Rough Couple Of Mornings

I didn’t get my morning walk in Friday or today, for superficially similar reasons. Friday, it was stress. I tend to eat stress for breakfast, lunch, and dinner when I’m studying for a certification exam (which I’m found by), and that means I don’t sleep well. So on Friday, i slept in all the way to 4 am because I was exhausted. As a result of that exhaustion, I also didn’t hit my walking goal.

This morning I was exhausted as well. But that’s because my stress is getting lower (I did really well on a practice exam). And because of my sinuses. They were draining last JR waterfalls, and it was nearly midnight when I fell asleep. My choice boiled down to either “go walking” or “function the rest of the day”. Since I still have to work do a little bong, I went for the second option.

I’ll just need to get my walking in some other way. And to take the sinus medication earlier, so I can sleep. Sleeping is good.

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The 501st Post

WordPress informed me that yesterday’s post was my 500th post. If I’d known I was hitting a milestone, maybe I would have done something more elaborate. Or, maybe it. I really was that tired, yesterday. And I still am, although I’m beginning to think it’s mostly being caused by the falling temperatures and shorter days and the stress.

Gotta live the stress, right? Thankfully, I’ve only got 16 days left until this test is over.

So, 501 posts. I’ll be honest, here. Way back when I started all of this, I wasn’t really sure I’d last. I’d tried exercising and weight loss before (without success), and I’d even tried blogging about it once before (it didn’t help). I was skeptical that his would be any different, but I knew I had to try. And now, 501 posts later, I… well, sometimes I’m still skeptical. I’m not where I wanted to be, after all. Really, I wanted to be at goal by now.

But then I look at the subtitle for my blog: “Changing my life, improving my health.” It sounds trite, but that subtitle sums up the whole point of all of this. Sure, I’m not even halfway to goal anymore – stress and the poor eating habits I develop from stress have eroded some of my progress. But i haven given up. I’m still getting up at 3 am to walk a mile and a half before work, and I’m still walking 6 and 7 miles a day. When I started, walking 2 miles seemed an insurmountable goal. I can’t run after my son for hours, but I can chase him longer and farther, and I can still pick him up and swing him around if I catch him.

I have changed my life, and for the better. And if I’m not at goal yet, that just means I have even more change and even more improvement to look forward to. And I can still look forward to sitting down with n my doctor’s office to talk about those last 20 pounds he thinks I should lose at that time, and reminding him that he’s literally talking to half of me.

501 posts. Thank you, everyone who’s been reading this, for coming along on this journey with me. And don’t give up on me! The best is yet to come!

42 Degrees

I’ve hit my limit, I think. I got up this morning, fully planning to go walking, and checked the temperature. 42 degrees. “Wow, that’s cold,” I thought. “But I’ll give it a try anyway.” Then I got outside.

Yeah. At 3:15 am, 42 degrees is way too cold. So, despite my misgivings, I hit the treadmill.

Yeah, they’re still boring. I got my morning walk in, but it took a whole lot of mental effort. Staring at my reflection as I walk in place for half an hour is utterly tedious.

Zoo Walking

The weather on Saturday was gorgeous so, as I mentioned on Friday, we took my son to the Cincinnati Zoo to celebrate his 7th birthday. And it was great! He and his cousin ran all over – partly because of the “HallZOOween” event – and probably would have kept going if we didn’t have to drag them out because the zoo was closing.

For me, the best part was getting to pet a monitor lizard that one of the zookeepers was walking on a leash.

For my son, the best part was the alligators. They were what he wanted to see from the moment he woke up.

Oh, and the penguins at the Wings of the World exhibit. Once we found them, I think I could have left both boys there all day.

They were exhausted once we got to the car, mind. The boys, I mean. Not the penguins. But there were no more animals or candy at that point.

How far did we walk? 6.26 miles by my FitBit. Most of it at the Zoo, some of it at the park we went to after dinner because the two boys had rested up and wanted to play! I suspect they did more than that, simply because of the extra running. Then we ate cake and ice cream and watched cartoons, then went to bed. It was a long day.

It’s FRIDAY!

Oh yes, yes it is! And I am super excited! For a couple of reasons, really. First and foremost, because I’m tired. Really tired. Like, “it was a struggle to get out of bed this morning” tired. I mean, I did it. But it was an effort.

I felt pretty good by the time I got to work, so I don’t resent it. But I’m looking forward to not having to get up at 3 am and go walking for a few days.

The other reason is that we’re celebrating my son’s 7th birthday this weekend. We’re having my nephew over, and we’re gonna by to the Cincinnati Zoo! Good time will be had by all – especially if we stay away from the hippo exhibit, since the big mouths frighten him. Animals, walking, what’s not to love?

Eating Well: Enchiladas Worked Better

Almost as if I was trying to make up for the previous night’s fiasco, I decided to make chicken enchiladas for dinner last night. They were a hit, except that my son complained that they were too spicy. That struck me as odd, since I had used 1/9th the chili powder the recipe called for (leaving them a little bland for my tastes), but my wife pointed out that the seasoning had adhered to the meat and left spicy pockets.

I still don’t see it, but I’ll take her word for it.

The most surprising thing about them was that they let me hit my calorie budget. I didn’t think I would, yesterday, but they were actually pretty low calorie or what they were. Let’s see if I can remember the details…

Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 1 lb chicken (I used boneless skinless chicken breast)
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 6 large tortillas
  • shredded cheese (about 8 oz worth)

Steps

  1. Chop the onion, and sauté it in cooking oil or butter until soft, about 5 minutes
  2. Add chicken, cook another 5 minutes
  3. Add tomato sauce, 1/2 cup water, and spices. Cook for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Pour about half a cup of sauce into the bottom of a baking pan and spread it around.
  6. Ladle about a cup of chicken and sauce into a tortilla. Roll the tortilla, and place it into the pan. Repeat, until you have filled the pan with delicious enchiladas.
  7. Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas, and spread cheese over them as desired.
  8. Bake 30 to 35 minutes.

Notes:

  1. This worked out to about 380 calories when I made it. Your mileage will vary, depending on the ingredients.
  2. I’m pretty sure you can enchilada anything like this. Ground beef? Sure. Refuted beans? Sure. Shrimp? Why not? Peanut butter and jelly? Well, I wouldn’t, but go wild!
  3. Some corn and diced peppers would have been nice in this as well, I think. It’s probably not an authentic enchilada, but the closest I’ve ever been to “authentic” Mexican food is the Mexican restaurant down the street, which is owned by a guy who speaks Spanish. I’m not sweating the authenticity of my food.

Have fun!