Caffeinated

Today was one of those days where I could not get myself going, starting with with iPhone that I brilliantly programmed to wake me up at 4:40 am. Instead of forcing my eyes open, I turned the thing off, rolled over, and immediately went back to sleep until 6:30 am. Unfortunately, sleeping in means no workout today, but hey! – my calf was sore anyway, so, um, that worked out… this time, anyway.

You’d think that two extra hours of sleep would make an exorbitant difference, but wrong! It took about three mugs of jasmine tea this morning for me to realize that it wasn’t working. So I went from this:

To this:

To the right of the tea is my weekend friend: coffee. Luckily there was one cup left in the pot that my fiance didn’t need to drink, so I snatched that stuff up. And chugged it. And walked around wide-eyed, alert, and infinitely more talkative. I’m sure if you were here, you’d find me prime company.

In an unrelated note, I did take advantage of my … energetic levels to do something to help me with my goal of eating smaller but more frequent meals: food prep! In my history of healthy eating, I was the most successful when I had all my meals prepped and portioned out ahead of time. While today’s prep only involved my dessert, it immediately helped me to eat smaller during dinner time because I knew I had these waiting for me in the fridge:


Okay, so strawberries in Greek yogurt (with vanilla, cinnamon and honey) is not as exciting as cupcakes (dark chocolate with milk chocolate cream cheese frosting anyone?), However, since being wasteful is one of my pet peeves, just knowing that I need to eat this before it goes bad motivates me enough to do what I need to do.

If it works, it works, right? 🙂

EXERCISE LOG

Er, skipped. Tomorrow for sure!

RECAP: 5/19 FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Jasmine tea: 12oz
  • Water: 101.4 oz

Breakfast

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

Lunch

  • 3/4 pastrami sandwich on rye with sauerkraut
  • 1/2 cup potato salad

Dinner

  • Cereal with banana, strawberries and almond milk
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Early Bird and Weigh-In Thursday

After sleeping in all week, today I actually got out of bed at my alarm’s (rude) request even though I had zero plans to workout. There was no reason why I got up other than the fact that although I was groggy, my body felt done with sleep, and so I got up. Hmm, I wonder if lessening my caffeine intake (by the ways of replacing my coffee habit with jasmine tea) made it so that I received better rest last night? We’ll see how early I’ll get up tomorrow – I won’t be surprised if this was a fluke because this gal loves her sleep!

On the calf, it seems to be on the mend. Although I can get more movement out of it today, it did feel strained as I got out of bed, but it almost instantly felt better once I wrapped it. At this point, a workout on Monday does not seem likely, but perhaps I will be able to by next Wednesday or Thursday, which would make it exactly two weeks since injuring it. Of course I wish my calf would heal faster, but sources do say that two weeks is about right for healing time for a strained calf. Hmm, maybe I’ll try increasing my protein intake to help speed it along.

SW: 130.2 lbs, CW: 127.3 lbs Total Loss: 2.9 lbs

SW: 130.2 lbs, CW: 127.3 lbs
Total Loss: 2.9 lbs

WEIGH-IN

Starting Weight: 130.2 lbs
Current Weight: 127.3
Total Loss: 2.9 lbs

Goal Weight: 109 lbs
Weight to Lose: 18.3 lbs

WELL! Would you look at that: 0.7 lb loss from last week.

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

  • Exercise: Worked out last week on Thursday and Saturday but not since (thanks to my calf, hmph)
  • Beverages: Replaced coffee with tea (only since Tuesday), consumed minimum of 100 oz of water a day
  • Food: Cut out two of my biggest trigger foods – chocolate and pastries, increased my fiber intake (cereal for dinner, anyone?), ate lots of butter (heh)

Of course, the total 3 lb weight loss in two weeks (I’m 5’0, so this is HUGE) is probably nothing more than just the bloat that every one loses in the first month of living a healthier life. I am also determined to get this calf healed so I can work out again, because I am not willing to go on a low-calorie diet just so I can remain inactive. But that’s just me. 🙂

EXERCISE LOG

None *sigh*

FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Jasmine Tea: 12+ oz
  • 118.3+ oz (14.8 glasses) – I was thirsty today

Breakfast

  • 45 g Special K Vanilla Almond cereal
  • 1 banana
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk <– ran out of Greek yogurt, gotta buy some more!

Lunch

  • Leftover chicken parmigiana, spaghetti squash with Arrabiata sauce and steamed veggies

Dinner

  • Cereal <– Cereal for dinner… again. I can’t get enough of this stuff
  • Almond milk

 

No Thanks, Joe

I am so… TIRED! I was tired yesterday too, and it took me until later today to realize that it’s because I changed my morning coffee routine to tea starting yesterday.

Once or twice a year, I decide that I am so done with coffee and abruptly change over to tea for a few months. I love coffee – the taste and the stimulant rocks! – but I notice that after a few months, while the idea of coffee sounds terrific, I suddenly find myself not able to take more than a few sips. It’s almost like a mental block occurs and to actually drink it requires mental power to force myself to swallow it. After a few mornings of wasted coffee, mornings like yesterday happens: I wake up, make a face at the coffee maker, and start my electric tea kettle to boil.

Aaaand because my choice of morning beverage is lightly caffeinated versus the full-strength of a cup of joe, it’s no wonder I.drag.all.day. No worries, folks. Just a few more days for the detox to complete. 🙂

On the leg business: I realized this morning that my leg started feeling better because of the wrap and not because it was healing so quickly. I woke up feeling cool as a cucumber and started doing my business around the house without it wrapped (I take it off before bedtime), and no sooner than twenty steps, the discomfort in my calf increased with each step. So back on the wrap it goes and possibly any hopes that I can start working out again on Monday. Phooey. 😦

EXERCISE LOG

None today thanks to my calf. (Heal, baby heal!)

FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Jasmine Tea: 16+ oz <– Approximate, as I lost count
  • Water: 101.4 oz (12.7 glasses)

Breakfast

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

Lunch

  • Leftover brisket with potatoes and carrots
  • French bread
Chicken parmigiana, spaghetti squash with arrabiata sauce and steamed veggies

Chicken parmigiana, spaghetti squash with arrabiata sauce and steamed veggies

Dinner

  • Homemade chicken parmigiana with Arrabiata sauce <– Rao’s brand is the best!
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Steamed veggies

Dessert

  • Watermelon