Last night I got home from work on the early side and set to work making a butternut squash soup from scratch with a side of brussels sprouts (I’ve been eating so many brussels lately that I wouldn’t be surprised if I turn into one!!). While the soup was simmering, I headed into the living room to wrap lights around our tree and begin hanging ornaments. I also took out our caroler figurines and put them on the mantel, set out our nutmeg-scented candles and ran the holiday mugs through the dishwasher so I can sip coffee out of them every morning for the next month. Yay!!!!!
I LOVE THE HOLIDAY SEASON! Love, love, love, love, love. 🙂
Hubs got home from school late and found me in my apron, hanging ornaments. I saw RELIEF on his face. He said he was so happy to see that I was in great spirits (no Provera moodiness here friends!). I don’t know if it’s because I’m back on the path toward having a legit cycle or if it was just a good day or if I’m just mellowing out in general, but I plan to ride this feeling as long as possible. 🙂
In other news, I have a confession to make. Despite my acupuncturist asking me to chill out on running and me saying that I was open to the change, I have not really changed that much. I ran four out of the five days I was away for Thanksgiving, about five miles each time. Last night my Mom and I were chatting and she mentioned that her dear friend M, who is an ob-gyn and has been my Mom’s private confidant and info source in this “matter” of mine, told her I was still running way too much. She suggested running 3 to 4 days a week and 1 to 2 miles max. That’s even LESS than what my acupuncturist recommended. Holy moly.
First, I was a little irked at my Mom (in a very upbeat, I’m-in-a-great-mood-kind-of–way, seriously!). I had a feeling she was fishing for her friend to say something like that (my Mom continues to maintain I work out way too much; she’s been saying that since I was 22 and did my first marathon). But then I thought about it more and more and it began to sink in that although I may feel like I’ve really toned down my exercise since I’m not in “training” for an athletic event, I’m still pounding away a lot more than most folks do. I’ve been an athlete since I was a little kid, so it’s hard to let go. Is 3-4 days a week and 1-2 miles at a time enough to give me that endorphin boost and de-stressed feeling I love so much? How much do you guys work out?
I am officially committed to chilling out on the exercise-front. I’m even going to start including my workouts in posts, to keep me honest. Day One of the new Good Egg…..no run early this morning, as planned. No workout at all. I got up at the usual time and puttered around the apartment, took a long shower and got to work earlier than usual. So far so good.