Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sick in the Summer

I can't remember the last time I've gone this long without exercise.  I think I mentioned in my last post that Marek was coming down with a cold.  It was the beginning of the end for me but I didn't know it yet.  On Sunday I felt run down and sore. I decided to skip the gym, thinking I could start back on Monday.  My mom came over and I ended up eating Chinese food for dinner.  I felt the same on Monday and my eating was no better.  By Tuesday there as no denying it, I was sick, and I'd been eating for comfort.  So I reigned in the eating (mostly) but I'm still not back to the gym.  Today, Thursday, I'm still coughing like crazy.  My body feels a bit better but I know it's going to be at least another couple days before I can exercise again.  A whole week off...imagine!

And who gets sick in the middle of summer?  It's a bummer for sure and earlier in the week I had the blues.  Sometimes when I get sick I start thinking I've lost my way and all my fitness gains are going to get lost.  It's all very dramatic but I think it's because being sick reminds me of how I used to feel all the time - no energy, hurting body, no motivation, headaches.  Thank goodness I'm on the mend now though.

So what have I done with all this free time, besides getting a lot of rest of course.  On Saturday we picked up a playset.  Someone was giving it away as long as you disassemble and move it.  That's right up our DIY (and thrifty) alley!

The kids are crazy for the swings!
It's been really fun watching them play.  I also picked up some lounge chairs at a garage sale down the street.  Actually, I got two reclining lounge chairs, a matching patio table with four chairs and an umbrella all for $25.  They are super sturdy and they've been refinished and are in great condition.  Most important, they are comfortable.  Lounging is good.

Summer gear
I also picked up a new snack.  My friend Stacy has been telling me about these "turkey sticks" for a while now.  I've been imaging a something like hot dogs but I finally bought some and they are actually more like beef jerky.

The stats are Fat: 4.5, Carbs: 2, and Protein: 8 so that makes them  2 points per stick.  But for 2 points I can get a ton more protein (as in 15 grams) out of 6oz of Fage yogurt so it's not like this will be in heavy rotation.  They'll make a nice change-of-pace "fun" snack for now and then and Miguel will probably like them too.

Time to wrap things up.  My eating has been a bit of a roller coaster and my exercise has consisted of pushing toddlers in a swing so I'm not sure what's going to happen with my weight this week.  I'll just have to take things as they come.  I'm looking forward to getting back in the gym, which will probably be Sunday.   In the meantime I'll enjoy the downtime and maybe catch up on some reading. 


  1. Hope you feel better soon! Being sick is the worst! I was sick the other week and it felt like a fat-lapse. You will be better soon! And back at the gym.

    1. Ha, a Fat-lapse! That's a good one. Thanks for the support. I hate being sick.

  2. checking back in on you.
    how you be? how you be??


    1. Thank you. I'm making my way out from under this cold/sickness/cough thing. Thanks for checking in on me :)

  3. Michelle, I only just discovered your blog today and I just want to say Hooray for you, for inspiring so many people! I think you look great, really fit and am surprised that you think that you're not slim enough! It is only with a true identity shift that excess weight is banished for good: maybe you can start with acknowledging that you are already fit (with all the exercise you do, you must be!!) and you are already thinking and acting TODAY as an energised person with plans and ambitions and energy and love for self. You are already acting as a slim person, so sure that it's only a matter of time until you reach your ideal weight! Identity is all, so perhaps you should change your blog to "diary of a winner?!" You aren't "aspiring", you are achieving, and you certainly aren't a "loser"!!! (yes despite the pun!)When I discovered the amazing power of IDENTITY, I wrote my book, ‘Love Food and Be Slim’, available on Amazon, hoping to serve others and help people to understand that identity shifts are at the base of losing weight for good.I wish you every success, keep up the good work! All the best, Natasha Reddy

    1. I've been contemplating a name change for a while now. Trouble is, I can't find anything I like that's not already taken. Let me know if you have any ideas. I think you are right on with the identity idea. I'm always telling people the change, the desire for change and then the real change, needs to come from within. No amount of external pressure will last. I think that's what you're calling identity. It's all us. And I do recognize and acknowledge that I've changed. I had my first realization of that a few years back, driving down the road and noticing my fit thighs. It's been a bit of a roller coaster with the two pregnancies since then but I know I'm not that same girl I was in those "before" pictures. I don't identify with her at all anymore. Who was she? The prior me that I'm not anymore.


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