Wednesday, February 20, 2013

It Just May Be A Midlife Crisis

The Valentine's cake is finally gone. 

Now I just need to finish off the Girl Scout cookies.

These extra junk food treats certainly make giving up M&Ms a little easier.

I am surprised by the difficulty I'm having giving up the M&Ms.  It's not that I am craving them.  I'm not.  It's that I am now so hungry all afternoon.

Just about every day for lunch I eat a sandwich, an apple, and one other fruit.  I then eat M&Ms until I'm full.  I don't eat anything else until dinner.  Through Lent (and beyond is the plan) I'm not eating M&Ms or any other junk food with lunch.  By the time the kids get out of school, I'm starving and have to eat a snack with them.  I know this is much better healthwise, to eat a healthy snack mid-afternoon.  I'm just surprised at how hungry I have been after this one change.

Perhaps it is just pointing out how many M&Ms I was actually eating.

Making one healthy choice so often leads to others.

I have actually had the urge to go for a run a few times in the last couple of weeks.   On one particularly nice day (sunny and 40 degrees) I mentioned this to the children who happened to be standing next to me.  Giant looked at me with a confused look on his face, then said, "Huh?"  Buttercup just laughed.

I didn't say I wanted (or would be able) to run far.  I probably wouldn't make it to the end of the driveway. 

I can understand their reaction.  Despite the fact I went to college on a track scholarship, I hate going out for a run.  They have no recollection of me ever doing it.  To them, Dad is the runner in the family.   He's the one who does 5Ks with them.  I am the one who stays with the little kids and cheers them on.

My core strength ain't what it used to be.  I don't like that feeling.  I need to do something.  I really want to swim.  That will be easiest on my joints, and I just love that feeling of gliding through water.  Once Cuckoo goes to school, I will be in a pool.  Until then, I want to do something else.

I mentioned it to Hubby last night.  I knew he'd understand, seeing as how he has been unable to do any exercise since breaking his foot.  The conversation went like this:

Me:  I know you won't believe me, but I've had the urge to go for a run.

Hubby:  You mean to the bathroom?  I have to do that several times a day.  It's called aging.

And then we laughed.

At least my abs get a workout from all of the laughing.

As with most things, this feeling will pass.  Probably as soon as spring hits and we have hours and hours of yard/garden/animal work to do. 

Hm, two days in a row with the contemplative posts.


I do believe this ridiculously unending cold and windy weather is getting to me.

I'll do my best to make something funny happen today.

I will probably stop short of doing anything like purposely tripping a child on camera.


Have a lovely day!


  1. If you do decide to run, you might want to check out the "couch to 5K" program. It alternates running (jogging) and walking, and is so gradual, even I can do it! Week 3, for example, consists of a 5 minute warm-up walk, 90 seconds of running, 90 seconds of walking, 3 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking, repeat the running, walking, running, then walk for 5 minutes to cool down. The first two weeks had shorter intervals. Of course, I probably should give up M&Ms too, if I want to see better results!

    1. I remember you talking about the program. It is a great idea.
      Those M&Ms are just so good. Tempting little buggers.

  2. I tried giving up favorite foods for Lent many times, but come Easter Sunday I found myself gorging out on what I gave up until I made myself sick because I felt so deprived. Now I give up nontangibles. This year I gave up negativity and people who piss me off. Dang, I didn't realize that meant everything and everybody during PMS.

    1. I have given up ice cream before, but that wasn't really all that hard. I have gone the nontangible route, too. I find that harder to do than giving up food. It's so hard to keep my mouth shut!
      Yeah, it's hard to give up negativity when surrounded by it. Good luck with that.

  3. Go for a run! Do it. Don't let the jokes stop you. Then you can eat more m&m's ....

    1. I was thinking the same thing!

      I ran from the school aaall the way to the van yesterday. That felt good. Sure, I only did it because I was freezing my tail off, but I did it. Perhaps when it warms up a bit this weekend I will get a little jog in.

  4. You're giving up M&Ms? Brave woman! I tried to give up chocolate once ... it wasn't pretty. I had friends bringing me Freddo Frogs and practically begging me to eat them rather than have to live with my foul mood.

    1. I know. I think about them constantly now.

      I hope my mood doesn't get so bad that the kids start feeding them to me. I think. Maybe that wouldn't be so bad. :)

  5. I could run to the end of the driveway ..but an ambulance would have to drive me back to the house,lol!

  6. Can hardly wait for warmer running weather here.


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