Ship’s Log–January 11th, 2015


I woke up feeling sick this morning with a sore throat and a lot of congestion. By 11 am, I could feel pressure in my ears, like I was on a climbing airplane. My body temperature was normal, though, so it was obviously  not a serious illness, just the start of a cold.

This presented quite the conundrum. The weather today was conducive to a run…for a healthy person. The highest temperature was just above freezing, which is easily doable with the right gear. However, working out in that cold does weaken the immune system, if only temporarily. Can I afford to weaken my immune system when it’s actively fighting something so that I have a better shot at my 12 mile weekly goal? When I have a work schedule for the week ahead that promises to be challenging and offers little room for rest? When I haven’t actually taken a rest day in well over a week?

Ugh. By mid-afternoon, when I felt worse rather than better, it was clear that going for a run in the cold was a bad idea. I gave myself a manicure and finished my first book of the year instead.

I took some time to do finish the grocery shopping before deciding. Yesterday I had picked some stuff up at Wegmans. Today I hit Costco and our Natural Food Market, for which I had $30 worth of bonus bucks after my restocking trip New Year’s Day. Combined, I managed to do my weekly shopping for $225. This again included a few non-grocery items (such as a bin for storing the party goods from our New Year’s Eve party, which I hope to use again next year, and a shower curtain liner), but I suspect that sort of thing is likely to be common, and I need to include them in my planning and grocery budget going forward. With than, I managed to spend $35 less than last week, a trend I doubt I’ll be able to maintain.

Distance to goal weight: 23.3 pounds


  • 10 push ups, sit ups, and squats


  • Black tea with honey and lemon (I rose with a sore throat)
  • Whole wheat waffles with strawberries, spiced pecans, a wee bit of Earth Balance, and maple syrup
  • Coffee with vanilla soy milk

Morning Snack:

  • Black tea with honey and lemon


  • Wrap with hummus, tomato, pickle red pepper, and romaine
  • Sautéed broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots with Old Bay seasoning
  • Mocha: bittersweet chocolate, vanilla soy milk, cinnamon, ground almonds and a 1/2 tsp. of sugar mixed with espresso

Afternoon Snack:

  • I tried to be good and made a dish of edamame. I couldn’t eat more than a third of it.
  • So then I had a small dish of candy. That I could taste.
  • Peppermint green tea with honey and lemon


  • Homemade seitan
  • Potatoes roasted with olive oil and Everything Bagel seasoning
  • Kale wilted with onions, red pepper, and garlic
  • Sam Adams Boston Lager (a poor decision, given that I’m ill)

Late Night:

  • 3 truffles
  • a brownie. Thing 1 brought leftovers home from her ski trip. After she told me all about how she hit her head, twice, I did a little stress eating.


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