I Wish I Had Taken Better Care of My Body

It was a beautiful weekend here in Alabama but a little too chilly for this girl to get on back of a bike. So we hit the yard and took care of some much needed weeding and trimming. The front bed was full of weeds and leaves and the mulch needed to be refreshed. We worked on it for a little while Saturday and then most of the day today. We still aren’t through but we’re getting there. The problem is that I can hardly move. Every muscle and bone in my body hurts. We hit the hottub and that helped and I’m on the heating pad and it feels good but when I get up, boy do I feel it. Thank goodness we are paying someone to do the big work in the backyard. I just don’t think we’re able.

I was so tired last night, I completely forgot to post. So here’s yesterday’s meals. For breakfast I had some of the sausage that I made Friday night. It has a different flavor than I’m used to and I’m wondering if it’s the fennel. Next time, I will use more sage and no fennel. I ended up not eating lunch because time got away from me and I knew we were going out to eat at Konomi’s Japanese Steak House. I had 2 soups and no salad because I figure that ginger dressing probably has sugar. I got extra rice and no noodles so I could stay away from the gluten. I brought 1/2 the rice home and most of the chicken. I realize the rice is not paleo friendly but as I’ve mentioned before, I’m ok with occasionally going off of it just in order to stay sane and live life normally. I had a drink before we left (kombucha and vodka) and drank water only. So all in all, not too bad if you ask me.

Today I had more sausage and a banana pancake that I’ve read so much about. I smeared a little ghee on it and a tad bit of maple syrup and it wasn’t too bad. Lunch was leftovers from last night. My heartburn has been so bad today and I was so exhausted from all the yard work, we decided to just make due for supper with what we had in the house. I ended up not doing anything for fear it would make my heartburn flare up again. Heartburn is good but my tummy is letting me know it’s empty. It’s 9:30 though. I’m not listening.

I read up on what foods can cause heartburn and garlic is at the top of the list. Onion too. There’s also black pepper, citrus, alcohol (especially red wine), coffee and tomatoes. So there’s another reason to stop drinking alcohol. Coffee would be a tough one. I only drink one cup a day so I’m not going to stress it. I will try and avoid the rest though.

I almost forgot to mention, we took our foster dachshund, Macy, to her forever home. Her new mom has been in touch with me a few times today and she is settling in. A great weekend is now over.

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The Longest Week Ever

Thank goodness this work week is finally over!! Have I mentioned I don’t like the time change? I actually woke up on time this morning but I was still dragging all day. And I’ve just had such a hard time staying focused and on task. Maybe I can get my internal clock straightened out this weekend.

I took that Prilosec last night and surprisingly, I’ve been hurting pretty bad all day and tonight. I came home from work and took some coconut oil and again when we got back from eating dinner and I will take some more before bed. I hope that isn’t a bad thing. I’ll look it up tomorrow. I would think it’s just the calories that aren’t good. I just wonder why it’s so bad all of a sudden. I was doing so good. I wonder if I waited too long to take one.

Breakfast today was bacon and eggs again. I made my breakfast sausage tonight with ground pork, fennel, thyme, sage, salt, pepper, garlic and maple syrup. The recipe called for coconut sugar but I thought maple syrup would be better. I’m hoping I can ripen some bananas before tomorrow morning so I can have some banana pancakes. Those that I have in the freezer from Young Living Gluten Free mix just don’t do it for me. Anyway, I’m really looking forward to  breakfast. Lunch was leftover spaghetti and 3 cookies I bought yesterday from Organic Harvest. They are paleo friendly but I know they still aren’t good for me. They are just so good though! We met our friends out for supper at the bowling ally. Sounds weird but it’s a really nice place and the food is delicious. I had salmon, broccoli and fries and a glass of cabernet. The wine made my nose turn red and I was all stopped up. When will I accept the fact that I can’t drink wine anymore?

Time for sweet dreams. Night all!

Today Was Not Friday

Today is Thursday. Not Friday. I’ve had to tell myself that a hundred times today. It started yesterday really. My pills from my little pill sorter were from Thursday. Then I woke up this morning (late) and thought, “well, at least I don’t have to do this for 2 days.” Then I realized it was only Thursday. It just messes with everything when you have the day wrong. Especially when you think it’s the last day of the work week. I’ve felt like I’ve been in a fog all week too. I just thought I was getting over the time change.

It’s been 6 days since I had a Prilosec but I had to break down and take one tonight. I was hurting pretty bad and it’s been about 45 minutes and my chest is still burning. I’ll go take another spoon of coconut oil. Maybe I should have taken the Prilosec this morning before it got this bad. I just wonder how long it will take before I can completely get off of it.

I ordered a breakfast frittata and some paleo ranch from a local restaurant/bakery that cooks meals that you pre-order this week and pick up next week. I will be doing this again but I’m so super excited to get something different for breakfast next week. Actually, I will get sausage this weekend. We got some ground pork and I’ve been looking up recipes for homemade breakfast sausage. I also just told him to get some bananas and I’m going to try and make some banana pancakes.

