Cabin Fever

Atlanta has been ice bound for the last week and by the time it started to melt off yesterday I was suffering from extreme cabin fever. Just before dark last night I made some excuse and went out. Didn’t make it far; even with all the melt off, there were still some serious black ice spots. So I went to the local WalMart. First I got some temporary hair color – I’m going to try and cover my gray while the old color grows out so when it wears off I can see how I like the gray. It would be nice not to have to color my hair every 6-8 weeks. I wouldn’t miss either the time, the money or the chemicals if I stopped doing that. But can I live with the color??? Who knows? It’s been too long since I saw what the natural color is.

Then I went to the pharmacy and got some syringes for my B12 shots, which was my excuse for going in the first place. Got the wrong size, so I’ll have to go back today.

Then my sneaky brain sent me to the grocery section. Just pick up some more sea salt almonds, it said. They have the big 2lb bags at a good price. Sure, okay, I said. Then I saw that they had the Dove dark chocolates we love on sale – okay, grab a couple of bags of those. No problem, right? Well, THAT put me on the chip aisle, which is apparently where I was heading all along.


I got a bag of SunChips. Maybe not as bad as potato chips, but who are we kidding? The stats are just as bad.

SunChips: 1 1/2 oz. = Calories: 210, Total Fat: 10g, Carbs: 27g, Protein: 4g

Lays Classic Chips: 1 oz (About 28 chips); Calories: 150, Total Fat: 10g, Carbs: 15g, Protein: 2g

I thought I would have been better off with the sweet potato chips, but Walmart doesn’t appear to carry those and they are just as bad:  Sweet Potato Chips: 1 oz (about 17 chips); Calories: 160, Total Fat: 11g, Carbs: 15g, Protein: 1g

That’s not the worst part. The worst part was at checkout – I grabbed a bottle of Coca-Cola and drank about 4 ounces with my chips. Yep. Pure sugar cola with bubbles. Eating with snacks. What was I thinking? My stomach hurt the whole evening, especially as I then came home and ate the complete, healthy dinner of roast chicken, cauliflower and sweet potatoes that my wonderful husband made for me.  Can we say OVER INDULGENCE?

So yes, part of the problem was cabin fever – I’ve just been stuck in the house at my computer for too many days and not making myself get on the treadmill or do anything else very physical. I kept thinking it would melt and I would get out. Not even a terribly good excuse since I like doing my treadmill and I am training for my half marathon in May.

But I think another part of the problem is that I’ve been trying to stretch out how long it is between my b12 shots. I went over three weeks this time. There’s also a lot of crap going on with my husband’s family, which is stressing me out. So all that combined resulted in a three days of no exercise, a bowl of chips and a glass of soda.

Hmmm. Well, I guess, all things considered, that isn’t too bad. It’s a lot better than the old days when the no exercise might have lasted for months and a binge would have been the whole bag of chips and a liter of soda. Plus ice cream. Plus pizza. Plus whatever else I could find and stuff in my mouth.

Hmmm. The good news is that I took my B12 shot this morning and I’m just finishing up a nice protein shake. Then I’m going to put on my boots and get out for a walk in the sunshine. Maybe I’ll take a ski pole in case of icy spots, but it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day.

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