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Friday, February 12, 2010



My beautiful fruit salad that I was eatiner earlier this week! I couldn't resist taking a picture because of all the wonderful colors that were represented--it made me think of summertime and fruit that is actually in season. I'm so excited for that time...not so excited about the heat (although I do want it to be a titch warmer than it has been lately), but if it means that I get some tasty fruit, I'm okay with that.

Just wanted to update quickly. The vegetable experiment is going pretty well--I am *trying* to eat tomatoes. Not going so well...the juice of the tomato just tastes off to me. But, I ended up continuing to eat more cucumbers this week and had a breakthrough! When I was eating my veggies with lunch on Wednesday, it occurred to me that I wanted to eat the rest of my cucumber and wasn't ready to move on to my carrots that I had.

I about leaped out off of my stool cheering when I realized that I was actually desiring cucumbers, rather than merely tolerating them.

So woohoo! The experiment/goal is working!

Couch to 5K training is going pretty well still. I can definitely tell that I am getting tired towards my last couple of reps, my legs start to feel heavier.

And some cool pics from recent walks:



A muskrat floating in the water from the ditch that runs alongside the path I walk at lunch time (when I walk while at work).

That was actually my first muskrat. My dad helped me identify what kind of animal it was by looking it up on his iPhone. All I knew was that it wasn't really an otter and it wasn't really a beaver.



My Nike+ chip that I received last week and have been using to help me track my time and distance when I've been doing my C25K training. It's a pretty cool little tool that I've been enjoying (even if I have been slacking on uploading the info the last couple of days).

I have determined I need to get it calibrated--it claimed I went almost 3 miles today (I think) and I am pretty sure that it was more along the lines of just a little over 2 (if the mile markers on the trail I was using are to be believed). If the weather cooperates and I end up going there for a walk on Saturday with my local Spark team, then I do plan on calibrating it. I'm not sure, but I think it's going by the pace that my foot moves at, but since my legs are so short, I tend to take a lot of smaller, quicker steps as opposed to slower, longer strides.

Oh, and by the way, it doesn't normally sit on top of my shoe like that. It's normally tucked under the laces where it stays pretty well (for the most part...I did have it squeeze out the first time I wore it, but I think I've figured out a way to make it more secure).

If I were to actually where the Nike+ shoes that go with it, there's a little cutout inside the shoe itself, under the arch of the foot, where the chip resides and you don't have to worry about it popping out.



Mushrooms along the same path at work. I thought they looked pretty cool (and they didn't creep me out like mushrooms normally do). Don't ask me why mushrooms creep me out, I really have no idea (other than it might have been due to the caterpillar in "Alice in Wonderland" that did me in when I was a kid).

I was thinking about some things today while I was jogging. It's interesting to me that people are choosing to immortalize their friends and family by dedicating things like park benches or theater seats in their honor. I know it's important to honor those we love and how it can help to bring healing by having something besides a tombstone or a marker in a crematorium to show that they have been on this earth. It's a nice gesture overall and it got me curious about the people that were being honored in such a manner with plaques near the park benches that were purchased and erected in their honor.

On a somewhat related note, I could tell spring is on it's way today when I was driving down the street and I saw a city worker putting up a sign showing where various parks and recreation can be found. There are now more park benches with more plaques along the path that I was on today, too.

Also while I was doing my training today, I got to thinking about the pace I was moving at and it occurred to me that I don't want to ever be at the point where I feel inconvenienced by stopping and taking note of something. You know, the whole saying "Take time to stop and smell the roses"? Yeah, that's what I want to feel the freedom to do, regardless of what else is going on.

Today I did that a couple of times. Once to watch as two helicopters zoomed overhead and again to snap a few shots of some flowers that are bravely blooming this time of year near one of the hotels. What brought the thought on was when I was jogging by this sign:



I had forgotten that sign was there, but I remember the first time I noticed it that I felt like it was what was going on in my own life--that I was somehow being restored and made new.

I felt that way again today. I think that I need to go through my various pictures from walks here and make a collage of some sort. We'll see how ambitious I'm feeling, though. :)

Well, I must skidaddle and get my little butt in bed so that I can get up with plenty of time to spare to weigh in and measure. Here's what how I feel about tomorrow's weigh-in:

I'm hoping to lose at least 1 pound, but, given different circumstances for the week, I would be happy to maintain. If I end up gaining a pound, I am not going to be disappointed.

At least, that's what I'm telling myself as I go to sleep tonight.

G'nite world!
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  • ALLBW2U
    I liked your blog!! I just finished with 80 minutes on the treadmill (while watching the Olympics) and was checking out your blog. Well...at first I couldn't get past the picture of the fruit. I realized that I was hungry and it looked SO good. I had to settle for fresh pineapple as that was all that we had in the frig that was calling my name.

    Thank you for sharing with all of us. I enjoyed all of the pictures and liked the fact that you didn't want to get so focused or busy or whatever that you didn't take the time to enjoy what was around you. That is a great attitude to have!!

    Hope that you have a wonderful week.....Bill

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    3646 days ago
  • 2BFREE2LIVE
    BEING RESTORED---That is an unusual sign, but in a way when you are changing your lifestyle and moving forward it makes sense. The mind, body and spirit all work together to make a person whole. Without one the others don't perform to the maximum. So in that regard BEING RESTORED does make perfect sense.
    So onward on your journey of BEING RESTORED. Enjoy the sights and sounds along the way. Sandy
    3657 days ago
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