Saturday, November 5, 2011

Unfortunate Deja Vu!

This is the type of post that I never want to have to write...

I blew out my back today...during lunch. Yes...during lunch. My father-in-law was in town so we all went to get at our usual Mexican restaurant. At one point during lunch, my 3 year old said he needed to go potty. As I was lifting him out of his high chair...BANG...there goes the back.

This is not the first time this has happened. I dug back into the Phat Disney Geek archive to find my "Stopped dead in my tracks!!!" post from June 2007. From what I remember from back then, this feels almost exactly the same. The bad news is that this is SO not what I need right now for so many reasons. The good news is that if this time follows the script from 2007 I shouldn't be out for too long.

My words from yesterday have been ringing loud in my mind since lunch. How do I choose to react to this? Get down or get stronger? The answer is obvious one. While I may be limited somewhat physically, I am only limited, not incapacitated. This is a golden opportunity to build some mental strength...and faith.

I did get out tonight for an easy walk just to loosen things up some, but also to see what my limitations are. Walking was fine, but right now running just isn't happening. So, right now I'll be doing a lot of walking.

So, now more than ever...KEEP MOVING FORWARD!!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Little More T&T And Today's Lunch - 04 NOV 2011

I'll get to today's lunch in a bit, so let's start with a little this and that.

I finally got back on the running horse Wednesday night after nearly 3 weeks. We are coming up on 60 days till the 1/2 so it's crunch time. I've got a ways to go to get my endurance and pace where they need to be. As always, losing weight will help both of those.

Speaking of Weight... 339.5
I'm in the 30's! But, frankly, I am quite shocked that I'm down 1.5 from last week. But, anything in the right direction is, well, in the right direction. My current short term goal is to be in the 20's by Thanksgiving. Lofty? Yes. But doable.

The Last Week...
I said I was shocked about my weight. I was shocked because of how everything has gone since my last T&T post last Friday. Over the weekend, I was in a bad place mentally. In some ways, I felt like I went back in time about 2 months. And, frankly, it about scared me to death. Which, in a way, is/was a good thing. With the bad mental funk comes weakness in other areas. First of which was no running/exercising until Wednesday. Second, was the eating. Have I said that I really don't like Halloween? I really don't like having that much garbage in my house, especially when I'm "weak". So, the whole week, there have been spurts of self control and weakness. So, in the end, to have the week I had, I am actually really encouraged by where I am today. To get (if only) 1 run in and make progress on the weight front shows that no matter what happens to you, it is still up to you to choose how that will effect you.

Along those lines, I have a thought I want to try to put to words. I have had times in my life (especially the last few years) where I've really struggled with stress. When my shoulders and neck start hurting and I'm always tense, it's time to look at what's going on. But, lately I've adopted a new philosophy about stress. Stress is not what you feel. It is not the outside forces pulling you in every direction. It is simply the reaction of your body to how you choose to react to the "stressors" in your life. In other words, how we choose to react to any given situation will directly determine the amount of stress we "feel" later. So, if you live a high stress life, it's up to you to do something about it. The next time someone cuts you off in traffic, the choice is yours, become a road rage statistic or let it go. Oh, one other thing; learning to use the word "NO" does wonders as well.

Ok, enough of the philosophic stuff, on to today's lunch.

Yep, you guessed it, Earth Fare salad/food bar.

Salad Bar: Romaine lettuce; Green Bell Peppers; Yellow Bell Peppers; Red Bell Peppers; Orange Bell Peppers; Cucumbers; Celery; Shredded Cheddar Cheese; Shredded Mozzarella Cheese; Parmesan Cheese; Roasted Red Pepper Dressing

Food Bar: Vegan Tofu Steaks & Cajun Sage Gravy; Almond-Crusted Lemon Pepper Catfish; Fancy Mac n Cheese

Drink: Tazo Organic Iced Green Tea; Water


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Today's (Late) Lunch - 03 NOV 2011

First off...I got back to the running thing last night. 3.42 mi in 1:01:00. Take a look at the DailyMile widget to the left for more.

Today's Lunch....

Yet again to the Earth Fair Salad/Food Bar.

Salad Bar: Romaine lettuce; Green Bell Peppers; Yellow Bell Peppers; Red Bell Peppers; Orange Bell Peppers; Cucumbers; Celery; Shredded Cheddar Cheese; Shredded Mozzarella Cheese; Blue Cheese Dressing

Food Bar: Beef Lasagna; Pasta Alfredo

Drink: Tazo Brambleberry Herbal Infusion, Water

I got a lot more lasagna than I wanted but oh well.