Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving Weekend.

I started Thanksgiving with a great workout in the morning.  My friend Brittany wanted to go as early as possible.  We went to the 9AM class, and it was packed!  The workout was solid, lots of squats and lunges involved (I was sore just hours later, oy!)

I got home, and after a quick shower, icing the knee, and extra stretching, I started making dessert to bring to my Mom's later.  Then my brother called, saying he & his family were at our Mom's.  And, the kids wanted to know how fast I was getting there.

I thought they'd be in Westchester, but they decided late to come down to see my folks, then head over to Queens to see his in-laws.  Good thing dessert was a simple cinnamon crumb cake that baked quickly.  Phew.

This is what greeted me when I got to Mom's.

My little mini-me will be 6 tomorrow!  Can you believe that?  Time has literally flown right by.

Batman, aka my nephew, insisted on wearing his Halloween costume to Thanksgiving.  My little caped Crusader.

"We can have some turkey, right?"

Mom gave them little pieces of turkey, those little beggars.

It was a nice day, I really loved that my brother decided to come down.  I loved seeing the kids, and they always are a joy to be around.

The only bad thing is that I'm now getting sick.  My throat feels tight, and my glands feel swollen.  I'm not sure where I got it from.   I have a feeling the rapid changes in the weather didn't help.  Yesterday, it was in the 30s.  Today, it was 55 degrees.

So I've been taking lots of Vitamin C, drinking lots of water and lots of hot lemon water.  Eh, this viral infection will hopefully run its course quickly.  Going out last night with my girlfriends probably aggravated it, but it was nice to hang out.  I hadn't seen Rachel since her sister's party.

Today started with Bootcamp in the morning, then food prep, straightening up, and now I'm going to sit back and watch the season finale of Walking Dead.

Have a great Sunday night!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Doctor's Appointment.

This will be a quick update, but suffice it to say, my doctor said I didn't have anything to worry about.

Phew!  Cue the massive sigh of relief.

Thank you to those of you who commented and/or reached out, I really appreciated the positive vibes!  The official results will be in next week, and I'll let you know when they come back.

Tomorrow will be a quiet holiday, just me and my folks.  My brother is spending it with his family in Westchester, and I can't blame him.  It's murder to drive tomorrow, I did it once, was stuck in traffic for 2 hours, and I'll never do it again.  What normally is a 45 minute drive turned into 2 hours of gridlock, never again.

Remember it's one meal, people.  There's no need to go bonkers crazy with the food.  And it's really about being grateful and appreciative for what we have and the people in our lives.  I'll have a little bit of white meat, gravy, salad, stuffing, some sweet potato, and dessert.  I'm making a quick dessert, a cinnamon cake because I'm not typically a fan of pumpkin anything.

I'm skipping Bootcamp tonight in order to go tomorrow.  Activity before the meal has always helped me immensely on a holiday.

We're expecting snow tonight, awesome.  Looks like we'll be having a Merry Thanksgiving?  Good thing I'm only going somewhere local.

Ok, that's a wrap for me.  Til next time.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Food Prep.

I forgot to take pics!  IT'S LIKE THE FOOD PREP DIDN'T HAPPEN!

I'm kidding, of course.  This is why I would suck as a food blogger.

Oh well, no worries.  I'll just tell you what I made.

Because Thanksgiving is Thursday, and we'll be inundated with turkey leftovers galore, (seriously, turkey soup, turkey casserole, turkey white meat salad, turkey bread, turkey cake) I decided to prep some chicken meatballs and bison burgers, and pair the chicken meatballs with some brussels sprouts.  The bison burgers will be for dinner that I'll have with a quick salad.

In my food processor, I threw in a ripe avocado, 2 eggs, onions, garlic, lemon pepper seasoning, olive oil, sea salt, and paprika.  I split the mixture into two, for both the ground chicken and the ground bison.

Have you ever had bison burgers?  They're delicious, and naturally leaner than ground beef.  A nice alternative to regular beef burgers.

To the ground chicken, I also added ground almond meal to hold it all together.  I did not add this to the  bison burgers.

Since the oven was on, I roasted 2 sweet potatoes and added some cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, and a tablespoon of butter.  Delicous.

I went to Bootcamp this morning and Friday, and I felt good.  Sore, very sore, and I really missed that feeling.  I'm being very careful here, icing the knee and foam rolling every night.  For as long as I can stand the foam rolling.  That thing is painful.  And I am icing the knee as we speak.

I feel good, and the scale is slowly inching downward again, in the right direction.   Phew.

