So, to finish off 2020 and get a head start in 2021 I have decided to start documenting my life so to speak. Not with boring everyday details of daily things but more about taking care of my physical health, mental health and just myself as a single woman.
I have always liked the quote “Celebrate Being Single and Being Alive!”
I know I am not alone in this and I am hopeful that maybe my story and journey will help at least one person change their story.
2020 has no doubt been difficult for so many and we are all just trying to make the best of it. Maybe that is one of the reasons why I decided to do this now instead of 2 or 3 months ago. This year thankfully is almost over. A magic switch will not be flipped at midnight and everything will go back to normal. We just need to work with what the new normal is and carry on. That is why I plan to finish it off with a bang and head full throttle into the New Year!
Why wait to make New Year’s resolutions at New Year’s?
Start making those changes now!
So, here is my plan and idea. Will probably need tweaking as I go, but I think it is a good place to start. December 1, I decided to get back into couponing. As a single gal, I know it is hard to cook for yourself let alone cook healthy meals. So that is mainly what I plan to document. How couponing will help me to eat better, maybe lose a few pounds and donate to charities in my community.
There are unmistakable signs in life that signal something is wrong. The blue foam that was dripping out of my mouth and down my chin was one of those signs.
I had recently bought a sleek little container of blue tablets to use as fuel on long runs. The information on the package promised that the tablets would dissolve fast in the water and deliver electrolytes quickly. It sounded promising, as there’s nothing worse than being weighed down on a long run with gels, sports drink and water. A small tablet can replace part of that bulk, I reasoned.
But getting ready to use them for the first time I discovered that you need to take the tablets with you and dissolve them in water during the run. This seemed annoying and unnecessary. Heck, why not just drop one in my water bottle before leaving home? So, I did.
I should have paid more attention in science class. The tablet fizzed mightily when it hit the water, causing a build-up of pressure inside the water bottle. Fearing an explosion, I loosened the cap, allowing the blue foam to ooze out over the sides, drip down my hand and leave a sticky mess everywhere. I hadn’t even run a step and all my fuel was gone.
Undeterred, I grabbed a clean bottle and the container of tablets and headed out. Since I was training for a half-marathon, I wanted to practice drinking without having to stop to walk. So halfway through my run, I popped a tablet into the water bottle and kept going. Again, a science expert, I am not.
The jostling caused by my running made the fizzing worse than the first time and blue foamy water erupted from my bottle before I could even get the cap on. My fuel was gone, and my hands were sticky and slightly bluish. I was more than a little ticked. But I couldn’t give up on the blue tablets. Some might call this stupidity; I prefer tenacity.
And so, on my next run, I decided to dispense with the first step altogether and just pop that sucker directly into my mouth. I regretted it instantly, knowing instinctively that this was a move that would have gotten a kid kicked out of science class.
Gagging and doubled over from the fizz and the foam, I staggered to the side of the road. It was like I had eaten 20 packets of those old Pop Rocks candies – the ones that explode in your mouth – at once. Only I’m fairly certain they don’t come in antifreeze flavour.
As blue froth spewed out of my mouth, I struggled to keep both my breakfast and my dignity intact as I stumbled to a halt and motorists slowed to stare. Nothing to see here, I wanted to yell at them. Just a science experiment gone horribly wrong.