Tonight’s dinnah …

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… is a homemade pita pizza with tomato, green pepper, feta cheese, olive oil, and a variety of spices. I know the Coke is not a great choice, but something about pizza – even healthy pizza – makes me crave carbonated beverages.

I’ve been back on the healthy eating wagon for only two days, but I can already feel the difference. I was miserable with a cold on Sunday night and most of the day yesterday but now I feel almost completely better. I usually take about a week to get well again; 48 hours recovery time is amazing for me! I had a raw sore throat Sunday night; it burned with the fire of 10,000 suns. My nose was a leaky faucet. I won’t even get into the deets of what I was coughing up (sorry TMI). Now all I have is a mild case of the sniffles. I’m really on board with this idea that we can control much of our health with diet and exercise. I know that some conditions are hereditary or cannot be influenced in that way, but minor things like colds or headaches, I really think healthy eating can improve it.

Breakfast of Champions

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Looks like poo, but this was my breakfast every morning for the past week … a banana with a tablespoon of almond butter and a coffee with milk (no sugar). My day starts out great and quickly devolves from there … did a bit of cheating today *coughTim’scough* but still trying to make good choices overall. This weekend will be difficult, as I am going on a road trip with Reptile Man.

Breakfast at Cora’s

Ok so I did fall off the wagon a leetle bit this weekend … it was my mom’s birthday and I had some ice cream cake. Also went out to eat twice with the bf … he will be the death of me. No matter what he eats, he stays slim and sexy. But I tried to make good choices. We went to Cora’s for brunch today … surprisingly, I had actually never eaten there before. (We had tried a few times but the line-up was always out the door.) Now I know why! The food was amazing, and the prices were quite reasonable. Reptile Man and I both feasted for just under $40. We will definitely be dining there again. I had the Theo’s Skillet (unfortunately did not think to take a pic). It’s packed with veggies (onion, carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, green and red peppers) on a bed of potatoes and topped with an egg; comes with toast and fresh fruit on the side. According to myfitnesspal.com, this meal only has 265 calories (I’m assuming the obvious, that that doesn’t count the toast and fruit). Now I am even more impressed! Apparently I can go to brunch with my boyfriend without ruining my diet. Another thing I really liked was that they didn’t have a huuuuge menu with 21382948324 items on it; there was a good selection but it didn’t take me 30 minutes just to review the options. I like a restaurant with a limited menu that they actually do well.

New year … will 2015 finally be my year!?

I am not big on New Year’s resolutions, but I have a few this year that might even be attainable.

1. I aim to walk at least 10,000 steps every day

2. Reach my goal weight of 130 lbs.

3. Spend more time with my girlfriends … since I got a boyfriend I have been spending soooo much of my time with him that I feel my friendships are being neglected … and I never want to be “that girl”! (You know, the one who gets a boyfriend and ignores her friends.)

I am enjoying a snow day today … it helps ease me back into the regular workweek. I was only off for two weeks but it felt longer! I really enjoyed the holidays and all the quality time with Reptile Man.

I am on Day 4 of my detox diet, and still going strong … have not touched junk food, alcohol, pop, chocolate, processed foods, or cheese since Sunday. I am hoping to make it to Day 20 this time (last time I tried this, I got hit by a car on Day 5 and it all went to $hit).

Today’s lazy snow day menu was:

Breakfast: 2 cups of coffee with milk (no sugar) and a banana

Lunch: Campbell’s Healthy Request Fiesta Black Bean Vegetable soup (I ate the whole can); and a chicken wrap with ranch dressing, avocado, and romaine lettuce

Dinner: Asian salmon (recipe lifted from a Women’s Health mag); red onion and bell peppers roasted with olive oil; and half a cup of brown rice

Dessert: Oikos Greek yogurt (vanilla) and frozen cherries

I technically did a lot of cheating. For example, I am not supposed to have coffee, bananas, canned soup, tortilla, store-bought dressings, or rice. But considering how I normally eat, I feel like a saint right now and it’s already doing me some good.

Normally I don’t mind shoveling snow in the winter because I need the exercise and I love the fresh air, but unfortunately even 7 weeks after I broke my collarbone, it still hurts even putting a shirt on … so shoveling is out 😦 I have been struggling to find ways to exercise without hurting myself … even walking is difficult now because it’s so slippery out. If I fall down, I could hurt myself reeeeal bad.

Tomorrow is Friday and I can’t wait to see my man … I don’t remember when I’ve ever been this happy! 🙂

And just like that …

… the holidays are almost over!

