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Me-Time.

Monday, July 11, 2011

I'm taking some.
Tonight.

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.

  
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THATBRONWYNGIRL 7/12/2011 2:45PM

    @STINASTEW: I do try new recipes pretty often--especially now that I watch cooking shows a lot at work and look up recipes on SP! I love to cook...
(You should totally look up Five Ingredient Fix Banana Muffins...so good, and only 205 calories apiece!)

@KA_JUN: Not riding intervals yet, I have to do no-resistance cardio for the next few months due to hip problems...and the tuna was really good! I'd never had it before... emoticon

@BECCA07: Heck yeah I did!!

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BECCAJ98 7/12/2011 12:45PM

    Yum! Hope you had a great night!

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KA_JUN 7/11/2011 7:05PM

    Stationary bike, going to ride intervals? Ahi tuna rules, have a good workout!

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STINASTEW 7/11/2011 6:02PM

    Sounds great! Do you try new recipes often? I pretty much do 3+x a week!

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Do Plateaus Have Butts?

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!

  
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BECCAJ98 7/8/2011 2:05PM

    There's answer to your almost......I want you to send me proof (a handy little things cell phones can do) that your cute butt is working out tonight! Once you get back moving, you will feel better and those other things will go bye bye!

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NIKEOFSAMO 7/8/2011 11:22AM

    It seems we are in the same boat (except my backsliding hasn't been because of health issues). I want to get back on track and the plans are made so I will, but I'm not exactly Mr. Excited. I'm sure our motivation and enthusiasm will return after a few weeks of sticking with it. Once we start seeing results again we will be so thrilled! *high five* We can do this!

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ANIMAL_L0VER 7/8/2011 11:21AM

    You are right... not working out makes you tired and not wanting to work out. But once you get back into the routine, you will love and look forward to your workouts again!
100 days is a big acheivement. And clearance from the doc and pt are also good accomplishments. As someone who has had numerous joint issues, resulting in breaks, sprains, surgeries, and lots of pt, I understand the frustration!
I was never one who liked to work out, but after joining a gym at the end of May, I am slowly getting to like it. And I noticed, when I skip a day or 2, I'm not motivated to go back. But when I go, 2, 3, 4 days in a row, I can't wait til I get to go again tomorrow.
Have a good weekend, keep up the motivation, and soon you'll be there again!
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12-Hour Special...

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? emoticon

  
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STINASTEW 7/6/2011 11:09AM

    Sometimes you just need the rest! So no problem sleeping 12hrs! You needed it! :) Great job on getting rid of that food! That's tough! I remember when I started eating better at the end of the school year & I'd have to turn down birthday cupcakes, brownies, etc. that kids would bring me..It's hard, but if it sits there long enough, it makes the temptation harder! You're doing great!

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BECCAJ98 7/6/2011 10:43AM

    If you ever stop learning, be worried!! I wish I was putting my knowledge to use as well as you are! Keep it up sweetie!

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OPERADIVA114 7/6/2011 10:18AM

    The learning definitely does not end. Kudos on making smart choices when you were without your usual resources. That's a big step in the right direction. THAT is a healthy lifestyle--eating right even when all that temptation is there.

And I slept like you last night! lol I got a bit too much sun yesterday & ended up with a migraine. So I laid down to watch to TV at 7 last night and the next thing I knew, I was opening my eyes and my clock said "5:52"...AM. I slept for almost 11 hours! I couldn't believe it. But...if your body needs the rest, it will take it.

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"And that, gentlemen, is how we do that..."

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

I'm back!!!
I'm motivated!!

Okay, I'm actually still battling this depression, but...
I'm working on it!!

I ordered a stationary bike on amazon ($198, free 2-day shipping with amazon prime trial I got for being a student--heck yeah!), and it should be here either today or tomorrow! I made sure to get the recumbent bike, just like my physical therapist has...
I got clearance for some of my upper-body strength training, and now that I'm off mandatory sit-on-my-butt time (4 full days of butt-sitting will make you feel nice and lazy...), I am ready to kick it!!

  
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POPPINPENGUIN 7/5/2011 4:14PM

    emoticon Have fun with you new toy. It's always great to get something new to play with. emoticon

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JICASMOM 7/5/2011 4:12PM

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MICHAEL712020 7/5/2011 1:52PM

    I know what you mean about the butt time. I have been doing to much of my share. I am back out into the heat and walking and doing a little running.

Take care and I wish you great success.

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Life Goes On...

Friday, July 01, 2011

At work again, and it is deadly slow...been trying to break it up by...well, breaking up my biology. You know. Breaking boredom with boredom. 'Cause that works.

Anyway.
I went back to the physical therapist yesterday, and we got along much better this time. I don't know if he was just upset about my having such issues, so young (because he did seem genuinely upset about that), or if it's because I was crying, or what...but we did much better last night. I even made him laugh!

There was one stretch I couldn't do, but otherwise I did alright...and although I'm somewhat stiff today, I'm not feeling a lot of pain.
I did stupidly forget my cold compress packs at home (stupid, stupid, stupid), but I'll ice at boyfriend's tonight...can't wait to see him.

My sister, the maternity nurse, demanded that I ask my physical therapist if I'm allowed to be having sex.
Yeah, she's blunt like that.
So I did. We finished up with my session, and I kinda glanced around awkwardly and said 'Uhm...so, this is really awkward, but my sister told me I couldn't leave today without asking you...am I allowed to have sex?'

He kind of smiled, and I blushed (yep. me. I blushed.), and he told me that, yes, I could have sex...and before I could quickly wrap it up, he said, 'but I'd stick to, you know, traditional missionary...'
'Yeah, that's kind of what I figured.'
'You definitely can't be on top.'
'Oh, of course. I definitely figured on that.'
'I mean, because you'd be on your knees, and with that and the...you know...bouncing...'
'Gotcha. Okay.'
'Or maybe...yeah, doggie style would be okay.'

And by this time, I am ready to die of mortification, I'm sure I was beet red, and I don't even remember what I said to beat a hasty retreat.
So mortified....

...but too freakin funny not to share...lol
Enjoy your weekend, guys! Between the Philly trip and my birthday, it's going to be a busy one for me, so I will probably only be on to track.
Love to you!

  
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ABURLOCK 7/5/2011 10:48AM

    Haha!
Again, I think the rule is "if it hurts, don't do it", otherwise you're good.

But honestly, this was a big problem for me when my hip was hurting. :)

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KJDOESLIFE 7/5/2011 9:41AM

    Oh my goodness! That would be a VERY awkward conversation. ;)

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OPERADIVA114 7/1/2011 5:49PM

    Ahahahaha. I would have been dead if I were you. But from laughter. Cuz I'm crazy and would have made some (even more awkward) sarcastic comments when he started talking about being on top and doggie style.

Happy to hear the session went well this time, though! Hope you mend up quickly!

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JONICACALDWELL 7/1/2011 5:48PM

    I'm dyin' right now. Love the nurses, they want to educate us all. emoticon

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BECCAJ98 7/1/2011 3:13PM

    I would have loved to see you get that embarrassed!!!!!!

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NMAMUSIC 7/1/2011 2:57PM

    lol There's nothing you can say to get out of a situation like that gracefully.
If you ever write a book you should write this conversation in haha..

Glad to hear you're not sore today!!

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NIKEOFSAMO 7/1/2011 2:40PM

    emoticon That totally brightened my entire day. Love it! Too bad sparkpeople doesn't consider sex as cardio.

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