Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Well, today was just lovely.
Work was just insanely busy, and of course I was a day behind on everything because I had called out yesterday. We've got this huge event coming up this weekend, and absolutely no one is ready or even remotely in gear for it, at all. So I spent the day alternately cracking the whip and working at light speed, trying to get everything done.
We're not even remotely close.
Then, around 4:15, the evening girl calls in and says she just left the hospital. That she had to get a pain shot for a migraine. Hey - been there, done that - I understand. So she couldn't drive and wouldn't be in. I gave the other evening part-timer a call and ... no answer. SO! After working the entire day shift, I had to work the evening shift as well.
Come to find out, the girl that called in told another coworker that she didn't intend to come in today. She had a bad attitude last night, as well. So, sent that information on up the chain.
Finally, finally walk home and it's actually quite tolerable outside. But wait! My freakin' phone is busted. Or possessed. I vote possessed, since it keeps randomly turning the volume UPPPP and dooownnn and UUUUPPP and doooowwwn. And won't let me adjust it at all.
Then I get home and attempt to jump on the bike for 45 minutes because I skipped my workout yesterday and really need to do a full hour every day this week. I'm humming along, up until 35:02. Which when two things happened.
1) I hit my new personal top speed best: 23.4 mph.
2) My phone takes a F*&^ing swan dive off the holder and plummets to the ground.
The phone is unharmed. I, however, am not. You see, by instinct when something falls... you catch it? Or try. Which is what I did.
Off my bike.
On to my face.
Did you ever hear anyone tell you that when exercising at a significantly intense pace, never EVER stop abruptly? Here's why: It's terrible. Your head spins, your heart jackhammers out of your chest, and you get the mother of all abdominal cramps.
At least, that's what happened to me.
To my credit, I hauled myself back up on the bike. I tried to go that last 10 minutes! I tried super hard. After all, my rule had not yet been invoked.
(For those just tuning in, my exercise rule is that I am not allowed to stop prematurely unless I puke, pass out, or perish.)
And then I very nearly threw up. And I would have, if I had eaten anything recently. I had breakfast at 8:30 and lunch at 3:00, but that's it. By this point in my workout, there was nothing to vomit.
But my stomach made a valiant effort all the same.
So I drank a Powerade:Zero and accepted that the last 10 minutes of my cardio may not happen today. Maybe I'll do some extra ST instead.
And I'll try again tomorrow.
PS: It's okay if the imagery of me falling on to my face made you laugh - god knows I did.
Monday, July 09, 2012
So, over the last 2 months, I've been woken up in the middle of the night with sharp, stabbing pain like 3 times. The kind of real, serious pain that makes you sweat and cry. And throw up.
And it lasts for hours.
Last night, I had another episode like that and was up from midnight until 4:00AM, just standing up, sitting down, laying down, walking around, etc etc etc trying to get this freaking pain to go away. Eventually, around 4:15 I fell back to sleep on the couch and around 6, I woke up and went back to bed.
Overall, a terrible night's sleep. I had to call out of work this morning, as 3 hours of broken sleep just aren't enough for me.
Evidently, losing a significant amount of weight in a short period of time can lead to gallstones, whose symptoms are exactly what I was feeling. Also, it seems like surgery is really the only thing they do for that. Which I can't afford, since I don't have health insurance.
Siiiiiiiiiiiiiigh. I went and took a nap from 8:00 to 12:00, so I'm up to 7 cumulative hours of sleep for the day. I still feel foggy, but I'm going to get in a full 45 minute workout this afternoon, do some dishes and clean the house.
Saturday, July 07, 2012
I'm really close to my "halfway" mark, I just realized today. I might even hit it in July!
In February, I set out to lose 124 pounds - from 304 to 180. At 62 pounds lost, or 242 pounds, I really want to do something big for myself. I'm currently at 248, so I'm super close! I've been looking at special clothing splurges, thinking of doing a "half" party theme, all kinds of crazy ideas so far. I really need to go back to one of my first blogs and figure out what my halfway reward was originally planned to be.
What about you guys? Did you/will you do anything special for your halfway point?
Saturday, July 07, 2012
I've had a ton of people ask what I'm eating nowadays. It's pretty standard, regular stuff. So let me preface by saying: Yes, this is really everything I ate today. Yes, the portions are real and this is really, really the kind of stuff I eat everyday. Yes, there's too much sodium for most people, but I have chronically low blood pressure and this is actually a tenable level for me.
Two "Power Grains" waffles by Van's Naturals and 1/2 cup of cherries. Yummers. 217 Calories: 35g carbs, 5g fat and 11g protein.
