It’s been a bit of an exhausting week, and it’s not over yet. We’ve got tax stuff to get out ASAP, on top of end of the month stuff. It’s been a little hectic, to say the least.
Each year, the bank has health professionals come in and do assessments on employees to gauge how healthy we are as a company. It’s just a basic cholesterol/blood pressure/glucose screening, and you have the option of doing a 3-minute step test to check your heart rate. If you’ve done the health assessments in the past, you can review your results from year-to-year. This year was rather depressing, as I have put on almost all the weight I lost when I was on Weight Watchers last year. And my body fat percentage has also gone up. Ugh.
And I know it’s my own fault. I got complacent, and when I couldn’t bust through my plateau, I gave up. I quit. And part of it is that while I’ve identified some of the reasons why I eat for reasons other than physical hunger, I still have something that I need to work out that’s preventing me from moving forward. Without getting too personal on the blog (that’s what my paper journal is for), I have a good idea of what it is. I just need to figure out how to deal with it.
There is also my struggle with eating healthier. Anyone who reads this blog knows that I eschew vegetables. With few exceptions, I dislike them. Fruit & I are friends, but it’s hard to get good fruit when you only have about 3 months out of the year that are decent (unless of course, you don’t care about your carbon footprint, etc.). Okay, that’s an excuse. I know that. I have fruits I like a lot–Berries (although I’m not that fond of blueberries), grapes, citrus (I have probably 10 grapefruit in the fridge at the moment), apples & pears (although they’re more in the okay category), and pineapple (I’m never sure if that counts as citrus or not). I absolutely despise melon of any kind, and while I have eaten bananas that the bambino has insisted on sharing with me, I don’t care for them at all. Vegetables are another story, though, and probably a large reason why my diet is crap, and why I’m overweight. I don’t eat nearly enough of them. And part of it is that for better or worse, I grew up around picky eaters. My grandma used to tease me about the fact that I was just as picky of an eater as my mom, although in my mom’s defense, she’ll at least eat peas. I refuse, something my father-in-law likes to give me grief about now. I have, however, discovered that green beans really aren’t that bad. And while I’m still kind of using almonds as a crutch & preparing the beans with them, at least I’m eating them more often. And by that, I mean I think I’ve made them 3 times at home, and eaten some while out with friends. That’s a lot for me.
But enough about all that. I could go into my lack of exercising, which is another huge part of the problem, but I think I’m done griping for now. Last night, after taking enough time to wallow and feel sorry for myself, I did the one thing that always helps me feel better. I cooked.
I’m still trying to get away from stuff that contains ingredients that I can’t pronounce. Still, the bambino likes this stuff, and it’s better than just plain spaghetti (although that’s not bad in & of itself).
It’s a lot less than I usually have. I was doing fine and was comfortably satiated after that…Until Jay decided to fix himself a French bread pizza. For whatever reason, I felt the need for Cheez-Its, so I got myself a small bowl of them. There’s another one of my issues–Snacking after dinner. Ah, well.
I didn’t bother cooking this evening. We just picked up some sesame chicken from Hy-Vee, since we had to pick up overnight diapers for the bambino. I’m pretty proud that after only 2 weeks, for the most part, he’s got the hang of the whole potty-training thing. At least during the day, anyway. I’m drained physically and emotionally, and I’ve got a busy weekend ahead. We’re planning on making another visit to the Children’s Museum either Saturday or Sunday. At work, we’re having a bake sale on Monday, and it’s a friendly competition between two of our branches…And I’m tired of working at the losing branch! So I decided I’m going to bring the following:
- 2 loaves of my whole wheat sandwich bread (the same as my whole wheat oatmeal bread, just with 2 cups of whole wheat flour instead of the oats)
- Chocolate Chip Espresso Brownies
- Pain au Chocolat Cinnamon Rolls with Crème Fraîche Icing and Walnuts
- Nutella Sandwich Cookies
- And some homemade Maple-Pecan granola bars (based on this recipe)
Everyone at work I’ve told about my list of goodies is rather excited, and I’ve had a couple people even say that I don’t need to bother putting my stuff out for the bake sale since they’ll be happy to take it off my hands! I just hope I haven’t shot my mouth off too much, and I get this all done. I might go ahead and bake the bread tomorrow night, after work. The rest will be easy enough to finish before Monday.