Let's just get to it, shall we.
Once again, for the 4th week in a row, the mother@#$%^&* scale didn't move at all. I'm trying to be positive about it and look on the bright side: I didn't gain any weight, so at least I'm not reversing my progress. That would just be terrible. But, ya know, ideally that scale would be showing a smaller number. It feels like my hard work isn't paying off. I know it is in other ways, mostly NSV type ways, but I want to see a tangible result to my work. And really, if I'm being truthful with myself, am I doing all I can? Am I doing the right things? Not entirely...
Let's start with what I'm not doing right. I'm still working on snacking. Snacking isn't a bad thing. It really isn't. Snacking on lots of junk is totally a bad thing. Luckily I've pretty much run out of junk to snack on by the end-ish of this week. So, my snacking has been curbed greatly. Unfortunately, I don't really have any healthy snacks at the moment, either, so I'm not able to snack much at all. Which isn't helpful at meal time. I'd still say the vast majority of my meals aren't bad. I think I need to work a little harder at adding veggies in. Normally that's not a big problem, but this week it seems like it has been. I'll add veggies here and there to whatever I'm eating, but not really enough to count as a "serving" really. I also ate WAY too much pizza this week. Monday night was a girls night at a friend's house. We had pizza, popcorn, ice cream, cupcakes, and a mini version of churros locos (hard to describe, sorry). I kept it to reasonable portions, though. We curled up with a chick flick to top it off. And then on Thursday night, the ladies and I went to a "farmer's market" and had a veggie pizza. I'll tell ya more about it later. I also seem to recall a fast food burger and fries at some point... Tuesday? It was a small burger and small fries. Oh, I also had what I call "crappy nachos"- corn tortilla rounds, terrible canned cheese, and lots of jalapenos. It was like being at a baseball game! Anyway, the rest of my meals were reasonable- homemade burgers with lean beef and lots of veggies, with baked sweet potato fries- also homemade. Roasted pork loin with mashed potatoes. Pork chops and apple cherry stuffing in the crockpot with salad and baked potatoes. I had a light Subway sandwich- no mayo, oil, or salt, one night. I homemade some turkey sausage and shrimp gumbo.
Thing is, I'm not tracking any of this. I know better. Obviously not tracking is not helping me. I need to get back to doing it, even if I hate it and wanna b*tch and moan and whine and hate it and hate it some more... I have to track. Bottom line. Even if I'm just estimating and guessing at my meals, I need to do it. I might suck it up and just buy the damn Spark app. Ugh. Tracking helps. Seems like not tracking has been to my detriment, wouldn't you say?
What the hell am I doing right? Well, I'm working out consistently and dare I say it out loud, enjoying it. I think I've gotten this down to habit and I look forward to it most of the time. I figured my stale activity needed a change-up, so I began SparkPeople's 5k Your Way walk/jog program. I had no problems completing the first week. In fact, I accidentally did 1 extra day (repeat of Day 1)... it was a morning workout. I am not a morning person. At all. Enough said. The days I did the 5k training I also did 30 minutes of speed walking intervals, for a total of 60 minutes cardio. I only did 1 day of "cross training" with speed intervals and a SparkPeople cardio routine. I didn't do my Friday workout at all. I'll get that in a second. I also did 20 minutes each day of strength training, targeting a specific area: arms, legs, or core. This is perfect for now. I'm not too sore the next day, but I am working out to fatigue. Good stuff.
In total, I had more than 300 fitness minutes for the week (I think I ended at 310 or something). And that was still skipping a day of fitness!
The rest of my week was long. Like I said, Monday night was girl's night in. I wore my feetie pajamas. Super fun! I had to work on a super long essay about gene expression for anatomy and physiology. Wowzers, that stuff is complicated! It took me forever to do. Tuesday my dad worked on the car I'm forced to drive. It is less Death Trap-y than before, but I'm still sure it's going to kill me, Christine style. Anyway, Wednesday rolled around and was super busy. I turned in my essay and then had to read about Buddhism. A 50 page chapter in 4 hours. Ouch! I learned my lesson and read my other chapter on Buddhism this weekend. I have an essay about it to write before Wednesday. Blech! Thursday I had to take my mom to an eye appointment. Which reminded me to make an eye appointment for myself next month. Yay! Finally! I've been noticing my vision getting worse and I've been having more headaches. And by the end of the day, my eyes are super fatigued.
I skipped my workout on Friday and waited to do my Saturday workout until the evening. I was sooooooooo tired! I was simply exhausted and my body felt like it was made of lead. I had no energy to do anything at all. In fact, I slept on and off most of Friday and Saturday. I didn't feel like I was getting sick, and I'm not sick now, but I am still pretty tired. I dunno if I'm working out too hard or too much, working too hard on other things, or am deficient in something- iron, B12, D... If any of you think I'm working out too much too quickly into this journey, please speak up! And maybe I need to be eating more?... I dunno. My brain isn't being cooperative (it's swirling with Buddhism and cell cycle essays.)
Thursday night was really fun. My cousin and two of our friends went to teeny tiny Holtville (home of the Carrot Festival from two weeks ago, remember?) for a "farmers market". I loosely use that phrase because as I've said before, we don't get to eat the produce grown here. There was only 1.5 booths with fresh produce. The rest was food vendors (lumpia, nachos, shaved ice, tacos, pulled pork sandwiches, etc) and other weird crap like crafts. Of course, we all focused on the 1.5 booths. I'm so glad we did! One booth (the full 1) had the nicest woman that grew veggies and fruit. And, as it turns out, she has her own small CSA! The only one in the entire Imperial Valley!! Unfortunately, she has room for only 12 members and a waiting list. But, we got to talking gardening and she told me to email her so she can help get me started on gardening myself again! YAY!!! I'm so stoked! And the .5 booth was nice because the folks there want to start a CSA and are really involved in community events to spread the word of good wholesome nutrition. Too cool! I also got some loofah seeds at that booth. They run a community garden next to a church here and I accidentally came upon it once and walked around it. It was a nice garden. I got a lot of good ideas from it on starting my own raised bed garden. My friend Valerie, who was with me, also gardens, so we both were super excited. We both want to grow veggies and the like. She even offered me a small plot in her backyard to garden if I want (since my backyard is all dirt and sticks). Anyway, I hope I'll be able to get to garden again. It was a big stress reliever for me and something I really loved doing and miss a lot. I also got to meet the city... um... councilman? Someone that was in charge of organizing the farmer's market and learned a lot of great things that will be happening in Holtville, including the creation of a hiking trail and a community garden at some street he named but I have no idea where it is. So, I suppose if I wanted to, I could get a plot there, too. Ah, the possibilities...
I didn't really take a whole lot of photos this week, since I was so busy.
Louie was making me very sleepy while I read about Buddhism.
Gumbo. Took me 1 1/2 hours to cook the roux to perfection. Standing over a stove and stirring *constantly*. It was worth it.