I biked to work today! I'm so proud of myself! I was REALLY nervous about it last night and this morning. I didn't really eat dinner. I had a few pieces of potato gnocchi and more halvaah and a sweet potato. I boiled some eggs before I left this morning (will boil more tonight so I don't have to waste time doing that before leaving for work if I bike again this week) and ate them after I got in. A bit of heartburn. I think that'll go away soon enough as long as I don't continue to eat wheat here and there. I had a couple of cookies after work last night, made me feel reaaallly bad. No more cookies on an empty stomach.
I packed a sweater dress (I mean, I guess it's kind of sweater-y? I don't have a picture of it, but I look damn good in it) to change into and a pair of comfy flats. I need to try washing my Fast Flats so I can leave them at work for biking days. I guess I could leave these here, but I like wearing them on the weekend. I might start wearing dresses and skirts more often because they are easier to pack. I don't have many, though.
I need more sunscreen! I definitely want to make my own at some point. I will need to get another kind of deodorant to leave at work because the crystal stone was not enough to cut the stink this morning (applied post shower, pre ride). Maybe that will change when I'm wheat-free for longer. My previous biking trips, when I was not sneaking wheat into my diet as often, did not leave me stinky, I don't think.
I've got some raw chicken in the fridge that we bought last Thursday that I still haven't taken out of the package. It's probably gone bad by now. Maybe I will try to cook it all up tonight for dinners for the next few nights!
I feel like I'm on a high from this accomplishment. Of course, I still need to get back after work, and it looks like I won't be able to bike the rest of the week due to thunderstorms...but still! I am all that is woman!
And I feel great about my body lately. Wearing a dress to work certainly doesn't hurt :). I can't wait for my knee to heal up a little more so I can resume my squats and push-ups. It's doing much better today, I can bend it more and it doesn't hurt as much from the healing skin tearing. If only I could spare the $20 for a haircut!
With the money you save by biking instead of driving you should be able to save up for a hair cut in a week or so! :) GOOD JOB on the biking to work! This has been such a point of anxiety for you I am so proud to see that you have mastered this challenge! :) YOU ARE WOMAN!!! YEAH!
True about the money saving! I get paid on Friday so maybe I will get a trim this weekend :). Hulky is due for a trim too, but he's getting a buzzcut at home because the chain we go to is not worth the $20 (that's including tip) for a haircut that sucks. The last one he got was really awful. It takes way too long, but I [I]can[/I] give him a decent cut with scissors. Maybe we'll do that before the engagement party.
buy a cheap clipper and give him a buzz cut at home. Nothing to it! You can get a pretty decent clipper for about $20. And after that the haircut it FREE!
Haha, yes, that's what I said I'm doing :). We have a clipper already. I was just saying, I can do a decent scissor cut on him, it just takes a long time (but looks better than a buzzcut, IMO).
Other positive things: I should be able to afford all of the supplements I wanted to get this month. I am nervous about placing the order though, in case something happens and I need that money.
My skin is finally not being all crazy dry and my nails have stopped peeling. I completely chock this up to gut health.
One slight bummer: Pollen is AWFUL this year. I'm going to try taking Allegra and Claritin. My mom said my brother is on Zyrtec and Claritin.
My doctor said to not take Claritin. Said it only covers about 10% if what the general population is allergic to. What he suggested for me is every 2 months, switch between Zyrtec and Allegra. This way you don't build an immunity to either and they continue to work for you. I also take Benadryl at night if they really bother me. The pollen has been really bad this year here.
I just switched from Zyrtec to Allegra. I've definitely heard about switching regularly so I will do that, but Zyrtec had stopped working for me and now the pollen is too much for Allegra to handle. I'm using allergy drops in my eyes in the morning, but still sneezing a bit and my nose is getting gunky. The neti pot only clears things up for a little, and that doesn't really matter now that I'm biking to work. Getting outside that much kind of instantly gunkifies.
Benadryl makes me super groggy the next day so I can't take it at all :(. I'm going to get stinginess nettle leaf supplements with my next Vitacost order. I've read that, after a little while, it can be effective for allergy relief. It's pretty cheap.
A hint on Zyrtec(cetirizine) or Allegra(fexofenadine)... if it usually works for you, but then it doesn't when the pollen count gets really high... use it in combination with Zantac(ranitidine).
Yes... I know that Zantac is marketed more for acid reflux/ulcers/GERD... BUT, its actually a histamine H2 reception antagonist and stacking them is great for allergic reactions even hives or during a really severe pollen week.
I have a uncle who is basically a professional at being allergic... he's been giving himself shots since middle school, and two uncles(twins) who are pharmacists in hospitals.
For me it depends on the time of year and the reaction I'm having as to which antihistamine works best.
Allegra(fexofenadine)- H1 receptor antagonist
Claritin(loratidine)- H1 histamine antagonist
Zyrtec(cetirizine)- H1 receptor inverse agonist
Zantac(ranitidine)- histamine H2 receptor antagonist
Sometimes Claritin works best for me, sometimes not at all, but I certainly don't like sticking to one all the time. It'll make it useless.
It's also good to read up on them... some aren't good for people who don't react well to other meds.
Oh, and I HATEHATEHATE benedryl.
Benedryl is for emergency use only in my house.
It knocks me out, makes me have bad dreams, and when I wake up 12-14 hours later I feel somewhere between "I've lost 3 days of my life to a drinking binge" and just plain run over by a truck. Blehhhhhhh. Worse than the allergy itself sometimes, so unless it's an airway issue, NO Bene!