Thursday, May 30, 2013

May Foodie PenPals

For this month, I was matched up with Gina over at Health, Love and Chocolate and let me say, she did a wonderful job!!!!

 She sent a lot of really great snack foods, which I have to admit I haven't tried a lot of it. Mainly due to the fact that I haven't been working out like I usually do. But these snacks make GREAT pre-workout snack, especially if you are a busy busy on-the-go kinda person like I am!

One of my favorites was the LUNA bar. It was delicious and the perfect size! I'm gonna have to start buying these!

Probably my favorite in the entire box was the Teriyaki Dried Chicken Breast. SO GOOD! I actually ate it as a snack yesterday when I was sitting in the van with the kids waiting for the rain to subside so we could go tour the farm! Poor kids wanted to have some but I didn't want to share. :) (They didn't starve- they had vanilla wafers... that a squirrel later got into, but that's a different story) It was AMAZING. I have GOT to find these in Colorado. Any ideas? And if not, I'm going to San Francisco in a few weeks and will track them down there and stock up. YAY! :)

My other favorite was the fig bar. When I was a child, my grandma ALWAYS had her cookie jar stocked full of fig newtons and I LOVED them. Sometimes when I miss my grandma (may she rest in peace), I get some and these are the perfect healthier version. Can I get these in Colorado too????

I'll update my opinion of the rest as I try it, but I'm sure I'll love it all as well. :)

One thing that was crazy weird was she sent me Zinc Immune Support. Early Childhood Teachers ALWAYS need that- those kids are ALWAYS getting me sick.... I've had this horrible sore throat/cold for the last 2 weeks . Weird how that works, huh?

Gina was also so sweet to mention my injury and wish me well. Still healing.... slowly but surely.

What a great FPP Box I received!

PS- Colorado people, do you know where I can get this yummy stuff????


Monday, May 6, 2013

Knee Update

I went back to the doctor today to have my knee looked at. I was really hopeful that he would say "Oh, you are fine to go back 100%" but obviously I knew that wasn't going to happen. Though it has gone down considerably I still have pain. So running--- probably not the best choice. So here's the deal.

Since it's getting better, I am able to expand what I am doing at the gym.The two things he said I could probably start trying: Spinning and Stairs. I'm gonna go ahead and say that spinning means the bike, not spinning class (which I've never tried because it terrifies me). I'm not sure if you know this, but I HATE THE STAIRS. I mean... HAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE! Megan used to make me do them when she was mad at me or was just in a torturous mood. Or wanted to laugh and remind me of the time she made me get on a broken machine and I tried to outrun it which really just led to me falling down them resulting in many many bruises. *sigh* SO ACCIDENT PRONE!

I'm excited, but still apprehensive about this. So I'll start out slow. I may try some walking on the treadmill. The 2 major activities in question: Hip Hop and Aqua Boot Camp. As far as Hip Hop is concerned, I guess I'll just have to play it by ear this week and see how my knee is feeling. Hopefully I can be back next week for sure.

So there's that. I'm getting better... slowly but surely. :)

Okay off to work on slideshow stuff. WEE! Hope you all had a great Monday!


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Official Diagnosis: Patellar Tendon Strain //// Unofficial Diagnosis: MISERY

I realized I never updated after my last post. At the request of my trainer, I made an appointment with my chiropractor to get my knee looked at and he told me I have a Patellar Tendon Strain. So that's awesome. He said to start icing it. I also started taking glucosamine chondroitin with MSM (I still don't know what that is) and ibuprofen for the pain. He also said to start going to the gym and ride the bike, starting at 1 minute and increase a minute each day. Have you ever gone to the gym just to ride the bike for a minute? Kind of embarrassing. I really want to get a shirt made that says "Don't Judge Me, I'm In Rehab" so people will know that I'm not that pathetic. Although, if they watch me the sheer look of pain on my face combined with my limping around the gym oughta clue them in. After my diagnosis I went home to research it a little more and read that these can take 6 WEEKS to heal. Oh boy...

I actually was pretty convinced that the ibuprofen wasn't even working since I was ALWAYS in pain. And then I didn't take it one morning and by the time I got to work I was pretty convinced they were working. WOW! Luckily the pain is subsiding and I haven't taken any ibuprofen since Thursday. Pain level is at a 3 mostly now. It's a bit painful this evening- not sure why, but oh well. I have a nice ice pack on my knee as I am typing this. :)

The pain aside, this has been VERY frustrating for me. I don't deal well with being benched. (or biked, as the case may be.) I'm not able to go to hip hop or aqua boot camp which has been really hard on me. I did go by aqua boot camp on Thursday just to say hi to everyone since I was so bummed to miss it. I'm hoping I'll be able to return soon but somehow I doubt that. :( In addition to that, it seems like everything I was planning for has been sidelined as well.

  • May 20: MY BIRTHDAY!!! One thing I really was looking forward to was hiring that trainer for a few sessions and right before all this happened I decided that getting my first session on my birthday on the TRX would be a great way to start my 29th year. Well, that does not look likely. boo. 
  • Re-Prom: This is actually kind of a moot point. I really wanted to get dressed up and go to re-prom, but knew if my knee wasn't better there was no way that could happen. Well lucky for me, it got cancelled so at least I didn't have to miss out. 
  • Team In Training: Okay, this is probably my biggest letdown in all of this. I was going to join the leukemia lymphoma society team in training to train for my first triathlon. The one I was looking at would be in San Diego in September. I was so excited and while it still could have been a possibility, due to my injury my training season would be cut considerably short so I decided it was best to just put it off another year. I am committed to this organization because they have been so great to my dad through his chemotherapy. I suppose there's always next year.... 
  • 5k: Last year I ran my very first 5k. It was Run For A Child's Sake which was put on by Child Advocacy Center. And even better, it was a part of Taste Of Fort Collins (my favorite event OF THE   YEAR) and I was so looking forward to doing that this year. Of course it's not happening- they are doing a different race in September. I forget what it is, but I know it's not a 5k. Bummer. 
I will say that through this I am being taught to be patient and SLOW DOWN. With my knee feeling a little better, I want nothing more than to jump on that treadmill and go running, but I know that if I do, it will just get worse. So I stick with the bike. I did write out a couple workouts that I can do (arms, chest, back, shoulders) that don't require too much use of my legs so at least I'm getting that in there.

I've been dealing with a lot lately and a lot of anger has built up within the last few days. Usually when I have anger I go for a run and that takes care of it. But since I can't, I turned to my dear old friend, Mr. Medicine Ball.

90 slams of these suckers and I am feeling MUCH better. I feel sorry for anyone who is in the general vicinity of me while I am doing this. I'm sure it doesn't look pleasant. :)

I go back to the doctor tomorrow afternoon so hopefully he'll have an idea as to how long it is before I can return full force.

Take care of yourselves, friends!