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Hurrican Irma is sabotaging my attempts to eat healthy.
Everyone here is spazzing out because of Harvey and remembering the floods from 2015. All the bottled water has been sold in my local grocery store. Most of the bread's gone too.
No big loss there. I don't really eat bread.
But, with inclement weather on the way, and the possibility of losing power, I went out today and bought supplies. A few cans of ravioli, a box of crackers and a big jar of peanut butter. Also three packs of hot dogs.
That should be enough to get me through any bad weather we have coming up next week.
If not? Eh. I'll cope.
Just had a salad with some spinach greens that were a little wilted. I'm regretting it now. As is my toilet. Thank God for Diet Coke, to soothe the savaged belly.
Also, I am looking after my boss's dog this weekend. Yeah, that's gonna be fun. :/
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I just left the house at 9:00 PM to go hunt for supper. I went to the grocery store and grabbed a couple of cans of chunk white chicken breast, some sour cream and a pack of hot dogs. Came home and mixed the chicken and sour cream together, seasoned to taste, and am currently eating as I type this. I've also got a big bag of spinach in the fridge that I'll probably nibble on later, if I get peckish. I'm trying to save the hot dogs for tomorrow, but, again, if I get hungry, I'll eat 'em.
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Its my fourth day back on the diet and I've already lost a ton of water weight. I did really well on Day 2 but Day 3 was problematic. I hang out with friends on Sundays and there's usually food and soda involved. Yesterday we went out and had pizza. It was cool and all, but I think I should have just gotten a salad or something.
Anyway, I'm not hungry today. All I've had so far is a can of fruit cocktail.
I'll try to update later today after I've had supper.
Oh! And Happy Labor Day.
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This past August I chose to jump off my diet bandwagon and just indulge myself for the last of the summer. I ate anything and everything that I wanted. Restraint became a dirty word.
Now, with September freshly arrived, my little food sojourn has ended and, once again, I have entered the realms of Dietland.
Today has not been bad. Mainly because yesterday I ate everything in my house that was bad for me and am still regretting it.
I'm currently fixing supper: turkey sausage, a can of spinach, a can of tomatoes w/lime and chillis. It's all simmering in a big skillet. In about a minute, I'm going to remove it from the heat and let it rest. Then I'm plating it, in a bowl, and eating it with a big dollop of sour cream.
For desert, there will be blueberries.
I figure this is about 1100 calories altogether. I know that doesn't sound like much, but bear in mind that I'm currently at a caloric surplus from yesterday.
Anyway, back on the bandwagon.
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Tonight, after work, I went on a date.
It was sort of 'meh.' Honestly, just between you and me, I wish I'd just come home and eaten cake.
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As I lay in bed, laptop propped on my knees, typing this, I have a bag of potato chips and a 2-litre soda waiting to be consumed.
No, this is a not a 'Cheat Day.'
This is a 'Choice Day.' I choose to eat some carbs because I haven't been getting enough calories on a daily basis. I'm tired of being tired and wooly headed.
I should point out that, no, I am not starving myself. It's just, I've only been eating when I'm hungry so for the last couple of days I've had, maybe, a max of 900 to 1100 calories a day.
That's not enough to really keep me going at peak performance.
So, I'm eating junk calories and, so far, I feel fine.
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Last night I ate all the food in my house.
Well, not all.
But most!
And I felt bloody great. My lethargy was gone. I went to bed feeling satisfied and woke up this morning feeling back to normal.
So, definitely have to get more calories into my diet.

