Reteaching Wonder

Today’s Happy Note: Spending a wonderful weekend with USB!  He loves to talk/cuddle/eat/have adventures/walk…pretty much all the same things I like to do!  It is nice to have someone who wants to have adventures with me.  We still do lots of things by ourselves though — yesterday I went to a map-making class while he did an introductory yoga workshop!  It’s a wonderful balance.  I have been hesitant to say this, because I am afraid of somehow jinxing it, but I’ll just go ahead and say it anyways, because it’s true: USB is, plain and simple, the most wonderful thing that has happened to me in years. I even have a picture today.  Look!

Okay, so referring to that as a picture of him might be a bit of a stretch, but take what you can get!  I don’t have a lot of pictures and wouldn’t really feel comfortable having him on the blog, at this point.  But he does have nice hands, right?

Thanks for your sweet comments about it yesterday.  I feel silly talking about him sometimes, but it’s a good silly. I’m completely smitten and it has all happened so suddenly.  Each moment with him is a new lesson in blessings and gratefulness.  He has retaught me how to wonder. I was a hopeless romantic before, and now, well, I’m downright sappy.  So I apologize for my sappiness.  You’re just going to have to deal with it for a while. 😉

In the above picture, we are eating delicious wraps from this Noodle Shop. We got one of the tofu and one of the duck, and each had half of each.  They were really tasty!  They are definitely snack-sized and not meal-sized though.  Or maybe that’s just my marathoner’s perspective.

I squeezed in a long run today, between studying, cleaning, and cuddling.  I did about 12.4 miles in 2:10-ish. Somewhere thereabouts.  I think I was probably around a 10:30/mile pace overall.  Didn’t feel great, didn’t feel terrible.  For parts of it, my legs felt powerful and strong; at other times, they felt sluggish and sloooow as molasses. Sometimes within minutes of each other.  Weird, no?

It was my last long run before the marathon, so I’ll take it.  My body was happy for the shorter run, and is happy about the lower mileage in the next two weeks.  Less than two weeks from today I will be an official marathoner!  I even got my number in the registration pdf today!  I am number 40920.  Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

Other eats today weren’t too exciting, but did include this very necessary froyo monstrosity:

It’s a mixture of pinkberry original and pumpkin flavors, with my own toppings (seriously, always bring your froyo home and do your own toppings — so much cheaper!).  And yes, pinkberry now has pumpkin flavor.  It isn’t very strong at all and I kind of like it!  I added chunky pb, a part of a crumbled chocolate chip pumpkin cookie, and more chocolate chips.

I’m not sure if you noticed, but I have been *sort of* making an effort to eat less carbs.  The key words here are *sort of*.  I  would estimate that I’m eating about 20% less carbs than I was a few weeks ago, in the heart of marathon training.  I have always liked my carbs, but I have never been obsessed with them.  I don’t love bread.  I actively dislike rice.  I like quinoa but am usually too lazy to cook it.  I also like whole wheat pasta but again, it takes a long time to cook, and it is more of a treat for me.  I have been consuming more sweet potatoes and squash (they’re in season, so it’s easy), about the same amounts of veggies, a little less fruit, and less sugary carbs.

I have made the switch to totally plain yogurt.  I have also started actively buying more proteins and fats lately. Here’s whats in my fridge/cupboard at the moment:

Protein — natural honey maple turkey, TJs grilled chicken, Fage 2%  greek yogurt, eggs, Amy’s spicy vegan chilibeans (refried pinto and plain), natural tuna, and half a block of tofu.

Fats — avocados, TJs guacamole hummus (it’s alright — but not better than either hummus or guac on their own), an assortment of nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts), peanut butter, earth balance vegan butter, Fage 2% greek yogurt (does double duty!), TJs goddess salad dressing, olive oil.

I think that variety in protein and fat sources is key.  I make an effort to do different combinations and flavors and textures.

I am not doing this as part of some silly diet or fad weight-loss craze.  You guys know I wouldn’t do that!  Rather, one of the most widely accepted treatments for PCOS is a lower-carb diet.  For many PCOS patients, it is the only way to manage their weight. I don’t event know if I have PCOS or a different disorder, but I have, in the past, experienced success with a lower-carb diet overall (I am using “diet” in the general sense of what I eat here, not to refer to any type of restriction).

So it’s just something I am trying.  It is easier now that I’m running less.  I am seeing an endocrinologist next week, and will start dietary/medication experiments the following week (after the marathon is over).  It is going to be an interesting journey, to say the least.

Favorite protein?  Favorite fat?

Best part of your weekend?

Are you sappy and romantic or serious and collected?


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jess
    Oct 25, 2010 @ 00:56:11

    I’m definitely a sappy/ romantic person! Best part of my weekend was pumpkin carving today 🙂


  2. It All Changes
    Oct 25, 2010 @ 01:19:22

    Carone I love the joy in your tone as you write about USB. You are so happy it and it a joy to witness through your words.


  3. Kelly
    Oct 25, 2010 @ 04:37:29

    I totally understand what you mean about the photo thing. I would have been the same way if I was blogging back during my dating days. It’s obvious he makes you very happy. I can see you smiling through your words. 🙂


  4. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine
    Oct 25, 2010 @ 08:20:05

    I think putting pics of anyone you’re dating on a blog is a big step…Mike and I had already been dating for well over a year when I started mine, so it seemed natural, but a new BF would be a totally different story!!

    Have you ever read Namaste Mari ( I met her yesterday and while the topic didn’t come up during our meet-up, I read her “about me” last night and she has PCOS too. She lives in Queens, so it might be a good person for you to meet up with!!


  5. rebecca lustig
    Oct 25, 2010 @ 09:10:16

    I think it’s important to find balance between your personal and blog life– i’m glad you’ve reached a comfortable place with it 🙂


  6. ~Jessica Zara~
    Oct 25, 2010 @ 13:43:45

    Yes, low GI diets are meant to help a lot with PCOS…I don’t think it’s about limiting carbs per se, more sugars and/or blood-sugar elevating foods because PCOS usually accompanies a level of insulin resistance if I remember correctly? I hope the new way of eating improves things for you 🙂

    Nothing wrong with keeping a little back from the blog: your relationship is so special, and I can totally understand why you’d want to keep it private to a degree. I am a bitter, twisted cynic when it comes to love but even I find the interaction between USB and yourself heart-warming and beautiful, and love hearing about how he’s helping you in terms of happiness and acceptance.

    Those rolls are teeny-tiny…it’s not just your perception 😉

    Thanks for your advice: I will try to do my best to heed a lot of what you said! Breaking a compulsion is so tough, but don’t think that I haven’t absorbed and kept your words in mind 🙂



  7. Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear
    Oct 29, 2010 @ 10:46:49

    It’s soooo lovely to read about your man and how happy he makes you ❤


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