Thursday, November 21, 2013
Today was a much better day than yesterday was. That's the one good thing about bad days' the next one is almost certainly going to be better.
Today was my supervisor's 50th birthday. We all pitched in and bought black streamers, 200 black balloons, food, drinks, made signs, etc. One of my co-workers even made a beautiful cake with fondant and everything. Several classrooms went out into the hallway when she arrived and sang Happy Birthday to her. It was really a lot of fun. I DIDN'T EAT ONE MORSEL OF THE FOOD OR DRINK ONE DROP OF A DRINK. I wasn't even really tempted, either...even though they had bags of chips...and sweets...and cake...and soda...and lollipops. I just heated up my pre-measured container of spaghetti and garlic bread (I ate a salad, too). My co-worker was in a better mood today. I just acted like nothing happened. Anyway. I don't want to talk about her anymore.
I went to the gym after work. Again. For the FOURTH day in a row. For a moment, I considered taking the day off, but then I thought better of it. I did 45 minutes on the recumbent bike today. The SparkPeople exercise tracker is WAY off for that...by about double, but the three days I logged my elliptical, I was way under, so it all pretty much evened out once I did the math. I mostly just want to be tracking what I'm doing; the activity itself, not the calories. I know how many calories I burned from the machine that I was on. I just use the exercise tracker as a log; nothing more.
I came home, took a shower, had a quick dinner (which was SO good, by the way! I made a roasted red pepper & basil quinoa and rice blend, with brussel sprouts). I have noticed something the past four days: I am not hungry on this "diet." Every single other time I have ever "dieted," I've been hungry, to some degree or another, on every. single. other diet I've ever been on. In fact, I've taught myself to embrace it, as if I'm doing something wrong if I'm not at least a little hungry. I've not been hungry and that is such a weird but great feeling! When meal time is close, I am certainly ready for it, but I'm not in a constant state of hunger like in previous times. Have I finally figured this out? Have I finally learned that I can eat, really EAT foods, and just by eating the right things I can control my hunger and my energy level? That's another thing I've noticed -- my energy level is improving. I am always somewhat tired because I teach kids all day long, but not like it was before.
After dinner, we headed out to go see the new Thor movie. We were contemplating going to see it either last night or tonight, but since I didn't have any clean pants to wear last night (other than sweatpants, lol) we decided to go tonight. It was a great movie! We all really enjoyed it. I actually think it was better than the first one. It had much more of a plot, lots more action scenes...it was a lot of fun. Besides, even if the movie sucks, I still got to look at Chris Hemsworth for a couple hours. He is sooooo gorgeous. He's good looking all on his own, but there is something about him in that role. Holy moly.....Rar. Is it hot in here?!
OH! At the movies, I snuck in some healthy, homemade popcorn and a few of my leftover Baby Ruth mini's (I counted them in my calories for today and was still within my limit). I "could have" had four, but I only had one! It was so satisfying and yummy that it was really all I wanted. So now I have three more to last until another time :)
Tomorrow is FRIDAY. Finally. Just a few more days of working and then I'm off for Thanksgiving vacation. Well, part of it. I still have to clean part-way through that vacation, dangit, but oh well. After November I am totally done with that client.
What I'm REALLY looking forward to is Christmas vacation. Other than summer, it's what a teacher looks forward to all year long. That, and snow days. We better have a lot of snow days this year.
Ok...it's nighty-night time. Golden Girls on the tv and me in my big, soft bed.