Hi peachies! So I’m still getting back in the swing of things, but plan to play catch-up today. No class! Normally I’ll work, but today I have off 🙂
First things first, I received an exciting package the other day that I forgot to mention on my last post! I got my bloggie secret santa package sent to me here at school – so I finally got to open it when I returned.
Thank you so much Katy!! You know me too well 😉
Wednesdays I have no class so I’ll usually be working all day. Today, however, I had the day off, so it was a definite laid back day 🙂
Woke up starving after a late night out and made my typical yogurt bowl.
- Strained yogurt mixed with pumpkin, pie spice & maple syrup
- Wheatbix twigs & flakes cereal
- Quaker oatmeal squares
- Almond butter
I recently used a coupon I had for a Maranatha product, and decided to finally try out raw almond butter.
I’ve heard mixed reviews on raw almond butter. It tastes “dirtier” to me – does that make sense? Not sure if I like it better than roasted or not. One thing I know for certain – it’s been too long since I’ve had almond butter in my life and I’ve missed it!
I’ve also been eating this cereal in most of my recent yogurt messes –
Delicious. The perfect balance of sweet, and great nutrition stats!
I really wanted to hit up the gym this morning since I had the whole day off, but I really need to balance it out with my knee pain. I did a treadmill workout yesterday, so I knew two days in a row wouldn’t be the best idea. Instead, I did:
- 35 minutes upper body dumbells & ab work
- Physical therapy hip exercises
- Stretching and foam rolling
I haven’t talked about it yet on the blog, but over break I got a second, more powerful MRI done that focused more on the top of the tibia bone rather than just directly on the knee. According to the doctor and new physical therapist I saw, I have inflammation exactly where the hamstring muscle connects to the tibia – and that’s exactly where the peak of my pain is.
My pain is the worst right my fingers are. Please ignore my chipped polish – yes I need to do my nails.
And notice the weird pale indent on the left side of my knee? That’s where I got my cortisone shot 6 months ago. Apparently they can cause skin discoloration and decrease in adipose tissue, hence the weird indent. Pretty, isn’t it? 😉
After anaylizing my arch, feet, walking, running, skipping, squats, etc, the physical therapist diagnosed me with weak hip muscles, which causes my hips to drop during the landing part of running, which in turn causes my knees to turn inward like this:
While the knee is supposed to stay in-line with the second toe like this:
This causes my hamstring muscle to work extra hard to pull my knee back to the right position, therefore pulling extra hard where it attached to the tibia. Causing inflammation, causing the pain.
We went over a lot of hip exerises an stretches, which I’ll go over in my next post. I just felt relief to at least hear what very possible is the root of my pain, rather than just “runner’s knee” or “knee pain”.
I made lunch immediately after my 1 hour workout. 1 egg + 2 egg whites, Morningstar Asian veggie patty, laughing cow cheese, & roasted red pepper dressing in a WW wrap.
+ 1307538 million baby carrots and 2 clementines.
Afternoon snack was an unpictured WW sandwich thin with jam and a few slices of deli turkey.
And dinner was a veggie-filled bowl of:
- Sauteed zucchini, mushrooms & onions
- Cranberry jalapeno chicken meatballs
- Trader Joe’s baked beans
Not going to lie when I thought these baked beans tasted a little plasticy. I LOVE baked beans, but have never had Trader Joe’s brand. Maybe it was just a fluke?
Remember – we are more than halfway through the week!!