Busy Saturday, Culling the Closet and Me Time

Today was a long day that began early with me having to go to training to be an Interact Club sponsor down in Dallas.  I’m not sure what fresh hell I’ve gotten myself into, but the group of kids I’m working with this year is really great so I am hopeful that their awesomeness will transcend any of the administrative suckage that accompanies being a school clubs sponsor.  The kids have some great service projects planned, and the training session today gave them even more ideas for things our club can do around our school and community so I am excited about what they’ll be doing this year.

After that, I came home and helped my hubby tidy up the house as our landlady and her husband were coming over today to take care of the lease renewal for our place.  This is an annual event that generally has us scrambling to clean and straighten up the place, and since he was home, my husband got a head start on the housework.  He’d done quite a lot by the time I arrived back home, so I did what I could given that most of it had been done and I wasn’t feeling well (thanks, Ma Nature…you’re right on time).  Landlady and her husband came and went, and so we left the house to go have dinner and do our grocery run for the week.  Saturday evenings are a good day to do the shopping as there are generally no samples being given out, and the store is pretty well calmed down by then–not too terribly crowded or overrun with kids and their parents.

But that’s neither here nor there.  We’ve found our food run shopping groove and that’s what matters.

Now that both of us are eating regular food, cooking each week is going to be a bit more involved since more food has to be made.  I decided that this week, we’d give marinated turkey tenderloin a try.  I’d bought a bottle of Meyer Lemon salad dressing a couple of weeks ago, thinking I’d use it as a marinade for chicken.  Last night we were out at the store and I saw the turkey tenderloins and suggested to my husband that perhaps we give that a try for the week.  He agreed, so I thought using the salad dressing, some fresh ground pepper and fresh thyme as a marinade would be good.  I’ll toss these guys in the crockpot tomorrow afternoon and let them cook up.

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I coated the two large turkey breast tenderloins (about 1.5 pounds) with fresh ground pepper, poured the entire bottle of salad dressing over it, and threw in a couple of sprigs of thyme. The plan is to toss in a couple of garlic cloves and a sliced lemon during the cooking process. Hoping this is delicious when I pull it out of the crockpot tomorrow!

I’m also planning on making fresh green beans with these tomatoes I found at the store tonight:

I’m debating on whether or not to roast them or put them into the small crockpot we have.  Roast tomatoes are super tasty, but I’m not sure how the green beans would hold up.  Maybe I’ll roast the tomatoes first, and then put them into the crockpot with the fresh beans…hmmm, now that might be a good way to do it!  Stay tuned…

I began the behemoth task of rearranging my closet this evening.  My husband and I share an impossibly tiny walk-in closet which really does not give us enough space to store my clothes and shoes.  Or his.  Currently there are a lot of clothes in there that do not fit me and I began the process of culling them from my wardrobe and sorting them into the Goodwill pile and the pile to sell.  My professional clothes I am pretty sure I can probably sell as the offerings of professional clothing for women above size 24 are pretty limited.  But my “play” clothes I can shuttle off to Goodwill so that someone else can use and enjoy them.  I hauled out a couple of bags of clothes to donate, and I know when I go back into the fray later this week, there will be more.  It’s a good feeling to realize that those clothes will not fit again because I have not outgrown them, but because they have outgrown me.  I am hopeful that I will have to do this again in a couple of months when what’s in my closet now (hopefully) doesn’t fit me properly.

This evening, I gave myself the gift of a facial scrub and mask.  Every once in a while you have to treat yourself to something nice and relaxing, so I decided that’s what I’d do for me today.  I highly recommend it.   In case you’re curious what my regimen is, every morning I use Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, followed by their Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic and then their Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Creme.  This evening I added a couple of other products to the routine–I scrubbed with Peter Thomas Roth’s Blemish Buffing Beads as I’d been fighting breakouts all week long (hooray hormones!) and then their Clinical Peel and Reveal Dermal Resurfacer.  Not gonna lie, after all was said and done, my face looked and felt fantastic.  I think I will make this a twice weekly habit.

And if you weren’t curious about my skincare regimen, then I apologize for blathering on about what I use to keep my face clean and wrinkle-free. 🙂

Also, I thought I’d share a little composite of the things I wrote about yesterday, specifically the hair loss and veins that are now appearing like rivers on a map:

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Thinning hair and veiny-ness plus flabby arms = AWESOME side effects of rapid weight loss. Of course, I had the flabby arms before, but they’re worse now.

Eating-wise today, I was a protein beast: 95 grams.  I ate a lot of fowl today in a couple of different iterations.

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Today’s food choices, from upper right: multivitamin and calcium supplements x2; part of a cheddar barbecue chicken bowl at Genghis Grill (brought the rest home); chicken taco filling (breakfast and lunch); Trader Joe’s turkey jerky; a sample of Trader Joe’s baby back ribs. Not shown: a bite of Trader Joe’s jalapeno chicken sausage.

Yeah, I sampled at Trader Joe’s tonight, but I didn’t feel in the least bit bad about it since I was low on calories and protein at the time, and it was all meatalicious goodness, which is a rarity at the sampling table.  I was still under calories for the day, but not by much.  We’ll see how things go at the scale in the morning especially since I am retaining water again.  Thanks, Ma Nature…I can always count on you to make me swell like a tick about to pop!

Tomorrow will be just as busy as today with a stack of grading awaiting my attention.  Fun times…

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