Yesterday was one of those days where nothing was really going on, yet everything was going on at the same time. My plan for VFT revolved around my training Jane late in the day, but that never happened because I couldn’t figure out how to be a couple of places at one time. I know many of you are really good at that, but I don’t roll well when I over-schedule. Somehow, by the end of the day, everything came together and we had a great crowd around the table. On Thursdays, Blaze starts watching out the window a couple of hours before the usual suspects get here. From the activity in the house, he definitely knows it’s VFT. At one point, while the guests gathered around in the family room, forming an almost circle, bigred got himself right in the spot that would complete the circle and he was one happy boy. Mitch captured a cute picture of this, but I am pretty pathetic with getting the photos up on this site, so you sort of have to use your imagination. One of these days I will get computer savy. Maybe. In any event, I made a 3 bean and corn salad (so easy and so good, I kick it up with some spicy peppers) and northern bean humus (Rita’s recipe) and we picked up falafel, pita and Israeli salad. Everyone loves falafel. It is always a great meal for vegans and non vegans to enjoy together. Debbie and Chippy (Josh) brought chocolate chip, oatmeal, peanut butter cookies that Debbie baked and Kellie brought chocolate cake balls that she made. I made brownies, so we were NOT lacking in the sweet department. There were 7 of us at the table and it was a really nice evening. Another successful VFT.
Of course we can’t eat like that every night, but in our house, Thursday is our night to indulge and enjoy and we do. Most of the rest of the week, I am balancing out that meal with less caloric ones and exercise, of course. This morning’s paper says even if you have the gene that pre-disposes you to obesity, you can cut your chance of becoming obese in half, by walking briskly for one hour a day. I have to admit, I don’t love walking, but I do it every day because bigred loves walking…and it does keep his weight healthy, but it also keeps HIM healthy. Anyone who says they can’t workout because they don’t have equipment or a gym, etc., is just making excuses. If you are lucky enough to have two feet, get up and get walking! The longer days of sunlight allow most of us some time after work to take a brisk walk. It happens to be a great way to spend time with another, or alone with mother nature, listen to music or just quiet the chatter in your mind, while burning calories, increasing bone density in the lower body, improving circulation, lower blood pressure, blood sugar and all the other wonderful things physical activity do for us.
Fitness can be very fancy…but it can also be quite simple. It’s all quite effective and a prescription for good health. Bigred. He knows. I learn a lot from my furry friend. Sending wishes to my furry grand-nephew BC who happens to be a member of the Mount Vernon New York police department and my nephew Gene’s canine partner. BC will be having life saving surgery on Monday and we will be keeping good thoughts for him (and his human family who I know must be quiet worried). A special thanks to the surgeon who will be donating his services and to the MVPD for approving this surgery.
Well, those of your working for the weekend have almost made it! Have a quick and painless Friday and don’t forget to get your “boots” were made for walking!
Tomorrow, St. Patty’s day and the Coral Springs Art Festival. One week from tonight is the yin fund-raising class. Ask me if you still need details. So much appreciation for the donations that continue to come in. May you never, ever have to experience true hunger and may you always have enough. Much love.