I feel like I have boiled down everyone I know down to a one-word description. I am tired, and things are grating on me right now, so I do not want to be wordy. Example – I had some foster kittens recently, and one of them was adorable, but out of control, I just call her Extra. I have a manager that reports to me, she is inclined to take the opposite viewpoint of anything anyone says so, she is now just Contrary. I have a friend who is always thinking of others, she is Helper (as in Mr.Rogers look for the helpers), so you see it is not all bad. But one more, someone else I work with always seems to be one step behind, he is now Obtuse. I am done, it is late, and sometimes people suck. But not you all that is why I am sharing this here.
Growing up I had an Italian-American Grandfather, and two Polish-American Grandparents on my dad’s side. Holiday’s were about church and FOOD. Christmas may have belonged to my Italian Grandfather, but Easter, that belonged to my Polish Grandmother.
Kielbasa, Pierogis, Ham, Golabki, and on and on until you are really full. Oh, and then candy, you cannot forget the candy.
My grandparents are all gone now, and if you have read any of my earlier posts, you know I am not exactly a chef. I do try to carry on some traditions. Right now my girls are grown and on their own, and I do not have any Grandchildren yet, so Easter is a quiet holiday for us. I decided this year to make Easter dinner. This is not the first time I have made Easter dinner, but today I am thinking about the foods of my childhood. I am on a diet, so any excuse to think about food seems reasonable.
I cannot make the labor intensive foods like pierogis and golabki, but I can make a ham, and grill up some kielbasa. Also, deviled eggs were always around on this holiday, guess they needed to do something with all of those dyed eggs, and they are easy enough to make.
I see a Monday morning workout in my future. I intend to enjoy every nostalgic bite. Maybe even a peanut butter egg for dessert.
First, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This is my favorite holiday because I get to be with my family with only the expectation to eat, and laugh, and love. We have so much fun! I will miss my extended family this year, but with just my immediate family alone a good comedy writer could come up with a sitcom.
I have not posted a daily “thankful” post online at all but today I do want to say a few of the things I am thankful for, because there are many, and it is important to reconcile them on occasion.
I am thankful for –
1. My family – they cost me money, they make me think, I feel so much love for them, they make me cry, but most importantly they make me laugh and keep me real.
2. The women in my life – I have so many amazing women in my life, women that are amazing and women that help me remember that not everyone can be trusted. But mostly amazing women, women that inspired me to write this post (and I have a few more to add to this).
3. My health – a little over a year ago I would not have been able to say this.
4. My ability to run and workout – After being so unhealthy for so long, to have run two half-marathons, with three more scheduled, to go to boot camp several times a week, feels amazing! I am certainly thankful to be able to do these things.
5. The amazing people I have met through running – the encouragement from those far better than me, and the kinship of those pushing through the same odds as me are invaluable in their ability to inspire. If you do not run, you should start, the people are kind and amazing.
6. My relationship with my father – my mother passed this past spring, I have learned more about my father in that time than in the past 49 years. He still gets mad at me, which hasn’t changed since I was a teen. I will miss my mom as long as I am on this planet.
7. My job – and the people there that have taught me so much.
8. The OPP – I will not say any more about this one :).
9. Old Friends – those who remind me to be kind, those who remind to visit, those who remind that I will be there for them and they for me NO MATTER WHAT.
I wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Enjoy everything around you and be aware of all of the things you have to be thankful for every day.
Hi all! I am almost 1-week into my healthy eating challenge and everything is going well; actually easier than I thought it would be. Although I did slip one day and had to list a Kind Bar and a Vodka and Diet Coke to my snacks on my food tracker, not as serious as it sounds, just an end of the work week, please give me respite kind of snack.
Do you think one of the most common excuses for not exercising and not eating healthy is “I do not have enough time.”?
I know that over the years I have used that more times than I could count or care to admit. Constantly telling myself I do not have time to exercise; I do not have time to cook all of my meals so they are healthier. Well, that is BS! When I measure all the time I have wasted instead of giving it the value it deserves, I get a little upset. But alas hindsight is 20/20 and we cannot go back, so I am over the regret and looking to the future.
We have to make time to get more time in the future. The time we spend now on being healthy will be years we add to our lives, and what are you doing with the time you are wasting anyway? Watching TV, going online, or working? I believe that idle time has value, but should be in moderation.
I am sure there are a million arguments to my simple statements today about time being something that we all have and I know everyone leads different lives. However could you find 30 minutes a day to exercise? Or a couple of hours on the weekend to prepare meals?
Today I am forgoing my run to take a walk in the park with my daughter, I will still get my activity in for the day, just going to take my time and enjoy the scenery and the company. Kind of like multitasking to save time ;).
Beautiful day in the park with my beautiful daughter!
Until next time…
This is not a great picture but it is the only one I have from today’s race. Today I ran a 1/4 marathon with my daughter, I love when my daughter races with me and it has been a while since we have done one together.
A little about the race course – The finish line was at home plate at our local minor league baseball stadium so the last bit of the race we got to lap the outfield and finish at home plate, that was a lot of fun. Oh and another great thing about this race because it started and ended at the stadium there were actual bathrooms and not PoP…woot! The course was almost completely flat, one small hill, and most of it was through our downtown area, lots to look at and talk about. Not much of a crowd presence on the course, and entertainment and such was limited, which I found I really did not mind. At one point on the course we were running through a neighborhood and one man was outside with about five kids, they had bubbles and were cheering us on as we went by, that was really cute.
Today was an amazing race! Not because I PR’d or I won a place for my age, but because my daughter and I ran together and had a lot of fun doing it! We kept our pace for the first five miles of the race, the last mile and a half of our 1/4 course was also the end of the 1/2 so we slowed down a bit and enjoyed watching some of the fast 1/2 runners whiz by us, we do not often (and by often I mean never) get to run with the fast folks. We kept a good pace this last stretch just a little slower than the rest of the race.
Because our quarter course was the same as the half course for 6 or so miles we did not have to maintain a fast pace, which made it nice. Do not get me wrong I like to compete and always strive to push myself each race, but daughter time is important too.
So, today was an amazing race, I felt so great afterwards, all that worry about my back, and thankfully no issues. If I had endless funds I think all of my training runs would be local races of different lengths, I love the inspiration of the elite runners, and the crowds, and the fun of having the other runners around.
Next week we have a 15K in Lexington, that one will have a LOT more hills, but looking forward to running with my daughter again.