Breakfast was bacon and boiled eggs. Lunch was leftover roast, potatoes and carrots. I broke paleo tonight and had brown rice pasta so we could have spaghetti. The sauce was garlic free so I know that’s not what gave me heartburn so bad. There was garlic in the roast though. hmmm

Prilosec Detox

The Prilosec detox is going well. It’s been since Friday that I’ve had my last one and the one before that was the previous Monday. I felt the acid rise last night but I took my coconut oil and night time Zantac and other pills and I’ve been fine since then. I thought about taking one today but waited it out and I’m glad I did. I am wondering though if it’s garlic tonight that is doing it. I’ve been using it sparingly though so surely not.

I weighed this morning and I’m down another 1.7 lbs. That’s only 5 lbs this month but it’s better than a gain. I know, I have said that before. I’m so close to going down into the next number so I’m excited about that. I should be decently ready for summer by the time it gets here.

I am slowly but surely getting acclimated to the time change. I still don’t want to get up but I don’t don’t feel quite as tired during the day. I’m ready for bed now though and it’s only 9:30.

Breakfast was bacon and sauteed apples and pecans. A very welcome change! My hubby got some ground pork so I’m going to make some homemade sausage and that will shake things up a bit! Lunch was leftover chicken, cabbage and I made some sweet potato fries in the toaster oven. We had to go do a home visit after work for the dachshund we’ve been fostering so he put a roast, potatoes, carrots and onion in the crockpot. It was ready and waiting for us when we got home. It was really good and hit the spot.

Hitting the hay now!

When Food Lets You Down

This post is from last night but it wouldn’t let me post it…

I was going to title this blog ” When You Crave a Food So Bad and It’s Not Nearly as Good as You Hoped For” but it was too long, and, I was let down so I guess the title is appropriate. I found a recipe the other day for paleo salmon croquettes and was devastated I hadn’t thought of them before now.

So I invited my daughter and son-in-law over for supper and set out to make salmon croquettes with mashed potatoes (a must with salmon croquettes) and roasted zucchini. Because my sweet husband is retired, he does most of the cooking. I’ll help do one or two things but he does most of everything and mashed potatoes are his thing. He was having his Tuesday night pool night so it was all up to me. My daughter helped prepare the zucchini and a few other things but it was pretty much all me.

First of all, I burned 3 trays of zucchini. Using the Pampered Chef bar pan is great but they will burn in a heartbeat if you aren’t careful. Luckily I had another zucchini. Then I over cooked the potatoes and they were too starchy. I put a little ghee in them and a splash of chicken broth and they were as creamy as we could get them without making potato soup. I didn’t think they tasted too bad though. The only thing that really turned out ok was the salmon but it just didn’t taste like I remembered. It was bland and tasteless. I’ll be searching for another recipe and hopefully I can improve on that. If it isn’t then salmon croquettes will just have to live in my memories.

Kind of backwards but for breakfast I had bacon and poached eggs. Note to self…we are out of eggs! For lunch I had left over chicken, cabbage and roasted potatoes.

Still exhausted. Have I mentioned how much I hate daylight savings time? Heartburn tonight too. It’s been 4 days since my last Prilosec. Maybe I’ll take one tomorrow. We’ll see how I feel.

Nothing Here

Another one of those nights when I really don’t feel like doing this. I have been exhausted all day long and right now I just want to go to bed. I hate when the time changes.

So…breakfast was the ever boring bacon and scrambled eggs. Lunch was leftover yummy shrimp, zucchini and sweet potato fries. For supper we cooked some chicken with smoked paprika on it, steamed cabbage and roasted potatoes.

Night all.

Fried Shrimp is New Favorite

Today was another lazy day. I felt fine but just didn’t feel like getting out and/or up and doing anything. I looked on Pinterest all day for landscaping ideas for our backyard and then I looked for fried shrimp recipes. I feel kind of bad about it but I never get to do that so I’ll get over it.

I weighed this morning and gained a little bit back. I didn’t write it down or do the math so I don’t know how much. Wednesday is the official weigh-in day anyway. I’m thinking it was probably the potatoes I ate last night. They were so good!!

For breakfast I had bacon and scrambled eggs. I thought about hashbrowns but I figured I didn’t need the potatoes again. I ended up not eating lunch again. Just too lazy to get up and  fix anything.

My sweet husband went to the store and bought us some shrimp and I had been wanting to try some paleo fried shrimp. Everything I found had coconut on it or some other ingredient that I didn’t have so I finally just made up my own recipe. I first put them in a couple of raw eggs. Then I mixed up some cassava flour, pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika and dipped the shrimp in the flour mixture before I put them in the grease. We fried them until they were a crispy light brown color and then drained on paper towels. The smoked paprika was very subtle but so good. I believe I do like them this way better than bacon wrapped.

Time to watch Elementary and then straight to bed. Gotta get in bed on time so that hopefully I won’t wake up feeling more zombie-like than usual.