A Sick Weigh-In

First of all, the good news.  I lost weight!

September 4, 2013

Weight: 388.0

Change from Last Weigh-In: –8.0 pounds

I’m pretty pleased.

But here’s the bad news.

I caught Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease from Henry, who got it at daycare.  As with most childhood illnesses that adults don’t really get, Henry’s case was mine.  Mine is probably the most sick I have been in my entire adult life.


That is what my left hand looked like last night.  At last count, I had around 85 blisters on both hands, a few on my feet, and way too many in my mouth and throat.  This is the worst sore throat I have had in my entire life.  I had strep once.  I would gladly have strep again.  The only thing I can really eat is popsicles and orange sherbert.

This sucks.  I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.

Blogging will be scarce for a while.  I’m just trying to survive the days at the moment, to be honest.

More info to come later, when I’m well.

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Breakfast – sweet potato, 1 sausage patty, 1 slice of bacon, 1 egg

Lunch – cheeseburger on whole wheat bun, cucumber, tomato, cherries

Dinner – 8” Chicago Steak Grinder from Mancino’s

Man, it would have been SO tempting to skip mentioning today’s bad food choices.  Breakfast and lunch were great; between errands, work stuff, and other miscellany, we were late getting home, and all it took was a tiny suggestion of “Let’s eat out so we don’t have to clean the kitchen tonight” and we were going to Mancino’s, a grinder/pizza/pasta place here in our hometown.

However, as tempting as it would have been to lie or skip today’s post, that defeats the whole purpose of personal journal/blogging for accountability, and if I lie once, I may as well give it up.

I know I could have made worse food choices; still, given how my body is feeling right now, I feel pretty safe in saying that Mancino’s is not quite a whole-food place after all.  It’s funny; just a few days of clean eating is enough to reset my internal food sensor.  Crap makes me feel like crap.  You’d think I’d’ve figured this out by now, wouldn’t you?

Exercise was done, although it wasn’t a good workout.  I didn’t feel up to it with what felt like a brick in my stomach, but I pushed (feebly) through.  Let’s just say that I expect this is a week of Body Revolution that will be repeated.

Food is cut off for the day.  Exercise is technically done.

The rest of the night will consist of watching Sharknado on the SyFy channel.  It’s about a tornado that sucks up sharks, carries them inland, and then they eat people.  No kidding.



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Breakfast – oatmeal with blueberries, 1 egg white

Lunch – pork loin, cucumber, tomatoes

Snack – tuna salad in romaine leaf, pluot, green juice

Dinner – bacon cheeseburger on whole wheat bun, baked home fries, pluot

Today was supposed to be a Dudes’ Day with little guy, but he had to go to day care because I had far too many errands to run.  My day started off getting the oil changed in our car.  We were about 2,000 miles overdue, and our weekends have just been too busy lately.

We are in the process of selling a house and have a few minor plumbing problems that need to be fixed.  Again, as previously noted here and elsewhere, I have zero home improvement skills, so we hired a plumber to be sure it is done correctly.  (FYI – if you live in the Bowling Green/Nashville/Knoxville area, I cannot recommend Hiller Plumbing enough.  We are super pleased with their work.)  I am very happy to get this house-selling process finished so the new owners can get their keys and move in (and I can stop paying on two mortgages!).  This is what occupied the majority of my afternoon.

This also meant I was late coming home from work, and I’m not going to lie… It would have been SUPER easy to have blown off exercising, yet again.

However, we didn’t.  We ate a light snack, let little guy roam around us while we did it (because he loses his ever-lovin’ mind if we put him in his playpen), and got it done!  Woo hoo!  My only goal for the day accomplished!

I am very excited to weigh in on Saturday; despite not working out much, my eating has been great.  I feel pretty excited and hopeful about stepping on the scale.

I did a bit of grocery shopping this morning.  I like to go to the grocery early in the morning because you can often find clearance meats.  For people trying to eat healthy AND on a budget, meats that are almost ready to expire is a great find.  So long as you use or freeze them immediately, no problem!

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This puts my July (and weekly) food budget at $95.81.  On the plus side, I got a LOT of meat.  I also picked up some veggies.  I wanted to wait for Saturday to get them at Farmer’s Market, but I am fresh out of cucumbers and tomatoes.  Since they are one of the only vegetables I enjoy eating, I try to keep them on hand.

