Saturday, February 16, 2013
No...not all today. :) Here are some snapshots from this past week.
Life doesn't move with smooth regularity, and I sometimes find myself in a pickle, without having gotten the expected time to prep food for work. Although burgers & fries are NOT the healthiest thing around, I do occasionally opt for something like that if such a situation presents itself. A few things (besides salads) that I've found that are workable (and affordable), if I've got the room in my ranges, are the Double Stack at Wendy's, the Chargrilled Chicken sandwich at Chick-Fil-A, the Bean Burrito at Taco Bell (gotta go real low on sodium otherwise, or it'll make me swell like 3 water balloons!)
Then, sometimes, when you get to chill with your bestie, sans kids, you just gotta splurge. Even with the following meal at Popeye's, I still stayed within all my ranges yesterday (except sodium): Shrimp Tackle Box (8 large fried, butterfly shrimp, small cajun fries, biscuit, drink). If you have Popeye's where you are...try this! Really! Even if you only eat half! It's that good! SP has the numbers for each of these items individually in the food tracker.
Mardi Gras night, I went out with a friend to dinner and to hear a local band called, "Bag of Donuts". Had a really good time. I had left myself room for a reasonable restaurant meal and a beer, so I wasn't terribly concerned until I looked around. The only things I was seeing on tables were various versions of fried seafood, and other seafood swimming in cream sauces!!!!! Started getting scared, but then I remembered what family owned this place (they have a rep for amazing & varied foods) and scanned through the menu. Found a 6oz hamburger steak w/sauteed onions, served with salad & side for only $8.99. Was thinking of the shrimp & squash side when I saw the soups...they have turtle soup at Speckled T's! I substituted the turtle soup for the side (paid only $1 more), and enjoyed my lovely meal (all the salad, all the soup and half the meat). When I entered it all later, I was very pleasantly surprised to find I was within all my ranges (except sodium, grrr). The soup added a lot of protein, too.
There are times when a girl MUST have chocolate. I'm the oddball to whom this rarely happens. But, this week, it has happened a few times. For just these times, I keep Lindt Excellence 90% Cocoa bars. A serving is 4 squares, but I rarely eat more than 2, often only 1. And I could easily go weeks without even thinking about this lovely, intensely dark chocolate. However, in the past 7 days, I've craved chocolate 4 times: once I made a double-sized hot chocolate, added half and half and a splash of vanilla; once, I just had a normal cup of hot chocolate; once, I made the hot chocolate, added decaf instant coffee & my vanilla protein powder (don't do that, it didn't turn out well at all...shoulda thought about the fact that the hot liquid would COOK the protein...bleh...ended up pitching it). But, today, I double-dipped, so to speak. Yes, I did have my 90% this evening (2 squares more than sufficed), but earlier, I mixed a hot chocolate packet into a large cup of coffee. And each of those days (but the double-sized day), even with these treats, I stayed within ranges.
These snapshots will show, I hope, that having treats (I had more this week than my norm - hormones are very active at the moment...) CAN fit into a healthier lifestyle. It just takes some research, a willingness to get something different at familiar eateries, a little planning, etc. And well, just figure out how to fit in some chocolate. Trust me. :)
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Last night's blog entry describes my newest physical challenge...bit o' pain there as well. Tried to throw some humor into it...lemme know if I failed miserably when you read it. ;-)
But, one thing I didn't touch on was the NSV that was confirmed when I visited the doc yesterday.
For about a month, I've been noticing (or imagining - I wasn't sure) that my forever tight & tense shoulder & neck muscles were feeling more "normal", not taut like a violin string. Not knowing if I was seeing something for real, or just hoping this was the case, I wasn't saying anything to anyone.
Carrying stress & tension in my neck & shoulders has been a lifelong activity for me, so much so, that the chiro always had difficulty adjusting my neck. It was always a fight, and he could never quite get it to adjust the way he wanted. And...my last adjustment was nearly a year ago (before SP).
At yesterday's doc visit, while I was in pain (still am), he adjusted my neck and upper back. He was working my neck to relax it before yanking, and both moves he did resulted in a full adjustment with no fight. In a surprised tone, he said, "That was beautiful!"
As I thought about it later, it dawned on me that my "imaginings" were actually real, and I'm learning to not carry as much stress in my shoulders & neck. It must be the exercising helping with this...which I never would've done consistently if not for SP.
I'm not exactly unhappy about this turn of events...
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
No, it's not about a dysfunctional fear of running out of BBQ ribs...wish it were!
