Well hello there 🙂 Its Friday! Yay! I’m stoked, are you stoked? The weekend is finally here and quite frankly I think I’m a little more exacited than usual because I’m slightly hyped up on caffeine….slightly. 🙂

This morning while making my usual breakfast (3 scrambled eggs w/ coconut milk, cauliflower mash (I ran out of steamed broccoli) and coconut aminos, Steven made me a pot of coffee. He makes the best coffee, hands down. I was standing there, smelling the deliciousness that twas a brewing, looked at my coconut milk, and happened to glance at my Magic Bullet and thought, “HOLY CRAP. LETS MAKE FRAPPUCCINOS!”. I think I may have yelled that actually. And right then and there, my morning got THAT much better. Here’s how I did it:

1) Take your large Magic Bullet cup thing, fill it with ice (it will melt if the coffee is piping hot like mine was). Then pour your coffee over that to the Max line. Add a wee bit of vanilla extract.

2) Blend till frothy.

3) Pour in some coconut milk and shake (with a lid on of course). And wa-la. Whole30 appropved blended coffee concoction. Or frappuccino. Whatever you want to call it. Get yourself a cool little staw like I did and enjoy.

Ok now onto some retail therapy. A few months ago Steven and I were at Big 5 browsing around and found they were having an athletic shoe sale. I’ve always been partial to Asics and Saucony’s, specifically the Gel Kayanos and Hurricanes because of how I run/walk. Apparently I’m a “Stability+”. So when I came across these super light weight Nike Flex 2012 running shoes, I was skeptical. But they were on sale for $50. My usual running shoes are three times that. I figured I try them on, walk around the store. They were surprisingly really comfy. And light. Super light. So I bought em to put them in my rotation of workout/running/training shoes. Its been a few months now, and they’ve become my favorite running shoes. And what do you know, Zappos has them on sale!

These are the ones that I have…

black nike

And these are the ones I’m getting…

pink nike

On Sale for $63.99! Helloooooooo. Plus no shipping cause Zappos is cool like that.

Enjoy the rest of your Friday and have a great weekend!!

when you bite all of your nails off…hmm…

Anywho tonight is my first day back to boot camp after falling last week… I’m pretty amped for it, but know that I have to take it pretty easy. Its so hard to keep that control when you mentally can go there, but physically might not be able to. We’ll see what happens. Regardless I have an appointment with the chiro tomorrow morning and a full bottle of Motrin waiting for me at home. 🙂

Another side note: apparently a rough night at dog training = 1/2 bag frozen chocolate chips.

I’d say I’m an emotional eater. yep

 

Taking it to the Limit…

August 10, 2012

I find it ironic that yesterday I posted about the possible tendonitis I have in my left knee. Last night during my stadium workout, I slipped on a stair doing one leg stair jumps. I caught myself, but I knew I landed a little funny. I had a hard time finishing the stairs, and a really tough time completing the walking lunges right after.

I’m lucky because it happened at the end of my workout. My knee has been sore for a while and felt a little more sore after that fall. I walked up to my car, drove to my friend Sasha’s for our workout sesh and iced the crap out of my hip and knee. But the pain just got worse. I foam rolled my entire body for over an hour, took some anti inflammatory meds, and kept icing.

A few hours later, I realized I could barely drive. So I drove to the bf’s. I couldn’t get comfortable. Standing, sitting, laying down. It all hurt. It was getting late and I was getting frustrated. We had a trip planned for this weekend that requires a lot of driving. Could I do it? What is causing all this pain? The bf and his mom tried their absolute best to make me comfortable and help ease the pain. But finally I couldn’t do it anymore. The pain became too much and I broke down.

I should have gone to the doctor’s earlier. I should have called someone earlier. I should have taken care of myself. But I didn’t. I waited. And I waited because I kept thinking it couldn’t be as bad as it felt. And now today I’m paying the price.
Last night I couldn’t sleep because I couldn’t find a comfortable position, so today I’m exhausted. Exhausted from crying, exhausted from the pain, and exhausted from all the hard work I’ve put my body through over the last few months.

