Hi Guys! Happy Wednesday!
I know myself well enough to know I’m boarding the danger zone right now. The orthopedic said after 2/14 I am clear from this ankle injury. The last 3 weeks I’ve been sticking to stairclimber, cycle or power walking. I hate the treadmill, but it’s helped me get my leg strength back. I’ve been doing 30 minute intervals to build speed and endurance simultaneously switching between 2.0 incline @ 4.4 and .05 incline @ 4.8. I’m averaging 12.48ish pace. That’s faster than some people run. I looked over at a woman running next to me the other day. She was doing a shake out run at a 4.8. I guess that makes me a crazy fast walker.
Last week I felt my body wanting to go faster and longer on the treadmill. Although I’ve had no pain for weeks, I’ve been holding myself back and sticking to the same thing. I didn’t want to chance it. Then Sunday I couldn’t hold myself back any longer and let myself go a full 60 minutes (just under 5 miles), but I told myself that counted as my long one for the week.
The good news is I’ve had no pain whatsoever. I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to finally have my legs back. After a year of battling injuries, I truly never thought I’d see this day. I still have to be careful. My estrogen is low until I begin meds next week so I can’t push my body the way I used to. It’s uncertain if I’ll ever be able to either. But that’s ok with me. I’m just thankful not to be in pain anymore. Honestly I’ve gotten better results with shorter, higher intensity cardio sessions than longer, steady state ones.
The bad news is my crazy treadmill walking, has gotten me a nice sized bruise on my right hand. I whacked it hard the other day and it swelled the size of a cantaloupe. I went to urgent care & thankfully it’s not broken just a bad contusion. They said it will turn every color of the rainbow as it heals.
Ugh…I’m the only person in the world who gets hurt walking on the treadmill.
So it’s Wednesday and you know the drill. It’s all about the food and the weekends have been busy testing new recipes, working on upcoming projects and spending time with Mom. My eats have been thrown together from leftovers and whatever’s in the freezer. Let’s see what I managed to pull together.
Breakfast. 30 second microwave eggs with hot sauce and all the leftovers from the week. Brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potatoes and baked plantain chips.
Lunch. Leftover veggies from a veggie kale cashew soup I made last week. I munched on them with leftover sun dried tomato no bean red pepper hummus from Super Bowl Sunday.
Next up a zucchini banana walnut muffin. Recipe testing’s hard work and having 2 dozen muffins waiting to be eaten in the freezer and not eating them all at once.
Since lunch was on the lighter side, I made green smoothie too. I had leftover berries & spinach that were begging to be used. I’m never a smoothie person, but lately I’ve been really into them. They satisfy me when I’m craving something sweet in the afternoon. They also take forever to drink which fascinates me for some reason. The 80 degree weather in Phoenix was perfect smoothie weather too.
Dinner. A new paleo recipe experiment with leftover veggies. Garlic scallops & cod with sautéed bell peppers & riced cauliflower. It was delicious and topped with fresh herbs from the garden Mom planted too. She rocks. Let’s hope they survive the summer. I always kill plants.
Snack. South Beach diet was nice enough to send me a few boxes of their new bar flavors they’re launching later this month. I never had one before so I didn’t know what to expect. They were really good and filling too. I was impressed. #SnackHappy
How fast can you walk? What’s the weirdest thing you ever hurt yourself? Are you a smoothie person?
Lots of Health, Food & Love,
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