The Shins Don’t Lie

The last few days have been full of rain on and off.  Friday, I was able to do my interval training in the morning when there was still just a drop here and there.  Today, I went into work for a little while in order to make sure I had all my stuff together for the class I’m teaching tomorrow.  While in the office, I was contemplating whether to do my interval training inside or outside.  I could be inside and comfortable in the exercise room in our complex while using a treadmill or elliptical machine.  Or, I could be outside in the cold and potentially wet weather.  My choice boiled down to my shins.  Yes, my shins are still bothering me a little.  In fact, I have ice on one of them right now.

I came home, changed, and went right to the exercise room to use the elliptical.  I figured the elliptical would minimize the impact on my shins.   It did minimize the impact while I was doing the training.  However, they are bothering me again now.  I’m not sure if this is just continued problems from the original or added.

Yes, the thought did cross my mind to not go at all.  My reasoning to go was I’m still fresh in developing this habit.  My worry was if I let go of the habit for one day, I might be tempted for let go of it altogether.  I know I was able to jump back in as soon as my body recovered from the conference two weeks ago, but I was mentally and emotionally exhausted, as well.  I’m not exhausted at all.  My shins just hurt.  I’m taking care of them now and praying they will be better soon.  I’ll probably continue using the elliptical to minimize the impact.

Ah, if only I were young again when I never had this issue!

Buffet Adventure

One of my husband’s cousins is in town this weekend and we actually got to see her this morning for brunch.  We went to one of my sister-in-law’s favorite places to eat, Ramsi’s On Top Of The World.  I used to go there for lunch a lot at one point at my last job.  I started to worry this morning about what I would order since what I normally ate there were their pita sandwiches or their hummus and pitas.  I couldn’t think of anything on the menu that was gluten-free offhand.

When we were seated, we weren’t given menus.  Okay.  When our waitress finally came, she told us they have a brunch buffet and an omlette bar.   Nice.

I hit the buffet with my sister-in-law and left everyone else at the table in the middle of their catching up.  First thing that catches my eye is a Veggie Eggs Benedict.  I love Eggs Benedict.  Can’t have it anymore because of the gluten.  I had to pass up a lot of the stuff on the buffet line because of potential gluten.  I thought I chose well.  Eggs, spinach salad, some kind of fish and mixed veggies, a little bit of bacon, and a lot of fruit.  Oh, and home fries.

I only took about 6 pieces of the home fries and halfway through it tasted like french toast.  Not sure if it was cooked on the same grill or not, but as soon as it became suspect, I stopped eating it.  Halfway through the small piece of fish I had, it seemed like it was lightly coated in something.  However, I didn’t stop.  I finished the piece.  It was about the size of my index, middle, and ring finger.  I’m sure I’ll know by tomorrow for sure if it was tainted with gluten.

Right now I’m feeling a little out of focus.  I keep trying to finish Through The Looking Glass for book club, but I read a few pages and I have to put it down.  I don’t know if it’s gluten related or if it’s not being interested in the book.  My best guess right now is gluten.  It took me about 15 minutes and several distractions to get started on this post.

If it is gluten related, I’m glad I don’t have a full day of work tomorrow.

The Food Revolution Begins With YOU!

Last night marked the end of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution show.  I was so sad at the end that I nearly cried.  But he was right in his personal message at the end, it’s not the end, it’s the beginning and it’s up to us.  I was happy to see that Alice had really come around when he went back and that she was truly genuine in her support of him.  He was right in the beginning that if she were on his side, she’d be a force for change and I think she will be.  It was great to see that with the changes a lot of people had made, they were losing weight and getting healthier.

I was pretty disturbed by the flavored milks back in rotation again and that massive backlog of processed foods the school system has.  I don’t trust Rhonda at all, she’s always seemed sketchy to me and talking out of both sides of her mouth.  I mean, why would you order more for the next year when you know it goes against the changes being made and that you can’t get rid of the crap you already have?  Absolute craziness.  Thankfully, there were a lot of supporters of the change appalled at the decision to start Processed Food Fridays.  Jamie said it well, would you tell an alcoholic to have a drink on Fridays?  That’s just opening up the doors to undo everything he did.

Then I was disturbed by the bag lunches he was showing.  That one girl with two different types of chips and jelly beans.  Really?  Chips and jelly beans.  It reminded me of watching my brother and sisters packing their lunches for school one morning I was visiting from college.  You’ll love this: Pepsi, brownies, and Rice Krispie Treats.  No joke.  That’s what each of them had in their bags.   So, is it the parents fixing those lunches or the kids?  The younger kids, most likely the parents.  However, my youngest sister was in 3rd grade and I know from experience that she had probably been packing her own lunch for awhile.

I thought it was pretty interesting that I had an email from the Kokua Foundation this morning with a new eco tip of things to do in school and I’ll share it with you.

3 Simple Things You Can Do AT SCHOOL:

  1. Pack a smart lunch.
    • Use re-useable containers, utensils, and cloth napkins to pack a waste-free lunch of yummy local and/or organic products.
    • Whole fruits come in their own “wrapper” and are healthier than processed snacks!
    • Visit or for more ideas.
  2. Take the walking school bus.
    • If you live close to your school, start a walking school bus with a group of classmates and parents. Make a route, pick up everyone on the way to school, and then drop them all off afterwards. It makes traveling to and from school more fun – plus, it’s good exercise and good for the planet!
    • Visit for more ideas.
  3. Rethink your school supplies.
    • Purchase earth-friendly school supplies like recycled paper, refillable pens and pencils, and durable supplies that will last for several years.
    • Check out and to buy online, or ask your local retailer to identify their recycled goods.
    • Before buying new, check out which supplies from last year are still usable.

If you want to see change I’m sharing this again.  Sign Jamie’s petition and share it with others.

On another food note before I end this post, check out this article of Dr. Mercola’s on the link between cancer and cosmetics, rBGH milk, and meat.  Prevention needs to be a hallmark of healthcare.  Avoiding educating the public on preventative measures does everyone a disservice while lining pockets.

Maybe I just need to quit my job and go to Washington to be a full-time lobbyist!