The Non-Runner Runs
Aloha! I have to be honest here. I have done nearly nothing today. It feels bizarre not to worry about finishing a novel in time, or writing a paper by a deadline, or running off to practice by 9 p.m., or basically running around like my blonde locks are on fire. For the time being, I am relishing this. It won’t be long before it drives me nuts.
On to the food, though. Last night’s dinner was thrown together, as I had no desire to eat what the rest of the family was eating: beef kebabs with rice pilaf. Even as an eight-year-old I couldn’t stand red meat, and I just don’t get rice. It never fills me and I’d rather gnaw or crunch my grains. So, SnackFace snack plate time:
I was surprisingly stuffed after that. I did get hungry in the middle of Elegy, however, and had a bit of Raisin Bran. Elegy, starring Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz, was nothing I’d want to see again. It was about love and passion, but in a sad, slow kind of way. I don’t recommend it. Penelope Cruz, however, has to be one of the most beautiful people on Earth.
I woke up at 10-something this morning and farted around for a while. I wasn’t hungry, but knew I should eat within the first hour of waking. Actually, I haven’t necessarily felt hungry at any point today. Odd. For breakfast, I gave the Oikos Plain a try. I love plain greek yogurt, and this was tangy, tart, creamy, rich and thick. Won my heart.
I left the entire half cup of FiberOne off for this picture because it would have covered everything. But when it’s all mixed together, it looks a lil’ sunthin’ like this:
Two hours after eating, I decided to peel myself off the couch and into my workout wear. As I’ve made clear before, I am a bonafide elliptical girl. I’ve used one for almost four years as my means to get a good cardio workout. So when home for this break, I have to suck it up and run. There is a lake close to our house, and if you run from our house to the lake, around the lake, and then back to our house, it’s about five miles.
Running, to me, seems like hell. Whenever I pass someone who is running, I say, “Ugh. Glad I’m not him. What’s wrong with him? He’s insane.” It looks like self-torture. However, running isn’t something I’ve never done. I ran track in 8th grade, and a nasty bout of shin splints scared me away forever. Now when I occasionally run, the dull pain I feel in my knees afterward doesn’t seem worth it.
So how did my attempt at a five-miler go? It wasn’t that bad at all! I took a handful of one-minute walk breaks, but other than that it actually felt great. I told myself that I don’t have to run like anyone else. I can go whatever pace I’d like and take however long I’d like. I did get some heinous dry mouth, though, and the inner tendon on my right foot hurt by the end. I walked for a bit after and ended up doing 50 minutes of cardio.
Then I faced the challenge of trying to do ab work with the dogs out. Sheba, the big goofy dog, stood above me and just stared at me:”Kailey, why are you on the floor?” Eventually she lay next to me and watched.
After a shower and getting dressed, hunger snuck up on me in the awful form of feeling weak (that sounds scary, doesn’t it?). I wanted some greens!
It should be noted that the Guiltless Gourmet chips seem to have gotten worse over the years. I remember loving these when I was little (haha, like I was ever “little”), but these tastes like cardboard. Back to the salad…
My appetite has been so off today that I had to force myself to finish everything. Normally I’d want more. I finally left the house after this and made a trip to the library, Half Price Books and Target. I bought a replacement pair of sunglasses (which shall now be named my stunna shades…you’ll see eventually) and some Chunky Monkey (I think that’s the name) Archer’s Farm Trail Mix. I had a few tidbits of the trail mix on the way home, and all I can say is that when my appetite is back in full-force, that stuff will disappear.
I came home and watched Religulous. Bill Maher posits that religion is basically “selling an invisible product.” He believes religion is shamelessly invented, that it is dangerous and that “religion is a neurological disorder.” Near the end of the film, Maher says “religion must die for mankind to live.” Having not watched the film, these statements may seem radical and infuriating. However, if you watch this film, you will be siding with Maher. The juxtaposition of numerous interviews conducted by Mayer with clips of religious practices makes religion look downright crazy. While the film is humorous, it is only because Maher is funny (I belly laughed a few times). The message and the reality, though, are not funny. Religulous eye-opening. I recommend this to everyone, no matter whether you’re religious.
Dinner tonight wasn’t really dinner. It was an apple, a bite of this, a bite of that, more cardboard baked chips, nothing picture-worthy. I’m sure the appetite will be large and in charge tomorrow, though!
OH! Exciting news…I found out today that I officially booked the modeling job for Five Star Notebooks! Actually, that was the motivation to finally attempt a run today. Other than that, nothing else is happening. I’m just going to continue not being stressed now 🙂 Much love, kidlets.
Ciao for now,
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