Friday, May 19, 2017

The Power of Sleep

OMG, you guys! We have appointments! This is not a drill!

After months of shenanigans, stress, and pain, I have my three appointments set up for my SynVisc supplement injections. It's been a battle but the light at the end of the tunnel is switched on and is getting brighter and closer. First injection is next week and I'll have had all three by the time I leave for Boston to visit my people on June 8th.

I found out yesterday and my stress level dropped so nicely that I had the best night's sleep that I've had in months. You all know the power of great sleep. My pain level is down today, I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and I had the best workout. I shaved 20 seconds off my personal best 2000 meter time. I'm currently sitting ranked at 858 of 864. The more I practice the faster I'll get. The new rowing season started May first. I'm aiming to not be on the last page by the end of the season. 

When I think back to when I started rowing, I could barely do 3 minutes. Now I can do up to 30 minutes. It makes me proud to look at my progress. They have all sorts of challenges throughout the season, but I'm not up to that level yet. But next season, I plan on joining one.

I'm up to date on my flat abs challenge. I'm getting stronger with that workout, too. The leg lifts, which are so hard, I could only lift my legs maybe 30 degrees when I first started, I'm up to the full 90 degrees now and not having to rest after a full 11 of not lowering all the way to ground.

In other news, I hit my 5% weight loss goal at Weight Watchers the other week and got the prettiest little charm. I bought myself a charm bracelet to put it on as a reminder of my progress and keep me motivated. 

The other charm that came with the bracelet says, "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." I thought that was a nice sentiment. Looking forward to adding charms to it as I hit more goals.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Little Taste of Freedom

My dear friend Donna took me out for lunch yesterday. In fact, she treated me like I was Queen for a Day. We went to True Food Kitchen in Atlanta. We shared the crudite bowl. It was as beautiful as a bouquet of spring flowers. It was served with tzatziki and this amazing olive dip that was like if they had made hummus with olives instead of nasty beans. I spooned out my two tablespoons of each and enjoyed then with plenty of cold, crunchy vegetables. The watermelon radish was a revelation! I hope I can find them in the shop this summer, because they left me wanting more.

My entree was a poke bowl. A bed of quinoa, watermelon radishes, cucumbers, snow peas, avocado, these mushrooms that were chewy and crunchy at the edges and had so much umami flavor, and silky raw ahi tuna. The dressing was a lightly sweetened, spicy lime elixir that complimented all the flavors perfectly. I will dream of this until I can have it again. It was the perfect balance of nutritious and delicious.

I wasn't hungry to eat or cook supper when I got home. I called in a takeaway for Rob and I ate an apple, a pot of yogurt, and had plenty of points to spend on a cookie. It was two soft carrot cake cookies sandwiching sweet cream cheese icing. Oh, yeah, it was good! I savored it, as well as the fact that I had a day of not having to be chained to the stove. It didn't trigger me, and shockingly I didn't want another. I suppose knowing that I could have was enough for me. For the first time in way too long I feel like I'm in control again, like I've finally broken free of food controlling me. It was a very good day. That cookie was delicious, but the feeling of freedom is definitely sweeter!