It’s Spring Break around here this week. Minus the spring, I guess. Temps of mid to upper 40s and really windy. At least no rain, though. I decided to do a walk/run today for the first time in about 6 weeks. Had breakfast and worked first, though. I did the 1-minute muffin as a waffle (muffle) topped with peanut flour.
I decided to sprinkle a touch of coconut on there for that extra special Thursday something.
Work somewhat busy in the morning, but then it slowed down. As an aside here, sometimes I am just amazed at people. Two people recently have had lung cancer and recovered by having lobes of their lungs removed. And they are still smoking! Still! I know nicotine is addicting, but what does it really take to make you stop? The doctors urged cessation, but both patients declined any of the prescription products stating they were not interested in quitting. I don’t know about you, but lung cancer would scare the bejeezus out of me. Okay, sorry about that.
I went out for what was just going to be a 3-mile walk with a bit of running. Super windy out and about 43 degrees. So I wore the technical turtleneck.
Yep – I’m stylin’!
After half mile, I started to jog. Felt fine with the legs and I did probably 1/2 mile of running and I started walking for a little. Then picked up jogging again. I am not a person who likes to stop once I start running because it seems harder to get going again. I would never stop at the drink stations in races for that reason. Just grab and go. Which meant I wore a lot of the water, but I digress.
I jogged most of the way home. I don’t know my speed as I didn’t note the time when I left, but probably my average of 11-12 minute miles? I did 1 mile of walking and 2 miles of jogging total. Everything feels pretty okay today, but tomorrow is when the true story will be told.
Lunch break: I heated up some tomato sauce with a little cream in there and added chopped chicken. Dang I like that cream/tomato sauce combo!
A little too much sauce, so I had to put it in a bowl so the sauce wouldn’t touch my pear… No food touching allowed!
John and I had appointments to donate blood today, so we made sure to stock up on liquids:
Then it was time to leave a pint behind!
You know I have been having the supervisor do the needle sticks for me lately because of rolling vein problems. When I got to my cot, I told the tech there I wanted a supervisor to do it because of rolling and scarred veins (sound like a drug addict, don’t I?). She said “Can I at least just look at it?” Well, of course she can look at it, but she isn’t touching it.
Tech: I can do this.
Me: Yes, they all say that. Then it rolls and a supervisor has to come fiddle with it. So I just go to them. No offense, I just have to feel comfortable.
She was kind of crabby and yelled for a supervisor to come over. Jerk. Really – my arm is not a challenge for someone to try to do. It’s not a game. The only reason I donate with the rolly vein is because a supervisor will do it for me. Too many times have I gotten the experienced techs totally positive they can do it and then mess it up. Ever have someone fiddle with a needle once it is in the vein? Trust me – you just don’t want to go there.
Anyhoo – the supervisor said my vein was a ‘heartbreaker’. It looks good, but very sneaky.
The stick then was fine and I finished donating with no problem. Filled up on raisins!
My iron was 13.1 – woohoo! Oddly, my temperature was elevated at 99. That was weird and I almost asked to have it retaken. I know eating coconut oil might raise your metabolism, but really? Self immolation anyone?
John took forever to get finished. There were all kinds of delays with him. That troublemaker…
Needless to say when we finished up, I was really hungry. It was dinner time, so I offered to buy dinner. John suggested pizza, but I wanted a wheat-free option. Still trying! So we went to O’Tooles:
It’s kind of a sports bar with all kinds of stuff on the walls and TVs everywhere.
There were plenty of wheat-free options on the menu. The soup of the day was broccoli cheese (!!!!) and I almost got that, but then thought it might be thickened with a flour roux, so I nixed that idea. Normally, I don’t eat a lot of meat out in restaurants, but I will at a local restaurant. Lesser of the corporate evils I guess. So my choice was the teriyaki chicken with veggies and a tater:
How good does that look? There were 2 chicken breasts, so I set one aside to take home. You just might be seeing that tomorrow! Very tasty. I was so hungry that I almost thought about eating the other chicken breast, but they were at least 4 ounces each and I knew I just did not need to eat that much. My ‘full’ sensation does not kick in for quite a while (like an hour). Sure enough, I sit here now with a pleasantly satisfied tummy and no desire to eat any more chicken. Mindful eating.