healthy |ˈhelθē|adjective ( healthier , healthiest )in good health: : feeling fit and healthy.• (of a part of the body) not diseased : healthy cells.• indicative of, conducive to, or promoting good health : a healthy appetite | a healthy balanced diet.• (of a person's attitude) sensible and well balanced : a healthy contempt for authority.• figurative in a good condition• desirable; beneficial• A conscious choice; A life-long commitment.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Meal Planning Monday!

Here are my planned suppers for the week:
  • Sunday: Veggie Burgers on English Muffins with Carrots and Broccoli with Cheese Sauce (Green Giant) 
  • Monday: Spaetzle (German Pasta) with Alfredo Vegetable Sauce (Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Mushroom, Pepper) 
  • Tuesday: Baked Sweet Potatoes and Strawberry Spinach Salad 
  • Wednesday: Eggs Benedict with Sauteed Mushrooms and Asparagus and Roasted Brussel Sprouts 
  • Thursday: Asian Pear and Pecan Waldorf Salad (from here, but originally found in Women's Health Magazine) and Uncle Ben's Risotto 
  • Friday: Zucchini Lasagna and Green Beans 
  • Saturday: In Edmonton for a course to study for the CRNE, will probably enjoy some Sushi from Tokyo Express or a Salad from Safeway
Matthias and I have started looking at houses. Correction: I have started looking at houses. We are still about 5 thousand short from our down payment/moving expenses requirement so looking is a little bit silly. However MLS showed us me THIS beauty and now I am cursing the heavens that I even started looking. Perhaps I could win $5,000 in Lotto Max?

AAAAAGGGHHHHHH. (That's what I sound like whilst cursing the heavens.)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

No Long Run Today

I am feeling much better. With the ability to actually chew food (although not great), and the mobility of my jaw back I am feeling more like myself each day. The slits in my side gum/cheek are still little buggers to rinse out, those bad boys are DEEP, but I am seeing fresh tissue so it is nice to know I am healing up.

I knew I wouldn't be able to do a long run today, so instead I did 2 hours of low impact cardio. Definitely not the same as a run, but if it helps to keep up my endurance I will take it. I did 60min on the stepper, 30min on the stationary bike, and 30min on the elliptical. It worked up a good sweat. Halfway through I ate a yogurt to keep my blood sugar up.

I stepped on the scale as well, and to my surprise the number was 128.5lb! Happily back in my goal weight range. Now to see if I can maintain it haha.

So I am almost a year into maintenance, and I have noticed that I am more comfortable with making food choices, more flexible with making plans and deviating from plans, and less consumed with the gripping fear that I am going to gain all the weight back over night. I know that I need to make good food choices, and pick healthy things over chocolate and ice cream, but if I do pick chocolate or ice cream I don't freak out about it and get down on myself like I used to.

I imagine that this will continue as I continue to maintain. I feel like I am no longer just balancing on a tight rope, and that perhaps I can maneuver my way through this for the rest of my life.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

What I Ate Wednesday - A Slow Recovery.

Been M.I.A.

Not been feeling great.

