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Hello? Hello? Anyone out there?

Can anyone hear me?

Life has sucked me into a black hole I wasn’t sure I’d ever get out of… I wish I could say that I was sorry that the first thing to get scrapped was my blog, but really, I’m not. I needed one less obligation. I needed my me time to serve… well, me.

But life is becoming more manageable and I’m slowly realizing the benefits of better time management, so really, it’s looking more and more like I can sustain this again.

I can, I will, I am able!

^ My mantra.

Anyway, more to come tomorrow. I promise. But for now, please forgive my extended absence (if you noticed–if you’re like me and read a bajillion blogs, you might not have noticed… and that’s fine too).

Why It Matters Wednesday: Aches and Pains

ouch!

I'd hate to be on the sideline of the Big Sur Marathon watching everyone pass me... Callin' the doc tomorrow.

I’m an off-and-on tough chick. Achy stuff — headaches, back aches, stiff muscles — I’ll ride it out sans Tylenol. But sick stuff? I’m a total wuss.

So that knee injury from my birthday? Well, it’s still stickin’ around… in interesting ways. I don’t notice it unless I’m trying to sit criss-cross-applesauce (remember the days when we called it Indian style?) or if I’m kneeling. At that point (more so with kneeling than crossing my leg or tucking my foot underneath me), there’s a pressure pain in the back of the knee. It’s not excruciating, but it is pretty uncomfortable. I can run, jump and climb trees without pain… but if I kneel? Well, I quickly decide not to kneel after all.

Initially I freaked out about this injury — I thought I’d torn my meniscus. But as it felt better, felt fine, felt great — I stopped paying attention.

Aches and pains teach us a lot about our bodies and what our limits are — really, it’s silly to ignore a nagging pain, especially when the discomfort is felt so specifically and many weeks later (my birthday was almost a month ago). I will be making an appointment with my doc soon — I don’t know what this will accomplish, she may just tell me I’m crazy, but I want to rule out anything that will keep me from running Big Sur.

How do you decide to see a doc?

1. The pain is localized, intense, and/or only hurts during specific activities and lasts more than 48 hours.
2. Swelling lasts for more than 48 hours.
3. Pain occurs in a joint — not just muscle aches.
4. Something just feels “off.”

That last one is really to drive home the point that you know your body better than any blogger, WebMD page, or the Mayo Clinic ever could — listen to it… now go call your doc if you’re hurtin’.

Any injury stories you’d care to share? Has there ever been a time when your intuition proved right with an injury?

Food Processor vs. Slow Cooker: The Showdown

It’s the ultimate showdown… A clash of the Titans, even! And it has me stumped to decide a winner…

Which improves my kitchen, my food, my life even, better– the food processor… or the slow cooker?

For Christmas, my wonderful parents gifted me a Ninja Master Prep and about a year ago, I was given a 5-quart Crock Pot. I truly cannot decide which I use/need/love more… But maybe I don’t have to. Maybe you can help me decide…

 

Food processor?                                           Or slow cooker?

 

Seriously… I’m lost… Help me choose?

Heart-healthy garbanzo bean soup

You really should check out Angela's blog -- her pictures are much prettier. 🙂

February is American Heart Month and you can expect several heart health-related posts coming up at WellPurposed. Yesterday while perusing Angela’s blog, I found something that made me semi-audibly squeal — garbanzo bean soup.

While the name may not seem all that thrilling, for the hummus lover that I am (Angela shares the affinity, too), I think the best comparison was made by Angela herself, who “concluded that this was basically hummus in soup form.”

I can get behind that. You can find the original recipe, here, but I followed Angela’s modified version (linked at the beginning of the post) and found it too be almost-too-tasty-to-stop-eating.

Seriously.

The best thing about this recipe is just how healthful it really is– I used reduced-sodium broth and found it to still be very flavorful. I do what I can not to eat too much salt, but I did sprinkle a bit o’ sea salt on top when finished and it was just dandy. Add this to your must-try list — garbanzo beans are a low-cholesterol, low-fat, high-protein food and when blended, they have a creamy, delicious consistency that makes for good spreads and dips.