When I was buying groceries today, the young kid ringing me up commented on my Green Ranger shirt, saying, “That is the most bad-A shirt I have ever seen.”  It really is; I thanked him for it.

He then said, “Weird question, but are you into just Power Rangers or do you know anything about Super Sentai?”

He is my people; I love Super Sentai.  If you don’t know what it is, then congratulations – you are not a MegaDork®.  I am a MegaDork®, and I know that Super Sentai is essentially literally Japanese Power Rangers.  Every iteration of Power Rangers in America began life as Japanese Power Rangers.

I remarked, “Huge fan.  I can’t wait for Gokaiger to be adapted.”


Gokaiger really was a cool series; every sentai has a theme (dinosaurs, cars, ninjas, birds, treasure hunters, et cetera).  Gokaiger’s theme was pirates.  It was a landmark series for Super Sentai – their 35th anniversary and it will be America Power Rangers’ 20th anniversary.  I won’t geek out any more than this, but I’ll just say it was pretty cool finding another Super Sentai fan in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  If he hadn’t been like seventeen years old, I probably would have asked if we could be best friends.  Not that I’m opposed to befriending seventeen year olds necessarily, but 35 year olds asking to watch Japanese t.v. with minors is how you end up on the news.

That pretty much sums up my day!

I have to say – this daily blogging thing really is helping hold me accountable.  I think if I hadn’t made a promise to be honest here on my blog and didn’t have to let anyone know that I blew off my workout (again), I would have.  Instead, I worked out.

Obviously, the honesty is a big part of it, but for now, in the early stages of this Project: Weight Loss that I am on, I’m happy to have this level of accountability!

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Breakfast – green juice, oatmeal with 1/2 banana and 1 T. peanut butter

Lunch – pork loin, steamed carrots, steamed broccoli

Dinner – grilled ham and cheese sandwich, 1 servings of Fritos, cherries, pluot

Before I dive into what today consisted of, let me hit my (far-too-many-apparently) goals.


Goals for Tuesday, July 9th

  1. Eat at least five servings of veggies.
    • Well, if you factor in the green juice, then yes.  Otherwise, no, not quite.
  2. Drink 190 ounces of water.
    • Nope.  I hit around 100 ounces, nowhere near close enough.
  3. Do Week #1, Workout #1 of Body Revolution.
    • Nope.  Not even a tiny bit.
  4. Catch up on all of my grading for summer term.
    • Another success!  Of course, I collected new things today that need to be graded, but I’ll do that on Thursday.
  5. Write 1,000 words (minimum) on my novel.
    • Yeah, this didn’t happen.  Today was just too busy, and I’m afraid this took low priority.


Ugh, today was a trainwreck.  I am going to celebrate the small and point out that my food, at least, was fine.

We have a baby who has learned to crawl at break-neck speeds.  Seriously; if we put this baby in a marathon, he’d be outpacing your average Kenyan.

This isn’t unusual.  All babies go from paperweight to mobile seemingly overnight.  What makes our situation slightly more difficult is that our living room is sunken, which in our house means there are THREE steps out of it that a baby can fall off of.  Worst yet, we have a hearth that is about eight inches high (made of brick) that our little guy is obsessed with.

Bricks and baby heads are not a good mix.

As I said yesterday, we got baby gates at Essex yesterday.  I personally feel that home improvement projects should only be undertaken on the weekends, but Tina wanted to get started.

Another side note – I am the 1950s house wife in this relationship and Tina is the handy one.  Seriously; if she could find a tutorial on Pinterest, the woman could build the Taj Mahal.  So she got started putting up baby gates.

So while I’m doing my thing in the kitchen (FYI – I embrace my role as the cook of the family), Tina is working on putting up baby gates.  She quickly realized that we needed materials we did not have, so all three of us headed to Home Depot and got everything we thought we would need.

As soon as we start to install the first baby gate (by attaching it to the masonry of the hearth), I break the only appropriately-sized masonry drill bit.  (I was drilling because it needed a little more muscle, and while Tina may do more home-projecty things than me, I am at least stronger, dang it.)  At this point, I head back to Home Depot to get another masonry drill bit.

