Saturday, July 23, 2011

Just Breathe


I have no good reason as to why blogging hasn't happened as frequently as it once did.  Perhaps having computer issues have slowed things down a bit, and I'm not big on phone blogging, especially when auto correct gets in the way.

Everyone in my house had a cold.  It wasn't anything tragic, it was just more annoying than anything.  Now that the cold has diminished it has been rather hard getting back into a groove.  I kind of feel as if my energy was taken away from me, and I can't quite get it back, especially when it comes to running.  I should be able to keep up with the group, but I just can't.  I'm quickly out of breath, but having asthma factors in. I'm sticking with the training as best as possible, still getting in the miles, albeit slow.  This too shall pass.

The kiddo has turned 8 years old and is counting down to when he can finally get his driver's license. I don't want him to rush things because he's still cute, says funny things, and thinks we're still cool.  I'm soaking up this phase of his life as much as possible.  I know it won't be very long before he thinks we're creepy, but it's currently a blissful time. The other night he brought me a hot cup of herbal tea.  The hot tea was his idea and his Papa helped him out. Yes, it was a warmish summer night, and he brought me hot tea so we could spend time together.  How could I resist?

Compared to my last job, my current job calm,  REALLY calm. I have coherent, linear thoughts and don't feel like my head is going to explode.  I'm doing pretty much the same things that I was doing at my last job, but now I'm dealing with "normal" people for employers.  It's so refreshing to work for people who don't micro-micro-micro-manage their business.

In my head. Calm.

I'm always on the hunt for natural, non-dairy treats.  Not having having ice cream during the summer months kind of sucks.  I have an allergy to cow's milk products which triggers skin issues and asthma.  While grocery shopping I discovered Luna & Larry's Organic Coconut Bliss Bars.*

I happen to like coconut, and was overjoyed to see that these contained NO DAIRY.  Every time I look in the frozen foods section to find something that resembles ice cream, it contains some form of milk. Finally, I found something that is palatable with the consistency of an ice cream bar. It's not like I'm going to wolf down the entire box (only 4)  in one sitting, but when I have a small splurge, these will fill the no ice cream void. 

In addition, I've also discovered that coconut water is a great electrolyte. I've stocked up on Zico.

The only thing about coconut water is that it's best served COLD.  It's not so great at room temperature. I've also noticed that it's easy on the digestive system, and doesn't mess with my system if I drink one of these before running. I haven't ventured into the other Zico coconut water flavors, like chocolate, but the natural coconut is just fine with me. *

Song from Monday, July 18, 2011:
Happy Birthday - Stevie Wonder


*These reviews are my own.  No one gave me anything to say my 2 cents.


Lisa said...

those coconut bars look yummy. i wonder if they carry them here?

Anne said...

Feel better Irene...summer colds are no fun.
I'm now back on Xolair (injections I get every 4 weeks) to control the asthma and the vasculitic hives...sounds like we have similar issues, though I'm not allergic to milk. I still don't overdo dairy products.

Black Knight said...

I am glad that the things at work go well. Sorry for the cold and the asthma, I hope you feel better soon.
You have a very kind son.
Have a good sunday.

Fair Weather Runner said...

i fought a cold all last week, it DOES take time to get back in the groove. good luck getting back at it, and yay for birthdays and happy jobs!

Juls said...

It seems like hardly anyone is blogging anymore. It saddens me because I really am trying to keep mine going - even if it's not currently about running (thanks to injury). Anyway, I hear you on kids growing up. Young YaYa will be 13 next month and I just want him to stay little. BoBo, who is back for a visit from the USAF, is HUGE. I'll post a photo to the blog soon. There's quite a few on FB.