Happy Friday, friends!
Let’s kick off the weekend with some confessions…
I confess… that I’m looking forward to Monday with equal parts anticipation and dread. I always feel excited to get started once I’ve made up my mind that it’s time to buckle down and focus on diet or exercise, or both. At the same time, it’s so very hard for me to go from eating whatever the hell I want to a strict healthy diet again. It’ll take a good week or so to get used that lifestyle again. In the meantime, I’ll be… cranky.
I confess… that I know it’s too soon – TOO SOON! – but I kind of really enjoyed the rainy, dreary week, and the chilly weather yesterday – because it fueled my craving for fall. As I get older, I’m realizing it really is my favourite time of year. I feel giddy at the thoughts of the leaves changing colours, warm sweaters and tights and boots, big pots of chili and pasta sauce simmering on the stove, pumpkin-spice-everything.
I confess… that the best part of an unexpected cold day in the middle of summer was the macaroni-hamburger-tomato-cheesey casserole I popped in the oven for supper. It’s one of my ultimate favourite comfort foods, and I’d been longing for it for a while. But you can’t just make a macaroni casserole in the middle of summer! Unless it’s only 13 degrees out. Thank you, summer cold snap.
I confess… my plan to get through the initial difficult days of no longer eating whatever the hell I want is to try out some new fun healthy recipes. I’ve got my sites set on spicy black bean burgers, garlic mashed cauliflower, cauliflower crust pizza, sweet potato crunchies (using my new spiralizer! woo hoo!), skinny meatloaf… I’m excited to try out all of these healthier alternatives!
I confess… the one thing I’m probably going to miss most is my bowl(s) of vanilla frozen yogurt smothered with either peanut butter, chocolate sauce, honey, or sprinkles – or all of the above. I started treating myself with this a month or so ago, convincing myself it was “healthy” because I was using frozen yogurt instead of ice cream, natural PB, and raw local honey. (I have no explanation for the chocolate sauce and sprinkles.) If I had it once a week, it might’ve been OK. But I ended up eating it almost every night. All or nothing, folks. I’m all or nothin’.
I confess… that this isn’t going to be a very busy weekend, yet I’m SO looking forward to it! I’m helping my friend Stacy deliver cupcakes for a wedding tomorrow morning, going out to Montana’s for lunch (one last hurrah!), and having the kids over for a movie night (another last hurrah!) I’m also hoping to go visit Baby Ariella at some point. Can’t wait!
I confess… that I have another food confession. I know. Enough already. But one of the treats I’ve been over-indulging in the past few weeks is my beloved chips, so they will be out of my life (once again) starting on Monday. But before I cut them out of my life, I want to try some of the new Lays flavours that just came out. Mmmmm…chips…
I confess… that I have a desperate need right now to watch Robin Williams movies. All of them. I feel like I need to honour him in this way. The only one I’ve watched so far is Good Will Hunting. I have Aladdin and Mrs. Doubtfire on my mind for this weekend. And I really want to see Dead Poets Society.
I confess… that I thought Jimmy Fallon’s tribute to Robin on his show Tuesday night was perfect. And also, a true testament to Jimmy’s talent. I know, I’m biased. But the guy was choked up and could hardly speak, then swung into a very accurate impersonation of Williams doing stand-up. It was short, but it was sweet, and I thought it was just right. He also showed a clip of Robin Williams in an appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. A proper send off to a comedic genius from the king of late night TV.
Here’s wishing you all a wonderful weekend, filled with smiles and laughter and good times.