So, can I say it’s been busy around here? I have started working with my new second job. My hope is to do both part time until I transition to just one. However, I am having to juggle a lot of balls right now. I don’t know if I have ever mentioned it, but I don’t even know how to juggle tennis balls 😀
So, evaluation of priorities has to take place. The first things to go? TV watching and my guitar practice. I am not Segovia, so missing a few weeks of practice won’t really hurt the world. I do love practicing, though. I have done some here and there and my hands are pretty sore from doing rehab work on top of my daily typing. I don’t watch a ton of TV, but I missed some preseason football games in order to do the ‘must do’ stuff.
With being really busy, we obviously aren’t cooking gourmet meals and all that. It’s been pretty basic stuff. We have started to rely on more freezer foods like veggie burgers and the like because they are fast. It’s too easy to want to say “Let’s pick up a couple slices of pizza on the way to rehab” and I don’t want to get in that habit. We have been treating ourselves a little bit afterwards with coffee or yogurt sometimes, but I am keeping an eye on serving portions with that.
I have been eating more of these:
In fact, my dinner last night was a Luna bar because of new work stuff going well into dinner time, which I was in tears over because it was so overwhelming ( but that’s better now). John had to leave the house early, so he wasn’t able to make dinner. It was all I could do not to stuff my face with whatever I could find, but I am focusing really, really hard on listening to hunger cues instead of comfort cues. So, while a protein bar isn’t perfect, it’s better than M&Ms. Then later I was able to have some fruit and a more nutritious snack.
Rehab also means packing meals for the house on weekends, like so:
That’s apple topping for my yogurt in the plastic box. We don’t want to drive home 5 miles to eat and come back and, again, I am not wanting to get in the habit of takeout, so that means packing something easy. Not to mention something that doesn’t need reheating since there are no appliances in the house yet!
One thing that is interesting is that during the first 2 weeks of rehabbing, I lost 3.5 pounds. Only 6.5 to go to get rid of my 2014 stress weight gain. I feel like I should capitalize that LOL! Weight loss is not my priority now – it’s to not gain, but I certainly will take any loss. I know that is because of the hard physical work I am doing that helps, plus not being at home to snack. It’s taking some real concentration and effort to not take the easy way out, but I am determined.
The kitchen keeps getting more and more down to the basics:
Once the electrical is done, we can start putting it back together. We have a call in to a couple electricians, but John wants to look one more time at it 😀 And don’t worry, none of that stuff is live, all those circuits are off. Safety first!
Night shot of the floors after semigloss poly:
They still have all that variation in color they had before. They just look cleaner 😀 We can walk on the floors now, but can’t set stuff on them for a couple more days.