Whew, I feel SO much better after writing about my current struggle with staying on track amidst the stress I've been dealing with. I don't know why I get so nervous to write when I'm struggling, because you all make me feel so much better. I hate to see anyone struggle with it, but it sure does help to know that I'm not the only one!
I did really well today, thanks in part to my Kitchen Safe. I hadn't used it in a while, but I got it back out yesterday and locked up the peanut butter, chocolate chips, Clif Bars, and a bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs. I bought the mini eggs so that I could have a few as a treat in the evenings, but I definitely have to keep those in the Kitchen Safe! I was surprised at just how small the serving size is, and for so many points. A serving of 12 mini eggs has 6 PointsPlus. Each one is only about the size of a peanut M&M. So this morning, I counted out 6 of them for 3 PP. They're really good, but I don't know if I think they're worth that many calories.
Today I had a six-mile easy run on the schedule. I really wanted to go outside and run! Jerry was working, though, and I didn't have anyone to watch the kids if I went outside. I tried calling my parents, but they weren't home, so I decided just to get it done on the treadmill. I changed out the battery in my foot pod, to see if that was what was causing the issue yesterday (apparently, it was--because today, it was back to normal).
I set the treadmill at 6.2 mph (9:40/mi) and just left it there. I was feeling really good, like it was nice and easy, when I noticed that my heart rate was sky high--89-91%! Normally, it's about 75-79% during an easy run. I was debating whether I should slow down, because I felt really good, but I didn't want my heart rate to be that high.
While I kept running, I pressed the heart rate strap to my chest kind of hard, to make sure that there was good contact, and then my Garmin showed my heart rate lower from 91% down to 77% almost instantly. I adjusted my sports bra a little, so that it wasn't interfering with the strap at all, and my HR stayed at 75-77% the rest of the run. That was kind of weird!
I'm just going to have to make sure that my sports bra strap is just under the heart rate strap, so it doesn't interfere.
This afternoon, I worked on a project for Mark. I need to buy him a walker for when he goes home on Tuesday, and I found a pattern for a walker caddy while browsing patterns online. I thought it would come in handy for him, since he'll be using the walker everywhere he goes. This first picture is what it looks like now that I'm done, but it doesn't look like much without the walker!
Here is what it will look like on the walker (this photo is from the pattern's site):
It was easy to make, and working on it helped me stay out of the pantry today ;)
Jerry's off work tomorrow, and the kids are staying at my parents' house tonight, so we're going to have a date night. Nothing too exciting, however--just take-out from Panera for dinner and catching up on some of our favorite shows we've been missing!