Thursday, May 28, 2015

Weigh In Wednesday (on a Thursday)

Pretty Strong Medicine

A day late.  It's been crazy in Desiree'-ville lately.  In between doctor's appointments, MRI doings, errands, planning my kiddo's birthday and still having knee issues, it's been a whirl wind since we got back from NYC.

Anyway, I weighed in yesterday morning at 204.4, which is a loss of .6.  I wish it was more, but I'll definitely take it! 

Since I've been basically non-existent with the exercise here lately because of my knee, I've really been working on watching my food intake and what I've been eating.  I haven't been tracking in MFP though.  I'm still kinda on the fence about tracking.  I know I should do it but I eat the same thing pretty much all the time and I tracked religiously for 2 years.  I'm trying the 'common sense' approach I guess.

I do have a follow up appointment this afternoon with my doctor and I will ask what I can do as far as exercise for now.  I did have an MRI yesterday too so hopefully he will be going over that with me and hoping it's nothing serious.  The doctor did prescribe some antibiotics last week and that seems to be helping with the redness/swelling of the knee.  Maybe it was just the inflammation that was causing the pain?  Who knows.  It does feel better though but I still don't quite feel comfortable going to play a match or anything on it right now.   

Mr. Skinny Geek is fully on board with the eating healthy thing now and we managed to hit up our local fruit and veggie stand/farmer's market this weekend.  We now have fruit and veggies for days.  Oh and I'm about to say something I never ever thought I'd ever say.  Chris made some Brussels sprouts the other day (he is the only one in the family who eats them.) but he cut them in half and baked them with some Parmesan cheese and garlic powder (it may have been something else, I was resisting the urge to vomit because.. Brussels sprouts).  Anyway after they came out of the oven, they actually didn't smell too terribly bad.  He made me pinky promise that I would try one.  After much resistance, I finally caved.  I ate it and it was tolerable.   I won't say I'll actively break out the Brussels sprouts for a meal, but I may eat a few bites here and there.  So yea, adventures in eating! 

I also discovered this deliciousness this past week.  Only 160 calories too.  I can't drink more than one at a time (it is very sweet) but I did like it!

And finally here's some animal pics.  Oh Mr. Ollie is about to be in obedience training in a few weeks.  It is time.  My slippers have fallen victim.

My sweet Lo Lo bear

Cutest frog legs ever!

He has too much mouth and tongue

And finally, I want to wish my sweet lovely daughter, Devyn a very happy 21st birthday!  I can't believe I'm old enough to have a 21 year old!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Weigh In Wednesday on a Friday

Pretty Strong Medicine

A few days late but trying to get back to a normal routine after returning from NYC!  We had such a good time!

Quickie post here since I have some errands to run today and oh so much laundry to do.

I missed last week's weigh in, so the last time I did so was on May 13th.  I weighed in at 210.2 on that day.  I'm pleased to report that when I weighed in yesterday, I saw 205.0 on the scale.  I LOST WEIGHT - 5.2 pounds -with (a) a knee injury and (b) while on vacation!  What the heck!  That never happens!  I am beyond thrilled though.  I actually was super hyper vigilant with every bite I took while in New York.  I didn't log in My Fitness Pal, but I made healthy choices, ate tons of fruit and veggies and drank plenty of water (thanks to a little awesome facebook accountability group we have).  You ladies kept me on the straight and narrow. 

So on the knee front, I have still been in a lot of pain.  Not so much when walking though, that's what is weird.  Usually when standing still or sitting upright without the leg propped up.  I've been having to ice it every day to try to keep the swelling at bay but it is still swelling pretty badly.  I did schedule and go to an Orthopedic doctor yesterday.  We are now waiting for my insurance to go through to get an MRI done.  So really right now, I have no news yet on what is going on.

And I'm hoping within the next few days to get a post up about our trip to NYC.  Until then, you'll have to ponder if I actually went up into any tall buildings and looked over the edge (I am deathly afraid of heights) and if we saw any celebrities.  If you are my facebook friend, no spoilers!  :P    But I will say this, we had an amazing time.  I only wish that I could have experienced it pain free.  Oh well, that just means I need to go back, eh?!?!

Alrighty these errands aren't gonna run themselves.  Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Weigh In Wednesday/Weekly Recap

Bear with me, this will be a long post.  Lots going on so this will be a combination W.I.W. and a Weekly recap.

