Turns Out I Have More Than One Speed Setting


I didn’t get to really cook today, but I did get to eat my food, which just made me feel good and healthy and energetic overall.  Breakfast was a cup of coffee and some reheated rice/lentil/veggie/red curry.  I love spicy food in the morning!  Mid morning, I had yet another kale salad with pickled radish/onions from last week, avocado hummus, olive oil spray, and lemon juice.  I just can’t articulate how very awesome this salad is.  The key is to have the kale marinate in the olive oil and lemon juice for a bit I think, but whatever it is, it tastes great and makes me feel amazing.  I’ve read other people’s blogs about starting to crave certain really healthy foods, and I think I’m craving kale!  I can’t believe I had never had it before a couple months ago.  Lunch was a black bean and rice wrap that really hit the spot.  I will admit, that I’ve been lacking on dinner the past few days.  In fact…I haven’t eaten dinner for the past 3 nights.  I know it’s not good, but my day gets so hectic (work, working out, making the rest of my family dinner), that by the time it’s time that I can eat, it’s after 8pm, and I figure it’s a waste of time (and I never sleep on a full belly).  I made a piece of gluten free toast with sunflower bread about an hour before my workout.  Not exactly a meal, I know…..

Before work today, I made a batch of cupcakes.  They cooled all day, and after work, R frosted them.  Of course I took a picture when she WASN’T looking…and then wanted to pose for some of them.  She’s a total ham….

when she didn’t know I was taking a picture…

she staged this as an “action shot”…

…and finally acknowledging the camera!


I had two workouts today, and boy oh boy, did I need them!  I think I’ve been pretty vocal about how stressed I have been lately – in an unhealthy way.  I think a little stress sometimes is good, but too much for too long is terrible for you.  Anyway, I knew I had hit a breaking point today, and the ONLY thing I wanted to do was run.  So I did!  I did 5K around my neighborhood in the afternoon.  It felt great (even though I was overdressed), and my stress pretty much melted right off.

I’ve been noticing lately that my Garmin isn’t reflecting the correct time.  It usually says something between 530 and 730pm – no matter what time of day I’m out and about.  I finally figured it out today – it was showing what that specific day’s sunset time is!  I had no clue my watch even HAD that feature, and I couldn’t figure out how to change it.  It’s been driving me crazy…to the point I thought my watch was broken (nothing like being out for an hour run and NOT see the time change on my watch!).  Enter D, the wonder husband who figured out how to fix it. 

This evening was the team’s swim workout.  It was wonderful and I felt really good.  I’ve always joked that when W has “tempo”, “fast”, “slow” as the speeds we’re supposed to do, that I only have one speed.  I’m the same no matter which section of the workout I’m on.  This evening, however, I learned that I truly do have more than one speed setting!  On the “fast” laps, I pushed it and went faster than I did on the “slow” or “warm up and cool down” laps.  I still struggle with the first 100 yds – my breathing is erratic and I feel winded.  Once I’m past that, I can keep swimming for a long time, but that initial warm up is touch.  I’m worried what that will mean in the Tri next weekend – how do you warm up for a swim race when the swim is the first thing?  Will I get past that winded/erratic breathing to get through the race okay?  I certainly hope so.


Today’s first meeting was at 730am.  It was better than it could have been, but had it’s sticky moments too.  Oh well, most of my day was peppered with moments just like this!

It’s been tough watching D feel miserable the past week.  The Crohn’s pains have completely subsided – and they did within a couple of days (fastest flare up recovery ever!).  The problem is the two meds they put him on make him terribly sick.  He’s nauseated, exhausted, and has a taste in his mouth reminiscent of sucking on a tin can constantly.  Food tastes terrible, and he looks, frankly, like crap.  He hates it that I notice, but it breaks my heart I can’t fix it.  I’m amazed he even takes his meds knowing how they make him feel. 

Not much else to report today.  I got a lot of work done, which is good, but I have a ton more I need to get together in pretty short order. 

I have recognized that I’ve let my crazy schedule sort of take over my life.  I know sometimes that’s necessary in all things we do – we push the crazy hours and take on more than we should for a period of time.  What I’ve missed out on (and this sounds funny, I know), is keeping up on reading my favorite blogs and Twitter updates.  Today I decided that it’s not something I want to give up anymore, and it’s been fun spending an hour or so catching up.  I know it may sound weird, but sometimes it’s the little things that make you happy.  I know no other vegan’s at all, and the one’s I do “know” are in the blog and twitter world.  It makes me feel connected to people who are in some ways like me…and I’ve missed it.

On a happy note, my pups has been quite happy lately.  The kids have been walking her every night (thanks to a harness…she’d walk them otherwise), and she’s just as happy as ever.  We’ve started giving her a joint supplement twice per day to see if that helps her arthritis.  We’ll know in a few weeks.  D was lounging on the green room couch last night rubbing her belly for a long time.  Sam’s back leg was going like thumper!

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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