An hour or so after I got to work today, I turned to answer the phone and immediately sucked my breath in sharply as it felt like someone was jabbing a pencil in my upper back. Since that didn't actually happen, I figured something was wrong. (Of course, someone jabbing a pencil in my upper back would've also indicated something was wrong, but I digress...)
The long and the short of it is that a long rib got the short end of the stick today as it shifted position against its vertebrae ever so slightly and caused all sort of inflammation and nerve irritation in my upper back. The nerve involvement is felt up my neck, across my shoulder and down my arm. Yay. (Like how I used all those directional modifiers?)
Chiro says no running for now, so my play date tomorrow morning is canceled. He also says to "rest" as much as possible for a week or so ("Ice is your friend."), and nothing strenuous with my arms or upper back, so my house-cleaning job on Wed is canceled. So, not only am I out $50 for the visit (really did help, but it'll still be a few days before the irritation subsides), but I'm also losing $50 for that job. Plus, I had to take over an hour off my regular job to get to the doc in the first place. (The boss was great and covered for me, but I'm still out a C note for the week.)
So...this'll be interesting. Very few movements are comfortable right now. About to hit the hay with an ice pack. Hope it sorts itself out quickly.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Okay, so every now and then, you have to stop and think about what you've learned. Here's a brief list of things that have been impressed on my mind lately.
1. I need to eat more fish.
2. Pre-packaged fish has some truly viable options, such as: Crown Prince No Salt Added Sardines & Polar Smoked Kipper Snacks (can I use brand names?). Both of these are low in sodium for packaged fish, and the kippers in particular are VERY yummy.
3. In a pinch, some of the Bumblebee Sensations tuna w/crackers are workable, though higher in sodium than I'd prefer, and the flavors are just "okay". Nothing to brag on here, but useful if I have to grab something quick or for last minute changes to plans.
4. I seriously lack motivation to get up early to exercise all by myself. My stated wish is to be up early, walk or run or do something before getting ready for the day. Only...the alarm goes off and I roll back over. Would really love a partner to get up and go do things with - meeting someone else who's relying on me would get me up and out. (This lack of motivation is part of my indecisiveness about registering for the Crescent City Classic 10K...my pace is very different than everyone else I know who is going in it, and I would be "alone", even lined up in different starting groups. That right there is almost a deal-breaker in itself...do I really want to train hard for 2 solid months to run alone, to not have someone I know and trust alongside me through the route?)
5. Having a hunk of king cake early in the day is a bad decision...it leaves me with sugar cravings that cannot be appeased, and a hunger (from taking in mostly carbs, not enough protein) that won't go away. Couple that with going to a double parade, and there being only junk food available (cotton candy, snowballs [better than snocones], fast food, etc), and it amounts to a rough day on the food tracker (though I walked a lot, danced a lot, got hit on [yep! :-D], etc.).
6. I waste way too much time. Not much to be said on this one, except to affirm its truth.
So, there you have a tiny little piece of my mind...hope it doesn't mess you up too much. ;)
Thursday, January 24, 2013
I had Chinese for lunch on Sunday, and knew that I'd be a bit over calories for the day, but that I had room for it. I had the tiny cup of Egg Drop soup (with fried Wonton crunchies), and the Egg Roll. But, I only ate about 1/3 of the Shrimp Fried Rice and half the Imperial Chopsticks Special entree. Not having nutrition info available from the restaurant itself, it was interesting trying to find items that would approximate what I ate on the SP tracker.
When I was done piecing my meal together on the tracker, I looked at the values. HIGH in carbs & fat (expected). Enough protein. Sodium, however, was outrageous. While I expected it to be somewhat high, I had no idea that it would be nearly 3500mg for just the one meal.
3500mg. One meal.
Did you read that? 3500 mg of sodium in one meal (and I didn't even eat everything they brought me).
By the end of the day, I had topped 4000mg sodium, and I was as thirsty as if I'd spent the day in the desert. I think I drank around a gallon of water by the time I went to bed (after 9 cups on the tracker, I didn't add anymore).
Thing is...I expected to eliminate much of that water overnight and the next morning. It didn't happen quite like that. I had my normal weigh-in Monday morning, and I was one pound UP from the week before. I logged it, but figured at least part of that was likely the water retention.
Turns out, I was right, it took 2 days to de-puffify myself...2 whole days to get rid of the hidden sodium that I had ingested in about 30 min. So, just to see where I really am now, I weighed in again today and logged it.
The result? One pound lower than the week before the Chinese, so SP thinks I lost 2 pounds in the last 3 days. But it's really just one pound this last week.
What's the take-away of all this? Don't get Chinese take-away! hehehehehe
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