Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Injury - Where's the line?


9:00 am:  Hit the gym yesterday. Did 20 minutes intervals on the treadmill, then a 5 minute cool-down. Then upper body. Had to make some adjustments to avoid straining my back, but altogether, got a good workout. Burned 638 calories in an hour & 15 minutes (includes the walk to and from the gym).  I did have to use my inhaler on the treadmill, but I also pushed myself pretty hard. 

I followed up my workout with a Dr. Kracker flatbread & 1/4 cup of lowfat cottage cheese, then awhile later had dinner. The kids wanted pasta, so I made a box of Quinoa pasta I'd picked up and thought we'd see how it tasted. The kids don't like whole wheat pasta, but the Quinoa (which is actually  made from corn & quinoa flours) tasted just like regular pasta. I only sampled one noodle, since I'm not doing grain-carbs at night right now, but Bill and the kids really liked it. My only complaint was that the whole box only made enough for Bill, Shiloh & Bethany. Good thing Ariel was at work, and I wasn't eating pasta! LOL! 

The pasta sauce I made was just browned lean ground beef, seasoned with Mrs Dash Tomato & Basil, then a 28 oz can of Muir Glen Fire Roasted crushed tomatoes and a 15 oz can of Muir Glen no salt added tomato sauce, plus some fresh garlic & shallot, 8 oz of brown mushrooms sliced, and more Mrs Dash.  Really tasty. I poured my serving (1 cup) over my salad and it was very good :-)

I'm already sore today (woohoo)! Food today is good, water is on track. I plan to do cardio & legs tonight... not quite sure how that's going to work, lol. I'll figure it out. I've enlisted the help of The World's Greatest Trainer, so I'm anxious to hear her recommendations to keep training my lower body without further inflaming my back. The cardio doesn't bother it, actually feels like it loosens it up, but there are certain moves or positions that just zing! It is getting better, I can touch my toes again when I stretch, but I have to move carefully. 

Where do you draw the line between pushing forward and pulling back? There's definitely an injury, and I don't want to make it worse, but strong muscle tone can only benefit both me and the healing process, so I'm trying to not push as hard as I want to (or as hard as my mind is screaming at me to push, lol) but still get in the training I need. I realized I was starting to blur that line, and so sent a frantic email to Tab last night :-) and I'm waiting to hear back.

3:30pm... got a joke for you :-0  I receive Scottsdale Health Magazine, and they do a joke page each month. This one had Bill and I both cracking up...

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine, they were exhausted and went to sleep.

Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend.

"Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."

Watson replied, "I see millions and millions of stars."

"What does that tell you?" Holmes asked.

Watson pondered for a minute.

"Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Timewise, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three.  Theologically, I can see that the Lord is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?"

Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke.  "Watson, you idiot, some *&$% has stolen our tent!"

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