9. I am a beach lover and over the years I have accumulated some things that make my beach trek easier. Like my Wonder Wheeler, which Mr. Helen gave me as a Christmas gift a couple of years ago. As Mr. Helen says, I like to take the kitchen sink with me and this makes my life easier. I just load all my
8. After my weekend beach visit, based on how many times I had to dodge flying umbrellas, I seriously thought about setting up a beach stand just to sell umbrella anchors. Seriously people, if it is windy at the beach, do not set up your umbrella without one. What I really love is when they dig and dig and dig and put the umbrella up and promptly walk away. Thar she blows! These things are so inexpensive I don't understand why every regular beach going person doesn't own one!
7. I've been really creative with cooking this week due to not grocery shopping over the weekend. Just trying to use up what we have on hand before vacation. I opened the freezer on Saturday and saw some pork tenderloins we had gotten on sale. Remembered I had farmer's market zucchini and some left over red potatoes from a recent potato salad. Decided on the spot to make kabobs. This meal was so easy because the tenderloin was already marinated in a Caribbean seasoning. To season the veggies, I melted a couple tablespoons of butter and added some chives and pressed garlic. I just kept basting the veggies with that mixture. Everything came out so good - we'd forgotten how much we enjoy grilled kabobs!
6. Also, along the lines of eating up anything that might spoil, I think I may have improved on my diet. At this point, I've just about become a fruititarian/vegetarian. For example, dinner tonight is zucchini and onions that were sauteed in olive oil, served over couscous. There is a piece of steak left but I'm leaving that for "Where's the Beef?" Mr. Helen.
5. I can't believe how little running I've done over the last few weeks. All these early morning PT appointments have seriously messed with my running time. Last time this happened was five years ago when I had a severe case of tendonitis that was making my running life miserable and had me in PT three times a week. Around that same time we were in the process of buying our house so between packing, moving, and unpacking I was forced to give my leg the rest it needed. I remember wondering if I'd ever run again.
4. The other day while working on my compressed nerve (I'm down to 1 PT appt. a week now!), my therapist was recalling that time frame and remembering how glad she was that I moved because she had been begging me to just. stop. running. for weeks. According to her, runners are the most stubborn about giving up their sport and the hardest to treat because the minute we feel even a teensy bit better we hit the road and often set our injuries on fire again.
3. Speaking of running, my running 'times' are all over the place right now and I can't quite figure out why. Saturday morning I got up and ran 4.2 miles in 45 minutes. That's a 10:42 pace. Considering that I got started later than I wanted to and it was hot and sunny I was very happy with that. Then on Monday I got up and struggled to get 3 miles in 35 mintues. For no apparent reason!
2. Which makes me think: sometimes life happens and conspires against all our well laid out plans. Injuries, personal issues, life changes, power outages (right, Biz?) - all those things can seem to work against our attempts at living healthfully. But really, it's just the ebb and flow of normal life and if we go with it rather than fighting it, ultimately it's so much easier.
1. I sure hope no one wants to come visit me right now for an overnight. The spare room has become vacation prep room - woot!