WOE is Me

Jul. 26th, 2017 05:55 pm
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Since my last post I've been checking my blood pressure at the pharmacy down the road. I thought it might be the cause of the general lethargy I've been experiencing the last few days.
Turns out, though, my blood pressure isn't high outside of a doctor's office. I'm a bit hypertensive, but I don't have HBP. So, that's good.
So why am I feeling so tired? I sat down and thought things through. The biggest change in my life right now has been my eating. So I looked at that and realized that, for the last few days, I've only been eating between 900 and 1200 calories a day. That's about 600 cals less than I think I need to continue losing weight while staying healthy.
So, I'm going to have to eat more calories, which is going to be a challenge. I'll have to tweak my WOE (Way of Eating), so I can better achieve my caloric goals.
With food in mind, today I found an ice cream that isn't off the menu. Gasp! I'm really looking forward to have it after supper. Plus, it should push me out of my calorie deficit.
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So, last week I was waking up light-headed and a bit dizzy. I mentioned it to a friend who said it sounded like low-blood pressure. There's even a name for it, postural hypotension. Well, I decided to get my blood pressure checked so I went to the clinic down the road.
I don't like going to the doctor. Honestly, I don't trust most doctors to wipe their own asses. Most seem more interested in selling pills to treat symptoms than determining the underlying cause of the disorder. If I could find a homeopathic doctor in the area who didn't cost a fortune, I'd go to them in a heart beat.
Anyway, I went to the clinic and had my blood pressure checked and was surprised to discover that it was high. Now, high blood pressure runs in my family, but mostly in the women. It's atypical in the men. The clinic checked their records and determined the last time I was there, back in '15, my blood pressure was high as well. Not as high as it was then, but above the average.
So, I went home, considering my options. Since July 4th, I'd been off keto. I'd been eating a lot of crap and I'd noticed changes in my body. I could tell I'd gained weight, I was more gassy, my sleep wasn't as good and in the morning, when I woke up and got out of bed, I'd be light-headed.
So, I went back on keto. Hardcore. I kept to under 20g of fat per day. I felt better. Not back 100% but better than before. When I woke up in the morning, the light-headedness was gone. After a few days, my belt was loose again and I was sleeping like a babe. But I still didn't feel like my old self. Also, continuing hardcore keto just didn't feel right any more.
So, today, I decided to adjust my way of eating. I'm not keto any more. I'm doing a low-carb/low-fat diet. I'm not setting a daily limit on either, since I figure finding stuff to eat that fits my requirements will probably limit my choices anyway.
I just got back from the grocery store where I spent an hour and a half wandering the aisles, looking at nutrition labels. I came home with an interesting bag of grocery: a loaf of whole wheat bread, a jar of sugar-free grape jam, a container of pimento cheese, a pack of turkey hotdogs, a can of hot dog chilli, a bunch of grapes, a banana and a bottle of flavored sparkling water.
I should note the bread is atypical for me, as I'm not a big sandwich eater, but I wanted to try that sugar-free jam. Also, I figured I'd make turkey dogs and then have some pimento cheese sandwiches.
Some of my food choices on keto are no longer available to me. I used to eat kielbasa/sausage daily, but it's too fatty now. It looks like I'll be limiting myself to turkey, chicken, fish and some pork. However, I can still eat pork skins, surprisingly enough, and now I've got a broader selection of veggies available to me. I still can't do beans, aside from green beans, but now I can have yellow corn if I want. Potatoes, though, are still off the menu; too many carbs.
Also, I have the weirdest desire to try artichoke hearts and cottage cheese. Not together. Seperately. I've never had them before.
Anyway, I just wanted to document my choice here. I'll probably natter on a bit more about food and this new WOE I'm trying in future updates. Hope I don't bore anyone too much.
More later! - MEL

