Sunday, July 15, 2012
The hospital I am currently a guest in is under construction. Yesterday the nurse came into my room and told us that we could not use the sinks, toilets or even drink the drinking water. They were not sure when the problem would be resolved and were not told what exactly happened.
A moment later another nurse brought in some blue bags with kitty litter-like crystals, and told me that I would need to 'go' in the bags which would be placed on commode chairs to avoid the toilet water. Hmm Ok fine. What could I do, freak out? I told my nurse that of course this meant that I instantly had to tinkle, but was not ready to deal with the bag thing just yet.
The staff were busy trying to alert everyone and went off to the other rooms. I'm sure this was no fun for the them!
I swear I could literally hear my husband start to stress a second later. He stood up. He paced. He said he would need to leave the hospital soon since he might need to pee and didn't want to go in a blue bag over the toilet. "Take me with you!" I joked.
I reminded him nicely that his predicament was much easier for a man. And I was the one who currently could not walk unassisted + had an epidural in my back and an IV in an arm - so it might be a bit more humiliating for me. But it could be worse right? So then I started to think of HOW it could be worse as the 'potty train' of commode chairs were being pushed down the hospital hallways.
What if all of the patients had just taken a laxative?
What if the hospital had a chili cook off?
Perhaps the fact that I had already been telling myself to pretend that I have been camping since last week to deal with my lack of real shower or clean hair helped.
I've gotten to know a few of the nurses a wee bit (ha ha 'wee'), and was joking about the hospital version of Soul Train we had going on in the hallways with the commodes. If the patients all hit their Call buttons then the hallway would light up like a disco! Woohoo its a Potty Train!
The nurse let out a loud guffaw and then told me that he was trying to get one of the nurses to wear a diaper under their uniform to add some humor to the situation. Ha! Sadly no one agreed to it. Boo : (
You know, it was barely more than an hour before we got the all clear to run the faucets and use the facilities, but you could literally hear the sighs of relief from the nursing staff, patients and their visitors throughout the facility.
Well I guess I can find humor in the strangest of circumstances eh?
Friday, July 06, 2012
And here it's Friday already. Sorry.
I've been fighting the pain monster all week it seems and still trying to keep my brain focused on my goals which are (finally) posted below:
My goal for this week was to to do some type of workout (even if modified) at least 5 days this week.
Also shoot for 2-3 completely meat free days.
Lastly, I want to continue to set small weekly goals each week since I need to feel accomplished right now at something, no matter how small!
This might seem like a short and simple list but I knew it would be challenging for me.
*So far I need to get another workout under my belt to meet my goals*
Wish me luck!
Friday, June 29, 2012
Well, I have to be honest, I did not meet or even come close to my weight goals at all for this challenge, ut I have also been assaulted with health problems lately, which have literally prevented me from doing cardio or working out to my (former) full potential.
So, who does this mean? I need to adjust my goals for this next round with my Bahama Mamas. I want to be a valuable contributing member and hold my own, so perhaps I will focus on what works for my body right now:
Eating well and sharing healthy versions of my favorite meals (or let's be honest, DESSERT!)
Stretching daily, or at least 6 days per week (and log it)
Meditate and breathe breathe breathe through those painful times!
Keep sparking baby!
Are you with me Mamas?
Friday, June 08, 2012
If you could be something entirely different, just for a moment in time, what would you be?
I would be rain.
Calming and welcoming.
Tickling the flower petals in the garden until they wiggle in reply.
Starting a domino effect as tree leaves release the weight of raindrops in their grasp, from one leaf to the next.
Hydrating everything in its path, until spent, and everything it touches nourished.
Furry, enveloping, and delicately scented.
Gentle rain that softly graces everything, and sounds melodic as it falls inside rain gutters, bouncing off mailboxes.
Windchimes omit and entirely different song.
The subtle taps on the window are like an invitation to come out and play.
Can you hear it?
Saturday, June 02, 2012
Important to note that I have to cook and prep my meals for the work week on Sundays and cannot cook much anymore, so they do seem to repeat a lot.
I don't seem to mind much, and it seems to appease my mild case of OCD. : )
I've added in some magazine pages in the background where possible to add some flare, since my meals this week needed some...flare!
Monday through Friday Breakfast:
Egg beater pancake thing (no idea where I came up with this thing but it's yummy): baking powder, almond extract, ricotta cheese and (wait for it) egg beaters. Iced coffee.
Monday lunch for Meatless Mondays:
Gluten Free Oatmeal with protein powder and strawberries:
Tuesday through Friday lunches:
Butter lettuce, steamed broccoli, grilled asparagus, grilled chicken, trader Joe's balsamic dressing, a shot of lemon juice:
Think Thin Bites 100 Cal Bar:
Monday through Wednesday Dinners:
Grilled eggplant, tofu shirataki noodles as no salt added marinara sauce:
Thursday and Friday Dinners:
Cucumber salad: Cucumbers, grilled fennel, grilled onions, low salt white beans, sun dried tomatoes (no oil), pesto (with oil), garlic.
Greek Yogurt with cocoa powder and truvia sprinkled on top. YUM-EEEEE
And with that, I'm off to relax with my sleepy puppy Olive:
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