An update and tidbits.

Today’s an update and quasi random post kind of day.

An update on the knee. 

Well, it’s not much of a surprise to me, but after my first PT appointment today, it is indeed IT band syndrome that is affecting my knee when I run.   What was a surprise is that it is BOTH IT bands that are uber tight, yet, only my right knee is bothering me. The loose plan is for me to foam roll the crap out of my IT band (on both sides) between now and Friday’s appointment. At that appointment, she will have me run for a few minute and watch my gait (side note: I am ridiculousness excited to run, even if it is just for a few minutes!) and prescribe some strengthening exercises that we will work on for the next few weeks. I cannot run for at least a week, maybe two, and then she will have me slowly ramp up running again (yay!).

I actually feel really good about this and think, per today’s She Reads Truth, it all has a point. I am meant to learn from this – already, learning – I don’t stretch enough, nor foam roll (barely) at all, and I could only stay un-injured for so long, in my opinion. I am grateful to catch it early and fix it now. Now, to make this a habit, long term. I WILL. I MUST. It also tells me I need to continue to cross-train, keep my legs strong, spin, walk, work on stronger hamstrings (suggested exercises for the ole hammies welcomed!). 

Branching out, of the food variety.

It’s no secret that I have a love affair with oatmeal for breakfast. And wraps for lunch (of the Joseph’s, Flatout, and Fiber One variety!). Love, love, LOVE them. But lately, I have started to wonder if I need to branch out a little. Try some new options and intersperse them with my standbys. I will alternate lunches and do up some loaded salads (tuna, chicken salad, hard boiled eggs etc), but I always go back to wraps. And oatmeal for breakfast? Forget it, I never change this one. Hardly ever. Maybe eggs and toast for breakfast on a weekend day. But beyond that, not much.

I started a new board on Pinterest on all things Greek yogurt, because I want to play around with alternate breakfasts, like yogurt and fruit bowls, maybe a smoothie if I can find one that is fueling yet not uber caloric either. My mind is a little all over the place here. Because I like my go-to’s. I LOVE them. But I think change is good. So I look to you, friends, for your latest and greatest finds and suggestions! Please share 🙂

Travel upcoming.

It’s that time again. More work travel abounds! A week from Sunday, I am off to California for my company’s sales kick off. It’s my third year attending, and while I hate leaving on a Sunday, I am actually looking forward to it this year…in large part because this girl is ALSO going to California for her sales kick off and it’s a town away from MINE (WHAT are the odds?!), so what did we do? Booked our return flight home from LAX together! That’s right, 6 hours of straight up FUN flying home. Probably the first time I will ever look forward to a long flight. We may have too much fun of the let’s have a drink (or 8) variety, but I think it shall be epic 😉


In April, M and I are going to Napa!! No, it’s not Healdsburg, BUT it’s a close second. He has a conference in Napa and of course I am tagging along. OF COURSE. Who wouldn’t!? So off we go in late April to Napa for a few days and then…to Southern Cali so I can go to work for a few days and finally – finally – show him around where I work, meet co-workers etc. I am REALLY excited about both parts of this trip!!

So, there ya have it, some random updates and tidbits on this Tuesday-can’t-believe-it’s-not-Wednesday post 😉

(PS bet you are surprised I didn’t write anything about barre n9ne in this post. Me too. Hehe. More on that later this week, I am thinking!) Don’t forget to share your latest foodie finds with meeeee! 🙂



36 thoughts on “An update and tidbits.

  1. Ha I love this mish mash of a post. It’s how my brain has been working a lot lately too. Shocking that we’re on the same brain-length right now, as usual. 😉

    I’m just gonna go ahead and say — you do all this foodie research and then report back and I’ll just steal the ideas and start using them too. Haha. How’s that for brutal honesty?? 😉 The only thing I’m stuck on is the oatmeal thing, I LOVE it so so so much. Though after seeing Christine’s baked egg thing on pinterest, I’m intrigued…but maybe for lunch vs. breakfast LOL.

