#cloneAmy

19 Mar

The posts are comin’ in hot!

Alright, not really.  All week I’ve been writing posts in my brain, just haven’t been able to put them to “paper”.  My brain is a bit mushy this week.

Anyway, the title – “#cloneAmy”.  I referenced this version of me before but here is a bit of a refresher:  #cloneAmy is my clone (fairly obvious) who accomplishes things that I would normally put off.  Essentially, “she” is the non-ADHD/more organized version of me.  So, #cloneAmy had some shiny moments already this week.  Working out on Monday – which I already mentioned.  Important to celebrate since it was a) Monday b) there was some actual foresight involved c) no procrastinating.  Well done #cloneAmy.

Tuesday (also St. Pat’s), #cloneAmy had a couple of other highlights.  I had some low points, which I will refrain from boring you with, so when #cloneAmy stepped up to the plate it was welcomed.  First off, reduced my carbon footprint by picking up some needed trip items while already out at my chiro appt.  Second, made a righteous to-do list.  Lately, I’ve faltered with keeping my to-do lists up to date.  This wreaks havoc on my productivity considering my aforementioned ADHD so I have to remember to pull it together when I start getting all cocky.  Anyway, to-do list made and items crossed off.  Third, I caved when I came home and was resting on the couch…

nooooooo – don’t sleep on the couch – GET UP!

You guessed it – #cloneAmy came through and did some laundry!

Once again, this foresight was necessary as two realizations hit: 1) I have to work late on Thursday night – until approximately 8 pm.  2) my flight LEAVES at 5:55 am on Friday morning, from an airport about one hour away.  3) We need to leave here right around 3:30 – 3:45 am so a wake up call of 2:15 am.

Seriously, regular Amy would not have put these two things together until much later in the game.  Monday, I pulled up my itinerary (another complete anomaly – I once started driving to the wrong airport because I hadn’t checked it.  Then last summer, I mixed up my departure time by a 1/2 hour – oopsie!) because I was foggy on the whole airplane take off time and my heart skipped a beat.  I started all of the calculating and my heart skipped a few more beats.  So, while I wanted to come home and do nothing Tuesday night, #cloneAmy was smart and two loads of laundry are now finished.

Last night I completed my packing list and started an epic fashion show – party of me.  I tried on everything I planned on wearing down there.  Very wise #cloneAmy.  I found a bunch of things in the packing pile that were not vacation friendly (gotta leave room for some bloat) not to mention I vaguely remembered it was going to be warm.  I checked and it’s going to be quite a bit warmer than anticipated – more items in the do not take pile!

Don’t you worry – I just finished solidifying Simon’s care taking plans so #cloneAmy isn’t going to go all Skynet on everyone.  I’m fairly proud of #cloneAmy – me, at this point and just need to pull this all together.  A trip to the store for last minute items, gassing up the ol’ VW, picking up meds and putting the packables in the suitcase.  Oh and sleep.  Hmmm… seems like a lot more now that I type it out… insert some panic…

running some steps!

18 Mar

Great scott – I’m so behind with blogging, reading/commenting on blogs and everything else in life… I’ll get there!

Last Thursday, I was given the all clear to run some intervals.  Walk 3 mins and run 1 min.  Then I lazed around until Sunday when I finally decided it was a good time to give this a go.

Allow me to back up a little bit… Friday, my day of rest, I was a complete waste of space.  Seriously – I didn’t even bathe until the evening.  My coffee drink was excellent, although the pill to help digest said coffee drink was only a tad helpful.  The directions say you can take two at a time so I will try this next time I am “forced” to drink dairy.  I did finish season 3 of LOST – PLEASE NO SPOILERS!  I know I am way late in the game on this one but it’s all new to me.  I’ve been living under a rock.

