Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Ain't Nothin' Gonna Break My Stride
First things first. It's Bagel Wednesday Baby!** Woot! Woot!
Whole Wheat bagel with Chive cream cheese. Nom nom nom
As it was said in the Harry Potter series, "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live." Eating varied foods that I like make me feel like I'm actually living and not 'dieting.' It's a small thing, but important for me.
Thanks for all your expressions of concern over the calf pop. For the last 5 days I have been careful and kept it taped. This enabled me to get in some decent walking, both inside and outside. Yesterday morning, (sorry no photo of the Garmin acause I forgot), I got out and did 3.15 miles in 42:10. That's a 13:30 min/mile pace. Super happy with that. Since my leg felt fine (don't get me wrong, I'm 'aware' that I have an injury underneath all that tape) I thought I would try Muay Thai again last night. But, I added an Ace Bandage over the KT tape to really stabilize the muscles in that leg.
"Ain't nothin' gonna break my stride..."
While it wasn't the best Muay Thai class I've ever had, due to having to modify many things, I did get my sweat on. The thing with Muay Thai is that even when punching you sort of need to be light on your feet. I don't know if it was fear of reinjury but I was more like a statue. In the end though, I survived the class to live another day and that was what was most important to me.
This morning I got up and headed for the treadmill to put in an hour while I watched last night's episode of The Biggest Loser. After walking for 1/4 mile, I felt like I might actually be able to jog... so I gave it whirl. I ended up going 5.06 miles in 1 hour. "Nobody gonna hold me down, oh no, I got to keep on movin'!"
This actually has been a great learning process for me and as I said before, a great reminder of just how wonderfully effective a good walk can be Sometimes I think we push ourselves so much that we lose sight of the big picture, which is to be as healthy as we can be. Being healthy, mentally or emotionally, should not include pushing yourself to the point of exhaustion and/or further injury. As I told someone in a comment recently, slow and steady may not WIN the race, but it sure will get you to the finish line.
In other food news, I made myself another fabulous big azz salad today for lunch. Wait until you see the carry to work bowl I have. My boss used to own a bistro and when they closed there was a whole case of these bowls and he let me have 10 of them. I wash them and use them over and over until they're worn out. OK, it's a tiny bit sad that I'm already looking foward to lunch but this salad is going to be yummy! I think I've been enjoying salads so much because I really haven't been eating a lot of them lately. I tend to get away from them in winter when the produce isn't that good. So, they're like a brand new taste sensation all over again.
Romaine mix (includes red cabbage and carrots) with roasted red peppers, dill pickle slices (instead of cucumber!), scallions, reduced fat cheddar cheese and southwestern flavored grilled chicken. Served with ranch dressing.
And that's my Wednesday. How's yours?
**TM, Lori at Finding Radiance