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Maintenance and Mother’s day

Once I started to accumulate my boyfriend layer, I began to feel frumpy. My favorite clothes started not to fit and I was stuck wearing things that were expandable, did not have buttons, and my mom jeans. A battle ensued – to shop or not to shop? Do I surrender to my weight gain and buy new clothes so that on top of feeling fat, I don’t also feel ugly and unstylish? This time (yes, I’ve battled with my weight my entire life) I decided not to shop and have felt like a dweeb these past few months. I find that when I don’t like what I am wearing, I put in less effort over all. My bad hair days increase in frequency and I become less diligent with things such as applying lip gloss. It is amazing how a little weight gain can cause a ripple effect and other aspects of your appearance begin to suffer. Or should I say at least in my case.

I reached a breaking point one day at work while looking into the restroom mirror. That particular day I wore a t-shirt, hoody, tattered jeans, and ballet flats. I looked at my reflection and was upset of what I had become. Now, I work in a very small office of four so our dress code is fairly relaxed. But that day, I had really taken relaxed to a whole new level. Finally though, I have regained my willpower and after months of feeling chunky, I am doing something about it. Insert, 17 day diet and blogging experiment.

Mom, Balex, and I eating pastry balls in Germany.

All this self reflection got me thinking about a lot of things – including my mom. I have been blessed with two great parents. But seeing as this is Mother’s day, I feel it is necessary to write about my mom. On topic, one thing in particular stands out about her. I have always admired my mom’s ability to maintain herself. She rarely if ever leaves the house without make-up on and her hair is always done. Sometimes we even give her a hard time for going overboard because she showers and does her hair and make-up before heading to the gym. Although we accuse her of only going to the gym to meet up with her chatty friends, I am proud of her for even going – which she does on a regular basis. Lastly, she will probably kill me for announcing that she is sixty, but for her age she dresses well.

My parents came to visit for Easter, which was during the height of my hellish detox. I was reminded of my mom’s beauty routine and what a good job she does maintaining herself. It was enough of a reminder that I’ve kicked myself back in gear and been making much more of an effort. The weight loss of the first cycle is also motivating.

Last night I took myself shopping for the first time in a long time. I want to lose more weight so rather than treating myself to clothes I focused on the accessories. I purchased make-up and a watch. I am not purposing that material things and looks are everything, but from my experience the better I feel about myself has a direct impact on my mood, relationships, professional life, and over all confidence. I won’t always give my mom credit for being right, but I am going to give her props this time. Thanks for the motivation to keep my maintenance up.

I’d be remiss not to make a few Mother’s day shout outs. In addition to my mom, I’d like to wish my boyfriends mom a very happy Mother’s day. Thank you for raising such an amazing son and for always being so warm and welcoming to me. Also, happy Mother’s day to Carol (Curl), Lindsay, Kristin (Red), and Mandy (half pint), very dear friends who recently welcomed new additions to their families. Welcome to the world – twins Lindsey and Emily, Sierra, Lucas, and Macy!

The results of 17 days without vodka

Thank you for reading! You all have given me the strength to get through the past 17 days. If you continue to read, I think I just might be able to muster up the strength to endure another 17 days, or what the book dubs the activate cycle. Before I get into the details of the next cycle, it’s time for me the share my results to date. As of this morning, I am down 9.6lbs! Horary! I am very pleased with this number. I am a fairly tall broad so I don’t know if the weight loss is noticeable to the human eye. But, we all know that jeans don’t lie and I’ve been able to get back into my favorite pair of Paige Denim jeans. Before this journey, I couldn’t even button them. I will admit though that they are still a little snug. However, I am so elated to not have donned mom jeans this past week that I gladly endure the slight discomfort. I have some Joe’s Jeans that require a little more work, but I am on my way!

Alright, enough with the celebrating, it is time to provide the guidelines for the next 17 days. Things are looking up folks – red meat is involved! The activate cycle adds additional food items. However, you can only eat these new items every other day. On even days I will be adhering to the activate cycle menu and on odd days I will revert back to limitations of the accelerate cycle.

