The freezing rain started yesterday evening, and ended up leaving about a 1/2 in coat on all of our beautiful snow 😦 Boo! It is hard to walk in, and I fear that Lily will cut her feet on the shards of ice if we let her walk all over in it. Chris and I cleared off an area for Lily, and you can tell she is sad she doesn’t have the run of the yard today. She enjoyed trying to tunnel under the ice, though! And she chewed on the end of an ice coated branch for a second. (She’s barking in her sleep now! So cute :))
When I woke up my neck was markedly better–yay!–but still a bit messed up. After clearing the ice I had a bowl of Peace cereal with almond milk and raisins, and a few cups of coffee with sf Coffeemate Vanilla creamer.
My tum was not a happy camper this morning. I had a bad sinus headache that persisted til mid day; perhaps that was part of the problem.
There were tons of birds today, especially since Chris was kind enough to put out fresh water for them to drink. There were tons of robins and juncos, some towhees and house sparrows, and a few house finches. Fun!
Mid-day brought hunger later on than expected, and the things that looked good to me created a snacky lunch of a Fuji apple, lf/ff cottage cheese, and Stacy’s Pita Chips. Nom nom…the multi-textural experience was quite pleasing.
Eventually a mid afternoon snack was in order, so I had a Fuji sprinkled with a little cinnamon (why, oh why, have I not thought of this before?!), some yogurt with a few almonds and cinnamon, and a few TJ’s cinnamon flatbread pcs. ‘Twas a cinnamon experience I greatly enjoyed 🙂 You must try the apple with cinnamon.
I was totally sad that we couldn’t go walking in the snow, and I ended up watching some TV, blogging, emailing, and reading a bit today instead. We had a few inches more of fresh snow late this afternoon, but nothing can make all that damn ice go away. We haven’t lost our power yet, so I wait with baited breath and flashlights for that to happen.
Dinner was inspired by a read of my favorite cooking magazine, Gourmet:
If I had ground beef I probably would have attempted a meatball! I opted for an easy marinara sauce: sauteed onions, one can of Italian tomatoes, extra garlic, herbs, and some chili flakes. I had this over whole wheat penne, and it was quite good. I added too much pasta, tho–I had hoped to eat the whole batch of tomato sauce with just a little pasta, but mis judged when adding it in. Oh well. I sprinkled some oh-so-fabu canned parmesan on top. I know, I know, but at least it is real cheese with nothing added but a few natural preservatives.
Afterward Chris and I decided to have wine, specifically a 2002 Gago red (de Espana). I had some, walked Lily here and there, and finally had a snack a few hours later. This was a conundrum at first–I was hoping for peanut butter, but that would have killed my wine palate for sure, and same goes for the creamy LCL I had listed as second. Hm. So, I went for a few white cheddar rice cakes. Hit the spot, and low-cal. Gotta love it.
Here’s where I had a mini lightbulb moment about wine calories and me not losing much weight. “Could it be? Am I killing my diet by having a few glasses of wine a few times per week?! No, say it isn’t so!” I guess each 4 oz. glass has about 100 calories. Damn. So we opened our 2nd bottle of wine 😮
The last few days I’ve been rather down at times, and mostly about not seeing much progress on the weight loss front. I do see more definition in my arms & shoulders, a reduction in cellulite (I think), my legs may be a little smaller, Chris sees a difference, and I know I’m making progress, but it just seems so small. I need to do more intense weight training, and keep up the cardio, and perhaps then I’ll lose the 1lb/week I’m hoping for. I really hope to go to Mexico in March and not have an embarassing body again this year. I’m heavier than I was last year, so at least I’d like to be down 10lbs by then. I’m trying to eat around 1500 calories per day in the hopes that most days I run a 500 calorie deficit to attempt to lose the 1lb per week. I know that if I’m building muscle at the same time the weight loss may not be there, but, c’mon, I’ve been busting my ass and eating well for what feels like a decently good amount of time now, and I want to see my cellulite lessened more and my roll-of-shit-in-the-middle be reduced. Hmmmph. Okay, I’m done ranting for now.
Off I go to finish my first (and only) glass of this shiraz.
For those of you that have had a goal of losing weight–de-lurk if you would and tell me what your weight loss experience/timing has been. Am I eating too much bad stuff? Am I eating too many calories? Not enough working out? What the fuck is up with me? I appreciate your comments in advance.