Day 15 of 365

Another quick one because work + school + coming up to holidays = killer.

216 lbs even this morning and 34.5″ inches on my waist.

Carrot and kale salad for lunch:

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And then a second, “Big Mac” style salad for dinner (ground beef, romaine lettuce, cheese, thousand island dressing, and a tiny bit mustard, all because there was no way I was going to stop anywhere other than the grocery).

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Aside from that, I ate, I swear, all the Halloween candy in the office (probably like 10 ‘fun size’ bars of chocolate throughout the day), so, yeah, the sugar cravings were back a bit.

Overall, I’ll just be happy if I make it to Wednesday well rested and in one piece. (Sooooooo busy.) :S

– A.E.

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Day 15 of 365

Day 13 & 14 of 365 – Week Two Wrap-up

This was yesterday’s salad:

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And this was today’s:

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I don’t know why the auto rotate doesn’t seem to be working, but I haven’t been able to find a fix that doesn’t take a billion years and make me feel half crazy.

I’ve considered running the photos through Instagram, but I’m also not terribly fond of the people that I know in real life actually knowing about this until I’m deeper into it. While most are great and supportive there’s a handful that would likely tend to derail the whole venture.

Plus I’d overall like to avoid weird looks and discussions over the holidays. Which is entirely what I’m likely going to get if this comes up. If being vegan for roughly five years taught me anything, it’s that people are hyper emotional about food and eating habits.

Anyway, while I didn’t weigh myself or take measurements over the weekend (it’s good to weigh and keep track of your progress, but it’s also really good to step back from it from time to time), I think I can say that my scale is working fine. I don’t know how I had my weight drop like that (because, physics), but it seems like it actually did. Granted, it could be up again after the weekend, just due to a bad Fibromyalgia flare-up that I experienced all day Saturday, and half of today. (On rare occasion, I’ll get muscle tension so bad throughout my body, it feels like I’m bruised from head to toe, even internally, like through my organs, which, unfortunately, also has a bit of a constipating effect which can last for a few days).

Other than that, I’ve noticed that I’m feeling a lot fuller, and I’ve started eating smaller meals because of it. I’ve also noticed that my sugar cravings have been a lot more reasonable. Overall though, we’ll see if it all sticks.

that’s all for now. 🙂

– A.E.

Day 13 & 14 of 365 – Week Two Wrap-up

Day 11 of 365 – Kale Salad and Unruly Scale Problems

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Another kale salad with a hard boiled egg and some blue cheese dressing. I’m still eating plenty of junk food, especially around work, but overall I’m craving it less, and getting less satisfaction when I do have it. This is seriously the only time my sugar cravings have been relatively manageable in about two years.

Other than that, my waist was at 34.5″ today, and I’m thinking my scale may have gone. It was registering about 214 – 215 lbs this morning, and I just don’t see how that’s possible aside from either an exodus of water weight, or scale failure. I’m going to see if I can compare it with any rogue scales that my parents might have packed away to get a baseline. (It drives me nuts that my Mom rarely cleans anything out, but sometimes it comes in handy, like when I’m half broke and need to avoid scale shopping if I can).

Aside from that my Fibromyalgia is kicking up due to weather changes and the fact that I’ve actually been drinking coffee (for me, it seems to be a trigger food). So, that’s been crappy, but also kind of course for this time of year.

Well, that’s all I feel like covering for now. See y’all tomorrow.

– A.E.

Day 11 of 365 – Kale Salad and Unruly Scale Problems

Day 9 of 365 – Monotony the Fabric of My Life and Reasons Why I Sometimes Hate My Camera Phone

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Apparently my phone thought it would be hilarious to not save any of the 3-5 pictures that I took of my salad before I dove in and gagged it down. So, I give you a picture of a finished kale salad, with carrots, tomatoes, and ranch dressing, with three empty fun size candy bars, and green tea.

Anyway, my weight was at 219.8 this morning, and my waist was at 34.5″.

What really surprised me was that when I got to school, after work, I actually wanted a Caesar salad. It’s not like I was craving it, but it was more appealing than the pudding parfaits that the salads sit next to in the display case. This is something that virtually *never* happens in my world, especially when stress is high. If anything when I’m under stress I either don’t eat, or I inhale everything with high fructose corn syrup for a three mile radius.(My stress/frustration/anxiety level was pretty much at an eight before class, and was at about a ten as of twenty minutes ago.)

Of course, I did succumb to the cheese bread sticks along with the salad… but also opted for water. Anyone who even barely knows me knows that I usually can’t get through a school night without something caffeinated.

Proof:
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We’ll see of this is a fluke, or if it sticks, regardless, I’m intrigued.

– A.E.

Day 9 of 365 – Monotony the Fabric of My Life and Reasons Why I Sometimes Hate My Camera Phone