- Monday Feb 24, 2014
Weekends are just so darn fleeting...
Went to the hockey game Friday night and hopped on the treadmill for another 5 minutes. I don't remember what I added to my menu, but I know dinner wasn't the edamame, it was something else that I can't remember.
I did a bunch of housework on Saturday morning and then relaxed for the afternoon. Got in my 5 minute treadmill walk. Had eggs for breakfast, cereal for lunch, lots of tea, and shrimp fried rice for dinner. Then I got hungry and had more eggs and more cereal.
Sunday was spent on the couch mostly. I woke up with a good amount of pain in both knees, made it hard to get around. Even though I debated whether I should walk or not, I eventually got on the treadmill for 10 minutes. My knees actually felt better after this! Woo - a discovery! Eggs for breakfast again, leftover shrimp fried rice for lunch, cereal and toast for dinner.
My eating was pretty well all over the place, but for now i'm just being aware of what i'm putting in. Later i'll start really looking at it and deciding where I need to improve on my habits.
So i'm up to 10 minutes on the treadmill now. Cool, huh?
Breakfast - coffee, black x 2
AM Snack - bagel and cream cheese from cafeteria
Lunch - sweet potato, vegan chili, tofu, quinoa, 1 slice harvest grain bread
PM Snack - raw carrots, celery, tea x 2
Dinner - going to friend's place for dinner so no clue what's cookin', might take some diet coke with me instead of having coffee late at night
Water throughout day
- Friday Feb 21, 2014
Added to yesterday's menu - 1 serving plain triscuit crackers. Diet coke.
I only had 1/2 a sandwich at the meeting yesterday, but followed it up at home with a can of chunky vegetable beef soup and triscuit crackers. It was quite delicious and the sodium content made me feel quite disgusting for at least two hours afterwards.
I did another 5 minute walk last night. I felt a little burning in my shins (yes, after just 5 minutes), so I took a bath soon after and then massaged my legs. Seems to have done the trick for now. If it happens again tonight maybe i'll try icing it this time.
Breakfast - free Tim Horton's Latte (yuck, had to add coffee to it), 1/2 multigrain bagel with plain cream cheese.
AM Snack - 1/2 multigrain bagel with plain cream cheese, tea
Lunch - chicken, rice, cooked vegetables
PM Snack - raw carrots and celery, tea
Dinner - there's a package of edamame burning a hole in my freezer
- Thursday Feb 20, 2014
I went on the treadmill for 5 minutes last night. I chose this for a baseline, since I was doing absolutely nothing at all. Worked ok. Might have been able to baseline 10 minutes, but whatever. Nice and easy to start, right?
Added to yesterday's menu - toasted grain bread after work, with butter and peanut butter (x4), bite-sized piece of pizza bread and coffee with creamer (x2) at baby shower, toasted grain bread with butter and peanut butter (x2) late at night. Diet coke.
Breakfast - coffee, hot chocolate, 1/2 grain bagel, plain cream cheese, another coffee
AM Snack - tea, 1/2 grain bagel, plain cream cheese, another tea
Lunch - tea, sweet potato, vegan chili, wild rice, tofu
PM Snack - raw carrots and celery, water with crystal light
Dinner - will be during a meeting, soup and sandwich probably
I think I need to start going home for my lunch break again. I feel like i'm angry all the time at work, and maybe it's simply because i'm spending far too much time there without taking proper breaks.
- Wednesday Feb 19, 2014
I know it has been awhile; I have been conquering some demons, as well as allowing some demons to conquer me.
I had my physio appointment yesterday, and it looks like I will be starting from scratch. I'll be starting with being 'conscious' of how i'm moving my body and when I might be using some parts to compensate for the weakness, or 'apparent' weakness, in other parts. The therapist asked that I basically do nothing out of the ordinary for the next couple of weeks.
For me, 'ordinary' has pretty much been 'nothing'. Winter has taken its toll on me, and i've been battling depression for months now. I had the bugger beaten, and then winter didn't want to ever end. I guess I lost that fight. Not that I truly blame the weather; I know that it's a mental war I need to wage with myself. Just not today. And probably not tomorrow either.
Anyways, pooh on that. I have issues, but i'm working on it.
In the meantime, my eating has been 70% healthy and the good news is that my nails are strong and my hair is healthy. The other 30% unhealthy eating has caused weight gain and some acne. BTW, the acne makes me feel like a teenager again. Awesome.
Whew. Being honest like this is really exhausting.
Breakfast - coffee/hot chocolate, 2 slices grain toast with butter
AM Snack - apple, 7 plain triscuit crackers
Lunch - grilled chicken breast, plain white rice, cooked veggies, sauce
PM Snack - 20 BBQ rice crackers (1 serving, 90 cals)
Dinner - sweet potato, vegan chili, 2 slices grain toast with butter
Baby Shower event - cake pop, will try for water instead of coffee, I don't know what other foods will be staring me in the face
- Monday Jan 13, 2014
Ready for the work week; smoothies for breakfast, chicken salads for lunch (with soup if still hungry), oatmeal or carrots and dip for snacks, rice and cooked veggies with a meat for dinner. Done and done. And stay away from the holiday baking!
