Monday, September 21, 2009

To Tea, Or Not To Tea, That Is The Question!

On this rainy Monday morning, I'm sitting with my cup of green tea in hand reading the newspaper. Not that it is like a real newspaper, more like "My Weekly Reader" used to be. But I digress. Generally speaking, the news articles are not really interesting or well written. However, this morning one headline caught my eye. It was telling me that green tea may not be all that good for your bones!! Lab rats lost a bit of bone density in their leg bones, according to this article. I continue sipping my green tea as tho' nothing has happened. I even brew myself another cup!! Bravery at its finest, I'd say. But as time wore on, I began to think....yes, I do that on rare occasions....just how much green tea did they actually give these poor rats? Usually in these studies the quantities given are so much greater than we'd ever actually ingest, that they make no sense to publish them. Kinda like the "Boy Who Called Wolf", if you ask me. Sip, sip, sip.

I'm going to continue my green tea enjoyment while slurping down vitamin C & D, Calcium and anything else I can think of to build my bone strength. Even tho' at my last bone scan my Dr. told me I had wonderful bone density. So there, green tea PooPoo'ers. Sip, sip, sip. Besides, now I have to get more Vitamin D to prevent the H1N1 virus. (Here in the Hog Capital of the US, we do NOT refer to it as swine flu, under penalty of death.) I'm putting the toilet seat down when I flush, lest the "aerosol" floats germs into my home, I wash my hands, I Lysol everything, I cough and sneeze into the crook of my elbow instead of into my hand, I got my regular flu shot Saturday, I'm am armed and ready!!! And I'm sure my green tea is gonna help. Sip, sip, sip.

Promising to behave 75% of the time this past week, I think I'm doing ok. 75% means that 5.25 days I have to make good decisions and stay on my plan. So far, so good. I took Sunday off to play golf and have dinner with friends. That always means a cocktail, or six, after golf, and then on to dinner. I did fish tacos for dinner (small plate portion) instead of the build your own burger extravaganza, so calculating the calories I used swinging at the golf ball numerous times, I came out only slightly "off" plan. I am heartened by that. So currently my score is 4 days, good, 1 day partly good. I have only today and tomorrow to be good, and I will have actually exceeded my target of 75%. Hubby Dearest is going out of town, so I can make some of the new, healthy recipes I've been wanting to try. That will be fun. We found out Friday night HD is NOT a fan of grilled okra or brussel sprouts. So, since the CSA provided ample amounts of both, I'll be trying something new with those ingredients. Both of which, I like. Sip, sip, sip.

I am also happy to report that I really do think my new "mini" squats, and spiffy new shoes are helping stretch and strengthen my knee. I am experiencing much less pain while golfing and doing the steps in the house. Progress, I'd say. I am extremely thankful for that, believe me.
No walking today, so it'll be the recumbent for me today. I like the stretch that gives me, so I'm happy to be able to do that, at least. But first, one more cup of green tea, just cuz I don't care what the paper said. Sip, sip, sip. Pfffft.


  1. I have tried so hard to like green tea, but I just don't. I've doctored it with everything I could think of, but I just can't. What kind do you drink? I'm not a tea person, I don't even like iced tea--but I think the antioxydants (spg) far outweigh the concerns about bone loss, don't you?

    I live on the Iowa border. Actually, my town is about 15 miles from Iowa. My county is in the top 10 in the nation for pork production. (It's a stinky county, literally.) I call it swine flu, but no one has got on my case about it. lol

    I'm so behind on blogs, I don't know what your mini squats are. I used to hate squats. I learned in those Firm tapes to put the weight on your heels, and I no longer feel anything in my knees when doing squats. Tons of squats in the tapes I do, and my rear has been in a constant state of "feeling them." =)

    Enjoy that tea!

  2. I love green tea, cold or hot. Glad the squats and walking are helping the knee. You crack me up with the occasional sip, sip, sip. I'll think of you everytime I drink it now. LOL

  3. Love the green tea and I don't care what they say about it after they've pumped those poor mice with 10 times their body mass of the stuff. They never highlight the fine print like that.

    Glad the knee is feeling better and you've been able to golf. Hubby wants us to join a league but don't think I could - or should - do the cocktail circuit (but that's where all the fun is!).

  4. I hadn't heard that about green tea--only all the virtues. If I liked it, I would drink more myself, but most teas taste like grass water to me.

    I love the goal of being good 75% of the is so "V"!! :-)

  5. I have awarded you the Honest Scrap Award.


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