Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Work has not been fun this week. I chaired a meeting yesterday that was supposed to go really well as I had good news for people and it didn't go well at all. Then I walked in and had someone chew me out this morning because she feels I've been stepping on toes when it comes to the groups we both communicate with.
So on lunch I needed some internet destressing. Found hopeforpaws.org. They post videos of their rescues with before and after shots. If you are an animal lover, check it out. I found it really wonderful to see the transformations and know that these dogs are now somewhere safe. One thing I loved is, in the videos I've watched so far, its the poodle that bit the rescuer. The large dogs just melt and say "love me" :)
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
I've been hurting again. I think I angered my SI joint last week and it was more inflamed than usual. I've been having trouble sleeping because of the pain. I did take some of my major pain killers, but they just treat the pain, not the inflammation. I've been resting it and need to work on using ice/heat to see if I can't get it under control. I've also been taking my muscle relaxants to deal with the spasms, but those increase my hunger.
Today is a coffee day. As I'm getting coffee, there are over-processed cheese Danishes staring at me calling my name. The craving hit HARD. But I turned it over, and looked at the nutrition facts panel. 430 calories per serving. There is no way I could justify that in my mind. That is almost a meal! So I came back to the office and had a yogurt instead. It didn't totally override the craving, but I feel much better with my choice.
My game plan for this week:
1. Heat and Ice for my SI joint/hip.
2. Walking - it feels better when its moving.
3. Tracking and staying within my calorie range. I tend to use pain as an excuse to overeat.
4. Stay hydrated, again, it makes me feel better.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
My MIL is getting me a grill for Christmas. I've been wanting one for years, but my husband kept putting it off because he couldn't decide what type he wanted. I just wanted a traditional charcoal grill, didn't need to be anything fancy. And I am finally getting one.
I live in the south, so I'll be able to use it 9-10 months out of the year, although I'm sure I'll use it mostly in the Spring/Summer when it is lighter out later. By the time I get home now, its dark. But if I prep things in advance, it won't take too long.
As you can tell, I'm really excited about this. For so many years we ate processed foods and I'm really enjoying getting back to cooking.
I'm also happy today because I weighed myself and I've lost again to where I'm at the same weight as when the Fall Challenge ended. I still need to catch up to make my January goal, but I'm feeling positive that I'm on the right track.
Monday, December 08, 2014
Thanksgiving really did me in, I stopped tracking and stopped exercising. I only gained back 1.5 lbs, so I know I can get back on track. But its frustrating to go through this again. I know I'm making progress but sometimes it does feel like two steps forward, one step back.
Over thanksgiving holiday, I started baking again. I forgot how much I enjoyed it. So I'm trying to take some of my recipes and make them healthier, even if it means using wheat flour instead of white. I figure every little bit helps. The pumpkin muffins are still my son's favorite, so I slowly swapped out the white flour for wheat, and reduced some of the sugar and he hasn't complained at all. I'm not sure how to make the cinnamon rolls healthier but don't make them often, and you have to have a treat sometimes right?
Walked today and did strength training. Easy enough to do on lunch with my schedule, I just need to do it.
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Sometimes I'll only pack a protein for lunch and go to the cafeteria to buy veggies to round it out. This used to be a struggle as I would look at the French fries and hear them calling my name.
It felt really good to be in the check out line today with my mixed veggies and greens, and realize that French fries didn't even pop into my mind.
Its nice to notice when small changes have become habit and that I don't really have to think about them anymore.
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