Pretty Strong Medicine

So I'm up .4 from last week to 210.2.  BUT, I was down to 206.4 when I weighed in for another challenge on Monday and I know exactly what this gain is from.  Our wonderful facebook group started a challenge and we are concentrating on getting our water in.  And since I really can't do anything else this week (more on that in a bit...) I have been rocking the water!  Oh and it could have also been the Chinese food that we copped out with and ate on Monday.


I met my mixed doubles partner and we played a match against the team captain and her partner last Wednesday.  Had a really good game and I think I played better with the fast pace match of mixed doubles ironically enough.  I was so nervous going in but it was actually really laid back.  Oh and the best part.  We played at a local country club and the guys bought us beer.  (I do admit I only had about 1/2 of one).  But that was pretty nice.  I think alcohol makes me play better.  Hmm must keep that in mind for future matches!  :)

After we finished, I got a text from my daughter.  She had tripped crossing the street (thanks Louisiana potholes!) and twisted her ankle pretty badly.  So off I go to pick her up and take her to the after hours clinic.  She has a bad sprain and we follow up in a few weeks with an Orthopedic appointment for her.

Over the weekend was the tournament that I signed up for at the last minute.  I had a really good day though.  Fortunately it was cloudy so it wasn't too terribly hot, although it was humid.  I drank 2 - 64oz jugs of water by the time we left the tournament!  Chris and I were not too sure where the Zachary YMCA was so we left the house at around 6:30 (my first match started at 8am) just to make sure we found it in time.  We actually found it really easily.  I picked up my swag bag at the check in and we helped ourselves to some food while we waiting (Chris had the doughnut and I had a banana).

Check in area and the place where we give our scores after we play

Pretty good bag of stuff!  I get a racquet evaluation and re-stringing coupon, water bottle, a pen and a stylus, t-shirt, tennis balls, lemon cooled hydration towelette, change bag, some sort of tennis orange contraption that I need to google, a plastic cup and a cookie!
Around this time I texted my partner (whom I haven't met yet, the tournament set me up with her) and told her that I was here.  She arrived not long after and was so sweet!  We had a good time together and played well with each other I think.   We met our first opponents and got ready to start our match.  Our first opponents were very good.  And even though we lost, I felt that we did well since this was the first time that Diane and I had met, much less played together and the other team, you could tell, had been playing together for quite some time.   We lost the first match 2-6, 1-6.  During the first set, no sooner had a made the comment that it was quite different playing on hard courts since I normally play on clay, that my feet got stuck and down I went.  I landed squarely on my knee.  I popped back up and kept on going.  At the time it didn't appear that it was anything other than a scrape.

That loss put is in the consolation round.  Our next match started at 11 so we had time to kill between the ending of our first match and the beginning of the next.  We just sat around watching other matches.  I could tell my knee was starting to stiffen up a bit.  So Chris and I went and walked around a bit.  Before you know it, it was time to start our next match. 

We met the other team.  Diane knew them as well and discussed with me some strategy and I noticed that one of the ladies wasn't running much towards the ball so I thought to myself that I would try to make her work for it.   Diane and I communicated really well and we were able to keep up with them for the most part.  But then (and this is the first time this has happened at least I felt this was deliberate) the opponents started playing a little dirty.   I was making the one girl run for shots and I could tell she was getting frustrated.  I was also using my favorite shot which is straight down the alley because she was giving me a big enough gap and I was taking advantage of it.   Finally her partner finally calmed her down and when I was to receive the serve, instead of her playing up (which is normal) she ended up playing back along with the server.  Weird, ok but not illegal to do.  So I thought I would be smart and just try to drop it over the net.  Gah, that wasn't working.  Each time I tried that it went out.  So I had to revamp my strategy a bit and just hit it normal.   And THEN when it was my partner, Diane's serve and she was set to receive, she was moving up towards the net (usually the returnee stays back) and as soon as the serve bounced in her service box, she slammed the ball and hit it directly at me.  Not to me, but AT me.  She was deliberately aiming for me.   So then that got in my head and I had to compensate by moving back a bit.   Needless to say it was very frustrating.  The score doesn't quite reflect how close the match actually was and we actually went back and forth to deuce (tie) about 10 times.  We did that about 3 times so it was a long and hot and frustrating match.  I think that we could have taken them too, if we were fresh and hadn't played for an hour and a half earlier in the morning.  We lost 4-6, 3-6.

