Back to Business Tuesday Mumbo Jumbo

After three luxurious days of sleeping in and relaxing, the last thing I want to do was wake up early for a workout.

But after almost a week of no workouts, there was no way I could skip today – especially since my leg feels okay again. So I took my time (read: 45 minutes) in sending step-by-step instructions to each muscle and limb to get myself out of bed. It was painful, but I finally did it and got dressed.

“Proof” that I got out of bed. NOT easy!

And tried to act thrilled about it.

YAY.

YAY.

But not after drinking a few big swigs of coffee. <– lifesaver

Cat on my office chair again. That little guy is such a boss!

Cat on my office chair again. That little guy is such a boss!

I pumped out 2.12 miles on my walk today, which may not sound impressive, but what was spectacular about it was that I didn’t experience any pain. There was a slight discomfort that started almost from the beginning, but it felt more like a stretch than pain or ache. In all, I consider it a massive improvement! Now to see if my leg will feel good enough to workout tomorrow as well… Crossing my fingers over here! 🙂


Random scenes from yesterday:

05/26: Weekend coffees are the best

Getting ready for a breakfast date with my fiance ❤

05/26 Brekkie: egg white veggie omelette, buttered wheat toast, bowl of fruit. Not pictured: 1/2 slice of white toast with butter

05/26 dinner: carne asada taco with refried beans and Cholula, 3/4 ear of buttered corn, and steamed veggies. Not pictured: additional 3/4 ear of buttered corn

EXERCISE LOG

Whoop!

RECAP: 5/26 FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Coffee: 12 oz
  • Silk vanilla soy creamer: 1.5 tbsp
  • Water: 90 oz

Breakfast

  • Egg white veggie omelette
  • 2 slices wheat toast with butter
  • 1/2 slice white toast with butter
  • 1 cup fruit

Lunch [pic]

  • Carne asada with 2 tbsp refriend beans on corn tortilla topped with Cholula
  • 2 – 3/4 ears of corn (1.5 total?)
  • Steamed veggies

Dinner

  • Strawberries with Greek yogurt (plus few shakes of cinnamon, a splash of vanilla extract, and a dribble of honey)
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Faux-Sunday

Happy Faux-Sunday!

Sundays are my least favorite day of the week – mostly because Mondays loom a little too close for comfort – but where Monday is a holiday, it makes that Sunday feel like a faux-Saturday, and then that Saturday feel like faux-Friday, and then that Friday feel like 48 straight hours of wonderfulness. Oh how I miss the days of working 10/4!

Some random and pointless pics of my day… (There would have been more, but I got a bit too relaxed and got lazy when noon came around)

Starting my faux-Sunday relaxed and well-rested.

Starting my faux-Sunday relaxed and well-rested.

This is a picture of Mya right before I left the house. It is also how I found her when I got back. The life this princess leads!

This is a picture of Mya right before I left the house. It is also how I found her when I got back. The life this princess leads!

Saw this guy when I visited my local farm to pick up from fresh produce. He was singing on top of his lungs! What a ham...

Saw this guy when I visited my local farm to pick up from fresh produce. He was singing on top of his lungs! What a ham…

EXERCISE LOG

No workout because my leg was killing me today! The pain was similar to how it was when I first injured it and even debilitated my ability to walk. I rested it a lot today and made sure I wore my compression socks. I’m hoping it will be ready for a little workout tomorrow.

RECAP: 5/24 FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Coffee: 12 oz
  • Silk vanilla soy creamer: 1.5 tbsp
  • Water: 90 oz

Breakfast

Egg white veggie frittata, 2 slices wheat toast with butter, 1/2 slice white toast with butter (unpictured), 1 cup fruit

Lunch

Lazy Dog Cafe:

  • Edamame
  • Mediterranean Half Crisp

Snack

  • Strawberries in Greek yogurt

Dinner

  • 1 bowl of cereal
  • 1 banana
  • Almond milk

Whisker Wednesday

With Zack the Cat. I may or may not have been be holding him against his will...

With Zack the Cat. I may or may not have been be holding him against his will…

Mya with Zack mad-cattin' in the background

Mya with Zack mad-cattin’ in the background

Bruno

Bruno

EXERCISE LOG

I got up at 4:40 am this morning…

And went on a 2.13 mile walk!

