Sunday, September 22, 2013

The post about Cocoa Pebbles, getting out of the house and being thankful

Cracked me up!

The last couple of days have been exciting. I had visitors on Friday and I got to go out for coffee without my husband on Saturday!  Friday's lunch was not a good one.  I ate baby carrots and spicy hummus (not Paleo).  I also had too many raw almonds.  I put them out for my guests (who were just dropping by for a quick visit with their new baby), and ended up eating them myself even though I told myself I'd wait till they left than have a proper lunch.  No such luck.  I ended up counting all my snacking as my lunch.  Not nearly as satisfying as having a proper lunch.  I decided not to stress over it and got back on plan for dinner.

Last night I got to go out for coffee with my running gal Dawn.  She took pity on me and came and picked me up and took me out for a couple of hours.  It was nice to get out for a bit without my husband.  Bless his heart, he has been great during the broken ankle ordeal, and it can't be easy being married to me right now, but I think we needed some time apart.  It was nice to catch up with Dawn and hear some of the stories from her recent half marathon.  I talked her into running the Around the Bay 30K with me at the end of March.   So that will be fun and I look forward to doing some long runs with her.

I think I'm going to train for the Chilly Half and The Bay alone.  I'll just be coming off my injury and I expect my pace is not going to be good.  I'll do weekly runs alone and run with the Running Room on Sunday morning long runs.  That way I'll get to socialize and have others to suffer with through the frigid winter temperatures.  Makes long runs a bit easier when you know you're not alone.

I need a new job so I can become a world traveler.

Lynda and Marion both commented that my last puzzle was actually this wonderful looking place in Italy called Vernazza. Beautiful.  I'd have liked the picture on the top to have actually been the puzzle.  Lynda actually vacationed there last year.  Jealous!  The Google images are breath taking. Maybe one day...

Sometimes I wonder if I should continue to blog.  It is definitely a lot of work and I started the blog to connect with others and to keep myself accountable.  I suppose that I still use it for accountability, but less so than I used to.  I always like the social interaction and the support that the blog brings to my life.  I just don't feel like I have very interesting posts anymore.  And whenever I doubt the impact my blog may have on others, I get a whole new slew of emails from people telling me how my story has encouraged them to try and get healthy.  Then I remember why I do this.  Because if I can help just one other person make a difference in their health.  It is worth it.  So for now, the blog stays.

My POV Friday afternoon.  Feet up, wine and a trashy novel.
Just wish that I didn't have the moon boot on and all would
have been perfect!

The strengthening exercises are going okay.  I'm not gonna lie.  I'm bored.  I think it would be easier to do them if I was in a group or something. Yoga was enjoyable for me, but I know it's because I was in a class with an instructor.  Whenever I've tried to do yoga alone, I lose interest really quickly.  I take the boot off to do my floor exercises, but then become anxious about hurting the ankle.  So I know I don't work my right leg as effectively as the left leg.  Man the legs are going to look bizarre once the cast is off for good.  Thank goodness it's fall and therefore pants weather. My calves are noticeably different sizes and look bizarre.

Yesterday it rained here all day.  From Friday at around 11pm, right though to 5pm Saturday.  It rained in my kitchen a few times that's how bad it was.  Oh the joys of living in an old house.  My whole right leg was achy right up to my upper thigh.  I was a whiny mess yesterday.  Feeling sorry for myself and just in a bad mood overall.  I spent all afternoon in solitude working on a jigsaw puzzle.  I got out of my funk though because I know I have to be thankful for what I have.  There are many others who are much worse off than me.  I will heal, I will run again, I'll get to go back to work in a few weeks.  I have nothing to complain about. I'm bored yes, but I'm healthy and my family is healthy.  We have a roof over our heads and food on the table.  We don't have tons of money but we live a comfortable life. Yes, I definitely need to put things into perspective and be thankful. Whining is officially done!

My eats from Friday and Saturday. Cauliflower was on sale and I still have
one left! Greek chicken and garlic roasted cauliflower tomorrow.


  1. Well I am certainly glad and grateful that you still blog Leigh because I love reading everything you write and have to say! Of course, I don't write much myself though mainly because I don't feel I am a good writer.

    So glad you got out of the house. When I had major surgery about 4 years ago, I was housebound for a while and it was great to escape sometimes!

  2. Leigh, Don't stop blogging. I love reading everything you write. Get well soon and win the next marathon!!!


  3. Hi Leigh, Perhaps an in-between answer is optimal. I have often thought that 2 times of blogging per week would be enough to keep a blog active but not so much to be overly time-consuming.

    Right now, I post 3 times per week. But I have like 450 posts in the archives so if people wanted to read something, they definitely could on days in between. And your archives are full too.

    And yes, we have boring days. Today--nothing--was interesting to note about gym. It was just me working hard. :D

  4. Don't quit blogging, I check your site every day!

  5. I run in streaks re blog post creating now, too. I think that's a natural reaction to being in a good place, diet/weight wise. As Marion suggested, perhaps a few less posts a week will keep you in a better place about it. :)

  6. You have your Facebook page as well so double the work! I enjoy reading about your life and how different it is to your old life. Ahh... memories of Italy - beautiful, just beautiful!

  7. Leigh, Your blog was the first one I find looking into Dr.Poon's diet, I look forward to your new posts and am slowly working my way through ALL your posts !!! Please dont stop blogging, I am just starting this journey and you blog is a staple already LOL.

    On the leg more helpful info for you.... you will be surprised just how FAST your leg muscle returns to normal between muscle memory and the fact that you will use your leg EVERY DAY once its off in two maybe three weeks your legs will match in size again, it may take time a month or two for you to feel the full strength of the muscle again but you will be pleasantly surprised. I was and mine was a muscle injury so I was really nervous about even using the muscle too much in the beginning.

  8. You blog and Runs For Cookies have inspired me to start running. I officially started today. My hubby and I watched your video and it just makes me want to "fix" myself and get healthy and fit like the two of you. You've had a really big impact on lots of people, including me.

  9. Your blog has been very inspirational ... and every time I go out for a run now I'm REALLY REALLY careful with my footing around curbs! You'll be back on the streets before you know it. Hang in there!

  10. Please don't stop blogging. I am on youtr blog daily. I started my Dr. Poon's journey a week ago and I am done 5 pounds. the last 2 days have been hard but coming to your page has helped tremendously. I am motivated by your success and your candid posts. thank you..

  11. Hi Leigh, you have to continue blogging, I keep coming back to your blog for motivation...sometimes I even re-read your posts...they not only keep you accountable but they keep me accountable too (especially now that I have started running outside)

  12. Your blog helped me find my groove back when I really needed to, so please go on with it. :)