Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Yesterday's lunch was spent talking about what we were going to give up for Lent. I am not religious, but I like to view Lent as a time to give up one of my vices. In the past, I've given up soda for Lent and didn't go back. I tell this story about a million times every Spring!
One vice I've been thinking about giving up is coffee. The past week while I was sick, I didn't have any coffee. That's a long time for me! The last time I went that long without coffee I got horrible migraines from the caffeine withdrawal. I didn't like that I was so "addicted" to caffeine that I got a headache that bad from not having it!
So anyway, when I was sick, I barely got a headache. I think my body was so out of whack that it just didn't care that I didn't have coffee that morning. I had some coffee on Sunday when I was out with my mom, but it didn't thrill me. Sure it was good, but it didn't make me go "mmmmm" like it usually does. When Brad and I went grocery shopping on Sunday, instead of buying coffee, I bought some PG Tips tea. It still has caffeine, but according to their website, it's about 1/2 that of coffee. So yesterday and today I had tea in the morning, and I feel fine.
Giving up coffee would also save me a bit of money... I belong to a coffee club, and I spend about $25 a month on coffee. It's not a lot, but it adds up.
An interesting thing I learned about Lent (I read on Wiki this morning...) is that certain religions only sacrifice on Monday-Saturday. Each Sunday is like a "mini-Easter" when they don't have to "give up" anything. This practice would allow me coffee on a Sunday if I so desire.
I think it would make me feel really good to not HAVE to have coffee in the morning. Getting sick last week was almost like a mini-blessing... (here's where I stretch for the silver lining!)
- I lost some weight. And although it is because of the sickness, it gave me a little boost. I don't need to eat that much! My dinners don't need to be huge. Sometimes it's ok to be a little hungry!
- My body got a chance to rest. I think I was dealing with TMJ. My jaw was aching for a couple weeks, and I think it was due to stress and poor eating and just a bunch of stuff. The break gave all of me a chance to rest. And my jaw hasn't hurt in a week!
- My body de-toxed from caffeine. All the sleeping helped me wear it off without the headache. I'll take it!
So it's off to another day. This evening is my first meditation workshop. A good friend and I are going every Wednesday in March. I can't even tell you how much I'm looking forward to this! One and a half hours every Wednesday for ME. ME ME ME ME ME.
Monday, March 07, 2011
- Totally unexpected two-hour delay. Even better than a snow day at this point - we don't have to make this up!
- Tummy is happy (knock on wood). It even grumbled a little bit because it was hungry!
- Scale was kind to me this morning. Yes, I know it's because I have been sick and haven't eaten much of anything the last week, but it's a nice little bit of a motivational kick to get me eating smart.
I am using today to see if all goes well with my tummy. If it does, I'm back at the gym tomorrow re-starting my March!
Brad made cinnamon-raisin swirl bread last night. What a nice surprise to have some for breakfast today! I also found PG Tips at our grocery store. I've heard good things about that tea, but I could never find it. I am out of regular coffee (I have to see when my next shipment comes) so I'm going to try tea until I re-stock. I love my tea with a little sugar and some half and half. Yum.
Despite the little bit of snow, the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and I'm feeling pretty good. A little birdie is on the chair right outside my window, so I know Spring is coming.
Friday, March 04, 2011
On the last day of February I started my New Rules of Lifting for Women workouts. I was all excited to really get going with them in March. But my tummy had other plans for me. Tuesday morning I woke up with a little tickle in my tummy and by Tuesday night, I was on the couch feeling awful. So the last three days have been spent on the couch watching The Real Housewives of New Jersey and sleeping.
Last night I went to the doctor just to check everything out, and it's the stomach bug. Just something that comes with teaching 300 little kids, I suppose. (And I am CRAZY about washing my hands and sanitizing the stuff in my room!)
In my last blog I wrote about how one of the good parts was that I could start my eating habits fresh - and today I got a sign that it might not be a bad idea. Brad was reading through my new issue of Muscle and Fitness Hers and he commented on one of the model's menus. He asked me if a meal plan like that could be do-able. He commented that it would be easy to do the grocery shopping with a plan like that... (basically the same thing every day.) So I'm considering a go at that meal plan. I don't mind eating the same thing often, and I could use days when Brad has off as my "eat anything" days (which is really "you don't have to stick to the strict menu" rather than "eat anything"). I have a couple resources for weekly menu plans, so maybe tonight I'll write up next week's menu and do next week's grocery shopping based on my plan.
And I have to admit - as much as I hate being sick and as much as the stomach bug is AWFUL (and I have a mild case - I can't imagine what it would be like having it bad!), I have taken full advantage of the last few days I've had to rest. I didn't have to do anything - no work, no cleaning, Brad ran out and got me some Gatorade and crackers... it made me really thankful that I have the sick days I do... really thankful that I can *take* the sick days that I have, and especially thankful for my honey. He really takes care of me and I love him for it.
- write up a next week's menu. It will be a good experiment! And if it works, I'll stick with it!
- eat some more applesauce. I bought a jar today and MAN does it feel good to be eating something other than toast and bananas.
- Pack my clothes for this weekend. It's symphony weekend with my mom! And I get to see my "niece," Sophie! (My little bichon niece.)
- Enjoy some more couch time.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
So I guess yesterday's morning of feeling sick wasn't just a fluke... I took a sick day today with what I am self-diagnosing as the stomach flu (which, I learned, is not actually the flu). All I have eaten today is two bananas and some crackers. A cup of tea and a glass of water, and now I'm drinking a 7-up. I've been on the couch ALL DAY.
So there go my grandiose fitness plans for March. If I have to find a bright side, though, it's that I can start my appetite from scratch - which means when I get back to eating, I can eat good stuff instead of a lot of the junk I've been eating lately.
Brad's restaurant had a wine-tasting tonight - I obviously didn't go - and I was so bummed about not going. I was really looking forward to some good food and wine!
Back to the couch... and soon it's time for bed. If I feel like this tomorrow I am heading to the doctor.
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