Well, I haven’t been so excited for the weekend since last Friday. Ha Ha!
I missed Monday’s blog and some people actually noticed. That makes me feel good, but also puts a little pressure on me. It’s okay though. Want to hear why? You’re never going to believe this story:
So I went to a glamorous ball over the weekend. I was having such a good time and not paying close attention to the clock. I fled quickly and as I was riding along in my coach — actually, it was zooming along rather rapidly to assure that I was home by curfew — the clock struck twelve and my magical transporter turned into a pumpkin. As this happened I began to panic. Then I thought of the age-old saying “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” and decided to make the best of my situation and literally ate myself into a pumpkin coma. There were pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin scones, pumpkin lattes, and pumpkin nog similar to this recipe. It was a crazy week, and I have recently awakened. (I can’t tell you how much grief that last sentence has just caused me — awakened? awoke?)
See, I told you that you wouldn’t believe it!
I love it when you have been sick for a few days and you just wake up and ka-boom you’re ready to go, lots of energy and are feeling great. That’s what happened after a couple of days off and lots of rest. I really do think that healthy eating plays a role in recovery time. I still worked out during the time I was sick and I even ran a 5k last weekend. It must have helped the last few germs to exit my body because I felt fabulous afterwards and have ever since! Bam!
Speaking of Running:
I recently discovered the local running store hosts runs on Wednesday evenings and joined the group this week. It’s nice to show up and have a mapped run all ready for you. There were about a dozen folks who took off in the setting sun for some exercise. Some ran at a sprinter’s pace, others took it easy, and yet a few even walked. I was the only one who ran the three-mile course, so I wasn’t able to glean any sage advice from the seasoned runners. I guess I’ll have to show up next week to try again. Since they also map out a 6-mile course, it gives you the opportunity to stretch your ability just a little and step outside of your comfort zone a bit. Not sure I’m there yet, but eventually I’ll give it a try. They also provide some healthy snacks and water afterwards, all for free! Though intrigued by the mooshed almond butter / banana / blueberry concoction in a squeeze bottle, I didn’t try it as the #2 ingredient was sugar. Water satisfied me until I raced home to a GIANT salad. It was a different experience for me to run in the evening as I usually keep my exercising to the morning, but it seemed like I had enough energy at the end of what was otherwise a very stressful day. It actually was a great stress relief. I see this being helpful in the future.
So what do you have scheduled for your weekend? The weather here is a little iffy, so it looks like whatever I do will end up occurring indoors. Maybe roller skating? No, not really. It’s just what popped into my head, but it does sound like fun, doesn’t it? I might have to find an eight-year-old girl to go with so I’d have an excuse to go roller skating, cuz I don’t think old people just show up at the local rink and skate alone, do they?
Anyway, I’m hosting a healthy foods potluck at my house in a week so I’ll be making some preps for that over the weekend including a little decorating, making sure I have tasting cups and spoons available and cleaning. I always enjoy having people over who have similar eating styles to mine. It takes the angst out of meal planning, especially when it’s a potluck! No angst involved! I’m looking forward to sharing experiences, recipes and a fun day with some terrific people. I will definitely post about that in the future.
I hope you have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here Monday. Make it a healthy one! Now, where did I leave my glass slippers?