Saturday, I ran some productive errands and then came back and did some spring cleaning.  I really enjoy the concept of spring cleaning; I simply don’t always follow through with the practice.  This time, I was successful.  I cleaned my room.  It took a few hours as I worked to come up with piles of stuff to give away at the same time.  Yep – some dehoarding.  Dehoarding is so hard for me!  I would come across clothes and say to myself, “well, when I get thinner, I would totally wear this again!”.  But I’ve been saying this for a couple of years now so maybe, just maybe, holding onto these clothing items isn’t the best use of my (limited) space. I would get into a rhythm and be able to put the donations in a pile and I am definitely proud of this.  Then I started getting kind of overwhelmed with how much stuff I have.  I didn’t know where to go from there and I did shove some stuff in the closet when I couldn’t deal with it anymore.  I was done for Saturday*.

*truth – how lame is it that I get stressed over having TOO MUCH. It’s pretty pathetic actually…

Sunday I managed to do a bit more and now face the laundry mountain.  Sunday also included the running of the steps! Now, I’m not talking running Rocky steps or anything.  As mentioned above, I did 3.2 miles of walking 3 and running 1.  I made sure to make the 1 mile faster than I would normally go and it was harder than I anticipated.  I guess not running for four weeks and my only movement being what I manage during the day delivers a hit to the whole fitness thing.

Monday, I ran the intervals again and I tried to push the running pace a little bit.  It was only for the last couple and I’m going to give it a go again.  The truly remarkable thing about this was that I worked out on a Monday.  I was going to put it off – it was a tiring day but I remembered my time frame for the week was limited considering my impending travel plans.  So I hit the tready.  Gotta push through – going for a mental shift of NOT putting off training when I can fit it into my day.  I’m going for change – wahoooo!

Keeping the motivation high with visions of superhero-ness.

the impending hauntings of me

12 Mar

I’m on an official countdown to my three day weekend… actually by the time I post this it will be even CLOSER – excitement!

I love days off from the daily grind.  I don’t always use the time wisely but sleeping in when I’m supposed to be at work is nice.  It makes it seem even more special than sleeping in on the weekend.  I relish not having to set an alarm.  Tomorrow?  I’m headed out to B & R for an ice cream coffee milkshake (yep – totally accepting this flies in the face of yesterday’s whiny post about sugar), and it is “sugar free”!  Yay!  Bring on weird chemicals!

my message to dairy

I do have some reasoning behind it though.  I’m going to test out some Lactaide to see if this helps with some of my tummy upset with regards to dairy.  I can do a little bit but when it comes in giant helpings, it’s a game changer.  Since I will be traveling next week, I won’t have as much control over my coffee ingredients and I want to try a bunch of foods.  I recognize taking pills in order to eat is a bit on the ridiculous side but in this case, I’m okay with it.

The other night I was sort of drifting in and out of sleep on the couch.  It was late but it seemed like too much effort to get off of the couch, take my meds, take out my contacts, wash my face and then go to bed.  So, I was laying there and suddenly my brain started thinking about our housing arrangements for New Orleans.  There are a couple of us staying in a house-share type deal and my brain went all Supernatural on me.  GHOSTS.

pleasenopleasenopleasenopleaseno

Listen folks, I believe in ghosts.  I know my last apt was haunted and I am anticipating this one will be too.  Because you know, it’s the south and New Orleans – I think everything is haunted down there.  I’ve decided I will need to be able to pick my room and be able to feel out the ju-ju to make sure it doesn’t feel ghosty.  If all of them do, I’m going to put some salt around my bed.

Naturally, by me simply thinking of this means I am going to have some vivid dreams/nightmares while I am down there.  Due to my extremely active imagination, I can make things come true in my mind.  My doubting travel companions shake their heads in skepticism but they’ve been warned.  Hope they can fall back to sleep when I start crying out in the night!

maybe I should just try this option…

Oh and I plan on going to some variation of a fortune-teller and/or a psychic.  Not the crystal ball type, maybe taro cards?  I’m not quite sure which one just yet and this will certainly play into my weirdo brain even more.  What can I say?  I’m masochist!

