Friday, March 29, 2013
I've finally tackled the bedroom closet! It is now empty, waiting for my dust-induced asthma attack to subside so I can vacuum it and scrub it down.
By the way, does anyone have a tip for getting dried jelly off kitchen drawers and shelves (wood)?
I'm really proud of myself; a year and a half ago I could have appeared on an episode of Hoarders. Now, most of the apartment is presentable, I just have to finish up the bedroom. By summer, everything should be nice and organized, and that should coincide with my weight loss goal.
I think cleaning is exercise. I'm already tired!
Monday, March 25, 2013
I've finally figured out how to eat healthy at home without having to cook too much. Generally, I enjoy cooking, but most of the time, I'm too busy or just not in the mood. Plus, a bunch of my favorite foods don't require cooking. Here are my favorites:
- Fruit. I figured out that berries have less carbs than bananas or apples, so I've been eating lots of berries. I like to stir them into oatmeal or Greek yogurt.
- Greek yogurt. I get it plain, then add my own fruit.
- Veggies. I love carrots; I can eat them by the bag, raw. Same goes for snap peas. Raw spinach leaves make a great salad or topping for a sandwich.
- Sandwiches. I compared dozens of breads, and I found that rye bread seems to have the lowest number of carbs so far, so that's what I've been eating. It has a stronger taste than regular bread, so I even enjoy it more.
- Sugar free jam or jelly in combination with Simply Jif peanut butter (less sugar than regular). Or, Elvis' favorite: peanut butter and sliced bananas on the sandwich.
- Lean ham or turkey - I always check for carbs on the label. Meat is carb free, but a lot of times the processing adds sugar.
- Nuts. I like to switch up on the kinds of nuts I eat. Walnuts are expensive, but the best choice because they have Omega 3 oils. I finally figured out that I can save a lot of money if I buy a bag in the baking aisle instead of the snack aisle. I also like to buy nuts in the shell, unsalted; it takes a while to shell them, so that keeps me busy, and I end up eating less.
If I feel like cooking, I will, but a lot of days, I just have quick and ready healthy foods.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
I finally made it to spring break. The kids and I were all exhausted. I gave them a big homework assignment: eat healthy, exercise daily (outside if possible), do something enjoyable (but safe and legal!), and get enough sleep.
I can't complain about my students this year, other than that a lot of them don't do their homework and a few tend to fall asleep (too much electronics at night, I'm sure). Overall, they're nice, respectful, and interested, but the last few days, they were fidgety and didn't want to do anything. I think all the teachers felt the same way, lol!
As much as I love my job, I'll be happy if I don't see anyone under 18 the next few days.
I finally got over my plateau; for over a month, I was stuck at the same weight. Last week, I lost 2 pounds, to make it a total of 17. One more, and I'll be halfway to my goal, almost on time with the goal line! Today, I'm just making it a lazy day, though, albeit with healthy food.
Friday, March 15, 2013
After a month long heroic battle assisted by the pounds that have gone before him, Pound 15 has finally left this world for good. He is not mourned or missed by anyone.
Friday, March 08, 2013
Spent most of the week getting my exercise at work during standardized state testing. Running up and down stairs with testing materials, escorting students, walking around while proctoring - I logged 60 min. per day, and that was probably a low estimate. I've been soooooo exhausted every day. Luckily, today was the last day.
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