Thursday, January 13, 2011

Spoke a little too soon

This little bug that I've been battling...thought last Friday I was pretty much over it.

So I went to work on Friday and ran errands, then Saturday did a bunch of cleaning and organizing, went to the gym and finished off the day with a fantastic concert: Marshall Crenshaw.

And came home with a sore throat again.


So my plans for de-Christmas the house and clean out the guest room got shelved.

I know this body so very well. If I push it when I'm feeling droopy with a sore throat I'll end up sick for weeks. Instead of doing anything productive, I planted myself on the couch with a book and a cat. No gym for me.

Then on Monday I felt OK again so I made a trip to the gym for a light walk on the treadmill and to work.

And then On Tuesday I wasn't feeling so good again. Went to work, but bagged the gym.

Then yesterday we had a snow day from work and so I stayed home. Slept and watched TV. And slept and watched TV.

And today I still have a little bit of a  sore throat, stopped up ears and I'm feeling droopy.


Oh, and did I mention that Chris is on Round 2 of this junk as well?

F@#$ing cold virus.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Back up and running...kinda

Getting back in the exercise saddle after a hiatus hasn't been so terrible.

I'm kinda shocked. Thought for sure that I'd be huffing and puffing and feeling dreadful when I hit the gym again. But nope. On Saturday my two treadmill miles at 3.5 mph just zipped on by. I broke a sweat, but felt like it was a pretty easy walk.

And today I did another brisk two miles on the treadmill. Even with a bit of a cold lingering from last week I felt pretty good.

Once this little cold is out of my system ( I am SO ready to not be sick anymore...coming up on a month with this crap hanging around!) I'll kick up a notch or three, but for now I'll be pleased as punch to keep knocking out a few miles each day until I'm back to full steam.

Eating is back on track.


Even did a little healthy baking last evening when I made a batch of Roni's Banana Oatmeal Cups . Super yummy and healthy, but they taste like something I "shouldn't" be eating (banana bread..) And EASY to make. So easy.


And that's all the news that's fit to print, Folks. Hope y'all are having a great week

Saturday, January 8, 2011


So, I step on the scale today at the gym.

Expecting the worst.

I mean...seriously...with three and a half weeks of no gym, not so great eating, Christmas and New Year's Eve eating on top of all of that. I figure I'll see a 3 or 4 pound gain. At least.

And so I step on the scale and...

I weigh exactly the same as I did before the holidays.


Is this some kind of Christmas/New Year miracle? I say as much to Chris when I get home.

"I we exactly the same as I did before the holidays! I mean..wwwhhhaaa???"

"Well," he replies, "you have been sick and not eating very much over the last few weeks."

"I know, but what I have been eating hasn't been so great!"

He shrugs.

So, it would appear that I have been given some kind of gift - perhaps a metabolism that has sped up a bit? And I'm not going to waste it by continuing to slide further into "not-so-great-eating."

I walked a brisk two miles on the treadmill to celebrate my no-gain. Chris and I are going out to our favorite Mexican restaurant with friends this evening and we've already made our plan of attack: we each get a salad and then split an order of chicken fajitas. Reasonable, yet delicious!

Life is good, folks. Woohoo!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Return from beyond

OK, so a few of you out there noticed my blogging absence these last few weeks. Thank you so much for checking in. I really appreciate it. I'm OK. are my wonderful excuses for not writing:
  • I was sick right up until Christmas. 
  • And then of course there was Christmas. 
  • And then there was the week between Christmas and New Year's, which in my industry is surprisingly busy. 
  • And then there was some stuff happening in my personal life that kind of grabbed most of my attention. 
  • And then this week I got some nasty little bug AGAIN and spent two days sleeping to try to rid myself of it before it decided to hang around for another few weeks.
Kind of lousy excuses, eh?

Oh yeah...and then there's the fact that I've pretty much been completely off-track since Christmas!!

