Internally, I’m still stupid pleased to be a Golden Blades Champion. Wooooo!
Also internally, I had to spend the vast majority of April doing nothing in order to let my shoulder recover from the years of abuse I’ve heaped upon it. My doctor and physio guy know how long I’ve been complaining about the daily pain it would bring me. They smartly told me to stop being an idiot and actually rest it. Proper rest. X-rays and ultrasound showed that literally all I had to do was nothing for a while, and everything would sort itself out. Actual nothing. Not “nothing but some cardio”. No “and I’ll just carry this over there”. Contact sports were right out. Even had to limit “sitting around writing” because of my weird writing posture (working on it).
It’s now May. I go to sleep at night for the first time since I was a teenager without pain in my shoulder every time I roll over (which is a lot). MIRACLES. So, uh, listen to your doctor, kids!
Let’s recap the April Cooking Goals.
Goal the First: CREPES. Never happened. Never even bought the ingredients. Ended up redoing my meal plan to fit my sedentary April lifestyle and decided to drop crepes. Now that I get to be active again, I’m still leaving crepes out of the mix for now. It’s gonna happen one day, but maybe July/August. It’s gonna be a reward for accomplishing other goals. If my local market starts carrying the crepes you can reheat again, though, I will probably fold and get a bunch of those to freeze for when I’ve earned them.
Dammit, now I want crepes and have to not run to overpay for them at Cora’s. I can do this. Stay strong. Stick to the plan.
Goal the Second: MEAL PREP. Partial Success! I didn’t go as all in as the pictures I linked, but I’m very rarely scrambling and have totally stopped the “screw it, I’ll just get drive through” days. I have a full mealplan to meet my nutrition and workload needs, which takes poor impulse decisions out of the equation (mostly) since I just need to stick to the plan. These days I even cook several meals at once to reheat later when I know I’m gonna be busy. It’s magic what a little organization and focus can do.
Tonight I’m gonna make salmon, veggies and rice for dinner. But at the same time I’m going to to bake two chicken breasts, make extra veggies and two servings of garlic pasta, then portion that out for two meals later this week. Simple and delicious.
Goal the Third: CUT THE POP. Actual success! It wasn’t a success in early April since I was sitting around being sad and, well, it was there in the fridge. Bad planning. Now it’s almost all gone but I’ve not touched it in weeks. I know I’ll enjoy them eventually, but later on as a reward for some milestones or something. Pretty thrilled I didn’t have any caffeine headaches from withdrawal. I’m very aware that even a little slip with this one is going to lead to more Dr. Pepper & energy drinks in my fridge :(
If you are looking for an easy way to track your foodstuffs — since I got bored of the Excel method a long time ago — My Fitness Pal is a decent free way to keep a log. Ever since Under Armour bought them, the app has gotten a lot better at presenting macro breakdowns. There are also a ton more ads, but so far just on the main feed page that no one ever looks at.
Though it was far from intentional, I spent most of April as offline as possible. I needed to regroup mentally as well as physically from the last while. Outside of hockey, 2015 has been awful. Never want to attend a funeral again, which is an impossible dream. I’m sad about the family and friends I’ve lost. But I’m actively working on it now. I’ve still got amazing friends and family that stepped up to make sure I didn’t just sit alone and cry for months and months. There’s so much I want to get done this year and it’s already freakin’ May! Enough hiding, it’s time to get back to work ^_^