Friday, September 17, 2010

Lucky

I feel lucky to be alive this week.  For the first time in a loooong time I had a really good week.  The kids weren't crazy, the house was not super messy and work was not overwhelming (for a change).  Another first in a long time is that I actually stuck to a no wheat, moderate dairy (creamer for my coffee) diet all week long.  It was tough, but it wasn't as tough as it normally feels.  Listening to the "Skinny Bitch" book on my ipod on my long drive home doesn't hurt as a food deterrent either.  I recommend the chapter on the practices of slaughter houses to push you over the edge.

There are only 4 weeks until the Nike Women's Half Marathon that me and a few pals will be braving.  For the last few months I have been nursing my foot that has been plagued with plantar fasciitis and FINALLY I ran a decent distance last night with NO pain.  It was tender and sore this morning, but I could actually run-- which is a huge deal for me. 

I was not born a natural lover of running.  It seemed to find me by default.  It didn't require a gym membership, equipment or any fancy coordination; it is simply putting one foot in front of the other, which I knew I was capable of.  And, the rest is history...

Overtime, running has allowed me a means to settle my mind and think without consequence.  Last night as I ran down my neighborhood streets, I thought a lot about three women who live on these streets who are battling cancer.  One woman lost her battle on Tuesday, one woman is preparing for the end of her battle and another is fighting like crazy to be here.  None of these woman were what I would consider "old" and they are all someone's daughter, someone's mother and someone's wife - just like me. 

I am not sure if it's just that I'm getting older or if the numbers of cancer seem to be exponentially increasing.  I have begun reading a lot about the causes and what we can do to help ourselves avoid this terrible disease.  My first thought is to safeguard my children the best that I can, my next is that I really want to live a long time to see my children blossom into their own lives.  I've begun removing the unhealthy processed food from our house and forcing my kids to eat things other than Dino Chicken Nuggets and Mac 'n Cheese.  The three bites (of something you don't like but is healthy) rule is back in enforcement. 

We are a bustling, busy house and any spare time is a luxury.  Of all the things I'm aware I will regret, I don't want what I feed my kids to be on that list.  We do our best to provide healthy choices full of color and nutrition.  Truth be told, we don't always have the time for the preparation of healthy home cooked meals, so we do our best today and better tomorrow.

Have a healthy and safe weekend; go home and hug your kids because you can!



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