Nervous as a…

… long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

I’ve got my last exam in about 4 hours: Early Medieval England.  As most university students will tell you, they’re never prepared and always fail.  Well, I am nervous, not worried, but nervous.  Big difference.  I get the same feeling when I’m about to meet my mother at the airport after not seeing her for 4 years or more.  I went over the Viking raids last night (wow– lots of interesting linguistic changes in England after the Scandanavians took control of everything north of the Danelaw!) and I’m about to, after my shower, look over the Norman Conquest, burhs and castles, and the dreaded women’s status (dum dum dummmmmmmmm).  I also learned a rather “interesting” fact about Vikings: apparently, garlic keeps them away.  Short version:

Best mate: You guys know that since I don’t like the sun-dried tomato butter, can I have extra garlic butter.  Lots of extra garlic keeps Vikings away.

Me (and the wait staff): …

Beat Mate: I mean, vampires.  Oh hell, they both start with V!  I’ve got Vikings on the brain.

Me (thinking): That’s not all you’ve got on your brain.  You, Evil One, are keeping me from my STUDYING by bringing me out to DINNER!

This establishment has what they call a “garlic cob”, where the bread is garlic-flavoured, but there’s no butter; it’s a spread your own butter kind of place.  It’s a really popular and very nice place, but everything is either deep fried or covered in gravy/sauces.  My own problem is finding food that I can eat without feeling like I just ate a block of lard.  The only thing I can eat now is the cajun chicken burger (huge breast fillet though) with more cheese than a wine festival, mayo, tomato sauce, beetroot (it’s a kiwi thing), bacon and lettuce/tomato.  For me: no tomato, no sauce (I splurged on the cheese and bacon last night) with chips.

Now, I like chips.  Don’t get me wrong, but damn, I get sick of eating them with every meal I get when I go out now.  Restaurants today just don’t get the idea of “interesting” side dishes like steamed vegetables with slices of lemon, or mashed potato with gravy.  No, they serve effin’ CHIPS!  I’m sick to bloody pieces of chips and vegetables that are squelching and swimming in garlic butter.  Ask for steamed veggies and they give you weird looks, like the words “steamed” and “vegetables” shouldn’t be in the same sentence like “ugly” and “Rob Pattinson” shouldn’t be in the same sentence.

The upside: they’ve downsized their portions, which I think is fan-freaking-tastic!  I wish every restaurant did that.  It was a manageable meal.  The downside is that the price is still the same.  Next time, it’ll be “just chicken and lettuce please, hold the BLT, the sauces and the cheese; no chips”.  They’re used to my really weird requests there.  If I splurge on dessert, it’s “apple pie, smallest slice possible, no cream” or if I’m really feeling the need for dessert “boysenberry cheesecake” and let the girl pick the slice.  The caesar salads I got were “hold the dressing, no tomatoes, onions, cucumbers or peppers, and no egg”.  Like I said, weird.

Day 2, Level 1 of the 30 Day Shred: much easier today since I used weights that I could lift.  3kg weights (that’s 6.6 pounds) is really heavy.  Made it pretty much through the whole thing except a few rest stops: I hate pushups and have a rotor cuff problem (it just won’t hold much weight), so I do the girlie pushups.  With my bung leg, I do small side lunges, but advanced everything else.

This morning, the computer in the lounge that’s hooked to the telly died, so good thing I only copied Jillian to the computer instead of moving her.  I did my workout in the computer room.  It’s very small in there.  I catty-cornered myself, turned sideways, backways, and every-which-ways to fit my workout in.  Excellent day.  I probably should be doing it twice a day with different sets of weights.  Two peach tins that are a pound each are really light for bicep curls and backward rows, but perfect for shoulder presses (thanks Rotor Cuff!).

I received two bits of inspiration today, one from Wickky on 3FC- what a courageous woman.  She brought a tear to my eye with her positive attitude.  The other is Diet Buddy Daily, who has written this:

  • I weighed myself
  • I read my reasons to lose weight
  • I scheduled my diet and exercise activities
  • I measured all my food
  • I ate everything slowly and mindfully while sitting down
  • I filled in my food plan immediately after eating
  • I said NO CHOICE to food that I wasn’t supposed to eat
  • I stayed within my allotted calories
  • I exercised at least 5 to 30 minutes
  • I used distration techniques when I was hungry or having a craving
  • I contacted my diet coach if I needed help (that’s a blog entry)
  • I refrained from overeating
  • I practiced throwing away food
  • I filled in my daily food plan for tomorrow’s meals
  • I gave myself credit for these things and for:

I plan on adopting these things to inspire and motivate myself to do better.  I already feel better for doing it.

Now the hard part: I’m going out for lunch AND dinner tonight.  Exam is a 2:15 and it takes a little while to get to the exam venue, so my mate and I are grabbing lunch along the way (probably at Subway, at least I can count calories there), and Mongolian BBQ for dinner.  That’s going to be a new experience.  I’ve never had it.  Hope I can find the nutritional information somewhere.  And hold the chips.

Vroom VROOM!!!!!!

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