Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I have been madly preparing for my intensive advanced editing class, which runs tomorrow 3/24 through Saturday 3/26. Full days, 9:00 to 4:30, & I have to arrive early to make sure everything is set up & working. I'm quite excited about it--it's going to be a good, substantive, hands-on experience for the students, & it pays me well! Let me just say I have never before earned this much per day of work. Of course there has been prep time, & there will also be some grading time afterward, but that won't be exorbitant because it's just pass/fail.
I took today as a sick day, as I had my regular psychotherapy (which was good) & two medical appointments--jaw PT + monthly checkup to make sure the isoniazid isn't wreaking havoc in my body (it isn't). Because I didn't remember having seen them, I asked for a printout of my cholesterol results from late last fall. They were mostly quite good!
* cholesterol 163
* HDL 62 (above 60 is very desirable)
* triglycerides 136 (above 150 is unhealthy--I think I'm going to start taking fish oil to see if I can get further away from that level)
* LDL 74 (optimal is below 100)
* non-HDL cholesterol 101 (this is just total cholesterol minus the good HDLs--& it's excellent)
I got in good exercise today but just haven't had time to track. And I made a new concoction for supper & don't have time to input a recipe. So I'm just going to list what I ate here:
nutty muesli, 2 t. brown sugar, cinnamon, 1 c. light soy milk
6 oz. OJ
(snacked this one because of running around)
slice whole wheat bread + Brummel & Brown yogurt spread
med. blood orange
buñuelo (Colombian cheese bread, 153 cals.)
roasted veggies (turnip, beets, carrots, onions, herbs, a bit of safflower oil)
new concoction (ground chicken, potatoes, sweet red pepper, celery, onion, 2 roma tomatoes, water, herbs)
I'm sure this is within my calorie range. And I have gotten plenty of water, 10+ cups.
I'm going to be kind to myself tomorrow & take it as a day off from morning exercise because I have to get out of the house earlier than usual. But I'll have an actual hour-long lunch break, so hopefully I'll get in some good walking then. I'll be wearing a suit but, as always, comfortable shoes, so as long as I don't work up too great a sweat it'll be fine. The class is held in a building just off Chicago's Magnificent Mile--fun! That's the upscale North Michigan Avenue shopping district.
All right, that's all my chatter for now! Oh, but Starfish, isn't it great to be in Tahiti?! I just checked the forecast & tomorrow's high in Chicago is going to be 34F (1C). So yeah, Tahiti . . .
Thursday, March 17, 2011
And you can see her face better in this one. I think she looks a lot like her mom, my daughter-in-law. Like both mom & dad, she is tall (22" at birth); newborn diapers & clothes are already small for her! (These photos were saved as jpgs; that's why I can post them.)
Two little lambs . . .
And this final one is among my favorites--it was taken the day she was born, March 11.
I went walk/jogging outside in St. Louis last Saturday, my first time this year, & this morning it was warm enough to do so in Chicago! I went to the nearby university campus for my 5K training & was disappointed to see that the outdoor track no longer exists--it has been covered by a building. The university is paving over all its green spaces. So I just walked/ran on sidewalks, mostly by the lakefront; the sun was behind clouds & was still shedding its dawn pinkness, so lovely across the water. Not possible to measure distance, so I just estimated.
My time with Bea & family in St. Louis included some truly restful spaces--long stints of holding her while her parents napped. I hadn't had much "nothingness"--silence with no agenda, no tasks to accomplish--for many years. It was a great gift.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
This one was taken today. It shows Bea's red hair in all its glory. First walk with Mom outside--the daffodils popped up to greet them!
Ack! The other photos aren't showing up. I guess I will post them in individual entries . . .
But that doesn't work either. The problem is that they are in .gif format, I guess. And my computer isn't letting me change them to .jpgs. I will have to leave it at that for now!
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
It's Fat Tuesday, aka Pancake Day or Mardi Gras, & this morning the scales indeed showed me a couple of pounds fatter. I won't bother to change my ticker, as that just reflects extra eating at a housewarming/Mardi Gras party Sunday evening & pancakes with yummy toppings at the women's small group I attend Monday evenings. I didn't go crazy at either gathering, but it was definitely more sweets than I usually eat.
For Lent I am giving up sugar/honey/syrup, except for (1) on my muesli in the mornings, as I make my own muesli & it's hugely nutritious but needs a bit of sweetness, & (2) on Sundays, which are feast days throughout Lent. So the small pre-Lent spike in my weight won't last.
One encouragement: yesterday I wore some size 10 wool slacks that were uncomfortably snug on me a couple of months back, & now they fit nicely!
P.S. My granddaughter was due last Thursday, & my daughter-in-law is VERY uncomfortable because she has dropped so low, but there's no sign of labor as yet! We are praying that she'll come on her own soon. If Kate reaches March 17 without going into labor, it will have to be induced & there might be other interventions that she would really like to avoid. Please be praying with us!
Thursday, March 03, 2011
I've been losing weight--2+ lbs since the beginning of the current 5% Challenge--& because of that, & because my eating has been on the skimpy side today & I'm a bit hungry, I wanted to go downstairs & get some chocolate. There's room for it in my calorie range. But I have no cash on me, & I'd have to walk a couple of blocks to find an ATM. I'm behind on blogging anyway, so I'll do this instead.
How is Ruth these days? There's always something different going on with my health. Currently it's PT for TMJ on the right side of my mouth. Last night I saw a really excellent physical therapist, & he taught me some self-massage & head/neck stretches that should help. I have also been using a mouth guard at night--that keeps me from grinding my molars, I guess, but it hasn't gotten rid of the jaw achiness. Hoping the PT will do the trick.
I finally finished the big editing projects that were requiring me to put in lots of extra work hours. Now I have just one SMALL, fun editing project before I teach my advanced editing class March 24-26. I found out that I'll be paid for the class March 30, sooner than I thought. It's going to make a big difference in my life! I will use most of it to pay debt (yay!) t & will save a bit to help with unforeseen expenses. And from now on I won't need to take on large freelance editing projects, just short, enjoyable ones here & there. That's because I'll be continuing to teach this class twice a year & it pays well.
Maybe tonight on my way home from work I'll stop at Five Guys & get a hamburger & fries to treat myself--something I do only rarely. If I count my fries, I can make sure not to exceed recommended calories today. Oh, & I'll have to cut up the hamburger into smallish bites--not supposed to open my mouth wide to eat anything.
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