I'm here, I'm alive, and I'm loving the fall weather!
Sunday, October 25, 2020
It's sad to see how many of my SparkPeople friends have left the site. I like to imagine that they met all their health and fitness goals and no longer need it (I know for a FACT that at least two of them did, and I try not to envy or hate them too much - they're really good friends IRL), but I know that when I leave for extended periods, it's usually because I don't want to be reminded of or forced to admit my "failures." Mind you, SparkPeople is a far gentler reminder than scales or shopping for new clothes, most days.
I wonder how many times this page has looked "abandoned" (or worse, made people wonder if I'm dead)? I try to remember this - not just here, but on all social media sites - that it's good to post now and then (even if it's just "no new news") so that people don't start imagining the worst. I locked down my Facebook defaults to "Friends only" years ago, but if you do that, it's good to make a few public posts now and then - even if it's just a picture of a cat coughing up a hairball - to let people know that you haven't actually DIED. I just locked down Instagram - at least temporarily - because good GOD, the imposters are annoying. "Go build your botnet somewhere else, Billy! Stop trying to follow ME." Sheesh. I need to write a blog post on this - I cannot believe how many of my friends fall for these shenanigans, despite solid evidence that these people are scammers (at best) and foreign troll farmers seeking to influence our elections or gain military intel (at worst?).
But look, I'm Facebook friends with at least six truly dead people. I'm a LOYAL friend, okay? It just feels wrong to unfriend a corpse when they're down. (I joke, but two of them died just this month.) Seriously, it's good to poke a hand up through the dirt and say, "Just resting, not dead!" now and then. Which gives me ideas for a super creepy Halloween costume. Just gotta roll around in the dirt and cover myself with leaves. My luck, we won't have a single trick or treater all night, and I'll just be raking leaves out of my hair for days.
I walked 5.1 miles today and did not feel like I was dying (four days ago, I only managed 3.4, and I wasn't sure - but then it was 85F in bright sunshine, and today it was a glorious 66F and cloudy!) Nutrition's been excellent. I'm craving chips. But I don't have any in the house - yay, for planning ahead! And I'm too lazy to run out and get some. Guess it's steelhead trout, rice, and a nice fresh SALAD tonight! (Doesn't that sound better, anyway?) Seriously, my "snack" today was 2 ozs. of cooked quinoa, sliced cherry tomatoes, diced cucumbers, and slivered serrano pepper - it actually WAS tastier and fewer calories than those chips would be. I'm writing this here so I won't forget that, you know? Like ten minutes from now, when I'm hunting for chips that are not in my pantry.
Time to cook!