Down Days

I’ve been battling what I think is a very weak case of the flu. Body aches, headache, nausea, slight sore throat, no energy. It kept me from running Wednesday and Thursday, which just killed me, as yesterday was such a lovely, lovely day. Today will be just as nice. When I don’t even feel like moving, then I’m definitely sick.

I didn’t feel bad enough to go back to bed…but I didn’t feel good enough to do things that, oh, required energy or focus. What to do? I wound up tackling my recipes.

I’m a sucker for a food magazine. Absolutely LOVE them. And then, I can’t seem to throw them away. I just might want to cook what’s in there. So I stack them up, organize them, and let them sit there. I also tear out recipes from the newspaper.

All these things pile up. So I got rid of all the magazines; I went through and found the recipes that I’ve cooked and like, and they went into a binder. I made myself scan the index and if there was something I might like to cook, I took it out. And then the magazine went into the recycling bin.

I cleared out a lot of stuff. And now I have binders of recipes at my finger tips in some order that I might actually use. Though I have told myself I can’t buy any more food magazines or cook books until I’ve whittled down what I’ve got.

I have no idea what I’m going to do today, as I’m still not 100 percent. I think I’ll take a walk and see how I feel after that.

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Published by Leah Nyfeler

I'm a writer, editor, runner, and adventurer who is always looking for the next new story, exciting adventure, and good meal/book/movie. My focus is on helping people find their best, healthiest self through sharing what I know and how I've come to learn it. In addition to my blog "Enjoying the Journey: Observations on the Fit Life" at, my articles have appeared in a variety of print and online magazines. You can hear me as part of the 2015 Austin cast of Listen To Your Mother.

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