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Overwhelming Urges

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

While I was quite hungry today during certain phases, I stayed on track with my new current eating plan. Unless my coach chimes in otherwise, I will still plug away at this. When I was feeling like "I might chew off my arm" today, I went and got a salad with lettuce, beets, peas, mandarin oranges, grilled chicken and a bit of balsamic vinaigrette. A meeting ran late so I was gypped out of my yogurt that I hope to have before working out. I found a mini-can of unsweetened diced pears in my desk drawer, so I ate those instead. Was quicker to eat than yogurt, and I was trying to make it on time for my trainer appt.

My overwhelming urge as referenced in the title had nothing to do with food. After I worked out with Kimmy on the kettlebells and the rope trainer, I drove home. The sun had not yet completely set but across the street on the neighbor's lawn, I could see lightning bugs (or fireflies if you prefer) out in full force. It was all I could do not to bebop over there and start catching them. I was instantly 8 years old (or less) again, and catching fireflies with my brothers, at my grandmother's house. We would be armed with an old mayo jar with holes poked in the top and we would run around the yard collecting them. We would take them inside with us, watch them in the jar for a little bit, and then go back outside and release them. I am pretty sure we never had any firefly fatalities. We were pretty good kids, and careful not to smush them.

The front yards on our block are all pretty much the same size. It was a little curious then why none of those l-bugs were lighting up my yard, or the neighbors' yard closest to us. Had word gotten out in the firefly community that I was running some diabolical catch and release program?

See this is what happens when I have happy head brought on by a great workout. I think of all sorts of wacky and creative things. I am smiling, and feeling good. It was nice to have those instant memories of my "Nan's" house all those years ago. I am still babying my knee (and we had 2 unplanned fire drills today - something went awry with the alarm panel) and it still aches or pinches. I am hoping to get my booty back on the octane or treadmill tomorrow. I need my cardio to take it to the next level.

In the meantime, I am plugging away and doing something. Tonight was kettlebells, followed by2000 ft of rope. I am please with my kettlebell progress and getting up off the floor is a bit better too. I am still working on this and other things, and eventually it will help me get to where I want to go.

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    Great post! It takes me back to my long, long ago childhood. Thanks. emoticon
    1457 days ago
    Cool to feel like a kids and have those memories!!
    1457 days ago
    perhaps you should catch and release some of the lightning bugs into your yard!
    1458 days ago
    I love the firefly memory. My sisters and I caught them too and fell asleep watching them blink. In the morning they were dead. Fireflies were always plentiful. I've seen a handful where I live now but nothing like when we were kids.

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You're definitely getting stronger. emoticon
    1458 days ago
  • KMW987
    Your story about the fireflies put a smile on my face. Reminds me of being up at my family cottage. Glad to hear you're sticking to your plan. Hope your knee feels better!
    1459 days ago
    You are so good at explaining things that its almost ss if I am there with you. Ty for the sweet memories!
    You are doing so good! I wishI could be as good......
    1459 days ago
  • SANDY1969
    Working the kettlebell is HARD. I can only do a few minutes and I am panting and breathing like the room is running out of air.

    You go girl!
    1459 days ago
    An overwhelming urge to be a kid again. That's awesome!
    1460 days ago
    I love memories they are such a 'high' .
    You are doing soooo great glad you are taking care of your knee.

    Arghh two fire drills must have been a nightmare !!!

    I couldn't even pick up a kettle bell with my back...you are amazing.
    1460 days ago
    I know the feeling with the fireflies! I used to catch them when I was 6-9 years old. It was fun. I don't remember putting them in a jar, but I think my brother and I liked to catch them and hold them in our hands until they flew away again. It's quite exciting and each time I see them out in full force, I remember those days and sometimes try to catch some.
    1460 days ago
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