It’s been three months now since I moved from my home into an apartment.  One of the things I left behind was my outdoor grill, and the need to cook for an army at each meal.  Those two things have led me on a path toward eating out way too much, and as a consequence of that, eating foods that are not good for me and costing more money than I needed to be paying.

But I also enjoyed getting out and seeing/making friends and having some contact with others outside of the walls of my office.  Not to mention that when you’re by yourself, cranking up the kitchen for one person often seems futile.  Left overs sit in their plastic storage containers going uneaten until they’re tossed away the next time a mass of groceries is purchased.

When you’re cooking for six to nine people, the time invested, the mess that comes with eat (even though I clean as I go as taught by Wendy’s almost 25 years ago) is worth it.  Not to mention the cost savings.

So I will be the first to admit, I’ve been eating horrible foods. I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome  I took some comfort there but it’s time to stop.  (Yes, that was clever for those of you who appreciate what I just did.)

The George Foreman Indoor Grill

Mom was talking about how my sister has a George Foreman Grill while we were on our trip.  I think it came in response to a conversation we had about my eating at The Best Little Doghouse in Creede while on our trip to Creede, CO.  I had a grilled cheeseburger there and it was fantastic. 

Anyways, I bought one today at Walmart (no hyphens now according to the 2010 AP Stylebook) and already made me a cheeseburger on it marinated with Dale’s Sauce.  (Dale’s Sauce comes from Birmingham, Alabama but I’ve only known and been to the restaurant in the North Alabama town of Florence and if you ever get the chance to stop in and eat a steak there do it!)  Oh my.  That was good.

Today, along with the grill, I bought two packs of boneless chicken breasts.  I bought multiple packages of steamed brown rice that one heats up in the microwave.  And I bought corn on the cob, green beans and peas–all steamed in the microwave and healthy.  And I bought some whole wheat buns for making grilled chicken sandwiches and an occasional cheeseburger with.

The grill is simple to use.  I got the one with the varying temperature controls.  And now, I can put food on the grill, set a timer and come back into the office while my food cooks in a fraction of the time it would have taken to heat up an outdoor grill, put the food on, check it, rotate it, bring it back in etc. etc. etc.

And there is a special page on the George Foreman website for recipes.

When I got back to the apartment, I also went down to the pool and swam 20 minutes of laps.  That felt good, too.

I’ve also been staying up until 12:30 a.m. or 1 a.m. trying to do work and then getting up later and later each morning.

I’m putting a stop to that.  Bedtime now is going to be 10 p.m. again and I’m going to be up earlier, getting in an EA SPORTS Active workout and a swim, and then getting into the office to get my work done.  I’ve found I clearly get more work done in the morning.  My best writing and client management happens between 6:30 a.m. and noon each day.

For the past few weeks I’ve forgotten that routine and my production has been compromised because of it.

But today, I’m making some changes and going back to some tried and true practices.

And thanks to George Foreman, the Champ in me is coming back….

The Boxer’s Missing Verse…..

The Simon and Garfunkel song, The Boxer is one of my all time favorites.  It’s a song about weathering the storms of life and instead of throwing one’s arms up and saying “that’s it, I’ve had it,” we keep going, the fighter still remains.   There’s a verse that is played often by Simon in solo shows, but wasn’t included in the radio version we all know. 

Now the years are rolling by me,
they are rocking evenly.
I am older than I once was,
but younger than I’ll be.
That’s not unusual.
No, it isn’t strange,
After changes upon changes,
we are more or less the same.
After changes we are more or less the same.

–Paul Simon

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