Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sleep does a body good

Today was a pretty good day.  I forced myself to stay in bed and sleep until I thought I'd had about 7 hours of sleep, in spite of getting up twice with Professor and waking up to the quiet tv in the dining room.  I got back to sleep each time pretty easily so I wasn't tossing and turning.

I started the day (after making up the couch and straightening up the kitchen) with reading and coffee until Tom left for work.  Then I got the bread machine out and made some whole wheat dough with soy milk instead of powdered milk.  It's resting on the stove waiting to rise enough to bake.  I've been pecking away at the kitchen getting it clean although I'm not attacking it.  If it takes me two days, it takes me two days.  I'm not going to have another day on the couch like last week.

Supper is cooking in the toaster oven.  Baked chicken thighs for the menfolk.  I'm just having a meat-free meal, trying to get my health under control.  I'll fix chicken broth rice for them, but I'm having butternut squash with a bit of cinnamon.  I'll miss the butter on it, but I'm going to try to go as dairy free as I can for a while to see if that helps with the energy levels and the stomach problems after I eat.

I'll stick it out as long as it lasts but I'm not putting myself under pressure to make this work forever.  I just want to feel better and if this does the trick, then maybe that will be the impetus to continue with it.  If the anxiety over eating milk and meat makes me miserable then I'm not feeling better and won't continue with it.  I refuse to be dogmatic about it.

I make progress on Zach's socks last night.  Nearly ready for the toe.  I'm also plugging away at my dad's socks, although at a much slower pace.  It's dark in my bedroom at night and the yarn, while teal blue, is still a bit hard to see and with tiny needles...well, not the easiest thing to do.  But I adjusted the pattern a bit to make it plainer.  My dad isn't a fancy guy with his clothes.  The teal blue will probably be too much for him.

I'm not knitting as much as I would like, but when the weather turns and I've got the winterizing done and the kitchen where I want it and I'm settling into a cooking routine, then I plan on knitting more and spending time online less.  I did give up the games on facebook but right now I'm doing some research on some other things and that's taking up a bit of time.  Mostly tightwad stuff with some vegetarian cooking sites as well.

I still need to put plastic on the windows.  I pulled up a few stakes out of the garden but most of them will have to have the twine cut off from the stalks first.  Then the tobacco needs to be pulled up as well.  And I have three curtains to find and wash and put on the windows.  I'm pretty sure they're either in my closet or in the basement.

I didn't move around as much today but I did get the bird seed out in the feeders.  I thought it would take them a while to find it, but apparently they were waiting in the bushes because by the time I got back into the house and looked out the window, the feeders were full of birds.  They are my winter entertainment.

Well, time to start fixing the side dishes and a salad for myself.  So far today I've barely eaten, just a bowl of oatmeal and I'm still not hungry.  I won't let myself get too hungry though.  The first day is always the easiest.  by tomorrow I'll probably be eating everything in the house.



Carol said...

I think it's best to recognize how much we can do without paying for it later and then being smart enough to stop when we hit that limit. Easier said than done, I know. The same with modifying eating habits - tell me I can't have something and that's all I can think about. Good luck to you!

Kathy said...

I keep saying that but when I get a burst of energy I'm just so happy that I go overboard. You'd think I would have learned my lesson by now. :)

Same with dieting. I always gain weight when I got on a diet because the restrictions are too much and all I can think about is what I can't have. I actually lost weight one winter when I just stopped worrying...until my next physical when the dr told me to try harder. sigh

Thanks, Carol!