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Return of the Oldies

My old workout videos that is Smile

Today I busted out my Tae Bo DVD

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Sup Billy?

I’m getting so bored of weights weights weights at the gym, plus I wanted to SWEAT.  It actually worked out okay with my boot!  Of course I had to modify it, and not do the kicking segments as fast, but I’ll definitely be doing this again Smile I actually love Tae Bo and used it all the time when I lost weight a long time ago in high school, and then again when I was losing weight (before I started running) freshman year.  If you do it right your upper body is SORE. 

And then I whipped out the old school 8-minute abs.  Although next time I’ll be blasting my own music in the background.  There’s only so much “C’mon gang!!” I can take.

Yay I actually felt like I got a workout in!!

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Haggard post-tanning/workout/makeup runneth over look is all me.

By the way, how was everyone’s Easter?  My family (okay, minus 3 siblings) came down to visit on Saturday…

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…and my dad fixed my camera!!!  I’m tellin’ ya’ –

Daddys = miracle workers.

This was my first Easter completely alone.  In the past I’ve always either gone home, or done some sort of celebration with my roommates.  So of course I had to keep up some sort of tradition Smile

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Hmm maybe I should have used more water?

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Every batch has the ugly poop colored egg Winking smile

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Go Giants!!

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Such pretty colors.

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And then I used my new wok that my roommate got me for my birthday!!  LOVE IT.

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So now that my camera is fixed I hope to be around much more!!

Are you a workout DVD type of person?  What’s your favorite?

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Camera oh Camera

Hola mi amigos!  (I do not know if that is proper terminology, I never took Spanish in high school.  French.  And even still I don’t know much French).

So I seem to have the worst luck with cameras. 

I dropped and broke my 4-year old Camera Celeste (yes, her name) about 1 1/2 years ago.

I went a couple months taking pics with my Iphone until I got a new camera for Christmas.

And then I lost my 6 month new camera Antonio (yes, his name) last June.

So then I went 6 months taking Iphone pics again before I finally splurged and bought myself a camera in December. 

(Looked like this for the record):

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Then, about a month ago, I had the little battery/card window open to put pictures on my computer.  My camera was on my bed, and when I went to get up on my bed myself, I kneed on the door hinge, and it popped off.  And I can’t get it back on Sad smile And the camera won’t turn on without the door on.  I was sooooooo upset.  Are you (*%&*(&(*^&%(&** kidding me?!?  My second BRAND NEW camera in less than a year. 

I’m hoping my Dad can fix it.  Or he said I can probably send it in and pay to have it fixed.  GAR!

So that is my excuse for not blogging as much.  I’m just not motivated with crappy Iphone pics!!  I’m sorry.

But I’ve captured a few things!  Such as my beautiful blooming flowers Smile

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My breakfast of choice this week – cottage cheese + strawberries.

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With about 5x that amount of trail mix added in.

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And my 20+ minute long gas getting adventures.  5 cars back in line for gas at Costco.  Cheapest in the area – and it’s still $4.17 a gallon.  Yikes.

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Other gas stations around here are averaging $4.35 for the cheapest.  People are freaking out over this (yes, I am too), but I remember a couple summers ago when it was in the high $4.00 range.  Everyone was curious if it was going to make it to $5.00.  But then it started to drop again.  I hope it does the same this year!!

And just for fun – back in 2006 on our walk to a party when gas was CRAZY high for back then.  I remember we were like “Let’s take a picture – this is ridiculous!!”

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(May 2006)

And then to keep up with tradition, we took another one on another walk past the same gas station later that year. 

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(September 2006)

I wish it was that low now!!

 

How much is gas where you live?

 

Is there a certain electronic (camera, phones) or anything in general you seem to have the worst luck with?

I also seem to have awful awful luck with earrings.  I got a pair of diamond studs for my 8th grade graduation, and lost them the next year during swim practice. 

Then I got another nice pair of real earrings for high school graduation, and lost one of them working out at the gym (still have one of the studs though).

Then I got another pair of diamond studs for college graduation, and lost one within a few months while swimming again.  You’d think I’d learned my lesson to take earrings out while swimming, but this one was in my cartilage under my swim cap.  I thought it was safe!!

