What do these two things have in common, I can hear you ask. Nuttin’ honey! I just want to write about both, and only want to write one blog entry.
Yesterday morning, I had to go in to work for a meeting/class. These are actually very enjoyable, usually inspirational meetings. But also usually full of food to avoid. So I planned ahead, and took one of my scones with me and stopped and got a Starbuck’s coffee to have with the scone while I drove in (almost an hour and a half drive.) I packed some cottage cheese and cantaloupe for a mid-morning snack, and also brought some lunch with me.
Sure enough, when I got there, there was a beautiful spread of food, and–I’m not kidding–2 trays about 3 feet across piled high with every conceivable type of donut, sweet roll, and pastry you could imagine. Oh brother. There were also several large trays of fruit. So, I considered it. I hadn’t had a donut forever. And by a conservative estimate, a donut is only about 200 calories. I could have one. But the truth is, I wouldn’t have been satisfied with one. I would have ended up with two, and possibly a third snuck in for later in the day. Or, if I did stick with one, then I would have had to deal with the mind torture of NOT taking the second or third for who knows how many hours or days. So instead I took a little plate of fresh fruit, and thought about what kind of delicious nutritious dessert type snack I could have at home for 200 or so calories. That made me pretty happy. And yes, I did feel a little virtuous. I definitely think that thinking about what you can have instead is a tool that can sometimes be used by us foodies.
The swimming–OMGosh! I really was inspired by this morning’s post. It was very cool here this morning. So I decided to take the doggies out for a little walk-run. I tried my best to keep running when I came to the uphill parts of the road. It was a very good walk-run. Don’t know the distance, but I was out there for 30 minutes. But my main plan for the day was to go to the gym for the express purpose of swimming. I had stopped on my way home from the class yesterday and done my weights workout. I wanted to challenge myself to swim 40 laps. I had a few chores to do first, and I almost talked myself out of going swimming, because it really was cool outside, and I had already had that good walk-run. Finally went. And there was only one other guy walking laps in the pool!
When I start swimming, I usually feel like I want to stop after 8 laps. But after 20 laps, I was in a groove. I started thinking ‘this must be what runners feel like when they get that runners high.’ I felt like I could just keep swimming forever. It was so peaceful being the only one in the pool. And I swam 50 laps!!
Now I am tired.