Well, nothing much has been going on here since I caught a bug on Wednesday. I didn't go to the gym Wednesday night after work because I started to feel a bit sick. Scratchy throat and a bit of out of sorts. So I thought I'd skip my workout and coddle myself to see if I'd feel better on Thursday. Didn't happen. Woke up feeling horrible on Thursday. Called into work and spent the whole day wrapped in blankets on the sofa watching daytime TV. My head was killing me so I couldn't read or stitch. I had no energy so I couldn't do anything. Fortunately, Shannon seemed to sense that I wasn't feeling good and didn't beg to go outside every hour, which is the usual situation on weekends. Instead she curled up under my blanket and kept me company.
Didn't feel much better on Friday or Saturday and still don't feel one hundred percent. I'm tentatively planning to go to the gym tomorrow night, even if it is only to walk for a half hour on the treadmill.
Since I've pretty much been inside all week, I've been going stir crazy. The head is feeling better so I can manage to sit at the 'puter for short stretches. I've been catching up on my blog reading and I found a Meme that is going around the RBF blogs. I think Boulder started it. So I thought I'd give it a whirl.
Here are some photos of my refrigerator.
This the outside. Notice souvenir postcards from my vacations and friends. A poster of a cute puppy I got at the Marathon expo (he was selling collars for hurricane relief)
Here is the inside of the main compartment. Pretty empty. I live by myself so I don't keep tons of food in the house. It would spoil before I could eat it. There's some salsa, marinara sauce, mayo and three chocolate buddhas. You can't see it but there is a pound of baby carrots and a pound of mixed greens in the crisper drawer. Nothing exciting.
Now the freezer is usually packed. I freeze almost everything. Very healthy. Frozen pepper strips and veggie burgers. A bunch of tortillas for wraps and quesadillas. The pound of butter is for cooking and baking. It will probably last me a year, but I'm a bargain shopper and I just can't buy the more expensive smaller size. That's also why there is so much ice cream in there. It's lowfat! Actually, it will probably take me three weeks or more to eat it. Behind what you see is some of the not so healthy stuff that was in there when I started refining my eating habits and I refuse to throw away. Once in a while I'll pull something out and splurge.
I guess it doesn't look like a triathlete's frig, but it is a vast improvement over 2004. It's been over a year now since I started this blog and about the same since I decided to lose weight and get fit. The weight's gone, for good I hope, and I'm still improving the diet. I'm satisfied and I hope you enjoyed my tour of my frig.
Nothing exciting going on this weekend...and I like it that way! After all the running around for the past few weekends, it feels good to have absolutely nothing that I have to do. I even played hookie from running -- bad runner, but I have time to get back into it.
Last weekend there was a MetroStitcher gathering at Chelly's. The theme was 'start a new large project'. I pulled a kit I bought of a design by Terry Nolan - Viceroy and Monarch in his Wee Beasties series. These are pieces that look like insect specimens pinned to a board.
There was a pretty good turn out for so close to the holidays. I think quite a few people wanted to do something more relaxing.
We stitched and chatted all afternoon. It was good to see some of the longtime members who I don't see as often, such as Marci, Judi and Anita. Chelly cooked us all dinner, including dessert, and I stuffed myself.
Amazingly, with all the stuffing going on this holiday season, I'm only up a pound or two. I'm sure I can take care of that as soon as I get back into my running. If you look at the sidebar, I've started filling in my race plans for this year. It looks like I'll be heading out to Colorado again to visit my sister and race in a different race. I am doing a few longer races this year. Still planning a number of 5k races, but I've been running longer distances in training and know that I can finish a 10k. And that means a new PR!
I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year's. I had a good time, hanging with some of my girlfriends, drinking too much champagne and eating lots of food that isn't good for me.
I went into Manhattan for New Year's eve. Not to Time Square (never!) and not to the Midnight run in Central Park, but to my friend, Chelly's, place for a girl's night. Stitching was the intention, but very little actually got done. Instead, we stuffed our faces with pizza, munched our way through chips and dip and cheese and bread and killed quite a few bottles of alcohol. An entertaining evening was topped off with a group rendition of 'Paradise by the Dashboard Lights' (what can I say? we drank quite a bit)
New Year's day was fairly quiet. Having only got to bed at about 4 am, my body still woke up at 7 am. Shannon thought that was a fine idea, and would not let me return to bed until she had a walk around the neighborhood and a quick breakfast. I then re-woke up at about 10 am and hung around in my pajamas for a few hours. About 1:30 I roused myself and took a drive over to the local Barnes and Noble, where I spent a quiet few hours perusing the magazines. I bought a few and also had this follow me home I thought it looked like it might be a good basic book to have and I can practise techniques on smaller projects.
Today I didn't have to go to work so I woke up early and managed to get a run in this morning. It felt good to run outside in the sun. My motivation has been pretty low lately since I hate running in the dark and am not crazy about running indoors. But the weather cooperated today and I managed a short 3.5 mile run. I rewarded myself with a stop at the bagel store for a multigrain bagel. I have resolved to do some races this year at the 10k distance. Since that is twice the length of the races I've been running, I figured that I am aiming to double my mileage for this year. This isn't as bad as it sounds. In January 2005 I had never run before, so for the first months of the year I didn't get much mileage. My average was only 6 miles per week for the year - 12 is not a ridiculous goal. I have my eye on a couple of 10k races in May and June. I will decide in a few weeks which one to shoot for.