Additional foods on activate days:
• Shellfish – clams, crab, scallops, and shrimp
• Lean cuts of meat – top sirloin, flank steak, lean ground beef, pork tender loin, pork sirloin chops, lamb shanks
• Grains (1 serving = ½ cup) – brown rice, old fashioned oatmeal, couscous
• Legumes (1 serving = ½ cup) – black beans, chickpeas, lentils, peas, navy beans, lima beans
• Starchy vegetables – corn, potato, squash

In summary on the activate days I can eat:
• Liberal amounts of protein and green vegetables
• Two servings of natural starches
• Two low-sugar fruits (apple, pear, grapes)
• Two servings of probiotic foods
• One daily serving of friendly fat – typically for me this is olive oil

Other things to note:
• Eat fruit and natural starches before 2pm
• Drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day – I suck at this.
• Exercise at least 17 minutes per day

For my own pleasure and to make things fun, I’ve decided to title this next cycle “operation drop muffin top”. I am also going to start back at one when it comes to counting days. I feel that it’s is best to keep things simple and make a lot of little goals rather than one jumbo goal. A few of you have commented that you may join in on the fun. All my friends and readers are beautiful so I am not insinuating that anyone needs to drop a few – but if you are so inclined I’d love you to share your feedback. So please keep your comments coming. Additionally, if you have any questions, please let me know.

I am banging out this entry on my lunch hour so I am going to skip my typical meal, motivation, and exercise summary (also, please ignore any typos). I will close with saying tonight this girl will be wearing her favorite jeans while eating a big juicy steak and smiling at every bite.

Day 16 – I am actually doing this!

Whoot! Tomorrow is day 17 of this 17 day diet experiment!! I honestly cannot believe that I’ve stuck with it and am graduating from the accelerate cycle. I mean, let’s put things in perspective. In the past 17 days, I’ve had to survive Easter with the family, say no to doughnuts and pizza at work, stay sober at a happy hour, and order a lame salad while dining with an out-of-town friend. In addition, I’ve eaten over three dozen eggs, a dozen boneless skinless chicken breasts, a couple of pounds of Dietz & Watson smoked turkey breast lunch meat (currently snacking on it as I type – might I add, Lola the cat likes it too), and mounds of brussel sprouts and green beans. Just writing that makes my stomach turn – I am so over it. But no pain, no gain – or in my case loss. Even though this whole process hasn’t been so fun, I feel the benefits outweigh (no pun intended) the drawbacks. As I have mentioned, I’ve lost weight but am waiting until Friday to announce the number. In addition, I will be announcing the rules for activate, the next 17 day cycle.

Despite the stomach churning list of food just mentioned, there have been some pleasant food surprises discovered during this whole process. For one, I tried turkey burgers for the first time. Now let’s be honest, they aren’t as succulent as an 80/20 beef burger, but they aren’t too bad either. I ate them this past weekend and after the first bite I was sad that I didn’t have them as an option for the entire cycle. I have been brushing them with a splash of olive oil and flavoring them with Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning and either cooking them on the grill or in a skillet. Obviously, I am required to skip the bun which is a downer, but instead I pair it with veggies or eggs. If I eat it with eggs I consider it a pseudo breakfast and pretend the burger is a juicy breakfast sausage patty. Secondly, I am surprised but I am quite fond of Activa – the yogurt that contains Bifidious Regularis and claims to regulate your digestive system (although, I feel like I can not speak to this claim considering all the greens I am eating). The stuff is actually fantastic – but perhaps, my enthusiasm may be a little exaggerated given the boring food I am allowed?? At any rate, the peach flavor is divine and I don’t even like peaches.

Before I close, I want to celebrate a little more that I survived the happy hour on Friday without even so much as a sip of a cocktail. I didn’t even crack when my boyfriend tortured me by ordering fried pickles and tater tots and then dipping them in ranch (a dagger to the heart). I can’t say it didn’t bother me to be around people that were having fun getting their buzz on and eating party food. But, conversely there is something to be said for having the willpower to withstand the pressure and do something that is totally for me. It is important to look at yourself, stop making excuses, and take back control. Just as I am, you’ll be glad you did.

Don’t forget to tune in on Friday for the weight loss reveal and the guidelines for the next 17 days. Sure would be nice to have some company, any takers?

Motivation: Purple dress. Since all my money is currently tied up in t-shirts, I don’t really have extra cash sitting around to pour into a new dress for my cousin’s wedding later this month. So I am hoping I can back into an awesome purple dress I already own.
Lunch: Turkey burger, brussel sprouts, Activia, and grapes.
Exercise: At the time of posting, I have not done my required 17 minutes. But honestly, I don’t know if I can get myself out there. This weather is really becoming a drag, my carcass is freezing to the core, and I just feel like vegging on the couch.

Fight Multiple Sclerosis, wear this shirt.

PassingLEFT is pleased to announce our first community outreach project benefiting the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. MS is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease.

