One day at a time:-) I had two decaf coffees and a little chocolate Tuesday. Then yesterday one decaf and some chocolate. Had one decaf today and will probably have a little chocolate too. Decaf coffee rather sucks as far as I'm concerned. That's the extent of the caffeine. I got the dreaded sick headache yesterday around 11 a.m. No headache so far today, but I've had two nights of 8 hours of sleep--first time for that in awhile. Again, I'm just taking it a day at a time--so far so good!
I'd eventually like to cut out dairy entirely, but that's for another day.
I finally found and tried some red rice. It's definitelty my kind of thing because it's the short-grain variety and very similar to short-grain brown rice. I don't care for long-grain brown rice. I'm not sure how much I paid for it, but it was worth a try.
I had a little detour in my day yesterday courtesy of a very charismatic older kitten that showed up Monday. I called around to let our local lost and found know just in case someone called. Then I took it to the local no-kill shelter to see if it had a microchip. It didn't. And they were full--no vacancy:-) Fortunately I was able to bypass the public animal control shelter (I still call it the dog pound) in favor of the Humane Society, which doesn't turn any animals away.
It's farther than I'd like to drive just for a cat, but this cat would probably have not fared well. He was clearly coddled and well-cared for until someone decided they didn't want him anymore. He's young enough to get a chance to charm just the right person. It would have been my idea of a perfect cat--reminded me of one I had when I was little. My dog couldn't quite contain herself though.
Though I put him in an old cardboard box crate I had, he got out twice on the drive over there. So I finally I just let him roam around the car on the way to the shelter. He loved riding and finally settled in my lap. Just a dream of an affectionate cat. But, ya' know if 3 and 4 year old kids are occupied with their own cell phones (even just for the music/games), a kitty cat like this doesn't have half a chance. It'd probably have to be an older man or woman who likes a purring accessory to complete his or her "lap ensemble." :-)
For my activity: Fri: NordicTrack 24 min/2.3 mi (Pre-bkfst); Walk 22 min Sat & Sun: Nothing
4-Day Challenge (F-S-S-M): 1) Plant-based way of eating :: no added oil :: no nuts, dairy products or coffee :: one green tea + lemon 2) 60 min activity each day
Well, today would be the last day of the challenge, but I see no reason to continue. I'm going to jump directly into cutting out caffeine. It's a gateway "food" for me. I know it's not food, but I put a food in mine--half & half or milk. So for me it's a food. Nevertheless it leads me to eat other things ideally I'd like to be avoiding. That's the long and short of it:-)
To be fair, Day 1 was pretty good, but then I went downhill pretty quickly.
I will begin my "no caffeine" trip tomorrow. That means no green tea either. No, this isn't for everyone, and I don't begrudge anyone who can handle caffeine. I think for most of us it's not problematic, until. Until it is problematic. Live it up while you can:-)
Personally I have no business kidding myself (with the particular heart and sleep issues I have) by thinking it's okay. I have found it very difficult to moderate the amount of ANYTHING with caffeine, since I started back full-force a few months ago. For anyone who doesn't know or doesn't remember, I had quit it for a time. Got shingles and eventually went fully loaded AGAIN with the caffeine.
I got to reading some entries from others struggling in the same way on the McDougall discussion board, and I could have written a couple of the random entries I read there. I have never been addicted to anything, but I am firmly convinced NOW that I'm definitely a true caffeine addict. It may sound kinda funny, but for me it's not. Not anymore.
No luck needed. I get it done or not--one day at a time:-)
For my activity: Mon: NordicTrack 15 min/1.4 mi (Pre-bkfst); Walk 35 min Tues: NordicTrack 13 min/1.1 mi (Pre-bkfst); Walk 10 min
Up a pound yesterday--duly noted above:-) I'm smaller, for what it's worth--my blue jeans were falling off yesterday. Can't have everything. And to be fair to myself there's quite a bit of road ahead--I am so up for the journey this go-round!
