First things first. I’m feeling a lot better since my last post. I’ve spent time with family I don’t see very often, had some good workouts (including the run I made myself do after writing that post), am eating ok, and have kept busy, which helps my mind from wandering down dark and depressing roads. This little lady has been helping out, too:
It’s Luna! She’s my pal Tavi’s dog, and I watch her when he’s out of town, including this week. It’s hard to be blue when she’s around, and she requires at least a little activity, in the form of daily walks. I posted a hilarious and adorable video of her howling along with a fire truck on my Instagram account (I’m @keepitupdavid) – so check that out.
As a fun experiment, I wore my heart rate monitor during Anne’s aerobics class last night at Slimmons, and that provided a nice mental boost. The class was 80 minutes long. I burned 782 calories. My max heart rate was 152, and my average heart rate, including rest periods, was 114. Nice!
And thanks for the kind messages and comments after my last post – you guys are the best!
Also wanted to share a simple salad recipe that I’ve made twice this week – my Cucumber Radish Salad. It’s light and bright, with big flavors – perfect for spring.
Here’s what you need:
- One English cucumber, halved the long way. Take a spoon and scrape out the watery seeds part in the middle. You’ll be left with cucumber troughs.
- Radishes. Radishes are potent little buggers, and a little goes a long way, so use as many as you like. This is an accent flavor, but it’s a powerful one, so don’t overdo it. I ended up using three smaller-sized ones.
Slice the entire cucumber and radishes as thinly as possible and toss ’em in a bowl. For the dressing, mix, in a small dish or glass,
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill (use fresh if you got it!)
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Stir it up and toss it with the veggies. Right before you eat it, crumble a couple tablespoons of feta cheese on top. I used a Bulgarian sheep’s milk feta.
The finished salad:
The cheese helps cut the bitter and acidic notes that the lemon and radish provide, and the cucumber is a crisp, refreshing base. Best of all, this came together in about 3 minutes – can’t complain about that!
Keep it up, David.