by Brady Evans
I sort of have a confession to make. I’m not even sure if my husband knows my little secret. Back when we lived in Charlotte, a little over a year ago now, whenever I passed a jogger on the sidewalk, I’d slap him a high five.
I’m not sure it always went over well, but I hope sometimes it did because at some points during my run my hand would be stinging from all the high fives I was handing out.
There are a couple of reasons I started this little tradition.
First: I love the sport of running because it automatically gives you something in common with a stranger. No matter your histories, your futures, your presents, you and that ‘stranger’ pound the pavement in a self punishing but gratifying way.
Second: When I started this tradition I was training for a marathon. Mile after mile on the streets gets pretty boring. I needed to spice up my runs. Sometimes those high fives really offered me the tiniest bit of motivation I needed to push up a hill.
Third: People deserve credit for making the healthy choice. It is so easy to skip the scheduled run. Runners deserve a high five for getting out there.
Now that I live in Small Town, SC with a population of 500, I rarely run into other runners. Twice in the past year I’ve crossed a runner’s path. And you better believe I was crossing the country road to slap high fives when I spotted them!
My message is this: do not get down on yourself for making a bad choice. Do not lament the Ultimate Nachos platter you ordered (and ate completely) for dinner. Do not regret the Pumpkin Pie Milkshake you ordered from Sonic (highly recommended).
Instead, pump yourself up when you make the right decision and you’ll find those are the choices you’ll lean to in the future.
I’ll leave you with a recipe for a peanut butter mousse. It is the ‘right decision’ for many reasons. First, it is delicious. Second, the nutrition data is so good will leave you fist pumping with pride at your dessert choice. Speaking of the ingredients…don’t be scared off by the tofu. I served it at a dinner party and no one batted an eye.
Vegan Peanut Butter Mousse (Courtesy: Food Network Magazine)
12.3-ounce package silken tofu
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Divide among glasses, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, at least 30 minutes.