Home again, and getting the house in order. Can I say how grateful I am that we can afford a little help? Adriana came yesterday morning and this morning -- yesterday let me run off to see Roshani before she left town, and today let me unpack the suitcases, put everything away, and make myself a leisurely breakfast. So nice. School starts again next week, but it's closed now, so it would be us 24-7 with the kids if we didn't have a little help. I love help. Adriana's mother cleans houses on the side, and we've not had house-cleaning help in the budget the last year, but I'm going to splurge and ask her to come out for New Year's. Because it just feels better, starting the year with a super-clean house.
Speaking of breakfast, I'm also trying to get myself in order, health-wise. According to the Wii, I gained 1.5 pounds over the holidays -- not great, but pretty much in line with average holiday weight gain. I would like those pounds to go away, so I'm going back on low carb today and starting up exercise again tomorrow. (It would be today, but am fighting a lingering cold with hacking cough; am trying to rest today and hope it's better by tomorrow.) If all goes well, I can lose that holiday weight in the next week and a half, before school starts. So that's the immediate and should-be-manageable goal. (Breakfast this morning: two eggs with onions, green chili, mexican cheese, one slice of multi-grain bread, a handful of grapes. Lunch will be a Lean Cuisine spa meal, Thai noodles with chicken.)
And then we'll see -- I'd really like to lose an additional 20-30 pounds, to get from overweight down to the normal weight range for my height. It's harder to do during the semester, though -- there are very few low-carb options on campus, aside from salad, and gods, I cannot bring myself to eat a cold salad in the middle of winter. I ought to pack curry lunches (with a bit of rice), but I often am not that together in the mornings, especially since I'm teaching at 9:30 this semester. (Better if I pack them the night before, actually. Maybe I can try that.) The big weight-loss project might have to wait 'til spring or summer -- we'll see.
I did sign up for a free exercise class ("Let's Get Moving: Improve your overall fitness: Spirit, Mind and Body. This workout concentrates on cardio, strength, flexibility and body composition. Core training and yoga stretches will relax and rejuvenate you.") at my YMCA, Jan 3 - Feb 13, three mornings a week (the days I'm not teaching). We'll see if I actually go. The gym is only a two block walk from my house, so that makes it pretty hard to justify wimping out. And yet, I bet I can do it. I'm very short on workout clothes that fit, for example -- that's always a good excuse for not working out, right? (Any recommendations on good workout clothes?)
As for the last body thing -- I have an appointment today to talk to a surgeon about breast reduction. I'm a little nervous, but am leaning strongly towards doing it. Need more info first, though -- we'll see what I think after the consultation. I do find myself mostly torn on what I'd want to aim towards in terms of size. B sounds great in terms of ease of dressing (no bra an option?), running, comfort. But it's a pretty big drop from DD, and I'm a little worried that I'd be weirded out to have my body change that much. I've always been curvy on top. C is a more modest shift -- but maybe I'd just be frustrated afterwards that I hadn't actually done enough to really address the back pain issues. Ugh. Hopefully the doctor will be willing to advise.
Any thoughts? I'm not sure how much choice I'm going to have about this in any case.