It seems I have misplaced my running mojo somewhere. I think it may have gotten left in Portland around the end of October. Because I certainly don’t have it.
Don’t get me wrong: not all of my runs are horrible. But they aren’t like they used to be. Maybe I miss Forest Park – yes, I do. Maybe I miss my old running buddies – yes, I do. But Ashland, OR is a running mecca. What is wrong with me and my body? I huff and puff like I’m the ugly stepsister to the Big Bad Wolf. My lower left leg hurts. It’s not shin splints. And I cannot seem to stretch it out.
Truth be told, I haven’t been that great about stretching. I definitely need to get nailed down a bit better. Some of the runs I’ve been on have been pretty good despite the chest cold that affected me for about 3 weeks.
I shouldn’t keep complaining. It’s not like my IT Band is flaring up or I have sprained/strained something. And the majority of my runs have been faster than well…ever. But the fluidity of my runs and the pure enjoyment haven’t been there. I feel like I’m fighting with my body pumping my arms to get it done.
Enough complaining for now.
It does. No doubt about that. I’ve been using Lose It! to track my food and exercise to help me lose weight.
My Weighloss Dashboard
I usually eat the same things for breakfast and lunch. So when I get to work in the morning, I log all my breakfast, lunch, and proposed exercise into the site before I eat. It lets me know how many calories I have for the day based on a one pound a week weight loss.
I had a big dinner last night (don’t judge me) so I wasn’t really hungry earlier today. I’m not going to eat if I’m not hungry. So today I’ve had two cups of coffee and an apple and its 12:45pm (yes, I will have lunch I just need to wait for my worker to get back). If I don’t run today, I have about a thousand calories. Sounds like a lot huh? Once you figure in the extras like cheese or a snack, its not that much. (If I run today which I probably will, then I have 1500 calories to play with).
Counting calories starts to dominate your thoughts. Okay how many calories is this? How many do I have left? If I stop drinking coffee all together, can I have this? Then there’s alcohol and artificial sweeteners. Beer has lots of calories but liquor has less. I try to limit my intake of liquor. Aleta + liquor=bad decisions. I also try to limit my intake of artificial sweeteners too. But I have a sweet tooth for sugar. I don’t want to eliminate sugar from my diet. I just want to lose 20 pounds so I can be healthier and run faster…
I had so much fun baking this weekend. I forgot how much I really enjoy trying a new recipe even if it doesn’t turn out the way I think it should. I’m going to pick two new recipes each week: one baking related and one dinner. I’ll make them, photograph the results and do a post on them. Of course I will provide my snappy/witty banter for all to read! I haven’t picked them out yet. Stay tuned!
For Andy’s birthday I wanted to bake a delicious layer cake. I thought it would be best to do a test cake first to see how the oven worked. I chose a lemon cake recipe because lemon cake is delicious and forgiving. I’ve never baked with buttermilk or marshmallow creme. But the photo on the recipe looked delicious and the recipe used real lemon juice. So despite a head cold, I baked away.
First off, marshmallow creme is a serious pain. It’s incredibly sticky and hard to get out of the jar and even harder to get off of the counter. It turns out I didn’t have the 16 ounces of marshmallow creme that I needed. I only had 7 ounces. So I attempted to half the icing recipe. This was a little disaster as the icing looked like it was curdling when I poured in the lemon juice.
But in the end Andy loved the cake and that’s all that matters.
After 2 years of Andy asking for a pressure cooker, I finally caved and bought him one for his birthday.
For dinner we went to Bella Union in Jacksonville and had oysters and beer. Honestly they were some of the best oysters we’ve ever had. Best thing is that every Thursday through April, they have oysters and beers on special.
My friend was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer recently. She had surgery and now they are evaluating her condition to see if she needs chemo or radiation.
I was in the women’s sauna at the YMCA feeling sorry for myself. All the ladies had great lean bodies. I do not. But I’m working on it. A lady came in and I thought ‘Finally someone that’s a bit plumper like me.’ Then I noticed she had one breast. She didn’t try to hide her scar with a towel and met my gaze with beautiful hazel eyes. I was glad I was in the sauna and no one could tell if it was tears or sweat rolling down my face.
I thought about another friend who is going through a tough time with a family member and another whose love life didn’t work out the way she thought it would. And I cried/sweated some more. I don’t know who I was crying for: the woman in the gym? She didn’t need my tears? My friend with breast cancer? Nah. She’ll kick cancer’s ass. My friend whose love life didn’t turn out the way she thought it would? I don’t thinks so. She’s wickedly tough. Or were the tears for my friend whose loved one is having a rough time? Maybe. I don’t know. I don’t know anymore.
Andy and I drove to Klamath Falls to visit Klamath Basin Brewing Company. We took a back road route to see more of what Southern Oregon has to offer. It was a windy road. There was some car sickness involved. but the scenery was gorgeous.
There were a lot of frozen bodies of water along the way:
Klamath Basin Brewing Company is a pretty cool place even if Andy and I did show up minutes before the big Ducks Rose Bowl Game.