Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Let me eat cake

Yesterday I started writing a post, got as far as the summary of food and couldn't think of anything at all to write beyond that. I know my life is never that exciting, but recently, while I haven't been going out or training, I really have fallen into a tv watching, cooking, eating sleeping rut - I can barely stay awake for it, let alone make it sound halfway interesting in a post. Of course that's been true for a while so I'm not sure why yesterday I finally couldn't be bothered to try...
So, all the above is still true. I've done a bit more housework since the pain and swelling from the infection (and the upset stomach from the antibiotics) have reduced but I've still walked less than a mile a day and not trained. And though I'm not quoting numbers, I weighed myself yesterday and discovered that the small amount of weight I'd lost over several weeks of struggling has found me again after only 2 weeks of feeling sorry for myself because of the infection - though I'm hoping at least some of that is down to water retention from the crappy carbs I've been eating. Even so, right now it looks like yet another holiday will be started with me being already overweight and dreaming of not adding yet more lbs while away. Hmph. Maybe that answers the question of why I wasn't motivated to post yesterday. And why I ate some cake today, because clearly what I need is more crappy carbs...
Food today:
Breakfast: scrambled eggs with bacon, onion & spinach
Lunch: cold chicken sandwich - made with this no carb spinach 'bread'
Dinner: Sri Lankan beef mince curry with cauliflower rice
Snacks: Greek yogurt with strawberries, half an avocado. Cake

Monday, 21 July 2014

Not bad for a Monday

Well, I'm feeling less depressed now. I've completed one course of antibiotics and the other one finishes Thursday. I'm not entirely happy that I still have a red swollen gland, but it's massively improved from it's worst, and my digestive side effects have settled down too.
I spent the weekend indoors most of the time, working on a software deployment Sunday morning. I had multiple salt baths and ate porridge for breakfast as Diane suggested (with yoghurt stirred in for a double whammy) We also watched two movies that we both enjoyed - World War Z and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Very different films, but both very watchable in their own way!
Today I was back in the office, freezing in the overactive air conditioning but quite enjoying being around people again. Won't last of course since I'm fundamentally antisocial but while it does last it's good.
At lunchtime I went into town briefly and quite enjoyed it for the first time in a week - no discomfort and it was nice and warm, but not so hot that I was worried about sweatiness. I hope to go further afield tomorrow.
Hopefully I'm out of the woods and moving forwards finally!

Food today:
Breakfast: eggs scrambled with bacon, leek & mushrooms
Lunch: cream of carrot & coriander soup and a natural yoghurt
Dinner: pork & vegetable stirfry
Snacks: homemade pork scratchings, cashews

Friday, 18 July 2014

I'm a bit depressed at the moment

Taking 2 different antibiotics and not feeling fantastic - possibly because I dived head first into crappy carbs for comfort. Not really in the mood to post and generally a miserable git.
I'm pretty sure I'll feel better once I finish the meds and can start rebuilding my gut again.
I hope anyway

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


I think the infection is fighting back... It's still about a million times better than last week before I got my prescription, both in terms of pain and swelling - but it seems to be more swollen today than it was yesterday. The doctor did say if the antibiotics didn't seem to be doing the job he could add something else so I guess it's not a massive shock if they're not enough on their own - but it's not the rapid healing and moving on I was hoping for. If I'm lucky it's just a temporary irritation because I popped into town at lunchtime - only about half a mile round trip, but more than I've been doing - and it will calm down over night. If not, I might have to contact the clinic again.

Monday, 14 July 2014


I felt well enough to go back to work this morning after doing NOTHING all weekend (or resting really hard depending how you look at it) except cooking & watching TV.
I've finally worked out what needs to change so I can lose weight.

I need to quit my job.

Over the weekend I had relatively little problem avoiding snacking so I could take my antibiotics at the prescribed separation from my meals. This morning my breakfast was the same as yesterday's and eaten at more or less the same time, and I was checking the clock to see if enough time had passed between pills and meals to allow me to snack. Boredom is the culprit, therefore if I could just win a fortune and retire I'd be as svelte as I could wish for.... Especially with all the great walking time that would be freed up.