After seeing my chiropractor and general physician today, I know I’ve severely bruised my hip socket and pelvis and have possible tares in my knee. The hip and pelvis make it very difficult to sit up right in a chair or while driving, and my knee is making it hard to cross my legs or just take a step.  So what did both doctors tell me? Rest. Ice. Anti-inflammatories.

Sometimes things happen for a reason. People miss flights they shouldn’t have been on, meet someone at the right place at the right time, etc. This experience has made me stop to think about the journey I’ve chosen to take to be healthier and more in tune with my body. As much as I’ve shifted the way I look at food and eat, I’ve also shifted the way I train. The obsessive tendencies I have towards food may have shifted to my workouts. And I can honestly say I am addicted to my workouts. Today is the first day in a very long time that I’ve missed a scheduled workout, and I feel ancy. Anxious.  So maybe this injury happened for a reason. To give me the opportunity to look at the way I train. Not just physically, but mentally. I have a tendency to push myself very hard when I want something and have a goal in mind.

When you’re on a journey like I am, with no real end or ultimate goal, the pushing never stops. So sometimes you need to take a breath and pause to look at all that you’ve achieved, appreciate where you are today, and look forward to where your headed. And in my case, ice the crap out of my knee and hip 🙂

I want to preface this by saying I have not yet been to a doctor and I’m not necessarily diagnosing myself. This is more of a wishful thinking. With that said, I’m pretty sure I have tendonitis in my left knee. It’s been in pain for the last few months, some days more severe than others. The pain started on the left side of my knee and now hurts under the knee cap, on the left side, below, and on the right. But the left side is still the most painful.

Why do I think its tendonitis? Basically because when I Googled “tendonitis in the knee” the symptoms I have pretty accurately match the description. I could have something much worse going on with it, but I’m thinking positive that its only tendonitis.

What Is Tendinitis?
Tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendon, a flexible band of tissue that connects the muscles to the bones. The pull of the muscles is transmitted to the bone by the tendons, which allows movement. When the tendons are inflamed, the pulling action of the muscle is impaired and movement becomes painful. There are several large tendons around the knee area. When one or more of them becomes inflamed, this is called knee tendinitis.

Tendinitis is basically mostly caused from over use. You can get it from an injury or something like that. But in my case, its definitely from over use. In the last 6 months I’ve increased my training intensity, duration, and frequency. What was a simple strength 3 days a week, cardio two days a week, is now 2 stadium workouts a week, 2 boot camps per week , 2 HIIT cardio sessions per week. Much more intense. And my body feels is, and looks it. But the hundred of stairs, squat jumps, sprints and lunges have taken a toll on my knee.

So what can I do to recover? RICE: Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Have I done this? Not really.  I have been implementing Ibuprofen into my daily routine as well as some trigger point therapy. The trigger point therapy has helped tremendously! My trainer introduced it to me and each time we do it, as painful as it is, my knee pain seems to go away…until my next workout session 🙂

So I’ve ordered my own trigger point kit off Amazon (I am seriously in love with Amazon these days…especially because I have Prime!)

The Amazon description… The Trigger Point (TP) Performance Starter Set provides the tools you need for self-applied myofascial release and deep tissue massage–to help you both manage day-to-day aches and pains of the body and keep your muscles performing at their best. Perfect for athletes who suffer from aches and pain in the feet, Achilles tendon, shins, and other lower leg muscles–and for anyone else with muscular complaints in the lower body–the starter set includes a TP Massage Ball, a TP Footballer, and a TP Baller Block for self-applied targeted massage of your own body. Made with unique, patented material, the TP tools are designed to mimic the feel of a human hand and thumb–and the material is formulated to retain its shape and efficacy with repeated use. An instructional pamphlet is included in the Starter Kit to guide you safely through the massage, release process.

In other words, it breaks up those muscle fibers (which is super painful) to help in your recovery process and help you perform at your best. And trust me, it works.

