Yesterday afternoon Mitch and I watched the original Rocky Movie. I forgot how much I loved it. A great story of how true love and hard work can triumph over ANYTHING and ANYONE! How can the line “Yo Adrianne” still and again, make me cry like a baby? Good job, Sylvester.
Earlier this week I learned that pouring salt on a fire really does the trick! Yelling at your significant other, doesn’t. Keep salt handy in your kitchen. It’s a lot less messy than the foam from an extinguisher (though we did buy a new one of those, yesterday, too!)
Earlier this week I also learned that I have finally broken through my running wall a full 11 months after my hamstring injury. It seemed like every time I would try to run, something would stop me. This past week, on election day, I decided to run to my voting poll and back and though it was not a long distance, it was longer than I had been able to go all year. Then Thursday I ran with a client and ran harder, faster and further than I expected. I now know that when swimming weather is behind me, running weather will have arrived. After Jane and I ran, we went back to her house and did yoga. What a perfect combination that made for a great hour’s workout.
Thursday morning I took Blaze for a 2 mile walk. It was his longest, since injuring his leg 2 years ago. We usually walk about a mile a day together, sometimes adding in a bit of jogging, but never have gone much past the one mile mark. I just never wanted to push him too far. Thursdays he is the leader, though, and he kept letting me know he wanted to go further. I was so relieved that he walked the distance with no repercussions. I did spend a little time massaging his leg after, and we revisited some bending and stretching exercises that we were doing shortly after his injury. I am ALWAYS amazed at how smart animals are. Its been at least a year since we did those exercises, but he remembered the words and gladly participated.
After hearing about a new “calorie burning” drink, (Celcius) from Mitch (via one of his clients) I tried it this week. With just 10 calories in the can, it claims to burn an extra 100 calories if you drink it about 15 minutes before you workout. I made the horrific mistake of drinking it without reading ALL the ingredients. As soon as I tasted it, I knew it had some artificial sweetener, but curious to see if I felt any different. I am not really sure what I was looking for, as how would anyone really know if they burned an extra 100 calories just by how they felt?!?! Anyway, the taste of the sucralose stayed with me the entire day and the caffeine (which I now stay away from in my cofffee) elevated my heart-rate about 20 beats a minute over it’s norm, the entire day. Seriously, 12 hours after I drank it my pulse was still in the 80s. If you are not caffeine sensitive and you still insist on ingesting artificial sweeteners, (I know many of you, do) you can find Celcius most everywhere. In Publix, I found it by the Slim Fast and other weight loss products. Down on the bottom shelf. Gotta look for it. I have 2 cans left as I bought a 4 pack. If you want them, let me know! I wish I could say I found a magic bullet, but there ISN’T one!!!! Lesson relearned.
To learn and to teach. I always feel that is MY personal mission in life. I don’t know much, but I do like to share what I learn along my life journey. This week Rocky reminded me to always work my hardest to accomplish what might seem impossible. Time and patience really does heals wounds. Salt DOES put out small kitchen fires. Panic never helps. Wanna increase your metabolism? Drink and extra cup of coffee or two. There are NO magic bullets. Work harder. Don’t settle for less than everything. Savor your accomplishments. You deserve the very best in life. Go get it!
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I smiled as I read your comment about Rocky. Last summer my girlfriend and I spent some time in Philly. Well, one of the “must see” sites is the Rocky statue and the famous steps. So……off we went to find them. As soon as we came upon the steps, we ran up and flexed our muscles. Then we took lots of photos near the Rocky statue. It was a fun moment in time. Thanks for helping me relive that experience. (By the way, Sly was on Oprah last week pushing his new movie and that Rocky moment was mentioned. He stated that is was “pure accident” with the steps by the museum. It was not a planned or scripted scene. Funny how sometimes things in life just happen naturally).
Oops…..I forgot to mention one more thing. Thanks, Bonni, for my new mantra, “Time and patience really does heal all wounds.” I shall repeat this daily and BELIEVE it!!!
I have started to eliminate artificial sweeteners from my diet. Turns out there are lots of them and I am doing it 1-2 things at a time so it’s not so overwhelming. Today I stopped using Crystal Light and bought limes to add to my plain old H2O. Do you know if it’s ok to use Stevia in my coffee? I can’t stop caffeine b/c that would cause a migraine attack.
Carol…yes, I do think stevia is fine to use in your coffee.. i find it too sweet, but i think its the best non-sugar product, healthwise.. as for caffeine, i NEVER would have stopped it except i became sensitive to it during menopause.. i am now weaning back into a little of it (using one scoop of regular to 3 scoops of decaf in my pot of coffee)- there is a lot of good science supporting drinking caffeine…it is amazing how many products do have artificial sweeteners, so its good you are eliminating a little at at time…i am proud of you and honestly DO believe reducing the intake will help with your migraines…you’ll keep me posted! good job, carol!
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