Primal For 21 Days – Day 10

Well as they say the best laid plans of Mice and Men often go awry, well that was exactly what happened with me.  You would think that I had been out drinking all night the way I felt when I woke up.  I actually had to start thinking about what I had done and if my body had snuck off and left my brain behind and started drinking, well the answer was no but that is what I felt like.  Oh wait a minute, I wasn’t drunk my allergies were kicking my butt.  Oh never mind.

It didn’t help that I was still feeling guilty about having the chocolate cake yesterday but that is the past and now I will be better, maybe just not today.  Oh I was a good girl when it came to eating but I wasn’t better today.  My throat was sore yesterday even after gargling and the glands in my throat were still swollen and tender to the touch.  I forgot my prescription yesterday and so today I took it to the store and was told it would take an hour to fill it so I ran a few errands such as looking to see if the stadium closest to me was open so I could walk stairs in the future and it was and there was one person running the track so maybe I will have to chose another stadium.

My head was throbbing and I knew better than to try and exercise when it was my allergies that were once again kicking my butt.  Then I realized that I hadn’t taken my allergy medication and that I hadn’t eaten breakfast.  So that is what was wrong with me…no wonder I was off my game.

So I went to one of the higher end grocery stores to find a particular type of egg that one of my friends suggested because these eggs were from actual free range chickens who were fed only natural things and who are free to roam around on a large farm and they are from a relatively local farm which was great.  So I figured why not try these almost $5/dozen eggs and that way I could say I tried them and then I could go back to my normal eggs.  Yeah I’m cheap and can’t afford to normally eat the more expensive free range chicken eggs but I figured why not because this guy was really raving about them.  He said that the yoke was very tasty and I figured why not give them a try.

First I had to go pick up my antibiotics and few other things at the store which I quickly took home and got ready for an extremely late lunch.  So I decided to try these expensive eggs and to get the best taste out of them I decided that I would have them over medium, sorry but over easy is too runny for me and besides that I haven’t liked them over easy because there has been little taste in egg yokes.  I cooked 2 eggs over medium and heated up some bacon and cut into the egg yokes to make sure they were over medium and they were, what a mistake that was.  It was a mistake for me to cook them over medium, they should have been over easy and the main reason was the yoke.  They were brown eggs, and the color doesn’t really matter to me and when I cracked them the first thing I noticed was that the shells were a little bit thicker than my usual eggs.  Right away when I put the eggs into the frying pan I could see a difference in the color of the yoke as well as the size of the yokes.  The yokes were larger and looked a deep yellow but not pale yellow but a very rich deep yellow and they were also larger than usual.  So I cooked them up and was happily surprised to taste them and learned just how good eggs were, just like I remember when I was a kid.  In a way I wish I could eat bread so I could sop up the yokes with bread but I’m doing okay with just the bacon strips.  They were the tastiest eggs I’ve had in a very long time and so glad I spent the money on them.  They were put out by Vital Farms and since I live in Texas they were txchickenranch.com and when I go back to the store, which is out of my way by about 6 miles I will gladly pay the extra money and will make sure I have them so that I can enjoy the yokes.  I love my new egg find.

Alright now that I’ve ranted and raved about my late lunch of eggs, I took my antibiotics and had such a pounding headache from my allergies that I fell asleep for about 3 hours and woke up feeling better, even my throat.  My sore irritated throat has been a part of why I’ve not been anxious to eat in the morning because it is so darn raw and sore but this evening is the first time that my throat is not sore from what feels like claws being dragged up and down the inside of my throat.  So hopefully things will go better tonight and I will wake up feeling better.

Enough of this, let’s see what I’ve had to eat today after a bad day like yesterday.

 

Breakfast:

Skipped

 

Lunch:

Egg, Large 2 0.74
Applewood Bacon – Thick 3 slices 0

 

Dinner:

Hamburger-Chuck/Cranberries/Mushrooms 1 15
Salad:Lettucex2/Tomato/Mushroom/Dressing 1 1/2 cup 7.5

 

Snack:

Coffee w/Sweetener/Cream/FV creamer SF/WC SF 1 mug 2

 

Day 10 Carbohydrates:       25.24 GRAMS OF CARBOHYDRATES

 

Despite my being so high yesterday I was really down today but don’t feel bad about it.  It keeps my system guessing and not falling into a rut.  So I’m really hoping that my allergies will be in better control so that I can go walking tomorrow.  Okay, well half way through the day I will have hit the mid point.  Or as they say in the commercials….  HUMP DAY …. YEAH..WOO HOO!!!

