Changing my light bulbs to CFLs (Green)
I’m certain that most of you can relate to this: a light bulb burns out, you look in your pantry for a replacement. If you haven’t adopted the Green Routine to Rethink Your Energy, then reading it may motivate you to finally make the switch to CFL bulbs or what I like to call “the curly bulbs”.
Replacing bulbs with energy efficient curly bulbs always makes the top 10 list of ways to go green, but for some reason I haven’t done it yet. Well, I take that back, I put one in the toilet room (just a toilet you see) in our master bath and it was really weird. You turn it on and it s l o w l y f a d e s o n a n d l I g h t s t h e r o o m and finally puts off this really funky light that my husband refers to as "prison cell lighting" (not sure how he knows that....soooo). They are expensive and weird and I just like to buy what I know, until now.
My little 52 Ways...blog has forced me to shop for the curly lights, and here is what I discovered:
CHOICES! It was like a trip to the county fair only instead of a line of people I saw a wall of curly bulbs: fat, skinny, short, tall, single and in groups, coming in a variety of colors. It also seemed to me the prices have come down since the purchase of my prison light. Good, because I’m cheap!
Replacing my light bulbs feels really good. I am actually anticipating the rest of the incandescent bulbs to blow so I can replace them all. I think we will save a lot of money on our electric bill at the same time making frequent light bulb changes a thing of the past. Now that wasn’t so hard! - Do Green|Feel Good, I did!
Adopting a Low-Carb Lifestyle (Lean)
When it comes to the weight loss end of things, I want to be your friend. And I’ll tell you exactly what kind of friend I want to be: your annoying friend, who sets out to lose weight, actually does it, and keeps it off. Have you ever met anyone more annoying than that? Oh sure, I’ll gratefully accept your insincere congratulations knowing full well that you secretly despise me and my accomplishment, perpetual good mood, and new wardrobe. But ultimately we’ll remain friends (blog friends) out of your morbid curiosity as to when and if I fail.
But let’s not put the cart before the horse. I need to pick a plan, a plan that I can live with until I’m 100 years old - and I have. I’m going low-carb!
As someone who has tried every diet known to womankind: Atkins, Zone, South Beach, counting points, controlling portions, counting fat grams, you name it, I pretty much gave up “dieting” all together because it just frustrated me and only made me fatter. But this lack of a plan didn’t keep my waistline from growing either.
I was re-inspired to try low carb when I discovered a really great cook book at a second-hand store by Dana Carpender called 500 Low Carb Recipes. I love to cook (and eat) and these recipes looked delicious! Upon reading the intro to this book, I discovered she had written another book called How I Gave Up My Low Fat Diet and Lost 40 Lbs. That really grabbed my attention and got me thinking that perhaps I could prevent myself from looking like an apple on a stick (well, two sticks because those would be my legs) as I age if I cut back on sugar, white flour and junk in general.
As an apple shaped person, low carb makes sense because it keeps my blood sugar from spiking, makes me feel full all day without craving junk, and lets me eat things I like. It also does a great job cutting out most processed food. I think people who carry their weight around the middle are more “carb-sensitive” than the pear shaped folks and studies show that we are at greater risk for diabetes and heart disease.