Monday, August 27, 2012
Today's been a good food day, except where sodium is concerned. Haven't done my 10+ min exercise yet, and it's so late, it won't be cardio!
The biggest thing on folks' minds down here right now is Hurricane Isaac. It was just upgraded from a Tropical Storm to a Hurricane a few hours ago, and it's moving s-l-o-w-l-y across the very warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with plenty of time to strengthen before it makes landfall on the central northern Gulf coast. Very, very, very, very near where I am.
While it really doesn't look like it'll be on the same scale as Hurricane Katrina 7 years ago (her anniversary date is in 2 days, about the same time Isaac's eye is expected to hit land), Hurr Isaac is nothing to sneeze at. The storm surge itself will do plenty of damage to coastal areas, and neighborhoods along waterways that are directly or indirectly connected to the Gulf or the Mississippi River and its tributaries will have to be especially cautious. Winds will be high enough to do some damage, and there's always the threat of tornadoes being spawned by a storm like this.
My first prayer is for Isaac to fizzle, but if that's not God's will, please pray with me to the Lord of all creation for His protection over anyone in Isaac's path, and for minimizing of property damages across the affected region.
No idea if I'll have internet the next few days. Could blow over, could be really bad. Sitting tight.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Well, technically, yesterday, since it's after midnight...
Firstly, I tried to be prepared because I knew I'd be going out tonight to a Mexican restaurant. My roomie was singing a gig there, and I hadn't heard her band yet. They're good! So, I kept everything real light & simple through the day.
First, the DOWNS:
By only eating about 1/3 of my meal at the restaurant (plus chips & salsa, and having a margarita!), I'm 800 over my daily calorie budget. OUCH! Not really surprising, but weigh-in is tomorrow, and I don't think it'll look too good given the last few days. But, oh well, it's not likely I'll be eating like that again anytime soon, and the leftovers are so much (it was HUGE) that I now have 2 pre-made lunches and a snack. Wow...all for $15! (Wait, the price is an UP!)
The rest of the UPS:
I asked to open at work today, to leave me free to do something in the afternoon, and I actually got up with my alarm without the snooze!
Then, even though I got lost on Beach Blvd in Gulfport, looking for the Gulf Coast Coliseum, I finally made it and with my cousin's help, finally determined what type of gun I really want for self-defense. So, now comes the procurement process!
Then, I had some time to kill before meeting my friends at the above-mentioned restaurant, so I went to the Edgewater Mall in Gulfport. Didn't know where I was going to go, but I ended up in Belk. I'm so glad I did! I wandered over to the dresses, the fancy dresses, because I will have to buy one to stand in my friend's wedding in December. Well, a few great things happened there.
One, I didn't have to look through the Plus sizes! I fit great in a regular ol' 14!
Two, I found SEVERAL styles that looked really good on me, which is a completely new thing!
Three, I found THE DRESS!!!!! It's absolutely gorgeous, and I fit very well in a 14, even a tiny bit loose (except the jacket, the jacket's always a problem - I have my dad's football shoulders). Anyway...I know that if I buy a 12, I'll be in it with no worries by December. Wanna see it? Here's the link: www.belk.com/AST/Main/Belk_Primary/W
Four, I didn't buy it today, 'cause I didn't have my money with me that I set aside for a dress, but I'll need to do it soon, because this dress is on sale for 40% off! If I wait too long, it'll be gone.
Then, I showed pics of myself in this dress to my engaged friend, and told her my plan, and she said, "At the rate you're going now, you should be in a 10 by December!" Always nice to hear encouragement from someone with skin on. I think I was 21 the last time I wore a 10. That'll be weird!
Then, I got to cheer on said friend as she sang backup for 3 sets, while simultaneously watching the New Orleans Saints beat the Houston Texans!
So...today could've been a LOT worse! It could've been a total derail, but with a little planning, I minimized the final damage, and I managed to accomplish a great deal on the personal front. All in all, even given the extra 800 calories, a good day!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
I did something just now for lunch that I don't think I've ever done before.
A half hour after I finished eating my leftover stuffed pork loin & steamed veggies, I found that I was still hungry. Knowing what I would be having for dinner tonight, there wasn't much I could think of to add to my meal without throwing the rest of the day out of whack.
If I had bread, that would be empty carbs and I'd be hungry again shortly.
If I had sandwich meat or cheese, not only would my calories go up, but so would my sodium.