My goal is still to be able to wear regular jeans at least by Christmas and not be in fat lady jeans.  So in order to do that I’ve got to get busy and start working out.  Now if I could just get rid of this cold and control my allergies then life would be better.  So here’s to an even better tomorrow!!

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Primal For 21 Days – Day 2

Well for me just starting this out of the blue things are going pretty good.  Guess all of my past attempts at eating primal is paying off and for that I’m grateful.

So now where to do I began, let me see….well I guess the best thing to happen for the day is that I slept in.  Yep, I slept through breakfast and didn’t get up until 1100 hours.  Now you may think what the hell is she doing, is she crazy, she is going to get fired.  Although getting fired is always an option no matter what the job, but I have some job security.  Going back to sleeping in let me tell you that I went to bed at 0200 hours and was struggling to get to sleep and then after about 20 minutes I had a coughing fit.

So I woke up coughing and didn’t stop for about 30 minutes, causing pain in my lower back, stomach and chest from all of the coughing and I’m lucky that I didn’t wake up the whole neighborhood with my coughing.  Also with all of the water that I was drinking I had to make frequent trips you know where.  I finally managed to calm down a bit after taking the Rx cough medicine and went to sleep but that didn’t last very long.  At about 0520 hours this morning I woke up coughing and I was having a very hard time stopping and yes I was sore again.  Let me tell you I was really beginning to wonder if I would ever feel better because on previous nights I’ve not had coughing fits as intense.  After getting up and wandering around and downing some water to try and get myself to relax I remembered that I had the generic brand of children’s liquid Zyrtec which is just for allergies.  My Rx cough syrup wasn’t working so I figured why not give it a try.

What a difference, my throat relaxed and my coughing eased up dramatically so I thought hey why not try to go back to sleep.  Bad choice because I lay down and then started coughing but when I sat up things eased in my coughing.  So I pulled my sitting pillow that has arms and back support and added one of my pillows for back support and the other for my head allowing me to sleep upright.  After 20 minutes I had fallen asleep but woke up when I started to turn over which doesn’t work very well.  Seeing that I had relaxed enough, I decided to take a chance on sleeping laying down.

It worked and I was able to get back to sleep but had set my alarm for 0830 hours hoping to do a morning walk but when I got up I still felt a little tired so I decided to go back to sleep.  The best thing is that when I woke up at 0830 hours I was feeling pretty good and there was only a little bit of soreness in my throat.  I grabbed a sip of water and went back to bed and slept heavily and slept until 1100 hours.  It is amazing how much better I feel after sleep.  I actually think that I’m on the mend because there is less irritation in my throat and my allergies seem to be coming back under control.  The sad thing is that I never had such intense allergies until I was an adult.

So as I stated, I slept through breakfast but before I fixed my salad I needed some caffeine so I had a cup of coffee for a late coffee break but that was after I showered.  So I sat there relaxing with my cup of coffee which actually made my throat feel better so I might bring a coffee pod to work just in case I have tightness in my throat.  Without further adieu let me list my meals.

Early Brunch:

Coffee with Stevia/Creamer 1 cup 2
Vitamin C – Emergen-C 1 packet 6

Lunch:

Tunafish Salad:Tuna/Mayo/Mustard/Chopped Egg 1/2 cup 0.2
Salad:Lettuce/Tomato/Carrots/Bacon/Cheese/Dressing 1 1/2 cup 7.5

Dinner:

Hamburger Patty – Juicy Lean Premade Patty 1 0
Applewood Bacon – Thick 2 slices 0
Cheese – Provolone 1 slice 0
Broccoli – Frozen 1 cup 6
Sprakling Water – Strawberry 12 oz 0
Avocado – Medium 2-Jan 0.7

Snack:

Coffee w/Stevia/Creamer 1 cup 2

TOTAL CARBOHYDRATES FOR DAY-2:    24.4 GRAMS

Now this is what I’m taking with me to work for dinner.  There may be some add-ons such as coffee or maybe some almonds in case I get hungry but only time will tell.   I’m also going to drink more water especially when I think that I’m hungry.  I’ve read that often we eat because of what we feel but when actually our body is telling us that we are dehydrated.  So I’m going to try drinking more water.  Since I don’t like the taste of the water even out of the water fountain I will be bringing my Britta filter water bottle so I can at least filter out some of the yucky taste.  So we will see what the rest of the night holds in store for me.

Okay for those of you who may have viewed this day earlier you will see that there was a slight change.  I was able to get half an avocado which was yummy.  Then I’m topping it all off with a cup of coffee, it is a wonderful way for me to relax.  Yes I can relax with a cup of coffee even without any alcohol being put in it.

