Monday, August 5, 2013

Who is Driving this Wagon?!

I have returned from a Girls' Weekend in Fayetteville quite tired and with a lot of back pain.  I had a wonderful time, but my body seems to hate me all of the sudden.  I think at almost 28, falling asleep a little too intoxicated on a couch that's a little too small for your body can result in lingering headaches for days.  I spent all day trying to get my right eyeball to play nice and stop feeling like it was going to jump out of my body.  I am in desperate need of a stretch.

The weekend was great, though, and I'll give you a quick recap and some pictures.


Saw friend's new house
Had home cooked veggie fajitas
Held another friend's new baby
Wished another friend happy birthday
Gave said friend Razorback painting I made
Watched Orange is the New Black


Woke up to a crazy thunderstorm
Hoped they would cancel our 5k
Stood in the rain for an hour waiting on 5k to start
Got covered in a lot of different colors
Ran in the rain
Ran in the mud
Shouldn't have been running at all
Skipped part of the course
Went home hurting from surgery
Went swimming
At awesome food
Forgot to photograph it
Painted a pair of Toms
Gave Toms to fr
Went bar hopping
Went to Taco Bell for first time in 7 years
Decided bean burrito no cheese wasn't half bad
Slept on too small couch


Woke up surprisingly not hung over
Drove back home
Listened to Cailtin Moran's How to be a Woman entire time
Loved book
Now obsessed with Caitlin Moran
Played video games with Josh
Got a headache
Power went out
Spent night tossing and turning

(some photos below were taken by friends)

Looking at these pictures, I am really aware of how much weight I have to lose.  I really feel upset about it, but that doesn't help anything.  It's unproductive to the ultimate goal.  I need to push through and keep moving in the right direction.

I need to continue to be present in my body, and I need to eat smaller portions.  Inevitably, the only thing that's going to work for me is to eat less and move more.  A huge issue for me is my fitness level right now.  Because I still have incisions and stitches post-surgery, I'm not really working out.  It's hard for me to not be active, because fitness is just as good for my mental health as it is for my physical.

All that said, here's the way today went:


After a night of headaches and tossing and turning, I did not want anything to do with food.  I had a bag of roasted, unsalted almonds that I munched on during the morning hours.  I also made some unsweetened black ice tea in my new pitcher.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 400, Carbs: 16 g, Protein: 12 g


I thought I was going to be on a job site all morning, but I didn't have to go, so I ended up at Whole Foods for lunch.  I noticed they had a carrot soup on the soup bar, but that usually isn't vegan.  I walked over to the other side and noticed a second, vegan carrot soup.  It was very yummy.  I had that, the brushetta and the tofu and saved the rest.  My eyes were bigger than my tummy, and I wanted to stop when I was full.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 536, Carbs: 75 g, Protein: 21 g


I did some yoga stretching when I got home, which felt amazing.  I miss my workout routine so much, and I can't wait to start back.  I think tomorrow I will do a walk + an actual yoga routine.  Hopefully by Wednesday I can get back into my Barefoot Classes.  This headache has to break first, though.

For dinner, I spied some leftovers from Thursday and whipped up a quick dinner or spinach, tofu and her roasted potatoes.  Simple and yummy.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 366, Carbs: 42 g, Protein: 25 g

My head is still pounding and I can't figure out why, so I'll probably headed to bed early.  I need to get in the kitchen and pack a healthy lunch for tomorrow, also.

Nutritional Information for the Day
Calories: 1211, Carbs: 133 g, Protein: 58 g


  1. Hey! I am one of those people you don't know who reads your blog! I just wanted to share some wisdom from on my own weight loss journey(s) over the years. Since you put up your daily eats, it is easy for others to analyze your diet- maybe a good thing or not... Anyway, for me, reducing greatly, or eliminating, at least for awhile, calories from fat- nuts, avocado, earth balance, oils, olives, tahini etc. can go a looooong way in moving weight loss along. Those things taste great, but they aren't going to help you lose weight!

    Also- from experience- loving your body while you try to heal/change it is so essential! Good on you for recognizing that.


    1. Hi Suzi, analyze away :) I definitely think that I need to watch how much of those things I have in my diet. I can be known to throw down on some earth balance. Ultimately, I think my new focus is just eating smaller portions of what I put in my mouth. So, if it's normal for me to eat 1/2 an avocado every time I reach for one, maybe I'll try to eat 1/4.

      Thanks for the advice :)

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