A Great Recipe Book I’d Like To Promote

A few weeks ago I was approached by one of my followers who has written a soup recipe e-book.  She asked me if I would give her a review in exchange for a free copy.  I agreed of course.  Especially as I have been looking to get more creative in the kitchen.  I can make a mean stir-fry and great mashed potatoes.  But I’ve never made a home-made soup.

Until now.

Unfortunately things got in the way.  We were at a convention for a week and were still busy when we got back.  So tonight was the first real chance I had to try one of her recipes.  Her book is the Groovy Green Kitchen volume two.  It has several great soup recipes.  The one I chose to make tonight was the Groovy Green Broccoli soup.  It was so simple to make and so delicious!  My wife and I both loved it and I know I will be making this soup on a regular basis.  There are several other soups I’m looking forward to trying, not least the mushroom and the tomato soups.  I definitely won’t be waiting long to make those.

So I thought I’d promote this lady and her blog and her book.  Because the soups in her recipes will rival anything you could expect to taste in a restaurant and you can make them yourself!  To borrow an old phrase from a well known company “They’re so easy a caveman could make them!”

Her name is Geraldine and this is her blog…

https://veggiesyarnsandtails.wordpress.com/

And this is her e-book…

I don’t usually advertise things on my blog but when something is this good it would be a shame not to!

One Foot In Front Of The Other

One foot in front of the other.  That’s a mantra I’ve seen repeated many times in blogs on WordPress and from other runners on Twitter.  I put it to good use today.  After the 80 degree heat on Monday, today was overcast and in the upper 60’s.  Perfect running weather.  So off I went.  I’ve gotten into a routine of running a mile, walking a mile and then running half a mile.  That was my plan for today as I headed for the park.

I started out with a brisk walk for three laps before launching into my run.  The usual heavy legs started to set in around lap three, but I pushed through it.  It didn’t seem as bad today as I settled into lap five, the lap that takes me to a mile.  So I decided to keep going.  I usually run a mile and a halfway with a walking break after the mile marker.  So I figured I could get the mile and a half in one go.  As I headed into lap seven I still felt I had more in the tank so I just went for it.  I’ve never managed to run two whole miles in a single workout before.  I got close once but had to stop running one lap short of the first mile.

Heading into lap 10 I hit The Wall.  My legs just wanted to stop but I pushed on, refusing to come up short this time.  The One Foot In Front Of The Other mantra chanted over and over in my head as I followed word with deed and I completed my first ever two consecutive two mile run.  It was such a good feeling. I managed to complete my two mile run in just 21 minutes.  I’m really pleased with that time.  It shows I pushed myself hard.  I guess my fitness level is coming up.  I’m glad I took advantage of the cooler weather to push myself as I know the 80’s will be back after today and we’re going to a convention next week.  As long as I see progress that will give me the push to maintain my new healthy lifestyle.

When I got home I tested my sugar.  It was 88, a good number.  I love how my body is responding to my healthier lifestyle.  Getting more active is a great way to get diabetes under control.  I really feel upbeat and hopeful that I can get off medication altogether.  That’s my goal.  I’ll find out how close I am to achieving that when I go back to the doctor next month.  Running is part of my life now.

I am a runner!

Feeling The Heat

I had my first taste of summer running today.  It’s 80 degrees outside.  And it kicked my ass!  I still managed to run a mile, walk a mile and a half and then run a last half mile.  So I wasn’t too shabby!

It actually didn’t feel bad when I left the house.  The sun was hidden behind a cloud, there was a nice cool breeze.  It felt like the 60’s.  Perfect running weather, right?

I walked two laps of my local park to warm my legs up and then went into my run.

And the sun came out.  It was a different world then.  Now it FELT like 80 degrees.  And the sun kept me company throughout my mile run.

Wasn’t that thoughtful?

By the start of my third lap (I already wrote in an earlier post that five laps equal one mile) my legs were already feeling heavy.  But I followed two mantras:

One lap at a time.

And:

One foot in front of the other.

The second one I learned from reading running blogs on this site and from runners tweeting.  They helped me through it.  I then walked and managed one last run at the end.  I had a bottle of water with me so I stayed hydrated.

One issue I have is my body is not as good at regulating its core temperature as it used to be.  I had a virus a few years ago that got into my heart.  My resting heart rate was over 100 and I had palpitations just walking up the road.  This went on for six months.  My body overheating seems to be an after effect from that.  So if I overheat I tend to become lightheaded and feel faint.  I was okay today, but I definitely felt the heat far more than I should have.  When the real heat kicks in I may have to find an indoor track.  I’ll run outside as much as I can but I don’t think I’ll be able to cope when it’s 90 degrees and humid.