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Jun. 29th, 2017 04:03 pm
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Hmm. I'm having to adjust my diet. Again. My acid reflux has been triggering a lot lately and I'm not sure why. It could be the dairy, although I've never had a sensitivity to it before? But your body does weird things as you get older. *sigh*
So, not doing a strictly keto diet. Still low-carb, but not under 20g a day. At the moment, this is what my macros look like: Protein 125g, Fat 65g, Carbs 33g.
I think I may have to cut out the dairy from my diet. If so, the only thing I'll really miss is sour cream. *sigh*
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Today, I got up super-early and decided to paint the half-bath. It's one of those projects you have that you just put off again and again for no good reason. So, I went to the paint store, grabbed some paint and came home to get to work. Naturally, I had to go back to the paint store because I didn't have any rollers.
Anyway, the half-bath is partially painted. It needs a second coat and then I have to paint the accent wall behind the toilet, but it's mostly done.
Stopped at 1:00 to let the paint dry overnight and had a light lunch: spinach, four boiled eggs and a drizzle of ranch dressing.
Then went upstairs intending to write, but somehow I fell asleep and didn't get anything done.
Went downstairs a while ago and had supper: canned mackerel with a side of saurkraut, all of it drizzled with butter. There were watermelon slices for desert.
Then photography, which sort of sucks. I got a new camera and I'm not enjoying it at all.
Pheh. 21st Century problems, right?
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Today, I discovered I can reach the third hole on my 'skinny' belt. It's been about a month since I reached the second hole, so I'm pleasantly surprised at my progress. Also, I'm not getting as hungry as I used to and when I do it doesn't take much to fill me up.
That said, today was the end of the caffeine fast. I got a big diet soda at the dollar store. I can't really say that I regret it.
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Today started off slowly. I woke up, dinked around on the computer for a while, then took a shower and left the house. I got a haircut and the oil in my car changed, then I went and saw The Mummy.
That's where my day started to go a bit lopsided.
I stopped by the concession stand, intending to get a bottle of water or something, but wound up buying a small Cherry Coke. As in movie-small, which means it was a small tub of soda. *sigh* So much for keeping it under 40 carbs. :/
Then, the movie started thirty minutes late because of technical issues. Eventually, it did start and we did get to see it in its entirety. It wasn't a bad movie, but it was deeply flawed. Not scary at all or, really, very exciting. I'd give it 2/5; wait for it come out on Netflix or On-Demand.
After that, I went by my grocery store to get supper and discovered they are switching up a lot of their brands. A lot of the brands I like to buy have disappeared from the shelves, replaced by more expensive and less Keto-friendly products. I'm a bit miffed about that and am thinking I may have to start shopping at another store. Maybe even (God help me) Wal-Mart.
So, home now, where I have eaten some sausage links with a little green salad. I smothered that salad in ranch dressing and added fried porkskin as faux crutons, then added a couple of hard-boiled eggs. It was a good supper, but I can tell that the caffeine and carbs from this afternoon are having an effect.
I'm craving carbs and sugar. I want to go out and buy a big bag of red seedless grapes and just devour them all. I want to get a two-liter Cherry Coke and suck that baby dry. I want a frosted honey bun.
I don't have any of that, though. What I've got are some peanuts and a cup of chicken flavored bullion broth. That'll just have to do.
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It's my second day without caffeine. I'm feeling tired and sleepy, but that's about it. No headaches or shaky hands just yet. I'm assuming that will come either tomorrow or the next day. I'm not looking forward to that.
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I went by the computer shop this afternoon and picked up the hard drive from my laptop. I asked the tech guy if he knew what caused the drive failure. He said it was most likely either heat buildup or maybe the computer got jarred. I think it was probably the first; I can remember the keyboard getting really warm when I'd be on the computer and the fan would be venting constantly. It's almost enough to make me wish I'd gotten an extended warranty. Almost.
Other than that? Not a lot to report. I sent an email to my condo's property manager, asking if they'd gotten my check for last month's dues? It wasn't deposited when I last checked, which is odd. I don't care much for my condo association, but they're pretty damned quick to take the money. If they hadn't gotten it, I wouldn't have been shocked. Half the time stuff I mail from my house never makes it to its destination. I can't prove it, but I suspect my mailman is dumping people's mail.
That's pretty much it for today. I did come home and clean house and tonight I might watch the livestream of Critical Roll. The guy who played Napoleon Dynamite is supposed to be joining them for the game.
And that's it for me.
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Out of morbid curiosity I took my old laptop to the shop yesterday to see if they could tell me what went wrong. They just called me and confirmed my suspiciouns: hard drive failure. I'm not sure what caused the drive failure, something physical or maybe some malicious malware, but it would cost about $300 to repair. So, that's not happening. Still, it's good to know . . . something? I'm going to ask some questions when I go pick up the shell for recycling.
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I feel today has been a productive day for yours truly. I got up early, paid some bills which crept up on me, went to the movies, did some shopping and am now at home doing laundry.
Supper tonight will be sausage sautéed in butter with green beans, sweet peppers, diced tomatoes and a little bit of lime. It will be seasoned to taste with chili powder and pepper. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.
Also, there will be writing.
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So, today's been a real buttfucker.
It was going okay until my laptop decided to spazz out and die on me. I'm not sure what happened. It started with uncontrollable screen scrolling and went downhill from there. Eventually, I shut it off and it just hung up. After twenty minutes, I unplugged it and pulled the battery. I waited a while then tried starting it up again and it just spun its wheels for a while, then powered down.
And then I accidentally knocked it off the counter. When I picked it up, I could hear bits rattling around inside and knew it was a lost cause.
*sigh*
So, I went out and got a new one.
Ugh. Here's hoping this one lasts longer than the last one.
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My acid reflux has irritated the back of my throat, so that it feels weird when I swallow. But I'm swallowing all the time, which makes me hyper aware of it. *sigh* Can anyone out there say 'catch-22'?
I haven't had to deal with this stuff in a while, and it seems that there are now two schools of thought regarding acid reflux. The traditional school of thought is that it occurs when there's too much acid in the stomach. The new school of thought is that it's caused by a lack of stomach acid.
So?
Which is it?
This is just one of the reasons that I think doctors are just a bunch of quacks, looking to get rich off the sick and the stupid.
In the meantime, I'm sitting here on the couch, debating whether I should take some antacids or eat something spicy???

Venting

Apr. 23rd, 2017 06:59 pm
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99% of the time, I'm fine with my roommate/renter, Jeff.
But today, he's hogging the fucking washer & dryer and it's really getting on my tits.
Fuck.

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