Friday, November 2, 2007

Why Do They Insist On Torturing Me?

This is my favorite time of year, partly because I love all things pumpkin. Unfortunately, because of my gall bladder issues I had to give up Starbucks. This means no Pumpkin Spice Lattes for me. It makes me sad every time I think about it.
On top of giving up Starbucks (and the Gingerbread Latte that will also be coming out soon), I've now been advised by my acupuncturist to give up dairy, sugar, and cold foods and drinks. This means giving up one of my favorite things in the whole wide world, ice cream.
I haven't been doing such a good job at this no sugar, no dairy thing. I've actually been behaving like one of the Things, doing the exact opposite of what I've been told to do. This last Saturday Little Bit bought me a couple of loaves of sweet bread (one lemon poppyseed & the other blueberry) . They were both gone by Wednesday, and I didn't share much with my family. Last night I met with a client and we shared a Pizza Cookie.
A 1/2 pound of Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, or Peanut Butter Chocolate cookie dough, slightly baked in a 6-inch pizza pan then topped with 3 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream. Ours was half peanut butter, half chocolate chip.
After eating such a yummy dessert and having a tummy ache for the rest of the night, I decided that I was going to start taking my care provider's advice seriously. I decided to kick my sugar habit once and for all.
I woke up determined to behave but when I opened my email I saw this:
This description followed:


Sadly, thousands of pumpkins are destroyed and wasted each November. And for what? Distance. We're talking about the new cruel "sport" of Punkin Chunkin, whereby people build highly powered machines, such as catapults, to see who can hurl pumpkins the farthest (yes, we're serious). Barbarians! Well guess what, Chunkers?! We built a machine, too! It's called a Blizzard® machine! And it blends pumpkin pie with creamy DQ® vanilla soft serve to make the delicious Pumpkin Pie Blizzard® Treat! Now the DQ® Blizzard of the Month! In our opinion, no other machine in the world can beat it. Well, maybe the space shuttle. Maybe.

That is, if space shuttles could make DQ Blizzard Cakes! This month, try the Pumpkin Pie Blizzard Cake. It's our Pumpkin Pie Blizzard layered with creamy DQ vanilla soft serve and irresistible pie crust pieces. Perfect for Thanksgiving or any other occasion.

and then they included this:

BUY ANY SIZE PUMPKIN PIE BLIZZARD® TREAT OR ANY OTHER BLIZZARD TREAT AND GET A SECOND OF EQUAL OR LESSER VALUE FREE!   Offer Expires 11/30/2007  One time use only. One coupon per customer. Valid only at DQ® store location below. Not valid with any other offers. Any other application of this certificate constitutes fraud. Certificate void if altered, copied, sold, purchased, transferred, exchanged or where prohibited or restricted by law. Sales tax will not be charged unless by local law. Blizzard, DQ and the ellipse shaped logo are trademarks of American Dairy Queen Corporation, Minneapolis, MN. 2007.
How could they do this to me? Not only do they put two of my
favorite things together but they also tempt me with a coupon???
Maybe that's what I get for being part of the DQ Blizzard Fan Club.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

I Can't Get The Doobie Brothers Out of My Head

It keeps you runnin', yeah it keeps you running...

I must be nuts! I let someone convince me to do a 10K run that is just 10 days away. What in the world was I thinking??? That is 6.2 miles! I am in such trouble! I haven’t taken training for this seriously enough. I have been running 3 miles at least twice a week, sometimes 3 times a week for the last few months. “If you can run 3 miles regularly, you can run 6, no problem”. This is what my whack job of a friend said to me to convince me to sign up, and I believed him. The problem is I run those 6-9 miles per week on a treadmill, which I am now learning is much different than running outside, on pavement.

Yes, I am nuts!

Yesterday I ran 2 miles (on the treadmill) , then boxed for a half an hour, then ran another 2 miles (one on the treadmill and one around the track). Surprisingly, I feel fine today. I boxed again today but didn’t run because I had to watch Jane’s girls for her (Thanks for getting me out of running Jane!). I am supposed to somehow run 5 miles on Saturday and then next week a friend of mine is going to help me train so that I can run 6 miles by next Sunday. Yeah, right! I’m going to go from running 3 miles, (occasionally 4) to running 6 miles in less than 10 days.? Dear readers, you should start saying your goodbyes now. Anyone want to volunteer to help Hubby raise the Things?

The only thing that might save me is that I am on call for two mamas right now. Maybe I’ll get called to a birth! November 11th sounds like a wonderful day to have a baby, don’t you think?