I finally gave in…

Monday, April 4, 2011

Last night when I got up and came downstairs, I finally did it.

Mom, you’ll be proud.

I gargled with salt water.

I figured nothing else was helping, so I might as well try.

I gagged and practically vomited, but I did about 9 gargles (x2).

I’m not sure if they helped.

I’m still coughing.

But I will keep doing it.  I’m willing to do anything at this point.

I just want to feel WELL.

Anyways, we are off to Walgreens now.

I’m hoping for a good nap this afternoon and two “not so difficult” nights at work.


Published in: on April 4, 2011 at 11:33 am  Leave a Comment  

A Day Off??

**postdated for Sunday, April 3, 2011

This is the weekend where I work Friday and Saturday, have only one day off, and then work again Monday and Tuesday.

The thing about having only one day off when you work overnight is that it really is not a full day off, but more like two half days.  Which even though seems nice, really sucks.

I slept until 4 pm on Sunday, then got up.  We ate dinner…yummy fake chicken parm sandwiches with mixed veggies and brown rice on the side, and then I called my parents to chat.  After a nice phone call, during which I was coughing almost non-stop, I read some blogs and then we watched some Parenthood that we rented from Netflix…I really like that show!  And I had my one popcorn serving for the week…SUPER yum 🙂

I had gone down to get our vaporizer from the basement (which we haven’t used in like over 5 years!) and was all excited to get it set up to use that night.

But guess what?

Vaporizer FAIL.

It never heated up.  The night-light went on, but no steam was produced.  I tried cleaning the inside of the heating element as it suggested, but it was a no-go.

So last night’s sleeping was HORRIBLE.  I could not STOP coughing.  That tickle in my throat just never went away, no matter what I did…drinking water, sucking on cough drops, holding my breath (yep…that doesn’t work too long!).  Finally at 3 am I got up, went downstairs and read the rest of my book until 4 am and then I think I slept on/off til 8 am when Kimm got up.  She also had a terrible night of sleep…probably partly because I was coughing so much and plus because her throat has been so dry.  We are quite the pair.

I KNEW I should have bit the bullet and gotten some cough syrup last night.

That’s what you call laziness.

Yep, I’m a master at that 🙂

Anyways, so now it is Monday, nearing noon and this is the rest of my day “off.”

Want to know my great plans?

Walgreens–cough syrup and a new vaporizer.

And then a nap before work tonight.

I’m a wild one alright.  Watch out world.

Published in: on April 4, 2011 at 11:31 am  Leave a Comment  

A Sweet Treat

**postdated for Saturday, April 2, 2011

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the feeling of  “feeling deprived.”

And usually when people decide to EAT BETTER, they cut out everything that tastes good and become so restrictive that it is hard to maintain and then you eventually break and want to eat EVERYTHING that you have been deprived of and then you feel like a failure and say, why do I even bother with trying to do better, now where’s that ice cream?

It just becomes a vicious cycle of good eating/not so good eating.

Not like I would know or anything 🙂

So, this time around, I decided to be a little bit smarter.

I KNOW that I like to have something sweet to end my evening meals with.  If I don’t have something, I feel like the meal is not over and I keep thinking I need to eat more.

So on Friday morning I searched through some of my blogs for a sweet treat that I could make with ingredients that were REAL (hate that processed junk).  I found this recipe for Baklava Thumbprint Cookies on Daily Garnish (love that blog!) .  They sounded (and looked) good and thankfully I had all the ingredients on hand!

The cookies were easy to make and VERY tasty (and they made a bunch–I think about 32).

Kimm and I have been enjoying one for dessert every night and I have to say they are great and I NEVER feel deprived.

Yay for sweet treats that are made with ingredients I can actually pronounce.

One night of work down and one more to go.

Published in: on April 4, 2011 at 11:21 am  Leave a Comment  

A New Month

**postdated for Friday, April 1, 2011

Wow.  Today is already April 4th and I am WAY behind in blogging.

I guess that’s what happens when you are sick.

I pretty much had no energy for anything except the absolute necessities and since I had to work two of the last three days, that took priority.

So for Friday…hmmm…all I can remember really is that my throat was STILL sore.

Every time I tried to talk at work my voice would crack and I sounded like a teenage boy going through puberty!

The snowstorm that was estimated to ruin the first day of April was a bust…we got about 1/2 an inch of slushy snow that melted before the afternoon which made me VERY happy.  I wasn’t looking forward to shoveling while sick.

And that was the first day of the month.  Nothing too exciting, I’m afraid.

Oh yeah, almost forgot.

Kimm and I made a pact to start our “Healthy Living” again.  We were both getting a little tired of our jeans not fitting as loose as we would like, so we decided to once again be more mindful of our diet/exercise.  We both got on the scale (I know I said I wasn’t going to do that this year, but deep down, I need a number to use to judge progress…however, no daily or weekly weighing…just once a month)–we both were not so happy with the numbers.  Stupid scale.  Stupid good tasting pizza and ice cream.  And then we really bit the bullet and did measurements.  Oh goodness, if we weren’t depressed enough with the scale, that really got us.  Hopefully we’ll see some progress in the next few months.  I, of course decided to make some goals…what am I if not a girl with a mind full of goals 🙂

Goals for this month:

**Gym 8x

**Popcorn 1x/wk only

**One soda/wk max

**Ice cream as a treat ONCE a month

**CONCENTRATE on portion sizes and eating when hungry

Okay, that’s really it for the first day of the month.


Published in: on April 4, 2011 at 11:02 am  Leave a Comment