Let the Journey Begin

Today began my first official day on the journey to become more health conscious. When the alarm clock went off this morning, everything in me screamed, "Just a few more minutes!" but I knew that if I ignored the alarm, those few minutes would just turn into another hour. So I literally forced myself out of bed and prepared for Day 1 of my new exercise program: "The Couch-to-5K Running Plan." My neighbor/friend is following me on this journey and so we set off bright and early to begin "the plan."

I really enjoyed having the company as we traveled around the track, but I sure was glad that we were shielded from passersby because I know we probably looked like two crazies out there. But who cares, right? I really felt invigorated. It's been such a long time since I've jogged...it brings back those happy, youthful memories...but I digress.

I decided to make a healthy, fiber-filled breakfast, which is another phase of my journey. Oh, it was good....homemade blueberry pancakes (with flax meal for that additional fiber), a boiled egg, a sausage, and 100% sugar-free cranberry juice (gotta keep those kidneys happy too). I'll take pictures the next time I make this.

Lunch was an interesting endeavor. I made this tabbouleh-bean salad recipe found in the July issue of Essence magazine. It was fun making it and it looked really pretty, but I did not enjoy it. Maybe I'll experiment with some different spice combinations...the mint, cinnamon, and cayenne were a little too much for my taste buds. I had no choice but to go to some leftover chili with saltines.

Dinner looks a little more hopeful....