Spa(ish) Week: Day 5 Recap

From July 22 through July 28, I’m going to make it my job to be as fit, healthy, and well-rested as I can be. Because I’m curious… How much time does it really take to make health and well being our number one priority? And how much awesomer will I feel if I do it?

Read all about my Spa(ish) Week 2012 plans here.

Day 5 Recap

As part of my new thyroid treatment (experiment!), I’ve had to stop taking my normal prescriptions for 10 days to get all of the T4 out of my system. I was very concerned about what that might to do my energy and mood; no one wants a return to the depths of CrankyTown that I visited in the early days of the Frankenneck. Until this today, I feel mostly OK — I even got a new PR at the gym this morning! —but then after breakfast, things started to get a little weird.

For example, while holding my keys in my hand, I said to Dave, I wonder where my keys are. Did I leave them in the office? Maybe they’re already in my purse. You guys… they were in my hand. Then I got in the car to go to kundalini yoga and drove to the Yoga Yoga South location. I got all the way to the door before I remembered the class I wanted to attend was at the Westgate location. And when I was cooking, I couldn’t find the lid to the pot I was using — the lid that was sitting on the counter directly in front of me. I kid you not: I looked in the cabinet, in the sink, on the kitchen island. It. was. on. the. counter. in. front. of. me.

I might be losing my mind. Or maybe it’s merely Olympics Fever!

1. Strength Training
It was our last hard day before de-load week next week, and it was Hard. But Good.

Back Squat:
5 @ 75% of max = 115#
3 @ 85% of max = 135#
max reps @ 95% of max = 145# – I did 5.
My old 1 rep max is 155#, and I’m pretty excited to be inching closer to it in our multi-rep sets.

Bench Press:
5 @ 75% of max = 85#
3 @ 85% of max = 95#
max reps @ 95% of max = 110# – I did… 3.
And the crowd goes wild ’cause it’s a PR, ladies and gentlemen… a new PR! I’ve never pressed 110# before, let alone three times. THREE! YAY!

2. Walk 4 miles
Done… half-assedly. I was falling asleep on my feet at 6:30 p.m. when I was scheduled to go walk, and Dave was worried about me driving in my spacy state of mind, so we walked for 20 minutes around the neighborhood together.

3. Meditation
Fail. I meant to meditate just before bed, but read and fell asleep instead.


Breakfast: grass-fed ground beef, diced sweet potato, scrambled eggs, collard greens, coconut oil

Lunch: chicken sausage, zuchini & yellow squash with homemade pesto, roasted eggplant, cherries

Dinner (Repeat of Day 4 dinner. It was so good, we did it again!): tossed salad, green beans with olive oil & garlic, Chocolate Chili, cherries

General Well-Being & Random Thoughts

Um… THE OLYMPICS START TODAY! I’m knocking off work early to prepare our British feast and get into an appropriate Olympics viewing outfit, which I’m pretty sure is going to include my black feather fascinator (that I got in Paris… sigh), since there aren’t that many occasions for a girl in Texas to nod to British fashion with a fascinator. If there are feathers involved tonight, I’ll share a pic.

On deck for Day 6:

Walk + Running Intervals
Kundalini Yoga

plus… writing, writing, writing, cooking, and THE OLYMPICS

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  • Patty says:

    Wow Mel, I didn’t realize what you were going though this wee with the meds! What an adjustment for your brain and body. It proves at least one thing…not only were you born to cook, you were born to write. Because if I tried to make a post while going though something like this, it would be undecipherable. And you are still completely able to make me feel like I am going through this with you. Enjoy your feast and feathers!

    • Mel says:

      Hey, Patty! This was perhaps not the best time to screw around with my thyroid meds, but there’s never a good time, really. I feel tons better today, so hopefully that was just an off day. Thanks for the support!

  • Annie Conley says:

    I borrowed your cookbook from a friend. I made Citrus Carnitas and ordered my own!
    I have since made Bora Bora Meatballs, Chocolate Chili, Scotch Eggs, Mashed Cauliflower, and several others. I love the cook book!
    I’ve signed up for your newsletter and would like to download the pdf of it. That’s my problem; I can’t seem to find where to do that. When I type in the URL listed in the book, the search engine directs me to your home page and I can’t seem to find there or on Common Threads how to do it…
    Thanks for your help!

    • Mel says:

      Hi, Annie! I’m not sure why you’re having trouble with the link, but no worries… I’ll send a download code to your email. You should have it in a few minutes.

  • Wendy says:

    I have no excuse for my space cadet mind, my thyroid is intact! It’s always interesting to find out what I’ve been up to…clothes iron in the refrigerator, etc. But take heart, it gets better, as you age you don’t care anymore!

  • melissa says:

    Good luck with the new thyroid treatment!
    I get that way sometimes too, maybe it’s also my thyroid, I know i’m still not normal in my head or thyroid, haha!