Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Running Thoughts

Bouncing on my trampoline, I remember running on dirt (under trees and clouds and sun), the wind singing in my skull, my feet drumming to the song. I know I shouldn’t dwell on what was, but embrace what is. I just can’t help it. I love the feels brewed by bare feet on canvas, by flesh and bones and spirit on the move. Still, I miss running on dirt.

photo by Ramesh Iyer, on Unsplash
(I miss running on sand, too).

- for Poets and Storytellers United--Weekly Scribblings #89: Keeping It Real. If you arent interested in my Pseudo-Intermittent Fasting Challenge, do feel free to skip the rest.  Also linked to Writers’ Pantry #90: Why Do You Write and Share?

31 Weeks of Pseudo-Intermittent Fasting: What Actually Happened
Wed, Sep 1st – Tue, Apr 5th
(close to the end of week 4)

Some weeks ago, I said that the “Do Research, Come Up with a (realistic) Goal/Plan, Collect Battle Gear” stage of my Pseudo-Intermittent Fasting Challenge would last a week. Well, it lasted three. But that’s all right. This was the time to figure out what I wanted out of the challenge and gather the information/tools I would need to get me there. Here are the results of my search and some thought:

1. I was 165 lbs. when I started this challenge. According to professionals, who are supposed to know this stuff, the ideal weight for a 5’ 3” 44-years-stunning woman is 120 lbs. Since the last time I was 120 lbs. happened to be during a particularly terrible Crohn’s flare that left me resembling a lively cadaver, I shan’t be following that bit of instruction. Instead, I aim to weight about 131 lbs. Why? Because that is a very pretty number, which allows me and my vanity to look wonderfully hot in my favorite jeans.

2. I can do cardio every single day (hooray!). I should limit calisthenics and strength to every other day. And I must be mindful of my crappy left arm and right shoulder.     

3. To lose one pound a week, Im supposed to consume about 1,400 calories. Most days my caloric intake doesn’t go over 1,200 calories. But every once in a while, I delight in a huge treat that can take my count to 1,700… which balances things out.

4. Instead of having bone broth for dinner every night, as I initially planned, I’ve been replacing one of my meals with bone broth or complementing two meals with a cup of bone broth. It’s been working like a charm.

5. The challenge is much less challenging than I thought it would be. I suspect that I will lose the extra 30-something pounds, I have been carrying around, a lot sooner than I thought. Also, having bone broth every day does such wonders for my tummy that I know the magic brew will remain part of my diet after the challenge is done.

48 comments:

  1. Ah, some things are worth remembering, even while we also embrace the now.

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  2. It is IMPOSSIBLE to remove those exquisite memories of times we found so joyful (nor should we try to), but the skill is to use them to rebalance our current situation. They are not stones dragging in our backpack, but a wonderful reminder of the Goddesses we are. XXX

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    1. You, my beloved Gina, are so very wise. That is the trick, indeed. Using old energies to feed or current ones and to help the ones to come into being.

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  3. Hope you can get out there and put your feet on the earth soon. Good luck with the bone soup dieting.

    Much💖love

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    1. The hope is always there. I might never be able to, since my hip is and left foot are in terrible shape. But I never stop hoping...

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  4. Glad the bone broth is doing you so much good!

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  5. I wish you great luck with your new regime. Just know you're beautiful, nomatter the weight!

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    1. Thank you, Bev. And yes, I am gorgeous regardless of my shave and weight. But a bit smaller is a lot more comfortable on my back, hips, and lungs.

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  6. It's work it to take extra time planning. It looks like yours is going pretty well so far. I hope you continue on successfully and that the bounce of the trampoline continues to hold its own charms, even though it's different from running on a trail.

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  7. With all my endocrine problems, I will never be thin unless I become terminally ill. I tried to hate myself thin for 33 years. Hell with that noise. I don't even own a scale. I would sooner own a semi truck, and I don't even know how to drive one!
    I'm not sure how I ever managed running around barefoot. I'm so tender-footed now that I wouldn't dare go further than the front porch without shoes.
    My parents always hated it when I wanted to jump on the trampoline with the neighbor kids. They were afraid I'd fall off and crack my fool head.

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    1. I think that hating ourselves into being anything rarely works. The same goes when it comes to fighting against our bodies. I, for example, would never try to grow all of my hair long again... since the hair follicles on top of my head and on my temples were murdered by chemo. We should always work with what the universe has giving us. Anything is just self-torture.