Would you ever go to a fortune-teller/psychic?

give me some suga’

11 Mar

I’ve been nursing a bit of writer’s block these last few days.  I feel like there are tales untold but when I go to type them out I think, “umm… this is boring”.  So, please lower your standards for this post.

let the excitement continue…

Lately, I’ve been all about that sugar.  (Did I write about this last week?  Maybe?  I’m repeating writings already?!)  Side note, there are a few women who work the desk of our main office and 3 pm is mini-dance party time.  They play “All About  That Bass”.  It is so much more than awesome as they are all in their 50’s or above.

Anyway, I can tell I’ve been hitting the sugar hard when all I want to do is pour the bottle of creamer into my coffee because it doesn’t taste sweet enough.  I’ve stuck to measuring out my creamer to an acceptable caloric intake for my morning pick me up but right now it just doesn’t feel like enough.  It’s a mini battle every morning (of no real importance but the struggle is there) – just me and my taste buds going at it.

What’s the cause?  Well, first of all, we have these Mega M&M bags here in the office that we give out to the students.  I only eat a couple of the M&M’s per day but it is reinforcing my need for chocolate/sugar.  Suddenly, instead of it being a mid-afternoon treat, I eat one or two in the mid-morning as well.  Get this – it even makes me feel a bit sick to my stomach and yet, I still go for it!  Some of it has been stress, sitting around a lot, the weather – lots of “reasons” to inhale tasty treats.

I have made some headway with regards to my night-snacks.  It’s helping that I’m eating enough protein at dinner to keep me feeling full a lot longer.  However, after I finish this bag of peanuts I’m not buying anymore for a long while.  Wait – I just remembered I bought some cheddar/caramel popcorn.  Dang it.  I have a sickness.  I ate mucho of this last night.  Anyway, have you tried this mix?  I thought it would be completely disgusting but it’s not.  Unfortunately.

The fix?  I will continue to measure the good ol’ creamer – this is a must.  I’m kicking morning chocolate (which means I should probably get rid of the small bag that’s carefully stashed in my desk drawer – secret eating at its finest) and nix the afternoon coffee.  The afternoon coffee ALWAYS sabotages me yet I NEVER LEARN!  Great scott!!

*sigh*

No walking again last night.  Boo.  I didn’t get home until a little after 7 pm as I had a business dinner.  I did enjoy some tasty sweet potato fries and a yummy salad.

P.S. I know sugar is the hot public enemy number 1 .  Don’t get me wrong – I will always have a sweet tooth and will indulge.  But yesterday I was staring at a cookie like it was a life raft in shark and dragon infested waters… this MIGHT be a clue!

this is a fairly accurate depiction

vitamin D

10 Mar

At my last back adjustment, I was given the, “you will most likely be able to run after this week”.  That means this week.  I was told that I could walk all I wanted.

Poor transition:  Last week was silly.  I’m not quite sure why it was so trying and I feel kind of guilty about moaning and groaning about it since I can’t pinpoint what my deal was.  Nevertheless, when the weekend hit, I was all, “No people or real pants allowed”.  I stuck to this.

HOWEVER, I did walk this weekend!!  Wahoo!  Sunday I even went outside!  I gave up my mole-person status for about an hour and high tailed it around my neighborhood.  Since I will be able to run soon, I figured getting outside was a good idea.  Not to mention it was about 40* and there was some sun.  It was great.

The walk went pretty well.  My legs don’t remember things like hills and slanted sidewalks so it was a good reminder.  I haven’t walked or ran outside (for exercise) since Nov. and I’ve missed it.  Funny thing, I’ve said before that I’m not a person who LOVES to exercise.  But when I started up again in Jan after being sick for forever, I really appreciated it.  Sure, I put it off but it felt good to be active.  Now, I am eagerly anticipating getting back to running.  Of course it helps that spring is springing but I also feel the urge to train again.  It’s been some time since I felt this way and it’s a great feeling.

