The rebel in me reared it's head and I did something today I am not supposed to do.
Yesterday I had been cleaning out the closet, thought I would put the winter clothes away and bring summer out, but decided it's just too cold here in Salem for that move right now.
In cleaning I found a perfectly good almost brand new pair of running Nike shoes.
At one time in my life I ran, I ran and jogged almost everyday.
I had to stop in 1995 due to a knee injury. I had hopes of getting better, regaining my mobility and running again. But that didn't happen . Just the opposite, I got worse and for the next 14 years I continued the downward slide into obesity and very limited mobility.
I keep telling myself as soon as I can walk, jog, run again I will lose weight and everything will be as it was. I was in such denial. I could not face the realization that even if I could not get around I should do something about my weight gain. I couldn't even admit how much I had gained. Even when I knew I weighted 250 lbs, I still called myself over weight. Never used the obesity word. And was shocked to read a report from my doctor who called me morbidly obese. Morbidly obese, wasn't that people who weighted 300 or 400 lbs ? That's when my doctor explained about the BMI I was FAT. OBESE. MORBIDLY OBESE. Approaching SUPER MORBIDLY OBESE. My BMI was 56. He explained that I was considered morbidly obese at 195 lbs. It just got more so as I continued to gain.
Thank God for a caring doctor who never gave up on me. Even though I did. With his encouragement and pointing me in the right direction, and with the help of other doctors, dietitian and the determination and hard work I put in, I was able to lose weight.
My Orthopedic doctor wouldn't give me knee replacement till I lost weight. He said they don't last if you weigh too much. A few years back one had to be under 200 before he would consider the replacement. Now because of the obesity epidemic and the increase of bad knees, mostly due to the excess weight, he has put the weight limit at 250.
I waited till April 19, 2011, I was about 175 to have my right knee replaced. Six months later I had the left knee done. I was down to 140 by then.
My recover was fantastic. One of the most remarkable recovery the doctor and nurses said they have seen. I credit that with the activity I had been doing before the operations. And the fact that I wanted to be able to get around on my own so bad I worked very hard and diligent to make that happen.
Once you have knee replacement you can do almost anything. I walk great. I ski, I dance, I do Zumba. I can run up and down stairs.
But jogging and especially running are a NO NO !!!!!. That's considered a bad thing to do.
These titanium knees have a life expectancy of 20 to 25 years. If you don't damage them, by heavy pounding , the kind you get in jogging and especially running. In fact most of the damage I had in my knees was caused by my life long running. I was still running at 55, but knees were starting to give me trouble. Then the hiking accident and one operation led to another, and I didn't think I would ever walk unaided let alone run again.
But here I am 200 lbs lighter and with two new knees, walking every day.
Everyday I and my dog Titan walk a mile. But other times I power walk by myself for 3 to 5 miles. A few of those times I have added a little jogging. It's called wogging. You walk, then jog, back to walk.
This morning I grabs my shoes and realized I had on the Nike running shoes, didn't matter they are so comfortable, air cushioned, feel like walking on air. Took Titan out for day 93 of our mile walk.
Later when I came in I felt so good, decided to go back out by myself.
I started walking, pretty soon I added a little jog, back and for with the walk, jog.
I was moving at an steady pace and felt the need to lengthen my stride and speed up some, before I knew it I was running. I ran just a few blocks. Wow, it felt good.
But I remember the doctors words, be careful with running.
I went back to walk, jog, but continued a little more running. I did that for 2 1/2 miles. Turned around and came back switching back and forth, walk, jog, run. The last mile I walked most of the way. I was kind of tired. but felt exhilarating.
Now I know I can't do this all the time. I need to have my knees hold up for the next 20 or 25 years. For I intend to still be around for that long. And I don't look forward to having another knee replacement when I am in my 90's.
I had drank a Greek yogurt with some added protein before I went for my wogging run. But now I was hungry. Decided to indulge in my favorite weekend special breakfast. Eggs Benedict.
These eggs benedict total out at 332 calories. A full muffin, 2 oz. deli thin ham, 6 asparagus spears, 1 poached egg. 4 tbl. hollandise sauce.
As I sat savoring each bite it reminded me of sitting on the hotel balcony over looking Acapulco Bay. Watching the sun sparkled off the water, feeling the suns rays hit my face, oh wait a minute, it's not the sun I feel, it's the toaster oven, I left it on. Oh well, I close my eyes and think of some where warm, and smile, it's nice I have such wonderful memories of hot sunny places, it makes living through the rainy weather here bearable.
Right now I have a large pot of Cioppino cooking away. I just added the calamari.
There are two ways to cook calamari, either 2 minutes or long slow for one or more hours. For fired calamari quick is the way to go. But added to a fish stew, I go long and slow. It will be tender and have a wonderful sea taste. The other fish, cod, or halibut, clams, crab, shrimp will be added just before the cioppino is to be eaten. You don't want to over cook the fish. The fish should remain in chunks and the other sea food too much cooking makes it tough and rubbery.
This is with just the calamari in it. Later I will add other fish, just enough for me tonight. Tomorrow I will take the main base over to my friend, Lynn's and add the fish and shellfish. With some crusty Italian bread, a crisp white wine, we will have a lovely meal.
Lynn has a cast on her right hand, can't do for herself. Her hubby is away on business, so I am doing my part in seeing she is feed and has company.
Just got a call from another friend, Pam, she's sick can hardly do anything. Her husband is pretty useless in the kitchen,(her words). So I am taking some over for her tomorrow too. Good thing I cooked a large pot of cioppino. You can always add some more canned tomatoes, broth and more fish, to feed more. That happened once at a Xmas eve party. more people showed up than expected.
The other day I mentioned that I fixed some Swiss Chard and loved it. I used a recipe by Anne Burrell, Food Network. Sauté 2 slices of cut up bacon in pan with olive oil, 2 cloves of garlic and red pepper flakes. When the garlic has turned a golden brown, remove, and discard. Leave the bacon cooking in the pan.
Add 1/4 onion,chopped, cook till translucent. Add the 1 inch chopped chard stems and 1/2 cup vegetable or chicken stock. Cook till evaporated. Add the swiss chard leaves cut into 1 1/2 inch strips. Sauté till wilted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. And enjoy each bite. It's soooo good.
I ate half of it in my quality control tasting. The other half I had for dinner. I never knew I loved Swiss Chard as much as I do. I will definitely be adding more of that to my vegetables list.
I don't know why I am so restless today.
I started out with 30 minutes of pilates, walked, then walked and ran. Cooked.
I wanted to do my hair, so I went to the gym, did some water aerobics, swam some laps, then did my hair in the shower. I like it better than my shower nozzle here st home. Came home wrote a blog, lost it. Went back out with Titan, I was frustrated. I need to buy a new computer. Decided to do the blog, because there was nothing else I wanted to do. TV is boring me these days. Oh, tonight Game of Thrones comes back on, that I like. Will definitely be watching.
The rains have come back with a vengeance. We have broke all records for the wettest March since 1957. And it's cold too. I know it doesn't do any good to complain , but I am more than ready for some nice weather.
Time to end this blog.
Thought for the day."I'm not telling you it's going to be easy, I'm telling you it's going to be so worth it."
Take care , stay positive, Believe in yourself.
Peace and Love,