Friday, January 27, 2012
A Weeks Worth of Random
I woke up in the middle of the night Monday-Tuesday with a raging sore throat. It was so bad it felt like I was swallowing razor blades. Once I was up Tuesday morning, it started feeling like my tonsils were going to shut my throat down. Every swallow was agony. I called my doctor and of course, they wanted me to come in but I begged hard not to have to do that and asked for a prescription. Thankfully I have an eight year relationship with my doc and she did that for me. Have to say that even with the antibiotics I've felt off all week. But, of course, against advice I received, I didn't rest and as usual I pushed myself to do it all - get to work, get my workouts in, etc. My eating has definitely been off - I've either been really hungry or not hungry at all. Should make for an interesting weigh-in tomorrow. Have to admit, I'm tired and looking forward to the weekend, although I don't know if there's any rest there either.
For the second year, I am going to take part in Lori's Bloggers' Heart Healthy Weekend. When she posted about it and I clicked the link for last year, I had completely forgotten I ran 10 miles. That is how far away I've gotten from distance. Not sure I can be back to a 10 miler by Feb. 10-12 but in any case I'll be participating and running. You can do any movement you want so I hope there are lots of bloggers who take part.
True conversation between Mr. Helen and me this week:
Mr.: What size are you wearing now in case I want to buy you something for your birthday?
H.: Well, I'm wearing what I call large 10s and small 12s. Mostly because my midlife middle hasn't let me leave 12 completely behind.
Mr.: Does this mean when I go to look for sizes I look for 10L or 12S?
H: No there is no such thing, it's just the way they make women's clothing. Just buy me a 10 since I'm pretty much there. Otherwise I'll end up with pants that are too long or too big and too short.
Mr. I don't understand women's sizing at all! Why can't they just be like men's? I wear a 33x32 pants and if I buy 33x32 they fit!
H.: I don't understand either babe, it's one of life's great mysteries...
My two favorite salads I had this past week, both spinach based - a nice change from lettuce. One is an old standby, the other was an idea I got from, where else? Pinterest. The Pinterest one called for candied Pecans but I felt I didn't need that sugar so I just pan toasted them. The dressing was supposed to be a raspberry vinaigrette which I don't care for so I used Annie's Naturals Lite Poppy Seed. I don't think I missed a thing, this salad was delicious.
3 cups spinach leaves, 1/2 cup sliced strawberries, 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion, 1/4 cup reduced fat Feta cheese, 3/4 oz. chopped toasted pecans.
3 cups spinach leaves, 1 medium carrot julienned, 1/3 cup chopped Granny Smith apple, 2 heaping tablespoons dried cranberries, 1/4 cup gorgonzola crumbles again with the lite poppy seed dressing.
Running on the treadmill and watching The Biggest Loser. Got to laughing so hard I had to hold on for a minute. "Get your hands off my treadmill!" Ghosts of Dolvett...
Dolvett goes to visit the brother/sister duo who have the chance to earn their way on to the ranch next week if they've lost 50 lbs. on their own, at home. When he arrives the sister says something like "Oh Lord Jesus I don't know how I'm going to be able to concentrate on working out with this fine man standing here." Uh-huh, I feel ya sister!
Then I got serious as I watched Dolvett work with another contestant who was giving him a lot of lip. Finally he looks at the camera and says, "What is this? Talk Back to Dolvett hour? I don't need lip service, I need movement!" (And let me just editorialize that I LOVE that he kicked her out of his gym!) That got me to thinking how true that is for all of us.
Too often we just pay lip service to our diet and exercise plans when what we really need to do is move on them. No excuses.
What movement will you work on over the weekend? Will you plan meals? Will you commit to regular exercise - or even up the ante? For me one thing is going to be working at getting back my Saturday 10 mile runs. Saturday run used to be my favorite run of the week. I want that back..