Monday, February 9, 2009

Doing Better

What a crazy morning! But, as promised, a recap of my day so far:

Up at 6, with a headache and mild nausea. Probably because of yesterday (if you haven't read yesterday's post, go there first!) My Sensewear monitor (review coming soon) told me I only slept for 4 hours... even less than the 5-6 I estimated. No wonder I felt lousy.

Anyway, got up, and weighed in for the first time in several days. Not pretty: 237 pounds. That's up 7 pounds since the 1st of the month. Took a deep breath and sucked it up so I can get those pounds back off. I had my usual tea with skim milk and agave nectar. Then it was time to hurry and get ready to take the daughter to playgroup/daycare for the morning. She goes twice a week and I really savor those couple of hours to myself. The plan was to get right back home, bike 30 minutes, strength train 20 minutes, and do housework. But no. Do you think that could happen? Not even! I did manage to get her there in time, but there was, shall we say, an *incident* at the daycare which resulted in the "letting go" of the staff member and me taking my child home sobbing. I won't get into detail, because I *love* the daycare and the owner was so wonderful about the [awful] staff incident. However, instead of 3 hours biking and lifting and doing stuff, I spent 30+ minutes comforting my distraught child. But on the bright side, the incident was so upsetting to me that I got an adrenaline rush and easily ran up and down several flights of stairs carrying my child, AND the Sensewear monitor registered my angst as 7 minutes of vigorous activity. Moving on...

Breakfast was rushed this morning, and in a rush I have been eating Weight Watchers Smart Ones Breakfast Quesadillas. It's basically egg whites, cheese, turkey bacon, and veggies in a tortilla. They taste great, microwave in 2 minutes, and are easy to eat. I bought them because they are only 220 calories, with SIX GRAMS of fiber and 13 grams of protein. Great! But today I read the label a little more carefully and noticed 710 mg of sodium! That is 29% of the Recommended Daily Allowance. I ate the last one this morning and won't be buying them again. However, I had a light bulb moment and realized that if THEY can freeze eggs in a tortilla, so can I. I often make a breakfast burrito from Egg Beaters, low fat cheese, baby spinach, salsa, and turkey sausage on a Carb Balance high fiber tortilla. I think I will figure up the nutrition info on that, and then make several and freeze them in baggies. I bet if I microwave them for 2 minutes they will turn out fine! I'll let you know.

My morning snack was about a half cup of fresh blueberries and 2 Clementines with some green tea. A note on Clementines: I am really not a fan of oranges... never have been. I don't like the chewy membrane and they never tasted all that great to me (love OJ though!) For years I have heard people raving about Clementines but ignored it because I just don't like oranges that much, and they seem to always come in a great big box of about 20 little oranges. But finally this winter I gave in and bought them. OMG! They are fantastic! They are so good that if I peel them and put them in a container, my kids will snack on them all day. They are tiny, very easy to peel (the peels just come right off with your fingers), seedless, juicy, and SWEET. Sooo sweet. I highly recommend you go get some Clementines before the season is over... and I also highly recommend the Cuties brand especially. They have always been the best (although they are grown in California so you east coasters might have an equally good Florida type). I've tried things like Satsumas and tangerines and other citrus, but I always come back to my Clementines! One Clementine has 35 to 50 calories and about 1.5 g fiber, .8 g protein, about 80% of the RDA of Vitamin C, and lots of other nutrients (B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin E, etc).

Now it's about time for lunch, which will involve vegetables and chicken breast. I just took a couple of Advils to take the edge off my knee pain so I can bike. I'll be having a healthy lunch, then doing some housework, and then I'll be biking. I plan to put my daughter on the computer (in my sight from the bike) to play spelling/reading/counting games while I ride.

Will be back later with an update on the rest of my day. So far, so good. And THANK YOU to all of you who commented on my post from yesterday!! It was energizing and comforting to read so many words of support, and I feel like 99% of the commenters "got it" and offered what I asked for, which was sooo helpful to me!! (and those who have recommended the Beck Diet books, thank you. I have one on my nightstand and am working through it and will also post a review of the book within 2 weeks).

Off to make lunch!

14 comments:

~TMcGee~ said...

I'm sorry to hear there was an incident at the daycare, I hope it gets resolved and that she can go back or find a new/better one.
Clementines are wonderful! And if you want your garbage disposal to smell great, put the peels in there and grind them up.

new*me said...

well, aside from an incident ;)....

sounds like you are having an awesomely healthy day, Lyn!

I freeze breakfast burritos for hubby all the time ;) So much better than the store bought kind! You can even throw some flax in there or a tsp of olive oil for healthy fat ;)

ChristinaJane said...

i'm so glad you're feeling better and back on track today.

from one orange-hatin-clementine-lovin reader, i wish you continued success.

Hanlie said...

Glad you're back on track!

VNR said...

"I had a light bulb moment and realized that if THEY can freeze eggs in a tortilla, so can I"


good point!!!

VeeGettingHealthy said...

Whoohoo! Even with the daycare incident (believe me... I completely understand!), you're doing a great job being back on track.

Freezing your homemade "convenience" foods is always a great idea. Make a little extra of your healthy foods, and freeze a portion or two for a quick satisfaction.

I made homemade rice and potato flatbread today, and if there's any left from my very hungry tween child, I'll freeze the rest.

I like the cuties, but hate the white parts and "strings". We usually eat canned mandarin oranges. Wish they'd package them with pear juice instead of sugar water!

Anyway... good job! Vee at www.veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

Lori said...

I love clementines, too!

Lee said...

WTG! Back on track despite a rocky start.

Thanks for the reminder about Cuties. I've been eating an apple a day (with organic Trader Joe's peanutbutter) but had forgotten my love of these seedless gems. I live in an area where they are grown but neglected to get some. I wonder if it's too late...

Karyn said...

making your own frozen breakfast burritos sounds like an awesome idea! Can't wait to hear how it turns out....

foodfoodbodybody said...

GOOD GOING with deconstructing the WW breakfast tortilla!! I am inspired and impressed.

I love Cuties, too. A LOT.

Happy you had a good time outside (saw your tweet).

VERY excited to read your review of the Beck book - I am working on a review of it for a blog myself.

clickmom said...

Hoping you made it to the bike. I have trouble squeezing some aerobic thing every day. My new goal is going to be 10,000 steps a day. I did 6,469 on the elliptical this morning but not much else after that. I can see I am going to have to incorporate an evening walk into my already crazy life. Being healthier is worth it. Since it doesn't come naturally, I have a steep learning curve. I'll get there though.

antgirl said...

Keep it going! :) Excep the incident part.

Vickie said...

you did very well with all of that - I think that anything that happens concerning a child is VERY upsetting. Salt is always so high in the processed stuff - there is very little of it that I can eat for exactly that reason.

Annimal said...

looking forward to the Beck book review. I've been reading about it, but hesitate to buy yet another book telling me how easy it is to lose the weight simply by losing the attitude...etc...
I have a dozen books on my bedside already.
Does she really offer anything new?