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.