Friday, March 11, 2011
This morning I had a pleasant surprise - a call that school was closed! Turns out that there was so much flooding that they had to close two local school districts. And even though it's another day we have to make up at the end of the year, I *did* get to spend the morning with Brad. We had lunch together, took a walk, and just spent some time together. It was a nice morning.
I've been doing well with eating the last week. My portion sizes are smaller, and I'm not feeling the need to eat big, full meals all the time. My breakfasts have even changed - 1/2 a grapefruit and either a muffin or oats.
Gym time is another thing, though. I just can't seem to get back into a routine... I've been sleeping in later and really liking it, but it's hard for me to get to the gym after school; I just don't feel like going! So I may have to take a hard look at my schedule and just do three mornings at the gym. If I do three of five days waking up early, I think it will be better than getting up at 5:00am *every* day.
I'm getting ready to put some bread in the oven and make some tuna. Last night I went out for Chinese, so today it was some light eating.
Tomorrow - shopping!!!
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.
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