I hope that I don’t have to talk too much at work because I know that will strain my throat but I’m going to the store to pick up some more children’s liquid allergy med before going to work.  I will be prepared and I will conquer my illness.  Yeah I know I say that now since I’m almost done with it but I figure over 10 days is enough time being sick.

So maybe I’ll be back to update today or maybe not.  Either way thanks for tuning in and hopefully by next Wednesday I will have even happier news.  At least 1-2 pounds and hopefully I will have a good start on getting control of my weight.  See you soon and thanks for tuning in.

Oh real quick, we ended up celebrating one of co-worker’s birthday early, it is tomorrow but that is her day off and then she is moving to another department so we won’t be able to visit with her like we usually do.  They had pizza, cheesecake, cupcakes and candy and you would be proud of the fact that I passed on all of the treats and enjoyed my dinner.  It tasted it great and I think I feel better having kept to my primal way of eating.  i FEEL GREAT !!!!!

-Laters!

Sicker than a dog

Okay I know it has been quite some time since I’ve been here and let me tell you that the title basically tells it all.  During August I started developing sinus problems and I haphazardly started to treat it but really didn’t pay much attention.

I did go to a clinic to try and get a shot and some meds to cure it but the usual clinic I got to had just closed doors for the day, Saturday, and so I went to another clinic.  They should not have called themselves a clinic because they really couldn’t do much than give shots for school and give out a few bandages.  My blood pressure was up but not through the roof and they said they could not see me because of my high blood pressure (my diastolic was higher than normal) was too high and they didn’t have any meds to treat me for that at the clinic so I would have to go to an emergency room and have a doctor there look at me.  Okay I had been out of my BP meds for a couple of months and now that I was sick my pressure was up higher than usual.  The doctor said that I had a headache because my blood pressure was up so high, it was not really very high, just higher than normal.  I explained that no I had a headache because I have a sinus infection and it is a sinus pressure headache.  I told him that I often get sinus pressure headaches when my sinuses act up and it is not do due my blood pressure being up.  He told me that he is a doctor and he knew better.  Funny but I would get sinus headaches that made my head a throbbing mass of pain even when my blood pressure was normal.  I couldn’t convince him that my head hurt because of my sinuses and he said that they could not see me.  So I paid $25 to have someone tell me something about me that I knew wasn’t right and he would not treat me.  That was why I went on my vacation with a sinus infection.

Oh and by the way I found some BP meds took them and my pressure came down but guess what…..I still had a sinus pressure headache.  Wow, I really did know what I was talking about, guess the people at RediClinic are prepared for anyone who is really sick.  I won’t darken their door again.

So I thought I had my sinuses in check because my throat was feeling better and some of the sinus pressure headaches had eased.  Little did I know that it was still with me and because of pushing myself so much it would come back and attack me while at DragonCon.  That is probably the last time I will ever ignore those symptoms.  I went to DragonCon with a slight sinus infection and came back with bronchitis.  Yea for me, wasn’t that great……NOT!

Okay in case you don’t know what DragonCon is, it’s a geek … I mean science fiction/science/gaming/anime/etc convention.  It is always held on Labor Day weekend and it starts on Friday and goes through Monday.  At least that is when it officially starts.  We get started standing in line on Thursday morning waiting to get your badge which you must show in order to enter any of the panels and to even be able to walk through the hotels especially at night because the host hotels turn into private party celebrations and a badge is required.  I was very lucky this year and got into one of the main host hotels where most of the partying goes on.  That was good and it was bad.

What was bad was that it meant that where my room was allowed quite a bit of noise to come up to my floor and since my room was 20 floors up from an open space on the main floor, things got pretty loud.  But usually shortly after 3 in the morning things would quiet down.  Usually I was so exhausted that I was in my room by midnight or 1 in the morning.  Usually I was sweating like a pig because of the mass number of people wandering around on the three open levels, all were looking for friends, drinking and posing in their costumes…those that were in costume.  It was great but as I stated I was usually sweating and would cool down in my room and then shower before going to bed.

It was the hot to cold to hot to cold action of going in and out of hotels and lining up in the heat that did me in, not only exhausting me but the constant temperature change sure did a number on me.  I kept on trying to treat my sinus infection but only did it sporadically and when the convention was finally over and the last of my group left, except for me, I spent the day washing clothes because I really was tired and didn’t feel like getting out to do too much.  Well in the area where I waited for the clothes there were fresh-cut Gardena flowers…big mistake on my part staying in the area.  That set off my sinuses and by the time I got back to my hotel my nose was running the 440 while I stood still and my throat felt like it was a scratching post.

