Thursday, December 31, 2009

Vo. 2 Thursday, Week 2

Yesterday was an amazing day. I spent the whole day alone, except for my trip to the grocery store and my visit to my parent's house. I loved it.....I walked my two miles...uneventful..but cold. Then I worked in my yard. Oh, how wonderful that was. Nothing like pulling up dead weeds and blowing debris around to make a woman feel whole!!!

I found several interesting things in the yard yesterday. It is amazing what one kind discover when not even looking. I guess it is just being aware of your surroundings that makes things available to you. This is true in all areas of our lives, I think. I found some beautiful, tiny pine cones down in the woods behind the shed. I don't have any idea what I can do with them but, I have them in a safe place anyway. I also discovered some things growing in my mulch pile. Just laying on top of the ground. Garlic, onions, and brussel sprouts were all rising from the heap. How amazing!!! I'm going to keep watch and see what happens to them. I had never seen more healthy brussel sprouts in my entire life. Perfectly round and the most delicious color of green imaginable. I have decided to try to grow carrots this year. A first for me. But I have fallen in love with carrots. Oh, I've always like them but now I love them!!! (Remember, fall in love with something everyday.) I am going to try to find new ways to prepare them. I have two new cookbooks that I received for Christmas. Hubby gave me "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". I think he got it for me because he thinks I'll never go to Paris to cooking school. But mark my words, I am going someday......

The most disturbing thing I found in my yard was the dirty baby diaper in my flower bed near the road. I was pulling up spent flower stems and was respreading the pine needles when this diaper appeared. Thank goodness I had on gloves, which is very unusual for me. I like to get my hands in the dirt. I guess I just feel connected to the earth that way. Anyway, I am going to believe that some strange, unruly dog, (not my precious terrier or oversize labs) found it and decided to bury it in my yard. GROSS!!!! What type person leaves these things accessible to animals. Don't all mothers have Diaper Genies.

Well, I'm off on today's adventure....walking, then movies, then baby wrestling.....I love my life...Thank you God....

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Vol. 2 - Tuesday, Week 2

Well, I guess I am officially, or unofficially, back to my walking/running program.
Even though the temperature was below freezing this morning, I did venture out into the elements. Back in the summer months, I made a deal with myself that I would not walk when the temperature was over 93...Now, I am making a deal with myself not to go out when the weather is below 30.

I was to met Liz and baby in Charlotte at 1:00 so headed out around 10:30 for my 3 mile walk. My 3 mile walk today was actually only 2.8 miles. It only took me 36 minutes to complete this trip. Is that good??? My son-in-law said there is no way I can walk that distance in that amount of time. But I did. Now, I was pumping it. It was cold, remember....I didn't get to wear my good athletic socks Liz got me for Christmas, and believe me, my feet did rebel. Sunday evening when I walked, my ankles were frozen by the time I got home so today I decided on knee socks. I was going to buy some warmer pants but none of my shopping needs were met today.

I have a love/hate relationship with Target. More often than not, their pricing is not consistent with their prices and don't even get me started about their returns department....

At one point on my adventure this morning, I thought about becoming a mall walker. How old do you have to be for that? I just don't think Ican bring myself to doing that yet. I've also thought bout joining the local popular women's gym in town but have it on good authority that it is merely a front for local town gossip and I ain't into that stuff. Hey, I got enough issues of my own and absolutely don't want to hear about everybody else's problems.

Today's walk was good even with the low temp. I was pretty cold in the beginning but soon was able to remove the hood from my head. I really should have left it on. My hair was a mess, but I did have on my lipstick!! I'd like to hope that made up for the bad hair. I got cold again on the last few blocks home. The wind was picking up and coming down the home stretch was pretty chilly. I didn't have any hip joint issues. I have been remembering to take two Aleve before my walk and that has helped. Hopefully, I won't need to do that forever.

I really need to give some thought to a goal. You know, some event to enter with a deadline for conditioning. I'll give it more thought and do some research for a 5K sometime in the future..


Friday, December 18, 2009, "Jingle Bell Run 2009" has come..........and gone. HOWEVER, that gives me 50 weeks to prepare for "Jingle Bell Run 2010". I have officially rested the hip joint for 10 weeks and can begin my new walking/running program. Weather permitting, I plan to begin said program on Monday. Yes, Monday!!! Hubby laughs at me everytime I say I am going to start something on Monday. Why not Monday? They already suck!!! I shouldn't say that. I am sure great things have happened on Monday. I just can't think of anything right now.

Updates to follow....