I have a few posts in the works…my running post was nixed for a while because I developed shin splints and could barely hobble. Yes, I know that did not hinder my ability to TYPE. But it is depressing to try and write about how much you kick ass when you feel like you are on the other end of that phrase.
After playing with various variables, I think I have finally figured out that it was my cute-but-thin running socks. They allow my feet to move too much inside my shoe so my orthotics doesn’t hit my foot right.
I’d make some “gee, orthotics I must be old” joke but I’ve been wearing them since I was 21. I’ve been your grandma since I was legal drinking age. The orthotics go nicely with my gray hair.
(I was with a friend recently who pointed out I was the youngest of our group. “Yes, the youngest but with the most gray hair!” And I think that statement holds true even if I wasn’t also the laziest and cannot be bothered to get my dye on.)
I’ve also made some huge changes to my diet. I’m “juicing” (making my own fresh vegetable and fruit juice, usually replacing lunch or dinner with just juice) and in general eating a shit-ton of produce. But the plan is to do this for a month to see if it has the desired effects so I’m still in research mode. Except I will share that today my fridge is filled with collard greens, kale, kiwi, granny smith apples, cucumber, carrots, celery, red onion, oranges, ginger root, and a lemon. Not to mention the big bag of salad, half
an avocado and 2 cups of broccoli I finished off yesterday.
Having a fridge full of fruits and veggies is one of my favorite things. And whiskers on kittens are pretty neat, but they have nothing on the fact that today I *finally* *finally* cleaned the new girl tiger who is angry and scared of the whole world with out her charging, roaring, and leaping onto the cage wire. I even took my lunch out there and sat in her eye sight and by the time I was done she was peaking out of her den. I could see the tail flicking behind her, just ready to show me how big and bad she is if I made the wrong move.
In fact, today was pretty much full of my favorite things. I got up and exercised early. (No running again yet, but I did sweat buckets on the elliptical with my orthotics and 1980s puffy gym socks) Had my usual blueberry/green smoothie. (Although I made it with collard greens instead of spinach because a friend mentioned she liked it that way. Collard greens are definitely NOT one of my favorite things and will not be making an encore performance in the In Progress kitchen.) Got my shit together and out the door on time. Started the Roomba too and it actually cleaned today instead of pouting by the cat litter. Had a good time cleaning/ not being mauled at the sanctuary. Ran 6,497 errands on the way home and had them all play out exactly how I imagined. Took a shower. Vegged in front of the computer knowing I had accomplished so much I could goof off the rest of the day. There is nothing better than that feeling.
My mom flies in tonight. Part of the reason for the 7,892 errands. She’s just tagging along on my regularly-scheduled Gma trip this week. Everything is very up in the air about Gma’s condition. But she’s feeling pretty normal right now and it is awesome that Mom will get to visit and see her.
But for now, I have to go juice some kale. Do you know how much protein is in kale? A lot for something that resembles grass. Wait. How much protein is in grass? Anyway, kale has definitely become one of my favorite things.