Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Day 14, Nov. 14
Today I am thankful for my good health.
Yes, I've been sick for the last few weeks, although feeling tons better lately. Still with some runny nose issues, but really, feeling much more normal. Plus, it's not like I have anything seriously wrong with me. I'm not malnourished, no cancer, no heart disease, no terminal or debilitating illness of any sort. For all intents and purposes, I am healthy. I feel great being healthy. I have a life I am able to live because I am healthy. So, I am certainly thankful for my good health. Because there are a lot of people out there that aren't healthy.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Yeah, it's a two-fer today. I was so tired yesterday that when I took my sleeping pill before bed, I passed out in 10 minutes! Needless to say, I was unable to post a blog in my sleep. Next time, I'll work on it.
Day 12, Nov. 12
Today I am thankful for my feetie pajamas.
They were a birthday present from my mom last year. And they. are. awesome! They're so warm and comfortable. And so totally me! They're green with shamrocks all over. Polar fleece. And the coolest thing you ever did see. Since I was sick on Halloween and unable to dress up, but still had to pass out candy, I wore my onesie. Everyone that came to my door to take my candy loved it. My cousins are jealous of it. I just think it's the bees knees. For reals.
Day 13, Nov. 13
Today I am thankful for the television show Futurama.
I am a huge, rabid fan of this show. I remember watching it when it first aired way back in the day, when I was still in high school. I remember being very disappointed when it was canceled. Then, when He-'mate and I first moved in together 3 years ago at our apartment, we were wandering around a Fry's and found ourselves in the DVD section. He came across the complete series (it's split up into 4 volumes of the old stuff). I had to nudge him toward buying it, but really, it didn't take much convincing. It was a decision he never regretted. We watched that show rabidly until Netflix made it available for instant streaming. Then, our rabidness turned into downright obsession. I'm pretty sure that's all we watched for a solid month or two. I still watch that show almost every night. We were beyond thrilled when it was decided to bring the series back to life after 10 years. We've been faithful watchers of the new stuff, too. And it's always my favorite panel to sit through at Comic-Con. I met and shook the hands of Matt Groening, the creator, and David X. Cohen, a writer/producer for the show. It was like meeting a rock star for me! So, thank you Futurama for the mindless entertainment and escape. It is appreciated!
Futurama brain slug slowly eating away my intelligence with David X. Cohen, his son, and He-'mate.
Monday, November 12, 2012
This isn't my "thankful" blog. I'll post that this evening. This is an actual blog about things.
I have a rather big announcement that I'm sorry to say I'm not ready to reveal yet. I'll be doing that at the end of this month. So, just keep your eye out for that.
I did want to let everyone know what was going on with me and She-'mate and our 'arrangement' (cooking for both of us, splitting grocery costs- or in our case last month, splitting them very unevenly with me paying more). I did speak to her before the end of last month, and then again just to reiterate things right at the beginning of the month. It wasn't as difficult as I was expecting and she was very much more receptive and understanding of what I was saying. I chose the path of "I" statements only, so it wouldn't sound accusatory or anything like that. I basically told her that if we were going to continue this arrangement, that we needed to be very careful about splitting the costs 50/50 every time. I told her I couldn't afford to do otherwise. I told her what my grocery budget was for the month and let her know that I don't have a choice but to stick to that.
She said she totally understood. She said she'd like to continue our cooking arrangement, so from now on, we will be very careful about making sure each person is paying their fair share. We made a dinner menu for the next two weeks and a shopping list for week 1 (tomorrow starts week 2, so I'm making the shopping list for that). We went to the grocery store, each paid for a little bit of groceries, and when we came home, we each went over our receipts and totaled them up to see, and one of us paid the other back for any overages. Its a complicated system, but it works for us (so that no one person is paying out of pocket too much in a single go). So, that's solved. It's a system that'll need to be in place for only about another month, month and a half anyway.
So, last week's dinners that I cooked included turkey burgers, posole, homemade pizza, and baby back ribs. Part of our goals for the remainder of our time here is to eat all the stuff in the freezer. The ribs, turkey meat, and pepperoni were all frozen and hanging out waiting to be eaten.
Turkey burgers with baked fries and green salad
Pork ribs and potato salad (I also had green salad)
I weighed myself yesterday on whim first thing in the morning before my day got really started. I had lost another 1.5 or 2 lbs since the last time I weighed in. I'm not entirely convinced this is a good thing, though. For one, I haven't been tracking my food, but I haven't had much of a daytime appetite lately. Two days last week, I only ate dinner. All day. I just wasn't hungry. My lunches haven't consisted of very much either. Half sandwiches, leftovers (much smaller portions than at dinner), muffins or bagels. I seem to eat okay when I'm at practicum, but that's because I've usually been on my feet for 6 hours (awake for 7) by the time lunch rolls around. I pack healthy lunches, too. Almost no junk food. Last week I had a half tuna and deviled cheese sandwich on wheat- not terrifically healthy- but, accompanied it with a satsuma and kale chips that I baked myself. I also had about 1/2 cup of cream of celery soup (the facility provides a daily soup for the employees). The next practicum day I had leftover posole with all the veggies- cabbage, radishes, green onions, avocado... also 1 tostada shell and a squeeze of lime (no sour cream dollop this time). I packed a piece of fruit, but didn't have time to eat it.