I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, or use this blog as a place to mope around. No "Poor Amie" Here. So I will write a list of how I am feeling, post my eating for the day, and write a more detailed, uplifting post when I dig myself out of my recovery funk.
  • I can't eat anything witch crunch/small particles (eg. oats)/large pieces(eg. sugar snap peas), or anything that can't be cut into bite size or smushed and mulled around my mouth like cud (cow food). This means I haven't eaten very many vegetables in the past week. This means all I am craving right now is a big ol' plate of raw veggies and hummus. Or a ginormous salad. Or both. Right. Now. Instead? I have been consuming pudding, apple sauce, and Ensure.
  • I can't run. Run. Run Run. Ouch. My. Teeth. Hurt. It actually isn't even my teeth. It is still my jaw. Or between my cheek and my jaw and my teeth if that makes sense? I am supposed to run a half marathon in less than 4 weeks which means I am supposed to taper in less than 2 weeks. How am I supposed to stop running if I can't even run now? I am reluctantly starting to think I may not be able to run this race, or if I can, I will be running it veeerrrryyy slowly. The surgeon said it could be between 2-3wks until the holes start to close up, and full recovery of the bone doesn't happen until 3-4 months (although pain should be gone by week 2 I believe).
  • The first few days weren't bad at all. Codeine makes everything better. That is... until you count the days since your last bowel movement and discover it has been almost 6. That.. coupled with the belly that looks 4 months pregnant (trust me on this one, it was protruding past my boobs), and hypoactive bowel sounds.... coupled with painful teeth now with the realization that one should probably not continue with the T3's, leads to agonizing discomfort. Woo. Hoo.
  • I had to have the bottom holes flushed and now have to flush them twice a day myself with chlorhexidine mouthwash becuase I had food starting to rot in there. So Nasty. I can handle bodily fluids of other people. I can watch surgery, give needles and start IV's and catheters and not think twice about it. When it comes to myself? I feel so faint and nauseous. It blows.
  • I had a hypoglycemic attack today in Superstore. From my lack of eating "real food".
  • I feel weak, tired, and not like myself.
Here's a list of the good, there is always good.
  • I have had 4 calls for interviews! Fingers crossed that I get one of the jobs!
  • I think I lost weight. HAH.
  • The weather is more spring-ish outside (although not today).
  • I signed up for a CRNE prep course! This will help me get ready for my big test and on my way to becoming an RN!
  • Every day the soreness becomes a little easier and I can space out the Tylenol ES and Ibuprofen a little farther.
 Here are today's Eats:

Breakfast: Coffee with Cream and Stevia, 2 Blueberry Pancakes, English Style Cream, and Banana Slices with PB from Cora.
Post Hypoglycemic Snack: Iced Coffee from Tim Horton's
Lunch: 1c Cream of Mushroom Soup and 1 Dempster's BodyWise Wrap with Tofurky, Honey Mustard, and Marble Cheese (Melted
Snack: 100calorie Muscle Mlk
Supper: Annie's Organic White Cheddar Shells with Cauliflower 'rice' and mixed vegetables chopped tres tiny so that they could be swallowed with minimal mastication
Snacks following supper: 1/4 Peanut Butter Cup Mini Pie, 1/4c Mocaccino Frozen Yogurt, 1/2 Banana Cream Donut

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What I Ate Wednesday - Wisdome Teeth Surgery Edition

Hi! So I got my wisdom teeth out this morning. Liquid diet for me today, soft foods (oatmeal and hard boiled eggs) added in tomorrow. I was quite nervous about being put to sleep but it was very quick. They game me some Medazolam, and I literally started giggling. That's all I remember until I sat up in the recovery room. I felt fine in recovery. And to be honest (knock on wood) I have felt fine all day. My jaw is a little sore, the back of my mouth feels weird (I can feel the holes slightly), and my throat hurts a wee bit (from the Intubation). I would say that because of my strict pain medication schedule (which I plan to keep up for the next 2 days, but reducing the T3's to 1, and lowering the Toradol to Ibuprofen ES then Regular), at this moment, I have no pain. Discomfort? Yeah. But pain? Nope. This doesn't even compare to the sciatica I felt last summer. Now THAT was pain.

I found it funny that they would reccomend you go home and eat ice cream as your first meal and chocolate milk with every T3 (to reduce nausea). My dad took me to Booster Juice right after and I ordered a Pomegranate Punch and a Green Hornet Juice. Ice-Cream-Shmice-Cream haha. Just because I can't eat solid food doesn't mean I need to be unhealthy!

Here is a look at today's drinks:
Breakfast/Snack: Booster Juice Pomegranate Punch
Lunch: Booster Juice Green Hornet
Snack: Vietnamese Iced Coffee (thanks dad!) and Jello (not very vegetarian of me, but I was starved)
Supper: V8 Broccoli Parmesan Soup
Dessert: Frozen Banana Blended with a splash of almond milk, 1tbsp PB2 and a Cookie Dough Ball
Feeling Hungry at 9pm: 1/4c Plain Yogurt mixed with finely chopped super duper ripe Mango

Going to blend my oats in the morning with spinach. Think this will result in a smoothie like texture?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Meal Plan Monday [2]

