I had set out some fish and chicken to thaw last night so I could get something cooked to take to work in case I have to work late some night this week. I put the fish and some asparagus in the oven to cook while I did my recumbent bike workout. I did not do a token workout, but did 20 minutes, doing the arm work while I was pedaling. After I finished the arm work, I had about 3 minutes left, so I picked up the pace a little for the last 3 minutes. It felt good. (I did eat a few baby carrots before the bike workout, since I felt empty.)
After the workout, I also put the chicken in to cook for some meals later this week. I attempted making my own teriyaki sauce. I also put some Chinese 5 Spice seasoning on it. I don’t like licorice and I have never cared for fennel or anise, and I didn’t know until later 5 Spice seasoning has all of those things in it. I ate the chicken, but I gave the second piece to the dog. Not only did I not like the seasoning, I cooked it too long and it was dry. I am not going to eat something I don’t like for the little bit of real food I get in a day.
Despite my slow start, I made it to work by 8:30 this morning, which is what I have been aiming for. I had time to take the “long way” around, walking to work, instead of the shortcut through the parking building I have been taking.
I got almost 10,000 steps in yesterday, with the 3 walks. Hopefully I will get to go to lunch again today, but I never know. There is a meeting with co-counsel this morning, and Jerry said I would need to attend. Hopefully they will all go to lunch somewhere and I can run home and walk Cas. (Nope – didn’t get to go.)
As I said before, I am sure I will have to do another week of Medifast to get this last 4.4 pounds off. I am having to make up for this past Saturday a bit, so I would be shocked if I had a 4.4 loss showing up on Saturday. I have meals mapped out using the Medifast meals I have on hand, and with buying two more boxes of food (some pancakes and some snack bars), I will have enough to last me through Thursday of week after next. That leaves Friday to get through before that weigh-in. I have one MF meal for that day, but will have to improvise the rest of that day. I can make some Egg Beaters with fiber added for at least one of those meals. I can use yogurt for at least one of those meals. The rest of them I will try to substitute something similar in calories with hopefully enough protein and fiber to mimic a MF meal. Then, hopefully, by weigh-in on Saturday, March 23, I will have reached my goal. I would rather do it this way than buy food I may never use. I may decide to buy one extra box, but that is not my plan at this point.
Yesterday turned out to be pretty easy. I was busy enough that I didn’t think about being hungry or wanting to eat. I didn’t go to bed hungry like I sometimes do. This morning it was well after 10:00 before I even thought about my morning snack. I tried to hold lunch off as long as I could, and had my sake a little after 1:00. That seems to work better.
I am anxious to get going on some strength training. I need to be careful. The first exercise in the book I bought shows a barbell squat. I haven’t read enough before that to know if a beginner is supposed to start there or with squats without any added weight. I’m not even sure I can do one without any added weight. At times even partial squats have made my back hurt, so I need to start slow and see what I can tolerate without setting off a flare-up. I want to get to where I can do all these things because I want those strong, athletic-looking legs with good definition. After writing this, the next time I went to the restroom, I decided to see how a squat felt. I was surprised that I was able to go down into what I think was a full squat and there was no pain in my back or knees (however, my knees did crackle while doing it, lol). I did 10 squats. When I walked out of the bathroom, my legs felt all shaky. I am going to try to do 2 more sets today. (I did do two more sets this evening, with no unusual pain.) I am sure I will be sore tomorrow. I don’t mind if my back is sore like a normal person’s back would be. I just don’t want to set off any sciatica. I felt no strain while I was doing it.
I am extra sleepy again today. I really hate that. I got a little hungry early afternoon, so ate a tangelo. I didn’t have one this morning, so I am eating no more than usual. That didn’t quite do it for me, and I ended up eating my snack a little early. Then, late afternoon, I was still hungry, so I ate some more baby carrots.
I don’t know why, some days more than others, when I have basically done the same thing, my shoulders start feeling knotted up and I started getting a headache. That was happening this afternoon, so I took another half-dose of my muscle relaxant, which I usually sometimes take in the morning to prevent that happening, if I am struggling with that. I don’t know if it is because of fatigue or what. As I wrote this, I realized it probably has to do with the fact that I did not go to lunch and get away from my desk. I worked straight through from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
I’m about to nod off, so am going to get this posted. I made it through today, despite being hungry at times. Let’s see, if all goes as planned, 9 more days and I transition to Weight Watchers. I’m going to count it down.