Dueling Salads

Hello there and Happy Sunday! It’s a rainy, lazy day here in Amarillo, as you can see from the pics below – the cats were loafing about today in a most slothful fashion. (Calliope still thinks that Luke’s new bike seat is a comfortable place to hang out.)

I woke up and promptly had a major panic attack – one where I hyperventilate with my mouth wide open, and I go cross eyed. I took my extra Gabapentin, and it seemed to do the trick by calming me down. Nothing precipitated the anxiety at all, as usual; the attack just came on for no rationale. It really ticks me off that I have no reason to have a panic attack and that it’s just a habitual thing to happen to me at this point. When I panic, I simply wander around the apartment, completely walleyed and looking up at the ceiling with my mouth hanging open in a grim attempt to breathe. I do not wish anxiety on the worst of my enemies, y’all. It truly SUCKS. Thankfully I did not awaken my sleeping husband from that shit.

I wasn’t very hungry after my anxiety attack, so I simply had a Pacific Rose apple for breakfast around 10. One cup of coffee to drink, and then I switched to a delightful new tea called Tazo chai vanilla caramel. This tea has the same notes that coffee has to my taste buds, so it’s like drinking more coffee. I’ll certainly buy this tea again – I added some soy milk and stevia to it. Delish!

Lunch was around 1, and I baked a small chicken breast (it weighed just a bit over 6 oz, so I went with it), and roasted some seasoned broccoli, carrot, sweet potato, and red bell pepper all placed on a bed of lettuce and topped with Sriracha ranch and BBQ … I added some Fritos at the end for crunch. This was a reprise of my last dinner, I realize, but I just love me some good salad! That’s my secret to like a salad, y’all – add something salty and crunchy on the top like Fritos, and you’re golden. Orange and Cinnamon Spice tea to drink.

Luke and I ran a few errands after lunch, and I ended up going to the gym and doing the elliptical for 45 minutes, panic attack be damned. Let me tell ya, it was *HOT* in that gym today. I need to relocate to an elliptical that’s closer to the giant fan they have going in there … after 45 minutes, I was sweatier than I usually am. Ah well, such is going to the gym. πŸ˜‰ My goal of doing at least 30 minutes of cardio a day is going very well, and I’m thrilled about it!

Around 5:15, I was feeling munchy, so I had my regular kombucha cocktail and a slice of cheddar cheese, some deer sausage, and four saltine crackers with some BBQ sauce. So tasty – I need to eat deer more often as we have a freezer full of it!

Tonight, around 7, I enjoyed another salad!!! This is the Day of the Dueling Salads! My salad was essentially the same as the one at lunch – BBQ chicken, seasoned and roasted veggies (jalapeno, sweet potato, cauliflower, broccoli, red bell pepper), some shredded cheddar, lettuce/spinach, a drizzle of Sriracha Ranch and BBQ, and Fritos. Looking back, I probably should have eaten something else for varied nutrition, but hey, it is what it is. πŸ™‚ I admit right now that my favorite part of these salads is the lettuce and dressing.

Now I’m off to drink more tea and cuddle with my kitty friends! Hope you had a GREAT day – mine turned out to be not too shabby at all (panic attack excluded).

~ Mandy




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