I have my first physio appointment for my knee and my shin splints coming up early next month, so this week I want to start up the treadmill again and start doing some easy peasy walks.
I have hope that my physiotherapist will manage to work a miracle and get me back into running.
A friend is biking for an MS event this summer; I think she has to bike around 40K. I told her to let me know when she wants to start training and I will do the training with her.
I am done being a slug; it is not my true nature and I think it might be turning me into a big fat grump.
- Monday Jan 06, 2014
Hope everyone had a great holiday season! I am back to work after two weeks off, and already (about 2 hours into my day) I feel like I need a nap LOL.
It is so cold here; we are going through a cold spell right now. Hopefully it breaks sometime this week. This morning it was -48 degrees (celsius) with the windchill. That's -54 degrees fahrenheit. I'm telling 'ya, this sh*t is bananas. B.A.N.A.N.A.S.
I've been very lazy while at home; hopefully this week i'll get back into the daily grind.
Hope 2014 brings everyone their dreams and wishes!
- Thursday Dec 12, 2013
I'm still plugging away and thought i'd drop in and say 'HI!' to everyone.
I may get to see my chew-bear, a black lab X and I got together. I haven't seen him since I broke up with X and moved out, which was in 2009. I am a little scared he won't remember me; it's been a long time!
My knee has been getting worse, and so I finally went to the doctor and got him to refer me to a physiotherapist. That should start up sometime in February; the wait list is long.
Until then i'll continue to do my best with eating. I am still on track and I can tell that i've lost more pounds for sure but I haven't checked the scale in a couple of weeks so I don't know where i'm at right now.
If I don't make it back here until the new year - Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!
- Friday Nov 29, 2013
Oh man, this has been a long week.
Guess what?! My home province's football team won the GREY CUP last weekend! I am one proud momma!
But now it is Friday and I am tired.
I am keeping up with journalling what goes into my mouth and otherwise just trying to keep up with life. Slowly working away at the house, preparing for hosting a bake exchange in December; cleaned the kitchen counters and cupboards, re-organized things in the pantry, took boxes of books out of the living room. My next goal is to wash the floors and deep clean the bathroom.
This weekend i'm heading to the city to check out a high school's version of the musical Grease. Can't wait! Should be fantastic, i've heard great things about this group of kids. And i've been having salads for lunch ALL WEEK so that I can indulge before the show and go out for dinner. I am really looking forward to that meal!
Last week, with the small changes I made I lost 3.5 lbs. This week, i'm hoping the downward trend will continue but even if it doesn't, I think i'm back on track and my head is finally in the right place again.
- Thursday Nov 21, 2013
Almost Friday; this has been a long week. Now that winter has set in (we've received our first 'staying here' snowfall and holy moly things got cold real quick, it's minus 25 celsius with the windchill this morning!) the mornings are dark when I leave for work and it's so depressing :(
So let's catch up on my walking. I moved over to the treadmill and was doing really good. On Thursday I wanted to try a minute of running to finish up my hour walk, and I pushed through to get it done. I also blew out my knee; felt her pop about 30 seconds into my run. I haven't been on the treadmill since; hopefully this weekend i'll get back on it because my knee is feeling much better now. Other than a few rounds of shoveling snow, and regular walking through the course of each day, I haven't been able to devote myself to an exercise routine. Don't quite know how to tackle this issue right now.
Instead of focusing on exercise, i've been trying to get a handle on my eating. I make salads almost every day for lunch, oatmeal for breakfast (except on weekends when I have something more filling, like eggs and fruit) and just try to keep it healthy at dinnertime with less starches and carbs, and more veggies and protein. I've cut back drastically on junk food and desserts. I developed a slight diet coke addiction while on holidays, and have also cut back on that.
In the coming weeks my plan is to continue to focus on my eating until i'm at a place where healthy choices come naturally to me once again. I've been there before so I know I can do it again :) I've been journalling every day and keeping tabs on everything that i'm eating so that I can pinpoint at what time of day i'm taking in junk calories and why.
Hope you are all doing well!
- Friday Nov 15, 2013
Since I last posted on DDs, I made two attempts to walk outside using my 'newfound' knowledge of proper gait and posture while walking. I'm sorry to report that it didn't help :( I still developed shin splints within about five to ten minutes of walking. I did try taping my shins, but didn't get much relief that way either.
And then towards the end of last week I got pretty sick and didn't walk again last week.
So on Sunday of this week, I moved my butt to the treadmill. I can go a lot longer on the treadmill without shin pain.
Sunday - 45 mins (1 minute running)
Tuesday - 60 mins walking
Thursday - 60 mins (1 minute running)
If I notice pain starting in my shins, I turned down the mph until it passes. There's a lot of slow walking in those minutes (for example, Tuesday in those 60 minutes I walked 2.26 miles), but at least i'm walking!
In other news, I really need to start eating better. I jumped on the scale last night and have been discouraged ever since. And only myself to blame! So I need to start making salads again for lunches at work, and minimizing my junk food intake. That will be my first hurdle.
Wish me luck!