This morning I woke up really sore from yesterday’s awful yoga class. It wasn’t that the class was anything new and different, but I guess since I hadn’t done a lot of the poses in a couple weeks I’m just sore from that. However, my shins were killing me which I couldn’t figure out. What yoga pose did I do that hurt my shins? It might have been from Crow, but I’m not entirely sure. Regardless I was in a foul mood and was feeling rather cranky about my planned 4-5 mile run.
I grabbed half of a Luna Lemon Zest bar on my way out the door. I love anything flavored with lemon, so this bar was a winner!
1/2 Luna Lemon Zest bar
The whole drive over I was concentrating on the fact that I wouldn’t be able to do my planned run because of my shins and I was getting upset since my 10k is just over a month away. But when I got to the Y, I was rushing into the locker room so I could secure a treadmill when this sweet old lady with a walker was moving a little slowly. She stopped me and asked if I could help her get her coat on. I, of course, stopped and helped. She was so appreciative and sweet and kept apologizing for making me late (apparently, I really looked like I was rushing around). I kept telling her that it was no problem and finally we got her settled with her coat, bag, and walker and on her way.
It really made me stop and think: why am I complaining about my shins being a little sore when I should be merely thankful to have working legs?? I take so much for granted! I am thankful that I am relatively healthy and active and that I can have legs to move me and help me to reach my goals. So what if today didn’t go as planned? I still got a few miles in on the treadmill and the Apocalypse didn’t come because I couldn’t go as far as I wanted. I can’t believe how self-absorbed I am sometimes.
I got onto the treadmill in a much better mood and did 2 fairly easy miles. I still sweat like a pig, but my face doesn’t turn QUITE as red after only 2 miles. That is progress right? I am thankful that I was in good enough health to wake up, get to the gym, and leave with a smile on my face.
I got home and had one more thing to look forward to:
Almost-empty jar of Smuckers Natural PB
What could I possibly do with this??? OIAJ (Oats in a Jar)!!!!! I don’t think I’ve featured this on my blog since it went “public” since I haven’t had an empty jar opportunity! I picked this up from several of the blogs that I read and it is the smartest use for a jar like this. Why waste time scraping it all out when I can just make a pot of oatmeal right inside it? Heaven.
OIAJ: 1/3 cup rolled oats, 2/3 cup water, 1 banana, ~1 1/2 tbsp natural PB, cinnamon
There is something so fun about eating straight out of a PB jar, isn’t there?? Makes me feel like a kid again!! And the hot oatmeal just scrapes a lot of the PB off on its own so you make use of all the little scrapings. I made my old stand-by favorite oats, sans fancy egg whites, protein powder, or anything else whacky. And it was perfect.
After breakfast, I got a lot of productive stuff done like unloading the dishwasher, washing dishes, and making a BUDGET! Impressive, right? I have a fancy Excel spreadsheet with columns like “Foreseeable Expenses” “Saving Acct. Projected Interest” and other exciting, fiscally responsible ideas.
Finally the bathroom construction noise got to me and I had to get out. There is a loud, screechy noise from some piece of destructive equipment going on and I cannot take it. The dog is doing surprisingly well with it, so I left her at home and escaped to Panera for a yummy lunch. Not surprisingly, I ordered one of my staples from Panera (I always get You Pick Two with some combination of Med. Veggie Sandwich, Garden Vegetable Soup, and Classic Café Salad). I’m predictable.
Small bowl Garden Vegetable Soup with Basil Pesto, half Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich (on wheat instead of tomato loaf), and an apple!
There is a lady next to me who ordered a big salad “to be healthier” (her words, not mine) and is literally picking all the healthy stuff (ie, vegetables) out of the salad. Instead she is eating the cheese, saucy chicken, and croutons. I applaud her for trying, but come on now! I love people watching at Panera. Seriously a fun activity if you are looking for something to do.
Speaking of healthy choices, etc. I have some semi-exciting news. I try not to blog about my weight too much since it isn’t about a number but a lifestyle and being healthy. However, being healthier, in MY case, requires losing some more weight. I’ve been stuck over the past couple weeks and haven’t lost anything, but I finally dropped a couple pounds this week! I seriously cannot remember the last time I saw this weight decade. Sometime in high school for sure.
Off to be THANKFUL for my healthy lifestyle and for the choices I have made. And thankful for all of YOU lovely readers and everyone else who has supported me!!! You guys are the best!
****Fun contest: http://onehealthyapple.blogspot.com/2010/02/give-it-away-give-it-away-give-it-away.html go here to enter to win chia seeds!!! They’re something I’ve been wanting to try but haven’t found in-store yet (and don’t want to pay the shipping). Yes, chia like Chia Pets! But they’re actually good for YOU and not just your bad Christmas present!