9. Remember how I said in my Girl Hero bio that soy counteracts thyroid medications? I've found soy in a place I never noticed before! I'm considering calling their 800 number to find out what the point of this is.
8. Confession: I don't like Laughing Cow Cheese. I don't. Every single time I buy some and try to like it, with the first bite I think, "Ewwwww." This last time I bought it because I thought maybe the new flavors would appeal to me. Nope. Still thinking ewwwww. I'm not buying it anymore!
7. My sister, whose husband was killed in a horrifying accident two years ago this month, has begun dating! We are very happy for her as she's much too young to be alone the rest of her life. Even our little Jacob had started asking around Christmas, "Mama are you ever going to get a boyfriend?" I think Gary's family is having a harder time with this - understandable. But my side is just flat out excited to see her happy and joyous again.
6. Sometimes I wonder if women ever stop worrying about their weight/shape/appearance. Mama Helen is about to turn 72 years old. My sister recently brought said new boyfriend to meet Mama. The new beau comes from "The Hamptons" which is a very posh and wealthy area of Long Island. Mama Helen immediately assumed that meant that his mother was not only rich, but skinny. As she tells Mr. Helen and I about this encounter she said, "All I cared about was making sure I had my girdle on!" As you can imagine we just about fell out of our seats. 72 and still worrying about looking skinny!
5. Our dojo had their Power Weekend last weekend. This is the weekend where the black belt candidates are tested. Pretty much if you've been invited to take part in that, you're going to pass. But the thing is, it's not a cakewalk. In fact it's hard has heck. In addition to having to know forms and combos and weapons, they are put through a rigorous fitness test. For example one of the sessions, they had to run 2 miles, then they did 41 minutes of sprints, then they had to run the two miles again!
4. Confession: That terrifies me and makes me wonder if I'll actually go all the way to black belt. You see, I'm a crockpot runner. It takes me a while to warm up and get into my "cooking" pace. Short distances and sprints? Not so much my thing.
3. Speaking of fast running, the winner of yesterday's Boston Marathon ran it in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds. Less than 5 minutes per mile for 26.2 miles. While I admire the athleticism required to do that, I can't even fantasize that I would ever be able to. Losing 50 pounds and training as hard I could still wouldn't get me there - or to the first woman finisher's time: 2 hours 22 minutes 34 seconds. Now that's amazing - and epic!
2. Those elite runners that are able to keep that sort of pace? They eat thousands and thousands of calories a day. I guess that would be one good reason to try to run faster. To be able to eat more!
1. Confession: One of the things I'm looking forward to about maintenance? Eating more food. Isn't it odd how a person at ideal/goal weight can maintain that and actually consume more calories than a heavier person trying to lose weight? I can't help it. I really, really, really like food!