Friday, September 06, 2013
Wow, today's food was SPOT ON.
I had coffee for breakfast (I know, I know), 2 small skinless/boneless smoked chicken thighs for lunch and more chicken + salad for dinner. Lunch was from the grocery store near my work - they make AMAZING food. I almost got some brussel sprouts with little pieces of corned beef as a side, but decided it looked too oily and would add too many calories to my day. I never did get around to eating my snack of apple and peanut butter. For dinner I had honey mustard chicken that I let marinate all day (1 tbsp mustard, 1 tbsp raw honey, a little water, a splash of balsamic and a splash of olive oil). On the side, I had a salad with reduced fat Trader Joe's cilantro salad dressing.
I still feel super fat, but it always makes me feel so good to eat so well.
I had a great pay day this month which makes me really happy. I'll be able to catch up and pay off some bills I've been making payments on...tons of medical bills. For those who don't know, as veterinarians, we get paid peanuts and then you make production. So I make 20% of everything I bring in - first my base gets deducted, then what's left over I take home. In some clinics, you ONLY work off of production, which definitely sucks. The idea isn't to make money off of people (although some do, though I have to say 99% of vets are not trying to make money off of you), but to get paid according to how many clients you see. If people want to see me, I'll be productive. If they don't, I won't. So they wouldn't pay a super busy vet the same as one that isn't busy at all. Anyway, it felt really good to make a nice little amount of production, because it validates for me that I'm finally becoming a real vet. In the first year, I didn't expect to make much - I'm new, people don't know me, etc. Now I'm developing a little client base and I'm more confident in my diagnostic plans, which means I'm practicing better medicine. Anyway, it was a good affirmation that I'm doing a good job.
I did NOT go to the gym this morning. I don't know about this gym business. I've been signed up for a month and have only gone a few times. I thought signing up for a gym located on my way to work would motivate me. But of the 7 days of the week, I'm home for 3 and don't want to drive 25 miles in each direction. On the other 4 days, I'm exhausted or just don't feel like getting up at the crack of dawn. I have a treadmill at home and I could get some weights on Craigslist. I hold a lot of guilt leaving the dogs at home or not being there with them - they spend so much of their time alone and kenneled, I feel bad leaving them on my days off. I don't now. I'm making a lot of excuses but really, I just need to DO IT even if I start with 20 minutes a day before work. The important thing is to create a routine. I can always start adding time and coming in earlier...maybe set a goal of starting with 20 and adding 5 minutes every 2 weeks? I don't know.
Plan for tomorrow: work, then go to brother's house for dinner. My parents are here for Rosh Hashana from Las Vegas. Dinner will probably be pretty elaborate, knowing my brother. Maybe best to eat protein at lunch to get me through the day. Saturday is a wedding after work - definitely save some calories, lol.