Tuesday, August 05, 2008
I am more or less pretending to work. This morning was WIC clinic for me, so I'm back to investigating dog bites, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, etc.
Yesterday I was productive in the morning and then I got sick in the afternoon... something wanted out of my gut and was telling me about it with hobnailed boots... Oy! I had hubby come get me since I didn't think driving was a good idea either. Once it passed out of my system and I got a good 1-2 hour nap, I was just fine.
So I'm sitting at work, drinking the nasty water (it's softened & not filtered). It's not too bad if it's REALLY cold... but if it gets any warmer, it's bad. We have really hard water at home but it's fine as long as it's filtered. I do miss the water in Florissant MO where I grew up, it was always really good. I drink lots when I visit my dad.
The being sick yesterday got me ... ahem... very cleaned out, shall we say... and I weighed in this morning at 155! That puts me only 4/10 away from an even 50 lbs weight loss! It's also cool because I'm at my original goal weight from before I moved it down to 150 and then 145. So in a way I have made it to goal... at least goal one.
Saturday, August 02, 2008
It really has been a busy week at work. I've been trying hard to catch up on all my Communicable Disease cases but it seems like I close one and then get 3 new ones. ARGH. Then on Tuesday & Thursday our dietitian was out sick and so I got to play our nutritionist on television... and Wednesday was Immunization day... and during Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I was also working on another tempest in a teapot... a suspected measles case that was determined not to be measles (yay!)... but it still took up a lot of time before that. I came home on Tuesday and told Mark that even though I only work a 7.5 hour day, I had done about 4 hours of WIC nutrition, 3 hours of WIC clinic and 2-3 hours of Communicable Disease... ARGH again.
Somehow I have managed to keep myself exercising despite it all, mostly in the evening when I'm feeling basically like shredded wheat and grated cheese. I have been fighting making my lunches in the morning since I have been so freaking tired all week too. I should make my calorie burn goal of 2700 for the week... I have far surpassed the minute side of the equation.
We are getting to the height of summer in Missouri, which means humidity and heat... and no weather fit for man nor runner out there. Actually this summer hasn't been as bad as they usually are, so far. I even got out and ran yesterday evening... it felt so good. I ran 1.3 miles straight, it's less outside since my natural pace is nearly 6 mph. I run fast outdoors with my music than I do on treadmill. I think seeing the numbers on the TM is kind of a psych out thing.
I got back to 30 Day Shred Level Two for the 1st time since the brain-sucker virus knocked me back. I'm doing it pretty heavily modified, but I really liked it. It got me sweating like a pig. I will most likely be alternating between levels one and two for awhile. I'd still like to be able to do full push ups on Level One before moving off of it altogether. I know Jillian Michaels designed it to be a 30 day program, but I think it will be more of a 90 days thing for me. So I'm slow, but I get there like the tortoise.
Tonight Mark and I had a nice date. We had free movie passes and a TGI Friday's gift certificate... we had a great dinner, both ordering from the Right Portion Right Price Menu... he ordered the 6 oz sirloin and I ordered the Key West Shrimp... we each had half the steak and a skewer of shrimp with a pile of broccoli. After that, we got the order of dark chocolate cupcakes with raspberry sauce and split it... 1 cake each. So we had a nice meal for about $6... that was the tip. Then we went to see Mamma Mia! LOVED IT! Mark took me to see the stage show several years ago at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis (fabulousfox.com), which was wonderful and the movie was wonderfully well done. Meryl Streep can actually sing... I love her in comedies, don't like her dramas, though. So if you like ABBA and fun, it's a great movie to see.
I could just type and type tonight, but I'm tired and we have to get up for groceries, oil change, etc in the morning!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Well, I didn't accomplish quite so much as I did last Sunday or as much as I wanted to today... but it wasn't a bad day overall.
Laundry got done, got the week's granola made (best batch yet), made dinner, helped out at the morning church service, also had a great treadmill session!
First, the granola... is so good! Has ground flaxseed, oats, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, coconut, cocoa powder, dehydrated milk powder and a ton of other great things in it. Very Very tasty and kinda' chewy too! It's not vegan, but it is vegetarian and works for someone needing a gluten free diet.
Today is day 108... I treadmilled for 4.05 miles and I ran 2.25 miles of that. A 5 mph pace is getting comfortable for me. I will need to bump that up soon. My goal now is to get where I can run the 3.1 miles that is equivalent to a 5K.
I am reading an excellent book that I really have to recommend to everyone. I checked it out of the library and have made it about 1/3 of the way through already. It's called "Mindless Eating" by Brian Wansink PhD. He goes into the research that has been done about how and why Americans eat as much as they do. It's fascinating stuff and it's written as to be approachable by about anyone. It's also fun to read since he has a sense of humour. He talks about how the bigger our plates and the bigger the packages we buy, the more we tend to eat... a lot of it is psychological. Re1.ally interesting and useful stuff. The North Dakota wine is hilarious.
I also found that I can check out exercise DVDs from my library. Additionally, Netflix has exercise vids you can watch instantly. I worked out with an older Jillian Michaels yesterday and it was really good. So there are a few budget helpers for us poor folk!
I'm really tired tonight. I just created a new exercise mix based on the guidelines of the Spark Article "Running Workouts to Build Endurance"... you can access that from my Spark Page faves. Here's my playlist:
1. Early Morning (A-Ha)
2. Don't Pay the Ferryman (Chris DeBurgh)
3. Love Can Do (Amy Grant)
4. Run Like Hell (Pink Floyd)
5. Machines (Giorgio Moroder)
6. Bounce Right Back (Howard Jones)
7. Someone Else's Story (Helen Sjoholm)
8. Song for Ireland (Mary Black)
I have pretty varied musical tastes! Anyway have a good night... wanna' go read more of my book.
Friday, July 25, 2008
I have gone over my top calories today by 120, but today was special really. It's 22 years since hubby and I met at a science fiction convention in St. Louis (Archon).
I had the lunch at which I made the wrong choice... and then we had the same food which we try to recreate every year... Not too bad, considering we were at a con!
Ramen cup soup, applesauce, peanut butter/apple butter sandwiches on wheat, pepsi. Our daughter knows the date, the foods, and loves this meal almost as much as Thanksgiving.
So my calories are way up... and Biggest Loser Power Sculpt just arrived in the mail... so I will be trying it out and working to burn off a few of these extra calories. My dinner just needs to settle some.
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