Busy Bee

I can’t even remember now if I mentioned this, but I’ve basically been sick for a month! It started with ending up at urgent care with what turned out to be a sinus migraine (I’ve never had a migraine before!) at the beginning of January. And then I’ve been fighting this crap since. It kind of went away for a few days, then came back. Then got super worse (with a fever) so I got antibiotics and another covid test (my third for January oy). 5 days later was feeling almost back to normal! I worked out! For one of the first times in weeks. And then within a day of ending the antibiotics all the symptoms came back. So my doctor gave me a different, stronger one, for 10 days.

I’ve been feeling crappy and run down and tired and also BLAH about doing much. I don’t feel motivated to work out. I barely feel motivated to take Bella for our twice daily walks (I do try and go, but they are shorter walks right now). I have ZERO appetite. Nothing sounds good, nothing tastes good. Everything is just blah. I don’t know if it’s the sinus infection, the antibiotics, the metformin starting to work, or what. I’ve been drinking a lot of protein shakes because food doesn’t sound good.

BUT I did make a yummy dinner last night I wanted to share. Here is the recipe:

It was simple, easy and a good dinner for a weeknight when you don’t have a ton of time.

Very very delicious! Would definitely make this again! We both agree a little more garlic and maybe a little bit of fresh lemon juice next time. A winner!

And one thing I *have* been motivated to do was paint.

When we first saw our house, I loved it and I loved almost all of the colors painted in the house (even the yellow dining room and yellow is not a color I normally gravitate to) but the room that ended up being our office:

Words cannot describe how much I hate the colors in the office. The darker brown, which is hard to tell by the photo but TRUST ME, is the color of baby poop. It’s very not good. The walls are ok–just your average beige. But kinda boring. But seriously. That brown. Hate hate.

Also–they painted the hardwood floors. Which makes me want to cry. The original hardwood floors. Painted. But that will be a huge undertaking. So we bought a rug.

Anyways. Since we’ve been home since March–ALMOST A YEAR omg–I finally had enough. It was time to change the office. I decided to get started and just take it slow, especially since I don’t feel 100%.

I painted the trim with primer and then they took 3 (THREE) coats of white paint to cover the brown. Ugh.

They do look pretty awesome though.

The process to finish the office will take awhile. We need to remove a bunch of stuff, including the desk and office stuff, which needs to happen on a weekend and will make it difficult to do work. So it might be a few weeks before it’s done.

We are also having some of the original windows redone. We have to do it for a lot of reasons. But I am excited that we finally committed and we found a local company that can recreate the original 1920s windows and make them look the same. I am excited for the new ones! Because of that, I am not painting the windows. But the rest of the office will be done (hopefully by the end of the month).

That Time of Year

Well I’m not at all surprised that with all that traveling we just did that I got a cold! Thankfully I don’t think it’s the flu (I never had a fever) but I felt pretty crappy last week and basically all weekend. 🙁

I was home Thursday and Friday and either on the couch or in bed. Drinking gallons of theraflu, emergenC, taking ColdEze and elderberry cough drops. Yuck! The good news is that I got to catch up on some TV shows snuggling with the fur babies on the couch.

I watched Pandemic on Netflix (very good) and started Locke and Key (also pretty good, with a twist of fantasy and mild horror). And I got caught up on my favorite TV shows I’m behind on (Schitt’s Creek, Grey’s Anatomy, and SVU). Lots of napping. Lots of laziness.

I was sick for Valentine’s Day. Bummer. But Michael brought home pho (my favorite when I have a cold) and some keto ice cream!

Not really doing keto right now while I’m sick but trying to do low carb at the very least. The pho hit the spot! The ice cream was a little weird in texture but I’ll try it again. 🙂

Logan got me a super sweet card:

Michael also got some keto bread at Costco!

Saturday night I had a grilled ham and cheese sandwich on the bread. It was pretty decent. It itched the craving for a sandwich! The bread was pretty good. The first half was good but the second half got a little soggy and the bread started falling apart a bit. Maybe using the keto bread for just grilled cheese, no ham, would be better.

Sunday morning I had eggs and avocado toast with the keto bread. The keto bread was great as toast!

Sunday I also went to the doctor. I was feeling a lot worse and it was turning into a sinus infection. Antibiotics and prednisone for a few days. BOO. My surgery last year definitely fixed my issues, though. Instead of 7 or 8 sinus infections a year, one is definitely an improvement!

Also, once I’m feeling better I need to get back to weight lifting. I notice that when that falls off I start having issues with my back and stuff. My SI joint has been bugging me for weeks and my hip and back feel terrible. Probably because all I’ve done for a month is cardio (swimming, running, hiking etc). I need to get back to strength training asap!

As for losing weight…I managed to NOT gain any weight in Hawaii! Yay! I did a mostly on plan diet (low carb, not necessarily keto) with splurges every day (like rice with my poke and then birthday cake) but I didn’t go crazy and we were super active. So that was nice. I did manage to gain 2 pounds in LA, of course. LOL How does that happen?!? Who even knows. But as soon as this cold is over with I am back to the diet, back to the gym!

I started doing Keto last February 1st and have done it in fits and starts, which isn’t ideal and not effective. Stuff kept popping up (my surgery, the stress of buying a house and moving and then the holidays) so I basically kept gaining and losing THE SAME 10 pounds since last year. I am really hoping I can do better this year.