Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sweatual healing

I woke up Monday morning with a sore throat, drainage, and sinus pressure. I barely slept Monday night because of the coughing and inability to breathe through my nose.

Tuesday, I was miserable at work. And I had been really looking forward to going to zumba. So I sucked it up, and I went... With Kleenex tucked in my sports bra and some Halls tucked in my cheek. And I sweated. And I survived.

Yesterday, I felt some better. Still congested, still coughing... But I really wanted to do the weights at the gym. So I went, and I did 25 minutes on the treadmill and two circuits on the weights. And I sweated and I survived.

Today, I was still fighting off the blechies. But I went to zumba. And I'm glad I did. I made it through another class, still sticking on a Halls to quell the cough.

I am still fighting off the cold/sinus infection. But I feel tons better and I honestly think that working out has helped.

I packed my gym bag for tomorrow... Not sure if I'll go, but the option is there if I want it.

Happy Friday eve!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Holiday fail

The ELB and i both woke up with sore throats this morning. We have spent the day on the couch drinking tea, watching soap operas, and we took a nap.

When i get sick, Donny tightens eating has been a challenge. I had pb issues for the first time in weeks. All i had was hot tea and soup. Dinner will be mashed potatos. I dont need band drama today.

Since the orioles are out of town i have plans to hit the gym ALOT this week and in 2 zumbas and a day of weights each week. I just hope that i can get over this crud enough to actually go.

Hape you all had a great long weekend!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Quick and easy guacamole dip

I had half of an avacado from the other night and whipped up this quick dip!

1/2 avacado, smooshed
Sprinkle of garlic powder
Pinch of sea salt
2 Tbsp salsa
2 Tbsp Greek yogurt

Just mix it up and enjoy!

Happy Saturday!

So yesterday I got on the scale at work. I am not using the actual number, but am instead using it just to track gain/loss. I don't know how close this one weighs to my surgeons scale--and that scale is my official weigh scale.

On June 2, I weighed for the first time and it was very close to the number on my ticker-- which is the last surgeons official weigh in.  The next week, I weighed and was up almost three pounds. Last Friday I weighed and was up another 2lbs. Last week was also Aunt Flow, but still....I was not really anticipating a good weigh in yesterday.

When I got on the scale, I was down 4 lbs from my first weigh in on June 2. I lost the 5lbs that I gained plus 4 more pounds. So ignoring the two gains, I'm down 4lbs in the past month. I'll attribute the gain to hormones and bloating and ice cream.

My goal is to continue to lose 1lb a week. And I think that the gym is helping. And so is upping my water. And so is making some healthier foods choices with higher protein and less sugar.

Here is to a hopefully productive and healthier summer!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Zumba x 2

I did zumba again tonight. I walked in and all the girls from last week were like "you're back!". They are so nice there.

The class was taught by a guy that they like to call "crazylegs" and for very good reason. But I had fun and sweated my ass off.

I came home and had a chocolate Unjury shake and some ham swiss roll ups for dinner. Tomorrow I'm going to go do weights... Or kick boxing. Either way I'm going tomorrow. Thursday I'll have to rely on the elliptical.

I've been reading all of your comments on my posts and all of your posts on your journey. Thanks for keeping me motivated!

Hopefully early to bed tonight.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Pasta woes

Before surgery, I LOVED pasta. And even up until last November when I got my last fill, I could still enjoy it in moderation. Now, pasta is one of my no-nos. One bite and I'm stuck and sliming.

But I love shirataki noodles, and this have given me the sensation of eating pasta.

But I heard alot about quinoa noodles, and I was curious. I love quinoa. I love noodles.

I found brown rice quinoa fusilli pasta at Trader Joes a few weeks ago. I tried it today.

I cooked it all dente per the package instructions. It seems very chewy, and could probably benefit from another minute of boiling. The taste was interesting by itself... But was improved with the addition of some smart balance and a dash of garlic salt.

Will I get again? Maybe. Did it give me the sensation of eating pasta? Yes, but I'll try cooking them longer next time.

I was bad last week. I didn't work out hardly at all due to a very mean visit from my aunt flow. I'm going to zumba on Tues and weights on Wed this week and will try to do elliptical at home as much as possible.

I'm excited for friday when I get to see my girls from the last job for girls night out. Drinks, dinner and lots of gossip. Much needed!

I sorted out some clothes to get rid of today. A lot of turtleneck sweaters and some summer stuff. I posted on craigslist and had a taker in 10 minutes. Happy to be passing this stuff on to someone who can use them.