Sunday: Chunky Veggie Chili (Sauteed Veg and 1 Can of Vegetarian PC Blue Menu Chili
Monday: Stuffed Zucchini and Steamed Beets
Tuesday: Spaggheti Squash and Sauce (not sure what kind yet!)
Wednesday: I am getting my wisdom teeth out... so soup is on the menu for me, and grilled cheese for my sister
Thursday: Probably soup again for me, Leftovers from the freezer (Shepard's Pie) for my sister
Friday: Giant Salad with Veggie Toaster Pattie from Safeway
Saturday: Tempeh Sandwiches and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

On Balance...
Saturday, I had an unhealthy day. I won't delve into specifics, but not a single vegetable was consumed all day. By the end of the day, I was a sugary, bloated, gross-feeling mess. To me, balance means having these days once in a while and not beating myself up about it. It means reflecting on how I feel and making changes the following day to ensure that multiple days do not happen like this in a row. Sunday, I made sure to get 10 full servings of fresh fruits and vegetables. Of course I felt better. I find that I have to battle sugar cravings the day after, but that by the second day of eating clean-er I feel better.

Wednesday, I am having my wisdom teeth removed. I am scared of being put under, and I wish Matthias was home to take care of me. My dad is driving me and picking me up, and I have instructed him on buying me some fresh pressed juice and a protein smoothie from Booster Juice. I have also stocked up on Bolthouse Farms Carrot Juice and Green Juice, V8 Soups, Frozen Fruit and Almond Milk for smoothies, and Greek Yogurt. Tomorrow night I will prep 3 days worth of oatmeal so that I will have a hearty breakfast. That's what I call balance ;)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

What I Ate Wednesday - Night Shift Edition

Tonight I work a night shift! I actually enjoy the night shift on postpartum. Some nights are so crazy busy you don't stop running, other nights are chill and you get to snuggle with babies who don't want to sleep all night. It is a nice balance. Tonight, I am hoping for a chill night so that I can get back in the swing of things since I haven't worked since Christmas ;) I have 3 shifts total - 2 nights, 1 evening - before my nursing permit comes into effect! They will be a nice re-orientation to the unit because things are always changing up there!

I thought it would be a good idea to post how I change my eating habits to "Night Mode". I try eat a large breakfast to keep me full-er for more of the day, and then I eat a small lunch and supper, with a snack thrown in there. I also try to sleep between the ours of 4pm and 8pm, just to try and give me that extra bit of energy. Even if I don't sleep (which is often - I am a horrible napper), I still relax at this time, ear plugs in, blinds closed, to try and conserve as much energy as possible. After I "wake up" I am usually starving, so I dip into my packed lunch for a pre-shift snack. I also pick up a Coffee on my way in (Either McDonald's or Tim's with 1/2 Cream and Stevia). Here is a look at my Night Shift Food:
  • Giant Bag of Veggies (sometimes this is a salad with Balsamic Vinegar and Oil instead)
  • Apple Chips
  • Homemade Granola Bar (Recipe adapted from Iowa Girl Eats - I added 1 cup Puffed Rice Cereal instead of Sesame Seeds and reduced the honey to 1/4 cup)
  • Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • Plum
I try to stay away from unit snacks because it is usually popcorn, chips, or chocolate, but I almost always end up trying a little bite of each. I also try to "save" a snack for after the night shift, because if I don't eat before I go to sleep I will wake up in 3 hours famished and unable to get back to sleep. If I didn't save a snack then I usually make myself a piece of toast with peanut butter and cocoa nibs. The morning after a shift (which is 11pm-7am) I usually sleep as long as I can (if on another night shift this can be 1-2pm, and then another nap at 6pm), or get up at 12 if I am switching back to days. It's not too hard on me (yet) but I definitely feel like I have a hangover haha. If I am staying on nights I usually try to go to the gym before going to bed, and if I am not then I most often take a rest day because I feel so out of it. The rest of the post-shift eats are pretty straight forward - lunch (which is usually breakfast ;)) and supper, and sometimes a late night snack.

Wish me luck on my nap today! I have been up since 7am and don't want to be up for a full 24hr without sleep!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Meal Plan Monday

So I would just like to announce that from now on I would like to be addressed as "Amie, BScN". No big deal or anything like that ;)

Just joking, but it is pretty bittersweet to be DONE MY DEGREE. WOAH. Now I just need to start studying for that hue-jass test I have to write in June. All in good time me thinks.

