Doing Better


Have you ever heard someone say, “I am going to turn over a new leaf?” When I was a child, I thought as a child and spake as a child, and all I could picture was someone going out into the yard and turning over a new, green leaf. Honestly, it made no sense to me.

Now, after realizing that new leaves are even harder to turn over, because new leaves are actually attached to a tree and very small, I decided to do something a little different. I’m just going to “do better.”

Doing Better

After the last post I have gotten several notes from people saying, “I hope you’re doing better.” In short, yes, I am.

But what exactly does it mean to do better? Well, first it means to continue to do the things one is already doing, but do them in a better way. Of course, better is a relative term. If I eat poorly, should I be a better poor eater? If I spell poorly, shood I trie to bee eevin a more bad speler bi chuckn in sum pour tawking, two?

kk-hot-signIn my case, better is what I should be doing that I am not doing. Better is staying on the straight and narrow when the demons of Krispy Kreme flash a neon sign at me. Better is not listening to my wife when she hears the KK demons, but dropping it down into low gear and speeding away from the temptation.

Better is recognizing a love for food and a sedentary lifestyle should not be more than the love for my family.

Example of “Better”

oatmealSo, here is my first example of “better” for all of you to see. The other day my wife brought home some oatmeal with a picture of Rachael Ray on the box. She said, “I thought you might like this.”

The first thing that went through my mind was, “Am I supposed to admit that I think Rachael Ray is cute?” I do, but that’s beside the point.

The second thing I wondered was why did she think I would like “yum-o’s” oats more than old Mr. Quaker? Then I realized that she thought that if I thought it was good enough for Rachel Ray to say “yum-o,” then it must be good enough to eat on a regular basis.

I had my first bowl this morning.

OK…so….the oats were decent, but “yum-o!”never really came to mind. A cake doughnut and a cup of coffee, however, would have been far better.


Filed under Food, Struggles and Trials

15 responses to “Doing Better

  1. I start the day with half a grapefruit, followed by a bowl of cereal mixed with fruit (mainly berries) and yoghourt. A taste I acquired during frequent trips to Scandinavia. All I need now is time in the day for some exercise! Fortunately there are no Krispy Kreme demons in our small town, just a couple of fish and chip shops and some Chinese takeaways.

  2. The Krispy Kreme demon has informed me of a new Oreo cookie filled donut. I was planning on trying one or twelve this weekend. Now I feel guilty. Glad you’re doing better though!

  3. MikeW

    Hey Anthony, have you ever used a juicer and blender to make green smoothies with veggies and fruit? Check it out if you haven’t. Put a couple of those down first then the stomach fills up on the fluid volume, the body gets fresh nutrients from the source, and you’ll feel less need to eat lots of carbs, refined sugar and stuff afterward.

    Can you still enjoy coffee?

    • I have never used a juicer, although we’ve talked about it in the past. I may look into it, though. Thanks.

      Can I still enjoy coffee? Do you mean am I still allowed to drink it? Well, until the doctor becomes Obama and mandates that I stop drinking it, moderation is the key.

  4. Valerie Baker

    You made mom laugh so much “she went into a coughing fit” Haley

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