Quite Literally

This morning I headed outside and quite literally did some sun salutations.  It was way too gorgeous outside to not have a workout, but I wasn’t feeling like going for a bike ride or a walk.  I decided it had been too long since I last took out my yoga mat and weights. 

Everything around the yard served its purpose.  The picnic table became a place for me to perform chair lifts and pushups.  The front steps became a place for me to have a step workout (jumping up to the first step, jumping back down, repeat…really quickly).  The deck became my yoga studio. 

My outdoor workout was so. much. fun.  Can’t wait to do this again soon! 😀

I’ve been craving French toast for the past few days, so French toast was what I had.  Topped with chunky pb and homemade strawberry jam.

Somehow French toast always reminds me of the weekend.  It feels like such a special treat—reserved for special mornings.  And, might I add, it was quite literally the best breakfast of my entire week.

Morning Snack: 6-oz. plain yogurt, 2 T. Natures Path pumpkin flax granola, and a scoop of PB&company dark chocolate peanut butter

p.s. sorry for the blurry photo—I was quite literally running out the door while snapping the pic  :mrgreen:

This lunch was quite literally a hodge-podge assortment of various things from the fridge. 

  • A huge salad complete with avocado, mushrooms, green bell peppers, tomatoes, carrots and black olives
  • A ramekin filled with baked beans (which, by the way, taste even better today then when they were first made)
  • Kashi crackers

There was lots of crunchin’ action going on with this meal! 😀

+ some sweetness

My parents both had the day off, so we all ate out on the porch for a relaxing lunch…

My parents are quite literally two of the best lunch companions I’ve ever met (in addition to Jessica, a foodie friend of mine who is as excited about sweet potato sushi rolls as I am :mrgreen: )  They’re willing to try anything that I make at least once.  Honest over whether they like it or not. 😉  Appreciative of local, healthy produce and meats.  Foodies at heart.  😀

Somehow the rest of the afternoon whirled by in a blink.  One minute I was doing sun salutations on the deck, the next minute I was at the hospital with my memere, and the next minute I was home eating dinner on the deck.  Blink.  Where does time escape to?

This entire week has been so blissful though, despite all the rushing and time sweeping.  I think this has—at least in part—something to do with the fact that meal time has remained relaxed and laid back.  I’m not one for fast food, and I’m most definitely not one for eating food fast.  Of course, I’ve had moments where I need to quickly inhale a meal (life happens!), but I try to prevent it at all costs.  There’s something special about being able to sit down at the end of a long day and enjoy a home cooked meal, ya know?

Especially when it comes together in under 30 minutes. 😉

Baked Cod, sauteed asparagus (1 lb asparagus + 2 tsp olive oil + 1 tsp lemon juice, sauteed), and 1/2 a very large sweet potato.  Such a satisfying meal!

Oh, and 90% dark chocolate?   This is quite literally my favorite way to end a meal. :mrgreen:

Lately I’ve been falling asleep by 9:30.  It’s awful.  I’ll be in the middle of watching a movie and suddenly I’m asleep.  What can I say?  This girl likes her sleep.  I promised myself that I would at least stay up until 10 tonight, but we’ll see if that actually happens. 😉

Happy FRIDAY!

Question: Have you ever brought your strength training/yoga/cardio outdoors?   This was the first time I used some of the objects around the house to keep active, and I loved it!!  It was so much fun to transfrom the picnic table into a peice of gym equipment. :mrgreen:

Injury Update

If you recall, my long distance running and plans for a half-marathon stopped at the beginning of Februrary this year due to foot pains that turned into severe knee pains.  I was told by my doctor that I had plantar fasciitis in my left foot and was told different things about my knee.  Basically, my knee cap was sliding all over the place rather than sliding up and down like it should (i.e., pain!)

I stopped running when even walking downhill gave my knees major trouble and headed to physical therapy for 2-3 weeks.   In addition to resting my body (but staying active through the elliptical at the gym and walking,) I continued physical therapy on my own after a week or two of learning the exercises from a physical therapist.

It’s almost been 3 months now since I officially stopped running, and I’ve slowly—oh so slowly—been reintroducing running to my routine.  Here’s what a typical week looks like:

  • biking: 2 days a week…currently I’ve been keeping the mileage at about 11 miles, but I’d like to increase my mileage and number of days at a gradual pace
  • walking: almost every day!  It’s a low impact, stress-reducing, heart pumping workout that I’ve re-fallen in love with.  Depending on the day, I’ll walk anywhere from 4-6 miles.
  • running: 2 days a week for 2 miles each run
  • yoga/strength training: 2 days a week or whenever I need it! :mrgreen:

My feet don’t hurt much at all any more, and my knee has felt some major improvements along with the knee exercises (and that awesome foam roller!)  I still don’t plan on pushing it any time soon.  I’ll keep it at 2 miles, 2x a week for at least another month, while building up some fitness through biking.

All in good time. 😀 

Thought of the Day: I like to remember the fact that you have to work with your body at whichever point in life you are at.  If you’re injured, don’t beat yourself up over the fact that you can’t do what you used to do.  Look at it with perspective…look at what your body can do and make some realistic goals that are achievable for where you are right now.  I won’t lie and say that I’m not at all disappointed about not being able to run the half-marathon!  But I’m also excited about progressing forward from where I am and making new goals for myself.  I would love to run a 5k by the end of summer and that is a reachable goal that I can work towards. 😀