Quick Update Within Another Crazy Work Week

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The past four days have been... crazy. I don't have the energy to think up a more appropriate word, haha.

Friday was the first day in a six day work week for me. It was also a thirteen hour work day, because everything was so behind and crazy I ended up staying until past four in the morning trying to get everything caught up. Starting the week out like that, I don't quite feel like I've recovered. It's been one long string of work interspersed by brief periods of showering and sleeping. Sometimes it really does feel like my job as consumed my life - but maybe that's just me.

The extended work day got me off track on food. Friday I'm pretty sure I was in the 1660-1800 range on calories, which is maintenance. Saturday and Sunday were about the 1500-1600 ranges, but my estimates are loose at best. Today was a bit better - instead of going for the higher calorie favorites when I got home from work, I went with 150 calories of steamed broccoli with fat free shredded cheese and a pinch of salt. Go me! Today has probably been about 1565-1600, but I'm considering it a win because this is the first day since Friday that I've drank my eight cups of water and gotten a good portion of fiber in me. The lack of both of those has kind of stopped up the system, per say. So I'm hoping things get back on a regular schedule in a way that benefits the scale.

The scale said I was at 194.4 today, which is up from Friday's 193.8. But like I said I'm hoping most of that is due to water weight and a clogged colon. Either way I sense that I'm gradually but surely getting a better grip on my calories and that tomorrow is going to be a more solid day back in the 1200-1300 range. My plan is a 220 cal protein shake for 1st meal, 500 cal for lunch (I have a few options lined up depending on how I'm feeling), then 300 cal or something or another when I get home from work. That gives me about 200 calories of wiggle room should I want a snack or something more filling for lunch.

Recent weight gain aside, I'm really hoping to be at about 193.0 by Friday, which I think as doable as long as I get my calories back down and make sure I've got enough fiber and water implemented into my system. I've found it much easier to get my eight 8 oz glasses in every day if I'm a little bit more open to what liquids count as water. At this point I've decided tea and coffee that I brew myself (because I know what's going in it!) counts as water, because that's basically what it is, right? Only steeped in some flavored plant parts. :P Haha this way I don't feel guilty about getting my unsweetened passionfruit tea from Starbucks (it's zero calories!) instead of filling up my water bottle for the umpteenth millionth time. Whatever works, I suppose!

This upcoming weekend is going to be all kinds of crazy. I have two separate road trips planned, back-to-back of course. Of course the first thing that crosses my mind is EXPENSIVE. The latter of the two trips involves a wedding and a big ole' nerdy book festival, which means on top of gas and hotel I'm going to need an outfit and a wedding gift on top of whatever it's going to cost to keep me fed and whatnot. Plus I have this outrageous fear that my tires are going to explode on my like the one last week did and I'll have to deplete my entire savings to replace them. Right now the though of such things is stressing me out, but what I really should be focusing on is that I will have four days off from work that are supposed to be filled with FUN. And hopefully not a lot of terrible food choices. It's so hard to resist when I'm going to my favorite foodie place in the world, though!

Ugh. Right now what I really need to do is focus on these last two days of work. At some point I was hoping to squeeze in a few chores like laundry and tidying my bedroom on top of finding a protein shake mix I like and maybe seeing if my super expensive but awesome stylist has an opening to take care of my roots for this wedding. Of course, another expense! I wish I could just turn off the cheapskate that's chattering away in my head right now.

Holy heck it's four in the morning! I could have sworn when I just looked at the clock it was barely past one! I've got a lot on the to-do list before work tomorrow so I guess enough idle chattering for me!

I hope everyone is having a great week so far and seeing lots of wonderful progress in some part of your life!
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    LOL. That post was a pleasant read and quite funny.

    I hope the week fared well for you. Good luck with the wedding and the book adventure! I hope you get to go to the salon so you get some you-time for your hair. (I love going to the salon every few months!)

    Thanks for posting a nice blog.

    Have a good weekend!

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    1637 days ago
    Wow, Sis! You've got a lot going on! Here's hoping you have lots of fun on your trip. It's good to see you've got a goal in sight, and you are willing to reach it.
    1642 days ago
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    Hopefully you reach your 193 goal by Friday - if not, keep moving forward! It does sound like you are extremely busy! Busy can be fun AND stressful! Good luck with eating while on a busy schedule!

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    1642 days ago
    Wow! What a crazy week you have lined up. I'm tired just reading about all your overtime at work, and your upcoming road trips! It's funny, as I was reading your concern about how expensive your weekend was going to be, I was thinking that if I was in your shoes, my biggest concern about expense would be how much I would spend on books at the book fair to feed that particular addiction of mine, lol!

    Speaking from personal experience, drinking enough water has been one of my saving graces when it comes to losing weight. The more I drink, the more I lose, seriously. When I was in my recent prolonged binge mode, I wasn't drinking enough water at all, and I'm sure that added to my weight gain. Water really does seem to flush a lot out of you, and the more you drink, the less you retain. It helps keep you regular too. ;) I think that it's a good idea for you to count other liquids as water, especially non-caffeinated tea, but if I were you, I wouldn't include any sort of caffeinated beverage, especially coffee, as it is a diuretic, so may leave you dehydrated if you don't drink up the extra fluid that comes from peeing more (sorry for being crude). My rule of thumb is to drink at least 8 cups of water a day on top of my coffee if I'm not exercising, and even more if I am. It takes a little bit of getting used to, but if you always have a bottle of water with you, it gets much easier.

    Good luck getting it through your last couple of work days, and have a great weekend! :)
    1642 days ago
    Sounds like you and I have something in common with crazy busy work weeks! I hope you have fun on you crazy busy weekend. Weddings can be fun most of the time, and I love books, so a festival sounds like a lot of fun as well!

    1642 days ago
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