Monday, April 26, 2010

Hip Action

I went a bit heavy on the carbohydrates today; I’m not sure what’s up with that. I try to be intuitive in my eating – to give my body what it is craving on a physical, not emotional, level – so I just went with it. Hopefully tomorrow I will be back to enjoying more of my fruits and vegetables though. I find that I feel lighter and more energetic when my produce consumption is higher and the protein, dairy, and carbs are a bit more balanced in my diet.

My exercise, on the other hand, was amazing today. I managed to add a walk with a good friend and a long jog into my afternoon and evening, respectively. Add that to the dragon boating practice I had this morning and I am feeling super about my high activity level! Maybe that is why my body wanted the extra carbohydrates?

The only slightly negative thing that I have to say about my workouts is that at the very end of my run I noticed a little pain in my hips – much more in my left one. And when I slowed my pace to do my cool down walk I actually found myself limping just a little bit. Maybe I pushed myself a tad too hard? I put a pain relief rub on when I got home and am hoping that takes care of it by morning. I will definitely be monitoring that closely tomorrow because the last thing I want is an injury!

- 9 glasses of water
- 1 pan-fried banana and light peanut butter wrap on a soft tortilla shell
- 2 small Mandarin oranges
- 1 egg white wrap on a whole wheat tortilla shell with feta cheese, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 mug toffee nut steamed skim milk
- 3/4 cup fat free strawberry yogurt with 1 cup honey nut granola cereal
- 1 1/2 cups spaghetti with meat sauce and grated cheese
- 1/2 slice garlic bread
- 3 whole wheat crackers
- 1 pear

- 1 hour of walking completed in 2 outings (15 minutes long and 45 minutes long)
- 1 hour and 15 minutes of rowing a dragon boat
- 1 hour and 10 minutes of jogging with walking warm up, intervals, and cool down (1 hour of actual jogging)


  1. I love that you listen to your body and know, for me, that when Im waaay carb heavy one day it still surprises me (TRULY) that my body evens out the next.

    Craves the broccoli & the cauliflower over the bagel & the pretzels.

  2. Oh hope the hip pain will pass! Take some rest if possible.

  3. I hope your hip is better & you just did a tad too much! Be careful... don't want that to get worse!

  4. You probably need the carbs to fuel the activity.

    Take it easy on your poor hip!

  5. Smart girl for listening to your body! Try icing your sore hip for 20 minute intervals. Also, if you are right handed, try gently pressing downward on the righ side of your pubic bone. If you get a sensation of relief from the left hip when you do that, then your hips are, perhaps, just slightly out of alignment. It's not serious. Remember to stretch the muscles in your lower back after you run, and avoid sitting for long periods in one position.

    Weekly bodywork from a very good masseuse can also be a treat. That option was a bit too spendy for me, so I bought a fold-up massage table from Costco, a book & CD about bodywork/massage techniques, some essential oils, and gave them to hubby as a *gift*. LOL. Best investment I ever made. We fancy ourselves a bit like Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in Adam's Rib (they called massages "rub downs" in those days). Good times!

  6. When my hips hurt, my chiropractor said to stretch them by sitting down, crossing one leg over the other (so that, say, your left ankle is just above your right knee), and bending forward until you feel a stretch. Then you do that 3 times, counting to 12 each time. I find it helps, me, so I thought I'd share. Maybe it will help you.

  7. Awesome advice, my lovelies! Thank you so much for caring!

  8. I have a back injury that makes my hip hurt, I feel for ya!!