I am starting to meal plan my suppers to try and reign in my trips to the grocery store! Here is the plan for this week:

Sunday (yesterday): Matthias-Made Stir Fry
Monday: Mushroom Spinach Eggs Benedict (Recipe from Fitness Magazine) and Hail-to-the-Kale Salad from Planet Organic
Tuesday: Giant Salad and Orzo
Wednesday:Veggie Burgers and Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Thursday: Tomato Bean Sauce and Spaghetti Squash
Friday: Stuffed Peppers and Green Beans
Saturday: Takeout Vegetarian Vietnamese

About to head out for my long run! 17km :)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Thankful Thursday [6]

So the past three weeks have been a little bit stressful for me. Matthias and I thought we were pregnant. Like legitimately pregnant. I recently went off the pill, and there was a .... mistake .... and I haven't had a period in 8 weeks. I kept testing negative (I took 4 pregnancy tests over the span of the last 3 weeks), and I had no signs of pregnancy, but we were almost convinced that I was. I finally caved and went to a walk in clinic in Edmonton, got some blood taken, and saw my doctor yesterday.

I suppose I am VERY thankful that I am NOT pregnant. I am more conservative and traditional. I want to be married, have a house, and feel financially ready for a baby. Granted, if I were to get pregnant, I still have a degree (!!!!!), Matthias is a journeyman electrician, and we have a once-in-a-lifetime love that would outlast any hardships, so I know I would be "ok", but I want to be more than just "ok". I have a lot of Parenty-Issues (I can't say just Mommy or Daddy Issues, because it is most definitely both) and I want to not make the same mistakes that my parents made with me. I want to be a loving and supportive mother. I want to have enough to provide for my kids, physically, and mentally, and I want to be a stable role model for them. I'm not saying I had a horrendous childhood or anything like that, but I did have a lot of instability that has really played in to the type of person I am today. I try to keep my family issues separate from the blog. I am tres sensitive about it. I already feel like I have a lot on my plate, raising my 13 year old sister, trying to save enough to buy a house, living with my dad (who isn't my sister's dad), that an unplanned pregnancy would just be so much to handle.
That isn't what this post is supposed to be about. The reason for this post is being thankful for supporting friends. My gym buddy Danielle, and my best friend Kate, were both informed of my "situation" when I wasn't sure if I was pregnant or not. They knew just. the. right. things. to say to me to keep from freaking out, having a sobby-meltdown and looking like a total fool. They offered support, sans judgment, and it made me feel like less of a "failure." Friends like that make the days go by. They are the ones who are there to support you, regardless of if you speak once a week, once a day, or once a month. They love you, appreciate you, and are ready to help you out, because they know that in turn you would do it for them. I have a few friends who are like that. The ones who will be my true friends for the rest of my life.

Dallas, Stephanie D, Stephanie S, Danielle, and Kate. They are the ones who will be around. This post is for them. Love you ladies.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What I Ate Wednesday [7]

Today was a tasty one! I only have three shifts left of my preceptorship. I am excited to get back home for good and resume my daily gym endeavors! I have missed my work out buddy and seeing her sporadically is just not the same as meeting multiple times a week! I stepped on the scale on April 1st. I am going to attempt a monthly weigh-in because I am just to a point where numbers will be numbers and what matters is the quality and quantity of food I am eating, not what the scale says. I weigh 130.5 for the month of April. Such as life!
Breakfast; Matthias and I headed to City Roast for Scone and a Coffee Wednesday, we split a Peanut Butter Cup Mocha (LOVE) and some plain yogurt and granola with a banana. We also each had a Mixed Berry Scone.
Snack; Apple
Lunch; Leftover Pasta concoction Matthias made with Spinach Cheese Ravioli, Mushroom and Pepper, Light Alfredo Sauce and Ground Round. Raw Veg and a square'o'chocolate on the side
Snack; Matthias and I shared an Iced Coffee with 1tbsp Half & Half, and I baked some 100calorie (for 4!) cookies.
Supper; Kale Chips, Steamed Carrots, and a stir fry of sorts with wild rice, edamame, acorn squash, mushrooms, and balsamic vinegar.
Dessert; Protein Powder, Banana, Cocoa Powder, PB2 all blended up with a tsp chocolate chips and another square'o'chocolate. STUFFED.