I’m definitely addicted to running, though.  More specifically I’m addicted to the way I feel after a run.  I feel energized and my legs feel great.

I’ve come to the conclusion that my best bet is to run every other day.  I didn’t run at all yesterday, though I went for a two mile walk.  So my legs felt great at the start.  I just need to find a way to cope with the coming summer heat!

The Lies Of “I Can’t!”

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“I can’t.”

Two words that have the most power to hold us back.  Even more powerful than someone else saying to us, “you can’t.”  Because when someone tells us this it lights a fire in us to prove them wrong.  We don’t accept when someone else tells us what we can and can’t do.  But when we tell ourselves that, it becomes absolute.  We believe it.  So we just don’t do it.  Or even try.  How often do we tell ourselves we can’t do something?  A lot more often than we say we can do something, I’m sure.  We tell ourselves:

“I can’t lose weight.”

“I can’t walk a mile.”

“I can’t run a mile.”

“I can’t give up chocolate.”

“I can’t hike up a mountain..”

“I can’t flap my arms and fly to the moon.”

Okay, that last one is a bit of a gimme.  But the others?  If we really want it we can achieve it.  Sometimes it just seems too hard, or we have tried before and failed.  So we tell ourselves “I can’t”, because it’s just easier than trying.

Or trying again.

But guess what?

“I can’t” is just the cap we put on ourselves until the day we discover we can.

Here are some of the “I can’ts” I told myself in recent months only to prove myself wrong.

“I can’t run more than one lap of this park on one of my walks.

Until the day I ran the first lap and the last lap.

“I can’t run more than two laps of this park on one of my walks.

Until after upping my walk from twelve laps to fifteen, I ran the first, fifth, tenth and last laps.

“I can’t run two laps consecutively.”

Until the day I ran the ninth and tenth laps and then went on to run the fourteenth and fifteenth laps.

“I can’t run a mile.”

Until last Thursday, when I ran my first mile.  And then I did it again today.

After I posted on Facebook on Thursday about running my first mile,  a friend asked me if I had any thoughts on running the New York marathon.  The old me would have immediately thought “I can’t run a marathon!”  But I didn’t even think that.  I’m 47 years old.  I might have thought I’m too old to think about running a marathon.  Except I’ve read a few WordPress blogs from people in their 50’s and 60’s who are writing about their first marathons.  I’m learning to stop telling myself “I can’t,”  I’m realizing that “I can’t” is just a prelude to “I can.”  So, why not think about running a marathon.  I’m not saying I AM going to run a marathon.  I’m a LONG way off being ready for that.  But at least I’m not saying “I can’t.”

Positive Reinforcements

I thought I’d share a nice Non Scales Victory i had today.  But before I do, a little background info so this becomes clearer.

I moved to the US from England in 2005.  When I moved here my pants size was 36.  Within 4 years I was up to size 40.  I managed to get the size down to 38 for a long while.  Then after I started watching my weight a little I managed to finally get back into my size 36 jeans, though at the time they were tight.

Since I joined MyFitnessPal.com and started really watching what I eat and exercising a lot more, I have lost five pounds.  But my waist line is visibly smaller.  And today at a store I tried on a pair of 34 jeans.  And they FIT PERFECTLY.  I didn’t even have to struggle to zip them up.  I’m wondering if I could get into size 32 jeans, but they would probably be too tight to wear comfortably and I didn’t want to spoil a great Non Scales Victory.  Another great thing is I tried on two pairs of exercise shorts, medium and small.  Guess which ones fit best?  That’s right, the small fit perfectly, while the medium were loose.  I still can’t get my head round being able to wear size 34 jeans and size small shorts.  It’s a great vindication that all my hard work is paying off.

My wife also had a great result as she now fits in jeans two sizes smaller than the ones she has been wearing.  She’s not into running (yet) but she is walking more and, like me, she’s watching what she eats more carefully.

I went for a run today.  Just a short one, about ten minutes.  After running my first mile yesterday I wanted to go easy on my legs today.  I’ll probably do a longer run tomorrow.  My calves were a bit tight this morning when I first got up, but they’ve loosened up and feel fine now.  I need to research that a bit more before I up my running game. I need to know how much is too much and how to make sure I don’t suffer any injuries.  I’ve been reading running blogs on WordPress and watching some inspirational running videos on YouTube.

I think for now I’ll do a longer run two or three times a week and maybe walk two or three times as well.  I might have one rest day a week.  I’ll see how that goes.  I’m looking forward to sharing my running journey on this blog.