I also almost lost another nice pair of earrings a month ago when I realized the back had fallen off.  Luckily I felt it in time before the earring portion fell out of my ear.

And that’s not counting the numerous hoops and other cheap studs I’ve managed to lose.  It’s ridiculous!

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Birthday Nights

There are so many great restaurants around here.  So many that I really couldn’t decide and ended up at CPK (California Pizza Kitchen).

I love love love their BBQ chicken pizza, but wanted to try something new.  Their Pear & Gorgonzola pizza always catches my eye.  I decided to try it out tonight!

“Caramelized pears, Gorgonzola, Fontina and Mozzarella cheeses, caramelized sweet onions and chopped hazelnuts. Topped with field greens tossed in our Gorgonzola ranch dressing”

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The pizza was delicious.  But there was way way too much dressing/white sauce going on.  I’m not a huge ranch person, and there was just way too much ranch.  It would be good to have 1 or 2 slices as an appetizer or something, but it was lacking that traditional pizza flavor (red sauce or BBQ sauce) that I was craving.  Still deeeelicious though! 

And then there was always dessert Smile

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Passed around the table of course, although I ate half of it.

Last year: (desserts rule)

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The rest of the night was filled with drinks, friends, and dancing.

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(I feel like we’re going to a country concert in this picture)

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Hey look I wore the same belt last year on my birthday!

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Yes, The Boot (das boot) made an appearance.  But apparently not in pictures.

No worries, it made another appearance the next night when we went out for another birthday celebration!  (With pretty much the same people…haha.  Don’t ask why we didn’t combine birthday parties).

Night#2:

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Birthday Buddies!

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BOOT!  (Don’t ask why my roommate is doing the head tilt)

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I had to work at 6 am the next morning, so I was the driver.  I had 2-3 drinks at around 9:30 before we walked downtown (so I could drive home by 2:00).  And this morning I felt AWFUL.  I mean shaky, sick…I even got sick at work.  That is not normal after only 3 drinks.  Especially because 3 drinks gets me no where near tipsy/drunk.  I really think my body is telling me NO ALCOHOL ENTER ZONE. 

Oh and we also rocked the glow sticks.  I obviously chose pink & orange Winking smile

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Day of my birth

Keep in mind this was supposed to go up yesterday, but I got distracted….

April 15 might mean one thing to most of you: TAX DAY.

But to me, April 15 always means…my birthday! Smile

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Keys to a successful birthday:

1. Cake flavor.  In any shape or form.  While Funfetti Pancakes seem to be popular around here for birthdays, I didn’t have much time to make pancakes this morning.  And I’m on such a god-awful cottage cheese kick. 

Cake Batter Cottage Cheese!!

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Don’t even knock it ‘till you’ve tried it.  It tasted like thick gooey cake batter.  Yummmmm.

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And I definitely went back for seconds.

2. A good gym sesh.  Too bad I skipped this and slept in instead Winking smile

3. Monster salad beast is a must for birthdays Open-mouthed smile

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I don’t even know what was in said Beast, but it consisted of normal salad fixins’ plus a scoop of Hawaiian Tempah, cashew chicken salad, and…..something else from the hot bar.

And it’s a good thing I didn’t buy a dessert because this arrived shortly after I got home:

4. More cake.  This time in heaven form:

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Seriously people.  A deep dish S’mores pie (from Costco – where else would my family shop?).  My daddy knows me well Open-mouthed smile

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5. Beautiful flowers.  Flowers are a tradition on our birthdays.  My dad would always come home from work every birthday with a bouquet (from…uh…Costco).  LOVE.

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Tonight is pretty low key.  Just grabbing some dinner, and then going out with friends! 

 

Foot/PT update: I stopped going to PT for the time being as it wasn’t drastically helping, it’s expensive, and I’m running out of appointments (due to insurance).  I caved last week and got The Boot.  Nothing is helping.  And I’m getting desperate here.  I know many people don’t recommend booting up, but I’m hoping it helps since I walk SO MUCH at work.  We will see. 

