Ultrasounds + Moods + Alcoholics and Kombucha

Howdy there! How are you today?

I got up bright and early for my ultrasound, and the results should be in by Monday, so that’s positive. My weight is down to 119 lbs today for some reason (despite eating candy due to emotional eating out of nervousness for my ultrasound), but I’m not too concerned – I’m sure it’s just a natural fluctuation because I was fasting last night and this morning.

Breakfast – 10:00 a.m.

I bought two ultimate breakfast tacos from Rosa’s Cafe and scarfed them down – I was starving after fasting! They were delicious. I also bought a chocolate mocha coffee from Roasters, our local coffee shop, and it was *divine.*

Lunch – 1:15 p.m.

I wasn’t terribly hungry after my giant breakfast, so I made my favorite veggies, roasted carrots and Brussels sprouts with Toasted Sesame Ginger Sauce, and had a turkey and provolone cheese roll-up.

Workout – 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

My mood took a negative turn and I started crying around 2:00 … just a bipolar mood from being an empath. Luke and I went to the gym for just 30 minutes before I just couldn’t do it anymore.

At least we *went* and I tried my hardest for 30 minutes. That’s what counts, y’all. TRYING.

What *did* brighten my day and my mood was receiving this adorable shirt in the mail from Free People – it’s the We The Free Good Find Top, and man, it IS truly a good find! I also got two other items, but they are going back because they just didn’t live up to my expectations. This shirt, however, is PERFECTION. It’s comfortable, flow-y, trendy, and fun, perfect for the fall and winter … I LOVE IT! I may even buy another one with my refund money.

Snack – 4:00 p.m.

For my snack today, I had a few carrots (and some un-pictured broccoli) with hummus. Moroccan Mint Green Tea to drink.

Cocktail Hour – 6:00 p.m.

Tonight I had a Trilogy Kombucha …

On Kombucha and Being a Former Alcoholic

I had a conversation with my sister about kombucha, and she was worried because I was drinking it with my past as an alcoholic. I’m going to bring this up with my doctor next time I see him because I do not want to be harming myself in any way, but for the record, kombucha has a 0.5% – 1% naturally occurring alcohol content because of its fermentation. That’s just a little less than a non-alcoholic beer such as O’Doul’s.

I do not drink kombucha to get drunk, obviously, but I do drink it because of the health benefits, especially the healthy gut support, and because of the taste. Drinking even a little bit of alcohol at this point makes me feel very sick (see the time I made bread pudding, accidentally didn’t cook all of the alcohol out of the Kraken I used, and made myself extremely sick from eating it), and that’s the last thing I want to do to myself. But my sister made a good point – I need to ask Dr. Keister next time I see him about it, just to be sure, but I’m honestly not too concerned about my little mocktail of kombucha each night. I’ll wait to see the results of the ultrasound and go from there.

Dinner – 7:00 p.m.

Tonight I made BBQ chicken breast and veggies (cauliflower, carrots, and red bell pepper served with some Toasted Sesame Ginger Sauce). Easy peasy.

Now I’m sipping on my kombucha and watching TLC’s Kindred Spirits. Hope you had a good day. Mine was so-so mood-wise, but that’s okay … some days are better than others.

~ Mandy

Question: Do you have an opinion on alcoholics and kombucha? Yay or nay?

A Moody Day

Howdy there! How are you doing today? My thoughts and prayers go out to the mass shooting in Las Vegas … how horrific. So much mental health reform is needed in this country (mentally ill criminals will never follow the law and will always be able to gain access to weaponry, so we should not disarm mentally stable, law-abiding citizens, in my personal opinion), but now is not the time to get political – now is the time for healing and much prayer.

I had to get up early for a counseling appointment, but all is well here in the Texas Panhandle. I was a *touch* moody today too, but I dealt with it just fine. Thank the Universe for meds is all I have to say today.

Breakfast – 10:00 a.m.

I had my usual egg white/bacon/sausage mix for breakfast – I tried maple bacon, and it smelled delicious while it was cooking and definitely had a hint of maple flavor! 🙂 The salsa kinda dumped out on the plate, but I was cool with it – I love me some salsa. Today this breakfast was the perfect size for my tummy.

I felt so pretty for my counseling appointment that I just had to snap a pic! My vest is Anthropologie, my top is Free People, and my pants are JAGs. My trusty James Avery Texas charm and AllBirds completed the outfit. No lipstick on yet in the pic, but I wore Jouer in Pamplemousse. I look a little tired here, but I did have to get up earlier than usual, ha!

Lunch – 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

I wasn’t in the mood for food around lunchtime, so I had a glass of milk. Weird-sounding, but I need the calcium (thank you, anorexia, for depriving my bones of calcium). I’m going to try drinking a glass everyday.

Around 1, I put some BBQ chicken and sweet potatoes in the oven. Once baked, I placed them on a bed of spaghetti squash with some vodka sauce and Parmesan.

