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Fall is here, it’s showing outside more and more the autumn colors and falling leaves, things are getting wetter, and I’m enjoying it, though I’m not sure how much more outdoor exercise time I have before things start getting too wet to be out running in it, I’ve never exercised outdoor in poor weather. I’m willing to brave some sprinkles and light showers, not sure I can run in an all-out down poor thought. I’m going to have to ask some of my other WLS friends that like to exercise outdoors what they do during bad weather, maybe there are better running shoes I can get, what I can’t get is another broken ankle to set me back, and the way mine is aching this evening, I’m sort of feeling like it needs a day off. I’m getting back to that phase where exercise is my outlet again, though I’ve had to work myself back into that after the setback in July and August when my Father passed away and I broke my ankle. Crutches and an air cast for 8 weeks sucked.

Today was supposed to be my mid-week exercise day, a day I take it a little easier than I do on Tuesdays and Thursdays when I’m doing sprints and Mondays and Fridays when I’m working with my Trainer Suzie. But really, I got bored on my walk, soon as I hit the paved trail I was going to walk on for another 1.5 miles I started thinking, well yesterday I did sprints here walked the paved trail and then did sprints back, what if I did the opposite today, that would get me a little less running time, more walking time, so less intense, for me that is. I’m not one of those people that can run an entire 3-5 miles, someday I hope I will be though. Once I had decided to do that, I thought to myself, well I wonder if I can run for 3 minutes on and 2 minutes off instead of my normal 2 minutes on and 3 minutes off. When I realized I could do that, and had done that for the 1.5 miles and was back at the beginning of the paved trail, I decided to start heading home and decided I’d just run and see how long I could do that for. 5 minutes, now running to me is probably jogging to most people, but it’s something I’ve never done before and something I’m excited about.

I’m sipping on a warm cup of Earl Grey Cream tea from Teavana as I write this evening, waiting for laundry to finish so I can throw exercise clothes in and jump in the shower.  A couple squirts of Torani, SF Brown Sugar Cinnamon Syrup and a couple tablespoons of Sugar Free Coffee matte makes my tea one of the most enjoyable moments of the day. I love tea, love it. A couple cups of tea in the afternoon is one of the ways I trick myself into not turning to food for emotional boredom or eating. With the 30/30 rule, which I admit, I fail on a lot, I do a lot better on the 30 minutes after rather than the 30 minutes prior, but it’s a rule I am trying to pay a lot more attention to now that I am getting closer to goal and struggling with the thought that I’ve got 1-6 months at best left in that “Honeymoon Phase” that everyone talks about and worried I won’t get things done in time.

Lunch today was a Turkey Sandwich on a 110 Calorie Multi Grain Bagel thin with a wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese, some fresh chives, a slice of tomatoes and some 97% Fat Free Turkey. I should have eaten left overs, but eating during the day is always a chore for me, it’s something I have to do, not something I ever really want to do. I look forward to dinner and my evening treat though.

Tonight I’ll be reheating a cabbage roll from the batch my Mother made when she was visiting last month. There where so many left overs that I froze about a half of dozen of them in a big batch to use up when Heather and Ashli come to visit next month and the other two I froze in single servings for a night just like this, when I wanted something warm, comforting, healthy and close to home. I’ve got to get my mom’s recipe for those cabbage rolls and post them on the site; I was amazed how WLS friendly it was once we yanked out all those potatoes. We added some turnips, leeks and organic yellow carrots and it came out absolutely fantastic, I’d like to try it with replacing some of the potatoes with huge chunks of elephant garlic, but my Mom wasn’t on board with that one. I’m excited to heat it up tonight, those cabbage rolls are one of the things my Mom does for me every time she visits or I visit that makes me feel spoiled, and reminds me how much she loves me. I’ll think of her tonight as I’m enjoying it!

I’m going to be making my first attempt at Protein Ice Cream tonight, a concept that is a huge trademark of Shelly’s over at The World According to Eggface, but I’ll be changing it up just a little bit based on what flavor I want and what sort of stuff is available in the kitchen, I’m after pumpkin, I’ll let you all know how it goes! I might even take pictures. Now if only I could figure out how to post pictures to my blog from my phone … maybe I should make a Facebook Page, put all my food porn there instead and find some sort of little widget that will post my Facebook status messages on the blog. Something to consider…

Right now I need to consider a much needed shower!

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