Monday, December 03, 2012
Well the weekend has come and gone, and I'm still not back at my house. There's so much to do here at my parents house and they are not helping as much as they could.
Admittedly my mom and sister have been cleaning out my grandma's apartment and haven't had as much time to prep the upstairs as they could have...
And I got my TJ fix for this weekend, so I'm happy about that. Friday was fun. I came home -- went to the beauty supply store with my esthetician sister and stocked up on fancy hair stuff at cost + picked out my x-mas gifts. Its the one perk of her getting her license -- at cost Biolage!
Then I high-tailed it to TJ. We met up at a bar to drink with his co-workers. Only one came--but I think he wanted to get her opinion on me. Sadly for TJ we started bonding over Real Housewives and Teen Mom bashing. He's adorable, apparently he talks about me a lot at work. I also did good on food. I drank water the entire time we were there. Then we ordered chicken wings. TJ at 8 of the 12 and I had 4 plain ones, no sauce! Then I had some hot pretzel -- those aren't as bad as most of the stuff on the menu. We stayed there for a bit, then we moved on to restaurant #2 with my friends.
I also didn't go nuts at this place. I had a pear cider (only 170 calories in a bottle) and water, then I split a wagyu beef burger with TJ -- so we split an entree and I only had half the calories. I think I did pretty good. We then went over to my friends place to play Cards Against Humanity. Super fun. Super ridiculous.
Saturday was good too. I was tired from staying out all night, but started right away working on my mom's house. I went to the one room upstairs that was the most empty. I got all the carpet out, ripped up the pad, and started pulling staples. All while my older sister was sleeping, my dad was running around piddling, and my mom was freaking out about the mess. I tried to start cleaning out the next bedroom to do the same to the carpet up there, but my mom threw an epic meltdown about how "we were working too fast, and just throwing stuff everywhere" so whoops. Cue her to take a ton of her anxiety meds and I started painting. All in all we didn't get near as much done as I would have thought we could. My mom was freaking out so she didn't work upstairs with us. She had to stay downstairs away from the craziness.
Then we got lunch. It was Greek from one of my favorite restaurants... then back to painting.... and then cue food poisoning! I don't know how I managed it, since we all ate the same food but it did not stay in my system. I ended up tossing most of it... then kept painting... the tossed some more... then went back to painting... then tossed some more and threw in the towel for the day. I pepto'd and curled up on a couch.
Then I rallied and showered and went to watch the Wisconsin football game with TJ at another bar with his Wisconsin alumni group. It was okay. I mean it was football... so... yea. I was feeling a bit queasy still so I got a sprite and a water. He ordered an appetizer sampler with all the fried goodness and i got a plate of tater tots. Something simple. So all told I had tater tots, two chicken strips and one toasted ravioli -- so not bad for a three hour football game at a bar. It helped that we literally had the worst waitress ever. It took an hour to get an appetizer sampler since she never put the order in since she didn't remember taking our order... and then made a little sigh anytime anyone asked for water... and gave the person across from us the wrong beer (which was more expensive) then made them pay for the more expensive price since it was her own screw up! I don't know if she was having a bad day or what, but she didn't get very good tips from anyone at our table.
Once Wisconsin was up 76 to 24 in the 4th quarter, TJ finally was like, Okay we can go. And instead of FroYo we went to Starbucks and I had a hot tea (barely any calories except the sugar) and he had one of those crazy calorie whipped vanilla bean things. I cringe to think of the calories in it. I think for two date nights though I did preeeetty good on my calories. Since it was late and we were both tired, we threw in the towel at 11PM and went home for some sleep. Unfortunately the Greek wasn't done with me and I was sick again from 1am to around 2am...
So I woke up Sunday feeling like a$$. I was supposed to go shooting with TJ at the range since I've never been.... but that wasn't going to happen. My dad apparently took out the carpet from the other bedroom so I started pulling staples and trying not to puke. I rehydrated and slowly felt human. AND kept painting! Around this point my sister and I decided that my parents needed us to stay another day to help finish up. She's still sleeping, but once I'm done here I'm heading back upstairs.
We're really behind, but you can only push my mom so much. There's only so much she can handle at once and my sister and i apparently work too fast (what a problem). I think its about time to start painting the trim in the front bedroom so that it can dry while we paint the walls in the back bedroom. We'll see how long this takes. I need to get back home to work in Columbia and drop Beth off on my way home in Hermann.
I also want to weigh in really badly. I've been wearing my armband all weekend. I've gone up and down the stairs at least 50 times (no joke -- there's 2 flights) and I've been squatting a lot painting -- so much so that my butt hurts. So I know I got in a workout. Add in the food poisoning and I'm optimistic about it being down. Is it sad that my first thought when the food poisoning kicked in was "hey, at least my calories will be negative today!" Silly me...
Friday, November 30, 2012
That's what I'm telling myself. I need to stay strong over the weekend.
This is where I usually screw up. Especially since I'm going home to StL again this weekend to paint my parents house before they get new carpet, and help finish cleaning out my grandma's apartment, and seeing TJ and friends. I'm going to be busy.
I did okay with food yesterday. I had a friendsgiving last night, so I managed to stay below 600 calories before dinner. AND the scale was down another little bit, so I'm back in the 183 range after being a bloated 187 on Monday.
So the diet thing seems to really being kicking my butt. If I stick to it, I'm losing. If I eat crap, I gain. Who'da'thunk...
So small meals it is for me. I've packed up a ton of food to take home this weekend so I don't go nuts and gobble what's in my parents house.
Problem: I'm seeing TJ twice this weekend and both times we'll be out at bars. I'm okay with not drinking and saving calories there... but bar food gets me. And since its bar food, its horrible for you. Does anyone know of any healthy options for bar food?
I'm going home to hug TJ today, his best friend died suddenly at 25 last year. He's pretty broken up about it, and I don't want to add any drama to the situation with complaining about food. So I'm going to try to sit back, drink a diet soda, and pray for the strength to ignore bar food tonight at happy hour, and tomorrow during the Wisconsin football game.
Everyone else stay strong this weekend!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
I managed to actually accomplish things yesterday! Who'da'thunk that cleaning out my office and making a calm, quiet space would be good for working?
Also being at home I was able to drink well over 4L of water and tea (and not worry about the constant bathroom runs). I marked all of the changes to my review article and just need to sit down for two hours and type them all in and get all my references in Endnote. I stayed in my calorie range. AND I worked out. True I didn't do cardio, but I managed to crank out a good ab workout (a little over 4000 in different positions... I was aiming for 5000, but got bored, lol).
So two days in a row of eating clean, staying in my calories, and having a positive attitude... and the scale dropped from my bloated 187 back down to 184. So I'm back to where I was... and now I need it to continue going down!
I have a friendsgiving tonight... A few minutes ago I was on Pinterest pinning all sorts of terrible things (that looked delicious). Now I'm here for my Spark reality check, and no I will NOT be making XXX or XXX (I won't list them so no one gets tempted). Instead I'm going to try to make a sweet potato thing to bring, and maybe a healthified version of corn casserole to clean out my cabinets.
So 2 days down on monitoring my food... and progress!
NIKKICOLE83 -- we can do it!
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