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Saturday, September 11, 2010

While DH is away on a business trip, I'm playing. Well, sort of. Of course, at the moment DH is in Austin, visiting with friends, eating out, and visiting our old haunts. While I am feeding myself and taking care of the animals.

Today I decided it was time to explore. I headed out for a nature preserve we always say we're going to check out, only we never do. Today was the day. Or so I thought. Unfortunately, there's no actual address for this preserve, and while I looked at a map and printed out directions, I still couldn't find it.

I turned down the way I thought was right, but couldn't seem to find the road to turn onto. So I turned back the other way, only to have the road end in a dead-end. Does this remind you of anything? Like your own healthy journey, perhaps?

Well, it reminded me, anyway. That there are many paths to the same destination. That sometimes you get turned around and confused. That sometimes it's the road not taken that takes you in the right direction. And sometimes you just end up somewhere you didn't plan to be, but it's all good in the end.

I'd spied a walkway in my back & forth along the road and we stopped there to walk. It wasn't that scenic, but it might be a nice place for an occasional run when I just can't stand the neighborhood anymore -- only about 15 minutes or so away. It's by the Mohawk river, but is more scenic than the Canal walkway which is much closer. Altho it's near the canal . . . I'm a little bit confused by just exactly what it was, but anyway it was a nice soft path near a body of water and that always makes me happy.

I took the dogs to the only dog bakery I know of in the area, once again somehow getting turned around on the way home & going the wrong way. At least I realized it before I got too too far along -- the directions my GPS were showing me were just too weird!

And because it was the perfect fall day (even if it isn't yet fall), I was finally craving a salad for lunch. It's that time of the month, mid-cycle where I get the hungries and it's just been awful lately. But the salad was good:

My normal mix of romaine lettuce, broccoli & cauliflower, a sheet of toasted nori torn up, half an avocado, and a simple vinegarette. To that I added an some celery (felt it would need more crunch), an apple which I drizzled with a bit of agave & sprinkled some cinnamon on. I wasn't sure how the cinnamon would work with the salad, but it was great. And sprinkled the whole creation with spirulina crunchies (which are really, really good and I think I'm addicted).

A very green salad, but still full of nutrition! It needs something salty tho. Not sure what. So you get that salty/sweet combo going on. Which is why it's almost perfect and not quite perfect yet.

I've been working hard to try to listen to my body & trust it, but lately my body is saying it wants more food than I think it really needs -- and in particular more sweets than I think it needs. That salad should've done the trick, but I'm hungry as I type this. I'm gonna drink some water and do some ST and we'll see what my body says then.

I know I lost something this week cause they told me, but they didn't tell me how much, so it could've been a tiny amount and I could've gained last week (when they didn't say anything, which often signifies a gain). I know I sure ain't feeling thinner. And the answer ought to be to eat a bit less and a bit healthier but my body just doesn't want to hear that answer right now.

I keep turning down roads . . . apparently I'm good at that.

Do you listen to your body? Have you found the right road? Or several right roads?

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FRECKS96 9/11/2010 8:57PM

    Glad you're getting some exploring in (literally and figuratively) while DH is away. Enjoy your time!

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KEAKMAN 9/11/2010 6:07PM

    I would need to know where I am going before I can tell if I am on the right road!

(oh, and add some slated nuts to that salad....just a few, and chopped up - bet that fixes it up!)

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HEALTH4LYFE 9/11/2010 3:29PM

    I think I have seen the right road, actually been on it quite a few times in the past 15 months or so, but despite that experience and knowledge, I sometimes get distracted and turned around. Great analogy. Hopefully I will be able to stay on my right road more often than not and if I do take a detour, may it lead me back to where I belong.

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BARBARASDIET 9/11/2010 3:16PM

    A very point observation about not always ending up where we expected!

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Running for the cure

Friday, September 10, 2010

That is my upcoming race, in about a month. I figure I'd throw the fundraising page out there since they so kindly provide you with one:


If I've donated to you, ABSOLUTELY do NOT feel obligated to donate to me. If you want to, that's great & I definitely appreciate it!

Both my mother & my MIL are breast cancer survivors -- and there has been a great deal of cancer in my family as well, taking the lives of several relatives way too early. So it's a cause I feel strongly about -- probably one most of us feel strongly about, as there are probably few of us who haven't been touched by cancer in one way or another.

Now I have to just hope I can work out what's going on with my butt! From some surfing, my best guess is overtraining and a tight hamstring (which is typical of runners), altho that makes me laugh as I only run about 10 miles a week!

I am very careful to warm up, and I always stretch after a run, too. And I do yoga. And pilates. And strength train. And work on my core. I do all the stuff you're supposed to do.

