Rant Ahead – RSVP

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I do not generally use my blog to rant, but I am so frustrated by the seemingly lack of consideration that I am experiencing right now.

When did it become OK to not RSVP to an invitation?  Did people forget that money is being spent, that plans are being made?  If you do not RSVP to the invitation, I do not know your intent; I do not know what you are doing, I am not psychic!  I am either going to have too much food, or not enough, too much space or not enough.

Have we really convinced ourselves that we are so busy and so important that no one else matters?  I am sorry, but a couple of minutes to make a phone call, send a text, email, anything is not too much to ask; it does not have to be a letter.

If you read this do me a favor never forget to RSVP, I mean never.  It is rude, thoughtless, and stressful for the person who sent the invite.  You are not that busy or important, get over yourself and RSVP.

End of rant.

When cooking is not your thing

 

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Cooking is not my thing, I mean I really dislike doing it.  When I was not watching my weight it was easy, just eat whatever is handy, or order delivery, anything to not have to think about what to eat.  Now that I am trying to eat better and feel better, I have to think about what I eat, I have to put ingredients together in my head that will be healthy and filling.

I am going to share some of the things that I keep in my house, that keep me happy and out of the kitchen, well at least I am not in the kitchen for very long.  By no means is this list meant for everyone, but maybe it will spur you to find a few of your favorite things for your kitchen.  I would also like to state that not all of these things are healthy and natural, but they are not awful either and fit into my eating plan.

So, here goes –

  • White Corn tortillas – these are tasty, not a lot of calories, and keep for a very long time.  You can have them with breakfast, lunch or dinner
  • Jennie-O Turkey sticks – White breast turkey, 25 calories, cut them up in a salad.  Yummy!
  • Reduced fat string cheese – grab and go
  • Spring Mix and baby spinach – hundreds of things you can throw in it for a quick meal
  • A mix of Chard, Kale, and spinach or other greens for smoothies.  (Invest in a smoothie blender, I have a Ninja, totally worth it!)
  • Oscar Mayer Natural Turkey Breast – Tasty, low cal, and easy with just about anything
  • Pico de Gallo – everything already cut up and ready for you!  I do not have to cut onions, or peppers, or tomatoes.  Heaven!
  • Grated Romano Cheese – or Parmesan – whatever you like.  Delicious on salads, over meats, obviously with pasta.
  • Pasta – good go to in a pinch and just about everything I listed here can be added to pasta to make it better!
  • Bananas –  I love bananas 🙂  Pick another fruit if you do not like these, keeping any fruit on hand is good for a quick snack.
  • Rice Cakes
  • PB2 – for my rice cakes.  If you have not tried this powdered PB I recommend that you do.
  • Coffee –  I love coffee, more than I love bananas, it is a necessity.
  • Tuna – I always have a few pouches of tuna on hand.
  • Frozen Berries – they do not go bad and are great for smoothies

I keep a lot of other things also, spices, etc to use when making these, but looking at this list, I could make a weeks worth of meals and spend very little time in the kitchen.  Also, only using my stove top, never having to turn on my oven!

That is it.  Nothing new, or earth shattering here, but if, like me, you are cooking adverse, maybe you could think of some things to do with these ingredients.  I promise, just a few minutes from the kitchen to hiking, or shopping, or watching TV; anything other than cooking.

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The Only Thing Constant is Change

The title of the contribution today is attributed to a Greek Philosopher, Heraclitus.  He is known for his philosophy that everything is constantly in flux, like the flow of a river.  I do not know much about Heraclitus, but I do agree with the idea that change is constant.

I work in an industry where change is necessary to stay ahead of competition, to keep our customers happy, and to stay relevant.  If you are a parent, change is certainly constant in your life; in the blink of an eye your children grow, they change from a dependent child, to an independent adult before you know it.

I could go on and I am sure you could each come up with examples of change.  But by the time we do that, things will have changed, so I will leave it at that and change the topic to me, and my absence from this blog.

It has been about a year and a half since I posted on this blog, and the last post was really just a lame re-post of an earlier entry, so technically it has been almost two years since I have posted an actual entry.

It is going to take more than one entry to go over the last two years of my life, but here are a few highlights –

  • One of my daughters got married
  • One of my daughters got engaged
  • I purchased a home
  • I have started and stopped and started running more than once over the past two years
  • I started hiking, that has been great
  • I got a new puppy
  • Weddings are expensive

That is all for today, I just wanted to get my rhythm back, and keep it light for today.  I am hoping to have enough to say from the past two years and from the day-to-day.

I should, after all, things constantly change :).

 

 

 

Cheaters never win, and…

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I found out today that someone I have run with in the past has cheated in several races.  It really disturbs me that someone would do this.

My journey to get healthy through running, exercise, and better eating has been pock-marked with successes and failures, I could never imagine cheating myself out of this journey.  I think the thing that bothers me the most is this person, much like me, does not look like your “typical” runner.  When you struggle with your own demons and add in what others think of you it can be hard to keep going sometimes.  To have someone soil that with cheating is distressing.

I know this person does not represent me, yet I cannot stop being angry about it; the cheating was deep too, over at least three races.  Just to get people to think you are running and to get medals!?  If someone puts a medal around my neck you better believe I earned it!  Earned it with every painstaking mile, squat, and push-up.

Do not cheat yourself out of your accomplishments.  The way you live your life is up to you and you should not be ashamed of who you are.  If you do not want to run, don’t; if you want to eat fast food, eat it; if you want to smoke, then smoke.  But do not pretend to be something you are not.

There are too many people in this world who cannot do the things that I am able to do; people who are ill, or depressed, or otherwise unable.  To soil you ability with cheating is just wrong.

I had to get this out here so I can stop thinking about it and move on; thanks for reading my rant.

Give me a break! Or not…

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I have used this little bit of advice in my blog before; but it bears repeating.  Giving up is NOT a good idea, changing your course, changing your method, changing what you are trying to accomplish are OK, but giving up is not.

I took a break from my workout routine for the past couple of weeks, not really giving up, but I had a horrible sinus infection and some tiny bit of drama going on in my life so I “took a break”.  Here are the TOP 5 reasons it is not a good idea to take a break –

5.  You lose ground, all of that hard work to get where you were, and now that you have taken two steps back that is an extra two steps you have to take again.

4.  You know you want to workout, your mind is craving it even if you body is trying to convince you otherwise.

3.  You start to think of other things to do, like eat too much, or spend too much, or watch some awful reality TV.  I will not knock you for wanting to have an extra glass of wine though ;).

2.  People still ask you about your running, boot camp, progress and you either have to lie or tell them about your “break”.

1.  The number one reason not to take a break – your body will hate you for it!  When you get back to it and decide that an hour of leg work at boot camp one day and then a run the next day is a good idea; your thighs will scream at you like a colicky infant!

Understand that I do know there are times when you have to take a break, injury, severe illness, etc. even my sinus infection could have warranted a few days.  But two weeks!?  No way!

Do yourself a favor, the next time you think you are too busy or too tired instead of sitting down and resting go for a run or to the gym.  I have never regretted working out, but I have regretted NOT doing it.

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