Other than soaking up the vitamin D on Sunday, things around these parts have been busy.  I kind of feel as though I’m behind and what should be a catch up week (it’s spring break here) is now suddenly packed to the gills.  The silver lining?  Next Friday I’m leaving for a work trip to New Orleans!  I’ve never been there.  I will be eating so much!  Oh and of course doing work things.  That’s probably important.

this is how excited I am about eating all of the culinary loveliness

Last on this list of this very discombobulated (spell check doesn’t like this word so it is probably spelled incorrectly) post, is I made the cottage pie this past weekend.  I’m not kidding when I say that on Sunday I did NOT want to spend the time to cut the veggies, steam the squash, brown the meat and then cook all of this.  To be honest, it was a bit labor intensive (by my standards of lazy cooking) but it turned out to be so worth it.  I need to adjust my seasonings for the next time around as I frankensteined a couple of different recipes to accommodate my little brat of a stomach and it seems to be missing… something… I still don’t know what.  The bacon really shines though and I might just add more on top of the leftovers – you know, as a garnish!  I also added some other veggies and some potatoes so I should have considered this when spicing this puppy up.  Again, it is good and makes great leftovers.

Okay, over and out.  Today I’m working late and hoping I can hop on the tready when I get home later tonight.  I’ll see how I’m holding up from this long day.

Do you mix up a variety of recipes?  How do you adjust spices?  I need advice!

salmon, peanuts and a cupcake

6 Mar

I’m still on the DL with regards to anything active.  I am trying to walk around as much as possible during the day.  My job isn’t exactly activity central so it varies between 1-2 miles a day.  At least it’s something?  I am noticing a decline in my mood (crabby-cakes to the max) and suddenly it seems my hips are bigger than they were yesterday.  I swear, I’m not delusional.

Due to this, I’ve been working on keeping some of my food in check – at least I was until the other night when I went on a bit of a binge-fest.  First, this kinda yummy cupcake.  It wasn’t fantastic and typically with a treat, if it isn’t really good I don’t finish it because I don’t want to waste the calories.  HOWEVER, I’ve been craving a cupcake since I first gave up gluten (5ish months now) so I was pumped for this.

eh - not really worth it

eh – not really worth it

I ate the whole thing but won’t buy it again.

Then I decided I needed to cut the sweetness with some salty peanuts.  I can’t stop with the peanuts when they are in a giant bag in front of me.  So, I just kept eating them until I was uncomfortably full.  I did have salmon and green beans for dinner so it wasn’t a total loss but a waste of a day of healthy eating.  I know it happens but usually I can counteract it with some extra activity.  Now, I simply feel like a slug.

I did get the results of my foot mapping from Dr. Chiro.  Here are my feets:

my feetsRed zones are where I carry all of the pressure when I walk.  Apparently, I’m supposed to have an arch on either side.  Funny enough, I’ve always thought I had LOVELY arches – little did I know they were sabotaging little buggers!  Truthfully, Dr. Chiro was impressed with my inner arch (well, at least this was how I interpreted his comment of “wow – you have really high arches) but then said I had major flat feet on the outside.  Weird is all I have to say about this.  I wouldn’t really give it too much mind, however, I want to fix my blasted right ankle and arch and inserts will really help.  Fingers crossed they will be covered by insurance.

a scan of balanced feet... hmm... mine looks sorta different

a scan of balanced feet… hmm… mine look sorta different

If not, I’ll fork over the dough because you know, these are my feet (which, funny enough, are connected to the rest of my body – whaa?!).  I kind of want them to stick around and be all youthful like.  I’ve got more miles left in me with regards to running and simply walking around comfortably.  Not to mention, unless I purchase stock in RockTape, it could be time for a different kind of intervention.

I mentioned some salmon above and here is the recipe.

look at this beautiful creation!

look at this beautiful creation!

It was very tasty!  Cooking fish makes me a bit weary as I imagine tiny parasites are just waiting to be undercooked – I imagine my innards look like some prime real estate.  I had to exclude many of the seasonings and it was still good.  I’ve been eating on this hunk for four days.

Next up, before I found the Udis blueberry muffins, I tried to make one on my own.  I followed the instructions for a single serve but should have cooked it longer than suggested for a more muffin-like texture.  As it was, it was more of a blueberry oatmeal bake.  Still decent but not what I was anticipating/desiring.

that's some coconut spread on top - not needed as it was good enough on its own.

that’s some coconut spread on top – not needed as it was good enough on its own.