Hope that everyone has a terrific week ahead!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

First time for everything

I did zumba tonight for the first time.

It was awesome.

I was nervous, but I actually kept up and lasted the whole class. My classmates were awesome, and the instructor was super nice.

I plan to try and go at least once a week.

I got slighty discouraged when I was watching myself in the mirrors during class. All I could see was how big I am. Then I realized that I shouldn't let that discourage me. 85lbs ago, I couldn't have done what I did tonight. So I changed my perspective and the fear went away.

I'm glad tomorrow is Friday. It's been a long week.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Blogger app is stupid

I wrote an awesome post. Then blogger app froze and lost it. Then I had to uninstall and reinstall Blogger app to get it to work again.

Basically I'm back to basics. Starting today.

Lets see how this week goes!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Sunday

Some would say happy mother's day. I won't. Because not everyone has children. And not everyone has a mother. I don't, and I won't assume you do either.

So happy Sunday. Because if you have a mom you should tell her you love her all the time... And not just one day a year.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Lazy Saturday

Last night, I ate dinner too late and then we feel asleep on the couch. We ended up just staying on the couch all night BC I thought it would be better for me... But I ended up coughing most of the night and bringing up peanut water... BC I had eaten peanuts last. Not fun.

Today I was LAZY. Well I did like 4 loads of laundry. And even though I tend to give myself food freedom on weekends, I didn't really take advantage of that today. I made some turkey manwich but it didn't turn out as good as I had wanted it to. And other than that and some salted caramel popcorn, it's been a boring food day.

Then we feel asleep on the couch at 730 and just woke up at 10. W.T.F.

I love lazy Saturdays.

Friday, May 9, 2014

It's FRIDAY!!!!

Can't you literally FEEL the excitement of those two words?!?

I went to the gym last night. I didn't push myself but I got a good work out. 15 min on treadmill warm up, 2 circuits on the weights with lower numbers, and another 10 on the recumbant bike as a cool down. I then did some stretching.

It was hot BC it got into the 80's here in Baltimore yesterday... And the gym didn't turn on the AC. And that was ok. It made you sweat... And I sweated!

With the weather change plus exercising, Donny tightened up so I PB most of what I ate last night... Including the Powerade Zero. But it happens. When the weather settles, she will calm down.

I have been slacking on my food journal. I've just gotten out if the habit and keep forgetting. I'm going to work on that this weekend.

So that's it! My boss comes back Monday so fingers crossed that I did a good job while she was gone!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Starting a new job. Learning new coworkers and job duties and schedules. It's exhausting!

I'm eating more... Much more. I feel like I'm eating all day. Even though it's healthy stuff like yogurt and almonds, I'm thrown off routine. And I don't like it. I have been good about packing my lunch though, which has saved money and calories.

I'm going to join the gym tomorrow. It's now or never. And I'm going to make the time now. And I decided to return to basics and keep a food journal again. I've been relying on my restriction to limit my food instead of me being proactive and tracking calories and protein.

Not being able to blog daily has also keep me from sticking to routine. I hope that even though it's difficult that I can post more consistently... Even though I have to do it from my phone.

I'm really nervous about joining the gym... It's been so long that I'm afraid that I will fail... Or look massively stupid. Either way, I'm going forward.

I'm also going to weigh myself every Friday morning at the office to keep myself on track.

Fingers crossed that these new changes will help me start moving down again.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014


I know that I've been a posting slacker lately. Used to be that I would get to work in the morning, drink my protein coffee, write a post , and start my day. However, in order to keep my new job,  I've severely limited my online time at work to professional stuff only. It blows, but you know what would blow more? Unemployment.

So now I post sporadically from my phone. It's better than nothing but makes waxing poetic more difficult.

I'm loving the new job. I'm crazy busy. Everyday is a new challenge. I rarely get to finish my protein coffee. I still feel like I have good restriction.

Today, I spotted the shadow of my collarbones. O.M.G. I was so excited! I haven't weighed lately, but there is a scale in one of the pre-admit rooms that is used to do the weigh ins for their biggest loser challenge... And I totally plan on weighing occasionally. My next surgeon appt isn't until September.. Unless I have some issues... So I need to work at staying on plan. SMS the scale helps me to see my progress.

I still need to pull the trigger on the gym. I plan to do that in the next week or so. I've been walking most mornings... Except this week when we had biblical flooding... I'm sure you saw the street collapsing footage on the national news.... Yeah.. Fun stuff.

So that's been my life. I'm not regretting the decision to take this job at all. I needed a challenge... And God brought me one.

Happy Thursday!