The Enemy Has a Name, and Thy Name is Food (at least today)


I hate traveling sometimes.  Eating on the road for me is always SUCH a challenge.  I either hardly eat – which makes me feel like crap – or my choices are so limited, that it’s hard to eat anything balanced.  After 2 days, I couldn’t wait to get back home to the BAS’s, juices, and tofu.

Wednesday morning was coffee.  Just coffee.  The hotel didn’t have anything I could eat (ran out of apples and bananas I guess), so I ended up having to wait until a VERY late lunch to eat.  I was feeling really crappy by then.  I don’t do well when meals are spaced out so long. and once my belly feels out of whack, it tends to stay there.  Temperamental thing that it is.

So, my first meal of Wednesday was a very late lunch at the Smithsonian Atrium Cafe at the Natural History Museum.  The tomato and onion salad was surprisingly good.  The veggie burger was cold and hard, and I shouldn’t have indulged in the fries – but I did.  They were pretty good too.

For dinner, I had a small side salad with a vinaigrette that wasn’t bad.  I couldn’t stomach the idea of anything else.  By the time I went to bed, I had a ridiculous belly ache.  Still do.

This morning was 2 cups of coffee, though I don’t think there’s enough caffeine on earth that would make me perky today.  I also made a watermelon, banana, strawberry smoothie.  A friend suggested one of my power-energy juices, which I would have preferred, but I’m in dire need of grocery shopping and have nothing to juice!  The smoothie was great though, and held me off for several hours.

Lunch was a bowl of reheated bean chili.  I probably should have had a salad instead because my stomach is still pissed off, but it’s what I had that I could eat quickly.  That was about 3pm, and I have a serious feeling that dinner will be nothing but going to bed early.


I did a short 15 minute yoga segment this morning when I woke up.  Nothing much, but it felt good.  I am going to stick to yoga and swimming until I’m fully healed – and quite possibly until the end of the year.  I’m upset more than I can say about the running and I miss the bike terribly.  But with that said, I’m excited about focusing on really improving my swim.  I have a lot of room for improvement there, and I can still get in a killer whole-body workout while my back fully heals.  The challenge will be rebuilding my running base after so much time away from it.  Oh well, will cross that bridge when the time comes….


It’s been very busy, but a nice couple of days.  After a few hours of work yesterday, M and I went to a couple of Smithsonian museums.  We got great parking by the castle, then walked up to the Air and Space museum.  He was giddy pretty much the entire time, running from one exhibit to another.  I have to say it was pretty amazing.

the 'castle'
a random bush FULL of little birds...
tons of jets hanging from the ceiling at the museum

a hot air balloon concept from the 1800's. That little black spot on the top..that's a person. This is built to scale...supposed to be a floating city!

M trying out airplane controls
flight simulator

After that we went very briefly to the Natural History museum.  It’s the one we’ve spent the most time in on our various trips up there over the years, so he wasn’t overly interested once we got there.  We talked about walking the monuments or hitting up one of the other museums, but he was getting tired and wanted to head out, so we did.

The drive was pretty easy-going, and ended up doing a last-minute hour-long meeting while on the road.  Thank goodness for headsets!

Right after we got home, the kids ran off with the new Clue Secrets & Spies game and played.  They loved it, and it was cute watching them as I puttered around in the kitchen.

I was exhausted last night, as was D, so we went to bed early.  915pm is really early for us.  Too bad it’s not actually when I fell asleep.  D was out pretty quickly, but not me.  The elusive Sandman wouldn’t visit, and no matter how much I tried, it was almost 3 before I fell asleep.  I was reading, would turn everything off and try to sleep, fail miserably, and then read some more.  I was pretty much a basket case when I got up this morning.

I took a shower, and then worked all day.  I tend to really focus when I’m working and don’t always realize how tired I am.  That got me through most of today, though there were moments I just wanted to go home and crawl into bed.

I was so tired today that I wore my glasses – something I rarely do.  My hair is pretty long and curly, and I didn’t do anything with it except pin it behind my ears to keep it from getting in my eyes.  I saw my CIO this afternoon who told me I looked very “scholarly” today.  So I think I must have looked like an old school teacher or something.

Speaking of exhaustion…

About 4 years ago I convinced D that he needed to start taking a multivitamin.  He was recently diagnosed with Crohn’s, and constantly tired.  He’d take naps almost every evening, and was always run down.  I surmised that his disease was already making nutrient absorption difficult, and combined with his less than stellar diet, he really needed the vitamin supplements.  He agreed to try it, and after a month, his chronic tiredness disappeared.  Today he mentioned to me that he’s been having exhaustion problems for the past 5-6 days, and thinks it’s because he ran out of his multi a little over a week ago.  So glad he converted his way of thinking!  Now I just need to order him some new ones.

I had a chiropractor appointment this afternoon.  We talked about my increased pain the past 2 weeks since I’d seen him last, and I’m going to continue with him for a bit.  He agrees with my plan to swim (as long as I only do “sissy” turns) and yoga until I’m feeling 100% for a while.  We’re going to work on some specific exercises too next week.  I also have my yearly physical with my PCP in early Sept, so I’ll be talking to her about this too.

This evening is “fend for yourself Thursday”, so the older kids ate leftovers, D is taking R out for dinner after gymnastics, and I’m going to curl up with a glass of wine and a little Hell’s Kitchen before bed 🙂

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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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