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Visits, Colds, and Restaurant Eating

I’m baaaaAAAaaaack!

I have to apologize for being off the radar for so long.  I had a great visit from my brother who came to stay with us for a week.  Poor guy had the nastiest cold or flu or whatever it is that is going around that gives you a fever, constant coughing and a congested chest as well as a runny nose.  And then, being the ever generous guy that he is, he gave that to my husband and I.

For most of the week, I did well.  I developed a nasty headache at first, which passed after a good night’s sleep.  Then I was left feeling as though “something was coming on”.  I had a bit of a cough but nothing major, so still managed to have fun with my brother as he recovered.

How we all looked when we were sick...

How we all looked when we were sick…

My husband was a different story.  It came on faster with him.  And he was not the best patient.  He was convinced that I no longer cared about him or his well-being, growled at me for not rushing him to the hospital, was deaf to my explanations of how experienced I was with taking care of others when they are sick and that I had every confidence that what he was experiencing was perfectly normal, he was not in danger and it had to run its course; he constantly reminded me that I was not a doctor so clearly had no idea what I was doing and therefore probably was just letting him die slowly due to my inattention and incompetence.  I just clenched my jaw, smiled, shoved the nighttime cold/flu medicine down his throat (this achieved two results:  1. he started getting better because he was asleep and more importantly, 2. he stopped complaining…because he was asleep!), made him comfortable, patted him on the head and went out with my brother.

My husband when he is sick.  Pre-medication.

Pre-cold-medication misery.

Just before my brother was getting ready to leave and my husband was on the mend, it was my turn.  I thought I escaped it, but it was not to be.  So, although I really wanted to get on here and report how my week was going, I just. couldn’t. do. it.

Other than that, I had a great week with my brother but was not a very good girl when it came to keeping track of my WW points.  Eeep.

I started to feel anxiety because, going out and having fun also meant eating out.  A lot.  I did my best to be good when we did go out.  Almost every time we ate at a restaurant, I managed to stick to eating only half of what I ordered and taking the rest home.  And in nearly all cases, my husband gets to eat my take-home food, which is fine by me!  His metabolism is up for the challenge; mine, not so much.

And exercise?  pfffft.  I did get two good days’ worth in Toronto, just walking around early in the week, but the rest of the week?  Not much activity at all.

Oh man...eating out, no exercise...oooh booyyy....I can't look!

Oh man…eating out, no exercise…oooh booyyy….I can’t look!

Therefore, I was too scared to get on the scales and so missed last week’s weigh in…and by “missed”, I mean “skipped”.  On purpose.  Completely.  I just could not face the music.  This week however, I decided it was time to suck it up and see how much damage I did and how much I had to undo.  Apparently coughing and sneezing had burned up a heck of a lot of calories because despite the eating out, I finally hit the 10 pound mark!!!!  I weighed myself two days in a row just to be sure it was not a fluke.  Hurraaayyyyy!!!!  And now despite the fact I am still coughing my brains out, I am getting better and pretty sure my metabolism will probably slow back down (dammit!).  But there is no way I am going to revert…have to keep those scales moving!!

Wooohooo!!!  I did it!  I'm going to be ok!!!

Wooohooo!!! I did it! I’m going to be ok!!!

Onward and updownward!!!

Now, off I go to get caught up on how the rest of you having been doing!  So glad to be back!

P.S.  Great comfort drink for your cold, flu, or whatever is making you cough, sneeze and feel miserable:  a hot cup of apple juice (the pressed stuff that looks like cider) with some fresh grated ginger and some cinnamon sprinkled on top.  Nothing made me happier than when my hubby showed up at my bedside with a cup of that!  He was an absolute angel once he recovered…just in time to take care of me!

This juice with...

This juice with…

...freshly grated this.  And cinnamon sprinkled in.  Make it hot!

…this, freshly grated. And cinnamon sprinkled in. Make it hot!

 

Dirty Secrets, Food and Randomness

I have a secret.  A dirty little secret that I keep trying to ignore but it haunts me just the same.  It forced me to face it last night and deal with it.  It is this:  I love gorgonzola.  The way the deserts love the rain.  No?  What?  Deserts miss rain?  Oh.  Uh…I love gorgonzola the way…um…monkeys love coconuts?   The way everyone in the world seems to love bacon right now?  I think you get the idea.  And a cheese like gorgonzola seems like something I should stay away from at the moment…far, far away.  But like a kept woman cannot stay away from her sugar daddy, I caved.  I ran to gorgonzola last night; it had been so long and we missed each other so much (ah, there is where that desert thing belongs!).  (I am just full of these metaphors today!  Or are they similes?  Or reasonable facsimilies?  I’m confused.)

I know I will be back someday...

I know I will be back someday…

Dinner was gorgonzola risotto.  And it was amazing.  And I was pretty proud of myself for making it.  I cut calorie corners where possible.  Like omitting butter that the recipe called for.  I only use extra virgin olive oil in my recipes.  And I omitted cream; I did need to add about 1/4c of milk (1%, yo!).  I decided to portion it so that I wouldn’t be eating too much (I had about 1/2c, maybe a little less).  I paired it with some chicken and spinach cooked with fresh garlic (4 cloves, minced.  What can I say?  Garlic is another love of mine.) and grated ginger.  I also added mirin, sesame oil and a little bit of soy sauce.  Heaven in a pan, folks!  Almost as good as Sex in a Bowl…but I digress…

Not a great picture.  I think I was too excited to hold the camera still.

