BABIES, and BONK #2

No, I’m not having babies; get your head out of that hole.  And I’ll share BONK #2 at the end of the post! (BONK #1 was yesterday!)

Anyhow, I did get to see a baby today! 

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A burrowing owl baby!!!

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These are not my pictures, though I wish they were…

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But this is what they look like.  As you all know, I am a huge fan of birds, mostly raptors and hummingbirds, but I totally geek out over birds in general.  This bird is pretty unique as it creates a den for it’s home and young out of abandoned holes left by coyotes and badgers in the desert, but sadly it’s been listed as a species of concern in the U.S. and actually endangered in Canada!  My poor birdies!

Alas, gives me even more reason to run around in this god-awful heat looking for them to keep them alive, as some statistics think there are less than 10,000 breeding pairs left and their homes are being demolished as we speak.

Anyhow, enough of my baby bird rambling, it’s been a long day! I’ve been up since 4.30 getting ready for work and can’t wait to go to bed tonight!  I’m exhausted, and only have to do it again all week this week! Haha!

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I’m becoming a huge fan of freezing my green monsters and letting them thaw out a bit while I’m starting work because at that time when I’m finally hungry (or absolutely famished and want to eat my own arm like this morning) it’s at the perfect consistency…and I feel like I’m eating ice cream.  Oh yeah…

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This one included:

  • Chocolate Spirutein Powder
  • frozen banana
  • 1/2C frozen blackberries
  • 1/2C USVAB
  • Huge handful of spinach
  • Lots of ice

I also had a piece of Zucchini Banana Bread a bit before to hold off the hunger until I had a decent amount of time to consume this.  I don’t like being in a hurry when it comes to my food!

It was a long and hot morning and I snacked on a blueberry chocolate oatmeal bar I made this weekend and finally headed out to run some errands for work.  Sadly lunch had to be in a hurry and in the car (but not driving!) of my leftover avocado/cucumber/carrot/brown rice sushi roll, and a peach.

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By the time I returned home I was famished.  The heat finally left me and I was able to get back to my appetite!  Boy was it raging!  At first ended up snacking on a bowl of Unsalted PB Pretzel Nuggest and Kashi Honey Sunshine, but that wasn’t enough so I had a mix of chocolate chips, cashews and raisins.  Just enough to hold me over until my run with a new friend in town!

I met up at my running partner’s house down the street from mine and did a 4.8 mile run/walk (mostly run) with lots of…hills.  Awesome the day after an almost 9 mile run eh? Hahaha…I’m nutzo like that.  But damned proud!  I’m definitely going to be icing the knee before I hit the sack tonight!

Oh, and of course Honey likes to make her presence known by showing up for all of you…in the bathtub.  Do you guys think I have enough body washes? Haha…

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She likes to slide around and chase her tail all the time…cracks me up when I’m brushing my teeth.

Anyhow, I was pretty tired and lazy when it came to dinner so I went with something fast and light as I needed to go to bed in about an hour!. I layered an Arnold’s Thin with lots of hummus and veggies and about 1/2 a small cantaloupe…just enough to keep the tummy from growlin!

Now?  BED.  4.30am wakeup call!

[[Side Note: Geneen Roth

Some of you know, but I haven’t made it completely clear that I have been reading and going workbooks by Geneen Roth in the past few weeks including:

  1. Breaking Free From Emotional Eating
  2. Why Weight? (workbook)
  3. Women Food and God

These books have completely changed my mindset and idea of what eating means to me, from the aspect of why I eat, what I eat, what I won’t eat, how it tastes, how much I eat and so much more.  It’s amazing what this woman discusses that just makes so much sense.  And it is so simple, so…elementary.  It’s emotions and feelings we’ve known since we were born, but have been raised to forget…until now.

Anyhow, I wanted to share an exert with you that really hit me inside and out.  It just left me in a state of “ah”, that I read more than a dozen times and really made that much of a difference in such a short amount of time.