Which brings me to successful tip

6. Actually getting dressed in real clothes (and not the workout clothes I wear everyday).  Sexy boot isn’t it? Winking smile

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Fork in the Road

Hello friends. 

I don’t want to sound like such a downer here, but I’ve been having a really hard past week. 

Sure my sister visited last weekend and we ate delicious food such as Firestone’s salads

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and their amazing french fries.  And can’t forget the BEST BBQ SAUCE EVER.  I wish they sold this stuff by the bottle.

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I also took her to Cowboy Cookies and we shared yumtastic ice cream cookie sandwich.

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I’m not super duper close with my 16 (almost 17!) year old sister, but we have our moments.  I feel like this was good for us Smile

(2 years ago flashback when my sisters visited for the Lady Antebellum concert)

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2009 Thanksgiving

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Dying Easter eggs/playing Life 2 years ago

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(Where did that sweatshirt go???)

Her prom this past March!

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Cheers!

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Anyways, last Sunday was match day for the dietetic internships.  I was nervous/jittery/excited all day long.  Because at exactly 4:00 (pacific time), it would be posted what internship we were matched up for and where I would be spending the next 1-2 years.

I don’t want to complain, or sound like a downer, or dwell here – but I know I have to (and want to) share on the blog that I didn’t get matched with any program.  It’s been such a big part of my life/stresser for the past 5 months, that I can’t just ignore the fact here. 

So that’s the main reason I’ve been absent for a good 1+ week now.  I’ve gone through so many emotions – disbelief, feeling sorry for myself, shock, upset, regret, jealousy, etc.  I took this hospital job back in San Luis Obispo thinking it would be almost a guarantee into an internship because of the experience (at least that’s what many people made it out to seem).  I spent so much time and money on those applications, and it all seemed like a waste now.  Not to mention almost everyone else I work with got matched up (that’s where the jealousy came in). 

It was just hard to wrap my head around the idea that I wouldn’t be living/attending any of the places I thought I would be next year.  For the past few months I’ve been imagining myself in Florida, Missouri, or Tennessee.  And then I had to pull my act together in a couple days and start researching the second match options (limited amount of programs that still have openings). 

I’m still trying to figure out what I’ll be doing next year.  I know it’s not the end of the world, and I know something will work out.  It’s just a sudden change I have to accept and deal with. 

I will keep you folks updated with whatever comes my way! Smile

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Tarsal Troubles

I swear there’s food under that ketchup.

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Nothing like an egg & veggie sausage scramble with a side of taped foot.  Eaten in bed on a Saturday morning Smile Oh relaxing.

 

So about that tape…here comes some injury talk!  Booooo. 

Anyways I really haven’t talked about it much.  I’ve mentioned it, but I’m injured.  Yes, again. 

Back in October, my heel gave me some trouble the week before my half marathon.  I thought it was plantar fasciitis, and it got 90% better within the week.  But my ankle still felt….funny.  It didn’t hurt, but on every run it just felt weird.  Like full or tight or something.  Not bad at all though.  The pain also sometimes radiated up above my inner ankle along the inner shin bone.  I thought I just needed new orthotics.  So I got some.

But, like I mentioned in January, my new orthotics didn’t help.  In fact, my problems just got worse with them.  I cut back on running.  I rested.  I iced.  I’m part of the Injury’s royal court by now, so I know the drill.  Finally at the end of January, I had enough and went to a podiatrist.

Diagnosis?  Tarsal tunnel syndrome.  Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome (of the wrist), but in the ankle.

Prescription? Rest.  Wear orthotics/running shoes all day long.  Limit walking.  Ice.  Prescription strength anti-inflammatories. Come back in 4 weeks.

By the end of 4 weeks, I was feeling 85% better.  Barely any pain!  So I tried a couple treadmill workouts that week.  2-3 miles on the treadmill of running/walking.  Took it very easy and slow.  And you know what?  I felt no pain during activity.  But that week it flared up.  Super painful.  Throbbing at night. 

When I went back to the doctor, he told me the same thing: Rest. Wear orthotics. Limit walking. Ice.  And now physical therapy.

