Sunday, March 18, 2007

The frost is on the daffodils

Actually, I don't have any daffodils, but we did see frost on some roadside daffodils yesterday morning. And if I did have daffodils, there'd be frost on them today.

My cold is gone, but due to scheduled weekend events I've continued to rest instead of exercise. The weird thing about it is I don't feel bad about this at all. As OCD as I've been about following my training schedule pre-CISE-ly, I'm astonished at how nonchalant I feel about neglecting it for the past four days.

I plan to begin anew tomorrow, when the temperature will be more tolerable [mid 50s instead of low 40s].

On Friday Mr. Shrinking Knitter and I drove to Abingdon, VA, for a fundraiser for New Beginnings, a drug and alcohol treatment facility in Dryden, VA. We are fortunate to know the team of dedicated and creative people who helped bring this particular house of hope to life, and we heartily support their work.

The evening's speaker, author Adriana Trigiani, was stuck in New York due to the bad weather, but she did a lively Q&A by speakerphone and much money was raised. [Her mother admonished her from the audience: "You should have come a day earlier!"]

I confessed to one of our friends that I'd never read any of her books and, in fact, had never even heard of her. She donated copies of her first book, Big Stone Gap, to each of us in attendance, so I will have the opportunity. But I would have passed it by had I seen it in a bookstore. Just not my kind of cover; it looks like a romance novel in the worst sense of the expression.

However. She seems to have a huge audience, has sold tons o' books and I'm open-minded. Mr. Shrinking Knitter has already read the first 30 or so pages and says she's quite a good writer.

The big news for those who actually live in Big Stone Gap, VA, is that pre-production for the film begins this summer, and they'll be filming on location. I've been to Big Stone Gap – it will surely be the most exciting thing that's happened there in decades. Maybe ever.

I've been catching up on your latest blog adventures and have been struck by some who are learning that mindfulness about eating and exercise doesn't necessarily have to come with a ball and chain. That's kind of how I've felt this week. I knew it wasn't good to continue to stress my body by running when I had a cold. So I rested. I'm not happy running in frigid temperatures. So I rested. I'm also not happy running on the treadmill. So I rested. All this rest has been as good for my mind as it has been for my body.

I've eaten well and not too much. The fancy dinner included cheesecake for dessert and I even had some of that. I went three months without sugar, so it's time to climb back on the wagon, but I didn't think I was "bad" or even "naughty" for eating it. And I didn't eat it all – just a few bites, to satisfy my curiosity, and then I put the fork down. I left food on my dinner plate, not because I "should," but because I'd eaten what I wanted.

Quite a strange little earthquake going on in my head these days.

Forty-one days until race day.


Mary Christine said...

I am so glad you honored your body and took some time off when you were sick. I have a hard time with that, but I am learning... hope you are 100% again soon!

Adam said...

3 months without sugar? Wow, what self control. I am trying to cut down on the beer, and it is tough.

I am using Bourbon as a substitute for beer, but I don't quite think its working.

PICAdrienne said...

Wow, that last complete paragraph says SO much. You stopped, because you had had enough, you sampled the cheesecake, and had enough, and stopped. That sounds so simple to do, but it is so challenging, and I truly applaud you. Congratulations. Think I will go take a walk...

Anne M. said...

I'm so happy for you! You're in a place where you know your body, you know how to eat, how to exercise, and when it's time to stop. Eating only a little, and being satisfied, is a huge step - as is taking exercise breaks to heal both body and mind.

Let me know what you think of Adriana's book.

Grumpy Chair said...

I loved the "Big Stone Gap" Series - (there are 3 books I think). The book I bought several years ago had a little house on it with a mail box. I don't think I would have picked up the copy you got with the gloves holding a purse.

Knitress said...

I did the same thing on Friday! Well, not quite. But there was (v. yummy) cheesecake at the fancy dinner I attended here for work.

And I ate half of it. Slowly. It was delicious, but I was full and I wanted to enjoy another sweet treat later in the weekend so I stopped.

Not something I would have done before. . .