So for now, I'm trying to stretch out that hamstring more often, massage the painful area, and we'll see what happens. I was hoping for a better time, since hopefully the weather should be much cooler than my first race (same course), but I may just have to settle for having fun.

Altho running isn't really fun for me. What hooks me on running is how I feel AFTER a run.

Anyway, if you're so inclined, you can donate here:


And I'll make sure to remind you again. Because I had people I had planned to donate to, and if they hadn't reposted the link, it might never have happened!

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LEONALIONESS 9/11/2010 5:19PM

    :/ I can't in good conscience donate to Susan G. Komen.

I can donate to an animal friendly charity that helps breast cancer patients and survivors in your honor/name. :D Luckily, there are a good handful that focus on either non-animal research methodologies or strictly provide care, help, support to those diagnosed with cancer. :) I like this one, personally, as it focuses on the environmental causes and prevention: http://www.breastcancerfund.org/>Sorry if this makes me sound like an crazy people hating vegan @sshole. I just didn't want you to think I don't care about your race/this cause - I wanted to give a reason for not making a donation, at least! I'm sorry if it comes off all judgy. I really do get that, for a majority of people, potential to help humans is more important than rats/lab animals.

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KEAKMAN 9/10/2010 8:07PM

    Do remind me in a few weeks. You know how much this means to me.

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Not sure I really want to do this . . .

Thursday, September 09, 2010

. . . but here goes.

My buddy Kate has her blogs about running -- which, come to think of it, so does my buddy Donna. I, apparently, now have my blogs about the search for the perfect swimsuit. I'm sure it's one most women can relate to.

Yeah, that's what I wasn't sure I really wanted to post. Not sure how I feel about it. And I'm considering yet another similar suit -- only this one ties in the back, and the other doesn't. I probably won't keep these all.

I like the top half, it's the bottom half that gives me pause.

And you have to understand I'm someone who never wore a bikini til I was about 35. I can find good jeans, good tops, good dresses . . . they all can hide a lot of flaws and I know how to dress myself. But short of wearing a mumu, there isn't a whole lot of hiding in a bathing suit!

And since photos are fun, and I don't think I ever shared this (all crappy phone photos I finally freed):

Our neighbors have an English Mastiff. So the whole David vs. Goliath thing with my dogs & her dog is pretty hilarious. This particular weekend she was taking care of a friend/relative's TWO mastiffs.

A slightly better comparison. I was a little worried when the male Mastiff started charging the fence . . .

The largest mushroom I've ever seen around here. DH says I should posed the dogs with it for some scale, but it was someone else's lawn, after all.

No real points today. Just keepin' it real.

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DDHEART 9/9/2010 9:34PM

    Holy hourglass batman! This suit draws the eye right away from the legs and focuses on the female curves.....has the hubby checked this out? Add a sarong when you're strolling through the lobby of the hotel and you've got it!

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TEMPEST272002 9/9/2010 9:26PM

    Wow! You look great in your swimsuit! Pretty Sexy!

Love the dog pics! Dogs don't care about size & it's often the little ones who think they're the toughest. emoticon

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KEAKMAN 9/9/2010 4:38PM

    I think you look HOT in that suit! And it doesn't look at all "bulgy" in the wrong places. So I vote "KEEP IT!"

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CHERDOLL8 9/9/2010 12:10PM

    Cute pics with the dogs
Good pic of you I havent been able to post any pics of me in a swim suit...have only worn one once in 20 years....
Good for you
Good luck with this journey
You can do it
you will do it

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A literal pain in the butt

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Yup, I have one. I've read many articles on running injuries, and this one doesn't seem to come, so I can't figure it out and therefore can't figure out what to do. And yes, I don't actually have a doctor here yet. I'm not real big on doctors, but yes, it's past time for a general checkup. Not that I'm sure a regular doctor would know what this is and it's just a little embarrassing to discuss it with a guy.

I have a pain right at the bottom of my right butt cheek. It doesn't hurt at all when I walk or run, but it hurts when I bend over, and it's been getting progressively worse.

Sciatica comes to mind, but it doesn't radiate down my leg at all.

I wasn't really doing much running until the last few weeks, but I was doing high intensity workouts. I'm not running at all this week, because I like to take a week off once a month, and it's not getting any better.

Y'all are so smart -- and I already know you're (at least not most of you) doctors -- but still, anyone out there have a clue? I'd be happy to do something about it if I could figure out what it is!

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HEALTH4LYFE 9/9/2010 8:23PM

    I have had some pain in the butt after running and not while I am running either. "Sarge" who is a massage therapist, diagnosed my pain as because of my IT band. She gave me some stretching exercises to do and I haven't had any problems there since. Not sure if your pain is the same as mine, but if it is, maybe some stretches for the IT band will help.
Let me know when you can what you find out.

