Good afternoon! 🙂
Sorry for the delay. The blog crashed late last night. I think weâ€™ve sorted it out, though! If you had any comments/questions that I didnâ€™t get a chance to respond to, please just ask again, and Iâ€™ll answer! 🙂
I had a delicious bowl of oatmeal for breakfast:
Just my regular banana oatmeal, but topped with flax and Toasted Quinoa. Yum!
Then, I wrangled the computer for about half an hour. After giving up (technology and I do NOT get along), I met up with Megan for a run.
I brought my camera in my SpiBelt because I wanted to show you where we run! Itâ€™s so pretty. We do this gorgeous loop around a lake. Itâ€™s the most beautiful in the early morning because itâ€™s usually foggy.
I also brought a piece of chalk with me so I could do an Operation Beautiful note!
I think the â€œYou are Beautiful!â€ message is great, but sometimes I like to get a little more creative. I like to think about someone finding this note who really needs itâ€¦
Iâ€™m so zen. 🙂
I left the nubbin of my chalk on the sidewalk, too. Maybe someone else will participate?
It was fun mid-run break. 🙂
We did 7.0 miles, but seriouslyâ€¦ it was ROUGH! Some days are just harder than others, I suppose. We took a lot of untimed walking breaks and probably did more like 7.5 miles in total. It was very hot outâ€¦ it seems that Central Florida has forgotten that itâ€™s almost Christmas.
Here are my stats (for the run):
- Duration: 1 hour, 8 minutes
- Distance: 7.0 miles
I had to run some errands afterwards, so I snacked on a Glo bar in my car:
(Woahâ€¦ need to re-paint my nails!)
And once I got home, I made an easy lunch. Just whole wheat spaghetti, kidney beans, and broccoli.
Oh cream sauce, I love thee. I just buy the Paul Newmanâ€™s kind; Iâ€™ve never made it from scratch but maybe I should try!
I cannot believe that 925+ people entered the Chobani giveaway! You guys must really LOVE yogurt! :) The Chobani people were so excited by your response that they gave me not one, but TWO cases to give away.
The winners of the â€œMy First Jobâ€ Chobani giveaway are:
- Laura: My first job was babysittingâ€¦not sure if that counts, we all probably babysatâ€¦the next one was at the local papermill doing data entry â€“ when computers had green screens.
- Kacie: I worked at a high school reunion company when I was in high school. Worst boss ever! But it was fun to work at the events and watch all these adults get drunk.
Sometimes, Operation Beautiful is criticized for being â€œsuperficial.â€ I understand why people who are unfamiliar with the mission might say that, but the truth is that it doesnâ€™t HAVE to be viewed that way at all. Itâ€™s not about how you look â€“ itâ€™s about how you FEEL! Sometimes, a person can see a simple message (like â€œSmile! You deserve itâ€) on a Post-It and feel completely transformed. And sometimes the messages that people write are so thoughtful, unique, and exciting.
Iâ€™m working on the VERY LAST CHAPTER of the Operation Beautiful book. Itâ€™s a conclusion chapter, and one thing I want to include is a list of positive, motivational mantras. I canâ€™t tell you how many e-mails I get that say, â€œI want to participate, but I donâ€™t know what to write!â€
I can only think of so many positive mantras, though! 🙂 I want to know what you tell yourself when you need a pick-me-up. Maybe Iâ€™ll use it in the book. And, in the very least, everyone else reading these comments will be inspired!
Whatâ€™s your positive message?