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.
FOOD & BEVERAGES:
- 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