Monday, March 12, 2012

Kind-of weekly update

I haven't updated in a while because there hasn't been much to report. I went to the gym a few times in the all the days that have passed. Not as many times as I wanted to go, but not zero times, either.

My diet kind of went to hell last week due to having an inaccessible kitchen (read: no counters, no sink, no dishwasher, no kitchen table)...renovations happen. So does eating out for almost every meal because one can't adequately prepare anything in a kitchen without a sink. You don't realize how necessary it is until you don't have it...

Excuses aside, this new and wonderful weather that rolled in has inspired me. I love the smell of the air and the temperate warm/cool balance. So perfect.

Yesterday marked my first bike ride of the season. I did a round trip of 6 miles @ the Vernon Rail Trail and it was a tid-bit on the chilly season, being 5:30 pm (thank you, daylight savings for even making that ride possible!) but enjoyable, nonetheless. It felt good to get back on the literal saddle, though I am sad my muscle memory is in shambles and my bod is like "Girlfriend, you have got be kidding me that you think you can just jump back up here and back into your end-of - summer shape."

Touche, body.

Yesterday also marked the first of a most-likely short-lived but still fun slow-carb diet type thing. What this means is that I am not eating: bread, breading, fried stuff, pasta, anything gluten-y, really. I am still eating: fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy products etc.

Do I think this diet is realistic for my life? Not really. I love carbs.

Is it fun to try and be creative and feel semi-good about myself for trying and being creative? Sure.

Sunday Dinner:

- Tomatoes topped w/ fresh basil, garlic, mozzarella
- 1/4 fresh pineapple
- Mint green tea

Monday Breakfast:

- Nectarine
- Almonds
- Gatorade

Monday Lunch:

- Spinach salad w/ mozzarella, roasted red peppers, corn & black bean salsa, tomatoes, balsamic vinaigrette

Monday Dinner:

- Lentil soup
- Nectarine

Today also marked my first outdoor run in a million years. And I didn't even leave until nearly 11 p.m. for said run.

Nothing clears the mind (or lets you dwell on things) quite like some alone time getting sweaty and listening to the sweet sweet beats of African Celtic music. Right.

I circled the condo complex a few times to warm up and then headed to the main street. It was surprisingly dark (don't people leave their house lights on anymore??) and a little bit terrifying. I wanted to see if I can run/walk the entire stretch of road from here to the end, but I think it's pretty far. I will odometer-ize it when I drive to work tomorrow. I could def bike it.

Instead, I ran down to ye old elementary school, did a loop through their parking lot and headed back up Overlook Drive and back down Paddock Ave.

In all, I think it was approx 3 miles. I walked less than I thought I would and more than I wanted to.

I didn't feel terribly windy, but those DAMN SHIN SPLINT JERKS are really ruining my style. I must be one of those unfortunate souls who is prone to them. I seriously run for like .1 miles and they start hurting. Lame.

Tomorrow marks my 2nd bike ride of the season and I believe I'm riding the Manchester Trail. I'm hoping for at least 10 miles, but we'll see where the road takes me.