Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Painful Friday

Sorry I didn't get to blogging yesterday, I was busy in the AM and in pain for the PM. LOL!

Yesterday morning I was feeling really good when I woke at 5:15am so I went to the gym to do "legs". I had runners rehab the night before at PT but was not feeling sore so I was just going to go for it. Usually I take Fridays off but I was so tired this week on Thursday that I switched it up. So I did a 10 min warm up on the elipical machine then off to the weight room and a few pit stops at the machines. When after about 50 mins I wrapped it up with some core work and headed home.

For breakfast I had 1 egg fried in pam, and a slice of turkey bacon. For snack at about 10:30am I had a handful of mixed nuts and a large peach. For lunch I had a Wich Wich Buffalo Chicken sandwich on wheat bread, spicy mayo, pickles, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoe, mixed hot peppers, buffalo sauce, pepper, and crushed red pepper. It was so hot and spicy! Just the way I like it.......... Also I sipped on an unsweetened ice tea.

At about 3pm I was so sore and feeling dizzy. I don't know if it was all related to the PT but I must have overdone it at the gym. My hamstrings were just burning at my butt. I was so glad to leave for home at 4:30pm.

For dinner we went to Greek Pizza and I had a personal veggie pizza with tomatoes, onions, olives, green peppers, with an olive oil sauce and added grilled chicken. Very tasty, I ate all of it but one piece. I should have saved 1/2 for Saturday but I was being a pig. I once again had my standby of unsweetened ice tea.

Then it was off to bed at 9:30pm for another early rise.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday - Off Day

Last night I was feeling very sore and tired from working out and PT everyday. I decided to take today off and sleep in a bit. I took my epsom salt bath last night so there was no need to even get up early and shower. Somehow I didn't make it to work any earlier..... LOL!

I got up around 7am and did some stretches out of my "Stretching" book. They look so much easier than they really are. I guess I need to keep at it and practice.

Breakfast today was 1 cup whole grain cheeros with light vanilla soy milk, strawberrys, and a 1/2 banana. I also had 1 hard boiled egg.

When I got to work today I also had some coffee with powdered creamer and agave nectar (hazelnut flavored). I have to be careful with the coffee, I am very sensitive to caffeine.

Snack today will be spicy hummus and mixed veggies. I never got a chance to eat it yesterday.

Lunch will be leftover spaggetti and water.

Back for more PT tonight. I am hoping to slow down and go less often really soon. It is becoming a pain...... Literally!

Hump Day Dinner (last night)

Last night I got home later than usual from PT because Chris was "doing a business deal" and could not pick me up right away. We finally sold our car! Horaay....!!..... The purchaser works at Comerica Bank one of my previous employers. Small world. He will be picking up and paying us for the car on Saturday.

The dinner responsibilties fell to me so I made a quick dinner of turkey spaggetti with whole wheat pasta. Turkey meat tends to be a little bland (compared to beef) so I tried to jazz it up with some minced garlic, fresh parsely, and mixed Italian herbs (dried). We had received some nice pasta sauces as a shower gift from Chris's Aunts in April so I decided to use them. I mixed the leftovers from the olive and artichoke jar and a new jar of primavera together with the seasoned turkey meat. Chris really liked the combined sauce but I thought it was just ok. The sauces are so good on their own, I felt the meat took away from their taste.

After dinner I had a taste for something sweet so I had two fig newtons while watching the tube.

My Performance Testing at PT turned out better than expected. My quads are in the 90th percentile and my hamstrings are in the 75th percentile. Which means normal. I think they were really expecting to see a muscle inbalance between the two groups. We ran out of time since they close at 6:15pm so the Dr. is going to go over my results and plan tomorrow. I am seeing more testing in my future.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Two squares of chocolate down the hatch!

Chick Filet Lunch

Today's lunch was a grilled chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomatoe, pickle and honey BBQ sauce from Chick Filet. I also ate a small fruit cup and drank an unsweetened ice tea. I was still hungry by the time I got back to the office so I also had a low fat string cheese (2% milkfat).

Todays snack will be spicy hummus with carrots, cucumber slices, and chopped green peppers. Got to get my veggies in!

Ohhhh, I forgot I have that chocolate. I am going to eat a square right now!

Hump Day breakfast

This morning I am really tired and woke feeling unrested. I went to bed at about 10:30pm vs. my new normal 9:00pm. It's so hard to fit everything in; dinner, epsom salt bath, stretches, tv time, pug time, husband time. There just is not enough hours in the day!

PT was less brutal than usual. I met with Dr. K right after my "Stem Cell" therapy. He adjusted me and did some sort of pressure release on both of my legs / hips. I am really feeling it today.

My run started later than I had hoped for, about 5:50am. I need to try and get my mileage up to 20 miles per week so I can actually do the "speed work" I signed up for. I was able to squeeze 4 miles in this morning at a slow pace. I am feeling sore from PT manipulation + I don't want to overdo it before my performance testing tonight at PT. My Garmin is acting up, I can't see what my pace is. I figured out at one point that I had it set to "swimming" so that was part of the problem. I will have to look at it closer this evening.

Pre-run breakfast today was 1/2 of a hard boiled egg + 1/2 of a 1/2 bagel with light whipped cream cheese. The bagel from HEB was really dry and tasteless. I won't be purchasing bagels from there again. I read that a bagel (not whole grain) is good for a pre-run snack if you get digestion problems while running. It seemed to work for me today even with drinking Gatoraide. I previously suspected Gatoraide was irritating me. The bagel really helped! Try it out!

