Counting Time

Alarm was off at 6.

Breakfast was eaten by 6:15.

Overnight Oatscombine everything and let it sit in the fridge overnight

  • 1/2 c. oatmeal
  • 1 T. crushed flax
  • 2 T.wheat bran
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • splash of vanilla
  • toppings: handful of almonds + 1 T. Galaxy Granola

Showered and dressed by 6:30

In the car by 7:00.

At the doctor’s office by 7:30.

I was in a bit of a frenzy this morning.  That was partially due to my rushed breakfast and partially due to the uncertainty of what the orthopedic would actually tell me.  Here are the highlights of the visit:


  • No stress fractures!  He took an x-ray, which gave me so much more peice of mind. 
  • I have a referral for physical therapy.


  • I still didn’t really get an answer to what’s causing my knee and foot pains.  He simply told me that I have chondromalacia.  Somehow, I have a feeling this is related to my foot pain (overpronating, maybe?) which is causing my knee to shift out of place when I run, hence the wearing away of the cartilage.
  • I didn’t get to the root of the problem. 

I’ll be going to Physical Therapy this Friday, but I’m also considering visiting a foot doctor now to see if I could use orthotics.  I have to remind myself to take this whole process one step at a time without getting too frustrated. 😉 

Home by 10:00.

Orange and pistachios, eaten by 10:15

Out the door and biking by 10:30.

Biking definitely strengthens the quad muscles, which is a big part of taking care of this knee pain.  I’m realizing more and more how important cross-training is, even for the die-hard runner (maybe I should say “especially” for the die-hard runner 😉 ).

Back from an 11-mile bike ride by 11:20.

Lunch eaten by 12:00.

I always crave smoothies for post-workout meals.  Today I went with a very delicious Green Monster. 😀

Green Monster

  • 4 c. spinach
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 carrot, grated finely
  • 1 c. milk
  • 2 T. wheat bran
  • 1 T. flax, crushed
  • topping: 2 T. Natures Path Pumpkin Flax Granola

I always feel so vibrantly refreshed after eating a Green Monster.  It’s probably all psychological, but I love that feeling! :mrgreen:

+ a toasted slice of whole wheat sourdough with about 1 T. crunchy peanut butter

Homework started by 1:00

Homework temporarily ended at 2:00

Out and back from a 3-mile walk by 3:00

Homework from 3-4:00

I could not sit still for anything today!  Way too gorgeous, and I took every chance I could get to soak up the 50 degree sunshine. 😀 

For a quick snack, I grabbed a crunchy pear…

…and the other half of my KIND bar (sooo yummy!)

More homework between 4 and 5.

Early dinner by 5:00.

Dad and I were both starving for dinner.  Thank goodness for quick-and-easy, leftover vegetable soup. 😀  I poured myself a big bowl and served some kashis on the side for c*r*u*n*c*h.

+ a square of Endangered Species dark chocolate, dunked in crunchy peanut butter. 😀

Made the lunches for tomorrow, 6-7.

Bubblebath by 7:00

Blogging and snack at 7:45.

Sooo ready to relax!  I have a busy day planned for tomorrow, and I’d like to get up early and make it to the gym.  I layed out all my workout clothes and set the alarm clock so I won’t have any excuses. 😉

I also plan on picking out a sweet potato tomorrow for the challenge.  😀 I have a couple ideas in mind, and I’m excited to see how they’ll pan out (don’t worry, I’ll post it even if it’s a complete flop :mrgreen: )  As Julia Child would say about cooking mistakes:Never apologize.” 😀

Finished blogging by 8:31. 

 Goodnight! 😀

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Hi and Welcome!!! I'm a chocolate & coffee loving Registered Dietitian with a passion for helping people reach their goals. When I'm not busy working, I enjoy photography, cooking, and spending quality time with my family (and pets!) Thanks for stopping by!

14 thoughts on “Counting Time

  1. That’s great that there’s no stress fractures! Hopefully you’ll find out what it is soon.

    Can’t wait to see the sweet p. recipes you’ll come up with 🙂

  2. Glad your taking your recovery process slowly! It will heal…this too shall pass. 🙂

    I’m jealous of your nice weather, it was miserable here today!! Send some sun our way!

  3. At least you can rule a FEW things out when it comes to your knee – that’s a positive for sure!

    Can’t wait to see your sweet potato skillzzz

  4. Yay!! no stress fracture! That would set you back a while. And I really hope you get a great PT. My Mr. Masochism was amazing! (he’s the star of the first couple of months of my blog because I started writing in the middle of all that)

    When you see your pt, during the initial consult, let him/her know that you want to know WHY and WHAT is causing the pain. And at some point in your visits, they should also do some gait analysis to see if you need orthotics.

    I wish you good healing thoughts during the upcoming weeks!

    • Thank you Katrina for all the tips, pointers and help! 😀 I wasn’t sure if the pt could tell me whether or not I needed orthotics, but that’s good to know that they deal with that sort of thing too. I’ll definitely be bringing it up and asking them about it. 😀

      Thanks so much!

  5. Nice to hear the good news! And I hope the foot doctor can help you with the other questions. Lovely eats girl:)

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  6. Oh gosh, I wish they would have had more news too! But it is reassuring to know it isn’t a stress fracture.

    Cross-training is so important for runners. Sometimes we hate to do it though. I was just talking to a friend about this yesterday. We just want to run, run, run! We have to force ourselves to do something else 😉

  7. At least you have a schedule! I have to plan my days like this a lot of the time to make sure everything gets done…plus being rushed ad feeling disorganized is the worst way to go through a day. I have been DYING to try that flavor KIND bar but can’t find them anywhere 😦

  8. so glad you don’t have a stress fracture. physical therapy is good. i am sure you will be on your way to wellness in no time!
    love your heart bowl : )

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