There is so much going on in our lives right now. I am definitely not complaining. There is some pretty exciting stuff ahead! But dang, there are A LOT of riffs and wrinkles to work out in the details. I know that it will all be worth it in the end. So, I press on!
Well, I hope you all have a day where you iron it out!!!
Every morning that I run, right after I wake up, I check my weather and air quality apps. Then I dress accordingly. Which usually entails a few layers of clothing, that I shed along the way, and a hat. I grab my lip balm and pepper spray and I am out the door. Most mornings this goes quite smoothly. Not today.
The past few weeks I’ve enjoyed very cool morning runs with decent air quality.
This morning my weather app showed a warmer 62 degrees. I am usually always cold so I decided to still wear capris and a single long sleeved shirt to accommodate for the warmer weather. I happily left my house, forgetting my lip balm and forgetting to check my air quality app. About a half mile away from my house I realized that I put the wrong long sleeved pink running shirt on. This one does this weird rolling thing at the bottom and it drives me nuts. And I was already getting warm with no other layers to remove. I have been known to run in just a running bra, but not so early in the season. This white tummy of mine had no business being shown even at undead hours. HA! I also noticed that the brim of my hat kept moving up. Why?!?! I adjusted it a few times but it kept happening so I gave up realizing that I wasn’t running fast enough to create much of a resistance. HA, again! If all of this wasn’t bad enough, I then got a pebble in my shoe … that I refused to stop for. OY. A few minutes later I reached for my lip balm, and it wasn’t there. I was NOT happy with myself. This is one of the worst things for me our there. I need my lip balm. But I refused it go back home to get it. Hours later I am still regretting that decision. My lips still are not quite right!
I was so stubborn this morning, that I shocked myself. I refused to stop and fix anything that was wrong. I was sweating and over heating, stuck in a thick rolling shirt, with a wonky hat, a pebble in my shoe, no lip balm and breathing what turned out to be not the best air. For some reason, I pressed on … miserably.
Well, I hope you all have a day where you aren’t a hot mess!!!
I don’t care if Summer officially starts next week. With George home from college already, Sid coming home this week too and Libs and Reese’s last day of school on Thursday, I am officially claiming that Summer has started TODAY. Woo HOO!!!
Well, I hope you all have a day where you start early!!!
About 10 years ago I reconnected with my mother’s boyfriend from long ago. And yesterday was the first time I had seen him in over 27 years. We managed to carve out some precious time to spend together. He also brought one of his daughters and his son, some of my earliest childhood friends. And it was incredible. With my mother having passed away so long ago and not having any siblings many of the memories I have of this time period I have kept to myself. Sure I’ve mentioned my early childhood, but most of the details we kept hidden away in my heart and mind.
I’m not sure if I could ever put into words what it felt like reliving those memories with the people I actually made them with. To have those things in common with others, after all this time, was surreal. My mom’s ability to make ridiculous amounts of Italian meatballs. Our camping trips in the snow. Feeding chipmunks in the forest. Jumping off the rocks into the water at Kings Canyon. Hiking. The pillow that my mom sat on to see over the steering wheel of her first car. Riding our bikes to the candy store. Our lemonade stands. Crawling out of our second story window and watching fireworks on our roof. The reason I HATE watermelon. All of it, I hadn’t thought about, let alone talked about, in YEARS.
I feel so connected to my past now. Like it was somehow validated as real and it’s no longer dreamlike. Sadly, I didn’t even know it was all starting to feel that way. When I found the quote below by Lois Lowry from The Giver, I was blown away. Memories DO need to be shared. I feel a genuine sense of peace about this whole experience. It’s like I got relief from something that I didn’t even know was upsetting to me. I may never know why God chose this exact time in my life for all of this to happen, but I guess I really needed it because it all feels pretty darn good. And I’m thankful. Very, very, thankful.
Well, I hope you all have a day where you no longer walk down memory lane alone!!!
The truth is that I have been into health and fitness since I was 12 years old. And a donut lover for even longer than that. The summer that I turned 12 was pivotal in my life. I started watching the Richard Simmons show and I was hooked. I began exercising outside of school PE classes and started experimenting on my own in the kitchen with healthy recipes. The life I laid out for myself that summer, stuck. I’m not saying that I didn’t eat junk food like every other teenager, I did. But that is when I learned that there can be both if I leaned more toward making healthy choices most of the time. This carried on for years and even crept its way into my career when I was given the opportunity to work with bariatric patients prior to and after their weight loss surgeries.
So why do I bring all this up?
Because today is National Donut Day. And as much as running, exercising and eating right is a part of my life, so has this favorite childhood food. Jelly donuts will ALWAYS stir up fond memories of yesteryear for me. Memories of New York (I was born there), my mom, my grandmother, and little pink bakery boxes tied with string. I love that weeks like this I am literally a walking oxymoron. With Running Day and Donut Day all occurring in one week, I feel like I get to celebrate the things that stir up a lot of wonderful memories for me. A lifetime of them really. And that is pretty cool.
Well, I hope you all have a day where you love the life you have created and get to eat a donut too!!!
My kids are BUSY. There are a lot of them. And they are heading in all sorts of directions. Libs and Reese have one more week of school left. THANK GOD. Libs had her Farewell Concert last night and her choir banquet is tonight. After that it’s JUST finals. For the record, when finals are used in correlation with the word “just” you know it’s been a heck of a school year. Despite there only being a week left, we still have a lot to work out too. UGH. I have some issues to deal with regarding Reese’s school plan for next year. Along with that I am helping George maneuver through the study abroad program. THAT is a DOOZY. So needless to say, the end of this school year has kicked my mom butt. I keep telling myself it will all be over soon. Which is actually what I tell myself on practically every run and race I’ve ever completed. HA! Anyway, the difference a mere seven days will make is honestly astonishing. School will be out, we will have lots of answers to our questions and Sid will be home. I simply can’t wait.
Well, I hope you all have a day where you make it to the finish!!!
Happy National Running Day everyone!
Well, I hope you all have a day where you celebrate your passion!!!