So – what did I do today? SLEDGEHAMMERED! Apart from back-breaking and arm-tweaking, using a sledgehammer to bust the shit out of concrete slabs is very cathartic! Our extended family all owns a lakehouse together, and last year, a huge tree fell on our concrete deck by the lakeside, crushing the whole platform. The rubble has sat there for months because we could never find time to all get together and clear it out. However, for Christmas, all us grandkids made a pledge to our grandmother to clean it up and build a new deck, so we had to make time. This was the first Work Weekend of many to come - once or twice a month until Memorial Day, we’ll all be there at the house working on the deck until the big unveiling. I can’t wait to get it all finished!
I’ve illustrated where the concrete deck used to be: (I’m standing on the very edge of the part that was salvaged).
The guys had mostly cleared the area of metal and concrete slabs by the time I got there this morning (save for one cousin’s awesome new girlfriend who we all just met today, I was the only chick), and we spent the rest of the day breaking up the concrete, arranging it alongside our boat ramp, and re-laying the brick retaining wall. I also had to run a couple of errands and got to listen to NPR on the way (I always swore off talk radio but some Twitter friends got me hooked…thanks a lot, guys), so I’d consider myself the luckiest of the bunch. We got a lot accomplished today, but it was in the mid- to upper-40s and raining all day, so we were all soaked and MISERABLE. Between being chilled to the bone from the weather and feeling dizzy and faint from all the concrete busting and carrying, I’m beyond exhausted now.
Today’s EatsThis morning, I started out with my usual coffee + shake combo and stopped by Publix for lunch to take to the lakehouse. I grabbed one of these low-cal Vitamin Waters and felt my inner goth kid coming out when I realized how PINK that drink truly is. It made me twitch.
The taste redeemed it, though! I only got like 5 hours of sleep last night, and when I don’t get enough sleep and know that there’s some energy-taxing event ahead of me, I tend to rationalize food and drink I wouldn’t normally consume. So it’s good that I chose this over something filled with sugar (I know, it would’ve been great if I hadn’t gotten anything “special” at all, but I can live with this for now). This little judgment flaw is partially to blame for my 80-pound weight gain in graduate school, so I’m glad to be changing it at least a little bit!
For lunch, I had my turkey cobb salad from Publix (icky Blackberry picture):
I could bore you guys with more pictures of what we did today, but I’ll spare you. I’ll definitely be excited to start building the actual deck – we’re using those nifty composite boards and re-vamping our lakeside. It’s gonna be freakin’ sweet.
DinnerOn my way home from the lakehouse, Mom met me at the grocery store to pick stuff out for dinner. We decided to have salmon and bought some zucchini that I baked in the oven and topped with parmesan cheese. I also baked the bulbous end of the butternut squash I made fries out of a few days ago. I scooped out the seeds, sprinkled with cinnamon and Splenda brown sugar, and added some ICBINB spread before baking for about 45 minutes at 375°.
The squash was kind of fibrous, almost comparable to spaghetti squash, but not quite as stringy. I’m not sure if I baked it too long? Not long enough? It seems like every time I envision something with butternut squash, I get it kind of wrong. It’s never terrible, just never 100% what I expected. Maybe next time I’ll consult a recipe.
Mom and I also split this beer…
…which wasn’t awesome. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t awesome. I drank my half and subsequently got a headache about 45 minutes later. This has been happening since I started my diet, and – just like that “sugar makes my throat sore” thing – I should probably consider it a blessing. Nature’s way of telling me to lay off the beer. Seriously, I need to quit eating and drinking stuff that’s not part of my diet. My weight loss has definitely slowed down since Christmas, and I need to keep my momentum going! (I’ve lost 50lbs since my highest weight, though!)
Alright, y’all…I’ve stayed up waaay past my bedtime (what else is new, seriously??) and am turning into a pumpkin. I hope you guys had a great day today – did anyone do anything exciting? productive? lazy? Try anything new this weekend? What’s up???