I am really looking forward to having an enjoyable New Year’s Eve after the last several crap ones. I have an awesome boyfriend to kiss at midnight, a beautiful dress (that I got for sale $30 oh yeah!), and a party to go to.

Speaking of boyfriend, he spent Christmas with me and my family and I couldn’t be happier. We spent six days/nights together in a row (three at my place, then three at his). He spoiled me over Christmas with so many nice gifts, including a key to his apartment ❤ 🙂 Also a beautiful necklace. I am the luckiest, happiest girl in the world. We haven’t had a real “fight” yet (well, it’s only been three months so we should still be on our “honeymoon”), but spending so much time together has caused us to bicker a bit and irritate each other at times. We are currently spending two days apart so we can have some time alone and do the things we need to do … he is working today, actually. I also had a pile of laundry to do (he has no washer/dryer).

Pants are tight, especially with all of the holiday eating and drinking … however, I have started walking again with my dog (my mother the angel was taking care of him and walking him due to my broken collarbone). I am really enjoying the holidays (and time off work) and although I am dreading going back to work (because I have so much to do when I go back), I am kind of looking forward to starting my detox and getting some of this combination holiday/accident weight off.

Still recovering … tomorrow will be three weeks since my accident. I am still in a lot of pain, and there are many other headaches associated with this … it was a real kick in the pants getting my ambulance bill in the mail yesterday. I get hit by a drunk driver and now I am having to pay bills upon bills, filling out paperwork for insurance, taking time out of my day for appointments, etc. … all of this on top of the actual pain. But yes, I know that I am lucky to be alive and relatively well, and it could have been a lot worse. I’m so happy that myself and my sweet guy are ok. We celebrated his birthday this week and soon we will have our first Christmas together. 🙂

Physically, there have been some improvements … we are able to have (gentle) sex again, YEAH! And I can’t go to yoga, lift weights, etc. but I have started walking again. I also try to get more steps in each day (the Fitbit helps with that). I also started driving again, even though it makes me nervous.

I have decided that I will try my detox diet again starting on January 5th … the craziness of the holidays will be over then and I should be recovered enough to do some gentle exercise (hopefully).

Wishing everyone healthy and happy holidays XO

Go hug the one you love! And love your pets. And be happy. 🙂

Recovery is a slow and painful process … 9 days later and I still can’t even lift my right arm. I was off work for a week and planning to go back tomorrow, although I am really not ready to spend 6+ hours sitting at a desk right now.

I never realized before now just how much an accident can derail your life … I haven’t even been for a walk since before my accident. So many things I used to take for granted are so difficult or even impossible for me now.

In no particular order, things I cannot do/can barely do anymore since my car accident …

1. Can’t shave my armpits/legs/etc.

2. Difficulty putting on deodorant and dressing myself

3. Can’t put my hair up in a ponytail (or do much of anything with it)

4. Can’t do much in the way of cooking

5. Can’t do laundry, housework, etc.

6. Can’t walk dog

7. Can’t take a bath (afraid I won’t be able to get out)

8. Can’t exercise

9. CAN’T DRIVE!!

10. And, probably worst of all, can’t have sex for a while (we’re guessing 5-6 weeks); although, on the plus side, we will really enjoy it when our period of celibacy ends.

I don’t mean to sound like a whiner, just want to send the message that we should all be grateful for our health, well-being, strength, etc. You will miss it when it’s gone!

And I am so thankful to be alive.

Detox is going to have to be on hold for a little while.

On Friday night I had a car accident. My boyfriend and I were hit by an impaired driver as we were going through an intersection. I am in so much pain and have very little use of my right arm; I can’t even dress myself. And the medication I am on makes me very drowsy.

I plan to get back on the wagon and try again as soon as I feel well enough.

Detox Day 4

Starting weight: 179.9 lbs.

Goal weight: 165 lbs.

Current weight: 177 lbs.

Total loss: 2.9 lbs.

I was up a little this morning (0.7 lbs.) but still I’m pretty proud of my loss of 2.9 lbs. in 3 days so far. I had my worst cheat day so far today … an evil bag of Tostitos that was laying open on the counter beckoned to me. 😦

Detox Day 3

Starting weight: 179.9 lbs.

Goal weight: 165 lbs.

Current weight: 176.3

Total loss: 3.6 lbs.

Day 3, still going strong … 3.6 lbs. gone in two days is no small feat! I did get out for a short walk this evening and planning to go to yoga tonight. I cheated again today – I actually had bread – but I did turn down donuts that were shoved in my face and someone pressuring me to eat one, so I still consider today a win!

I can’t wait to be back in the 160s, where I haven’t been in years … I know I can do it!