Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I love cut-up fruit but it is somewhat pricey. I also don't know what is in some of the fruit transported in from other places or what is used to preserve it. So, I started buying more of my own fruit. I find it on sale and buy it in bulk. I also go to the farmer's market when I get a chance. Unfortunately, when purchasing from the store, it is sometimes already moldy on the bottom or inside the same day I purchase it.
So, today I decided to try freezing fruit. I knew it was possible, I just never tried it. Before I started, I just checked my search engine for how to freeze strawberries. Easy. Then I checked lemons and grapes. Then I washed them (I use a natural citrus cleaner but they can be washed with water only). The strawberries and grapes are freezing on trays right now - it takes about 4 hours. I used a natural, zero calorie sweetener instead of the sugar for the strawberries. I also received a box of 400 Glad snack bags for free when I brought some bulk trash bags at a warehouse store so I'll put the snack bags to use by separating the fruit into portion sizes. I saved my cut-up fruit trays over the past months so I'll use these to put the individual bags in to keep them from getting squashed in the freezer for now.
Next I'll try my hand at growing more of my fruits and vegatables. I have a few pineapple plants growing. I had some last year but the plants all froze during the winter. I also have a grape vine loaded with baby grapes that I can freeze when ripened. Hopefully, I'll get to them before the animals or birds get to them.
Oh my, I feel so domesticated! But when I think back, these are things my mother tried to teach me. Grape jam, orange rind preserves, watermelon rind preserves, guava jam, all kinds of home-grown vegetables canned or frozen and fish - right out the river and into freezer bags. After decades or fast food and processed meals, I'm finally getting it!
Friday, April 02, 2010
Sunday I worked all day, 10 hours. I didn't feel very good - like a cold coming on.
Monday was week 3, day 1 of my couch to 5K. It was damp in a.m. so I didn't run on my lunch break. It was damp and cool and windy in the p.m. I ran anyway. I really should have covered my head since it was damp and I wasn't feeling well.
Tuesday was a day off. I was officially sick. Don't know if allergies or cold but I felt yucky.
Wednesday another day off. Sent an e-mail to my boss to let me off early the next day if the workload was low. Then I thought of all the work I had pending to do for other people, my upcoming family reunion, my women's club. Got sicker thinking about it.
Then, I got up and said to heck with everything. I drove to a fitness path around a lake my sister had showed me before. I did my couch to 5K session. The late afternoon sun felt so good. I walked another 1-1/2 hours after my 28 minute session was over. I observed the birds, squirrels, new leaves on trees, children playing in the sand, the water. Smiled and spoke to other people I passed on the trail. Turned around and did it again. I really saw the beauty of nature. I took lots of pictures. This get-away really felt good.
Thursday I did get off early after 4 hours of work. Felt better and did paperwork for my other projects and did some sparking. Did some heavy housework. Thought some more about that lake.
Today I did my final day of this week's couch to 5K program on my lunch break. Then I walked to the store. I posted this as my status like it's a big deal. Well, it is because we drive everywhere here! I walked fast because I only get 30 minutes lunch break and had already used it up!
Today I thought some more about that lake. I wondered what's on the other side. They say there is a nature path around the whole lake over 7 miles long. Hmmm. I just wonder what it's like. I'm just saying. I'm going to have to followup on this.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Ok, so I'm still in week 1 of my couch to 5K program. I first started the last week in February, did 3 nonconsecutive days and stopped because of shin splints. After a week of rest, I decided to take the advice of the C25K Spark team members and get good running shoes fitted at a running store. About another week passed because the nearest store is several cities away. Finally I got to the store and got fitted for a nice pair of shoes. The next two days it rained almost nonstop.
I started back two days ago, doing the exercise on my lunch break since it was still quite dark at 6:00. I lost my tiny mp3 player with my training program somewhere at home so I had to quickly download the program again on my iPhone. The mulch was almost totally washed away from the two days of rain on my little neighborhood track. The city workers were there cutting the grass. Maybe they will replace the mulch since they see at least one person uses the track. It didn't matter about the washed away mulch, I still did my training program. Yesterday was a rest day, I walked at home, used the elliptical trainer and.... I danced. I also did a lot of stretches.
I also realized I have running shoes with a built in slot for a pedometer type sensor that I can download all sorts of information onto my computer. I ordered the sensor and anxiously await its arrival. I'm a little disappointed the consultant and cashier at the running store did not bring this to my attention since I explained to both I was just starting. Maybe they even had the sensor there for purchase. Maybe its their policy to not push a particular shoe based on its functions. I don't know. I had already picked my shoes because they fit like a glove. I wasn't too crazy about the hot pink color. I am thankful, though, that the store was having a one-week 20% off sale - right on time for me!
This morning I looked out at 6:00 (my only time to run since I start work at 6:30) and it was dark, and raining. I wondered if I could just run in the house - no it wouldn't be the same. I went to grab my iPhone and realized the battery was about dead. So I plugged it up, turned on the speaker and attempted my program. When I sat down to work at 6:30 I had a good sign- no work. So I sent an IM to my coworker that I was flexing out until 7:30. It was starting to get a little lighter outside and the rain was slacking. I got my morning water, did some warm-up walking, grabbed a hoodie and by a little before 7 it was light enough to go out alone and the rain had stopped. I only walked on the sidewalk instead of going to my track. I even took an extra 30 minutes to stretch and write this blog before work.
So, in spite of the obstacles I'm determined to finish this program. I am so glad I got my running shoes because I'm not having the pains like I was before. Just working on breathing now since it's been only six months since I stopped smoking - for good. I will do this!
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