Wednesday, January 25, 2012
... how nice it is to just walk.
First off, I made the Brussels Sprouts for dinner. She(WMBO) was surprised because she didn't smell then when she came in from work, and yet there they were on her plate. I used a coarse mustard, honey, and a little cayenne. For the olive oil, I used one of the oils we got in Scottsdale, AZ last weekend, a Persian Lime Olive Oil. Oh my, it was good. In the dressing I added a honey ginger balsamic vinegar we got. Oh. My. It. Was. So. Good. No agve, honey worked as well. Put it next to a flank steak and some potatoes. And dinner was served.
Anyway, back to walking.
I used to walk all the time. When I first started on my weight loss journey, that's all I did was walk. Then I slowly added in strength training, swimming, biking , and running. Now it seems like I have no time to simply enjoy the sublime pleasure of just going out for a long walk.
Until I see my Doctor tomorrow and he gives me a timetable to begin running again, I have to do something, so I have been walking on my running routes. Those I see on a regular basis, sympathize with my plight when they see my sling, but I think the may be thinking, "Dude, sucks to be you. I get to run."
But walking give me time to think more slowly than when I run. I am listening to a book rather than a pounding running rhythm. I found out that someone lost a cat and they want it back. (Why? Go over to the supermarket, I'm sure someone is giving away kittens.) There's a big multifamily garage sale over on Oak Dr next Saturday. I never would hav eknown that if I ran pat those telephone poles.
My legs are getting a well deserved rest.
Unfortunately, I am itching to get back to running. I do enjoy the challenge of taking on the hill without losing my stride.
But the walking is a far gentler exercise.
I should set aside time every week for it.
I forgot how much I like it.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
... Brussels Sprout!
I have not had these little powerhouses in about 35 years! I was in Alaska and they had them in the Mess Hall for dinner. But She(WMBO) hates them. I think because her mother used to boil them until they were stinky grey mushy masses. As a consequence I cannot get them past the front door.
Of course I have been making very bold food choices of late and I saw them at Sam's Club and I decided, you know what? it's my kitchen. I am a MAN. I will take charge and I will cook Brussels Sprouts. (She hates it when I get all assertive like that. Even more than Brussels Sprouts.)
By the way, they are BrusselSSSS Sprouts. Like the city in Belgium ... Brussels. Kind of like the famous hospital in Baltimore ... JohnSSSSSSSS Hopkins.
They are part of the “cruciferous” family of veggies, which also includes the beloved kale, broccoli, bok choy and cabbage, among others. Crucifers (sounds so… dark) are packed full of great things, like vitamins C and K, tons of fiber and calcium, and studies have shown that eating 1-2 servings a day can reduce your risk of cancer thanks to their large doses of phytonutrients. (“Fy-toe-nutrients” – phyto meaning plant-based.)
I will not boil them to death like my mother-in-law did (no bad words about Jane. I loved her dearly and miss her badly. She just wasn't a cook. Passed that trait on to her daughter.)
I will instead roast them. Here is a recipe I found for roasted Brussels Sprouts. It takes about 5 minutes prep time and four ingredients, three of which I bet you already have on hand. My sister makes them and says she eats them instead of chips sometimes.
I am intrigued.
about 2 pounds of brussels sprouts, halved lengthwise
olive oil to coat
2 Tbsp spicy mustard
2 Tbsp agave nectar (actually just another sugar)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Halve the brussels sprouts and put in a large mixing bowl.
Add just enough olive oil to coat them, mixing them around. Spread them evenly on a baking tray (with sides) and add a few shakes of sea salt. Bake for about 10-15 minutes until the brussels sprouts are vibrant green and just starting to brown. Turn over and toss around the tray.
In a small bowl, whisk the agave and spicy mustard together. (Use the same bowl you mixed the sprouts and oil in to put down on cleanup!) Add more or less of either to taste, but an equal ratio tastes great!
Using a cooking brush, brush on the agave and mustard mixture until all is used. If you run out, make a little more using an even amount of each.
Put tray back in the oven, roast for another 15-20 minutes, tossing once more to brown the brussels sprouts. Take them out when they are soft (not mushy!) and browned.
They disappeared at Christmas ... I didn't get any. And of course you should always try different flavors ... maybe a little cayenne.
Monday, January 23, 2012
This morning when I got dressed, it was the first time since Friday that I put my left arm through my shirt sleeve. It was hard to do, but it was doable. The only issue was limited range of motion, not pain. I knew it was going to be a good day.
I haven't washed my hair since Thursday night. I pulled on my cowboy boots because they do not require tying (and boots, after all, are made for walking), a slicker, and a hat, and I walked up to the Hair Cuttery. It was just raining too much for me to go the next half mile to the barber. There they washed my hair, cut it, and trimmed my beard. It felt so good, I gave the girl a big tip ... Stay in school!
I cooked breakfast this morning. It was a good thing that I had liquid egg whites because I could not find the separator and just using the egg shells to separate them is a two handed operation. Mmmm. Faux-ver easy eggs on Thomas' bagel thins.