At 1.5 miles, I felt my leg tug at me again, but I managed to push through and reach 2 miles. It was a good thing I was pretty much in front of my house by then because I’m not sure my leg could take much more. But still – I was able to work out today, so hooray!

RECAP: 5/12 FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Jasmine tea: 32 oz
  • Water: 70 oz

Breakfast

  • 3/4 cup Fage 0% Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 31 g Special K Vanilla Almond cereal

Lunch

  • Leftover 3 oz brisket, 1/2 potato, 2 carrots, French bread

Snack

Wasn’t hungry, so skipped

Dinner

The weather was incredibly hot today, so I came up with a brilliant idea to eat something cold for dinner. I tried this “5-Minute Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt,” but it didn’t quite work out. Maybe it was because I froze fresh strawberries, but my food processor would not and could not process all the strawberries, so I ended up with a lot of rock-hard frozen chunks. It got better as it warmed up, but then it became more soup-like. 😦 So I ate a few bites and then surrendered to a bowl of cold cereal, which I should have chosen for dinner to begin with.

  • 5-Minute Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt (Recipe here)
  • 1 bowl of cereal with almond milk.

Early Bird Rejects the Worm

You want to know what’s cruel? Waking up at 4:40 am on a Saturday. It’s one thing to have to get up that early to get ready to leave for a flight to Jamaica, for work to make money to sip colorful drinks with umbrellas and fruit in Jamaica, to work out so that you’ll rock that overpriced bikini you bought at Canyon Beachwear in Jamaica, or for an athletic event that you’ve trained for which may result in you celebrating your bad-assness in Jamaica. Unfortunately, the only reason my alarm went off this morning at 4:40 am had nothing to do with Jamaica.

No, this torture happened because it was time to apply my dog’s flea/tick meds and I have two cats. Long story short, the meds are deadly to cats, so our brilliant plan to coordinate this effort to get the stuff on him and let it dry while he runs like a crazy animal during his early morning hike. Honestly, the stuff is dangerous to kitties only if they lay on the dog which almost never, ever, ever happens no matter how many pouches Whisker Lickins I try to bribe them with. (To them, the dog is just a rude, rude beast who deserves a bat on the nose at least once a week) But to be safe, we opted to sacrifice our sanity on this Saturday morning to keep the dog protected from insects and our cats protected from our dog being protected from insects.

I think the rudest thing of all on my part, however, was that I did not crawl back beneath my snuggly covers after my fiance and the dog left for the hike. Nope! Since I was up and awake, I made the bed, started my pot for tea, sat down in front of my computer, and started this blog. Stupid-adult-thing-where-once-you-are-up-you-are-up.

On a positive note, I believe my problems with going to bed at a decent time, at least for tonight, will be solved.

EXERCISE LOG

I tapped into my inner 90s-ness today and went to my local mall. After walking around aimlessly looking for three things on my list, I realized that: 1) I’m so spoiled by online shopping, and 2) my leg has just a little bit more healing to go. So no walks for me just yet (and definitely no malls), but there will be more squats and planks in my future. 🙂

Other exercise today include walking to dinner and playing with the dog, which mainly consists of me throwing the ball 10,000,000,000,000 times and chasing after balls that get away from me.

FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Coffee: 12 oz
  • Silk vanilla soy creamer: 1.5 tbsp
  • Jasmine tea: 8 oz
  • Water: 101.4 oz

Breakfast

  • Egg white veggie frittata
  • 2 slices wheat toast with butter
  • 1/2 slice white toast with butter
  • 1 cup fruit

Snack

  • 2 tangerines

Lunch

  • Sushi

Dinner

  • Cereal with almond milk

My Cat is Boss and Thursday Weigh-In

Well, so much for my big plans to go to bed early. I was too busy watching – and then getting depressed! – the Clipper/OK Thunder game. Ahhh!!!!

On a different topic, can someone please ask my cat how I am supposed to work when every time I leave my chair for a minute, this happens?

Why yes, that torn up thing on my chair is an exercise mat, because it’s the only way I can think of protecting my chair when this little guy uses it as his personal climber and sleeping area every night.

