sinus infection

Back to the Beginning

DEJA VU…

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Well, the cold that I had turned into a sinus infection. 🙁 And it was a pretty bad one, too. My face was throbbing. I went to urgent care and got antibiotics and the doctor also put me on prednisone, which was not my first choice but I was so miserable I said ok.

I spent the next few days on the couch, miserable. 🙁 And the Deja Vu…last time I was sick was November when I had bronchitis and I started watching Gilmore Girls (How I Spent My Weekend). It took me like 7 months, but I finally finished the whole show. And was kind of bummed about it, too. There were a lot of things that annoyed me about the TV show (the co dependence, the binge eating junk food running joke) but overall I really liked it and was sad when I got to the final episode!

Keeping with the finale theme, I also got caught up on Justified. I had no idea that it was the last season and had about half a dozen episodes saved on the DVR. By the last episode came and I saw how things were going, I thought “How can they have another season after this?” And then I realized it was the finale too!

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It was such a good show and the final season was fantastic. On the edge of your seat good and I already miss the characters. Boo!

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Bella loved having me home with her, even though I wasn’t any fun! She kept bringing her ball over to me on the couch wanting to play. Poor baby.

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I’m frustrated with the setbacks I’ve had lately. The foot injury, the back injury, now sickness. It seems like I am destined to go back to the beginning with everything. I haven’t been running in nearly a month, same with lifting weights. During the back injury I was doing the elliptical, walking and swimming only. So I was still working out, but not doing quite what I was used to.

So once I’m over this latest setback, I really will be starting over. Starting over sucks. I was getting pretty good and consistent with my running and was excited about the two 5k’s I signed up for (later this summer/fall). I’m hoping that I don’t have to start at the VERY beginning of running but I might be. Time will tell.

The good news: my back is a lot better. It’s almost all healed. I noticed that it starts to return a little after sitting at work a lot. I’m in the process of getting a standing desk at work, so hopefully that will help. I go back to PT this week and I’m hoping she clears me for all activities. The last chiro appointment I had was Monday the 20th and I don’t feel like I need to go back anytime soon. I hope!

I skipped the gym last week when I was sick and took it slow over the weekend, lots of rest and taking it easy. I did some light working out Saturday and Sunday but nothing too strenuous. I am so over this and ready to get back to normal! Saturday all I did was the elliptical (with light resistance because I could tell I wasn’t quite up for it yet) and then stood in the steam room for awhile (which was blissful).

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I’ve had zero appetite since being sick, but have been eating 3 meals a day (mostly because I had to eat food with the medications I was taking). Basically eggs and toast for breakfast, soup and greek yogurt for the other meals. I’ve been counting my calories, even though I probably didn’t need to during the sickness, but have been staying within my limits for the day. I had planned on weighing myself this week but after taking prednisone? No thank you! I will wait til next month. No need to make myself crazy seeing a number based on the steroids I was taking. My clothes do feel a little looser lately, so I’ll take that as a sign that I’m ok right now. Right now I’m just focusing on feeling better. Then I’ll get back to losing weight.

Saturday evening I met up with my friend Erika at Oaks Bottom Pub. We’d made the plans before I got sick and I was feeling well enough to go out, so didn’t cancel. It was so nice to get out of the house and be social and “normal” (almost). We sat in the back, under the covered patio with Christmas lights and heat lamps, and had dinner and talked for hours. It was so nice! My appetite was starting to come back and I was craving tots, so I got the turkey and brie sandwich with sauteed pears and a side of tots.

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Sunday I slept in super late and just felt really lazy. I originally thought I’d go to the pool but once Sunday arrived the idea of swimming with my sinuses full sounded like a terrible idea. In the end I did the elliptical again. It was easy and low-impact and didn’t require me to have full function of my sinuses and breathing. Being stuffed up when swimming sucks.

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Again I hung out in the steam room afterward, which felt wonderful. Then I spent the rest of the day relaxing and taking it easy. The gym on Sunday was a lot easier than it had been on Saturday but it still took a lot out of me. My hope is that this week is a lot better and by the end of the week I’m back to swimming and running!

Obsessed with Buffalo Sauce

For the last month I’ve pretty much felt like crap. I’ve felt like I was beginning to get a cold–the sinus pain, the plugged ears, lethargy, etc…but it never started. I’d feel like I was getting sick for a few days, start drinking EmergenC and using the Neti Pot. Then nothing. Which is weird for me because when I get a cold, I start to feel it and the next day it hits like a freight train. I finally went to the doctor last Friday since I had the day off to be with Bella. Apparently I’ve had a sinus infection for the last month!

That explains the ickiness. Also, apparently the antibiotics I was taking for my acne for the last month is what they would prescribe for a sinus infection–which explains why I never got hit with it fully. This weekend was the first weekend I went to the gym and felt normal. So hopefully I am almost over it.

I hit the weights pretty easy. I have a confession to make, last Tuesday I went to Body Pump for the first time in like six months. I was basically crippled for about three days. Even though I’ve been doing all the same weight lifting all summer long, apparently those high reps got me! Saturday’s weight session actually felt pretty good after limping all week long. I think taking it easy on the reps and the weight was the right move!

Anyways, let’s get to what this post is really all about! DINNER! Bella was a really good girl and sat nicely in the dining room while I cooked.

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If it has Buffalo sauce on it, I’ll love it. I don’t know where this obsession came from. I was never a hot wings fan until recently. Now I feel like I could totally drink a glass of Buffalo sauce and be blissfully happy. So while I didn’t really want to make WINGS, I did want to make a chicken dish that was a little healthier and easier. I found this recipe:

Baked Buffalo Chicken

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 breast

Calories per serving: 245

From: http://www.food.com/recipe/baked-buffalo-chicken-135585

Ingredients

  • 4 (4 ounce) chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon stick margarine, melted
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup fat free blue cheese dressing

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray skillet with cooking spray. Add chicken and cook 4 minutes each side until browned.
  3. Place chicken in an 11 x 7 baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  4. Combine hot sauce and next 4 ingredients. Pour over chicken and bake uncovered for 25 minutes. Serve with dressing.
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The chicken recipe was really quick and easy. I forgot to add the melted butter to the sauce (I got distracted and left it in the microwave) but I didn’t notice a difference.

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I recently bought some really nice Danish bleu cheese for Michael’s salads and I used some of that to make my own bleu cheese dressing. I found this recipe and it was very popular on Food.com:

Bleu Cheese Dressing

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 1/4 cups dressing

Calories per serving: 205 calories

From: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/blue-cheese-dressing-recipe/index.html

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces Gorgonzola
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Put the Gorgonzola in a small mixing bowl and mash it with a fork.
  2. Add the sour cream, buttermilk, mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and black pepper and whisk to combine.
  3. Serve or store in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, for up to 1 week.
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While the chicken was baking I whipped up the bleu cheese dressing. It was delicious! I didn’t have buttermilk but honestly it didn’t really need it. The flavors were balanced and great. Michael said it was better than anything we’ve bought from the store, so that was nice.

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The chicken took a little longer to bake than what the recipe called for, but it was fine. It was perfectly juicy and not dried out at all. The sauce was fantastic and we both loved it. Michael remarked that it could have been spicier. I think I went easy on the hot sauce because I wasn’t sure how spicy it would be.

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I also roasted some asparagus with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. I drizzled some of the sauce on top of the chicken and garnished it with chopped green onion. I loved this chicken so much I could eat it once a week. It was that tasty!

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If you are a fan of Buffalo sauce, definitely make this. It was a winner! I would make this for guests that came over for dinner for sure.

QUESTION: What are you currently obsessed with?