Over the weekend my infection was responding really well to the antibiotics and rest. I have to admit I spent the whole time in nothing but a very soft, well worn, and loose  dressing gown to avoid anything rubbing of chafing it as well; I was less comfortable today being back in work from quite early in the day and even had to take a painkiller this afternoon. Even so it's roughly six steps forwards, one step back compared to how I felt last week when I was driven to see the doctor, though I'm not ready to risk getting sweaty yet, and I am frustrated by that. And very ready to stop watching the clock so I know when to take my next massive horse pill - it reminds me of the constant eye drops after my operation, although I can at least take the pills without a mirror and a tissue to hand.
Having basically not walked or trained for a week now I'm feeling bloated, unfit, and as boring as I am bored. So I apologise for seeming to talk about nothing but pills and infections; I really don't have anything else going on at the moment.
Oh yes, one thing occurred to me just then. If you like movies, do NOT watch Scary Movie 5. You probably don't need telling anyway, but seriously, don't. I don't care how old / young, fit / sick you are - life's too short. I'm so ashamed that I know this from personal experience. Seriously. If someone walks towards you holding out the disk, don't pause, just run. And if you can trample it into the ground in the process, so much the better. God, I wish I had...
Just to clarify, I was in the same room as the movie but I did not watch the whole thing, I swear it, don't stop reading on the grounds of my bad taste (im movies)

Food today:
Breakfast: cacao coffee chia coconut pudding (I omitted the vanilla extract in this recipe & added a brewed espresso coffee)
Lunch: cold meat & salad
Dinner: basil beef burgers in lettuce with fried potatoes
Snacks: Greek yoghurt with strawberries (chopped, frozen,  defrosted); cashew nuts

Friday, 11 July 2014

Improving slowly but surely

I haven't left the house today, or moved further than the kitchen & bathroom. My infection isn't fixed obviously, but it's been less painful today anyway and believe me that's a big step forward.
Sadly the antibiotics haven't had the appetite suppressing effect I was hoping for (a little) but the initial diarrhoea is settling down so that's better too.
I agree with you, Diane, I do need more calories and some rest to let it heal. I am probably certainly going to eat more extra calories than needed unless my appetite is suppressed, but that's better than healing more slowly. I've been reading The Perfect Health Diet by Paul & Shou-Ching Jaminet, and while it is still a gluten free, very natural diet of real foods, it is a less low carb plan - allowing white rice & potatoes as well as sweet potatoes - and in the book there are quite a lot of testimonials -and some convincing scientific explanation  - that being too low carb can impair the immune system. I was thinking of switching to this plan after my holiday as some low carbers gain weight at first due to water retention, but now I'm thinking sooner is better, even if I go on holiday heavier than I want. Pain or sickness is more likely to ruin a holiday after all!

Food today: NOT A GF DAY!!!
Breakfast: scrambled eggs with bacon, mushroom & tomato
Lunch; a quick soup simmered up from homemade stock, chicken breast, carrot, celery & seaweed
Dinner: Bolognese with courgette noodles & sourdough bread
Snacks: protein cookie

Thursday, 10 July 2014


Well, I did go to the doctor today and now I have a course of antibiotics to take along with the advice to have salt baths and instructions to call if I feel I need an additional antibiotic adding / it starts exuding fluid.
Sometimes I think my body just wants to gross me out to death.


I treated myself to some chocolatey things while I was out, brought them home to pig on, and then realised that my antibiotics have to be taken on an empty stomach - one hour before food, two hours after food, and 4 times a day - they may actually help me control my urge towards undisciplined snacking! (not today - I just made sure that I could fit the chocolate in around them. But hey - I've been fighting the urge to eat chocolate all week as I believe I've whined griped complained mentioned a couple of million times) Actually the only other time I had a course of antibiotics - for a kidney infection 10,100 years ago - it deprived me simultaneously of appetite and energy. The appetite part I don't mind, the energy part less so - I don't want to have to vegetate for 10 days.

So I didn't train, I didn't walk - in fact I drove 1.1 miles to the doctor's, that's unheard of for me. Usually I won't get the car out for anything less than 2 miles - and only that if I have to buy something I can't carry or need petrol.
Not an exciting update!

Food today
Breakfast: scrambled egg with sweet potato, mushrooms & bacon
Lunch: chocolate & dried fruit
Dinner: Rump steak & sweet potato fries
Snacks: home-made pork rinds