And because it breaks my heart to move my little guy, this is how I end up working all day:

Ah, what can I say… I’m a pushover.

WEIGH-IN

SW: 130.2 lbs, CW: 126.4 lbs Total Loss: 3.8 lbs

SW: 130.2 lbs, CW: 126.4 lbs
Total Loss: 3.8 lbs

 

Starting Weight: 130.2 lbs

Current Weight: 126.4 lbs
Total Loss: 3.8 lbs

Goal Weight: 109 lbs
Weight to Lose: 17.4 lbs

I still can’t believe that I managed to lose 4 pounds in a month. Not only is this unimaginable for someone of my 5’0 stature, but to think that I did not exercise (thank you injury! <– sarcasm) and excluded only chocolate and confections out of my diet. Never did I say no to butter, and I’m really happy about that because, well, I butter makes life so much tastier. Maybe one wouldn’t think so, but this news makes me even more itchy to start up my workouts again.

It’s funny to think that not too long ago, weighing anywhere over 120 lbs for me was an omg-no-way territory, and now the thought of riding into the 125’s would make me do cartwheels down my street. (Reminder: at my height, 130 lbs is considered “overweight” according to the BMI scale. And let’s face it, I was.) After bursting out of my “fat” pants, I’m finally beginning to fit into them, and I know that soon I will graduate my fat clothes out of my closet in favor for my “between lean and big” outfits. It’s coming, I can feel it!

LeBron agrees because, obviously, LeBron knows best.

A little recap since last week’s weigh-in:

  • Exercise: My leg has its on days and its off days, but one thing is for sure: it is getting stronger. I am now able to bust out squats throughout the day and be actively busy, although when I do do too much, I “hear” about it the next day. At the moment, I am projecting Monday or Wednesday as my come-back-to-cardio date. 🙂seinfeldexcited
  • Beverages: I’ve consistently consumed 100+ ounces of water a day, but starting a few days ago, I’ve strategized it so that I drink a whole bunch before meals.
  • Food: One day, I realized that I so was tired of eating big meals and feeling so full afterwards that I decided to split total meals into five a day: breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, dessert. It was difficult at first to believe that that much less food on my plate would satiate me, but combined with my new water drinking strategy, it worked! Eating smaller meals also allowed me to introduce other fun things into my diet: juicy tangerines and sweet strawberries bought from a local farm. I also have a bag of pistachios sitting on my kitchen counter that I am excited to eat. And since I’m a person who prefers sweet over savory, it’s nice to have room at the end of the day with dessert again.

What I will/need to work on:

  • Exercise: I get so excited at my leg’s progress that I need to remember to sloooooooow it down. The chances of re-injury is at its most in the early stages of healing, so I need to take it in baby-steps and incorporate rest. (The latter, I need to work on the most!)
  • Beverages: Continue drinking 100 oz a day, with at least 8 oz before every meal
  • Food: Continue eating smaller meals,
  • Get to bed earlier: If my leg is going to feel better enough to start my workouts again next week, I need to get this one down ASAP so I can wake up at 4:40 am again!
    • Finish all my work and chores around the house before lunch.
    • Complete my blog post before dinner time.
    • Start dinner at 4:30-4:45 pm to eat at 5:30 pm.
    • Get ready for bed at 8:00 pm, be in bed to read the news by 8:30 pm.
    • Lights out by 9:00 pm.

EXERCISE LOG

No cardio, but I’ve been completing a set of 15 squats like a boss after each bathroom break.  Hoorah!

FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Jasmine Tea: 16 oz
  • 101.4+ oz

Breakfast

  • 3/4 cup Fage 0% Greek Yogurt
  • 30 g Special K Vanilla Almond cereal
  • Strawberries

Lunch

  • 3 oz Leftover pan-fried NY steak
  • 1 corn with buttah 😛
  • Sauteed veggies

Snack

None. Wasn’t hungry, possibly because my lunch was a tad too big.

Dinner

  • 1 bowl of cereal
  • Almond milk

Dessert

I never eat dessert after having cereal for dinner because the only thing I crave is cereal(because it is so sweet?). What usually happens instead is that I’ll have a bowl during dinner time and then have another an hour or so later, so they should probably be listed as two meals.

  • 1 bowl of cereal
  • Almond milk