No, not that kind of time. In 14 years of marriage Phil and I still can find things to enjoy together. In the past eight years it's morphed from sitting around watching movies and going out to eat (which we still enjoy on occasion) into cooking our own food from scratch or exercise/races.
So fun #1 - a juicing experiment
On Netflix we watched a movie called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It's about a man who went around the country juicing and getting people to try it. Phil and I enjoy watching these kinds of odd documentaries and afterwards, according to Phil, I said we should try this. So for a month we planned out a start date, a menu, and resources.
First we had to buy a juicer.
Being the main planner, I chose http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/ as he had different options for a menu. He also happened to be the same guy who did the video that we had watched.
Here is our grocery list. We usually planned 3-4 days at a time. (All this for a few days!)
Here begins the insanity. Where to put all the fresh produce?
Massive juicing. This does NOT look good.
But froze well!
Some were very good! Pineapple juice, yum!
So I journaled two thoughts as I went through this process.
1. I am hungry, and that is okay.
Sadly, it has been a really long time since I felt hungry. Through this process I learned that I eat 3-4 times a day (which seems fine), I eat little bites here and there A LOT, that I'm very scheduled for meal time (with kids), and that I'm never hungry. I am pretty sure that I was over eating all the time as I rarely felt hungry at my next meal... and if I did feel hungry I would just go snack, yet eat a full meal an hour or two later. Feeling hungry made me really feel some compassion for people who are often hungry because they can't afford food and who are malnourished. Sadly I have at times judged people who buy a cell phone over feeding their kids but I see now that when you're hungry.. you don't think straight and would probably not make great decisions. A basic need is a basic need and if not met, lots of other consequences happen and you may not even see the link.
2. Warning: gross. I feel like my body is 'thinking' about having a bowel movement. So the whole time I juiced I rarely had a bowel movement and it felt really odd. Like my body wanted to but it just wouldn't come out. Well, there just wasn't anything to come out. When I finally did, it was black and gooey. Kind of reminded me a babies meconium poop but not so tarish.
Wow there are a lot, actually.
1. I only lasted 4 days (goal was 2 weeks). But I did about half juice and very small meals for 2 weeks.
2.I lost 10 lbs.. yeah!! The lowest I've been since this journey began 7 years ago.
3. I was mentally hungry but not physically hungry. It made me realize my 'addiction' to food and thoughts and habits around food.
4. Some juices were really good - pears w/ sweet potato, watermelon, pineapple... even cucumber with lemon, carrot with apple/orange. Even the girls liked some of these!
5. When I go to a birthday party, I do NOT have to have birthday cake and icecream. When I watch a movie I do not HAVE to eat popcorn. I do NOT have to have chocolate or a sweet every day. I do NOT have to drink coffee/caffeine every day. I don't have to eat every meal if I'm not hungry. I can save snacks for later such as a cookie or part of a meal. I can plan around treats like icecream and popcorn and incorporate them into my meal planning. It's okay to be hungry sometimes.
6. When juicing with a partner, do NOT talk about the foods you'd really like to be eating such as hamburgers, scrambled eggs, icecream or cookies. These thoughts lead down a path of drooling and temptation, not allegiance.
Best Dam Tri in Iowa City - IOWA
This summer, Phil says," For what it's worth, I'd like you to do another triathlon with me".
So what did I do? I said, sign me up!
We recruited some grandparents to take the kids and Phil and I stayed at his cousin's Saturday night. Sunday at the crack of dawn we took off to Iowa City and raced.
Here we are afterwards.
Here was the beach and lovely 58 degree water.
good ol' Iowa scenery
some major hills that I did not train for but survived
part of the dam
the beach from a distance
I did the sprint distance and made in under 2 hours which was my goal. Swam about 400 meters, biked 13 miles, and ran 3 miles. A short distance but long enough for me. I felt like I did pretty good considering I had to keep my back in check. The harder I race the more my back hurts but if I go nice and easy then it's doable. The hills were crazy but I am proud to say I did not have to get off my bike even though some people were walking up the hills faster than I was riding. Phil and I got to pass each other three times and finished about the same time (he did the Olympic distance and started about an hour before me.) I found that I CAN swim in cold water and did not have any panic attacks.. yeah!! Once I got going I did just fine.
Apparently I got a 2 minute penalty. When I emailed the race director I did not get a response so I don't know why but I would guess I was drafting on the bike course. It was very hard to bike with other bikers because I would pass then they'd pass and vice versa and when going up a major hill then it was hard to pass following the rules.. or to let someone pass me (you're supposed to slow down until they pass you, but would be nearly impossible when going up a steep hill unless I stopped completely).
All in all, the race was fine but not sure it's still in my blood. Since the race is done I have quit running (but still walk, bike and swim) and my back has basically quit hurting for the most part. It has hurt so much in the past few years that I said to hell with it, I'm running this spring. But if I can be pain free without ibuprofen and I can stay in shape then running might be out for me. And honestly, I never really got into it this summer when I ran. I couldn't seem to break my 36 min. 3 mile pace and that really bothered me yet my body wasn't willing to speed up. So for now, I'm walking and enjoying my 'workouts'. Ali and I go biking a lot and I've even slowed that down a lot.. I feel the call to enjoy these workouts and not hurt my back or not just drive ahead full force.. but to slow down and appreciate the scenery. Maybe some day when my back heals and the kids are older then I'll feel the need to race triathlon again... or if my husband says "for what it's worth... : ) "
LIFE GOAL: to find balance with food and exercise that is enjoyable and healthy for me, so I can reflect God's glory. Amen!