  2. well at least you won’t have to not run for like months! it’s good it should be a quick heal time. as for breakfast idea, i think if you like your go-tos, don’t mess with a good thing : ) i guess you have more options since you work from home, but i typically make a casserole at the beginning of the week and then divide it into portins so i can eat it at work. i start at 7:30 so I’m rarely hungry before i get into work.

    1. Exactly! It’s short term, I can totally handle it 😉 I like the casserole idea in that it lets you have something warm at lunch! I’ve been cold at lunch and warm things are appealing!

  3. Ahhhhh this post mKes me so excited for you…especially about the knee/running! I just started foam rolling too and while painful, i can’t believe the difference in my leg recovery! And that napa trip sounds heavenly…we are talking of going sometime in the near future and i can’t wait 🙂

    1. Foam rolling is a necessary evil, isn’t it?! Hope it is helping you too!! Napa is going to be awesome!! Can’t wait!! You SHOULD go – but go to Healdsburg!! Email me if you need ideas!

  4. Well, that’s stinky about both IT bands being a pain the ass! I’m glad you’ve got someone working with you to get through it to get better!

    As for oatmeal, I wish I had your love of oatmeal. I’m so incredibly picky about it that I literally need to have it very minimalist with no added goop. (Bananas, peanut butter, etc.) As for yogurt bowls, I’m in LOVE with Chobani Blood Orange & pistachios. I’m also a big fan of the black cherry CHO with sliced red plums. 🙂 For a smoothie that’s low-cal, go with 8 oz. almond milk, 2 cups spinach, 2 frozen slice banana, and 1/2 C frozen blueberries. 😀 Super nutritious, super delicious, and very simple. 🙂 (I’m not a fan of all the protein, etc. supplements that get added. If I’m eating well, I’m getting all of that stuff.)

    I’m with Jess, though…the baked eggs Christine posted are going on my Sunday to-make list for the week. 😀

    1. Yum, pistachios in chobani sound so good!! I am still afraid of green smoothies but I have to try one, one of these days! I want to make those baked eggs too!!

    1. 1. please do! 🙂
      2. I am so excited to spend so much time with Meaghan on the flight!! Yay!
      3. Thank you!! Run a mile or two for me on one of your next crazy runs? 🙂

  5. change is good! ITB is not but at least its FIXABLE and temporary! you will LEARN from this for sure.
    p.s. can i come with you and meaghan? i’ll meet in the middle

  6. OMG I can relate to the struggle of adding add variety when you already have your staples. Sometimes I even get thrown off/agitated when meals are earlier or later than I am used to. Does that ever twirk you?

    Anyways YAY for travel and a great ’13!

  7. My breakfast every day is always toast with a veggie omelette, an apple and lox. I think I need to branch out back to oatmeal! I’m glad things went will with your PT. Sometimes just knowing what is wrong is half the battle. And please keep me posted on your Napa plans! I am very close to SFO so maybe we can arrange a visit this time?!?

    1. Yum! Your breakfast would also make a good lunch since I can’t break away from oatmeal!! Yum, I def need to do that one. And YES I would love to meet up!! I’ll email you closer to the date 🙂

  8. I am the opposite for breakfast – I almost always have eggs and can’t seem to branch out from them.

    Hope the PT works out and you can run again.

    1. That’s funny! I used to always eat eggs for breakfast, or at least a few times a week, but ever since oatmeal, man, I can’t break away hehe. and thank you!

  9. I’m so glad you’re on the road to recovery and you sound so positive! That’s exactly what I wanted to hear! Sounds like you have some really exciting stuff going on in the near future and it’s always fun to have a buddy on a long flight! Definitely makes the trip more enjoyable!

  10. Cream of buckwheat cereal. Make it like oatmeal, taste is mild, texture is yummy. Mix with mashed banana, cinnamon and smudge of real maple syrup and some ground flax seed. Mmmmm.

  11. haha. I was just thinking that I should have something other than overnight oats for breakfast but I LOVE them – particularly that they are ready and waiting for me in the morning. Glad to hear that your first PT appointment went well and yes!! Stretch and foam roll and cross-train and strengthen. But I’m not going to harp on it or anything 🙂

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