Today’s Happy Note: Well, you might say that I am msot definitely caught up on my sleep….
I went to bed at eleven last night, planning to get up at 7:45 for a run and be at work by 10. When my alarm went off, I decided to sleep in until 8:30…okay, no problem, I would still get to work on time. 8:45 rolled around and I dragged myself into the kitchen for a pretty awesome smoothie (Silk vanilla soy milk, 1/2 scoop chocolate/peanut/caramel protein powder,loads of ice, and half a banana. All topped with Kashi heart to heart and some crunchy PB).
And then I went to my room to check email and promptly feel back asleep…until 2:00.
I have not done that since high school! I would wake up every hour or two and think, okay, it’s time to get up now, but it was like I was in a stupor. It was the deepest exhaustion I have felt in a long while. So I basically slept for 15 hours. I know I am still “sick” on the inside, so I guess it kind of makes sense, given that I have been doing a lot in the last week or so.
I made lunch when I woke up and did work on the computer (for the other job) for a few hours.
I had a mild freakout at lunchtime, when I realized that all I wanted was oats. Carbs? At lunchtime? Never!!!!!! But. I wanted the damn oatmeal, with a fresh peach, cinnamon raisin PB, and melty dark chocolate. This lunch proved to me how important it is to eat what I want: my body knows what it needs. Oatmeal at lunchtime is not going to make me fat. I know this.
I might lose the weight a little bit faster if I ate salads for every meal, but I can guarantee that I would be a pretty miserable human being. 🙂
Lunch dessert (what, you don’t have lunch dessert?!?!):
Coconut popsicle and baby dark chocolate truffle. This was eaten so late, I never had an afternoon snack.
I finally left the house around four. At first, my brain went in to extreme mode and thought “geez Caronae, you have already been so lazy and immobile and gluttonous (that one’s not even true!) today that you should just stay in. Just make yourself more miserable, you don’t deserve to go out for a walk or get to the gym.” This is utterly ridiculous. Does anyone else do this? I hate my all or nothing mindset.
But I got out anyways! I walked to the gym and lifted for about 45 minutes, then took a class called Sports Conditioning. It was really fun and a great workout! Not quite as good as my beloved kixkboxing, but still awesome. We did lots of cardio/strength mixtures, with jumping, abs, and running thrown in.
I was happy that I got out of the house (apartment) and did something. No effort to move is ever too small.
I did some house tasks before dinner. We started here…
And ended here:
Yes, that is the biggest pile of sauteed rainbow chard (and spinach!) man has ever seen. I ate about half of what I cooked. It was pretty spectacular. Topped with two sunny-side up eggs (I love love love runny yolks) and bell pepper strips. With a peach on the side!
This dinner was pure love. I was craving some fresh veg and protein. The chard and the eggs were from the farmer’s market. Can’t wait to go restock my veggies (and chocolate milk of course) tomorrow!
Funny thing about dark leafy greens: as we all know, our greens are good for us. They are rich in Vitamin K and I actually really enjoy them; cooked, raw, in omelets, stir-fries, smoothies, salads, wraps. But. Vitamin K interferes with the coagulation coefficient of the blood thinners I have to take (namely, the Coumadin). In the past, Coumadin patients were advised to totally avoid greens and other veggies rich in Vitamin K. But then, people like me, for whom that would not be possible, came around. Okay, so maybe it’s not that simple, but you get the point.
The solution? I can either eat no dark leafy greens at all or eat lots. I chose the latter. 🙂 That way, it will still interfere with the drug, but they can simply give me a higher dose consistently. My dosage is still creeping up; we’ll see how high I have to go. I am not giving up my chard, bok choy, spinach, collards, arugula, etc. Never!
I made a giant batch of iced tea and have already had two huge classes. I use chamomile tea bags, a packet of stevia, and a few teaspoons of honey. Summer perfection.
Dessert was of course consumed:
Raspberry chobani with Godiva raspberry dark chocolate and a tablespoon of Justin’s chocolate almond butter. There are no words. This was like a decadent ice cream sundae. I’m in love.
Another thing I have learned about cravings: if I don’t eat what I want for dessert, I will end up overeating/emotional eating afterwards. So I ate this “big dessert”, but now I know I won’t be raiding the cupboard in an hour or two! So simple.
I hope everyone is having a most wonderful week.
Here’s to hoping that my 15 hours of sleep last night means I am wide awake tomorrow!