Do your heart a favor — give garbanzo beans a try! And don’t forget — wear red tomorrow!

What’s your favorite soup?

Why It Matters Wednesday: Consistency

Consistency, like all great and virtuous things in life, is something that does not happen overnight — the definition spells that out pretty easily, I think.

Week 2 into the Why It Matters Wednesday series and I’m already finding myself struggling to keep up with my own goals. (Does this happen to you too? Please tell me if it does… Sometimes I feel like I’m staring down the Fail Whale of life.)

I digress…

Consistency is something I’m striving for in many areas: consistently eating well, consistently working out, consistently writing, posting, tweeting, etc.

But where consistency matters is in the smaller details — it’s how we see both our triumphs and how we gauge when the dam is going to break.

– Sleep: Our mood, our mental health, and even our weight are all correlated to how many Z’s we’re catching. Don’t skimp if you can avoid it — make sleep a priority — your body deserves it.

– Teeth: At 24 years old, I have still never had a cavity, never worn braces, never had anything more than a cleaning from a dentist. (Except for that awesome rite of passage — getting one’s wisdom teeth removed. I still haven’t warmed back up to Jell-O…) I definitely feel like I’m not missing out there, though… The mouth is a pretty critical area when it comes to indicators of overall health — since gum disease is often an open portal for serious bacteria to get into your blood stream, taking care of your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups could help save you time with a dentist’s drill — it could even save your heart.

The part of my brain that tells me I should write more is being sienced by the overwhelming urge to go pass out in my bed… Sorry but it’s a short post this week. I’m going to go practice what I preach about sleep, though… G’night all!

20,160 minutes

Two weeks…

– Half marathon (finished in 3:28:55 — I thought this was pretty awesome because the course was all hills and MUD! Tricky, tricky, tricky…)

– Back to work (I got waaaaaaay to used to staying up until 3, sleeping until 12)

– Back to not eating so much crap (watched some amazing documentaries that really challenged how I view my diet… but more about this later)

– Back to pretending to have time to read (ooohh, boy, we gotta work on this… I used to be an avid reader… now I’m lucky if I read 3 pages of the magazines that keep arriving in my mailbox)

– Back to realizing that for all of my efforts, significant change happens one day at a time (and much to my chagrin, my positive, can-do attitude is good for the long haul, but won’t lose me 20 lbs. overnight)

– Back to work…

Wired in

Story of my life, I think.

Do you ever feel like you spend too much time looking at a computer? Are your eyes pretty glazed over by the end of the day?

I work on the computer all day long. Lately, it seems like social media stuffs are taking over every ounce of time that I have. In between getting projects done at work, I’m spending a lot of time staring at twitter stats for the hospital, tracking down online analytics to see whether people are looking at the information we’re putting out there, talking about live tweeting or twitter strategy or Facebook contests or whatever . . .

Frankly, it’s all exhausting.

I heard someone comment on the radio last week that if you’re 18-24 and you’re still trying to figure out what to do with your life, look at becoming an optometrist. The idea there being that given how much time people spend glued to their computer monitors or staring at their smart phones, the number of people with glasses or contacts is only going to go up . . . and up . . . and up.

Since I’m not an optometrist or ophthamologist, I really don’t know if this is a true statement, but I can believe it. Lately, more than anything, I’ve just felt a little overwhelmed by technology, by learning and absorbing and implementing different ideas and strategies. It’s all a bit much.

I had three great post ideas for my blog this week and didn’t bother writing them because the idea of spending more time online was just too much for me to handle. I needed a break. I wanted to mentally check out. So I did.

And you know what? The world didn’t end. My site stats still tell me that people are checking in (thank you, you wonderful souls!). WordPress didn’t send me a nastygram email about “Why haven’t you checked in lately?” (Ahem! **Daily Mile** Ahem!) It was okay . . . and I felt good. Better, actually.

So even though the world continues to move faster and require us to wire in more and more, those mental breaks of stepping away from the computer, turning off the TV for a while, or stashing our iPhone in our purses to keep us from looking at it, it’s okay. It will *be* okay. Do not ever doubt the power of disengaging for a while, especially if it means a greater sense of wellness overall.