Little tech note: I switched to a scale that measures in 0.2# increments from 0.5#.
For my activity: Walk 35 min; Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (10 min)
I weighed in (new plan for daily weighing) and was up a little this morning. The wt trng probably contributed a little plus higher cal food in the evening. I generally avoid weighing myself the day after wt trng. My rule will be to record the increase if it lasts more than a day or two.
The big thing is that I completed a full wt trng session. And it felt very good despite the long break. Bumped down to 13# (from 15.5#) dumbbells. Overall it was a boost to my confidence, which is what my workouts have been about much of the time this past year. Didn't get in the bike ride.
Boring ol' CPAP news: Got a new nasal pillow insert for my CPAP mask and oh what a difference. It's made of silicone and you'd think it wouldn't lose shape, but it had done just that. The seal around my nostrils is actually perfect now. I guess it's something that you don't notice degrading until it's too late.
I weighed in today and I'm down a half-pound. I'm going to weigh in daily until . . .
I weighed myself daily early on in my diary/journey here--probably for a few months. I needed the accountability of it and now I think I can live with doing it again for awhile. (I was only going to add the Saturday weigh-in, but I'll try daily for awhile.)
I don't know if I can call myself relentless just yet, but I'm working my way there:-) My back is pretty fine today so far. I think I can finally get in some wt trng later on.
It would have been more comfortable to remain silent. --Anita Hill
For my activity: Sat: Walk 40 min Sun-Tues: Nothing Wed: Short Walk; Driving Thur: Walk 15 min
Weighed in on Tuesday and was the same. Body fat was up--I think it's the highest I've measured with my little Omron gadget. Ah, soooo much room for improvement--yeah!
My back is infinitely better, thanks for all the well wishes. I did quite a bit of stretching and some pelvic tilts before my walk Sunday and that preparation came close to making it "all better" in a small way. It's getting better every day. A little up, a little down. Today it's about 99% of just right:-)
Loitering slow, the future creepeth; Arrow-swift the present sweepeth; And motionless forever stands the past --Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
For my activity: Sun: Walk 20 min Mon: Walk 30 min Tues: Walk 15 min Wed-Fri: Nothing much but driving
For Tuesday's weigh-in I'm up by a pound--no body fat check this week. Pooped out on the calorie counts. Will try to pick up soon. I did do it for a day--better than nothing. I'll get it going I'm sure:-)
When the weather gets cooler, it's always a shock to me to some degree. You couldn't ask for much more gorgeous weather than we've been having this week--simply marvelous:-) I much prefer hot weather, or maybe it's just that I prefer consistency. So I'm getting my head wrapped around nicer weather and cooler temps. Not a good excuse to be lazy, but it is what it is.
I have been dealing with low back spasms. The worst day was Thursday--I'm improving from there. I may try to do my wt trng--was at 15.5# on my dumbbells for that. Since I've been so inconsistent (lazy haha) as of late, I'll go back to the next lower wt for them. With the spasms I'd say my prospects are at about 50-50 today.
I got my permanent crown for a broken tooth this past week. Got my teeth cleaned too, and it feels great to be good to go for another six months.
Body Fat: 33.8%::3.8 . . . 35.2%::9.3 Start: 189 (June 2001) Low: 150 (Nov 2006) Current BMI=28.1 (24.9 = 140.5#)
For my activity: Nothing but washing clothes
It must be done. I'm going to try to have a good attitude starting out and hope that my actions will show me that I'm on the right track. Yep, counting calories--daily. I may stumble, but I feel pretty good about this decision. Sleep is excellent (7 hrs per) the last four nights--I'm having my coffee very early too. Maybe I'm getting past some things finally.
We got a buttload of rain--lucky us. I took this pic in my backyard on Sunday morning. I need a new rain gauge, so I'm not sure how much we got--perhaps 5 inches. The weather is lovely today--cloudy, cool and dampish. No more rain in the forecast, but it was wonderful while it lasted:-)