      On the trampoline, mine is a mini. I should probably say rebounder. Not make for jumping very high, but more for movement that doesn't involved too much impact on the joints.

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  8. Magaly, I loved reading your plan. So precise, you should do well. Your "a 5’ 3” 44-years-stunning woman" got my attention. Mrs. Jim is 5'2' and slight, she keeps my attention now for almost 49 years..
    Keep us posted. I know the plan will work.
    ..

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    1. Thank you, Jim. I promise to keep sharing updates. And I, too, believe the plan will work--it's already working!

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  9. Oh how I miss running .. I used to run races, now my feet post bunion surgery years ago do not cooperate. Walking at a fast pace must suffice. I know you miss running too. I am also in love with bone broth, had forgotten how filling it can be .. though my extra poundage is sticking tight to my frame. Must have patience, Helen.

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    1. I used to run races, too. I miss the feeling, the exhilarating exhaustion, the rush of competition. But we have the memories, right? And the alternatives.

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  10. I love this post. Memories of running bare foot in the summer. It was the best.

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  11. giving you thumbs up on your diet plan. And that picture....well, your feet are not that big!! Well, I'm pretty sure that is not you. (cough, choke)

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    1. My feet are bigger, lol! I'm sure those are the feet of a kid in that picture. I wear a size 10. 😅

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  12. Every once a while, i laced up my shoes & go running on pavements ( or the nature park where there are still dirt paths). I am glad I can still run.

    Seems like you are doing well in your fasting regimen. :)

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    1. I shall enjoy running vicariously through you!

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  13. I miss jumping on the trampoline. I used to do it a lot. I'm glad the weight loss plan is working. I lost 3 pounds and it felt like 10.

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    1. I understand that feeling. After I lost 5 pounds, I felt like the hugest monkey just climbed off my back.

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  14. I love going barefoot and this post made me realize how much I miss doing that all summer long. And about bone broth...? Yeah, it's good for us. I have a bunch of chicken feet in the freezer and it's time to cook up a big pot. An occasional fast is very good for us.

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    1. Chicken feet and necks make awesome soup. It's just starting to get chilly here, so I shall make some soon.

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  15. I would love to try running on dirt but somebody would have to check for sharp stones first.

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    1. If your feet aren't used to it, you might want check for stones and even sharp grass.

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  16. So beautiful..the wind singing in your skull. Your writing always shifts me..I love feeling that feeling..thank you!Best wishes on your regime..shine on.

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    1. You're most welcome. And thank you right back, for the wishes.

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  17. Good luck with your regime...where theres a will there's a way

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  18. Remembering the child squishing mud between my toes but that was long ago. Good luck on your bone broth challenge. We're pulling for you!

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  19. Love the sand on my feet too and is why I make ocean side a vacation must! I would love the recipe for your bone broth - I need to have a healthy fast as well - point me in a good direction - any books, insight, advice. you can email me :) margaret.bednar@me.com. I need to lose weight as I want to drop my diabetes meds... My doctor said it is possible. Hugs

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    1. Goodness! I haven't felt sand under my feet since before the pandemic. I'm hoping for next year.

      I will email you my bone broth recipe when I get home tomorrow. And your doctor is correct. I know more than one person who has being able to replace their diabetes medication with intermittent fasting. In a previous post, Helen said that it did it for her.

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  20. There’s a beautiful song that comes from running thoughts of your poem. A tempo measured in bounces on a trampoline. While feet, flesh, bone and spirit come together in a happy dance and celebrate the past. There’s something magical about dirt, and sand too, under one’s feet.

    Re: Pseudo-Intermittent Fasting, your update and plan sounds good. And all talk about your cup of bone broth working like a charm is enticing. I’m still waiting for a word from my GP regarding embarking on a similar journey. I'm hoping for a yes, of course. Because vanity is real. :)

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    1. I hope your GP says that it's all good. And I so hope that it works for you, if you get to go for it.

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  21. Body shame is never a remedy for repulsive look, if one possesses. We should accept the fact and try for bettering it.Nice post.

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    1. I'm not quite sure what provoked thoughts of body shame and repulsive looks. But I agree with the rest, acceptance and a thirst for improvement can be really good things.

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  22. That's amazing. I took up running when I turned 40. I had never been a runner. But I stopped during the pandemic. This made me want to get out the old runners... and even if not running, at least moving again.

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    1. Do it! Run! If not, how else would I enjoy the delight of running vicariously through you?!

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  23. I know I'm catching up, but I want to know more about this bone broth, please! Love you!

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