(To skip past all the food mumbo jumbo, click here.)
You know what sucks? Waking up to this:
But you know what’s lovely? Looking out my window and seeing this:
You know what’s delicious? Starting my day with this:
Because it is…
Sadly, the flavor of the banana completely blocked the flavor of the PB. Wah. Tomorrow, I will just eat two tablespoons of PB for breakfast. Winning!
Chelsey’s recent post inspired me to enjoy a huge honkin’ salad for lunch.
There’s a lot of green on there, so it’s tough to distinuish the awesomeness from the awesomeness. Let me give you a tour. In this corner, we have asparagus, Laughing Cow cheese, cherry tomatoes, and an orange bell pepper…
Over here we have sugar snap peas and baby bellas…
And a big ol’ scoop of Sabra Supremely Spicy Hummus (!) all atop baby spinach. For dressing, I mixed honey, salt, olive oil and lemon juice. I still struggle with how to dress my salad. (in clothes, duhhh)
This kept me full for 3.5 hours, and I didn’t even finish it!
In other exciting news, I signed up for a 5k today. Now, before you get all excited for me and start advising me on my training plan, let me clarify. I will be walking the course, and I estimate it will take about 1.5 hours. Why so long, you ask? Because I’ll be walking with my dad!!!
You see, this 5k is the “Race to Donate Life,” and it supports the Washington Regional Transplant Community. Two years ago, my dad was diagnosed with a mysterious, untreatable lung disease called Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. What this means is that his lungs started to harden, and he was unable to breathe well. The disease took over his body so fast. In January of 2009, he was having shortness of breath. In February, he was given an oxygen tank. In March, he was told he had less than a year to live and was put on the organ transplant list.
Only ten days after going on the transplant list, my dad received a new lung in April 2009. Someone lost their life, but since they were an organ donor, they passed the gift of life on to my dad. Without a lung transplant, my dad wouldn’t be with me still today. He has fought an uphill battle since first getting sick, a battle that didn’t end with the transplant. But he has faced it all with determination, drive, and dedication that is inspiring to everyone around.
On May 7, 2011, just over two years since my dad’s lung transplant, we are going to walk the “Race to Donate Life” 5k. My dad estimates it will take us 1.5 hours, since he currently walks 2 kilometers in 30 minutes on the treadmill. I don’t care how long it takes. I’m so proud of my dad, so thankful for every day with him, and so grateful to everyone who is an organ donor. I can’t wait to walk this race as an expression of all of that.
One last thing before I go. Kath noticed my new “About Merf” page, and I realized I hadn’t announced that I added it. So, if you are curious to know any more about me, who I am, and why I blog, please take a look!