If I had fruit, my carbs would go up a bit, but like the bread, I'd be hungry too soon.
If I had cake (someone's b-day), all hell would break loose on carbs & fat.
Feeling dejected, I thought I'd just have to suck it up and if the day went nuts later, so be it. Then, I remembered...steamed veggies are REALLY low on calories, with "good" carbs & fiber, and I'd add no fat to the mix.
So, for I think the first time ever, I made a meal after a meal, but this time only veggies. I pulled out everything in the fridge: shredded cabbage, green onion, carrots, broccoli, yellow squash, zucchini, fresh basil & cilantro, microwave-steamed it, and topped it with some original Mrs Dash. Ahhhh...satisfaction!
Now, my tracker shows I still have room if I want something for 100 or less in the afternoon before dinner (lasagna at a friend's). And I look forward to line dancing at the gym tonight, too!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Odd day today, I wasn't really myself, and I think it relates to the fact that I was thrown for a loop schedule-wise yesterday, and ended up getting food out twice. Didn't even realize it until today, but I didn't take ANY of my supplements yesterday. And I can tell with the minerals in particular...my body's not handling sodium as well as usual, though I've had less than some days recently. And my knees ached more than usual and I just couldn't get up a head of steam for the day.
Now that I've got a full day of decent meals under me, with sufficient protein and within my calorie range, and I took today's supplements, I'm feeling a little better.
But, it's strange, I rarely get cravings, but today, I was craving sweet things. That, in and of itself, is strange, as my most common craving is for salt. But, I managed to get through my day, eating "normal" foods, healthy foods. I had some steamed asparagus and broccoli with my stuffed pork loin chop for lunch, and creole-style chicken & sausage jambalaya, with a little taste of an onion-based shrimp stew for dinner. Tasty, but not reaching that craving. I had enough room to have a serving of these WhoNu? cookies that I really like, but the sweet craving is still there. I'm done for the day, but I'm in a really munchy mood, and nothing seems to fit the bill.
So, after dinner, I'm looking around the SP site and find a peculiar workout (or was it in an email?). A blend of strength & cardio training in a 17-min XTend Barre workout. Now, I've never been a ballet dancer, one look at my short stumpiness, and you'd know why. But, I'm very intrigued by this workout - it looks wickedly intense, and I'd have to take it slow to start, but I'm seriously thinking about it. It's a peculiar workout, but it's also peculiar that I'm considering doing it.
So, there's my day, odd, strange & peculiar. Now off to bed!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Well...there was nearly a dozen donuts left from the church's fellowship meal yesterday. (I did NOT indulge on Sunday...I think a first for me!) Today, I chose to work one donut into my day. Only one, so I deliberated a while to decide which one would be the winner. Picked the one with cinnamon (not a cake donut, tho), because cinnamon helps with carbohydrate metabolism.
Anyway...I had that and a cup of coffee with my morning supplements. Everything was fine, no blood sugar drop or anything (which sometimes happens, but usually after having 2-3 donuts). Ate a protein-packed lunch and brought a BIG salad (all greens & veggies, no cheese or meats or croutons) to work. I had tracked all this before leaving for work, so I knew that if I got punchy and needed a snack other than the salad, how much room I had for something. Turns out that I didn't need anything else, so I plugged away and when I came home, my roomie had cooked stuffed pork loin chops. Yummm. I cut one huge butterflied & stuffed loin in half, scooped out the stuffing, weighed the chop, got 1/2 Cup of mashed taters (leftovers) and the tiny bit of stuffing that managed to be in the half chop I picked, then added 1/2 Cup of lovely, crispy green peas. Tracked all this and lo! I was still UNDER my daily calorie goal! And I'd had a DONUT!!!!!!! (read /sarcasm here) I finished off the meal with a tasty potato roll from Walmart's bakery, because the only macro-nutrient that was still under range was carbs. Go figure...after a DONUT!!!!!!!
I'm barely into my calorie range today, but I've proved to myself that I can occasionally throw in those "extras", as long as I plan for it, or have room to work around it. But, not to fear that I'll go overboard on the "extras". I'm the type of person who can actually buy a box of Oreos, open them, and eat 2, put it away, and not think about it for days on end. I'm very grateful for this. It's making food decisions so much easier.
My calorie differential today will be rather large, since I did a little cardio today, too.
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