I'm not like downing Big Mac (eeeuuuwwww) or anything, but I'm definitely not making the best choices. Pretty sure the Indian food I had for lunch today (which included Chicken Tikka Masala just loaded with delish!) doesn't exactly fit into my healthy eating plan.

Oh, yeah...and then there's the fact that I haven't weighed myself for several weeks on top of the not-so-great eating and I've kind of regressed back to that "I'm afraid to get on the scale" place that I used to inhabit for so many years,

Denial is stupid and not going to get me anywhere.


So, tomorrow is a new day and a new opportunity to get myself back on track. To make better and healthier choices. To get on the damn scale and just get it over with. I'll weigh what I weigh and I'll deal with it like a grown up.

I mean - c'mon folks! I still have another 160 sticks of butter to lose in 2011!!!!

So I need to think about what I can do really get and keep myself motivated beyond just "I need to lose weight." As it turns out, for a number of reasons I am not going to be able to do the next 10-week fitness challenge being offered by my gym. So, this weekend I am going to have to set some fitness goals for myself to stay motivated. When I've figured them out I'll post them here on the blog.

Wish me luck tomorrow: gym, scale, getting back on track.

Monday, December 27, 2010


Well, it's been an interesting few weeks here in my little corner of the world.

Was sick, sick, sick in the weeks leading up to Christmas. No gym. No eating plan. Just weeks of spotty eating and trying to feel better. Finally felt OK on Christmas Eve Day. Had a great holiday weekend with family, although very unfortunately overindulged on Christmas Day.

Really overindulged.

Kind of to the point that my stomach was very unhappy with me for a while.

It's not that I ate anything especially horrific. I wasn't like downing Twinkies  and Ho-hos and Big Macs (eeeuuuwwww). Instead,  it really just came down to quantity.

Too much.

Too much crudites and light dip. Too many little rice crackers with hummus. Too many multi-grain chips with salsa. Too many olives (although, can one really ever have too many olives???)

And, OK, I will also cop to the worst item of the day...too much cheese. (Yeah, it's true...I've never met a cheese that I didn't like.)

Too much of everything.

And why? Why this overindulgence? (Besides the obvious, "It's Christmas" answer.)

Because I didn't make a plan.

I didn't make a plan to just have one small plate of appetizers. I didn't make a plan to sit far away from the appetizers.

And because the appetizers were on the coffee table and I was plunked within arms reach of them and because I just grazed all afternoon. And grazed. And grazed. And grazed. Which when you've been eating normal small portions for many months is just not good for your tummy or lower GI system.

And then I had a full dinner on top of all of the grazing.


So that was Christmas.

Yesterday and today have been fine. No eating plan, but have eaten very responsibly. Feeling pretty good.

And tomorrow...finally back to the gym after a two-week break for illness and holiday.

So, there we are.

Hope y'all had a lovely Christmas weekend.

More soon.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sick sick sick

Still pretty under the weather (along with just about everyone in my office and my poor husband...)

So not much news by way of weight loss: no gym this week, no real meal planning. Food has consisted of: soup, bananas, tangerines, protein bars, Chinese food here and there.

Hope you'll visit my other blog In the present moment for an adoption update.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Still kinda low

I'm fighting off something.

So, it's no wonder I was feeling low on Saturday. There's some little bug in my system trying to have its way, but I'm fighting it with lots of Vitamin C and the like. Go away, bug! You are not welcome in this body!!

On a more positive note...went to the gym yesterday. And before my monster workout I actually weighed myself. Yeah, after Bernice made me eat all of that dessert while we were traveling last week (oh, and she convinced me that crab bisque was a good idea, too! That Bernice is very persuasive when she wants to be...well, and when I let her...) I was completely and totally dreading getting on the scale. Was 100% convinced that I had added a few pounds back onto my frame.

But, guess what?

No weight gain!!

No weight gain!!

Guess all of that exercise while on vacation paid off!

Now it's back to taking weight off. I'm not ready by any means to be in maintenance mode. There are still a lot of sticks of butter left to melt away before I'm at a normal BMI.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I must go drown this stupid bug in more Vitamin C...