Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The other day I googled something like "exercise pants women tall." I have two pairs of sweats inherited from my daughter, both of which have holes in the crotch. I have one other pair I picked up in a bin at a grocery store; one leg is slightly shorter than the other. That's it! And now that it's winter, when I go out to exercise I NEED long pants.
My googling led me to the Volleyball America website, where they were selling full-length tall Asics pants for JUST $4.98 a pair! I was amazed. I bought two pairs (red, as the color selection was very limited), plus a $7 pair of blue Asics capris. They just arrived & they're great! I thought some of you might want to check out the sale--just google Volleyball America & you'll get to it.
This was my "sick" day. (1) First thing in the a.m. was my annual mammogram, thus today was my annual torture day. My tissue is dense & my boobs aren't very big, & those machines were NOT designed with an actual woman's body in mind. (Where are the women tech designers?? We need you!) The lab tech did a good job, though--it didn't hurt quite as much as it sometimes does.
(2) This afternoon I went to an ophthalmologist to have my retinas checked, to make sure the little flashes I see after coughing in bed at night are not indicating a retinal problem. He & the techs peered into my eyes with various bright lights, & he said my retinas are very healthy & there are no signs of macular degeneration.
So I have survived my annual torture day without major trauma, & now I have pants to wear when I go out walking tomorrow morning!
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Today's weigh-in was not pretty. Too many treats this past week! I'm still well within a healthy BMI (22.7), but I'm wanting to edge down, not up.
So it's time to get back to tracking. This is DIFFICULT for me because housemate & I eat nearly all our meals at home & cook almost everything from scratch (soaking dried beans, making our own cereal, chopping fresh veggies, etc.). And I love trying out new recipes! So to track, I have to laboriously enter all the ingredients, & track them down elsewhere on the web if they aren't in the SP database (what?? Sparkrecipes doesn't include fresh lemongrass??), & include number of servings & cooking times & everything else even to save a recipe privately on Sparkrecipes. (Since I've been using recipes from a published cookbook, I am not supposed to make them public. But I'll post links to where you can find my current favorite below.) I've just spent more than an hour doing that for ONE recipe! Granted, it was complicated because I made the curry paste from scratch & it has a ton of 1-teaspoon ingredients; then I had to save it to favorites so I could incorporate it as an ingredient in the Thai-style chicken-sweet potato mussamun curry that I made this week.
So please forgive my whining! The SP nutrition tracker is much more expeditious than it used to be, but it's still a big hassle when one's foods are not listed.
Anyway, I have now tracked for today, ahead of time, so I know exactly what I'm going to eat at each meal. I've also discovered along the way that my exercise today will have to involve going to Dominick's to get nonfat cottage cheese, as that is the only readily available food that will increase my protein (& calcium) to the appropriate level without raising my calories & fats past the healthy range. (It's snowing a tiny bit again! But not enough to add to the accumulation or slow me down much.)
I've cheered on MTULLY & others as they've been getting back to tracking food this past week, & now it's my turn to join in! I will try to track the night before, or after breakfast for the rest of the day, so I'm not recording a fait accompli but planning well to eat within range.
Here's the mussaman curry paste:
And here's the book itself--unfortunately I didn't find the individual recipe posted online:
Friday, January 20, 2012
The snow started falling this morning around 10:00, I think. It's a little after 9:00 p.m. now, & finally it seems to have stopped . . . but apparently we may get up to 3 more inches tonight. Total may be as much as 8 inches (20+ cm).
Knowing that it would be very cold this morning & that snow was on the way, I planned to do strength training inside instead of a walk out in the weather. Happy to say that I did it (I've gotten lots of exercise this week, yay!), & then I performed my ablutions (a friend & I used to get a good chuckle out of dignifying showers or just handwashing with that long word), had breakfast, & took off on the L for work. I admit that before leaving, I did check my work e-mail a couple of times to see whether the director might have sent an e-mail telling us that given the impending storm, none of us needed to go to the office today . . . no such luck.
It was a pretty productive day at work, as I watched the snow fly outside my window . . . & fly & fly & fly. It was relentless! The design & production director started going down her hall around 4:00 telling her employees that traffic was already bad & they should leave early. Again, I hoped that my boss might do the same thing, but she didn't.
I happily decided to avoid the bus on my way home, as Lake Shore Drive was sure to be a huge snarl. I have a 10-ride pass for the Metra, a commuter train with a stop near my office; it's separate from the CTA system, so it would be expensive to use both on a regular basis, but it's a nice occasional alternative.
This is another reason that public transport rocks!--when it's available, of course, & specifically when it involves trains: it's SO much better than driving in a storm. Some road commutes between the Loop (downtown) & various outlying points were as high as FOUR HOURS! How miserable!
My only challenge was trekking through the fresh, unshoveled snow across the Midway (a wide green space) to the Metra station. It's the distance of just two blocks from my office, but it really taxed me, so much that by the time I reached the top of the steps to the train platform, I was panting deeply. But the train arrived soon, & the conductor kindly stopped with the door right in front of me (at this stop they usually open just one door for everyone to board, as there usually aren't tons of commuters waiting). From then on I got to just read & rest, then transfer to the L & read & rest some more.
Housemate & I just had a great supper of my mussamun curry chicken over brown rice, green beans, white wine, & a couple slices of pineapple. And I have made a pot of lemony tea, & after I finish Sparking I'm going to cozy up on the sofa with my book & sip tea & read till bedtime!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Today is my work-from-home day, & I've started it out by cooking! I'm making dhal in the slow cooker:
So the house is fragrant with the onions, garlic, & spices that I browned before mixing in. Later I'll cook up some quinoa or brown rice--or both!--to accompany it.
I'm also going to make mussamun curry with chicken. There's no Sparkrecipe for that (yet!); I'm using one from Nancie McDermott's The Curry Book. We are missing one ingredient: lemongrass. My exercise today will be fast walking to Little Vietnam to get lemongrass in one of the Asian groceries. I'll probably come home on the L to save time--I do need to get in my work hours too!
(P.S. on the bookkeeping: One of my neighbors has supplied a couple of the figures I was missing; the other is going to check his records. So I will have that finished up this week!)
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