The long and winding road to fitness, day 20

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This poor kitty looks like I feel.  Have you ever had one of those days where you’re tired, hot, and hungry?  Where you’re kind of in a bad mood, but don’t really have a reason to be?  Well, that was my day today.  We had to go in early to move the grids and everything in the back half of the store where they stripped and waxed the rest of the store overnight last night.  That’s never fun for anyone and it was no different for me.  But we finally got it done.  Then I had fifty million other things I needed to get done.  I just didn’t feel like I was accomplishing anything today.  I was there for 11 hours and still have a ton of things to do.  But you have to go home eventually.  I’ve learned that you can never get everything done in a day, and even if you did, there would be more to do tomorrow.  So just do the best you can, then enjoy your life away from work.

I did stick to my eating plan really well today.  I consumed 1528 calories for the day, got in 45 minutes of walking (plus who knows how much at work), and did 6 lower body strength training exercises, 2 sets of each.  I’m going to attempt to make it to bed early tonight and get some much-needed rest before I head back in tomorrow morning.  Only three more days to work before I get my wonderful vacation!!

So, does anyone else ever feel like you’re in a bad mood and can’t really pinpoint why?  What do you do to snap out of it?

Coffee sensation

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I’ve been trying different types of coffee, various flavors of coffee, numerous methods of coffee preparation…all in the effort to find the perfect (for me) cup of coffee. Now, I must say, I am definitely not a strong, black cup of coffee kind of girl.  I don’t know how so many of you drink it like that.  I’ve tried it, believe me, I’ve tried it…I try it with every new type of coffee that I buy…and I still can’t stomach it.  I wish I could.  It would be the perfect low-calorie drink, a drink that would deliver that much-needed jolt of caffeine.  But, I just don’t like it unless it’s sweet and flavored.  I’m sorry, that’s just the way I am.  I think I’m just going to have to accept that about myself.  And really, is that such a terrible thing?  I mean, I’m not saying I want a hit of cocaine in my coffee, just a little sweetness and flavor.

I bought another type of coffee to try yesterday…chocolate raspberry…before you say, “That’s not real coffee.”, just hear me out.  I opened the package this morning and the scent that wafted out was heavenly, a chocolatey raspberry coffee kind of thing going on.  So I prepared a small pot using a little less coffee than the directions called for.  Once it was finished brewing, I poured it into my favorite mug, added one packet of Truvia and a slug of this dark chocolate creamer I found. 

Holy moly, this was amazing…not an overpowering coffee flavor, but a mild coffee flavored with chocolate and raspberries.  Wow!!  If I’d had the time, I would have also tried this iced.  I guess I can look forward to doing that another day.

So, do you like your coffee strong or mild?  Black or some other way?