keep it up, David! I was planning on using this blog to share my September work-out calendar, and I promise I will. But first, I need to address some breaking news.
I was getting ready to pack up and leave work for the day when I got a text from Jen. You know my friend Jen – you met her here. Anyway, she sent a text that said: “At trader joe’s toluca lake” and included this picture:
My heart immediately started racing. After all, it was just yesterday that, after seeing Lynn Chen’s blog about buying brussel sprouts on the stalk at Trader Joe’s, I raced to my local Trader Joe’s in Toluca Lake, only to find out that they didn’t have any in stock at that location. Only in a bag. I was told that they wouldn’t stock the on-the-stalk kind until next July, but apparently they got a shipment in earlier today! Huzzah! Thankfully, TJ’s is just down the road from my office, so I zipped on over, and bought my beloved brussel sprouts.
With apologies to Lynn and her husband, since I recreated their photo, I present to you me and my new brussel sprouts:
I told the Trader Joe’s staffer that this was the first time I’ve ever seen a brussel sprouts stalk in person before, which I’m sure didn’t justify in his mind why I made him take a very specific picture of me with them. But whatever.
When I got home, I decided it was so unique and beautiful that I should just display it as part of a centerpiece:
But the brussel sprouts had other ideas. They wanted to help out around the house. I have no problem with that. So here are the brussel sprouts sorting my coupons…
…and loading the washing machine:
…but then the sprouts felt a little worn out, so they settled in on the couch to watch TV and flip through the new Entertainment Weekly:
I’ve thought of giving the brussel sprouts stalk a name, like Bruce or Colleen, since they became such a valuable part of my household, but decided that would be weird. Plus, I will be eating the brussel sprouts – there’s no way around it. And it’s harder to eat anything with a name.
Thanks, Jen, for that text!
Moving on… Since it’s the beginning of a new month, it’s time to flip to a new page in my calendar. I have a simple month-view calendar that I use as my planner. I’ve tried actual planners before, but I’ve never ended up using them for more than a few weeks. Using a month-view calendar seems to be doing the trick for now. One of the things I note on the calendar is which days I work out. Here’s September:
Every dot means I worked out on that day. If the dot has a circle around it, it means I took a class at Slimmons. If the dot has a square around it, it means I took a Latin Jam class at Heartbeat House. I just counted the dots, and I worked out 24 out of 30 days! In August, I worked out 25 out of 31 days, and in July, I worked out 20 out of 24 days (since I started this notation system on July 6). Altogether, that’s 69 workouts in the past 85 days.
Keep it up, David!