Today is my birthday. Aren’t you glad to know that? There will probably be a few posts today about this day.
First I did not go to exercise class today. I also did not run. Getting into the spirit by making it a lazy day. On top of that, my normal Friday obligation has been canceled. So I am free to make this a real day off.
I got a new pair of gloves from my family. No, they are not for the cold weather here. They are weightlifting gloves, but I don’t use them for that. These replace my former gloves that I use for my kick-boxing exercise class. When we are throwing punches into the handbags it is nice to have your knuckles covered so that you don’t slide on the bag and cause friction burns. I used to just wrap my hands with elastic wrapping, but the gloves go on and off easier.
I also got a couple new pair of dress socks. I don’t wear them often (just 2 or 3 times a week), but the ones I have are getting old. I have not bought any new dress socks since we moved to MÃ©xico. That has been 2-1/2 years. Socks wear out and I have some that need to be retired. Great gift choice.
I also got a T-Shirt that was painted by my wife and has the hand prints of my kids on it. Let’s see it says, “!uoy evol eW ,yddaD” At least, that is what it says in the mirror here in my office. I am not sure what that means, but it looks nice.
As a gift to my wife, I decided to take us out for breakfast. The birthday boy gets his meal free at the buffet place we like to eat at. Also, she is taking me out for dinner, so she does not have to cook all day. After the meal this morning, I don’t think I will really be ready to eat again for a couple of days. But we will go out tonight anyway.
My scale gave me a gift this morning too. I had gotten down to a good weight of 186 and held steady for a while. Then, all of a sudden I jumped to 195 in 2 days and got stuck there. I have been working my way down for the last 6 weeks or so. Today I was back down to 186 for the first time in too many weeks.
So, to get revenge on my scale, this is what I ate this morning.
2 Panuchos – tortilla, beans, lettuce and chicken
Ham and cheese quesadilla
2 Cream cheese filled sweet rolls
Bowl full of pineapple, cantelope and watermelon covered with strawberry yogurt, dried bananas, bran, oats and sunflower seeds
Mollete – bean and cheese covered bread
Cheese cake with raspberry glaze
Orange juice (fresh squeezed)
There were some veggies, fruits and beans in there. The calorie count was probably enough for a week. But, you know what? I don’t care. When you basically eat well the rest of your days, it is fun to eat like this on occasion. The problem before is that this would have been a regular meal for me. Now it is something fun and special.
Last year we went to this same buffet for my breakfast, but did not know you could get your meal free. So this year we went specifically because the normally $12 buffet would be a freebie for me. I took my passport for proof of birth date. I was prepared…so I thought. Come to find out, you have to have a copy of your official document that they can put on record. They have to be able to prove to their superiors that they justifiably let a customer have a free meal.
Since we were there at a normal breakfast time, there were no copy shops open. So they requested that I leave my passport with them so that they could make a copy and then I could come back for it later in the day. As an American concerned about identity theft, I certainly would not do that. I left them my new Mexican license instead.