Do you ever catch yourself doing something during the day, that you didn't realize that you love doing so much until you're fully in it? That happened to me today - I was rocking out to Pearl Jam and Kings of Leon - and just felt so great - it was such a great reminder of how much music can boost your spirits. And then I remembered how much I like to 'belt' out the lyrics, and think that I probably should have been a singer or a back up singer (and then I remember that I need to have the voice of an angel). I have my moves down pat, almost all of the words - and my kitchen is my stage. I am pretty sure that my neighbours have had to listen to more than one concert. It could be worse, right? :) Anyways - I just love catching myself doing something and remembering how great life is.
This weekend has been a good one. Yesterday was Tracy's 'surprise' wedding shower. For weeks she has been trying to trick me to see if I had anything on yesterday - it didn't work - and it turned out to be a great surprise for her. Her mom hosted a lovely shower - it was really great to see how surprised and grateful Tracy was and eat a bunch of delicious treats. I love wedding and baby shower food. Remember the movie 'Wedding Crashers'? - I could do a movie called 'Wedding Shower Crashers' - and it would be me going around the town crashing wedding showers and eating all the goodies. Who's with me? Hello? Anyone?
This morning - I was up bright and early - literally. I made a batch of THESE blueberry muffins. They turned out really well - and I felt as though I could have eaten them all. But, then I remembered, that eating 6 large muffins is not attractive, and that I needed to share them with Chris. So instead, I just had one.
After my muffin - I strapped on the New Balance - and went on a run. Yes, you read that right. I am pretty proud of how I did. My watch was set to 5 min run and 1 min walk intervals - only b/c I don't know how to change it - but it was a good pace for me. I ended up doing 8 intervals - had set out to do 7, but b/c I wasn't home - I decided to keep going. I was out for about 47 mins and think that I ran over 5 K. It was a lovely morning. I like watching the other runners - the hardcore runners seem to look straight ahead and are so serious. But everyone once in awhile I see someone who runs with 'my style' and we say 'hi' and give an encouraging look. We all need a little encouragement along the way - whatever that is to us - it always seems to help a bit.
Tomorrow, Chris and I are starting a week long challenge. It's going to be a challenge where we only eat salads. Ok, that was how the discussion first started out, but I have changed it to protein and vegetables - so whatever that turns out like. I have stocked the fridge with a bunch of fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables and a bunch of healthy protein. I bought some fresh halibut and salmon (PS - Thrifty's has some great seafood deals on this week). So each night will be a new recipe with exciting and delicious flavours. I am excited about this. I will still eat my oatmeal for breakfast and a snack (healthy one) and our main meal and lunch will be the meat and veg. I think that it will be easy - I will just need to make sure that we are organized and prepared for dinner. Stay tuned for some new recipes.
Since this 'self challenge' doesn't start until tomorrow - I made a big batch of pasta for dinner - similar to THIS - but maybe not as healthy. I used whole wheat linguine instead of fettucini, and it was fabulous!! So... I have a bit of this for my lunch tomorrow - so technically, the challenge will start tomorrow night.
Well, my friends, that is it for me this evening. I am feeling exhilarated after a great weekend, feel rested, and I am ready to tackle another week. Before I go to bed, I feel the need to pillage through the cupboards in search of chocolate. Dang, I don't think that there is any - but that will not stop me from looking.
Have a good night - and a fab week!