After-run breakfast was a Green Foods shake with 1 cup light vanilla soy milk, 1T almond butter, a sprinkle of flax seeds, 1/4 cup Fage 2% yogurt, a handful of blueberrys, 1/2 banana and one scoop of Green Food mix. I was feeling pretty stuffed from last night still.

I snacked pretty early again today at about 10am on mixed nuts with sea salt.

I did not bring my lunch today so I will have to run out. I am thinking Chick Filet but I will keep you posted. LOL!

Last Nights Dinner

After PT last night Chris and I decided we needed a break from cooking and stopped by our neighborhood Pey Wey. I had a delish dish of tofu and veggies in spicy sauce (Kung Pow) with brown rice. I ate all of my food and less than half of the rice. I was stuffed! I think I over did it but it was so tasty I got ahead of myself.

I liked my "fortune" from my fortune cookie too: "Life always get harder near the summit". Thoughtful.........

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I am going to have to hide this chocolate from myself!!

A Mouth Full of Mousse

Today for lunch I ventured out with my boss to Walgreens to pick up some work photos. While there I picked up an interesting chocolate bar, Lindt Creation 70% Dark Chocolate with Mousse filling. Its really good, tastes just like the real thing!

Lunch today was leftovers from last night. Breakfast pork chops (2) with golden mushroom gravy, mushroom pieces, and chopped red potatoe. Tastes kinda spicy today (??), but still good and filling.

Snack today will be a Jazz apple and almond butter (2T) at about 3:30pm. Then off to PT for some more pain and deep tissue work.

Big Muscles on Tuesday

Sorry this post is being added so late today, work has been piling up at my desk. Trying to get to work early so I can leave early for Physical Therapy has been tough. Tough on my beauty regime that is!

Today I slept in a bit, till about 5:25am, then headed off to the gym after my pre-workout snackie of a hard boiled egg + ice water. After a quick warm up on the elipitcal machine I headed into the free weight area for some upper body moves. I am gaining strenght, I can now curl 20lbs up to 12 reps on each side. I was getting so pumped that I didn't leave time to do any abs today. I will have to save that for later, after my dreaded "stretching" session tonight.

My PT doctor whom I will call "Dr. K" says I need to be doing stretches EVERYDAY. Not just yoga once per week. I have a "locked" pelvis and have limited range of motion in my lower half. If you want to know what that feels like I will tell you. ... It feels like my lower body is in a cage, I can only move so far and then my body says "nope" we don't go there. It is very frustrating and I am hoping to see some improvements soon. On Wednesday I am going to do some preformance testing to see where my muscles are strong and where they are weak. Then I will be working towards getting back to a normal range of motion and less stiffness and pain. I am going to show all those Yogis at Joy Yoga how good I REALLY am. LOL!

After workout breakfast today was a fried egg (in Pam) + a bowl of steel cut oats mixed with 1/2 cup of blueberrys + a splash of vanilla soy milk and a squirt of vanilla agave nectar. Good for the gut!

My snack today at 11:00am will be another Fage yougurt (full fat) with strawberry. I am delaying it since I did munch on some mixed nuts with sea salt at about 9:30am. Hey, I was hungry........

Monday, August 10, 2009


Tonight we feasted on "breakfast" pork chops with sliced red potatoes, golden mushroom gravy (with chopped mushrooms) and steamed brocolli. I also picked up from CVS an extra dark chocalate bar which I ate 3 large squares of......

Well it's off to a epsom salt bath to sooth my sore pelvis. I am super sore from physical therapy tonight. Aparently I am pelvicly challenged. More on that tomorrow....

Good night!

Monday Lunch

Lunch today was yummy leftovers from last nights dinner. Grilled marinated chicken breast (salt free garlic herb marinade), mashed potatoes made with garlic, chicken broth, 1T sour cream, 2T yougurt butter and salt/pepper and finally steamed pea pods. I also added a dose of Tabasco Chipolte sauce to the mashed potatoes. Delish.......

I ran to the grocery store on lunch and picked up a few items: Spicy Humas, 2 ears sweet corn, large container of blueberrys, mixed nuts (sea salted), edamame, and 1 LaraBar. I snacked on an cinamon rasin oatbar while shopping. It was a bit too sweet for me, I will skip it next time.

Snack today at 3:30pm will be carrots, bell pepper and spicy humas.

Hills Training Week 2

Today the day started early at 4:50am, with my dog Huggie Bear waking my husband and I up. Huggie is very demanding in the mornings, he wants to go out so he can get a treat. Thats a Pug for you!

I quickly changed and got my typical running breakfast going, 1/2 of an Ezekiel english muffin toasted with 1T of almond butter. I also had a large glass of water to re-hydrate myself from my Zzzz's.

The running group meets at 6am and starts with a 10-15 minute warm up. I am usually already warmed up since I run to "base camp" from my house, about 1 mile.

The group warm up consists of some sort of a warm-up excersie for 200 feet then we run another 200 feet to an orange cone. We then walk back around and start over again. Today our group leader broke us up into groups according to our 5K times. I went with my friend into the 28 minute group. We than ran hills for 20 mins then back to base for stretching, abs and some fluids. The Gatoraide has been upsetting my stomache so I am trying to minimize it and just do water for now. Then it was time to run the 1 mile back home and get ready for work.

Today breakfast was 1 banana and an egg sunny side up (hard) + water. My snack at 10:30am today will be Fage 2% yogurt with cherry. My favorite flavor!

Have a great day........