Last night was my monthly “drinks with Debbie”, and we couldn’t have had a better time.  It makes me so happy to see her happy, and she was beaming from the inside out.  We have an interesting relationship, as we don’t really hang out outside of our dates, and we don’t share many close friends.  This actually makes us feel more comfortable to share personal information, and makes our time together very special since it doesn’t happen very often.  She has several wonderful things going on for her right now, and they are all greatly deserved.  I see so many good things coming for her in the near future too, which makes me want to do a little happy dance.  I think I will do one now!  If you’ve never checked out her blog, you should do it now.  We’ve been doing our monthly dates for a little over a year now, so that’s something to celebrate.

Today is the last day of spring!  Seems like summer already, doesn’t it?  I am looking forward to many days poolside or beachside with my SPF 1,000,000 and a cold drink in hand.  I also love running in the heat, which I think I’ve mentioned before.  I’m always really careful about hydrating before and after a hot run…as I know it is tough on the body.  I feel like I’m a little behind the pack these days, as Vero & Brandi have become superstar runners.  I have been there before as well, and I know that I can return to that state of fitness when I am ready to mentally go there.  But it’s been nice for a change to run just because I want to, and to relax a little bit when it comes to my fitness goals.  I do get the itch when I hear about someone’s amazing 7 mile run and how much faster they are getting, but I also enjoy going at my own pace right now.  Luckily, Vero doesn’t mind going my speed when we do our runs together, as she really appreciates the social side of it.  I am very thankful for that! 🙂 What I do need is new running shoes, as the ones I’ve got now are about to bite the dust.  And that’s not good at all for your joints….so hopefully this weekend I can make that happen.

What I put in my body makes such a big difference in how I feel.  Eating too much can make you feel heavy and bloated, while not eating enough can make you feel a little cranky and irritable.  There are only a few people who I know of in this world that don’t have to watch their diets at all…. and even they aren’t 100% carefree.  Athletes have to eat more than the normal person to keep their weight up.  Overweight folks have to eat less in order to shed the pounds.  Even people who are at their desired weight have to periodically keep an eye on the scale in order for it not to move in one direction or another.  Even the luckiest of us still have to deal with age at some point, which inevitably brings new body challenges.  I think this is important to remember when you feel like you are alone in your weight struggles, because you certainly aren’t.  We all have to find the right balance for our individual lives, and the correct perspective for our own happiness.  Food is a significant part of life, we should be able to enjoy it while also keeping our bodies healthy.  It is supposed to taste good and make us feel alive.  As I’ve gotten older I have a greater appreciation for vegetarian and vegan cuisine, while not necessarily always eating that way.  By learning how to live off of fresh ingredients from the earth you become a more creative chef overall.  You can make a deliciously satisfying meal without even touching a meat product.  It is a little harder for me to go without dairy, not gonna lie, but that is also possible.  Food is an adventure, and our bodies are a reflection of the journey.