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- I still haven't decided on a goal for fall, and after talking to my therapist about it, I actually think I'm going to choose NOT to make a big goal for this fall. Because I always feel the need to be hyper-focused on something in order to stay on track with my eating and exercise, I haven't learned how to stay on track without setting a huge goal. This summer, I'd like to be content with where I am and how I am doing things. Maybe in the fall, I'll think of a spring goal to work on. (There is nothing wrong with having goals, of course; but I want to learn to be content even when I'm not actively working on a tough goal.)
- I went for my first bike ride of the season last week, and it wasn't as fun as I'd hoped, unfortunately. It was super windy, which made it difficult; but also, the road commission repaved the roads around here last year, and they're awful. They used gravel and tar to form this really bumpy, rough surface. It's not even fun to run on, but biking is terrible. I'm super bummed.
- Our new tankless water heater is working great--it's so nice to be able to shower and do dishes and laundry all at the same time, without running out of hot water ;) Jerry worked hard to put in the new floor, and he finished it up this morning. I was so excited to be able to do laundry! It's been piling up all weekend, because the washer and dryer were in the garage while we fixed the water heater problem. I'm so grateful for my brother--if not for Brian, we would have had to pay thousands for someone to come do the work he did.
- Speaking of Brian, he recently flew a charter flight from NYC to Rome for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Regardless of what anyone thinks of Sanders, I think it's pretty cool that Brian was asked to pilot his plane. In Brian's words on Facebook: "Charter flight for Bernie. He and his family are very nice! If only being a "good guy" makes for a good president he'd have my vote. It's how we pay for "free college for everybody," "free health care for all," and "free HBO for the first year," that give me pause."
|Brian is the second from the left|
- Lately, I've been working on a puzzle in the evenings, and while I'm doing that, I like to have a diet tonic with lime (bonus if it includes vodka, but I usually don't). I don't like to have to deal with fresh limes, so I've always used True Lime packets (the only ingredient is crystalized lime). I ran out of them a couple of days ago, so I apparently decided I never wanted to be in that situation again, because I ordered a 500-pack on Amazon. Haha! I'm set for at least a year. (In my defense, it's SO much cheaper to order it in bulk.)
|Each packet is equivalent to the juice of one wedge (which means I now|
have roughly the equivalent of 62 limes in my pantry).
- I have been listening to a podcast recently that I really love. It's called Evil Sugar Radio, and the hosts are two guys who focus on debunking popular diet myths and promoting intuitive eating. Their viewpoint is exactly like mine--I eat whatever I want, just keeping my portions from getting out of hand--and it's refreshing to listen to. I get a lot of criticism for the way I eat, but it works well for me and I enjoy it. I never knew there was actual science behind it, but the hosts of the show get into that stuff. Anyway, it's super entertaining! (You'll like the podcast if you're an intuitive eater; but it will probably make you angry if you're into paleo. Just a fair warning.)
- I recently finished the entire series of White Collar on Netflix in an embarrassingly short amount of time. What a great show!! I was hooked from the very first episode. It's about a man who breaks out of prison only to be caught by the FBI, and then he starts working for the FBI's White Collar division... all with his own agenda on the back burner. It's a drama, but kind of light-hearted. I love the characters on the show (and the actors who play them).
- As soon as I finished White Collar, I started watching the series Prison Break for the second time. I loved that show, and after seeing this Facebook post by Wentworth Miller (main character on the show), I wanted to watch it again. I never would have guessed that Miller was going through severe depression, or that he used food to cope. It made me sad for him, but I could also relate on so many levels. Here is a short quote from his response to a meme that was posted about his weight gain:
|(Here is the full post by Miller)|
- After Ragnar SoCal in 2014, I decided to retire the overnight relays. However, Ragnar recently announced that they are doing a race in Michigan! It's in the northwest lower peninsula, and it takes place Sept. 30-Oct. 1, which is a GORGEOUS time of year to be there. (It ends in Traverse City, which is known for their wineries--Jerry and I went there in 2014 after a race in Cadillac.) My brother, Nathan, mentioned that he would really like to do it; and honestly, I kind of want to also, just because it's Michigan. So, it looks like Nathan and I are going to be co-captaining a Ragnar team this fall :)