it's the little things

28 Jun

Wow, today was a hot one!  I about passed out on my run this morning…literally!  All’s well that ends well, though, and I pulled through.  It didn’t help that I waited until about 9 am to get out there.  Tomorrow’s goal: get my bootay outta bed early!

Here’s the stats:

distance – 3 miles
time – 29:54 yay!
fastest pace – 7 minute mile – I sprinted it in, hoping to finish in under 30 minutes
average pace – 9:58

Guys, I seriously wanted to quit on this run at about 2.4 miles.  My legs were so tired, and I’m fairly certain I was dehydrated (it was blazing hot and so humid).  I just kept thinking “pain is temporary, pride is forever.”  As silly as that sounds considering this was just a random 3 mile run, it’s the little things you do that add up to big things.  Next time three miles won’t be quite as daunting!

By the time I recovered from the run, I had about 20 minutes ’till I had to be at my hair appointment eek!  I scurried around, guzzling my green monster on my way out the door and made it there about 7 minutes late.  Check out the new ‘do

Riiiight.  So, you’re thinking it looks the exact same.  It’s shorter…you’ll just have to take my word for it;)

After chatting with my mom for a bit, it was time for lunch!

It’s tempeh time!

I heated slices of tempeh in a skillet for just a couple of minutes, toasting a slice of ezekiel bread and whipping up a quick batch of guacamole in the meantime.  I laid a thick layer of guac on my toast, topped by a layer of spinach leaves, with tempeh to finish it all off! Simple!

If you’ve never tried tempeh, you should really give it a go. It’s a great protein source for all of my fellow non-meat eaters.  It’s made out of soybeans and often has seasonings and grains, such as barley added to it.  Even though it’s made from soy as well, tempeh tastes almost nothing like tofu.  And unlike tofu, it has a very textured consistency and nutty flavor.  You can add it to stir fries, soups, sauces or eat it on a sandwich or wrap.  There really are a plethora of possibilites!  It can be found in the refrigerated section of most health food stores and maybe even your local grocery store.

These cherries were on their last leg, unfortunately.  I even had a to pick through them and end up throwing away several:(  The one thing I hate more than throwing away precious cherries is eating soft ones!  The good ones were still tasty though.

A little lunch time hangin’ out.  Like mother like daughter with the crazy hair!

I spent the afternoon working on these mysterious projects I keep referring to (I promise I’ll be spilling the beans soon)!  I’ve been thinking through a lot of things about my life lately.  I’m currently reading a book about how we should focus on our strenghts in everything we do.

What makes you strong?

Try to think of a strength as different than what you’re used to.  Instead of being something that you’re good at, a strength is something that makes you feel strong when you do it.  What makes you feel alive?  Those are your strengths.

Have you ever felt like somebody wanted you to do something because they thought you were good at it, but it wasn’t something you enjoyed?  It was something that made you feel weak or drained afterwards?  That is not a strength because it doesn’t make you feel stronger.

We should all play to and focus on our strengths as much as possible.  Life is too short to focus on the things that make us feel weak.  Of course we have certain responsibilities that are non-negotiables.  I don’t think anyone would say that cleaning the toilet makes them feel strong and alive.  I’d love to hear about it if that’s you:)

But in every situation possible, we should do everything we can to incorporate those things that make us feel strong.

What are you thoughts about this idea?  Do you think it’s a bunch of hullaballoo (yes, that’s a word;)? Or do you think there’s something to it?

Also, have you ever tried tempeh and did you like it?  What is your favorite protein source aside from meat?

I’m off to go read and then head to bed soon.  I hope you’ve all head a great Monday!

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6 Responses to “it's the little things”

  1. ely June 29, 2010 at 7:09 am #

    As I’m looking at the pics on your post, I am so upset that I haven’t gotten to see your cute house yet! It looks so precious!

    I like your question about what makes me feel strong, I’m going to have to think about it….

  2. Heather (Where's the Beach) June 29, 2010 at 7:31 am #

    Well, you know I love tempeh. I guess Monday was a tempeh sort of day huh??? My husband often pushes or urges me to run races and I always feel stronger after for having done so. I typically surprise myself. Sometimes I don’t realize how “strong” I am. I agree, we should do the things that make us feel strong. Sometimes, I do think we need a little urging though…

  3. Sarah June 30, 2010 at 8:29 am #

    Love the new hair!

    Also love tempeh and your thoughts on strengths. It’s funny because when I was younger those who knew me well used to say that a strength of mine was working with people and empathising with them; i was a “people person”. But at the time I didn’t want to see it as it got in the way and was contrary to other goals I had for myself (goals which eventually made me miserable). But it was still a strength. And now that I’ve accepted it and am living it out it definitely feels like a strength as I’m energised from my time with my patients 🙂

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