A good idea:  use a bread and butter plate, not a dinner plate for your portions.

In the end, I put the recipe in both WW and MyFitnessPal and although it was scary when I saw the total numbers, once I broke it down into portions, the points and nutritional information was not as bad as I thought!  Not numbers that are low enough that I would want to eat it very often, but a little less than I was expecting.  Moderation is the spice of life (and I thought it was variety!  Or paprika.  Boy, was I wrong!).

I am also a lover of spinach.  When I have it in the house, I add some to my smoothies in the mornings.  Which I did today.  Just a handful, blend it in and you can’t even taste it.  At all!  I do the same with kale if I have that in the house.  There.  There is my random tip of the day.  Perhaps I should start doing that.  Just pop a random tip in that is not really related to anything else I am saying.  Right in the middle of it all.  Just to keep you all on your toes!

Well, today is the day that our Japanese groceries get delivered!  I cannot wait.  I might even unpack them all then lay down and roll around in them!  Ok, maybe not.  I don’t want to crush my Bonchi Rice Snacks (and no, that is not some dirty euphemism!).  Lots and lots of low-cal, low point, high nutrition goodness coming my way!

This bag will possibly last me nearly a month because I will eat them that sllooowwwly.

This bag will possibly last me nearly a month because I will eat them that sllooowwwly.

Until then, I am off to make a huge dent in my daily 10,000 (steps)!

Up, Down and Determined to Keep on Track!

While Tuesdays are supposed to be my weigh-in days, I couldn’t resist the temptation to jump on a day early…ok, who am I kidding…I have been jumping on my new scales constantly.  Bad idea, I know because as fascinating as it is to see how much one’s weight can fluctuate day to day and even within one day, it can also be a little depressing.  Depressing when I see the scales go up, thrilling when the numbers go back down.  But mostly depressing because being able to obsessively check my weight that often reminds me that I really need a life!!!!  Seriously, it sometimes is just something to do!  I did the same sort of thing a few years ago when I was in hospital for a week when I lived in Japan.  Next to the bedside, in a little holder on the wall, was a thermometer.  I took my temperature about every 10 minutes just because I had nothing else to do!  But I digress…

So,  I was sad to see that as of today, I was up 1.5lbs.  On one hand, I am disappointed, on the other hand, I am reminding myself not to stress, I am sure to lose that and maybe a little more by next week.  I am actually feeling more determined than discouraged!  Determined.  Not stubborn.  Not at all.  And no need to ask my husband and family about their opinions on that.

I am happy to report that I am no longer pedometerless any more!!  (<–I don’t always use odd words, but when I do, I use words that aren’t real.)  I hit Walmart and plucked that $9 pedometer from the little pedometer section like I knew what I was doing.

I love you, New, Cheap-But-All-I-Need Pedometer!

I love you, New, Cheap-But-All-I-Need Pedometer!

I also got one step further in getting organized for the week.  Yeah, I portioned and packed up crunchy snacks.  Like a boss.  I measured and ziplocked like nobody’s business!  I had purchased some corn chips with flax seed (because flax seeds make them super healthy, of course.) and some sunflower seeds.  Now, I know sunflower seeds are supposed to be evil because of their high fat content, despite the fact that it is mostly good fat.  But I measured out 1/4c portions as opposed to the 1/3c as outlined in the nutritional information (and once I saw it in the wee snack sized baggy, that 1/4c is a little more than I usually eat anyway).

Wonderfully portioned morsels of goodness

Wonderfully portioned morsels of goodness

Perfectly portioned morsels of goodness, storage facility.

Wonderfully portioned morsels of goodness, storage facility.

As for prepping actual meals for the week, well, I bought groceries.  That is a start, right?  I am still on the spontaneous side of the fence when it comes to meals.  But I swear, one of these days, I will take some stuff out of the fridge and maybe cut some of it up.  If I feel like it.  And if I can find the knife.  And the cutting board.  And if I feel like it (did I already say that?).  When it is cut up, then there is no turning back…something will have to be made.

And in case of the event of actually making something after said cleaving of food, I did buy containers that were the perfect portion size, so that is something!  I have decided to make a few large batches of food on Sundays, then freezing/refrigerating them in single sized portions.  Easy for days when we don’t feel like cooking up something good!

Super amazing, cheap, single size containers.  Like magic.

Super amazing, cheap, single size containers. Like magic.

We also don’t have a car.  Which means, to make a long story short, we spent almost three hours on our feet today, walking around.  That earned me a fair few WW points!  Part of that errand-running was to get my new pedometer, so I have no idea how many steps I took today but I am guessing the tally would be anywhere between 10,000 and a lot!

I am now also competing with a friend.  She is getting back in shape and has set herself a goal for May 1st.  I decided it would be great motivation to compete with each other and see who can successfully reach a decided-upon goal for that date.  She is eating right and has started at the gym.  She also has been using “My Fitness Pal”, which she encouraged me to use as well.  I checked it out and love the food database…so much food info in there, and it tracks calories!  I love my WW program but the database for food leaves a bit to be desired, I think (anyone else on WW feel the same way?  Or not??).  I think these two programs could work very well for me.

Well, it is another week, and another shot at getting even further along in my journey!  Loving life this week!!

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