I did something today that I never thought that I’d be able to do again...I ran!
It may not seem like a big thing, but believe me it is.
We have these awesome neighbors that live about a quarter mile away and we were walking home from a play date at their house. My son was getting pretty cranky in his stroller and I knew we were reaching nap time. Looking down at him in I pondered, “I wonder if he would fall asleep in here if I picked up the pace a little.” We are blessed with another beautiful day today. The sun is shining, birds are chirping and butterflies are dancing all around, so I thought “Why not? Let’s see if I can run a little.”
I use the term “run” loosely. It was more like a wog, a cross between a walk and a jog. Seriously the butterflies were flying faster than I was moving, but that was okay with me. I’m not a runner at heart. I’d like to be, but the only time I would run in the past was when I was playing a sport of some kind. I picked up a book about running from the library once. Yes I know, I am a nerd, but I did find it very helpful. It basically pointed out that I’d been doing everything wrong while running as an athlete my whole life. “What? There is actually a way that you are supposed to breathe while running? You mean It’s not just gasping for air? No? Well clearly I've been doing this wrong!”
Today was better, way better. I picked a destination and I found a rhythm. I breathed in with four steps and out with four step, in with four, out with four and focused on that. Before I knew it we were at the driveway and my little man was almost asleep. So, I kept going. I picked the next the destination and continued breathing…in with four, out with four. I came to a curve in our road and turned around. At about the 1/2 mile mark I could feel that I was losing my breath and my rhythm so I regained focus: in with four, out with four. I was surprised by how easy it was. I stopped at 3/4 of a mile because we had come to our driveway again and I wasn’t sure how much my body could take. Lord knows I don't want to end up in the ER again. I knew that I still needed to stretch, eat something and rest before Tre, my son, woke up from his nap. Resting has become very important, and I’ve found that so have the smoothies I’ve been drinking. I made one today called Sweet Potato Pie. It is a recipe from Tess Masters, aka “The Blender Girl,” and it is easily becoming one of my favorites. I decrease the recipe to one serving, add two scoops of my all-in-one vegan nutritional shake powder, and am good to go. I cannot live without shakes like these. They keep me going. They are the My Grace In A Glass! I have attached the recipe for the Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie below. You should give it a try! In fact, maybe you should give something new a try - who knows, maybe you CAN do it!
Have a great day my friends!
Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie
Courtesy Of Tess Masters, The Blender Girl
Hi there! Welcome to Grace In A Glass. My name is Danielle and I am so happy that you are visiting this site today. We all have something in life that we are working to overcome. I began blogging about my struggle with overcoming Esophageal Dysmotility and Crohn's Disease with the hope of reaching others with words of encouragement and hope. Thank you for letting me share my stories with you, and hope you have the most wonderful day!