Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I feel like crap.
I have no AC in my car, and I'm at a branch that's a 45 minute commute from my house. So, AC-ed house, hot-as-heck car, then AC-ed bank. Maybe it's the in-and-out, I dunno. That's what people always say, isn't it? That popping in and out of AC in the hot hot days of summer can make you feel sick?
Well, yesterday at about 1pm I took meds for a borderline-migraine headache that had been building all day.
That headache lasted until I got home, ate a piece of pizza, and passed out at about 8pm...and was still there when my brother's classical music woke me up at 1:30am. And this morning when my alarm went off at 8:00am.
My back hurts, my neck is tense, and I am nauseated as all get out.
I've been drinking my water, eating well, focusing on veggies, and keeping within my calorie count...I took advil and excedrin tension and iced my hips and back last night, and it didn't help at all.
It's driving me crazy.
So, I brought soup for lunch and I'm trying to keep busy and efficient...writing thank-you notes, making payments, doing homework. I planned taco salad for dinner (healthy, and nice and light) and I'm going to hop on my exercise bike afterwards and watch a movie. Then laudry. Then bed asap, since I have work at 8:30am, 45 minutes away from home and physical therapy at 5:45.
The more I get done at work, the more time I have later...I can't even really complain about being here 10am-7pm, because I get all my quizzes and homework done!
Still, it'd be nice if I didn't feel so gross...
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
So, apparently I'm getting old.
Not only was I super-excited about bedtime last night (nothing cute or kinky there--I was going to bed, alone, in my own bed), I was excited--this was the part that really hit home--about being able to sleep in.........
....until 8:15 am.
When did that become 'sleeping in'?!
Physical Therapy went well yesterday--I actually wound up with the other therapist, since he and my regular guy each only had one patient and there was no need for both of them to stay. He was good--told me my SI joint is definitely looking better!! (*JOY!!*)
So, there's some extra motivation to keep up with my physical therapy exercises at home! I think my goal for that 5K is going to be re-set for next summer, maybe...
After PT, I made dinner (an adventure--ahi tuna steaks, mushroom wild rice, and steamed green beans...with a nice juicy half-lemon, of course--what would fish be without citrus, right?), hopped on my exercise bike for an hour (almost 15 miles again--and I finally watched 'Call me Madam'...going to have to make a list to watch while cycling!), and then the party really started!
My brother got home from his rehearsal (he's in the pit band for both 'Hairspray' and 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), I fed him (he loved the tuna), and then...we made MUFFINS!
He likes baking with me now and again, because I let him do the fun stuff...so, we made the Five Ingredient Fix Banana Muffins (I put the recipe up on SP--srsly only 5 ingredients, and only 205 calories apiece)!
I let him mash the bananas, he let me drizzle the honey.
I let him add the flour, he let me fold it all together on the stove...
I let him lick the spoon, he let me ice-cream-scoop them into the baking cups.
And I'll tell you what--I had one this morning, and they were delicious! I very highly recommend that recipe. It was super easy, only 5 ingredients, and you can take pride in having made them from scratch!
Tantalizing food photos for the day!!
The Ahi Tuna Dinner:
The Banana Muffins:
Monday, July 11, 2011
I'm taking some.
After work (done at 5) and Physical Therapy (appointment at 6:30) and dinner (probably at 8) and taking my quiz (8:45ish, hopefully)...I am going to start some laundry, quickly enter my dinner in the Nutrition Tracker, and then put on a DVD and ride my stationary bike.
I think I need like...a good hour on there.
In other news: I stole and adapted a recipe from Barefoot Contessa...I'm planning to put the finishing touches on it tonight and post it, for your consuming pleasure.
Ready for it? Shrimp and Lemon Pasta.
It was SOOO good.
Tonight, I'm making blackened ahi tuna steaks. Probably wild rice, but maybe some lemon pasta...that has some potential. But I'm also thinking about that bok choy I bought...I have an SP recipe for sesame bok choy...hmmm...
I'll keep you posted. Photo tomorrow.
Friday, July 08, 2011
I am so going to kick my mini-plateau's butt.
I have not gained.
I have not lost.
I have gone a little over on calories, and even a little under.
I have stayed...the same.
Stable. For once, zen about my weight.
...because there was nothing I could physically do about it.
I did my best to stay low on the calorie scale, but for pity's sake it was my birthday and July 4. BBQ city!! And then there's the fact that I'm feeling again like I used to--kind of run-down, tired, less toned...more hungry.
My doctor's 'no unnecessary anything' mandate lifted, my physical therapist having given his blessing, and my stationary bike having arrived and been assembled, tonight will be my return to exercise!!
I would love to say I'm like vibrating with excitement, but the fact is that (like I mentioned however many sentences ago) I'm tired, I'm bored, and I'm feeling more hungry. So, I'm not exactly jumping out of my seat, but I am motivated. ALMOST champing at the bit.
But that 'almost' kind of bothers me. What happened to my month-long streak, my 100-day goal? Where's that energy, that enthusiasm, that positivity?
A little depression and sedentary lifestyle goes a long way, apparently.
Here's to getting back into a healthy groove!
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Somehow, I slept 12 hours last night.
I haven't done that in years! And didn't think I would again, once I started my exercise routine a month ago...
I guess I was tired after physical therapy yesterday.
Eating yesterday went okay...I kept not feeling satisfied, though. So, I stayed within my calorie range by about 150. But still--that's a solid 150! And better than I would ever have done before!
The one major downside of my job (well, in THIS instance, anyway--normally it's a plus!) is that we are small, and we get to know our customers....and our customers tend to LOVE us. So much so, that yesterday a customer offered to buy us pizza....not realizing, apparently, that we have a working relationship with them, too, and that when he mentioned that he was getting it for US, they gave him the pizza for free! Bonus for him...temptation for us. And it was all four of us girls, yesterday...
Before you even have to ask...it was delicious. We all limited ourselves to two pieces, and I entered it right away, so I knew what I could do for dinner. (Dad wanted to get Chinese...I told him he was more than welcome, and that I just wanted a salad. Which was true, actually.)
So, I had a delicious salad last night--spinach, some thin-sliced red pepper, cucumber, and purdue short cuts (carved chicken variety)...highest-calorie thing was the ranch dressing (2 tbsp). I made sure to throw some extra chicken on here, too, to make my protein goal for the day.
Also figured out the one drawback to my eating plan: when I don't have my resources, I have GOT to pay more attention! For instance, I'm so used to my schedule of 8am breakfast, 10:30am yogurt, 12pm lunch, 5-6pm dinner, 7-8pm dessert (low-cal, promise), that this weekend was almost a total fail. Thank God, my boyfriend said something the one time: 'didn't you already eat?'
I got peeved, at first.
I was hungry! Leave me alone, you jerk! Can't a woman eat?
But before I got into a food-related-attractiveness rant (a la Ashley Judd in 'Someone Like You'), I stopped and thought about it. Of course I was hungry. I was used to being full of yummy, healthy, low-calorie food!
When I left home on Sunday night after my birthday party to spend the night at his house, I forgot my yogurt...and my healthy cheese sticks. And my granola bars. Thrown into a world of hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, pasta salad, and birthday cake (bf's cousin's), I was ravenous and unprepared.
Fortunately, I realized this.
I threw away the second plate I'd gotten (to be fair, it was grilled chicken and about 1/2 cup of potato salad, but still...), and skipped the cake. When he and I got home (we left a little early, both of us being tired), we each wanted a little something. So, I had a salad. Much better choice.
The learning process....it won't end, will it?
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