vigorous and total attention

After what I wrote last time, guess I’d better ‘fess up and admit that this week’s runs have been hard. That’s a good thing, as long as I’m not in pain (since “pain is gain” is a myth). At least it seems that I’m always able to think of it as something I HAVE to do, once I’ve made a plan. Well, not that the plan doesn’t get tweaked a little, sometimes. Not usually at the last minute though–I’m not good at last-minute things, as much as I try to be better at that.

The intervals are now up to walk 1 minute/jog 4 minutes, 8 times; next week that is, this week I kept to 7 times. The week after that it’ll be NO intervals, just jogging for a certain length of time, which makes me happy! Because then I don’t have to keep thinking about which number of interval I’m on, and can just enjoy the scenery. And that should make the time go by. Also, it’s time to schedule runs for evenings, since it is now too warm to run in the afternoon. That’s another reason this week’s runs were hard; it’s always much easier to run in cool temps.

It’s still feeling good though! Man, did I ever sleep well last night!

In other news, I’m STILL learning things about meal-planning. Things that I already know in my head, but need to practise more. I’m talking breakfast and lunch meal-planning here, which is just as important as supper menus. I’ve been pretty good at planning for a variety of supper things, but we do tend to get in a rut with the other meals of the day. Which can lead to stomach problems!

When we paid to have that special blood testing done for Sam last year, it included a bunch of paperwork–information to help you with all of your particular intolerances, as well as some general stuff. One thing they said, is that if you eat the same thing again and again, you could develop an intolerance to it. Wheat is sometimes a problem, so I thought we were being careful about it. But what about the snack cookies every day, and wheat in either breakfast or lunch EVERY day?

Now that I think about it, we’ve always tended to latch on to something that we like, and keep eating the same thing for a long time: the same cookie every day (lo-cal or no), sometimes a particular restaurant that we keep going back to, or fast food place; one summer it was ice cream; I remember one vacation that every time I saw a Tim’s I wanted to get a cafe mocha. Even if it’s once or twice a week, if it goes on and on for many weeks, it can become a problem.

The good thing about intolerances though, is that you can usually fix it by staying “off” the food for awhile, and then carefully and slowly adding it back in. And after that, not overdoing it! Apparently the gluten-free diet fad is finally fading. However, we do have SO much wheat in our diet, it would be good to try for more of a variety. Really only celiacs need to be “gluten-free”, but the fad has been good for causing an availability of variety, so that you don’t have to eat SO MUCH wheat.

“Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life–to God!–is vigorous and requires total attention.” (Matthew 7:13-14)


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