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Brrr... it is cold, and getting colder

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Well, it was supposed to be a rest day today. My mileage was about right as I walked the dog 6.5 miles, but then I hopped on the rower for 70 minutes. So, I guess it wasn't really a rest day after all. The rower does use different muscles though, so I am not going to get frustrated with myself. I also missed having a rest day yesterday as well, as I walked 10.5 miles and rowed for 30 minutes. My knee is feeling a little better today... not as stiff. I think that even though I didn't make myself take true rest days this weekend that I will be fine to run tomorrow. I DO need to focus more on forcing myself to take actual rest days on the weekends. I am certain my body could use the break in order to repair and get stronger.

The weather got cold again today, and it is supposed to get really cold over the course of the week. That means slightly shorter walks for the dog. But I plan to keep up with my running and other gym workouts, despite the single digit temperatures. I just have to brave the chill for a mile (little less than actually) to walk to the gym, and then the same distance back. I found a pair of old snowmobile gloves that I can wear. They are too bulky to wear when I am walking the dog, but I can wear them on the walk to the gym. I will have to suffer through with my little knit gloves when I am walking the dog for a while longer.

I am looking forward to going to the gym tomorrow, and then I have a family dinner at 5pm for my SIL's birthday. She is doing the paleo diet now, so the food will be fairly simple and very healthy. Next week is my mom's birthday, which is when we will eat more sweets etc.

I started reading the cookbook my dad got me. It is based on heirloom vegetables. It has meat dishes as well, but is focused primarily on the vegetables. I am thinking I should try some of the recipes. They look so appetizing. I really enjoy cooking with fresh ingredients. I think the look and taste better. That is one reason I like shopping at the Farmer's Market each week.
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  • FARRAH511
    emoticon there is nothing bad in taking a rest day, but if were able to exercise without pain, even better

    Have a Marvelous Day

    - Farrah
    1880 days ago
    I hope your knee will do well with running. Your rest days can be very important. Keep safe with the cold.
    1880 days ago
    emoticon I have trouble making myself take Rest Days, too. At least I make sure Not to do the same workouts or the same Gym Machines 2 days in a row. I do Walk every day, but I think that is different.
    emoticon The other day I wore my Son's Gloves over mine. Could you do that while you are walking the Dog?
    I miss having a Gym within a mile of the House. It was always a Great sense of accomplishment to walk to the gym and back after a Great Workout!
    1880 days ago
    You keep up with the exercising well!
    1880 days ago
    you are kicking serious butt on those fitness minutes, missy! You go, girl.

    I took yesterday off and broke my 5k streak at 22 days, but I lost 4 pounds since Friday, so I am not complaining one bit. As a matter of fact, if I can KEEP losing while taking Sunday's off, that is going to be my new plan. I have to make this work for the REST OF MY LIFE and I will need days off, so I am going to start preparing for them now.

    Now off to eat some chili!! LOL
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    Very good!
    1881 days ago
    Very good!
    1881 days ago
    Chandra it's great that you got a computer from your brother! I am glad you are so active at the gym, it's a great way to keep up the momentum year round. You've had such a good month and that .2 pounds does count!
    1881 days ago
    Was below zero overnight here in MN. And the wind was really blowing. We even took down the flag at work it was whipping so bad in the wind. Got it back up today. It was sunny today, but cold, right aro0und zero. Once the sun went down it was nice to be home and all snuggled up.
    1881 days ago
    It's pretty cold over here in Massachusetts, too.
    1881 days ago
    I've said this before and I suspect I'll say it again: You, my dear friend, are an endorphin junkie.

    You might want to check out Mark Bittman. He has written several cookbooks. I live by his How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, but he also has a How to cook Almost Everything, which also has meat based recipes.


    Another excellent book is Food Matters, also by Bittman. You can probably get that one from the library.

    He is a regular columnist at the New York Times where he writes about food policy and trends.

    Another good food writer is Michael Pollan. He pretty much sticks to policy and broader societal issues re food and its role in the world. Most people know him for The Omnivore's Dilemma. It took me more than a year to get through it. I enjoyed it while I was reading it, but it didn't compel me to come back. The Botany of Desire, by Pollan, on the other hand did keep me reading.

    I know this sounds boring, but you have such an interest in cooking and eating healthy foods that I think these two authors/thinkers will interest you. They have greatly influence what and how I eat. My husband, too.
    1881 days ago
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