Workout – 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m

Some asshat was working in the apartment next to us with a loud saw, so we elected to quickly go to the gym in hopes that he would be done by the time we got back. We did arms today, and I was extremely glum about it because I was in a low mood suddenly after eating lunch. Yes, I’m ultimately glad that we went, but I was just in a mood. BUT I DID IT, and that’s what counts.

My back is looking a ton better. We came home, and I had a much needed coffee, which seemed to perk up my mood a bit … until that asshole next door started sawing again! GAAAH! I had to go for a drive to get away from the noise. I’m highly sensitive to noise, and loud noises like that send me over the roof.

Snack – 4:20 p.m.

After calling Luke and hearing the report that the jackass wasn’t sawing anymore, I returned home and wanted something with protein but something creamy and sweet, so I opted for a Siggi’s Mixed Berry Yogurt with some honey and macadamia nuts.

Let me tell y’all, my stomach was RAGING after this snack for some reason – I wish I hadn’t eaten it! I had to take some Pepto and suffered through some awful cramps. Perhaps it was the macadamia nuts?

The rest of the afternoon was perfect for relaxing. Luke had the day off, so he chilled with Caprica and watched a TV show. 😉

Cocktail Hour – 5:45 p.m.

I sipped on my usual kombucha mocktail in Hibiscus Ginger tonight in an attempt to calm my upset tummy.

I broke my dinner into several parts tonight for some reason just because I was more “snacky” than hungry.

Dinner #1 – 6:25 p.m.

I roasted some carrots and broccoli and ate them in a tub of hummus. Easy peasy. Roasted carrots are my jam, y’all.

Dinner #2 – 7:00 p.m.

Luke and I split another Copper River Salmon fillet, except this time my side didn’t have Gary’s Secret Sauce on it (just too rich for my tummy). Mine was simply seasoned with S+P. My piece looks teeny in the picture, but it was a pretty good size my protein.

Luke shared his fish with Caprica ….

I may or may not have a banana or an apple with peanut butter later (depending on how late I stay up), but I’m not going to fret over posting it.

Here’s to a BRIGHTER tomorrow, my friends. XOXOXO

~ Mandy

An AllBirds Kinda Day

Howdy y’all! How are you doing today? Calliope kitty has taken to protecting me at night by sleeping next to my head on my pillow. She’s a watchful little thing and very loving at night, and I’m very grateful for my little kitty friends.

Breakfast – 9:35 a.m.

Breakfast was my usual fare – egg whites, bacon, and salsa. YUM! I’m planning on acquiring some sausage to mix things up a bit in the morning, but eggs and salsa are my staple.

Lunch – 12:15 p.m.

Lunch was a slice of deer meatloaf with a side of roasted Brussels sprouts, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower drizzled with Toasted Sesame Dressing. The deer meatloaf was VERY tasty, y’all. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

My AllBirds Wool Loungers came today, and I couldn’t be happier with them – they’re soft, comfortable, and the Kotare Olive color is super cute for fall and winter! I will become a repeat customer for sure! 110% satisfied customer here.

Workout – 1:00 p.m.

We did arms today for about 45 minutes. Luke was tired today, but we did our best and did 4 sets of each machine. Here’s me working out my biceps:

After I did the leg press, I felt a bit vagel (that’s my word for feeling faint in the back of my head where my vagus nerve is), so I stopped there. Luke said that my shoulders are looking better, which was a positive thing to hear for me.

Once we got home, I immediately slipped back into my AllBirds, and I’m just IN LOVE with them. I also made Luke a protein smoothie. 😉

I promise that I *DO* put on makeup and perfume and wear clothes other than workout clothes – here’s my outfit for today (complete with AllBirds Loungers, obviously). My top is Free People and my pants are JAGs from a local boutique, and my little camouflage bracelet is Lokai. My necklace is my trusty James Avery Texas charm. My lips, which I just LOVE, are Jouer Long-Wear Lip Creme Liquid Lipstick in Rose Gold. Highly recommended! The rest of my makeup is minimal today and mostly drugstore products.

Snack #1 – 4:00 p.m.

I wanted some veggies as a snack, so I cut up and salted some red bell pepper, cucumber (one of my old “anorexia-safe foods”), and some baby carrots and placed them in a pine nut hummus container. Delish!Cocktail Hour – 5:00 p.m.

For my usual cocktail, I had a GT’s Kombucha in Guava Goddess. I’m proud to be 272 days alcohol-free! 😉

Dinner – 7:15 p.m.

Dinner was a bit later than usual because I was pretty full from my snack and kombucha, but that’s okay. It’s important to eat when you feel hungry, not just because it’s “time to eat, so you should eat.” I did that bullshit for years, and it did me no favors. Now I eat when I’m truly hungry.

I portioned out about 7 oz. of chicken and baked it in the oven with S+P and BBQ along with a few small sweet potato rounds. I also sauteed up some spinach and mixed it with some spaghetti squash. I placed the chicken and sweet potato on the bed of spaghetti squash and spinach and topped with some Emeril’s vodka sauce and a dash of Parmesan.Alrighty, that’s my eats and workout for the day! Have a lovely night, my friends! I’m sipping on some green tea and watching Kindred Spirits on TLC.

~ Mandy