Saturday, November 03, 2007

today is the first day of the rest of my life

I made my final dissertation submission yesterday. Today is the first day in two years when I have had absolutely nothing I could be doing to work on that project. It's sort of a weird feeling, like the two or three months where my weight was right where I wanted it to be -- the absence of an accustomed worry leaves a weird kind of a hole in your life.

So what am I doing with my newfound freedom? This morning I cashed a nice-sized check from BlogHer Ads -- my first one -- and dinner tonight is on them (and you, my readers): We bought two pounds of tenderloin at the butcher shop, plus some assorted other groceries and a nice bottle of wine. I thought about going out, but making shish kabobs at home seemed more relaxing.

We decided to have dinner out on our picnic table since it was such a nice fall night. We had lots of leftover beef, which is great because it was so tender it melted in my mouth. I made a recipe loosely based on the Mediterranean Pilaf on the Kashi Pilaf box and some green beans. I also made a pot of vegetable soup for later in the week in an effort to eat at home more and choose healthier foods.

I haven't been counting points or exercising seriously lately. I have been trying to keep my food reasonable but haven't put much more thought into it than that. I read Nina Planck's Real Food a few weeks ago, and I think that sometimes the whole diet thing leads me to eat a lot of fake food. I know that I'm not the kind of person who can naturally maintain at a weight I'll be happy with, though, so if I'm not going to do Weight Watchers, I am going to have to be more active and figure out some other kind of food plan.

I did take a great Pilates class this morning. And since I spend three hours in a car most weekdays, I have been finding places to sneak a walk into my day where I can -- mostly at lunchtime. Once I'm settled after The Big Move, I am hoping to find a new gym and come up with a real exercise program. Until then, I am just doing the best that I can.

Thanks for reading, and for dinner!


  1. congrats on finishing your paper, dinner sounds great! :o)

  2. Congrats! It's nice to have a bit of free time again, isn't it?

  3. I remember how it felt when I was finally finished with my degree. It was odd, not having anything pending. It took some getting used to but it was great. Congratulations!! and cool about the check, too. You have worked really hard at everything. I enjoy reading your blog. Thanks!

  4. I hate the idea of only eating fake or modified food to feed your body while at the same asking so much of it, it makes no sense and yet sometimes seems impossible to avoid.

    And also congratulations! On all counts!

  5. Congratulations!!!! That is such great news. I hope you enjoy your new found free time. Sounds like a lovely meal at home. How neat that it was from your blog ads!

  6. You're welcome! Glad you enjoyed it. Congratulations on submitting your dissertation. What a major accomplishment that is..

    Keep Pushing Play,

  7. Oops, can't believe I missed this post and it's been a whole week! You have finished such a Huge Thing with the diss behind you and yeah, the rest of your life is ahead. What an exciting prospect!

    As always, your thoughtful comments about food and eating hit home. Thanks :)


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