Chris and I didn't hang around too much after.  I got my ticket for lunch, picked it up and we pretty much headed home.  Once we made a few stops, I got home, showered and ate.  When I sat down I realized that my knee was really starting to hurt.   I didn't plan on doing much more that day anyway, so we basically just sat around and watched tv for the rest of the day.  I did get an ice pack to put on my knee.

Overnight on Saturday, I started to feel that it was getting really swollen and stiff.  I stayed off of it for the most part on Sunday as well.

Monday and Tuesday I was still in a lot of pain so I called into work.   Tuesday I also threw in the proverbial towel and decided to call my doctor.  I was able to get an appointment at 10am.  He was also encouraged that I was able to continue to play but he did want an x-ray just to make sure the kneecap wasn't broken.  Spoiler alert, it wasn't, thank goodness.  But it is still very bruised, swollen and painful.  I mentioned to doc that I'm also supposed to be going to NYC and that we are flying on Saturday.  So he wants me off of it as much as possible between now and then.  The swelling seems to be going down (see below) but the pain is still there. 
So I'm icing it down, taking pain meds and just resting.  Mom said that if we have to stick me in a cab to get from point a to point b in New York then so be it.  Some mobility is coming back but it is still painful.  If you could spare a few prayers or good healing thoughts  my way, I would appreciate it.  This is a once in a lifetime trip for me. 

In the meantime, I've managed to clear off my dvr completely, watch all of season 3 of Scandal.  I'm thinking of rewatching all of Star Wars today (even the sucky ones 1-3..)

Also we gave a certain puppy his first bath (with us) this week.

My very favorite salad is back from Panera too.  So if only Panera delivered, then it truly would be a perfect world!

Strawberry Poppyseed nirvana!
And finally, I think we have finally come to an understanding that the puppy is indeed staying around the house.  I knew Loki would be the one to warm up to him first!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Weigh In Wednesday

Pretty Strong Medicine

To say I've been in a funk of epic proportions is a gross understatement. And I may as well lay this on out there since I just updated My Fitness Pal to reflect where I am.

I weighed in this morning at 209.8.   And to make matters even worse, I had to dig a pair of size 20s out of the "to donate" bag (I have been living in size 16s for a year and a half now). 

Not sure what is going on... laziness, complacency, boredom... maybe all of the above.  Had it not been for tennis, I'm afraid to know where I'd be.   I'm leaving for NYC in a week and a half and I'm no where near where I wanted to be before the trip.

So here I am (again) trying to figure this whole thing out.   Time to overhaul everything (again) and maybe going back and re-reading my blog from the beginning.  Maybe that will spark something.


Tennis stuffs...

So I know I haven't been posting much lately (see above funk) but I have been playing a LOT of tennis!   We actually had my last scheduled league match for the spring last night (as a team, we have one more set of 3 matches next week, but I'm not scheduled to play unless someone needs a substitute).

BUT, I did join a summer Mixed Doubles league!  In fact, our first practice is tonight - it was actually scheduled to be the week that I am in NYC but the captain was kind enough to get a group together to play some with me tonight so I'm looking forward to that even though it is going to be at one of "THOSE" clubs.  You know the ones where all Mercedes and BMW's are in the parking lot, and everyone is required to wear white (and I'll be proudly pimping myself out dressed in Walmart/Target hybrid white..) Fortunately we play out of our local Parks and Rec courts so it's not like we will be playing at this "club" very often.  I always feel very anxious and out of sorts when I play in places like that although generally everyone I've ever encountered there has been really friendly.  It's just so far out of my comfort zone that it's just one more mental hurdle I always seem to have to get over.

Anyway, I'll be meeting my new mixed doubles partner tonight too.  This team has pretty high expectations.  I hope that I can live up to them!

Also, very last minute but I signed up for another tournament this weekend and because none of my teammates wanted to do it since it's Mother's Day or couldn't, they placed me with another lady who needed a partner.  She seems nice enough!  This tournament didn't have a 2.5 level group so I am having to play above my level - 3.0.  It should be fun anyways and if anything it will give me an opportunity to see how 3.0's play should I happen to move up to that level in November. 


And finally Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms, Furbaby Moms, and Aunties out there!  

Since this post has been mainly picture free, here's some Oliver and Loki pics.

"Car rides are the best" - Ollie

"Sticks are the best!" - Ollie

"Toys are the best!" - Ollie

"Loki pretending to sleep is the best!" - Ollie