I’ve been a wee bit depressed this summer. Nothing serious, but we’ve been getting so much rain – 16 days straight until yesterday, and quite a bit before then – that we haven’t been able to go swimming. The pool we use is a very nice community pool, for which we pay a membership fee every summer; a good investment, since it costs $8 to get in if you’re not a member.
Well, usually it’s a good investment – not so much when the darn thing is always closed to due the flippin’ weather. We’ve been once this summer, and didn’t stay that long because the water was freezing since it’s been rainy and overcast every damn day. I’d really been looking forward to it, and am so disappointed.
I’ve also been feeling a bit guilty about my utter and complete lack of exercise lately. Again, it’s been too rainy to really do anything outside and I just haven’t been in the least bit motivated to go down to the basement and get on the treadmill or the Bowflex. The guilt is compounded by the fact that The Young Diabetic Friend has been doing Crossfit for the last year; he goes twice a day, four days a week and once on Saturday and just loves it. Jolly has been going to the local YMCA and is doing HIIT (high-intensity interval training for those who aren’t familiar with it), yoga and Zumba several days a week for at least a year, which she enjoys a great deal.
I feel like a lump in comparison. My energy levels have also been steadily declining lately, so I decided it was time to get off my duff. Since I am particularly uninspired by my basement equipment, the Y doesn’t appeal to me at all and the thought of even attempting Crossfit is hilarious, I decided I’d try something else.
So I joined the local Curves.
Before you rip into me, I really don’t care about the founder’s politics or to whom he donates money – I don’t have to agree with him to do business with a local franchisee. MY health is my concern right now and the vast majority of my membership money is going to the very lovely lady who owns the Curves I’ve joined and her really wonderful staff. And that’s all I have to say about that.
At any rate, I went for the first time this morning and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I got my heart-rate up, worked up a great sweat, and was very pleased to find that the staff and vast majority of the members are my age or older. And I’m committed for a year, so I will go or I’ll never hear the end of it from Beloved (“You’re PAYING for this – you better GO!”). Even better, I don’t have to do the “consulting” portion of the whole thing; when I signed up, I was asked if I wanted to do the diet and consulting, or just come to exercise.
I smiled gently and said I had the whole diet thing covered.
You know me – before you know it, I’ll be a member of the only Curves stuffed with post-menopausal paleo/real food devotees in the country.
Anyhoo, today’s recipe – super, super simple and super, super good. I just sort of threw it together the other day when making the Fiesta Deviled Eggs as a way to use up the mayo, lime and cilantro I had left over. I was rather astounded at how much I liked this dressing and how well it went on a salad of mixed greens, tomato, grated carrot and chopped bacon; it would make a lovely dip for vegetables, or a great topping for baked or grilled fish.
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- 1 cup mayonnaise, preferably homemade
- the juice of 1 lime
- 1/4 cup tightly packed cilantro, chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
- In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lime juice and cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Cover and refrigerate for an hour to allow the flavors to marry before serving.
- Nutrition (per serving): 112 calories, 12.2g total fat, 16.9mg cholesterol, 38.8mg sodium, 9.6mg potassium, <1g carbohydrates, <1g fiber, <1g sugar, <1g protein