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DDHEART 9/8/2010 9:12PM

    Not sure if I can actually shed light on this but wonder what your stretching routine is...seems like I remember you doing some yoga...there is a yoga stretches for runners article here on sp that might be helpful...this really sounds like you've got yourself a tight muscle...I have to go back and check the article, I have it saved so I'll copy the link for you.


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LEONALIONESS 9/8/2010 12:45PM


Hip and/or Buttock Pain
(Piriformis Syndrome)

Description: Pain in your upper leg, buttocks, hips or lower back -- all radiating from the piriform muscle, deep in the buttock. The back section of the buttock on the outside may be sensitive to the touch.

Likely causes:
The piriform is the muscle that helps your hip to rotate. Tightness in the back or hamstring can make the piriform's work difficult and cause inflammation. This swelling in turn often causes pressure and inflammation on the sciatic nerve as well (see sciatica, above). Prolonged sitting can aggravate the injury, as can a tight lower back.

Icing and anti-inflammatories will help with the pain and swelling. Vigorous massage of the knot in the muscle will help it to relax and ease the pain. Meanwhile, work on strengthening and stretching your hip, hamstring and lower-back muscles. For stretching, focus on the hamstring stretch, the hip & lower-back stretch, and the hamstring & back stretch. For strengthening, try side leg lifts.

Does it hurt when you sit? It's a bit weird that it doesn't hurt when you run. Maybe it's just a pulled muscle? I'd see a sport's doc, just to check!

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TEMPEST272002 9/8/2010 9:46AM

    Sorry, I've only experienced OTHER pains in the butt... hopefully it's nothing serious. emoticon

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FRECKS96 9/8/2010 9:27AM

    Not a clue, but I hope you figure it out and feel better soon. Injuries stink!

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Throw in the towel or step up to the plate!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

That was my comment today on somebody's blog. Our lives aren't perfect. Sometimes things just don't go according to plan. It's up to us how we react to what life throws at us.

How many times after eating something that wasn't so healthy have you thrown in the towel & said "well, I'll just start again tomorrow"? And then what happens tomorrow?

Yesterday DH was going out for something that was going to take most of the afternoon & early evening. My original plan was for us to eat dinner separately, but he convinced me we could go out to eat, and then I suggested that he pick up some sushi on the way home.

With that plan in mind, I got down to some "uncooking", aka, dehydrating raw food. I made almond macaroons, buckwheat "scones", and eggplant/mushroom "sausage". When I know I don't have to cook dinner, sometimes I'll choose to do a lot of work in the kitchen.

Only DH called at about 7:30 pm to say the sushi place was closed. You have to understand that I start getting ready for bed at 8 - 8:30 pm typically, and am usually asleep by about 9:30 - 10 pm. Not good news.

Not only that, I'd eaten slightly oddly for me yesterday, and hadn't had much in the way of veggies yet cause I knew that sushi restaurant puts in a salad for free. I wasn't even all that hungry (or so I though) and I was well hydrated.

I told DH that I'd make frozen pizzas. Not ideal, but what're you gonna do? Of course, DH could've gone to a couple of other places, but I knew he was tired. And I was too tired to make the salad that I usually eat with pizza and so ate the entire frozen pizza (they are individual pizzas, so much smaller, but still).

The last few weeks have been filled with more parties and eating out than normal. It would be so easy to throw in the towel.

But I'm choosing to step up to the plate. One bad meal, one bad day, even one bad week isn't the end of the world in the long run. It's only "bad" if we choose to let it turn into weeks or months of unhealthy eating. It's all about how we choose to think about it.

Yes, you may feel as though you have no control and no choices, but we make choices every second of every day. Make sure your choices today are healthy ones that will propel you further down the road to happiness, energy, and health. Are you with me?

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FRECKS96 9/8/2010 3:35PM

    I'm totally with you!! And, we're going to knock it out of the park!

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DDHEART 9/7/2010 9:32PM

    YES! Giving in to that feeling of lack of control IS making a choice...it's harder to choose to step up to the plate but it's the better choice in the end.

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TEMPEST272002 9/7/2010 4:29PM

    I'm with you! I whole-heartedly agree... the secret of achieving a healthy life-style is to just keep getting back to it. If we allow our bad choices to lead to more bad choices... well, you know where that path leads!

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SHEILA1505 9/7/2010 12:04PM

    And one bad month doesn't ruin it all either - I've been slacking since I went off on my Scuba trip - no tracking and a bit more wine more often than usual.

Starting yesterday, I found a new eBuddy to be accountable on the Fitness stuff and a WAYMO? challenge to set and achieve some goals this month.

Already today, my tracking ahead of dinner made me put the beans back on the shelf and opt for a green salad with my steak! Another big glass of water is always good, too

It won't be long before a slip-shod month is history - you'll do the same with that pizza :)


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