Hot Days, Cold Foods

As I mentioned yesterday, it’s hot here in Memphis. It will be hot until October. Not triple digits like we’re currently experiencing, but we’ll be in the 90s for a while. We’re used to it, or pretend we are, but the heat can get to you if you have to be out in it. And I’ve been out in it doing yard work (and my morning walk) for hours at a time, usually early morning and early evenings to take advantage of both shade and breeze. More about that in a minute.

One of the things I noticed during my first summer of weight loss is that I don’t really like hot food during hot weather. That’s quite all right, because I’m reasonably happy with a rotating menu of tuna salad, turkey sandwiches, yogurt & chilled fruits, potato salad–okay, maybe not the potato salad. That’s where the “reasonably happy” comes in. :)

The only problem I have with eating that way is that I often find I don’t get in enough calories. Me! Shy on calories! I never thought that would be an issue! (And trust me, it’s certainly not an issue the rest of the year.) It’s not a true problem if I’m a couple hundred calories short, because I can usually be counted on to make that up somewhere down the road. :) It’s the days like today when I realize that I’m about a thousand calories short (yesterday was short about 300) that bother me, especially since tomorrow is a strength workout. It will be interesting to see if it makes a difference there.

The good news is that I’ve had about 18 servings of fruits and veggies already this week. :) I think I’ll consider adding some of those fruit servings to a protein smoothie tomorrow for a nice cold treat.

Back to yard work, I don’t want to alarm anyone, but my father gave me an extra axe he had, and I’ve sworn vengeance on protruding tree roots. Not the ones from my trees, but the massive ones my neighbor’s trees send under the fence and up through the ground to snag my lawnmower and make me say words that will likely result in my eternal damnation.

My family has a pool going on when they’ll get the call from the emergency room after I’ve chopped off some vital part of my body (if you want in on it, let me know and I’ll hook you up), but so far I’ve managed nicely. The strength training is paying off mightily. :) My neighbors are a little tired of me singing The Lumberjack song (loudly and badly), but they’ll get over it. Or not.

That’s it from this tired lumberjack (but I’m okay.) Hope you’re all having a great week! I missed reading today, but I’ll catch up betwixt and between tomorrow’s tasks.



16 thoughts on “Hot Days, Cold Foods

  1. LOL you a singning lumberjack! Love the idea 😉 You know I do the samething during the summer. It is just not easy to fit in all those calories when you want to eat cold food and more fruits and veggies. I guess if you threw the potato salad in you would have no problemo getting the calories in (love that stuff *sigh)

  2. Funny! I hope you are swinging that axe from both sides so you even out the muscles:)

    I don’t like as much hot food in the summer either but NEVER EVER eat too few calories. Yesterday I had three, count them, servings of blueberries. Yummy.

  3. I never thought I would ever have the problem of eating too few calories but it has happened recently. It’s amazing how much food you have to eat when it’s good healthy stuff and not processed crap.

    Be careful with that ax. I get really nervous when Bill breaks out the chain saw.

    She’s a lumberjack and she’s okay,
    She sleeps all night and she works all day.

    I cut down trees, I skip and jump,
    I like to press wild flowers.
    I put on women’s clothing,
    And hang around in bars.

    I cut down trees, I wear high heels,
    Suspendies and a bra.
    I wish I’d been a girlie,
    Just like my dear pappa.

    …she’s a lumberjack and she’s OKAAAAAAAAAAYYY.
    She sleeps all night and she works all day.

  4. The only time I lost my appetiite was in college when I had mono! :-) Other than that, I find food to eat!!! I could use some “not feeling like it” some days but not 1000 short! YIKES!

    That axe story.. too funny!
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..What Is Your Theme Song? =-.

  5. You are truly a shining example of womanhood. I would never tackle a tree like that. I would move!!!

    I wish I could catch your low-calorie summer meal virus. Summer is the hardest time for me! My loose clothes–after sweating and stretching them–are deceptive to me.

  6. I’m a lot the same way with regards to cool foods when it’s hot out. I love summer salads, yogurts and the like. Try and stay cool down there in TN and don’t hurt yourself with that ax! LOL
    .-= Anonymous Fat Girl´s last blog ..Lessons from a paraplegic =-.

  7. Be careful with the axe, girlfriend! I would miss your posts if you chop off your fingers and can’t type.

    Not enough calories, huh? Can’t help you there, I don’t have that problem! :)

  8. This post had too many “ax” and “chopped” words for me…scary stuff. Stay safe.

    It is pretty hot and humid here too…doesn’t seem to affect my appetite though. I try not to go out too much and when I am inside, I try not to move around.
    .-= Kimberley´s last blog ..Free Fruit for All =-.

  9. I’m hot here too – it’s been miserable. I eat enough during the summer, but I really don’t like hot dishes in the summer. We eat lots of fruit and very little meat.
    .-= Diane Fit to the Finish´s last blog ..When the Motivation Seems Gone =-.

  10. Even when you aren’t in the gym you are swinging the weights around! When I find myself running short on the calories, I make them up pretty quickly! But I agree that the cool food is more appealing in the hot summer!
    .-= Brightside-Susan´s last blog ..PANTS ON THE GROUND =-.

  11. I put on woman’s clothing and hang around in bars!!

    Hey… I am the same way about hot food in the summer… I just like a tall glass of iced tea!!

    I am also with MizFit…. my problem becomes ice cream.

    Thanks!

  12. LOVED the lumberjack song–I’d never heard it, but (thank you) it’s on eternal replay in my mind now.
    It’s darn hot & muggy here, too. I’m with you. I don’t wanna have the oven on when it’s this hot outside. No hot soup or crockpots in summer, either. Not for me. We grill all year long, but esp in the summer. I love grilled pineapple, peaches, eggplant, red peppers, zucchini, corn, and fish (scallops, shrimp, salmon or mahi mahi). We do lots of salads in summer. I’ll sometimes get a store roasted chicken and make a Waldorf salad kind of meal (chopped celery, apple, pecans & chicken with a very light lemony dressing). Luckily, DH likes anything I cook. I don’t think I’ve ever had a problem with too few calories, but I don’t count ’em, either.

  13. As long as you don’t start wearing flannel shirts and sporting a beard, I say go for it Sheera! :)

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