It has not been the best week for BTD here. To begin with, on Tuesday, I took my daughter to lunch. I don’t normally eat lunch in a restaurant. I usually just eat a yogurt or some low-fat cottage cheese in the afternoons. So, it was a bigger meal than usual. A salmon, rice and vegetable bowl. I’m afraid there was quite a bit of sesame oil in the dressing, and that is a big avoid for me. Then, Tuesday evening the chorus had its annual Installation Dinner. It was a buffet, and for some reason I decided I wanted to taste things like potato salad, macaroni salad and garlic bread. They weren’t even that tasty. I really should have had more will power. So, that gave me two big meals in one day. Way too many calories along with too many avoids.
On Thursday, we got impulsive and took a road trip to visit a college my daughter is interested in. The college is located on the opposite side of the state. It took a little over five hours to drive there. After looking around for a couple of hours, we drove all the way back on the same day. It was really exhausting! For food…..well, I really don’t hang around fast food places, but we stopped at an Arby’s and had one of their low-carb wraps. I guess the only neutral foods in it were the turkey and vegetables. I can’t say I enjoyed it very much. But it was food. It was after 9:00 PM when we hit town, and we went to a local restaurant that was still serving. Ack! Had a martini, Calamari (neutral, but high in cholesterol) and an Italian sausage salad. I’m not sure of the ingredients in all that, but I was too tired to care. So, needless to say, the three pounds I lost while feeling ill have attached themselves back to my midsection.
Tonight won’t be much better. We have been invited up to my niece’s in Seattle for her 30th birthday. My sister and husband are visiting, and it will be a good family time. I will eat what is served. So, beginning SUNDAY, I will reach down into my gut and pull myself out of the bad eating and no aerobics rut I’ve gotten myself in to, and I will GET WITH THE PROGRAM!!
Well, Friday’s golf game wasn’t anything to write home about. I was still feeling a little punk from the cold, so only walked the first half, and hitched a ride with one of my playing partners for the second nine holes. Still, made it through without making a complete fool of myself. Managed to eat compliantly all day, too. As long as I bring plenty of backup Boomibars, I don’t get tempted to stray into Avoidland. Even if I only eat one bar along the way, as long as I have a bunch with me, I feel safe.
Had to get up early Saturday. Our Small Chorus (just twelve of us from the big chorus) had a sing-out in the morning. We earn money for the chorus by getting hired out to sing. So, we went to the director’s house early to rehearse. The rehearsals are always longer than the actual performance, of course. Then we had to drive about 35 minutes to the church where we were singing. We did a great job, if I say so myself. We hadn’t sung as a group since the Holidays, so it was a surprise we hung together as well as we did.
I was home by 1:00 PM, and was wiped out already! Ate a couple of eggs, and went in to the store to check on how the day was going over there. Then hubby took me for a motorcycle ride. The afternoon was so gorgeous we had to get out and enjoy it. It was a leisurely Saturday evening at home. Lamb steak and broccoli for dinner. Norman didn’t rear his ugly head all day long!
Today, I feel like I’ve been trying to slog through quicksand all day. The energy level feels like it’s at about 30 percent. After reading the Sunday papers, Hubby and I went out to the golf course to play nine holes. I just couldn’t hold anything together out there. Swinging the driver was like trying to maneuver a sledgehammer. It was pretty darn ugly. I’m ready to forget about it now. Looks like fresh salmon and salad for dinner tonight. Norman was slinking around the freshly crafted breads at the grocery store, but I ignored him.
I’m going to have to look up some kind of Spring Tonic in my juicing book. I’m tired of dragging myself around. I know I’m still recovering from the virus. But, I’ve let the juicing fall by the wayside AGAIN. I must get back to it. It always makes me feel better.
Every cold has it’s own little personality. This one has stuck itself right in my nose. I can’t wait till I can breath again! I feel like a little snot-nosed kid. More often than not, my colds will want to travel quickly down the chest so I’m coughing a lot. Not this one, yet.
Okay, so the energy level has been down a bit, too. I managed two Pilates sessions this week, but no aerobics. Just got back from a mat class. It wasn’t too bad. It was the two hours before the class that there was a lot of fighting going on in my head. The good little voice kept encouraging me and telling me to go to class. The bad little voice….(and I’m thinking of borrowing this Norman fellow idea from Rachel)…..kept saying things like “I’m really tired and lethargic” and “I don’t think I feel well enough to go” and “It’ll be okay to rest up just one more day”. Very gentle nudging to ditch the class. But “good little voice” won today. And I don’t feel any the worse for it.
The weather has been top notch, should be in the 80’s tomorrow. I have an afternoon golf game worked up with some girlfriends. Let’s hope the energy level comes up a bit.
Well, the chorus competition was a success. Our chorus came in second place for mid-size chorus and third place overall. That was the best that we could hope for and we were all very happy and excited about it. We beat out our archrivals from a city to the north, too. And that was sweet, too.
It is a two-day competition. On Friday the individual quartets compete. That lasted five hours, as there were 22 quartets to get through. Our chorus had two quartets competing, but neither was able to get into the top five. Saturday there were 14 choruses competing. So, then, the top winning choruses and quartets performed Saturday night in the Show of Champions. We were pretty tired by then, so didn’t do as top notch a job as we could have. But it was fun anyway. Then after that were drinks and lots and lots of singing in the hotel all night. People just stopping in the hallways and singing with gals from other choruses. Then trotting along to the next group. I think it was near 3AM when we crawled ourselves to bed.
I would have even had more fun, if that darn cold I was starting had stayed away. After Wednesday’s dosing of vitamins and whatnot, I woke up Thursday feeling pretty good, and foolishly stopped the extra vitamins. Friday evening the sore throat came back with a vengeance. By Saturday morning I knew I was in trouble. I had to go to the drug store to get OTC remedies (decongestants) just to make it through the days activities. I would rather not have taken them, but I wanted to enjoy myself. So, it was a deliberate decision and I know I will pay some consequence for it. The plane ride home Sunday didn’t help the situation. By the time we landed, my nose was so completely blocked I could hardly swallow. Today I am still quite congested, and stayed home to rest. Have been dozing in my chair while watching movies. It is 80 degrees and sunny outside, and I have no energy to move. Drat it all!!
So, once this is over, I will once again pull myself up by my bootstraps and get back on track with diet and exercise. Right? Right!
The chorus is getting all geared up for this weekend. We are off to Spokane for the annual regional competition. We practice all year to get on stage for six minutes and see who comes out on top. There are fourteen choruses competing this year from Alaska, Washington and Idaho. It was my first experience in it last year, and it was great fun. A big hotel filled with middle-aged singing women. We dress up in look-alike fancy costumes, wear big hair and false eyelashes and really, really red lips! We had a dress rehearsal last night, and it sounded pretty good from where I was standing.
But wouldn’t ya know, I woke up this morning with a scratchy throat and a dull headache. Have felt pretty out of it all day. I made it though a board meeting this morning, a Pilates session this afternoon, followed by a hot rock massage. (Boy, was that ever great!) Came home and took a handful of proberry capsules, a couple of ester-c’s, some oscillococcinum and some respiratone. I surely hope I’m not going to come down with something just before this weekend!
I think I will take some food reinforcements with me to the competition. Last year it was pretty near impossible to stay compliant eating hotel and restaurant food. Plus, all the other gals bring stacks and stacks of the dreaded munchies. I’ll bring Boomibars and some of those Real Bars that Amanda suggested in one of her blogs. I ordered the Real Green bars, and they are definitely edible.
So, will be back early next week with an update.