Come On Irene

Every time I hear a reference to the hurricane the song Come on Eileen pops into my head, hence the title.

Getting sick really made it hard to run this week. Running any distance with body aches and a fever just wasn’t that appealing. And now Hurricane Irene isn’t making outdoor activities any easier.

Calm before the storm? Maybe.

Just in case we’re stranded here for a while my roommates and I made a necessary trip to Hannaford for a few things.

Just a few.

This week I also made my favorite cookies: chocolate chip zucchini. The recipe is from the book Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver which I credit with igniting my interest in health and in eating local. Don’t let the fact that these cookies are made with vegetables and 50% whole wheat flour stop you from making them as they are so soft and delicious. When I made them I didn’t have honey so I substituted pancake syrup (not the healthiest swap) but they tasted great. I forced them on my coworkers on Saturday night but I don’t think anyone minded. I might have eaten some of them this week too.

Just a few.

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Panic Attack

I had a moment of panic this week when I remembered that I signed up to run the Trail to Ale 10K on September 10th. Not only have I only run 6 miles one other time in my life…in high school…but I haven’t been running at all since I moved to Portland last week. Yesterday marked the two week anniversary of my last run and 17 days until the big 10K and it also was the day I decided to get my behind in gear. I wanted to ease back into running nice and slowly so I had a goal of 2 miles. The time went by quickly now that I’m running in a new neighborhood with lots of side streets. I like running in places like these because I can distract myself by choosing my favorite houses or planning how I’d landscape or remodel the exterior…that’s my HGTV-loving side coming out for sure.

Today I took my little Monster out for his first run. I was very unsure of how he’d do but he was great! He didn’t pull too hard and only tried tripping me a couple times. We only did 1.6 miles because Cash was getting tired, but he was a great running partner and I can’t wait to run with him again.

Now this is what he’s up to:

And I’m one run closer to 6.2

Small Victories

I’ve learned to always appreciate small successes in life. For instance:

I survived Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred DVD (level 2) and only had to drop to my knees during mountain climbers three times, pause it twice, and get in child pose once. My shoulders are killing me now too. I’d call that a win

Also, I showered today. That’s a success…even if my arms were shaking as I washed my hair.

This week I also stole found a practically brand new size 2 Brooks Brothers blazer for $28 at a consignment shop. Another point for me.

I was able to replace my favorite flamingo cup ($5 at Reny’s) that didn’t survive a fall at work.

Cash hasn’t had an accident in the house today. Nevermind…guess I jinxed that one.

I successfully created the breakfast taco.

I found an apartment!

I ran twice this week.

I did some baking and I didn’t switch cornstarch for the baking soda (I’ve done that before) or burn them. And I didn’t make too big of a mess.

I caught this sunset.

And I lost another 1/2 inch from my hips. A small victory when you consider that I used fit into size 15 jeans and now I wear a size 2, but a victory that is definitely worth appreciating.