This cold I have is driving me crazy. The hearing in my left ear is really muffled, which bothers me more than the congestion and sore throat. It really started to bother me yesterday afternoon, on the way home from La Pita.
Lunch at La Pita was fun! Jerry, the kids, and I went, along with my parents, my sister and her husband, and my older brother and his fiancé. It would have been perfect if my little brother was able to make it, but we couldn't get a hold of him. I was a little nervous about eating out while on Simply Filling, because you never really know how things are prepared. So I ordered my favorite meal there--the chicken kabob, which comes with rice pilaf, hummus, salad, and garlic sauce (I subbed baba ghanoush for the hummus).
I counted the chicken and salad as Simply Filling (0 PP--even if they used a little oil, I can use 2 tsp. of oil a day without counting it). I ate half the baba ghanoush, and skipped the rice and garlic sauce. I also had a small pita bread. I felt satisfied when I was done, and not super full, like I usually feel when I leave there, so I'm happy with how I did.
Almost as soon as I was done eating, though, I got a pounding headache. My throat was really sore, too. The whole way home, I was feeling pretty miserable, and couldn't wait to get into some comfy clothes and lie down. I could really use a decongestant, but I hate taking them, because they make me super jittery. So I just took ibuprofen for my sore throat, and that actually helped me a lot last night.
Yesterday was the first day since starting Simply Filling that I really had the munchies. I kept going back and fourth from the fridge to the pantry, looking for something to snack on, even though I wasn't hungry. I kept it under control though, and I'm glad. Yesterday's food log:
Breakfast: Peppermint Patty protein shake
Snack: cottage cheese with peaches (and string cheese, not pictured)
Lunch: La Pita chicken kabob and salad; baba ghanoush (4 PP), pita (3 PP)
Snack: granola bar (3 PP) and an orange (not pictured)
Dinner: oatmeal with cinnamon raisin peanut butter (5 PP)
Snack: popcorn and beer (2 PP)
Today, I spent most of the day in my pajamas reading my book. I thought about skipping my run, but my cold isn't in my chest at all, so I knew there was no real reason to skip it. (As a general rule of thumb, I'll still run if the cold is from the neck up, but if it moves to my chest, then I'll rest).
I had a three-mile tempo run on the schedule. The roads are still totally covered in snow and ice, so there was no way I could run for speed outside. I just decided to do the treadmill. Surprisingly, it didn't feel too difficult today, even with my head cold. I managed a sub-8:00 pace for the whole run.
Now, if only it felt that good outside ;)
Breakfast: oatmeal with Justin's Maple Almond Butter (6 PP)
Lunch: grilled turkey and cheese sandwich and an orange
Snack: single serving bag of Twizzlers Nibs (6 PP) and a latte
Dinner: mahi mahi, peas, and a baked potato
Snack: beer (2 PP) and popcorn
Today is the last day of my first week on Simply Filling, so we'll see what the scale says tomorrow. I used all of my weekly PointsPlus and all of my activity PP. I didn't do any bites, licks, or tastes of things and not count them. I followed the plan the best that I could, so hopefully I get good results, because I REALLY like the plan so far!
Thank you for the continuous comments, well wishes, and prayers for Mark! I am so excited to go check the PO Box and bring him the cards. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to wait until I kick this cold, though, because I wouldn't want him to get sick.