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To Run or Not to Run??

The last time I ran was about 2 1/2 weeks ago. It’s not that I’m completely lazy. I developed a Runner’s Knee (self-diagnosed) and I stopped. Even the elliptical hurt. Believe me, it hurt emotionally as well. I thought that time off was just what I needed. Believe it or not, I still maintained healthy eating during this time (except for a couple of weekend trips here and there 😉 ) and I even lost a couple of pounds. So except for the fact that I felt really lazy by taking the time off, I felt pretty proud of myself for taking care of myself for the first time in a long time. Last year, when I sprained my ankle while running, I didn’t do so hot. I had to take about six months off from running and all exercise and let’s just say that I gained a considerable amount of weight from the bingeing that occurred.

Today was my first attempt at running again. I haven’t felt knee pain in several days. I felt great. My husband and I dragged ourselves out of bed at 6:00 am to take our dog for a run. The warm-up walk was fine. However . . . the second I started running, I felt it. It started as a dull ache behind my knee that I thought I could run through. Then it turned into a burning pain that I knew was a sign I had to stop. I wasn’t even going that fast. Not that I go that fast normally (I am a very slow runner). But I was definitely taking it easy today. So basically, I had to slow down to a walk and stop the running altogether. It was very frustrating, to say the least. Honestly, I kind of hated my knee and the sport of running at that very moment. I am thinking that I may just give it up altogether. Running, that is. Maybe that is the injury talking. I have had awesome moments running. But really . . . maybe I don’t have the joints for it. I kind of feel like a quitter saying it, but I really am thinking about taking up an exercise that has a little less impact.

When I got home, a little aspirin to help with the pain and I was feeling much better. I did manage some Pilates this morning. I am thinking about doing that on a regular basis. Even though I didn’t work up a sweat, the exercises I was doing definitely made me work my core and lower back. And no pain in the knees! I plan on doing some more cardio later to really work up sweat. After the food I ate this weekend, I need to sweat!

Breakfast wasn’t anything special: just good old bacon and eggs. I really need to find a way to make those healthier. Does anyone have any tips for that? I guess I could make an omelet with veggies or just add some fruit to the side.

Lunch was my favorite! I had some leftover meatloaf from last night.

check out those red peppers and that parsley!

I made the meatloaf into a sandwich. I stuffed it into a small pita with some ketchup. Yummy!

such a big sandwich . . . and tasty!

For dessert, I had a pear which I haven’t had in forever. I forgot how good they were!

And here is that recipe for the meatloaf that I promised. It is so good. I love the addition of the turkey sausage. That is my own little twist. It just adds some moisture and a nice little punch of flavor besides just ground beef.

Turkey Sausage and Ground Beef Meatloaf

8 oz. lean ground beef (90% lean)
2 links lean Italian turkey sausage (hot is best, but you can use mild if you don’t like spicy)
1/4 c. chopped onion
1/4 c. chopped green or red pepper
1/2 c. Panko bread crumbs
1 egg white
garlic powder, oregano, and parsley to taste (I usually don’t measure, but do it the Rachel Ray way and throw in big palmfuls of the seasonings in there)

Mix all ingredients well, making sure to remove the casings from the sausage. Shape into 9 x 5 inch loaf pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until no longer pink. Makes 4 generous servings.

Tonight for dinner, my husband and I actually had some cod that we bought at the Farmer’s Market this weekend. Honestly, we do not eat a lot of fish. I am not usually a fish person and mu husband usually just eats it fried (actually, so do I). So I haven’t had any type of fish besides shrimp or tuna in quite a while. But I’m trying to be a bit more adventurous in my eating. I need to mix it up!

And how we cooked the cod was so easy. My husband just sprinkled it liberally with some Cajun seasoning and then (genius that he is) he sprayed the fillets with some I can’t believe it’s not butter spray. I love that stuff. Then we baked them for about 15 minutes. The fish was so tasty, moist, and flavorful. The cajun seasoning also made it spicy. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed a theme yet, but I like things on the spicy side. 😉 Even though I am not a fish person, I will definitely make this again.

As you can see, we paired it with some brown rice and corn. The fish was so tasty that I didn’t even need ketchup. Yay!

Also had a great evening workout on the elliptical and now I am relaxing with my husband while watching Master Chef. Love that show!

I told you so

Ever since I took up running, my family has told me that it would destroy my joints, my knees . . . it’s unsafe, etc., etc. Well, I am dreading the big “I told you so.” It appears that I have developed the dreaded “Runner’s Knee.” It started with a faint pain behind my knee the other day and it has gradually increased. I have been on one easy run since the pain began, but since then it has been rest and ice, ice baby.

I am thinking that maybe I increased my mileage too soon, too fast. That’s not really running’s fault, right? Not my beloved sport of running. I know I can’t possibly be going too fast. There are turtles who probably go faster than me. 🙂 I am definitely disappointed that I am unable to run right now. Has anyone else had this before? How long does this take to go away? I am optimistic that after a week or so, I will be back to my old self.

The main thing is that this injury is preventing me from doing other exercises as well. I did Jillian Michaels 30 day shred on Sunday and all the jumping jacks and stuff definitely aggravated it. Then I decided to wake up at the crack of dawn at 5:30 am this morning to attempt some elliptical work. That . . . . failed me as well. After some research, it looks like any exercise where the legs have to bend is out. I really wish I had access to a pool. Tomorrow, I am going to do some research on other workouts and see if there is anything I can come up with that won’t aggravate this injury. I want to continue losing weight and I don’t like the idea of not working out at out for the next week or so.

Meanwhile, I am super proud of myself for not bingeing today. I ate super healthy and I felt great!

Breakfast was eggs with some red peppers, cheese, and some bacon.

filling and yummy breakfast

Lunch was a simple bowl of tomato soup. I didn’t take a picture because I forgot to take my camera to work, but trust me it was good. I am still not used to having my camera prepared for food pictures.

Snack #1 was carrot sticks dipped in hummus. Ordinarily, I am not a fan of raw carrot sticks. But I LOVE them in hummus. Whole Foods was having a Buy One, Get One free sale on the stuff this weekend on the stuff and if I’m not careful, I may run out of the stuff by the end of the week!

Snack #2 was a delicious apple.

Dinner was some pork tenderloin with some italian seasoning. red pepper flakes. Yummy. We also had mashed potatoes and some asparagus. Well, I had the asparagus. My husband just  had the potatoes.

one of my favorite meals

Best part of the day: I totally resisted the urge to have one of my husband’s cupcakes since I knew I wasn’t hungry. Success! I may or may not have taken a lick at some of the frosting that was left on his plate. Hehe. Just a small taste.

And I could not resist this picture of my dog. She is just as tired as me. She has had a very long day at doggy daycare. Poor thing.

I'm so tired, but the paparazzi keep hounding me!

Now Corey and I are relaxing while watching some TV which includes some “Wipeout” and “Flipping Out.” Love those shows. I’m also thinking of doing some baking, I have a can of pumpkin that has been screaming my name so we will see. Tomorrow is my day off, so I may do it today or I may wait until tomorrow when I am going at full throttle. Goodnight everyone!