That’s all I have to say about that. I’m off to pop a few more ibuprofen and ice me knee under my desk. Hope you’re all having a great day!!! 🙂

Planning today’s meals was an important step in this cleaning process. I knew I wanted to keep eating the raw/vegan nutritious foods I’ve been consuming but also knew I needed to make some slight changes. Like adding in protein. Because although I pride myself on my blonde moments, this last week has been ridiculous. Protein = brain power.  Lets kick that up a notch. I also knew that there is a part of me that would want to go nuts: burgers, fries, ice cream, pasta, nutella, cookies, cake, etc etc etc. That piece of my brain is still in training, because although they feel like physical cravings, they are definitely 95% mental cravings and habits. Habits which I am determined to break.

So last night I made a list of the foods I wanted to keep eating today, and the foods I knew I needed to add in.  Exhibit A: my breakfast:

Hard boiled eggs with a dash of cumin, so good!

With a side of Raspberry Chia Synergy!

I ate/drank these around 8:15 this morning, and wasn’t hungry until 12. That my friend, is the power of protein. And chia. 🙂

Snack consisted of a beautiful organic white peach and 2 vegan/raw macaroons from Que SeRaw SeRaw. ( I made a pit stop here after the dentist to grab some goodies for today and tomorrow… not sure if what I got is going to last until tomorrow)

On another side note- the Fudgie macaroon was the most decadent chocolate dessert I’ve ever had. No joke. I will learn to make it. Otherwise you may notice a back order for macaroons at Que SeRaw SeRaw. Just sayin.

Lunch: Caper Kelp Pasta (organic sun dried tomatoes, lemon, olive oil, garlic, red onion, celery, zucchini, red bell pepper, capers, salt, sea kelp noodles). Like a lighter pasta puttanesca. So good.

I have some other great snacks like corn tortilla crisps, mock tuna pate, mock tuna nori rolls, and a chocolate mouse torte. All vegan, all raw. Plus a home made watermelon and mint cooler that I’m sorta obsessed with.

Tonight I have a dinner date with my love and some sushi. Sashimi, vegetarian nori rolls, and a salad. That’s the plan.

I have a hardcore workout planned for tonight as well. I’m super curious to see how my energy level and stamina will be. This last week I’ve felt relatively weak and unable to push my self as hard as I’m use to. I have a good feeling I’m going to feel more normal and energized and will be once again able to accept the challenge of getting my ass handed to me.

I hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Taunting Donuts

July 24, 2012

I’m hungry. Like, really hungry.  I’m hoping my purple smoothie will fill me up this morning

That would be a ginormous mason jar full of collared greens, peaches, plums, berries, ground flax, lemon, and cucumber

The scale didn’t budge today… but I can really see a difference in my body. My face is thinner, my legs look a little leaner ( I’ve had some excellent help from my awesome trainer 🙂

I’ve had a lot of people ask me what my workout routine is and if I kept it up during this cleanse. I have kept it up during the cleanse, but most workouts I haven’t been able to push as hard as I normally can. The first four days I noticed a big difference in my energy level, but the last two days have been much better. My weeks consist of 4 days of mixed cardio and strength, and 2 days of cardio. Here is my usual weekly workout schedule:

Monday: One on one personal training with Ami

Tuesday: Group Boot Camp w/ Ami

Wednesday: Cardio (20-30 min HIIT)

Thursday: Group Boot Camp w/ Ami

Friday: Moderate cardio (run with the pups, hike at Fort Funston, long walk with pups)

Saturday: Group Track Workout w/ Ami

Sunday: “Rest” Day- long walk with pups, easy run, etc.

I am also a part time personal trainer (im in sales full time) and train about 6 clients a week as well as run a group class on Wednesday nights. So I try to get little workouts during these times as well.

Just so you all know, I walked out into the main floor of my office to grab a fax, and there is a large box of fresh donuts chillin on the table… they’re taunting me.