52 Mondays: #3

January 16, 2017

The past week has been a bit meh. I had a horrible cough after the marathon so I had to take some time off. Fortunately, as soon as I got home, I took some meds that I had in the drawer. I think taking them quickly definitely helped. My cough lingered but I don’t think it got as bad as it could have. I avoided having to go to the doctor. But, I coughed enough that I knew I couldn’t workout so I ultimately had a lazy week.

Being lazy left me with plenty of time to work late. I actually worked until 7 PM all but one night; Friday I left at 5:45 PM! It was good to work late though. After working only one day, I was more behind than anyone should be. So, working late gave me an opportunity to get caught up on a lot of things. I’m not completely caught up even still, but I’m not drowning in it all either.

It also left me with a lot of time to sleep. Most nights last week I was in bed by 9:30. My body was definitely telling me to rest. And, truthfully, I don’t get enough rest as it is. Listening to your body is important; sleep is when your body repairs itself and if you aren’t getting enough quality rest, your body isn’t recovering from all the stresses you put on it. That’s how injuries happen and how we get sick. I took full advantage and slept a lot.

By the time the weekend rolled around, I was all around unmotivated. After working late and going to bed so early; I’m generally a 10:30-11:00 PMer; I had a hard time not continuing the laziness. But, since I hadn’t even completely unpacked my suitcase from Disney weekend, I couldn’t let all that linger.

I spent most of Saturday unpacking, doing laundry, and sorting through some things in my home office. I have piles of receipts and such from the past couple of months that need to be sorted and filed. I still need to do some other things but I made good progress. Saturday night, I went to dinner with a group of friends to celebrate a coworker’s 40th birthday. I love Mexican food and that’s what we had. It was good food and great company.

Sunday was grocery day. I can’t even remember the last time I went seriously grocery shopping. I also can’t remember the last time I cooked for myself. Since I’m committed to eating better and saving money, I have to cook. I make good choices when I plan meals and cook and it saves a lot of money over going out to eat for two or three meals a day.

I made my lists and hit both Winn Dixie and Publix. About $140 later, I have everything I need for all my meals and snacks for the week. Here’s what I’ve planned:

Breakfast: Breakfast tacos and strawberries (fresh)

1 whole wheat tortilla
1 scrambled egg (I don’t use milk)
2 slices bacon
1 small handful shredded cheese
1 spoonful salsa

Morning snack: Refrigerator oats

Steel cut oats
Vanilla Greek yogurt
Almond milk
Maple syrup

Lunch: Salad, homemade chili, and a tangerine (I love Halos/Cuties)

Spring mix with tomatoes, snow peas, shredded carrots, orange bell pepper, cucumber, and avocado with ginger dressing
Homemade turkey chili with kidney beans and black beans (first time using black beans; I like it!)

Afternoon snack/pre-gym: Pink lady apple (my absolute fave)

Dinner: Chicken and broccoli

Oven roasted chicken breasts and thighs (I’ll have a little of each)
Steamed broccoli (seasoned with garlic salt and Italian herbs and a drizzle of olive oil)

Planning my meals and per-portioning so all I have to do is grab makes my life a ton easier. I make may salads fresh each night. But, the rest is in containers so I just grab them to pack my lunch or make dinner. Since I don’t get home until about 7 PM (or later) after the gym, this keeps me from eating dinner at 9 PM!

Reality check: I weighed myself for the first time this morning. It wasn’t pretty. I am happy that it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be though. I have a lot of work to do. My stress fracture in 2015 started a progressive downward spiral from which I have yet to fully recover. I’ve been littered with injuries that have sidelined me. That led to bad eating and ultimately regaining a lot of the weight I worked so hard to lose.


The Dopey with the *. I’m using this picture as motivation!

Recognizing the problem is the first step. So, check that. Step two, for me, was making a plan. Check that, too. Now, I’m implementing the plan.

I made strides by going to the grocery and prepping all my meals for the week. I also hit the gym for the first time in a long while today. My intent had been to have a boot camp class with my trainer. But, life happens and we had to cancel. So, I went to the gym and did an hour on the elliptical. I set it on “random” and used level 3; random gives me resistance variations every 10 seconds. I kept it steady for an hour and managed 5.6 miles; a solid workout. Then I took some time to stretch.

The good:

  1. I’ve logged all my food and my gym time for today. Baby steps, y’all; baby steps. Slow and steady will get this weight off (again) and hopefully prevent more injuries.
  2. I saved a good bit at the grocery because I coupon shopped and matched up sales as best as I could. I’d really love some coupons for fresh fruits and veggies though!
  3. My meal plans is totally tasty. I’m not sold on the refrigerator oats but everything else is so good!

The bad:

  1. I forgot how time consuming meal prep is! I grossly underestimated how much time I used to spend on these things. As such, I neglected some other things that really need to be done. Now I know.

The ugly:

  1. I need to take all my measurements. Weight is good starting point but the number may not change when my measurements do. I’m just not looking forward to this.
  2. My weight. That’s all I want to say about that. Even though I try not to get hung up on the number, it’s hard not to think about how much I’ve gained. It’s disappointing. But, I have to wipe it away and just focus on moving forward and making better choices and working hard.

I’m really trying to just take it one step at a time. I didn’t lose all the weight in a hot minute the first time around and the gain didn’t just happen in a few weeks. It took a lot of time and hard work to drop the weight before and it will take the same this time.


Finishing a marathon is never easy. Baby steps got me across the first finish line and baby steps will lead take me through this next journey.

Until next Monday…gotta run.


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2 Responses to 52 Mondays: #3

  1. Shellie says:

    I’m really enjoying your blogs

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