Thursday, April 28, 2011
Nope, I haven't fallen into a can of nuts. I'll get to the point after sharing the funny dog story that sparked this blog.
When we lived in TX we had 2 oak trees - one in the front, a live oak, and a red oak we foolishly planted in the backyard thinking we'd get changing colors - which we did, only you don't get the right weather for the brilliant reds we get up here in the NE; we got muted reddish-brown instead.
What we did get was acorns. Lots & lots of acorns. And the fruits from our magnolia tree (altho I still really miss that magnolia). Dogs like acorns. Heck, dogs like pretty much anything they can get their mouths around & some things they really can't get their mouths around.
Like acorns. Chester would often get them stuck on his teeth. I had to unstick them for him on more than one occasion. Sometimes he'd get them stuck on both his upper & lower teeth at the same time, and would look around nonchalantly with his mouth stuck open as if I couldn't see the great big acorn he'd been trying to gobble.
So the other day, right after Easter, I'm walking the dogs. I glance down, and Lola has her mouth partially open. It isn't particularly warm & I think maybe she's picked up something on one of her paws.
I feel all her paws & can't find anything, altho she looks almost in pain - I should have realized that wasn't it, since she's usually quite vocal if something is hurting her.
We continue walking a bit, me watching her, with her mouth still partially open - until she spits out a (thankfully) wrapped Hershey's kiss. Why she didn't just gobble it I'll never know. It was pretty funny, but maybe you had to be there.
Still, it got me thinking about all the little extras we take, sometimes thoughtlessly & sometimes while just ignoring our own behavior, cause if we ignore it it didn't happen, right?
Like how I thought I'd smear just a bit if peanut butter on my protein bar. A little extra protein, right? As if a little smear really gets you any more protein! I didn't do it. Or how I might just pop a few chocolate chips in while adding them to my husband's oatmeal. I didn't do that, either, but I thought about it & I've done it in the past & will no doubt do it in tbd future at some point.
These little white lies we tell ourselves only hurt one person - ourselves!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
That was my run just 2 short hours ago. You'd never know it to look at the grayness otside now! Maybe today will be a repeat of yesterday - cloudy in the morning, clearing up into the most gorgeous afternoon.
It rained overnight, but nothing was coming down as I headed out the door. The birds were chirping away, which always helps me to get out that door. There were lots of clouds, but there was some yellow brightening the horizon.
The wonderful smell of lilacs wafted in the air. Such childhood memories - I have a really deep connection to a lot of the trees we had in my first home - is that weird?
The forsythia & crabapples are beginning to bloom, finally, too. Tulips are unfolding.
I got glimpses of a yellow sunrise from time to time, but no blue skies, nor any expected from the forecast. I was just so grateful to have a dry run without a jacket weighing me down & hindering the freedom of my run!
There was the smell of gas at the turn where there's so frequently that smell. Someday those houses are going to blow up, but I think we live far enough away to be safe. And yes, we've contacted the gas company about it anyway.
There was the deafening rumble if the garbage truck at that turn, but it's the one fewer people use (not included in our taxes) so thankfully it soon left me in peace.
As I neared home, a tiny cardinal raced across the street.
And that is why I run. At least sometimes. True, you could get all that from walking, too. I believe that I do get more endorphins from running than walking, tho. Even from leisurely runs like this morning.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The devil didn't win yesterday, but neither did the angel. I'd call it a draw. I did not have dessert for dinner (instead I had breakfast for dinner), but I also didn't have any veggies yesterday. Nada, zero, zilch.
Extremely unusual for me. I did, OTOH, have a fair amount of fruit & I didn't pig out on candy or sweets or anything. What I ate was fairly healthy, just not very balanced. I ended up with oatmeal for dinner.
Yesterday was a real low energy day. Could've been the weather, could've been not enough sleep in general over the last week, could've been the lack of veggies - most likely all 3 combined. The weather doesn't look to get better anytime soon, altho at least it's finally getting warmer. Whatever; it's not something I can control so I just have to accept it.
I also wanted to make a brief comment on my limiting carbs as the day goes on. I don't really think carbs in the evening have anything to do with weight gain (or plateau), but I'm giving this a try because I find that by not having carbs with dinner I can get in an afternoon snack. That afternoon snack usually helps keep late-day cravings for sweets at bay.
It's not written in stone, obviously, since I had oatmeal for dinner last night. I was able to squeeze in my afternoon snack yesterday so it worked for me. Usually even more veggies take the place of the dinnertime carbs, and more veggies can only be a good thing.
I have salad on the menu for dinner tonight. I'm really hoping they got the forecast right - warm - otherwise I know I won't want salad. Salad with shrimp & avocado, BTW, not just veggies.
Dreaming of sun & warm weather . . . everyone's gotta have dreams!
Sunday, April 24, 2011
I already ran more than I'd planned to this week, but when someone posted a group run at the area I'll be racing at next week - where I've never been - even tho they posted for 6 miles & I know they're faster runners than me - I signed up.
I figured I'd go my own pace & maybe meet up with them when they turned around. Having just done 6 miles on Friday, I really didn't want to run 6 miles today.
I also told them if I was late it meant I was lost & not to wait up for me.
Good thing! I actually got there early - way early - but had parked in a different parking lot. I walked around, I stretched out, & finally I took off running. When things got less scenic, I turned around. As I passed a different parking lot I realized THAT was the right one.
I took a walking break, figuring maybe I'd see them coming back. Walked a bit, turned around, and ran back to the car. Almost 4 miles plus some walking. I never did run into the group.
That's ok - I have a slightly better idea of where I'm going next weekend, and I probably would've run harder in a group - and my hip is talking to me slightly - which it doesn't normally do - so I was probably better off taking it slow. Don't know if it's the extra miles this week or the new sneakers.
It was a great morning for a run, altho now it's clouded over, so I'm just thankful that the posted run pushed me out the door to discover a new place to run and/or take the dogs walking.
To everyone celebrating today, hope your enjoying your holiday in a healthy way!
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