The Western PA Chapter of the National MS Society is a community of individuals who want to do something about MS now! Founded in 1956, the Chapter is committed to providing quality programs and services to an estimated 7,300 Pennsylvanians affected by MS. Serving 26 counties in Western Pennsylvania, the Western PA Chapter also raises money to fund cutting edge research into the cause and cure of MS.

On June 11 and 12, the Western PA Chapter is hosting an “Escape to the Lake” biking event which takes approximately 1600 cyclist 150 scenic miles through Western PA. In honor of this extraordinary event, PassingLEFT and the Western PA Chapter have teamed up to offer a special edition shirt with 25% of the proceeds going towards the fight against MS. The color combinations available are brown shirt/turquoise ink and blue shirt/white ink. Shirts are made-to-order; see details below.

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An unconventional fit

PassingLEFT is pleased to introduce you to our first guest blogger “Unathletic Angela”. Angela is an auditor by day and aspiring writer by night. Read on and enjoy!

I was skinny once. Ten years ago, I was 40 – 50 pounds lighter than I am today. For the most part, I didn’t even have to try. When I gained a few pounds in college, two months of portion control and a conventional exercise routine was all that I needed to get back on track. Unfortunately, as the years went by, I became complacent. I put on pounds so slowly that I almost didn’t realize it was happening – until recently, when I started looking at pictures from five years ago. I remember when I looked at those pictures right after they were taken, I thought to myself, “Uh oh, I’m getting fat.“ Now, when I look at them, I think, “I wish I was that skinny again!“ The realization held enough shock factor to motivate me to do something to get back to some semblance of the girl I used to be. This turned out to be a lot harder than I thought it would be. After months of half-hearted efforts and minimal results, I decided to modify my goal – if I couldn’t be skinny, then I at least wanted to be fit.

The convention of fitness tells us that in addition to monitoring our diet, we need to exercise – read aerobics routines and strength training regimens. The fitness industry offers us a variety of resources in this vein: gyms and workout dvds – even an entire TV station offering only fitness programming. However, my attention span is not what it was 10 years ago. If you’re like me, then after a week or two of these routines, you are bored out of your mind. Moreover, I am not particularly athletically inclined (Need proof? Case in point: I’ve broken limbs and appendages riding a bike – or even just running up the stairs… true story). Regardless of the health and self-esteem benefits, who wants to stick with something that’s boring (and dangerous, if you‘re a klutz like me!) when you could be spending those precious hours out doing something fun? Perhaps that’s why I – and 63% of my fellow Americans – are overweight: it‘s more fun to be fat. Apparently, conventional fitness has failed the masses.

Therefore, this blog will chronicle my quest to seek out fitness in less conventional ways – practical ways, fun ways, even ridiculous ways. I’m not above or below trying anything that will help me achieve my goal.

April 2011 – The Journey of a Thousand Miles
Lao-tzu said that “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” So, I decided to make that first step an easy one. This month – I am walking into shape.

Walking might not seem like something that would make a big impact, but even the Mayo Clinic applauds the benefits of walking. As the Mayo Clinic reports, you can enjoy a multitude of benefits from walking, such as: increasing good cholesterol and decreasing bad cholesterol, lowering your blood pressure, reducing your risk or managing type 2 diabetes, managing your weight, improving your mood, and staying fit.

Sounds good, right? So, here are ways you can walk as part of a regular routine… or just for fun:

Walking to Work – This may not be an option for everyone, but it is easy when you live/work in an urban environment. Recently, on a business trip to D.C., I ditched the option to metro or cab to work and opted to walk the 10 or so blocks to the office. Add in carrying a backpack or work tote for files and a laptop to your trip like I did, and you’ll be upping the ante in your fight for calorie burn. You can also try walking around town at lunch with a friend (or by yourself) just to get away from all the coworkers you’d rather kill than spend another minute with. Or, park a little further away from your office and give yourself a chance to burn some calories to and from your desk. If you don’t want to sport a pair of tennis shoes with your skirt or suit, invest in a few pairs of comfortable flats. For all you girls who think that all flats and no stilettos make you a dull girl, pack your heels in a bag and change once you get to your desk.

I haven’t forgotten about all of you unfortunates who work in a more suburban environment (I‘m one of you now). You can always check into nearby walking trails and take a little stroll at lunch. If you choose that option, you might want to pack some walking clothes and change in the bathroom – no one wants to smell your stale sweat all afternoon.

