Body Heal Thyself

This was a week of discovery for me, in all sorts of ways.  My goal this week was to cut back on coffee and substitute a protein shake in the morning for breakfast (at home) rather than waiting until I got to work to eat a bagel or some other high carb breakfast.  I succeeded on both fronts, substituting water for my coffee at work.  It wasn’t as hard as I had anticipated as we have pretty bad coffee at work!  My coffee at home is definitely much, much better, so I savor the one cup I have while having my shake and getting ready. 

I had given up buying chocolate and my (other) goal this week was to stay away from refined sugar.  Well, that didn’t so well!  Monday at work we had a bosses’ day luncheon (I brought dessert) and when there were leftovers I headed right for the dessert table.  I noticed later that I had a headache, but didn’t immediately connect everything.  Tuesday at work, one of our court reporting firms brought in a huge bucket of candy for Halloween.  Of course, being unable to pass by chocolate, I helped myself.  Again, later in the afternoon, a headache set in – finally, an AHA moment – the sugar is making me feel like crap and giving me a headache!  We all know sugar is addictive, and everytime I have it, I just want MORE.  Wednesday went along more smoothly and I avoided the candy and Thursday we had a meeting in our other office with a dinner to follow.  I also managed to bypass the candy bowl on Thursday, but caved in at the desserts at the dinner – arrgh!  But, I realize I need to stay away from the sugar, it makes me feel crap.  This was revelation No. 1 – hey, it’s only taken me 45 years to put it together!! (more…)

Focus

First off, a big thank you to the Running Thriver for mentioning my blog in her blog!  If you are looking for inspiration, check out her blog at http://runningthriver.wordpress.com/.  She just finished her first marathon and her blog is chocked full of inspiration, especially for someone like me who is just getting back into running.  Thanks Running Thriver!

I feel like my last few weeks have been so extraordinarily busy.  I’m not getting enough sleep, I’m certainly not eating well and I feel I’m running around at a constant 100 mph pace.  Time to stop.  I know with the holidays coming, things will get progressively worse, but I’m determined not to stress myself out.  I picked up a book recently “Spent,” by Dr. Frank Lipman, whom challenges those crazed people like me to stop and change their lives by eating right, relaxing and rejuvenating their energy.  My thought on the book is, I have NOTHING to lose.  The title actually accurately depicts the way I feel seven days/week.  (more…)

Just breathe….

Just breathe – those were the words of wisdom I gave my son when he was frustrated at not being able to run more distance.  I explained that running is a head game and one you play with yourself.  As long as you can get your breathing down, you can do it.  Now, I’m trying to convince myself of those words as I am back to running. 

I woke up tired this morning and KNEW I did not want to work out.  There wasn’t much argument with myself as I knew I just had to get out, do it, and get it done.  I wish this entry was going to be inspiring and tell you that I got to the gym and did my best time ever.  Well, wrong.  I got to the gym still grumbling in my head, but resolving to just get on the damn treadmill and get it done.  I had a ton of excuses to quit today – my lower back was hurting, I’m pms’ing, my right ankle and foot are hurting again – oh, I have it all down.  But I didn’t quit.  (more…)

Mind Over Matter

I had a challenging week.  Work had my stress level up over the roof and I actually engaged in activities that this 47 year old doesn’t normally partake in (speed dating, a casino night and seeing a friend perform at a bar).  I live a hermit-like existence at times, but not this week.

I went to the speed dating the urging of a friend who really wanted to do it.  So, three of us went and even though I realized I was the fat girl to the two cute skinny friends, I think I’m definitely okay looking and typically look younger than I am.  I still had my wall up at the beginning of the evening, but decided to enjoy it.  At the end of the night, I had checked 10 men as “yes,” while my two cute younger friends had each only marked three.  We got our results yesterday.  None of the 10 men I checked wanted to meet me, while both of my friends had matches.  Disappointing to feel rejection like that, to be honest.  And going in, I had expected it.  Let’s face it, most men do not like women who are overweight.  S0, even though there were women there definitely thinner than me, but not as good looking, I’m guessing they had matches.  It’s hard not to feel hurt over something like that, but at the same time, it gave me some focus, which I’ve needed. 

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