Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Oh, It's a Good Day!

So a random fact about me; I have horrible insomnia and because of that and long ago, while was an assistant manager I used to have to run weekly stock crews that began at 3 in the morning, I had not slept without the aid of a sleeping pill for over 14 years.  It was primarily over the counter medication, but occasionally I would also need to take a stronger prescription; Ambien was always guaranteed to work!  However I am happy to report that for the past two days, I have taken nothing.  Granted, I didn’t fall asleep until at least 4 in the morning, but I am hopeful that I will be able to reset my clock and actually be able to sleep like a normal person.
I mentioned all of that as I didn’t have a chance to “normal” exercise.  I had appointments and errands that I needed to run today and woke up later than I would have liked due to the not falling asleep until 5 this morning.  And it sucks, because today was gorgeous; it’s almost criminal that it was sunny and 70 degrees in January!  But I had sort of a creative solution to the non-normal exercise.  It would be my normal inclination to park as close as possible to whatever store I was going to.  However, today I parked quite far away, so at least I could get a little extra walking in!  That’s actually what this blog is all about; that I needed to change the way I looked at food and exercise.  I don’t want this to be a quick fix as those never work.  I want to do this for the long hall.
I also haven’t been drinking enough water.  All I generally have is coffee in the morning and water throughout the day, but I haven’t been drinking enough and when I do, I just feel better.  Although I get super tired of hitting the ladies room what feels like every 30 minutes, but it’s still worth it.
Oh, and I did snack a little last night with a handful of lime tortilla chips and a handful of chocolate chips, although not at the same time.  That would just be gross!
Breakfast:  As I woke up late this morning and didn’t want to be late for my appointment, I had Honey Nut Cherrios in fat-free milk.  I actually measured it out to get the proper portions again.  I also had my coffee (god I needed it this morning!) with 1 teaspoon of sugar (ran out of honey, but bought some today) and Amaretto creamer.

Lunch:  Had a very late lunch, but I thought I would mix it up with a Lean Cuisine Ginger Garlic Stir Fry with Chicken and a clementine.  It was nice and light.

Snack:  I ate half of a Clif Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Bar.  I liked the fact that it gave me a decent amount of protein to keep me going, without a crazy amount of calories. I had to take a close-up picture of the super rad plate my Mom got me; yeah, she’s a great lady!

Dinner:  As a good friend often says, HOLY JUNK!  Oh dear god I was so happy with what I made for dinner tonight!  I had a salad with a little feta (cheese truly makes everything better!) and a little bit of reduced calorie balsamic dressing.  And then, the amazingness started.  I had steamed broccoli and sesame green beans (I will use far less sesame seeds next time) and the pièce de résistance, the chicken curry.  Even though that was the title of the recipe, it really wasn’t a curry to me, but it was still amazing.  It used brown nice instead of white, chicken breast instead of chicken thigh and used no creams, butter, or oil.  So flavorful and still pretty good for me, yeah it’s now a regular in my household!

Dessert:  Well that was interesting to say the least.  I made low-calorie baked apples, but when I took it out of the oven(it was in there for 45 minutes) it had turned into applesauce.  But it was still yummy different applesauce as it had cinnamon, chopped walnuts, golden raisins, and dried cranberries.


  1. Vera,
    First of all, i love your blog, lady! I always have all of these ambitions involving starting a project and actually finishing it. Your blog is incredibly motivational.
    You should check out these water bottles from Lifefactory:
    I have never been a big water drinker, to the extent that I'd feel dehydrated at the end of the day and have no idea why or what was going on. Then I bought one of these water bottles, and for some insane reason, it makes me drink tons of water. I don't know if it's because it's glass instead of plastic, or if it's to do with just looking cool...I dunno. Anyways, worth a shot!
    Also, I too have had tons of trouble sleeping since I was little. It sounds like a total cliche, but exercise really does help me sleep (sort of) normally. So maybe that will help eventually to get you back into a somewhat normal routine.