Tourist on Two Feet – It’s spring, and I don’t think I’m the only one in western Pennsylvania with raging cabin fever. So, get out and enjoy your native cities or take a road trip to some place fun. I was lucky enough to be in D.C. during the peak of Cherry Blossom season. I opted to walk the streets of our national capital, finding myself at many interesting museums (the Newseum is my new favorite), monuments (who doesn‘t love the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials?), the Verizon Center (Go Caps? Go Wizards?), and yes, even a few restaurants and bars (If you know your restaurant ahead of time, you can Google the calorie information for their menu and pick something smart. As for the bars, opt for a light beer, a glass of wine, or liquor straight up or on the rocks – these have fewer calories than heavy beers and mixed drinks… so they will not completely undo the benefit of walking. Of course, I’m not saying that I did that… just saying you should).

Ultimately, I may not have necessarily been successful in walking off my weight, but I blame the alluring night life of D.C. and the fact that I am drinking wine as I write this blog. Nevertheless, I did myself more benefit than if I hadn’t walked at all.

Next month, I’m going to try something a little more serious: Jazzercise. Yes, you read that right. If you want to see what this semi-uncoordinated girl can do… or if you just want to see me get myself into a train wreck… stay tuned!

~Unathletic Angela

Day 10 – Over halfway there

I can’t believe I am over half way done with this 17 day diet experiment. It hasn’t been fun but somehow the time has gone fast and I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I haven’t decided whether or not I will continue on with cycle two – although, my waistline is screaming for me to go for it! I haven’t read ahead in the book to see what it entails but it’s got to be better than this, right? I will say that I have seen movement on the scale but I am holding out on giving you all a figure until the 17th day.

I think this diet works because you get so sick of the foods you can eat you just go numb and don’t feel like eating at all. It’s getting hard for me to continue choking down eggs. By my calculations, I’ve eaten just over two dozen in the past 10 days. I am also getting tired of greens – which happens to be my favorite color. The only thing keeping me on this diet is that I actually like vegetables. But even me, the girl who can eat a pound of asparagus in one sitting, is growing tired of the leafy stuff. And maybe this is too much information – but I give it to you real – my stomach is all bloaty.

My epic fail is that I am not drinking nearly the suggested 64 ounces of water per day. I would say I am lucky if I drink half of that. It’s not that I don’t like water; it’s that my bladder is the size of a ravioli. Who wants to be running to the little girls room every five minutes?

I’m not all gripes. As I mentioned, I’ve seen movement on the scale. I’ve also experienced other pleasant surprises in this journey. Now that I have gotten through the detox hell, I am amazed at how good I feel. My energy level is normal, I haven’t had a headache in days, I am sleeping better, I feel less weighed down – all around I just feel better. Perhaps, this diet is a testament that less is more. I am also impressed at how little I miss carbs. It’s almost like the less I eat, the less I want to eat them. Does that make sense?

I have no idea where this sudden surge of willpower came from but it is serving me well so I am embracing it. For example, thanks to bring your rug rat to work day, my office was a fatty mine field today. A box of doughnuts (sprinkles to boot) greeted me this morning and a piping hot pepperoni pizza was served at lunch. It’s so unlike me but I was able to pass and stuck to my salad topped with yet another hardboiled egg.
Tomorrow though will be the true test of my willpower. I’m attempting to attend a happy hour sans cocktails and cheap apps. Wish me luck!

Motivation: My feet. As I mention in my blog entry Making lemonade I have bad feet. It makes sense that the less weight they have to lug around the better off they’ll be.
Dinner: Grilled marinated boneless and skinless chicken breast and grilled asparagus.
Exercise: Running my co-worker’s kid up and down the hall in a wheeled chair (whhhheeeeeeeeeee!). I didn’t have time for anything else because my freaking chicken took two hours to cook. I ran out of propane mid-cooking and had to run up to Lowes. It’s times like these that is really sucks to have a long distance boyfriend. It took me a good 20 minutes to unhook the dang thing because I didn’t know it was bolted in.

Iraqi women make the best hummus ever

Because of my 17 day diet experiment it seems like my latest writings have demonized food. Food is not an evil thing – in fact it can be amazingly beautiful. So I bring you this blog post, a deviation from the past few, to tell you a story.

