(on Fridays around these parts, I take a little time to make sure that all the happy things happening in my life get a shout out)
All the head spinning and emotional spewing around here has made me hungry. And for all the good sorts of things: ice cream, chocolate, big fat juicy burgers and chips galore. Along with the gorging on everything in sight, my running/biking and other such healthy stuff has taken a dive. Food and exercise have a seemingly inverse relationship in my life right now — a lot of one, not much of the other.
So, this edition of Happy Friday is more of a looking forward kind of thing: I’m hoisting myself back up on the healthy eating bandwagon (the hoisting made much more difficult by the extra pounds I’ve packed on!)!
Back about a year ago, as an experiment I went entire month without eating sugar or sugar substitutes (fruit, however, was allowed). No sweets, no candy, no donuts in the morning, NO DIET PEPSI (OMG-OMG-OMG)… no nothin’. And you know what? It felt good and wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be.
I KNOW! No sugar and I didn’t end up either disintegrating into a pile of dust or going postal, threatening people with candy canes that I had sucked down to a sharp point.
This time, I don’t think I’m going to do the no sugar thing — frankly, I’m far too enamored with Chobani’s vanilla greek yogurt to do that — but I am going to stop with the sweets and cookies and ice cream and such. Tracking calories. Eating reasonably. And hopefully nudging myself back into shape and dropping a few pounds while I’m at it.
This weekend I have a 10-mile trail run that I’m signed up for. I’m nowhere NEAR being trained for it. My only solace is that the friend I’m doing it with? Yea, she’s trained even less than I have. Now, I know I’ll make the distance, despite the hills and lack of training and heat and humidity… but will it be fun? easy? fulfilling? Probably not. But it’s my kick-off. My “Welcome Back to the Land of Healthy Living!” event.
And how can that NOT be counted as the stuff that Happy Friday is made of?