It’s Not That Bad

So even though I am grumpy, I have actually had a week full of awesomeness.

I had an amazing sandwich for lunch yesterday. While I was drooling over the grocery store bakery selections, the baker asked me if I was serious about my bread. Yes sir, I am in a long-term committed relationship with bread. So he let me try the most amazingly chewy and light foccacia bread.  I could have melted into a buttery little puddle. Then he told me about his favorite sandwich that I could make with said bread. So, I grabbed a loaf, and went forth to do as instructed. Seriously smooth salesman that one. Anyway, the foccacia sandwich included a sliced tomato, fresh mozzarella (the kind that floats in murky water), arugula, and basil pesto. Lord have mercy it was amazing. The afternoon was spent in a post-foccacia haze. Can’t wait for round two at lunch today.

Even though it eventually turned into a nasty lightning storm that drove me back to my house in a panic, I enjoyed running several miles while looking at this:

It also brought some slightly cooler air! That picture is straight from my iPhone, no filters or editing.  Kind of reminds of when the aliens show up in Independence Day. Creepers.

I have engaged in some sort of exercise every day since I returned from Thanksgiving. My goal has been to burn 2500 calories a day.

This number is mostly arbitrary as I haven’t really modified my diet much to try and create some sort of specific deficit. The point is that it requires me to do something every day for 30-60 minutes to meet the goal. I normally use 2000-2200 calories during a normal work day. So, to reach 2500, I have to run, swim, jump rope, walk, lift weights, or just stand while I eat for at least half an hour every day. And, 2500 is a multiple of five which is always nice. I can’t wait to see if there is a difference when I go to India and am not sitting for 14 hours a day.

Because I’ve been exercising consistently, I’ve been sleeping better. It’s magic. Actual dark Mickey Mouse magic.

Fantasia is a scary movie, I don’t care what you say. As it turns out, I am a much less hateful human when I get seven hours of sleep versus four. Almost the equivalent of a lobotomy.

Also, because several (at least 3, so that is technically several) people have emailed me, I am still using my BodyMedia FIT armband (which is 20% off right now) and I still love it. I plug it in every morning and create spreadsheets every month. It’s quite satisfying. I’ve been pretty lax about entering what I’ve been eating, so I need to do a better job of that. I would really like to make it through the holiday season without gaining 10 pounds from gingerbread and beer. So, if I start actually entering what I’m eating, I will be able to keep a better eye on things.  I’ve also lost about five-ish (some days it’s 3 and some days it’s 7) pounds since I started using it. It has really kept me motivated to be active every day which seems to have made a decent difference even without a significant overhaul of my diet.

Lord knows I won’t be giving up bread anytime soon anyway.

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  1. That is, hands down, my favorite sandwich in the world. Our Mellow Mushroom used to have it on the menu but they took it off, but if you’re in the know, they will make it for you.

    It’s also my “I’m at the beach for a week” sandwich since it’s so freaking easy.

  2. Melissa

    Happy Birthday to me! I gave myself the gift of a 3-7 lb weight loss with the purchase of the BodyMedia armband. I found a code online and got a free Biggest Loser DVD, too. Woop!

  3. Justin

    I know why you’re less grumpy :)
    Also I’ll be thinking of you while I’m locked away in a bunker working.

  4. I imagine that cloud would re-appear right before the apocalypse. Also, I love that bad ass monkey from Aladdin. Bad ass monkey don’t give a ****.

  5. Nice picture!
    Nike has something new called Fuel that I haven’t been able to figure out. Supposed to work with your iPod or iPhone though. Might have to keep trying to figure that out.

    The Kidless Kronicles

  6. Frieda

    doesn’t all mozzarella float in murky water?

  7. Way to rub in the fact that you can eat dairy. I hope you choke on your stupid sandwich.

  8. I read this “I need to burn 2500 calories a day” as “I need to run a marathon every day” and I was like “Finally, this blog is getting interesting”.

  9. Miriam

    Hum, Bread! I love bread. This reminds me of… I once had this conversation in a gym :
    Moron guy : “oh you eat bread”
    Me : “yes, I do want to keep some curve on my body thank you.”
    Moron guy : “oh that you just have to go under surgery”
    Me “…”
    Moron.

  10. I have a fitbit and I love it like crazy. It’s not as deluxe as your fancy thing, but it lets me know if I am being lazy and staying in place too much. It is also a bit of a reality check for when I think I’m burning a ton of calories running when it’s really like 200-300.

  11. I’ve been wearing a BodyMedia for about a month now and love it! I lift weights plus have a very active job waiting tables, and burn around 3200 calories/day on average–the highest I’ve seen was 4000 on a day I worked a double and went clubbing. I think most people really underestimate how many calories they need to eat (and how many they’re actually eating) so something like this is really cool to put things in perspective.

  12. I want to go to the store and buy those ingredients right now! I sort of cried after I saw the image of your sandwich and realized my lunch was not that exciting!! Congrats on a good sandwich!

  13. Christie

    I went to the store to buy tape to finish wrapping presents. Left with sandwich ingredients , no tape.
    Too distracted by cheese.

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