I am not one to have regrets in life, but, I have two. One of which is that I did not study aboard during college (the other I’ll save for another blog post). I love traveling, learning about cultures, and I pride myself in becoming as socially aware as possible. Luckily, I have been able to find a “work-around” for this regret. This regret is one of the many reasons why in 2009, I volunteered as a civilian for a deployment to Iraq. As much as I benefited from my trip to Iraq professionally, I was also able to accomplish many of the things I hoped to accomplish in a study aboard program. I became more independent, learned about Middle Eastern cultures, enhanced my appreciation for the US, and even learned a couple of words of Arabic – which unfortunately I’ve mostly forgotten.

During my deployment, I was part of a task force that investigated and prosecuted cases of contract fraud and public corruption related to US spending in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. In addition to this task force, there was another whose primary role was to work with local Iraqi investigators and interpreters and assist them in conducting investigations. Although, I was not assigned to this task force, I took every advantage to tag along and work with the Iraqis. My memories with these individuals are my most cherished from the entire six month deployment. One particular experience stands out to me. The Iraqi investigators and interpreters were hosting a going away dinner party for an American investigator that worked with them for over a year. An unbelievable feast of fish, hummus, grape leaves, and other local fare was prepared by the wives and mothers of the male Iraqi investigators. Even though the women prepared the food, they were unable to join the party. In the Iraqi culture, after females reach adolescence it is no longer appropriate for them to socialize with men who are not relatives. So here I am, a female, getting to participate in this wonderful feast but the women who prepared it were sequestered to another room.

My favorite part of this story (yes, stick with me – there is a silver lining) is the American investigator that was leaving was female and her role was not only to supervise all of the American investigators on the task force, but also the Iraqi ones. The Iraqi investigators were visibly upset that she was leaving and it was apparent she was respected by them. All of the Iraqis pitched in and purchased her a beautiful gold necklace. I felt sad for the women that were confined to the kitchen, but at the same time I was so proud of these men for accepting this woman and allowing her to demonstrate the role woman play in our culture. And maybe, just maybe, these men will start viewing their mothers, wives, and daughters in a whole new light.

I close by saying, those Iraqi women made the best hummus I’ve ever had.

For obvious reasons I can’t post pictures of my Iraqi friends. But I’d be remiss not to showcase the amazing food.

Day 6 – first Easter ever sans Cadbury eggs

I took a few days off from the blog to enjoy the holiday weekend with my family. But don’t worry; I’ve been suffering behind the scenes. Although, I have still been struggling with headaches, I am not starving anymore. I think my body is finally starting to adjust. The most difficult thing this whole weekend has been the temptations – being a holiday and all.

My dad, who loves to cook, drove all the way from Michigan with a car full of groceries. When he visits, I surrender the kitchen to him and it’s like I’m a kid all over again. I warned him before he came that I was on a crazy diet. But, my mom, sister, and he still have to eat and they shouldn’t have to suffer too. Surprisingly though, I’ve been able to navigate myself without too much deviation from the diet plan. Last night my dad grilled porterhouse steaks and potatoes, steamed Brussels sprouts, and baked a mandarin orange cake with cream cheese frosting. Since the 17 day diet is centered around protein I allowed myself to have piece of steak the size of a deck of cards and I paired it with a heaping mound of brussel sprouts. Somehow I mustered up the strength to say no to the crispy buttery grilled potatoes and fluffy moist cake topped with my absolutely favorite frosting (good lord, it hurts me just to type that!). So even though I indulged in a little red meat, I feel good about things.

Speaking of being a kid all over again, even though I am 30, I still demand an Easter basket. This year is no exception. My ultimate favorite treat is Cadbury eggs and you betcha I got some this morning in my basket. But, because of this stupid diet I had to break tradition and tell myself I couldn’t have one for breakfast. Instead, I turned to more real eggs (again!) for a protein based breakfast. I will be freezing the Cadbury eggs for when this dang experiment is over.

I am surprised with my willpower this time around – I can’t tell you how many times I have started and failed various diets. I can sometimes be a private person so this whole blogging thing is new to me – not to mention, I am not a writer. But, I really think the accountability is keeping me in check. I don’t want you all to know that I failed. In addition to the viral support and accountability, it’s been great to have the support of my family this weekend. I highly recommend if you are going to embark upon something like this to let the people around you know and request their support. For example, when my sister went to cut the cake she brought over just enough plates for my mom, dad, and her. I was sad, but it was a good thing she didn’t ask me if I wanted some, because I didn’t have the opportunity to say, “why not”.

