Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Tonight I walked ONE MILE! Honestly, I couldn't believe I made it. Not only that, I was thoroughly enjoying it. Well, until I developed blisters on my heels 1/2 mile into it. If it hadn't been for the blisters, it would have been perfect. New shoes are in order.

Double D had Spenser and Chance on a two-lead leash and I had Sparky. The dogs had big smiles on their faces. It's true; my dogs smile when they get to explore the neighborhood. It truly made me happy that we were all doing something so healthy. And I didn't die. At first, when I got to the end of our street, I thought to myself, 'I'll never make it'. It really pissed me off that I was already struggling so soon. Then that other voice I've heard before told the negative voice to suck it up and DO IT. Suddenly, I hit my stride and forgot about dying.

Also tonight I tried to duplicate Chick-fil-A's Chargrilled Fruit Salad and I came pretty close. I left out the cheese, granola, and mandarin slices, but other than that, my version was awesome. Double D even remarked several times how good it was. If you know Double D, you know that some of his previous comments about my cooking caused me to go on strike for nine months.

If you'd like to try it, mix together the following (enough for 2):

4 Chicken breast tenders, browned with salt, pepper and basil, thinly sliced
Red grapes
Diced apples
Mixture of baby spinach greens, radicchio, carrots
Sunflower seeds
Low fat raspberry vinaigrette

Chick-fil-A's dressing is called Berry Balsamic. The balsamic really has a nice punch, working very well with the fruit. The raspberry vinaigrette was okay, but didn't deliver the same wow factor. At any rate, it felt so good eating this for dinner. I wasn't weighed down at all, which is why I was able to walk a mile.

I'm really going to walk at least a few times a week and fix a healthy meal every night. My tuna lunch is ready to go in the morning, so no more fast food! With a little preparation, I should be successful. Wish me luck!


Autumn said...

Good for you! I'm glad you're taking it slow and enjoying yourself. Thank god it's cool enough now to walk in the evenings.

Anonymous said...

Good for you girl!!! It's great that you AND your pets (and double d) are all getting out together!

I will be doing the same as soon as my foot is able to bend. Ha! The weather is getting perfect for it.

I love Texas when it's not summer! And we're getting very, very close.

Jay said...

Since summer in Texas lasts 9 months, there's not much to love :D

I kid!

Or do I?

Anyway, good on you Belle! Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Yay, GAIL!!! (And Dad, too!) That's awesome! I'm going on a training walk tonight with some girls from my team for the 3-Day. Our garage sale is this weekend...we're fundraising for some members on our team that haven't quite hit the goal. Keep it up! Walking will do so many good things for you both!