Friday, June 4, 2010

TGIFriday, Sort Of

I'm happy to report that my weight has stabilized right back where it should be. Even though I'm only doing "official" weigh-ins once a month, I still hop on the scale from time to time to keep in touch. Having released myself from the perceived pressure of the scale totally works for me.

I had an epiphany Tuesday morning, a moment when I knew deep down that these changes I have made are really sticking. I used to dread the morning after a weekend, a holiday weekend or a vacation, knowing that I was going to have to "start my diet" and knowing that I would fail miserably. It's an awful thing to start every week with self loathing. Know what I mean? Sure, we had plenty of food related treats over the long weekend, wine and cocktails, some beautiful cheese, a great restaurant meal and even ice cream bon bons but overeating is no longer part of the equation and we never veered away from the core of healthy eating. There was our fresh juice, fresh fruit with breakfast, lots of fresh veggies with the meals, plus walks and activity. So there was just no need to "start back" on Tuesday morning. It's just so liberating!

I'm happy it's Friday, but I woke up feeling worse for wear with this lingering vague headache. I've not been feeling like myself for a little while now and being a health professional self-diagnosis comes with the territory. The diagnosis~Peri-menopause UGH! I apologize in advance to any gentleman who may be reading for the following TMI of a womanly nature. My periods are totally different, heavy and the spotting seems never ending. I'm feeling sort of anxious but nothing like the food-induced anxiety of the past. My libido has left the building, I can't seem to get enough sleep and feel especially rough the mornings after I work.

I've rearranged my weight lifting schedule for June, I'm going to lift on mornings when I've had a full night's sleep and not on a morning after a work shift. I'm not really getting the sustained energy boost it usually gives me. This is all upsetting because I've just gotten my health back and I've really come to enjoy all the energy that comes from healthy eating and exercise. No hot flashes to report, so that's one little nugget of joy to hold on to. I need to do some research on the appropriate supplements and alternative treatments and will talk to my gynecologist on my next visit just to make sure it's not something else. If any of you have had any experience with this, any advice would be greatly appreciated.

I did manage to get myself dressed to visit the farm this morning, it's always a highlight of the week. I picked up milk and eggs and got more onions and summer squash to make a vegetable tian to pair with the bison strip steak I bought at the market yesterday. I put my deposit down on two more broilers and since I know they are male this time, they've gotten more appropriate names, Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver. Heee! They'll be ready for pick up on July 3rd, just in time for our next long holiday weekend. We should have plenty of produce from our own garden to pair with the chicken next time, so that's pretty exciting.

I've spent the morning blogging, finishing off some upcoming posts. I've got some more herb blogging coming up and I'm going to work on a particularly gushy post about our dining experience at Vingenzo's last Friday evening so there will be lots of good food porn coming up.

If any of you have any questions for me, feel free to leave them in the comments, I'll happily address them. I hope you're all well and I wish you a wonderful weekend. See you back here soon.

1 comment:

  1. Very appropriate names. Gordon Ramsey had a show called "The F Word" where part of the series he and his children raised wild turkey's for their Thanksgiving meal. They named them after chefs if I recall. At least one was called Nigella from Nigella Bites. Jamie is very outspoken for fresh, organic, and local. They both would be proud.