Eight baby carrots and a 50 calorie pack of delicious jerky, plus two tootsie rolls because I had a sweet tooth today. The constant lack of sleep this week has made me carbinsane. That's actually water in the powerade bottle - I reuse all my plastic bottles for at least a week. 143 Calories: 22g carbs, 2g fat and 10g protein.
And by Lunch, I mean "It's 4PM, why haven't I eaten yet?!" Work was insane, so when I finally left (90 minutes after I was supposed to) I was starved. Tofutti vegan pizza with the hilarious addition of turkey pepperoni, and a tossed salad on the side. Again, yum. A whopping 605 calories, but 3 servings of veggies. 78g carbs, 19g fat, 28g protein.
Video gamey Snack:
C is still on his night-schedule, even though he's off work for a few days. This means that I won't cook dinner until probably 9:30 tonight and I'm hungry by 7:15. This is a cup of the same whole, organic cherries I had at breakfast with a serving of high fiber wheat thins and a pat of "garden veggie" cheese. 239 calories: 41g carbs, 8g fat and 5g protein.
Smothered chicken breasts and broccoli - heaven! 5 oz of boneless/skinless chicken breast with mushrooms, covered over with "Healthy Request" low sodium/fat cream of mushroom soup. Seal up the pan and the flavor cooks in. I only dollop about 2 tbsp of the sauce over mine and C gets the rest. Plus a cup of steamed broccoli! 240 Calories: 15g carbs, 4g fat, and 37g protein.
My Spark recommended intake is 1600-2000 calories a day. I have actually been eating between 1400 and 1750 for the last week, trying to hit around 1550 -1600. I was at about 1400 after dinner and decided to have a serving of ice cream because it's Friday and I can. This is two 1/4 cup scoops of Oreo Blast ice cream. 140 Calories: 21g carbs, 6g fat, 2g protein.
Hooray! That was my daily "diet" in pictures. The candies and ice cream are something I only do a couple times a month anymore, but I wanted to be totally honest about what I actually ate today. So there you have it! 1583 calories, 212g carbs, 44g fat and 92g protein. Not too shabby!
Thursday, July 05, 2012
Yesterday was Independence Day, but we really didn't do any celebrating. C had to work an overnight and slept all day. I played a video game and tried to comfort my dog. She has some PTSD after a kid threw a firecracker at her last year - before, no problem with fireworks. After, peeing in terror every time one goes off.
It's been a hard week. Lots of valerian and chamomile, belly rubs and special treats. She's a cool dog, but we have a lot of work to do to get her over this one.
Anyway, C got up around 6 and I made him something to eat, and as I'm cooking he mentions that the landlord is coming over to fix my leaky sink - finally - "tomorrow." aka Today. So after cooking, I had an hour of cleaning to do because I've been slacking on the housework this week.
After cleaning for an hour, I did 45 minutes of cardio and then took a shower. By this time, it's about 8:00. I tried playing another hour of my video game, folded laundry... and then sat and listened to various explosions from 10:00 until 1:30am. Then, it was C's half night... so he came home around 2:30a. And then the came to bed around 5:30a... and then it started thunderstorming around 6:00am...
So I essentially got 4 hours of very broken sleep. Not cool.
That old axiom about "poor food choices being caused by lack of sleep," is totally true. This morning, although I had my regular breakfast of cereal and milk (260 calories) when I got to work, I ate an oatmeal cookie out of the breakroom (200 calories) and I currently have a mini-tootsie pop in my mouth (17 calories). So far, it's just been carbs, carbs, carbs. Ugh.
For lunch, despite the outrageous heat, I'm going to walk the 5 blocks and buy a salad instead of ordering in a sandwich like I'd planned. I'm going to have a snack of carrots and get this day back on freakin' track. Carbmonster, go away!
However, I might have to have a rest day today instead of Sunday. With the landlord coming over to fix the sink and the 100+ degree heat to walk home in combining with the total lack of sleep... I think I'll need to take it easy today. I'll have my walk at lunch, and I'll have my walk home... but that might just do it for today.
Also, I stepped on the scale this morning, out of pure curiosity... 247. What is going on? I'm not complaining, obviously, but it's just really strange. I lost 7 pounds in June, total. It's been July for 5 days and I've lost 5 pounds. That means I only have 13 pounds left to lose by August 17. Which is about 2.25 pounds a week, and seems very doable.
I guess I really need to look at my exercise and nutrition for the month of June vs. now and see what I'm doing differently.
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