This time… success!  We got our first baby gate installed!  (And it only took two hours total.  Ugh.)


Tina starts working on the second gate.  It’s problematic because it is isn’t going in a standard door frame.  It’s go to cover a 102” gap.  We have the gate; we just have to be a little creative in getting it set up.  We get it marked; we have our anchors.

And we quickly realize that our screws won’t work.  We need flat-head screws.


At this point, it’s 8:30.  Little guy is cranky and ready for bed; I want to get done, so I head back to Home Depot to get the right screws.  I get back home, it’s 9:07, and we ultimately decide to call the day a wash and go relax in bed.

So basically… we burned up our entire evening and only got 1/3 of what we wanted to accomplish done.  And worse yet, we did not have time to exercise.

Baby gates are going on the back burner until the weekend.  (The hearth one was our greatest concern, so I’m glad it is up.)  Tomorrow, we ARE exercising.  The end.

As a result, I am setting one goal for tomorrow.

Goal for July 10th

Exercise! (Preferably Body Revolution.)

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Breakfast – oatmeal with blueberries, 2 slices of bacon, green juice

Lunch – pork loin, cucumber, tomato, pluot

Snack – tuna salad (made with 1 T. mayo and mustard, dill pickle) in romaine leaf, 1 serving of fritos, iced coffee (sweetened with raw milk and stevia)

Dinner – lean ham, steamed broccoli, steamed carrots

I made the decision today to start doing my green juice first thing in the morning.  I have been doing it before bed, but it energizes me, and it makes sense to drink it in the morning so I have the boost all day.

So, why green juice?  Frankly, I hate vegetables.  Except for tomatoes, cucumbers, and the starchy veggies (potatoes, peas, corn), I eat vegetables because they are good for me.  Right now, I NEVER crave veggies.  I eat them solely for health benefits.  Drinking a shot of green juice (I buy it in powder form) is a way for me to ensure that I get at least my five servings in, regardless of how many veggies I actually eat.

Right now, I prefer this one.  (FYI – the link is an affiliate link with Amazon.)


Don’t get me wrong – the “cacao chocolate infusion” will never trick anyone into thinking they are drinking hot chocolate, but it definitely hides the flavor of greens (which I, unfortunately, do not like).

In other news… I teach at WKU, which means I have summers (mostly) off.  I do teach on Tuesday and Thursday during the summer, but that means I am home on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  As a result, that means I get to keep little guy home with me!  I really enjoy our Dude Days together, even though he is going through a growth spurt right now which means LOTS of eating and LOTS of naps.


And when he naps… I sometimes nap.  This is a habit I definitely need to break before I go back to my regular full-time job in August.  I won’t be able to take a nap three days a week.  Still… I’m definitely well-rested this summer.  Today’s nap helped get some of the back pain tinge gone.  Mucho better, but still not 100%.  I suspect tomorrow I’ll be back in action.

We spent the day (when not napping) watching Power Rangers Operation Overdrive on Netflix.


It’s not my favorite season by a long shot (granted, I’m only 6 episodes into this season), but I’m working my way through all of the seasons in anticipation of Power Rangers Super Megaforce’s huge 20 year anniversary season next year.

Sorry, you knew I was a dork, right?

In other news, Tina’s brother and his wife had their baby today!  For privacy, I won’t mention the baby’s name here, but I’ll share this photo and say that Mom, Dad, big brother, and baby are all doing well.


Unfortunately, the trip to see the baby (and subsequent shopping trip to Essex to secure a cheap baby gate [Success!  We got two for under $35!]) meant we got home VERY late.  As a result… no Body Revolution tonight.  On the plus side, at least my eating was good today.

I have decided to implement Daily Goals.  I think they’ll help me stay on track.  After all, if you write down what you want to accomplish, you are much more likely to accomplish it!

Goals for Tuesday, July 9th

  1. Eat at least five servings of veggies.
  2. Drink 190 ounces of water.
  3. Do Week #1, Workout #1 of Body Revolution.
  4. Catch up on all of my grading for summer term.
  5. Write 1,000 words (minimum) on my novel.

These seem to be doable goals to me.  Let’s see how tomorrow goes!

How do you plan for success?

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