I've run twice this week--staying on plan for my race training. Meeting the girls Sunday afternoon for our long run of 4 miles. I'm planning on taking a 90 min hot yoga class tomorrow at 8
Yesterday's 3 mile run was gorgeous. I ran by the Ohio River and it was the prefect evening for it. Warm & breezy, fall leaves, sun going down. Perfect.
Vickie wrote a post today that made me think about what I'm eating. The past two weeks I've been complacent & lazy about food. I'm not binging, I'm not eating sugary foods. But I'm not eating enough fresh veggies. I have celery and an apple everyday with lunch, but lunch is usually a frozen meal. I did bring a salad from home on Wednesday, but one out of five days of non-processed is not ideal.
So I printed off a bunch of recipes from Vickie's side bar, and am going to tackle at least two of them this weekend.
It is so hard for me to cook. Mostly because I don't enjoy it. I also don't have/want to make time for it. Evenings during the week allow very little time after we get home. Weekends get full with activities, laundry, cleaning, exercise (when it happens), and I have to REST at least part of the weekend or else I get completely out of balance and grumpy.
I do make things ahead & freeze them--beans & rice mostly. The kids have frozen chicken breasts/sirloin burgers. I know I could do more.
I would like to get the kids involved in helping me chop veggies and other cooking activities. I want them to have a mom who cooks. My mom didn't cook, which I think is a big reason I don't. So I have to break that cycle with my kids.
My meals at night are typically very simple, like rice/beans/salsa/veggies. Sometimes I'll have a grilled cheese made with Ezekial bread (Luke loves grilled cheese so we have this at least once a week). I will also have Ezekial toast with avocado & an egg as dinner. I had leftover soup this week, which I made on the weekend for a birthday party we went to (this soup from Chocolate Covered Katie--warning! do not look at her desserts...they are vegan and more healthy than store bought stuff and absolutely delicious, but still sugary. She does have other non-sugar recipes which I'm sure are great. The soup recipe is easy & good). But I've had no fresh or steamed veggies at night this week. Not great.
Roni has been working on eating more non-processed foods, so I know I'm in good company when it comes to this being a battle. Roni has fabulous recipes. She's a mainstay for me when I want a recipe.
I'm still doing very, very well. I'm doing acupuncture twice a month & using my SAD light every weekday. The acupuncture is like taking anti-depressant meds--I could stop it since I feel better, but that would be stupid because I feel better in no small part because of the acupuncture. My meds have made a difference, too. This time of year is almost always very difficult for me because of SAD. I'm also taking calcium 600 mg gel caps and glucosamine twice a day; my psych told me a couple years ago that calcium can help stave off depression. So I'm thankful I have many tools to stay well.
My left knee is starting to "slip" when I do side stretches. I've noticed this in yoga the past several times. When we are in a split stance and do any sideways bending, I have to be very careful to keep my left leg slightly bent. Last night after my run I did a split leg bent-over stretch, didn't bend my knee, and my knee cap slipped. I don't know how else to describe what it's doing. That's what it feels like. It doesn't bother me while running, but it did freak me out because it was a big slip. I have been so blessed to have almost no physical limitations, and I don't want to screw up my knee. I have a friend who is a physical therapist and I'm going to ask her how I can protect it. Other than making sure I bend it slightly, I don't know what else I should be doing. Your input would be appreciated if you have any ideas.