So that’s what I’ve been doing the past 3 weeks.  Physical therapy.  Which seems to be helping.  But barely.  It’s feeling better.  But no better than it felt at the end of those initial 4 weeks.  And it still definitely hurts often, and always feels funny.  It almost always feels full and tight – like there’s something in there that just needs to be stretched out.

So I had another appointment yesterday.  And at this point, he wants to boot me up. 

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He did take x-rays, but I guess nothing was abnormal since he didn’t talk about them.

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And I can’t afford an MRI right now.  I joke that I’d “be rich!” if it weren’t for all my injuries.  You know how much I’ve spent on multiple pairs of new shoes, orthotics, doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, etc?  Yeah, you don’t want to know.  Neither do I.

Booting would limit all motion of the ankle and the tarsal tunnel.  Unfortunately, it would also limit movement of all muscles.  Which mean I would lose all strength down there.  Seeing as how physical therapy has been focusing on strengthening the ankle and calf muscles around the ankle in order to support the arch better, it seems counterproductive to me. My physical therapist wasn’t happy about this, and I’m having trouble with it as well.

I’m going to see how my ankle/heel feels this weekend/week and then decide.  I’ve just been dealing with this thing for almost 6 months now, and I feel like no matter what improvement I get, it comes flaring back again with activity.  (Keep in mind even swimming and the stationary bike hurt and bother it). 

I’m just sick of injuries!!

  • Plantar fasciitis in 2006 (back when I just ran on the treadmill)
  • Year-long calf pain following my marathon in 2007
  • Knee pain from 2008-current (it got 90% better in 2009 but occasionally still bothers me)
  • Oblique/side pain in August 2010 that lasted 3 weeks
  • The heel pain in October 2010
  • Oblique/side pain in November 2010-end of December (this one was much worse than the first – both sides and even into my back)

My body obviously is not meant for running.  Actually, I’m sure it all stems from my feet (which the physical therapist couldn’t get over how much my arches collapse and ankles roll inward).

 

Fun/Weird fact: I actually have very high arches.  My arches just collapse because my feet are so long (size 11), and there’s no support in the middle.  Kind of like how a bridge would collapse if there wasn’t a support pole in the center to help keep it up.

 

Okay, enough injury talk.  My sister’s coming into town to visit today and I have to figure out what to do with her!!

 

Have you ever dealt with an injury (or injuries)?  What type?

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Museum Fun

I knew it was going to be an interesting day when it started like this:

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Stylin’.

We headed to the Children’s Museum downtown for some…fun?

First, we went to the hospital where I sat waiting amongst the many patients.

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Wait…I thought I was at the doctor’s.  What IS that?!?

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My, what a big mouth you have!

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Seriously.  It was a tall toothbrush.

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Woah woah woah.  I did not sign up for this.

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Finally we left the doctors/dentist/torture chamber and took a little trolley ride.  Do you even have your license young lady?

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We ended up at Farmer’s Market. 

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They even had reusable bags.  How thoughtful.

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Despite all the Farmer’s Market grub, I was still hungry for lunch!

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I made a frozen cashew chicken dish (from Trader Joe’s).  I just didn’t use the rice.  I’m not a big fan of rice – especially white.

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All eaten out of an egg bowl!

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Hey little bunny.

Notice Florida down on the lower right corner?  Yeah, well speaking of Florida, I got into the Florida State grad school!!!  Yes, I found out a couple weeks ago, and was super stoked.  It was one of the Dietetic Internship/Masters combined programs I applied to, so I still need to get into the internship portion.  Which I find out about on Sunday.  Eeeek so soon!

Florida State was one of my top choices because it was a combined internship/masters program that focused on Sports Nutrition/Physical Performance.  I want to get my masters as well as become an RD, and attending a 2-year combined internship/masters program saves time and money (rather than just doing a 1-year internship followed by 2-year grad school).  However, I want to get my masters specifically in something sports related, and there weren’t many of those combined with an internship around.  So I also applied to some 1-year internship programs that I’d really love to attend as well.

Make sense?

I’ll talk more about it and my top choices when I find out on Sunday.  I don’t want to jinx anything!!

 

Happy April 1st and don’t get fooled! Winking smile

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