Motivation: Jesus. Even though I was raised Catholic, I really struggle with religion in general. But I figure he’s the reason behind this holiday and if he can do the whole cross thing for us, I certainly can fast for 17 days.
Easter Dinner: Because of the diet, my dad left the ham at home. Instead, I had grilled chicken and green beans.
Exercise:After dinner stroll with mom.

Day three – recognizing rituals

Today was much better. I woke up and my headache was gone. I still feel hungry but I have enough energy to function normally. Thanks for asking.

I did a lot of recognizing and reflecting today. The reason a diet is hard is because you cannot have everything you want. I for one do not like being told no. And a diet is just that – a whole lot of nos. Particularly, this diet. No red meat, no starches, no sweet-sweet booze…the list goes on and on. It is hard to learn to tell myself no. It is amazing how we are such creatures of habit and feel lost if patterns change or pout if something is no longer available to us. Twice today I felt lost and admittedly pouted a little bit. Every morning I walk to the local coffee shop on my way into the office for a vanilla chai tea latte. That warm sweet nectar is my daily sanctuary as I begrudgingly sit down at my desk. Most afternoons I treat myself to a couple banana Laffy Taffys to get me through the day (hey, no judgements! it’s the simple things). I enjoy the taffy partly because of the taste and partly because of the lame jokes. It’s so sad to admit but this morning I naturally started walking towards the coffee shop and didn’t remember I was on a diet until I was already half way there. This afternoon I went reaching into my desk drawer for two dimes so I could go downstairs to buy my candy. But all that matters is that I caught myself red handed and the final score is: me 2 : rituals 0.

Success of a “diet” is the ability to recognize our not so healthy rituals and replace them with the new ones. Which really translates in to making long term adjustments and living an overall healthy lifestyle. Now, I am not saying that I should never have another chai tea again. But do I really need one everyday? Even though mine are made with skim milk, I am sure that cup is packing a couple hundred calories. Moderation is key. Also, what if I trade in my afternoon taffys for a quick afternoon walk around the block to wake me up. Or as long as it’s before 2pm, I could always reach for a piece of fruit.

Is there something you “need” everyday? Try skipping it tomorrow – I dare you. And while you are at it, send me a lame joke.

Motivation: Third world countries. So may others across the world are so much less fortunate than us and don’t know where their next meal is coming from. And just because getting chubby is a luxury to us – doesn’t mean I should take advantage of it.
Lunch: Greens with turkey breast, hard boiled egg, tomato, cucumber, and grilled eggplant, bell pepper, red onion and mushrooms. Used a touch of caesar dressing which is a no-no, but I just needed a little flavor!!!!
Exercise: Run/walked 3 miles alternating between the two every two songs. Listened to 90s pop on Pandora and noted a number of times that I hate boy bands.

Day two, hump day equals grump day

Please tell me someone is reading this, because I am miserable. Today started at 4am, the headache I went to bed with woke me up and I couldn’t fall back asleep.

I should mention I spent last weekend in Austin and I am coming off a bender. I liken myself to a crack head coming down from a high cold turkey.

To put things in perspective, let’s review some of my food adventures from last weekend. I kicked things off right with tacos and queso from Torcy’s Taco and finished it off with a custom built snickerdoodle cookie and peanut butter ice cream sandwich from Coolhaus. In between that goodness, we took a little road trip to Lockhart, TX, the BBQ capital of Texas, to eat at Kreuz Market. It just so happens that I have a photo of the sausage, brisket, and pork chop my boyfriend and I shared.

I washed all that BBQ down with a coke in old school glass bottle. Other notable mentions from the weekend include buffalo fried pickles with a gorgonzola sauce, black truffle pomme frites, and chicken fried olives stuffed with pimento cheese. So yeah, this girl is hurting.

If the headache, hunger, and lack of sleep weren’t enough, today I had my fitness test for work. It’s something they make us do every 6 months to remind us to lay off the doughnuts. The test consists of push-ups, sit-ups, flexibility text, and a mile and a half run. It’s really not that vigorous but running in this dreadful rainy weather was the last thing I wanted to do today.

As day two closes, I wonder how in the world I am going to do this. I am already sick of boiled eggs. And as I mentioned yesterday, I really prefer my chicken and fish fried. But as my father always says, “if you play, you pay”. And I certainly played last weekend – and paying now.

Motivation: Alaska. This summer I am going to Alaska for two weeks. One week of that will be spent on a cruise ship which lends itself to extreme over eating. The food is all inclusive and there is access to it 24 hours a day. I figure I better start the damage control now.
Breakfast: Hard boiled egg and Activia.
Exercise: Fitness test