Today’s Mini Goal: Do something with my hair! I never know what to do, but there is a whole lot of it and it’s just begging to be played with. I’m actually really good at doing complicated hair styles on myself and others because when I was a gymnast, my mom didn’t know how to do anything with my hair, and we would have to wear our hair in all sorts of fancy styles, so I taught myself. But I don’t know what to do with it on regular school and work days. Suggestions?
I have been beyond exhausted this week; I’m not just sleepy, but my body physically feels really low on energy. I took a four hour nap yesterday evening. Yes, four hours. I feel like I just got back from a climb of Mt. Everest. Hormones don’t usually seem to hit me this hard, but I’m trying to just get extra sleep and eat a bit more (having an excuse to eat plain spoonfuls of peanut butter makes me oh so happy!). This blog is about all kinds of health, and I hope this isn’t some sort of other issue creeping up on me. I’m always really paranoid about my thyroid because every woman in my mom’s family has a thyroid problem. I’m kind of a hypochondriac though — when I was a kid, I was convinced I had everything from E. Bola to malaria and botulism. I kind of had an overactive imagination.
I just couldn’t drag myself out the door for a run yesterday, but I did squeeze in fifteen minutes of ab work. My favorite ab exercise just might be slow bicycles — I can practically feel my tummy getting stronger while I’m doing them.
Today I did ten miles; probably my longest pre-9 -AM-class run ever. I knew I wasn’t going to want to do it when I got home around four though, so I dragged myself out the door at 6:15. It was pretty uneventful, but it definitely felt good to get my legs moving again after three days of not running. The Reservoir Loop in CP is currently covered in snow pack and it’s really fun to run on. You have to be careful, but it really works your legs and will make you feel so much more gung-ho. It also reminds of being at home in Michigan and plowing my way through snow-covered trails.
Bliss. I’m a trail runner at heart, which makes living in NYC a bit saddening at times. I love exploring the city on my feet and have probably run on almost every street/path/park/sidewalk in Manhattan, plus a few in The Bronx and Brooklyn. But I crave the solidarity that comes with a beautiful,unpredictable trail. There’s just something special about it.
If you’re a runner, what kind of area do you like running in? City streets? Parks? The wilderness? A treadmill?
What I’ve been munching on lately:
Salad with tons of chicken. Sometimes I just want a lot of meat, and this meal satisfied that want very well.
The Siggis yogurt was just alright. I loved how thick and creamy it was, but it was a tad dry and not sweet enough (never thought I’d say that about a yogurt).
Cereal/fruit/yogurt messes: how I love thee. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? The cereal here is the Kashi Toasted Berry Crumble and it is addictive. A bit too sweet, but so yummy. Nom nom nom.
Oats In A Jar, cooked with my new chia seeds. I really like how they gel up and make the whole concoction thicker. They have an interesting taste — sort of nutty, but also sort of sweet. I think I like them.
Averie’s vegan chocolate snowballs! So so so so so delicious. I used sweetened coconut so I threw in some plain oats to take an edge of the sweetness and add a little bulk. They were wonderful — they kind of melt on your tongue. I didn’t even bother portioning them into individual “cookies”; I’ve just been digging my way through the bowl with a spoon. No shame. These actually taste better than most cookies, and I’m all for vegan treats sometimes. If you’re looking for a vegan and/or raw dessert, this is the way to go! In fact, none of Averie’s recipes have disappointed me yet…Thanks Averie!
I’ve felt really down the last few days, but I’m blaming it on an icky combination of mood swings and anniversary fears. I am a different person this year with scary, sad parts. But also strong parts. And I will not relapse. I believe in me!
Off to go make some salmon and watch Grey’s Anatomy!
You all have an assignment: do something nice for yourself today or tomorrow and report back! I plan on buying the new Oprah magazine, but we’ll see…