I’m ready for spring now

Shivering in the coldYou would think that after living in New England for 17 years, I would have figured out that it gets cold in winter. I always get lulled into thinking I won’t freeze to death but it doesn’t work that way; the heater barely starts to work by the time I get to my destination, unless it’s about 30 minutes away. It doesn’t help that we had a balmy early winter and then got hit with Arctic blast after blast – we had no time to get used to it!

I’m ready for spring now. Here in Boston we’re counting the days until the pitchers and catchers report to spring training; the Red Sox are our favorite team and we seek out and destroy Yankees fans who try to slip through our ranks. We don’t care about the Super Bowl really; well, I like the commercials. But since our Pats aren’t playing, I can really live without it.

The big question going to work is, “Will the heat be on?” I work in a not-new building that has a quirky HVAC system and big windows that leak both air and water, though hopefully not at the same time. Everyone else in my department has a space heater to keep warm since they can’t rely on the real heat. But when I try to use one, I manage to blow the fuses up and down the whole side of department, cutting power to five people.

So they stay warm and I stay in limbo, not knowing if I should dress for a cold office or a hot one (temperature swing big time). Makes life confusing. Today started warmer than I expected but ended up cold, especially for my feet. And if my feet are cold, I’m cold all over. It didn’t help that I’d brought a cold lunch. Duhhh …. I am cold so I’ll eat food from the fridge and feel … cold. Tomorrow I’m bringing soup in case my lunch date at Noodle Street falls through.

I had plans to work on a writing project today, preparing talking points for the board to use for presentations this spring. But I got distracted by other projects that were more immediate and ended up staying late to deal with a board-related issue that involved phone calls to places in different time zones. I didn’t leave the office until 7pm and elected to just come home instead of going to the gym. Tomorrow is another day.

I commited yesterday to recording my food here. It looks like a lot but I get a lot of points and I ate my range + 3 flex points – and recorded it in the online tracker, the only way I actually do it regularly.

Breakfast: 1 C. steel-cut oatmeal, 1 TB. brown sugar Splenda, 2 tsp. reduced fat margarine, 1/4 C. fat free milk (5 points total)

Morning snack: 1 medium apple + 1 low fat string cheese (3 points)

Lunch: Lettuce, 1C. black bean/corn salsa, 3 oz. chicken, 1/2 C. roasted vegetables, 1 tomato, 1 TB. blue cheese, 1 TB. craisins, 10 sprays Wishbone Spritz dressing, 1 C. pudding yogurt with raspberries (12.5 calories)

Afternoon snacks: 1 snacksize bag of 94% fat free popcorn, 1 Chocolate Fudge with peanut Butter chips Vitatop (2 point)

Dinner: 1 1/2C. spicy vegetable beef soup, 1 potato roll, 2 Laughing Cow Lite wedges, 1 C. chocolate fudge pudding yogurt (10 points)

Total: 32.5 points

What I wore today: raspberry boucle Coldwater Creek turtleneck sweater (like the one I wore yesterday but a different color), charcoal gray knit pants, black and gray warm socks, black Birkenstock clogs