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Posted Oct 19 2010 12:00am

Oh Fall… how I love thee.

The changing of the leaves… the crisp cool mornings… seasonal comfort foods… development of colds during the weather changes… the warm colors… wait- what?

Yeah.  I’m not feeling my usual self (ie fabulous) today.  Or yesterday for that matter.  I don’t even remember my “workout alarm” going off yesterday morning.  I do remember waking up at 6:30 feeling more groggy than I did before I went to bed. 

You can imagine how this would cause most of my day to be in a semi-daze. With the exception of a super hot burrito I salvaged from the back of my freezer that I had for lunch- helllloooo sinuses.  Often it seems people go for blander foods when they’ve got a cold- for the reason they really can’t taste it anyways.  I tend to do the opposite.  I like super hot and spicy- hoping to give the dulled taste buds a little flava’.  Even if that means burning a hole through my steel pit of a stomach.

Other than the obvious (chicken noodle), what’s your go-to sick food?

I assumed any serious, high impact workout would leave me snotty, sweaty, and in a generally bad mood.  So I kept it pretty low key with the core workout from my resistance bands dvd. I know the jury’s still out for a lot of people about working out when you’re sick.  But not getting to move around and do something would just make my one-person pity party last longer.  And you don’t want that, either.

Since there was less time spent on the workout, I had more time to spend on other things.  Like salvaging the remainder of the pumpkin  I picked out last Saturday- the seeds. After letting them dry for a day, I shook them up in a mixture of olive oil, paprika, red chili pepper flakes and a bbq seasoning.  They cooked for a little over 20 minutes at 350 degrees. They may have been better if I had baked them for a little less than 20 minutes.  But it’s ok- they still have the crunch I was looking for.  So you can bet they’ll be making an appearance in my salads sometime soon…

This morning I woke up feeling a little better all-around.  After staring at the clock and weighing my options, I trudged to the gym for a little low-impact cardio (elliptical).  Surely spending 25 minutes on the elliptical while somewhat congested will help with my endurance, right??  ;)  

In the spirit of the times, let’s discuss your tried and true cold remedies.  I’ve been swapping out my regular morning coffee at work for green tea.  I’m missing the rush of the caffeine, but I like to think it’s a little more soothing.

I’m going to cut myself off now before my whining reaches an all-time high. 

And yes, I would like some cheese with my whiiiiinnnnnneeeee…

Sorry.  I prefer to make fun of myself before anyone else gets a chance to.

And before I forget, do you remember how I discussed using post-its to cover my boss’s office?  Jaime was kind enough to post the end results if you care to take a gander .  Our boss came back to work yesterday- and actually loved it.  WHEW.  Sometimes it’s hard to read his sense of humor, so this one easily could have gone either way.  But believe it or not, he kept those post-its up all day.  What a good sport.  :)

Have a good one!

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