For the past few months I’ve been having a lot of problems with dizziness and headaches. It seemed to get worse while using the computer or reading which is a problem since I am writing/typing/emailing for at least 10-12 hours every day. I went to the eye doctor back in August and everything checked out, no problems to report. Looking for answers, I made appointments with my family doctor, inner ear specialist, and a neurologist, but still couldn’t figure out what was going on. Yesterday I went to the eye doctor to pick-up a new supply of contacts and I mentioned the dizziness and trouble focusing. Long story, short – I need reading glasses in addition to my regular contacts. That’s right friends, I have the eyes of a senior citizen. Although the glasses were pretty pricey (be on the look out for more pb&j!), they seem to be helping a bit. With the new reading glasses, my penchant for going to bed before 10pm seems to make a lot of sense. Apparently, I am actually 50 years old.
Besides my expensive visit to the optometrist, Thursday was a pretty decent day.
I started my morning with a walk to Dunkin’ Donuts for a latte (much cheaper than Starbucks!) and then I did a mini-strength training workout (push-ups, lunges, tricep dips, abs) while watching the last 30 minutes of Twilight. If I were 10 years younger, I think I would be obsessed with the movie, but at the ripe old age of 25, I thought it was a little cheesy.
Breakfast was a big bowl of grapes, Stonyfield vanilla yogurt, and some Kashi warm cinnamon heart-2-heart.
I spent my lunch hour at the eye doctor’s office, but I did take a few minutes to eat my lunch outside in the sun. In my lunch bag: an apple, a sandwich made with whole wheat bread, spinach, spicy hummus, and avocado, and a snack-size bag of goldfish. The red bottle is my new water bottle (I sent my SIGG back to the company for a replacement – apparently Siggs produced before August ’08 contain BPA in the lining, ahhhh!)
Afternoon snack was a luna bar – fueling up for an evening run!
I left the office a little late, so it was already getting dark by the time I got home. Nevertheless, I tied on my running shoes and headed out the door. My IT band felt fine, but my hamstring was a little balky. I generally felt pretty blah on the run, but I did enjoy running around the reservoir in the dark. The views of Manhattan at night are always beautiful. I finished my easy 5 mile run in around 46 minutes and after a quick stretch, immediately started putting together some dinner. I was HUNGRY!
I heated up some brown rice & pinto beans and topped them with avocado slices and chili powder.
And a side salad with: spinach, cranberries, blue cheese crumbles, and spiced almonds.
Later on in the evening I was still hungry so I had a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter & jam:
And some Oikos greek yogurt with chocolate chips/peanut butter chips mixed in. A healthy-ish dessert! Plus some bedtime tea :-)
Finally, I received photos from last Saturday’s half-marathon in my email inbox yesterday. I didn’t actually “race” last weekend (my right hamstring/IT band isn’t quite ready for that), but I did enjoy every minute of that 13.1 mile run. I think the huge smile on my face shows how much I enjoy and love running and for that I feel incredibly grateful. I hope someday soon I can start building up my speed again, but for now I’m happy just to be running again.