I’m really excited for my next two culinary adventures.
1.  Jicama fries.  I like the word “jicama” and I like fries.  Could be a match made in heaven.
2.  Cottage Pie.  I read Mommy Isn’t Here Right Now – we ran a Ragnar together and this is how we met.  She follows a paleo diet fairly closely and I’ve seen pictures of her cottage pie a few times.  My mouth waters a bit each time.  Onward to Pinterest!  I found this recipe, which has bacon(!!) in it along with a butternut squash layer on top.  I think it sounds amazing.  I’m going to add a few more veggies to the mix and I’m looking forward to what I hope is some deliciousness.

I’ve also been throwing back the blueberries, purchased some oranges and of course inhaling bananas.  Again, aiming for some balance in my meals.  Last night, I needed to finish up some leftovers so it was a sausage along with the rest of the salmon.  It was a meaty-themed meal.  Although an orange was added later on – I’ve got this balance down to a science.

adventures with “dr. chiro”

3 Mar

I had my first adjustment last week with my chiropractor a.k.a. “Dr. Chiro”.  I watched “The Adventures of Mr. Peabody and Sherman” a couple of days before, so this was at the forefront in my mind:

Thankfully, this wasn’t how it went – well the pretzely piece.  My first stop was a hydro-bed.  A rolling jet of water moves up and down your body (focusing on your area of hurt but hitting other areas as well) and it feels kind of nutty.  It kind of tickled at first but when I was able to relax it felt good.  It does move up around your neck and I’m positive this must have been what it felt like when in the womb.

We went to another room to discuss my x-rays.  Guess what?  Dr. Chiro asked me if I had my gallbladder out to which I answered yes and how did he know.  Sure enough, I have staples in me and they showed up on the x-rays.  Funny, I had no idea there were staples needed so you can bet your bottom dollar I googled that business to ensure this was how it was supposed to be.  It is.  Seeing these staples was my favorite part by the way.

I love me some office supplies – now I have some with me at all times.

Anyway, I have a pinched nerve currently and then I have some other things happening with ye ol’ spine.  I have one degenerated disc – he thinks from a fall earlier on in life and bone or whatever has grown around it.  It puts some odd pressure on another disc but this one seems to be holding up well.  Good job disc I don’t remember the number of!  There are some alignment issues as well that we are going to work on, too.  All in all, it will be a few weeks of PT.  I have kick-ass chiropractic coverage (25 free sessions a year!) so I will be using up these bad boys but then it’s only $35 a session after that so I’m good.

Then onto the adjustment table.

I told Dr. Chiro I was nervous about it.  He laughed and told me not to worry <— because THAT always works for me.  I laid down and he pointed out that I’m massively stiff.  Not any news to me but I don’t realize it since this is my state of normalcy.  Then the weird adjustments started.  I laughed hysterically.  It wasn’t a high-pitched laugh, more of a deep-belly laugh I couldn’t control.  It didn’t hurt per say, although the areas that are currently tender felt it more than others.  It was so out of my realm of experience that I still can quite describe it.

When we were in the room with the x-rays he had posters of orthotics.  Since I jacked up my arch a few years back and am certain this is what has irked my ankle, I asked him if this was something he looked at.  I also went on to explain my poor PT appt  from earlier.  He said we would do some foot-mapping to see if this was anything he could help with or not.  Score!  Essentially, I’m just pouring out all of my running ailments – one stop shop!

This week I have three adjustments – last night/Wed/Thurs.  For the most part, my back is feeling better and I kicked the pain meds on Saturday.  It’s still stiff but I have a lot more movement and less pain – yay!  I also turned the corner with this cold so another win for me.  I even did some laundry this weekend, albeit, I borrowed a Radio Flyer from a friend to transport said laundry to my laundry room.  I may have looked like an idiot but it was a brilliant plan, if I do say so myself.

Hope you all are having a good week.  I’m reserving judgement… bad dreams.  I need to stop watching LOST right before I go to sleep at night!

p.s. I need a new office chair – this one is killing me at the moment.

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