Archive for February, 2010

Balancing Act

I was sharing with my health class students my fight with Meniere’s Disease (inner ear malfunction causing vertigo, nausea, fullness in the ear, etc.).  I went to sit down and thought my chair was right behind me.  But no, it was to the right.  I got half of one cheek on the chair and fell to the floor.  I hopped up quickly into the chair with a big grin on my face.  Only one student saw it, and he said, “Wow, Ms. Dawn,” with a big smile.  I told the others, “You missed it; I fell out of my chair!”  They didn’t take their eyes off of me the rest of class, lol.

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Sauna Caution

Don’t get too relaxed in a sauna the day after partaking in a Bloomin’ Onion.  That’s all I have to say about that.

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Middle-Aged Sledding

On Presidents’ Day, my husband and I decided to enjoy the snow.  First, we went sledding – just the two of us.  We did not borrow my niece and nephew so we would look like we belonged there; we just decided to go for it.  I put on a t-shirt, long-sleeved shirt, my thick Chicago Bears coat, a pair of sweats, a pair of lined, nylon pants over the sweats, snow boots, a hat, and gloves.  As I went to the car, I sneezed and wet my pants.  Seriously?  After all that time getting ready?  My husband asked me if I was going to go back and change.  I figured that would be another half hour, so I said, “No, it wasn’t much; let’s just go!”  I share this embarrassing moment in the hopes that it will encourage another middle-aged woman dealing with the changes in her body to not let a little leak stop her.  Of course, there will be other times when this is not as convenient.

On the sledding hill, there was a sled four high with kids lying on top of each other.  I said, “Well, that’s not very safe.”  On another run, there were four kids on saucers holding onto the saucer behind them, making a chain.  I said, “That isn’t very safe.”  My husband laughed, “That’s the fun of sledding!  It’s not supposed to be safe!”  I don’t remember “safe” being in my vocabulary 20 years ago.  Sledding today was fun, even when I wiped out at the bottom of the hill once and ate snow.

After we were on the hill almost an hour, we went for a hike in the woods for almost another hour.  It was breathtaking!  The creek looked beautiful with the snowy trees hanging over it.  It started to snow again when we were on our way back to the car.  All in all, it was a very peaceful day!

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Food Confession

I ate myself sick Friday.  Why is it there are some days like that?  Luckily, they do not happen that often to me, anymore.  Well, let me purge my soul so that I can let it go and get back on track tomorrow.

  • Breakfast:  2 slices of buttered toast (high fiber) and hot chocolate
  • Snack a.m.:  a slice each of yummy chocolate cream pie and key lime pie (thanks Ms. Sarah, really!)
  • Lunch:  turkey on 1 slice of bread (high fiber, again), not so bad
  • Snack p.m.:  chocolate cupcake (because Mrs. Williams made them from scratch not box mix- couldn’t let the effort go to waste)
  • Cooking Club:  chicken nachos and a little chocolate heart
  • End of school:  another tiny slice of key lime pie and two bite size pieces of melon
  • Ran 3 miles and lifted weights – Hallelujah!
  • Post run:  2 cinnamon mini bagel holes (like I really needed a post workout snack today, but when the train leaves the rails…)
  • Euchre night:  2 slices of cheese pizza, salad, nuts, a big cracker with cheese, M&Ms, Ain’t Your Momma’s Banana Pudding, and blueberry cheesecake (made by scratch once again by Mrs. Williams)

I finally waved the white flag and stopped the madness, with damages at almost 4,000 calories!  Tomorrow, I believe I will eat nothing but protein and veggies.

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Running Like the Wind

When I am running to a really good song, my hair is blowing in my self-created wind, and I am in a great breathing rhythm, I feel like I am breaking records.  At the indoor track two nights ago, I had this fast run feeling; then, a 10 year-old went flying past me.  That was a real deflater.  Of course, he was only doing a quarter mile, and I was running three miles.  Maybe I could run ahead of him on a quarter mile sprint.  Maybe.  Oh well, I will  just enjoy my music and my personal running high.

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