I’m so proud of myself.  Why do you say?  Well, because I have been exercising a good 2 hours a day the last week….and I’m really feeling the addiction.  Before I had my cervical spine surgery just a little more than a year ago, I was a runner.  I loved to run.  I was addicted to running.Unfortunately, my neck injury put a stop to my running.  I was given the go ahead quite some time ago to go back to my normal exercise routine, but well, you know how it is when you get “unused” to something.  It is pretty hard to get “used” to it again. 

This week I got back into the rhythm of exercise by staying off my computer in the morning.  I logged in to check my mail and made myself get off within 10 minutes of turning it on.  If I had enough time to do that.  By 5:30 I had to be ready to exercise.  I’ve been using the Wii fit.  Let me tell you, that boxing really gets a sweat worked up – and I can burn off 70 calories in just 10 minutes with the boxing alone!  Of course, another thing I love about the Wii is there is free run.  YeeHaw!  lol.  Since my house is too small to house my treadmill, I no longer have it here.  Instead, my Mom benefits from my treadmill.  🙂  I have been working out for an hour on the Wii and taking an hour walk at my lunch break – every day.  Rain or shine.  I just grab my umbrella and go.  I’m feeling great (for the most part) and I know the exercise is contributing.

I also gave up Coffee.  Gasp.  Yeah.  I can’t believe it myself.  However, I was addicted to some high test awesome coffee – Jernabi Coffee if your interested 🙂 – and with our situation not really being the best financially here, I decided I had to give it up.  No matter if I wanted to or not.  Maybe in the future, I may go in for some decaf, but that is going to be it.  My body doesn’t need that caffeine

So this brings me to my smoothie addiction.  Yup.  I gave up one to create another.  However, I think the exercise combined with my smoothie addiction is a healthy thing.  Don’t you think?

HoneyB’s Blueberry Smoothie
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup vanilla flavored fat free yogurt (I use Stonyfield)
1/2 cup 1% milk (or more if needed to loosen smoothie up a little)
2 packets Splenda sweetener – feel free to sweeten to your taste with your favorite sweetener
2 teaspoons flax meal

Put ingredients all together in blender and blend until smooth.  Or, if like me, you gave your blender to your youngest so they could make their own drinks….use a hand held immersion blender.  They are awesome.