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Feeling Better and Stronger!

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Thank goodness I'm finally feeling like myself again! After being sentenced by my doctor to almost an entire month of bed-rest and a hypercaloric diet (did you know when you have an infection your body needs a lot of extra calories to fuel the fight against the infection?!? I previously did not know that!) I put on a few extra pounds and felt generally lethargic for several days after the kidney infection finally cleared up! .

I'm so grateful to be feeling better and to be able to get back in the gym and back to my normal routines! I was honestly getting depressed without my regular routine. However, I'm SO grateful that if I had to get sick for the first time in nearly 2 years (!!) at least it happened when school was out! I would've died trying to write fifteen papers, read a ba-zillion case studies AND feel like garbage... ugh, no thanks. I'm so incredibly excited about this year, I really feel like I've finally found my direction.

To thank my body for its recovery, I completed five good workouts this week and splurged on a decedent grocery trip! Hooray! My very kind aunt sent hubby and I a really kind wedding gift so I splurged on a HUGE amount of groceries with part of it. :) I'm trying to stock up on groceries before my senior year begins in 16 days!! I'm going to batch cook some soups and pasta dishes this weekend, so I'm excited about that. I do enjoy cooking so much! A new grocery store opened in town recently, so I made my first grocery trip at a new store and found some nice goodies!

I found they have a boar's head deli counter, so I splurged on some chipotle gouda cheese, a nice aged swiss, some london broil roast beef and a good old fashioned smoked turkey. My husband and I have found that sandwiches are something we can easily compromise on (he has doritos for a side dish and I'll usually have a small salad, some carrot sticks or for a splurge, some baked sweet potato chips for a side) Thank goodness the man loves whole-grain breads, so no arguing here! I'm loving all the fresh produce and especially the super-ripe tomatoes! I'm so grateful there is a fresh produce green-house within walking distance from work! Hello, totally un-regrettable break-time-treat! I made some quinoa stuffed bell peppers that were totally out of this world. My husband and father did not realize they were eating a meatless meal until I told them after they'd eaten half of it!!! Speaking of quinoa, I found the brand I use started selling a pasta made out of quinoa. It isn't quite as good for you as the honest-to-goodness grain, but it's way better than white pasta! We'll see how it tastes. Dad and hubby will get a taste-test soon.

The new grocery store also has a much larger meat counter, which is excellent for my husband, the resident grill master. I bought some delicious lean steaks, some fresh shrimp and some veggie kabobs , and I can't wait to throw those on the grill tonight!!! I took some of the super lean steak and seasoned it up with some picante and loads of fresh green/yellow/red peppers and onions, a dash of cumin/paprika/red pepper/garlic salt and a bit of cilantro .... it was beyond delicious! Hubby ate til he was nearly sick and I had one good serving. The meal turned out better than I hoped! I've been eating more lean protein than ever before in my entire life, thanks to my husband. I've found that even red meat and steak, lean cuts, in moderation, of course.... can be completely healthy. I'm glad we're expanding each other's pallets and I'm trying not to feel too bad about eating more meat, and I really enjoy watching him try new vegetables... lol (edamame, hit... butternut squash, epic fail)

Haha! Here's to happy/healthy new things!

With love,
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