Monday, 27 April 2015

Chrissie, the red nosed tester...

It was freezing first thing this morning but also clear, and beautifully sunny all morning. Which would have made me happier if I'd anticipated being able to get out there, but feeling so lousy made that a lot less appealing. It was still nice to look at out of the window (through streaming eyes)
Of course just for a change I had a meeting running into lunch time anyway...
For the first time in weeks, today I wanted to buy chocolate. I didn't. But as I sneezed, sniffles and wept my way through the day I did overdo the cheese and the peanut butter somewhat. In the past when I've had hayfever it's begun with itchy eyes and ended with watery eyes, but today has been much worse - and still is, as I can hardly see to type. And did I mention it makes my right eye ache as well? No walks until the antihistamines kick in...

Only 3 working days till I switch jobs....

Food today:
Breakfast: eggs scrambled with mushrooms and spinach
Lunch: Salad with cold beef
Dinner: chicken salad
Snacks: cheese & PB


Is it a cold? Is it hayfever? I don't know...  But I am MISERABLE today

Friday, 24 April 2015

One of those days...

I really wanted a walk at lunchtime today and for the second time in 2 days my boss arranged a meeting that clashed. Yesterday she decided half way through I didn't need to attend; today she just didn't show up. I'm sorry, but that's really inconsiderate in my book - obviously things can come up, but so can a quick word to say sorry, can't make it, we'll do it Monday instead. Grrrrrrrr.
Still, at least today I'd remembered my lunch!
And only 4 more working days...

Food today:
Breakfast: leftover turkey burger with an egg
Lunch: Salad with cold chicken thigh, avocado and feta cheese
Dinner: bits and pieces - cold meats and cheese mostly
Snacks: homemade pork rinds

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Disaster averted - I now have my tea bags!!!

However... I forgot to pack my lunch today. Fool... Of course last time I forgot a meal I just resorted to peanuts and a questionable meat lollipop. This time the food may have been no more nutritious but it fitted my overall macros better! I went out at lunchtime to buy my replacement meal but cut my walk short and just went to the nearest convenience store because I was supposed to be taking part in a conference call. Then my boss (rightly) suggested I didn't have to be on the call because I won't be around for the work being discussed. Why couldn't she say that in the morning though? By the time she let me off the call it was too late to get a satisfying walk in. (though I admit I could have pushed myself to do what I could fit in - and I didn't) I had another very short walk after work in the sunshine as well, but was too busy to go far.

Food today:
Breakfast: eggs scrambled with mushrooms and leek
Lunch: 'sandwiches' of gouda cheese and cold meat
Dinner: homemade turkey burger with roasted broccoli & asparagus
Snacks: homemade pork rinds

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

First world problems...

I have to get better at shopping more efficiently. On Monday I realised I was about to run out of rooibos tea bags, and added them to a Tesco order being delivered tonight. Now I'm stuck with drinking what the company provides until then. Yesterday they ran out of Decaf coffee (that's not all me). As you know I'm not drinking much full caffeine coffee - only one cup a day. All that's left is black & green tea, neither of which I'm keen on and both of which contain caffeine, and fruit teas. Of course fruit teas don't have caffeine, but if anyone knows any fruit teas that don't smell like heaven in a cup and taste like grass clippings that may possibly, if you're lucky, have been cut in an orchard within 100m of a fruit tree, I'd really like to hear about it. I use my tea to avoid the tedium of plain water - but that's the best I can do! Next time I'll know better...

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Still counting down...

7 days to go...  And then I leave this project to go back to my previous company. As every day is as frustrating as the last, with the project moving one step forward, 5 steps back, and it seems unlikely to suddenly fall into place, I'm not sorry to have the end in sight, but I will miss some of the people. I'm very used to working surrounded by men as the UK IT industry is still male dominated, but in this project I actually sit with some women and have female conversation. It's been nice, regardless of how well I get on with the men in the other company, and I'll miss that. Not to mention feeling a bit guilty at leaving before the project is over.

Foodwise my new tweaks are taking a bit of getting used to. I'm aiming for 1 gm of protein per kilo body weight (nope, not telling you how much that is), a maximum of 10% of my calories coming from carbohydrates, and the rest from fat - which is the hardest part. I can eat fatty meats, no problem there, but trying to cut the protein means having to find ways to add fat that don't also add protein or carbs. This evening that meant just melting butter on my dinner, which is easy but unimaginative - and not entirely to my taste. I plan to start making sauces and dressings instead, but I have to shop and plan to be able to do that.
I think it's worth it though - I'm not seeing the rapid weight loss I admit I hoped for, though if I can get properly ketogenic from these tweaks that might change, but the feeling of control I only have when the carbs are very low is a good feeling. I have no interest in the cakes, sweets or chocolate that is constantly all over the office, and don't spend my days obsessing about the next meal even when I'm actively looking at recipes for meal planning purposes. It's great!  Long may it last....

Food today:
Breakfast: eggs scrambled with leftover cauliflower & broccoli cheese
Lunch: Thai chicken curry soup soup
Dinner: chicken thigh fried in coconut oil with broccoli
Snacks: homemade pork rinds

Monday, 20 April 2015


My weekend was quiet - I didn't do anything on Saturday except cook, watch TV, and do laundry. Sunday I went out for a walk, cooked, and watched TV. I should have been all relaxed and rested after that but I was back to being frustrated within 5 minutes of entering the office today - not particularly surprising I guess.
8 working days left on the project. I am indeed counting them...

Food today:
Breakfast: eggs scrambled with mushrooms
Lunch: Thai chicken curry soup soup
Dinner: Tuna mayo on salad
Snacks: homemade pork rinds