A cheesy don’t

The night started off promising. Had some beets and sauteed spinach for dinskies.

Did you know beets turn your pee red? It’s weird. But then I got into the cheese. Guess what. Snacking on 3/4 of a block of cheese makes your tummy hurt. I’m paying for this one today.

Today is my weigh-in day. Lost another 1/2 pound. It is what it is. I knew with each bite of sharp cheddar I’d probably pay for it on the scale today. At least it’s not a gain. So I’ll keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully if I ever run again it’ll come off a little faster. Speaking of running and the knee, here’s the latest on the injury front. I’m getting a second opinion. At PT they found another spot that when he pushes on it makes me jump off the table in pain. He also felt a ridge and thought it might be a bursa (inflamed ball of fluid). Even he said we’ve been working for awhile now and I should be farther along. So I’m going to a different orthopedist next week. If there’s the possibility of an injection to calm down the inflammation then I want it, and also I don’t feel great about how fast the initial guy sent me off to PT without doing much more than an MRI. I’ll keep you updated obvs.

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Take that, Thursday morning

I did it again, folks. I actually went to bed not planning on getting up for a workout but then sometime around 3am I woke up and figured I would set my alarm for 5:45. So I made it to the 6:15 total body conditioning class at the gym. The description says “This workout uses weights and/or bodybars to promote muscular endurance, flexibility and body alignment.” That definitely sums it up. It was a good arms workout especially and in the shower I found it exhausting to lift my arms up to wash my hair. Good sign though, right?

Today’s lunch menu includes my usual salad. Except I forgot to pack dressing. I’ll have to improvise.

Who’s excited for Jersey Shore tonight?

To cleanse or not to cleanse

A popular craze, especially in NYC, is the cleanse. I’ve done two before, both with Blueprint. The first time I did the “easiest” level, and the second time, the middle level. A day on the cleanse includes this:
Green juice
Pineapple mint juice
Green juice
Spicy lemonade
Beet juice
Cashew milk

And that’s it. I’ve done the 3-day as a way to jump start my body and clean oiut all the toxins. I wasn’t really planning on doing one again, since the last time I really struggled, but I’m thinking about it. Both Blueprint and Cooler Cleanse over a raw food/juice combo option. I’m thinking about doing Cooler just because it’s cheaper and I’m not the biggest fan of the Blueprint’s green juices. Have you ever tried a juice cleanse?

Yesterday I went swimming again. I also bought goggles this time around. I kept losing track but I think I did 15 roundrip laps. When I got home, I made a yummy green monster and a sandwich consisting of a sandwich thin, hummus, tomato and avocado. Then, of course, I finished off the rest of the avocado. At the same time I roasted up some beets which I’ll have tonight.

Oh, Monday

Thank you everyone for your supportive comments. I’m going to keep at it, and try to increase my water intake while decreasing my alcohol intake. We’ll see what happens. This morning I set my alarm for 5:45am and headed to the gym by 6. I find it hard to think of non-cardio things to do, but ended up on the bike for 20 minutes (low impact for my knee), followed by a bunch of different weight exercises. Have you ever tried to spell the alphabet with an 8-lb weight? It’s hard. I really miss the feeling of walking back to my apt dripping in sweat, but this morning was certainly better than nothing.

Last night I was inspired to make homeade vegan pesto, thanks to Heidi at Basil Vodka. I first picked up some goodies at the farmer’s market by my apt. Here we’ve got a zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, beets, fresh basil, green pepper and 3 cucumbers.

I got the rest of the week’s groceries at the store. The recipe for pesto is simple. Basil, pine nuts, salt, garlic, evoo. I roasted the eggplant, zucchini and squash at 425 for 40 minutes with some EVOO, salt and pepper.

It filled up my entire roasting pan!

Once that was cooling, I put in the 3 tsp minced garlic w/ 1/2 tsp salt. Next I added fresh basil (cup & 1/2) and 3 tbsp pine nuts. Then I streamed in 1/4 cup of EVOO.

I thought it may have come out a bit too salty for my liking, but when I put some over the roasted veggies, it worked.

Yummy dinner. As a snack I had a laughing cow wedge and pomegranite fruit bar. Do you snack after dinner? I always need something.

Giving up

I really want to give up. Today was weigh-in day and I only lost a half a pound. I was really dilligent about my food this week and worked out as hard as I could given my knee circumstances. Yes, I could skip all alcohol and eating out, but then I’d have no social life. And I was pretty good even when I was out. So folks, what do I do. Hang in there? Hope that once I can start running again the weight will come off more easily?

Thoughts? Comments? Concerns?

Squash and swimming

Well I got back in the pool. I know, so proud of me too. I went after work and it wasn’t crowded one bit. I jumped in and started doing laps. I’m not gonna lie, I still have a pretty mean crawl stroke. It’s tiring though and my eyes were so red from the chlorine. Must. get. goggles. The person there said it was a 14 yard pool (is that right?) and so I did 12 round trip laps. I’m still super sore from my workout sesh Tuesday, so the pool was perfect for me.

When I got home, I cooked up the squash I had gotten from my local farmer’s market. I diced it up and sauteed it, along with 1 big carrot I also had, in EVOO. Once it was starting to get soft I put it over brown rice and added some Newman’s Own lite Sesame Ginger dressing. It was a party in my mouth to say the least. The one-ball squash was very similar to the regular squash, except with a tougher skin.



Today I’m taking a day off from working out, but back to the good ole salad for lunch and I’m going out to sushi tonight. Yum!

Road ID Review

A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to pick any Road ID of my choosing. I had been wanting one for awhile, and knew exactly the one for me. The shoe ID. As a runner we need to be so cautious of our surroundings, and also aware that it’s not the safest sport considering you usually do it alone. I myself never carry my cell phone or really anything but my ipod for that matter and so a Road ID is a great idea. I chose the shoe ID so that it would always be attached to my sneaks and I’d never need to remember to wear it (the other styles are bracelets). Here it is on my shoe:

It has my name, year of birth, and emergency contacts. For some reason I had trouble figuring out the right way for it to go on, and wasn’t expecting velcro, but once I put it on the laces, it stayed for good. I’m glad the Road ID has really made its way around the blogging community since safety as a trend is never a bad thing.

Do you have a Road ID or run with a phone or license?

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