Living a Vampire Life

Sometimes I am really glad that I don’t have a “big” blog with thousands of followers expecting updates.  Because things tend to crop up and prevent me from posting for a few days, and it’s nice to know that there is no pressure of people expecting a post.

Anyone who knows me at all is aware of my hatred of dark rooms.  I need daylight bulbs!  Which is why it is so very sad that I have spent the past couple of days in dimmed environs.

Backing up… since I said I prefer more natural forms of sugar in the morning, I am going to show you what a breakfast bowl of cereal might look like.

ezekiel granola, strawberries, banana

erewhon crisp brown rice, banana, cinnamon

Yeah, I know I said that the brown rice cereal was pretty bland.  But that was exactly what I wanted this morning.  Because yesterday?… Oh, yesterday was pretty hellish.

Since it’s so close to the triathlon, I can’t be dealing with back pain, even if it’s not as bad as it was last time.  So I took a painkiller. (A different one than those pictured in the link. Evidently, a much stronger one.)

Not only did it not kill any pain, but it made me feel woozy and sleepy.  And then, six hours after I’d taken it — just when I was thinking it ought to be leaving my system — the dizziness and nausea hit.  (Nausea + emetophobia = bad combination.)  I legitimately spent a couple of hours curled up on the floor under my desk being alternately thankful that I have my own office now, and wishing that someone would just come in and shoot me or something.

Once I got home, even though I wanted nothing more than to fall into bed, I had to battle to stay awake because I had made an appointment with my PT — this back needs to be fixed ASAP, after all!

Excuse the blurriness and crappier-than-usual quality of the following photos; my head wasn’t working.

Ha, totally off center.  Anyway, I wanted to try these yesterday, but my stomach had other ideas.  (I tried them today, though; and they are amazing.)

Looks like just another chocolate lava cake… but it’s not.  I replaced the vanilla extract…

…with chocolate fudge extract.  I would say it was delicious, but it actually made me feel quite sick.  Not because it wasn’t good… I felt sick already anyway.  Oh, well.

In fact, I didn’t even manage to finish this.

Some of the snow peas, mushrooms, and eggplant spread *sob* wound up in the trash.  Things are bad if I can’t manage to finish vegetables.

That was just a really long-winded way of saying that I totally did not eat enough yesterday.  I knew this, which made it even more stupid for me to try and run this morning.

I made it to the park, then decided that it just wasn’t worth the risk for me to do a high-intensity workout so close to the tri, what with my back already not feeling so great.  So I turned around and went back home.  It makes me sad, because this was our last group run, and I like running with my coach!

The splits weren’t terrible (9:24, 9:19, 9:05, 9:00 — perfect negative splits, and I wasn’t even trying!), and it didn’t feel hard in a cardiovascular sense… but it hurt.

Thankfully, I had an acupuncture appointment today.  Conclusion: he says that my back should be all better by tonight.  And also that ice = bad, heat = good, so I am sitting on a heating pad as I type.  I also spent an insane amount of money on Topricin today, but that’s neither here nor there.

I’m seriously considering skipping tomorrow’s planned bike ride: at this point, another 14 miles won’t make much of a difference, I don’t think, and my back might appreciate the rest.  My brain doesn’t appreciate this, though.

Couple of random outtakes:

Tuesday was National Ice Cream Sandwich Day.  I celebrated by digging a Trader Joe’s soy ice cream sandwich out of the depths of my freezer… as the ice crystals can attest.

And check out these massive cherries!

The picture makes it look smaller than it is; trust me, it’s huge.

Tomorrow is going to be an absolutely crazy day… come to think of it, Saturday and Sunday are going to be pretty crazy, too.  But I’m not going to complain about any of it — not even about the sleep deprivation — if only my back feels better!!  Is that really asking so much?!

Have a great weekend.

“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.”
~William Shakespeare


2 responses to “Living a Vampire Life

  1. Fingers crossed for your acupuncturist to be on the money and you’re all better tomorrow 🙂 Hey, at least you’ve got the heating pad suggestion. I’d way rather have something warm on my body than freezing cold!!

  2. The last medication I took was some kind of antibiotic for a case of strep throat that I had about 7 years ago, and it made me so nauseous that I thought I was going to die from the panic attacks I was getting. Yeah, this girl doesn’t like throwing up either. Just the thought gives me the heebie jeebies. I hope that your back feels better soon. It would probably be best to give it some rest with the race coming up so soon. Better safe than sorry.

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