Thursday, September 08, 2011
I telework on Wednesdays and had planned to run after my husband got home from work. He told me that unless I plan to do a triathalon, I wouldn't be able to run on my regular path. I figured he was over exagerating because he normally does.... and agreed to go to the gym and use the treadmills. I guess he was right this time.
Here is what used to be my path! It's down there somewhere on the other side of the river, under 2-3 feet of water.
We also lost power last night and had thin crust, veggie pizza by candlelight, took a shower by candle light and went to bed. Thankfully, the power was on this morning when we got up.
Friday, July 15, 2011
My 17 year old daughter is very industrious and has taught herself several things, such as knitting...(I am not very crafty.) She was touched by the movie "Julie and Julia" but knew that her dad and I having lost over 40 lbs each would not likely partake in the recipes of Julia Child's cookbook. So she silently set out on a quest. She went to the book store and browsed through the cooking books till she found one called "Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast" It is written by the Editors of Cooking Light Magazine. It claims that each recipe has 5 ingredients and takes 15 minutes cooking time. Her goal is to cook and taste every recipe in the book, just like the movie she loved so much.
We are only on our 4th day of this journey, but I just have to give her a shout out because I am simply delighted that she is cooking, using fresh food, and mostly that she is eating the things she makes. She has been the most finicky eater of my three kids and sometimes just makes up her mind that she doesn't like something before she even tries it.
I can cook, but I'm not super excited to do so. Her dad, however, is a great cook and can throw things together and make yummy foods. She wants to be like him. We both work in DC and have a daily commute which makes dinner a chore sometimes. As far as cooking, she has done minimal things, like make macaroni and cheese or cooking hotdogs. This is such an exciting event to me that I can barely contain my happiness. Really, I'm not containing it at all. I rave over her meals and made a deal that if she cooks, I will try everything and do all the cleaning. I also told her I would get her a credit card so she could run to the store for her ingredients, if needed. (That may be her single biggest motivation)
Last night, she made Veggie Grilled Pizza! This is a girl who has never eaten zucchini or tomatos in her life! and she liked it!!! It was absolutely fabulous and I mean her dad and I both were floored by the flavor of it.
Granted, the recipes aren't complex and some have semi-prepared food such as canned beans or a Boboli Pizza Crust, but the calorie count is on the page for each dish and they fit our plan well. She would have struggled with complicated recipes anyhow. And most importantly to me, she is embracing healthy eating. She has not been thrilled with our eating habits and often fussed about having to eat my "healthy" stuff. My daughter ROCKS!!
Regardless, I can't wait for dinner tonight!!!!! YUM
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I love running on the trails by my house. I don't have to cross roads and the trails are newly paved and wide so there's plenty of room for runners, walkers and bikers. Lately, I have been feeling so guilty when I lace up my shoes and get ready to head out. My dog, Hazel, knows that I am going out and starts begging me to take her with me! It's pathetic, really. I have taken her many times and just walked my route and she seemed pretty energetic and spry for the 10-year old girl that she is. I have also read blogs about other sparkies running with their dogs. I decided to give it a try.
So I waited till the temperature cooled last night (about 8:00) and leashed her up and headed out. She was delighted and could barely contain her excitement, I mean literally spinning in circles, whining, barking at me.....(SMH) Did I mention that she is pathetic?
I have a flexi leash that I use for her as she is a lab and loves to smell everything. When we walk, her nose does most of the leading and she goes this way and that way..... She is all over the path. The last thing I wanted was for her to suddenly change her direction and cause us to crash or stop suddenly (been there, done that while trying to ride my bike with her). So, I put that on her for the first bit and then when we got down by the river on the path, I let her loose. I am not supposed to do that in my community, but she is my shadow and would never stray too far, thankfully, as we literally ran into a bunny and a deer and she didn't chase them.
I felt wonderful running, nice and strong and I had my buddy by my side! We did it and I was so happy.... that is for about the first mile. Then she began looking at me like "Really, we're going to continue this running????" Of course, I didn't want to overheat her, but she does have four legs to my two and then I thought about her coat... it's a lot thicker than mine and she can't sweat like I do to cool off, so after about a mile and a 1/4, we stopped running. We walked another mile to a spot where she could get into the river for a cool down and a drink and then we walked home. I must say I was a little disappointed to not be able to finish the run, but I do enjoy time with her and maybe if she "trains" a little, she can work up to a longer distance and be able to keep up with me!! One thing is for sure, next time I lace up my shoes, she will beg me to take her with me..........
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