Sunday was a busy one for me. I had a lot of house chores and errands to run in between going for a swim and then meeting a friend for a walk. The swim felt good. After biking almost 40 miles on Saturday I just wanted to stretch my muscles in the water. When I finished my swim I lounged in the hot tub and two gentleman commented on how fast I was swimming. It was nice to hear the encouragement. One guy asked me if I was training to be like Diana Nyad. I think the feat she attempted is pretty amazing, even if she had to quit 53 miles short of her goal.
Sunday afternoon I met up with my friend Erika to go for a walk on the Springwater Corridor. It was weird to be on the trail and NOT be on a bike! We got to chatting and before I knew it we’d walked about three miles! We turned around and headed back.
It was great to see my friend and spend some time together. It’s been such a busy summer that I haven’t had a lot of time for much of anything besides training, traveling and working. It was nice to go for a walk too. When we hang out we usually get happy hour or meet for drinks. After eating out so much in July I just don’t feel like eating out for awhile! Also, after an entire summer of being diligent about using sunscreen I forgot to put sunscreen on before my walk and got a little burned.
After my walk and an expensive trip to Trader Joe’s, I worked in the garden a bit. My tomatoes are doing great and I even saw a few starting to turn red!
Some of the tomato plants we got have gotten huge, but still green:
I do have bad news about my lettuce plants though and I am really bummed about it. Lately my full, vibrant, tasty lettuce has turned wilted and weird looking. After lots of Google searches for what the heck happened, I realized my lettuce became “bolted.”
“Bolting is a condition which occurs in lettuce plants when an elongated stalk with flowers grows from within the main stem of the lettuce plant. Bolting is a condition that occurs not only in lettuce plants, but in many plants in the vegetable garden including the variety of plants in the cabbage family. Those cabbage family plants include broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, chinese cabbage, collards, kale, kohlrabi and of course the common cabbage.”
Dammit!!! What I read said there was no fixing it and if the plants did manage to grow any lettuce leaves they’ll be bitter. That means I just to need to pull them out. I am so bummed about that. We were producing so much lettuce we could barely eat it all and then seemingly overnight we lost almost all of the plants. There are a few lettuce plants remaining that might be okay to harvest but I don’t have high hopes.
So sad!! My lettuce! My glorious lettuce! At least my acorn squash and zucchini are flourishing. We used the last of the good lettuce for dinner because we had some guests over. No more lettuce from our garden after that:
I topped the salad with some croutons, sliced tomato, shredded cheese, black olive and black beans. I added a dollop of light sour cream, some salsa and a small piece of skinless chicken breast grilled.
I also had some homemade guacamole and tortilla chips. There wasn’t enough good avocado to make guacamole for everyone unfortunately, there wasn’t even enough for one serving really. Michael kindly gave it to me to snack on before dinner. I love fresh guacamole!
QUESTION: Should I pull out the lettuce and replant new lettuce? Any tips/advice to prevent “bolting”?
About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.