Christmas & Shopkick

12-17-11     8:07pm

I hate Christmas.

I went to a Christmas variety show today at a church and God spoke to me. He told me to buy a Panda Express and gave me a great idea for churches. A section for those of us who can’t sit still called Fit Church where we can walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike during the service. I would totally sign up for that.

I have a love-hate relationship with my new fake tree. I had finally decided to keep it and that it was perfect when my mom decided to flip some sections around. Um, HELLO! WHAT ARE YOU DOING? Now the tree is dead to me. It feels sad, I feel sad and Mom is angry. I hate Christmas.

I’ve been Shopkicking a lot. It’s an app where you earn points (kicks) for going in certain stores and scanning specific items. Then you can get free gift cards with your points.

It’s really helping me, in more ways than you’d think. It gives me a trackable goal and incentives, gets me out of the house and gets me walking. SO much walking involved, which is good because my doc wants me walking and it feels good. Also, I get to go shopping and feel the rush without spending any money. Great catalyst for change. I recommend trying it for anyone who’s bored, wants to get more active and earn free stuff (and has a smart phone).

Oh, I wanted to tell you I tried the Honey Walnut Shrimp at Panda Express the other day, which you know is big if you know my food rules. I resisted the urge to cough, choke or puke. I’m proud of myself.

I’m so tired. I feel myself drifting. My face is tingling. I hear a song I can’t identify and cars on a wet road. I gotta go.

Love, Michelle


PS – I made peace with the tree and put some bows on it. We’ll see how long it lasts.

© Michelle Routhieaux 2011

The Kids Meal

5-26-10                 4:24am

I just gotta point out how awesome the kids meal is at Panda Express. I get it all the time. It’s perfect. I can’t eat a two entrée meal. I can’t even usually finish the kids meal. It’s the perfect size for me when I’m REALLY hungry. I finished it all today (except for the cookies) and was so stuffed it was painful. And it cost me less than $5. What do you get? Everything here. One side, one main item, a chocolate chip cookie, a fortune cookie, and a tiny drink you can refill as many times as you want.

Today's Meal

I don’t know why smaller meals are limited to kids almost everywhere. Panda Express doesn’t hassle me about age. Neither does the movie theater. At most theaters, for around $5, I can get more popcorn than I generally eat, candy and a drink. Why would I pass that up? I don’t need a big bag of popcorn or a bucket. I’m just feeding the trash. Try the kids meal. You just might like it. ;)

© Michelle Routhieaux 2010