By the next day as I was flying back I now know what little kids and babies experience pain wise in their ears when we change altitudes.  I could not pop my ears and was pretty much in pain for the 2 1/2 hour flight.  Oh did I mention that I also managed to spill most of my soda on me and my tray, but mostly on me.  It at least startled me enough and my ears finally did pop and adjust slightly to the altitude.  But that was the last good thing.  I was hording tissues or hand towels from the dispensers in the bathroom just so I could make it to the next stop.

Finally home and I was so miserable and blowing green and yellow out my nose so I went to a clinic the next morning telling them about how I knew I had a sinus infection.  I of course was wrong.  It had been a sinus infection but now it was bronchitis and so I got a shot which helped with the draining but didn’t stop it completely.  Seven days later and at least my head was a bit clear but I’m still stuck with a runny nose.  So I went to take some herbal stuff and thought it was helping but it really didn’t.  So last night I took a couple of Benadryl and guess what my nose is mostly dried up but I still have a sore throat so it is now vitamin C in massive amounts to keep this from getting worse.  Okay so what if large amounts of vitamin C can give me diarrhea right now I just want to feel good and stop having to carry around a box of tissues.

So since I was on vacation I knew better than to try and diet because there were just so many things to do and eating would be questionable because of the busy schedule while at the con.  So now that I’m off of my antibiotics although my nose and throat are still giving me a bit of grief, I can at least see the light at the end of the tunnel to wellness.  So yippy skippy.

I will say this much, we tried out a few restaurants and found some good choices and some mistakes but at least we tried different places and we may not have had good breakfasts all of the days at the con but at least we all had good dinners.  In general I had a good time considering I was not feeling so good but I know not to go feeling slightly sick.  So I plan to start taking better care and watching my sinuses better.  Yes I wash my nose every day, not with a neti pot but with one of the squeeze bottles, I prefer that style of washing.

Once I’m feeling good which I hope will be by the beginning of the week, then I will start going primal again.  I have quite a few good reasons why.  But first let me say that maybe I need to learn to keep quiet when I’m with my group because of what happened.

What happened?  Oh yeah you weren’t there so let me explain.  We were at one of our dinners and one of the ladies mentioned that she had taken her nieces to Hawaii for a graduation gift and another of our friends who was born and raised in Hawaii said they might show up at the same hotel and they had a great time in Hawaii.  Now I had heard that bit of information and mentioned that maybe in a couple of years we might try doing something like that and everyone thought it was okay.

I said the same thing only mentioned that when I said this to my mother she said that I wasn’t going without her.  She didn’t plan to join our group on all of our outings but she wanted to go to Hawaii.  I haphazardly mentioned this to my group and now all of them are saying HawaiiCon 2014.  Okay let me say this does not mean that we are doing a convention in Hawaii although there is a geek convention called HawaiiCon which is the next month after DragonCon but most of them are saying that they will not be able to go to that con.  Personally I would rather go then than in April because that will put me on a very tight shoestring budget.  Now I see the list of stars in growing and I would love to go but most of my group don’t want to go then but I would love to do it then.

So my big mouth got us into going to Hawaii in 2014 when I really wanted 2015 but okay I just live on a tight budget.  Then I hear about a real Con that is happening in Hawaii and now I would rather go there and spend more time afterwards in Hawaii.  So what to do, what to do!

Oh I know, get well quickly so that I can be ready for Hawaii no matter when we go to Hawaii and get into shape because this coming year I intend to be dressed in at least one costume for DragonCon 2014 where we will celebrate 20 years since Stargate first came out.  This year we celebrated 35 years since Battlestar Galactica came out.   Who would have thought that the fan base and shows would still be so popular.  Go figure.

So now I’m going to go take some more Vitamin C and try to take a walk in the neighborhood so I can get use to walking only I will need to make them early morning walks to avoid getting overheated and drenched in sweat in the coming weeks.  I’m even planning my meals so that this time I will succeed because I sure as heck don’t want to go to Hawaii in my current physical shape.  Besides I was reading about a mountain that many people hike up in order to catch the sun rising and it sounds like a lovely and breath-taking site and I won’t be able to do it in my current condition so it is time to lose weight and gain muscle and muscle tone.

Come on Vitamin C do your stuff!!

Sorry I’ve been away so long and I will start posting more regularly when I get rid of the remnants of bronchitis and actually start going primal.

Oh there is a moral to this story.  Make sure you are in good health before going on vacation.