From her book, Women Food and God:

No matter how much you loathe yourself or believe life would be better if your thighs were thinner or your hips were narrower or your eyes were wider apart, your essence – that which makes you you – needs the body to articulate its vision, its needs, its love.  Inhaling your child’s baby-powder-neck perfume requires flesh, nose, senses.  Presence, enlightenment, insight are only possible because there is a body in which they unfold.  In The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, when the murdered narrator, Susie, wants to kiss her boyfriend, she slips into her friend’s body to feel the warmth of lips on lips – as if having a body was heaven itself.

Despite your argument with your physicality, the fact is that you are here and the 151,000 people who have died today are not.  I heard a meditation years ago in which a teacher suggested that we think about what people who had recently died would give to be sitting where we were.  To be sitting in any body, in any room.  He said, “Think of what they would give to have just one more moment inside this physical form, these arms, these legs, this beating heart and no other.”  I gathered that the dead to whom he referred didn’t really care about the size of anyone’s thighs.”

This quote just absolutely resonated with me.  I can’t even describe it, other than it totally turned my thinking around…from the hate about my belly and thighs and hips and who knows what else.

What do you think about this quote?  How does it make you feel?  Have you read anything by Geneen Roth?  What did you think? ]]

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13 Responses to BABIES, and BONK #2

  1. whatthewhat says:

    Wow, that is quite a quote. I've wanted to read that book for some time and now I think I'm going to buy it.

    I'm going to go think about that a little bit more now…

  2. theemptynutjar says:

    I read "Appetites". It was okay. I am glad you find inspiration in the books. Personally, I have flipped through her books (and saw her on Oprah) and wasn't really drawn to any of it.
    I think I find books like "The Power of Now" or something like that to resonate more with me for some reason.
    But I know her books are really popular and applauded.

  3. Christina says:

    Wow, great exerpt. Really makes you appreciate your body and all the things it can do!

  4. moonwalkthemiles says:

    I really like that quote and appreciate your sharing it–haven't read any of her books, but I did see a piece on her work in O magazine (yes. I read it. Ha) and everything she said REALLY resonated with how I've been trying to live my life these past few years.

    Also, on a side note, my cat also loves the bathtub. I don't get it but it's so cute!

  5. mymarblerye says:

    IT boggles my mind how active you are…it would be easy for you to say "oh I walked during work..no need to workout" cause that's what I would say..haha I'm lazy. BTW I'm sooo interested in those roth books…maybe we can do some sort of book swapping? :)

  6. *Andrea* says:

    omg i lvoe geneen roth! i bought women food god last week and finished it in 2 days. she nailed it on the head exactly what i have been through with my emotional eating and body image struggles.

    good idea to freeze the GM!

  7. Kim says:

    We love to throw little plastic balls in the bathtub for Mosie to chase – they slide around, she slides around… it's fun for all! :)

  8. Gabriela says:

    That is such a powerful quote. It's so true though- we're LUCKY to have these bodies, to have each breath. Why are we so critical on these amazing things that were put on this earth not to look flawless, but to carry our souls? It's so thought-provoking, thank you for sharing!

    I need to try that smoothie freezing idea! Who doesn't love an ice cream texture?

  9. Krista says:

    I often remind myself that those who are dying of cancer or another illness would trade me my poochy belly in a heartbeat. Those that can no longer walk would do anything to be able to go for a run…or even a stroll with my legs. And so I should not be so selfish as to complain about my petty imperfections.

    On a lighter note….wonder what Honey would do if you turned the water on??? LOL

  10. Lisa @ I'm an Okie says:

    That quote alone made me want to buy that book!

  11. Faith @ LovelyAsCharged says:

    I don't understand the concept of leftover sushi. In my world, I scarf it all as soon as I get my hands on it. Very possibly the best food ever :)

    I quite like that quote. It's really a lot to chew over, but so striking. Thanks for sharing it!

  12. Thinspired says:

    I am definitely going to buy this book. I have heard so much about it and reading that excerpt makes me want to read it even more. Which of her books that you are reading do you recommend most?

  13. Sar says:

    Wow, that was interesting to read. Thank you for sharing that quote.

    Now my thoughts are all provoked ;)

    xo~Sar

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