I fell off the treadmill at the gym.
This is a particularly humiliating way to injure oneself, in front of a gym full of sweaty, determined looking people. It didn’t happen in a cartoony way, like I couldn’t keep up and flew off the end. No, I was with my trainer, and I was actually finished. It was stopped. I was stepping down off the back end, and the tread rolled just enough to roll my foot off and send me crashing to the floor.
It should be pointed out that I have been working out with this amazing trainer, Barb, since this summer. It’s been going great! But every time (except this one) I would step off the treadmill, she would make me slow down and caution me to watch my step. It offended me a little bit! Like, doesn’t she think I can step down off a treadmill? I may be heavy, but I’m not disabled! But this time, we were in the middle of animated conversation (I think I was telling her all the reasons I think 6th grade band is too demanding – on parents!) and right in the middle of the words “pancake breakfast”, down I went. Maybe it was karma – I love you, 6th grade band! I take it back! Poor Barb, after she reassured herself that I wasn’t broken, commented sadly, “You’ve stepped down off that so many times!” (“without falling” was the unspoken last part of that comment).
When I fell, something went wrong in my foot. I was being brave and told Barb it wasn’t that bad, but by the time I got to the car, I knew it was bad. Not the worst sprain I’ve ever had, to be sure, and not as painful as a broken foot – I did that once in college. Bowling. No, I didn’t drop the ball on my foot. Stories like this just reinforce my reputation as a klutz.
Anyway, I’ve had some down time. 4 weeks of down time. Luckily I can still move – slowly – and I can still cook and take pictures and enjoy the beautiful Texas fall weather. I adapted a recipe I found in my binder that I printed off some web site probably 10 years ago. (maybe McCormick? It’s so old, it’s not branded!). Popcorn and the fall just seem to go together, and I love the sweet-salty-cinnamon spice flavor of this quick treat mix that you can change up and adapt with any kind of candies!
- About 24 cups popped popcorn (this is about 2 bags, 3.5 oz each). Use lightly salted popcorn.
- ¼ cup lightly salted butter
- 2 tbsp sugar
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 1 cup candy corn or fall candy mix with pumpkins
- 1 cup M&M's or other candy pieces (such as Reese's Pieces)
- ¼ cup yellow candy coating (Wilton candy melts)
- ¼ cup orange candy coating (Wilton candy melts)
- Pop popcorn and place in large bowl.
- Melt butter in small microwave safe bowl and stir in sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour butter mixture over popcorn and toss until thoroughly combined.
- Toss in candy pieces.
- Drizzle with melted orange and yellow candy coating.