1. RunningAs I was driving away to run some errand, I noticed the little old man shuffle by me. He wore running shorts, white tube socks that hit midway up his calf, and well-worn running sneakers. It wasn't the first time that I'd noticed him, with his slow shuffle-jog. He runs by my house frequently. I don't know if he runs every day, but he seems pretty committed to running, even though he's not very fast and his limbs are a little too old to move with strength and agility.
As I watched him, I thought to myself: being a runner isn't about speed. It isn't about ability, even. To be a "real runner," requires a certain mindset. The little old man was a runner, through and through. This is why I encourage newer runners (or slower runners, even) to not compare themselves to anyone. Run for the joy of running, for how it feels, for the strength and peace it brings. If you do that, you're a real runner.
And I only hope that when I'm 90 years old, I'm still out running, even if it's barely faster than walking.
My meals these days have been (mostly) sugar-free and full of veggies. And lovely to behold and to eat.
|Sauteed shredded Brussels sprouts and carrot|
with tofu meatballs and beets
|Shredded Brussels sprouts and carrots,|
topped with scrambled egg, salsa, and avocado
|Mixing bowl salad: beans, sweet potato, |
avocado, salsa, cucumber
|Caprese with freshly-picked basil/tomato|
topped with homemade ricotta
In the interest of full disclosure, I haven't been on 100%...but I've come to realize that it's okay. The little diversions and "cheats" have helped me keep on track about 80-90% of the time. And I've been very selective with how I cheat, turning down cake that wasn't homemade or distinctive but drinking a (single) beer with friends out. And so on. It's helped me not feel anxious for how I'm going to eat after the 21st day--because I've already figured out a way to balance it, though it's sure to still be an ongoing challenge. Plus, I felt a bit more motivated after eating a bit of excluded foods, which made my stomach hurt and drained my energy.
When you're on a limited budget, shopping is not something I can do at this point. This weekend, I dropped by a friend's yardsale and scored some great shoes and a few accessories for not much money, including a pair of red flats that I love, love, love. On Tuesday, I headed to my favorite thrift store to look for some shorts (a post for another day). Among other things, I found these little lovelies:
For a few bucks, I became the proud owner of (yet) another pair of flats--these were Nine West and in almost perfect shape. I've noticed that I'm slowly acquiring more and more flats and getting rid of heels that are uncomfortable or not a good fit. Flats are nice because I can walk on campus with them, but they can still look dressy for teaching. And I can wear them with jeans or skirts. (I also got a great pair of Kenneth Cole Reaction heels--so I'm not entirely giving up heels). After returning home, I cleared out several pairs of shoes that needed to go, more than balancing out the new acquisitions.
I try to keep my closet pruned, and I'm learning to not even purchase clothes or shoes used that are not quality brands--I'm constantly finding Forever21 stuff that is cute but is sure to fall apart after a few wears. Not worth my time or effort, even if it is purchased used.
When I saw the new Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders book, I knew I had to get it because of the bike pannier pattern. Panniers would be the perfect answer for how to transport myself and my load of stuff to campus, enabling me to bike more regularly and consistently. So, finally, I made them on Sunday, staying up until 2am because I got fixated on getting them finished:
They turned out perfectly. The bags are a good size to hold my stuff, and while I'm working on campus this summer, I don't have to bother with a backpack, saving my back from sweating disgustingly as I commute back and forth. And I can detach and carry them easily into the building with little fuss.
I made it from a yard of oil cloth and some small supplies, so they were cheaper than buying my own--and I got to use this awesome vintage-patterned oil cloth. I might even make a few more (with some adjustments to the design) for my friends who are interested in one. All-in-all, a good DIY experience.
And that's it...for now. :)