My apologies for being MIA so far this week, I am pretty sure I have strep throat or something like it. I am headed to the dr. today to find out and hopefully get some magical antibiotics. That combined with record breaking cold and a pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm makes me just want to hibernate and watch Disney movies, which has been what we have done for the past few nights. Winter is not my favorite season by far, but I do like that it provides more forced relaxation time because it's too dark to do anything outside.
Friday morning is when I woke up feeling sort of sick, so Friday night I took the night off cooking and we went out to eat. I give myself a B on that. We went to mexican (of course) and I ordered my meal without rice (so it was basically just chicken, veggies, and cheese) but I did have a few chips. That is a habit that is hard for me to change.
We were home in bed watching movies by 8. Winning.
Saturday morning I felt a little better so I got myself up and headed to Zumba, I was a bit conflicted because my 14 year old has his first basketball scrimmage of the year at the same time as my Zumba class. If I hadn't skipped last week I might have skipped and gone to the scrimmage, but I didn't want to miss class two weeks in a row. My littlest son went with my husband to the game and I went to Zumba and had a peaceful grocery shopping trip all by myself.
Kroger had a cart full of marked down bread, we go through a ton of bread and buns at my house, so I stocked up and put them in the freezer until we need them. Maybe it was the cold medicine but I found it comical that someone who avoids bread like the plague was loading up on it like it was the last bread ever to be sold.
Half of these didn't even make it to the freezer...I had a lot of leftover pork loin that I made earlier in the week that I put in the crock pot with barbecue sauce...that got eaten a lot faster than just the plain pork loin.
I also got one of my Christmas gifts early, my in-laws got me a grapevine tree that I have wanted for years! I was so excited...I had the perfect spot for it that I have kept empty until I got one. I love sitting in the dark living room with the lights on.
Saturday night my kiddo had a sleepover with his cousin, they are only three months apart and are best buddies. I had them make their own little pizzas which is always a hit.
I hate missing out on pizza night, so I tried something new - I got low-carb tortillas (these are 6 grams for one tortilla) and made my own. It was so good! They are made with wheat which still makes me retain water, so I wouldn't eat them every day or anything, but it's a good option for a treat on pizza night.
Sunday morning was crazy rushed, and to be honest my kids were not listening to me very well at all, and after church I was incredibly grouchy so I came home and took a 2 hour nap. It was the best thing I could have done.
I have decided that I want to run more, after all, the entire reason I started running in the first place was to burn calories, and I need that. So I decided to re-start Couch to 5k, and got myself out there on Sunday afternoon to do day one.
It was cold.
By the time I was done, it was snowing pretty good...I didn't really mind. I was glad I got out there and did something and didn't let the weather stop me.
I wasn't feeling the food prep at all, but I knew I had to make at least a few things for the week. I made deviled eggs using homemade mustard a friend gave me - so good - and cheeseburgers (to eat bunless, of course).
My favorite way to cook burgers in the winter is on a broiler pan in the oven at about 400 degrees. It doesn't make the entire house smell like grease like cooking them on the stove does, and they aren't greasy because all the grease drains to the bottom of the pan.
The snow flurries of Sunday turned into about 4 inches of snow by Monday afternoon. I anxiously looked out the window all day dying to go home and play in the snow, so Monday evening looked like this:
And then yesterday morning I woke up feeling like death. I was working from home and didn't eat hardly anything at all yesterday because my throat feels like it's being stabbed by a thousand tiny knives. But, at lunchtime, for the first time since November 1st, I purposely and intentionally broke my low-carb/no sugar streak and ate orange sherbet for lunch. And I don't even feel bad about it because although I couldn't actually taste it, it felt amazing on my sore throat.
I'm not a tea drinker at all, but a friend suggested it, so the rest of the day I drank tea and did manage a salad for dinner but otherwise, eating is not fun right now. Ugh.
I did manage to do a Walk Away the pounds workout DVD last night, and hope to get some walking in today, because my little workout challenge with my friend ends tomorrow. Other than that, I'm looking forward to feeling better so I can keep going with Couch to 5k.
I hope you are having a good week! Are you a tea or coffee drinker or both?