Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Solid Foundation

My hip seems to be doing a lot better right now. It was still very slightly achy this morning, but I chanced starting a run with it and it seemed fine. However, at the end I noticed the same thing as last time: it hurt right as I was finishing and then had me limping just a little when I was doing my cool down walk.

This time though, I took action right away and iced it as soon as I was done my jog. What a difference! The minor pain subsided within a half hour and hasn’t been back to bother me at all today. I am very happy with that because I was starting to get a little nervous about the two extremely active weekends I have approaching. I definitely don’t want to have to taper back on my fitness efforts because of an injury!

And, interestingly, as I wrote those last two sentences I realize just how different my thoughts and attitude are now compared to such a short time ago. The fact that I am looking forward to intense, competitive workout sessions – and that I experience genuine relief when I know that those endeavors will not be hindered – is a far cry from my days of sitting stationary. Plus, the sincere use of the word ‘fitness’, rather than the phrase ‘weight loss’, really tells me how far I have come. I am doing this now for many different reasons than I started with, and I know that the grounds upon which I am currently basing my motivation are very sturdy and will lead to long term success.

- 8 glasses of water
- 1 banana
- 3/4 cup fat free peach yogurt with 1/2 cup honey nut granola cereal
- 1 sandwich on whole grain bread with lean pastrami, cheese, lettuce, light mayonnaise, mustard, and pepper
- 1 Spartan apple with cinnamon
- 4 cups of spinach salad with canned shrimp, cubed cheese, croutons, dried cranberries, and calorie-wise Greek feta and oregano dressing
- 4 large whole grain crackers
- 1 1/2 cups grapes
- 1 3/4 cups celery with light peanut butter

- 1 hour and 10 minutes of jogging with walking warm up, intervals, and cool down (1 hour of actual jogging)
- 1 hour and 30 minutes of loading a moving truck
- 1 hour and 10 minutes of rowing a dragon boat


  1. I just need to say again how much you inspire me - thank you.

  2. Yes, ice has many healing properties and is highly underrated as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory.

    I had to laugh when I saw your inclusion of "loading a moving truck" on your exercise list. I helped a friend by cleaning two houses for her yesterday (the way she earns her living) so she wouldn't have to be away from her sick child. What a workout! I definately put THAT on my exercise list for the day! :-)

    Glad to hear your hip is mending well!

  3. I just found your blog and I wanted to tell you how inspiring I think you are.

    I am just starting out on my weight loss journey and after reading much of your blog, I felt compelled to let you know what a special woman you are!

    It is so nice to see that there are other people who are feeling the same way I am.

  4. Watch the hip but you seem pretty well in tune with your body. You'll know when to give it a rest. Hips don't lie.

  5. You sound so good!!!! I hope that hip keeps getting better but obviously your mind is on the right track! :-)

  6. Thank you, everyone; it means a lot to hear all of your comments.

  7. I was having problems with my hip when I was jogging on the treadmill and I went to see my chiropractor and it turned out my hips were way out of alignment and that causes you femur to torque when you land your stride causing the subsequent hip pain. My chiro fixed me and I'm so happy. Just something for thought...

  8. Thank you for the info, Julie!