The point of all that was to say, I'm not sure I'm getting in adequate calories every day or most days. And I could be not getting adequate everything else.
Also, I haven't done any "traditional" or even "non-traditional" exercise during this time. Yes, I am pretty active. My practicum days involve 2 hours of travel time to the facility, 6 hours doing all my tasks, and another 2 hours going home. My off days are spent running errands, doing household chores, cooking in the kitchen, hopefully getting back out in my garden now that it's not roasting out... I keep busy. I keep moving. But, it's not cardio, it's not strength training (unless it's a chore day). I need to get back into doing something like that. But, honestly, even though I'm busy on my off-days, I still feel very tired and I have to really push myself to get all I need to done.
So, armed with all this information, what am I going to do? For starters, I'm going to start tracking my food again. Has to happen. I'm going to aim for at least 3 days a week. Hooray if I do more, but 3 days is what I'm going for. Then, I am going to try to get some kind of exercise in, whether traditional (cardio DVD, strength video, etc) or non-traditional (1 hour of rigorous gardening, which is desperately needed out there!) I need to drink more water. When I'm at practicum I pretty much drink coffee all morning long and then nothing all afternoon. I need to limit myself to 1 coffee drink or 1 hot tea drink and then keep it water the rest of the day. So, that's what I'll be working on for the remainder of the month.
Track food 3 days per week minimum
Get in some sort of exercise 1 or 2 days a week for now
Water all day
Monday, November 12, 2012
Day 11, Nov. 11
Today I am thankful for Mexican food.
Seriously. I grew up on the border of Mexico. So many of my tastes lean toward that food culture. And who wouldn't love it?! Well, I guess there are those out there. I mean, I don't like Indian food. So, I guess people can not like Mexican food. Anywho, the cuisine of Mexico is always a staple in my diet. Even if its really, really terrible for you. For example, I love cheese enchiladas. LOVE. THEM. I also love spanish rice, which I suck at making, believe it or not. Albondigas and posole are my staple soups, as well as caldo de pollo. I love homemade tortillas and if not for the extreme effort it takes for me to make them, I'd always only have them homemade! Rolled tacos, mashed potato tacos (papas tacos), and campenchanas are the bomb!!! Carne and pollo asado. Chile rellenos. Chicken machaca. Okay, yeah, I'm stopping here. I ate dinner and this paragraph is making me hungry all over again. I live around the corner from a 24 hour Mexican food joint that makes some AMAZING cheese enchiladas, so I gotta keep myself from going over there!
Carne adobada... get the recipe at my food blog potatoestopeaches.com
Mexican posole (first incarnation for Cinco De Mayo this year)
Homemade cheese enchiladas and my failure/barely edible rice
Chicken machaca burritos
There is an amazing concoction known as a special quesadilla in my hometown. It is a doughy, cheesy deep fried piece of Heaven. I don't have a photo, but trust me. It would be a part of my last meal on earth.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Day 10, Nov. 10th
Today I am thankful for those delicious sweet treats with a nutritional punch: fruits!
One of my roommates once said they didn't like fruit. I thought that was just blasphemy. Like the vegetable, fruit contains fiber, vitamins, some minerals, and lots of cancer fighting antioxidants. Plus, they have those simple sugars making them like portable desserts. I really do love a good piece of ripe, juicy fruit.
I have a fruit bowl in my kitchen. At the moment it is filled with pink lady apples, bosc pears, one satsuma tangerine, and a mango. Just for me. I eat one whole fruit (at least) every day, usually with my lunch. We're in persimmon season, so as soon as I can get myself to a farmer's market, you can bet I'll be feasting on persimmons soon enough! Last week I had a very ripe pineapple, and the week before that a ripe, juicy, surprisingly flavorful seedless watermelon (one of those "personal" sized ones that could still easily feed 4 people!). I grow strawberries in my garden.
Among my favorite fruits are berries of all kinds: strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Also, mandarin oranges, grapes, plums, kiwi, and my absolute favorite: PEACHES! (Also all the ones I mentioned in the paragraph above... otherwise they wouldn't even be in my fruit bowl...)
My homemade apple pear butter, thick as jelly!
Strawberry avocado salsa... sounds strange, tastes AMAZING!
Hell yeah, PIE! Okay, so the nutritional benefits of apples and cranberries are totally overshadowed/negated by the butter, sugar, and white flour found in pie...
...which also means the sponge cake and whipped cream negate the benefits of all the fresh berries in this cake I made for my baby brother's wedding. Blast!
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