I simply was not hungry for lunch. I don't know why. So I had a pear.
Nothing for pain today except two Aleve. Maybe I'll take the rest of the Oxycodone down to the high school and make a little side money. KIDDING! I will flush it if I don't need it tomorrow.
I got really cocky at dinner and I tried to eat with my left hand. Now my shirt has a snack on it for later. Of course, eating with my right hand has been yielding the same result, but at least it reaches my mouth.
I have been wanting to join Half Fanatics. Minimum requirement is to run three half marathons in 90 days. Since I ran RnR AZ on 1/15, I have to run two more before 4/15. RNR USA (DC) is on 3/17. Need one more. Hmm March 31-April 1 is out because I always read at Palm Sunday Mass. April 7-8 is out; that's Easter. That left April 14 or March 24-25. Today I found the Cherry Point Half Marathon on March 24 at MCAS Cherry Point, NC. That's about 10 mile from my sister-in-law's home in Newport, NC. It's only $25. Probably no medal at that price, but it's cheap. I won't require a hotel room, I get to cross NC off my 50 states. It's only one week after RnR USA (DC) but I can do that if I don't worry about setting a PR for either race ... just take it easy and run for fun.
And yes, my orthopedist said I can start running again as soon as I feel like it. And that DC should be no problem. Bonus! She(WMBO) gets to visit her sister.
Notice I and using upper case letters tonight!
I am feeling better.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
now comes the real challenge.
i have been two days into this recovery mode and it is driving me crazy.
i can dig not being able to go out running. heck, it's been cold and slick around here so i probably would not have been out running anyway. but when i take my arm out of the sling to flex my elbow, the twinge in my shoulder reminds me of the wisdom of the sling.
it's only been two days!!
i will have to kill something in another week.
but my main concern is to not eat too little/too much.
friday, i ate virtually nothing but i was so doped up i probably would not have kept it down.
saturday i simply was not hungry and i sort of made myself eat some soup and some fruit.
today, sunday i wanted to cook, but me wielding a knife one handed, in my right hand no less, would have been all at once comical and frightening. so i wound up eating some crappy takeout. she-wmbo- didn't want to cook, but recognizing that i wanted something substantial decided it was a good idea.
tomorrow i am allowed to drive. 72 hours will be over. i am going to the barber and get my hair washed ... not done since thursday night and shower are not allowed yet. then i may take a jaunt around the mall.
i found this advice on a blog. Maintaining Fitness Goals During Injury
"When striving for fitness goals you may have setbacks. Just remember, these things happen and it’s no big deal. Here’s some things you can do to keep you on track:
1. Maintain a healthy and strict diet
2. Stay Positive
3. Keep Busy
4. Adjust your Workouts
5. Stay Positive!
"One thing that has really helped me is keeping an ultra strict diet. I’m not burning as many calories as I was before my injury. Make sure to adjust for this so you don’t gain too much weight.
"Also, adjust your workouts so you can stay on track towards your fitness goal. I’ve been putting a ton of time on the rower, the stationary bike, and the weights.
"It’s all about staying positive and keeping your sights on the Ultimate Fitness Goal."
so that should be painted on my walls.
it also seems like i already intuited the right answers.
except that part about staying positive.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
i apologize in advance for the lack of uppercase letters. one handed right handed typing is not something i am used to.
today i did nothing. that is, i did nothimg for as long as i could. she-wmbo- was busy watching lost dvds all day and there is just so much i can take of that.
i had wanted to go for a walk, even a short one, but we had about an inch of snow followed on by a glazing of ice. i saw no need to risk a fall on an unexpected patch of ice, but watching tv all day glazed me over as much as the drugs did yesterday.
the doctor gave me a couple of pretty powerful pain relivers. one i don't know what it is, the other is oxycodone ... not to be confused with the highly addictive oxycontin. taking the made me feel very dopey. between the droning of the tv, the pain meds, and the unnecessary gas fireplace sucking all the oxygen out of the room, i could barely keep my eyes open.
around 1400 when i was due another dose of meds, i decided tp try aleve instead. i actually think it did a better job without the sleepies.
she-wmbo- helped me bathe and get dressed this morning. good lord, i felt like an invalid. when i put together a bowl of soup and a yogurt for each of us, she told me that she was supposed to wait on me. 'you are waiting on me ... you are waiting on me to get supper on.' hah ha ha. but at least i was able to do that much. of course knowing how i like to cook, i felt handcuffed doing even that.
i will go to church tomorrow, but because i am not allowed to dive until monday afternoon, it means i have to go to early mass at 0700. i much prefer 0915. at least we will go out to b'fast at the biker's bar near church. this is a neat place, i have to blog about it sometime. and no i am not a biker.
tomorrow should be fun what with the ravens playing in foxboro against the patriots for the afc title. i have llittle expectation for flacco against tom, the baby, brady. in fact i have pats 37 ravens 17. i hope i am wrong. don't think i am.
and maybe i can go for a walk tomorrow.
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