This weekend I have been trying to chill out a little bit. I am nervous about the health coaching course; it started this week. I know I will do fine, but my insecurities take over sometimes, and I have to remember that if I do not push those thoughts to the back of my mind I will never get into a job that I am happy, satisfied, and feel like I am helping people to improve their lives. My desire is to be able in particularly to help people that deal with conditions that involve pain. With what I deal with daily, especially since the head pain has not gone away yet (4+ months later). I know the feeling of exercising seeming like it is of no value because of not seeing results, but it just took longer because of the limitations of the fibromyalgia on how much I could do at one time. I have a compassion to help people, even if it is just helping make small changes at a time to what they eat. Life throws us curve balls that get us off track, but getting back on track is key. My mom is being a huge support in this choice; going to see her at the end of the month to pick up books that she has found that she thought might be helpful in various aspects. My husband is unsure at this time, and I think it is because it is not a traditional career that is well-known and being advertised as the "next fastest growing career." I am stepping outside of the box, out of my comfort zone, and putting my all into this.
Today I decided that I better make some lunch dishes since I work next weekend and am gone to mom and dad's the following one. I do not know if I will get 3 weeks worth made, but I have the majority. My first thing was Creamy Broccoli and Beef. I used some Zucchini Soup that I had in the freezer in place of the cream of broccoli soup. I wanted to add a little extra color and nutrients, so thus the carrots. Here is a picture of it:
The second thing is a meatloaf. I had some spinach in the fridge to use, so I put a small layer of that in the middle of the meat. I also added some flax seed for the oil it provides. That is in the oven at the moment, so I hope that turns out.
I got some sweet potatoes that I still have to figure out what to do with. I think I will make some hash browns with carrots and onions. I have too much sweet potato for the pan, I will probably just make the rest into mashed potatoes.
Little by little I am working on getting a little bit of veggies with lunch. Although I have to watch that I do not eat veggies too late in the day because I have noticed that I wake up sweating partway through the night, and the only thing I can think of is that my blood sugar drops if I do not have enough carbs and/or protein in the evening.
My head pain is really a "pain." The other neurologist got approved, so I am just waiting for the call to set up the appt and be put on the cancellation call list. I am going to take the newspaper picture with and show that to him first thing, and then relate to him what the past few months and years have been like. I hate when I get the 'deep itch' that cannot be relieved from the outside. It was here most of this morning, so I did not feel like doing much at the gym, but I at least still did the treadmill.
On the note of the gym, I have maintained going despite how I feel. My key thing is that I start with the treadmill no matter what. Length of time varies on how I am feeling and if I went the day before. I tell myself that in order to help relieve some stress and improve my health, my best avenue is to do shorter sessions more frequently during the week. Minimum treadmill time is 10 minutes unless I have a trainer session. I try to keep the free weights and machines on a rotation, using the free weights when I am feeling better and machines for the low energy days. I have been averaging 4 to 5 days per week the past few weeks. I have not gotten everything logged on this site, but I do have an app that I input as I work out and can transfer the info later, so there is no reason for me to forget what I did.
On this note, I think I need to go check the meatloaf and get the sweet potatoes taken care of. I hope all have/had a wonderful weekend.