Monday, October 15, 2007
I'm not a complete vegetarian, but usually the only meat I eat in any given day is a slice of turkey at lunchtime. My son became a vegetarian early in college, when he was still living with me, & now my stepdaughter is living with us & she's vegetarian. My husband & I are both happy to eat vegetarian dinners every night at home (except for the occasional night when we grill organic chicken in the backyard . . . yum).
Last night my son came for dinner & brought the main dish: curried chickpea soup sprinkled with chopped cilantro. I had made my favorite chop salad (similar to the traditional Israeli salad recipe in the SparkRecipes files, except I omit cucumber: mine has tomatoes, celery, green pepper, a little green onion, fresh parsley, 1 t. sugar, 1/2 t. salt, & 2 T. lemon juice). I also steamed asparagus & then topped it with mushrooms sauteed in olive oil. We had whole wheat pita bread & a little hummus too. And the night before I had made dessert, whole wheat gingerbread with some almonds & walnuts, which we topped with a little whipped cream.
YUMMMMMM! It's so great to be really enjoying food WHILE losing weight! :-)
Sunday, October 14, 2007
This morning when my alarm went off, I had had nearly 8 hours of sleep, but I still didn't feel well enough to get up & get ready to go to church. I turned off the alarm & slept another two hours. My son & maybe my daughter are coming for dinner at 5:30, & there's still a little cleanup to do before then, but mostly I'm taking it easy today. I've been reading & drinking hot mint tea with lemon juice & honey.
It's important that I go to work tomorrow, so I'm hoping that taking care of myself today will mean I'll have energy for that.
I'm happy that this past week I've lost 2 pounds--& a total of 7 since I started sparking nearly a month ago!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
I'm really not coughing that OFTEN anymore, but it's way down in my lungs so it's painful. I did my exercise, third time to complete the weekly challenge (yay! she says feebly), by going out to do some errands on foot this afternoon. Now that I'm home, I'm super tired & have asked my stepdaughter to fix a light supper for us whenever she's ready, so that I can read & rest for a while. I need to do laundry--otherwise I won't have clothes to exercise in this coming week!--but it will have to wait an hour or two till I recover a bit of energy.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
That's kinda how I feel today--except a dishrag doesn't have lungs & a deep cough. My exercise this morning was going to be jogging to the pharmacy to buy a new bag of cough drops! But I slept quite poorly last night, so at 5:30 a.m. I got up to switch the alarm from 6:30 to 7:30. Felt headachy & crummy when I did get up. Then my first morning train had to slow way down because of track repairs, so I missed the connection with the second train. Took a bus instead, & got off a few blocks from the office so as to stop in at a grocery store to get cough drops, without which my day would be exceedingly painful. Got to work nearly 45 min. late, but I felt as if it was heroic to arrive at all.
It's good to be able to take care of a few urgent little jobs that were awaiting me, but my neighbor in the adjacent office stopped in to commiserate because she heard me coughing. We agree that I really should stay home tomorrow--I'm so lucky to have the kind of work that can be done from home!
Oh--I have lost another pound. I'm not starving myself or anything; my meals continue to be balanced, & given how many cough drops containing honey & "glucose syrup" I've been ingesting, you'd think I would be GAINING a bit of weight! But apparently it's not enough to counteract the careful, conscious eating that Sparkpeople & the Chispa Chicks are helping me maintain.
Though a bit limp & bedraggled, I'm thankful.
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