Thank you for the encouraging comments about my colposcopy Tuesday.  I appreciate your taking the time to do that, I really do.  I just want to get it over with, honestly.  I wish I could've had it done last week, but such is life.  Tuesday will be here soon enough.  I'm feeling better and more positive about it, and it's best to think positively.  What good does being all somber and forlorn accomplish?  Not a thing.

And now, time for the Walking Dead!

Til next time.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Untitled Medical Post.

So I had planned a post about how anyone can still be active even while injured, but then had to shove it to the waste side.

My doctor called me today saying that my pap from last week came back abnormal.  Great.

There were abnormal cells (not cancerous) found in my cervix, and he wanted me to go in for a test called a colposcopy.  He did say they (the cells) were precancerous, though.  Awesome.

So, if you're me, upon hearing this news, you do a few things:

1.  Immediately start overthinking the situation and stress yourself out.  To the point of being utterly dismayed.  That's after your body goes numb and you lose your appetite.

2.  Text your Bootcamp BFF, who tells you that not only has she had abnormal Paps, but she's also had the colposcopy test, and it's really not a big deal and that I have nothing to worry about.  (Thanks, Rach!)

3.  You also reach out to your obstetrician/gynecologist friend, cry on his shoulder via text, apologize for asking him anything medical, who assures you that not only is it always ok for you to ask him anything medical because he's your friend and he doesn't mind, but that abnormal Paps are generally very common and goes out of his way to put your mind at ease.  As much as it can be at ease, anyway.

Thanks for that, J!  And umm, sorry for the partial melt down.  (We're still, cool, right?)

So the procedure is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.  I don't really know what to expect, as I'm forcing myself to stay away from the rabbit holes that are Google & WebMD.  I suspect it'll be a little uncomfortable, and I hope it's somewhat quick.  Doubtful.

See how important it is to go to the doctor, folks?

So if you could spare the good thoughts & vibes, I'd really appreciate it if you could send them my way.  I'm worried, I can't help it, but I'm trying valiantly to be positive about it.  The worst thing I could do is think worst case scenario, because that won't help nor will it do any good.

I'll know more after Thanksgiving, hopefully.

I think I've reached my quota of medical incidents for the rest of the year, Universe.  That's quite enough, ok?  You've had enough amusement at my expense, I believe.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sunday Food Prep and Lab Results.

Sundays are set aside for meal planning and food prep around here, as you know.  I was excited to try something new.  I picked up this chicken roast from Trader Joe's on Friday, and I couldn't wait to prepare it.

I only prepared one of the chicken breasts, as that will last me all week.  The other one I decided to freeze, and will make if not next week, then the week after.

I decided to wrap it in 3 slices of bacon.

I also prepped breakfast for the week.  I hard boiled some eggs, and made these egg muffins.  Here's what the finished products look like.

I baked a turkey burger for dinner last night to have with my salad, taking advantage of the hot oven.  :-)

This is why I suck at taking food pics.  They're too far away, but that chicken roast is delicious!  The bacon gives it a nice flavor.  The roast I'm having with some asparagus and broccoli.

The doctor called with my labs today, and he told me my thyroid levels are out of whack.  As in, it is underperforming.  Boo.  That runs in my family, both of my parents are on Synthroid.   I'm making an appointment to see my new PCP, as my previous one quit her practice to work primarily at the local hospital.  I guess I'll take it from there.  The lipid panels didn't come in yet, so I'll update more on that later when those results come in.

I'll be honest, I'm a little bummed by the news, and I'm struggling to just take it in stride.  I know it's treatable, and I know it could be a lot worse.  I have a feeling this would've happened even if I hadn't lost the weight.  Losing weight helps a lot of things, but things like the weak thyroid and arthritis are hereditary and run in my family.

The only thing I can do is gather as much medical information as possible (I'm staying away from Dr. Google, as that's a rabbit hole I have NO desire to go into) and take the advice of my primary doctor.   I'm young, it's totally treatable, and reversible with the proper meds.

So that's what's going on in my world.  I'm hoping I'll have good news to report later.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Doctor's Appointments.

My company is switching insurance providers in December, so this month, I've been using my accrued vacation time to go doctors' appointments.  Last week I went to the gynecologist for my 6-month well visit.  Yesterday, I went to the dentist for my 6-month cleaning, and I am happy to report that Xrays showed no cavities!  Yay!

Before heading to the dentist, I went to the lab to get labs drawn.  The tech who drew my blood said I had "good" veins.  So, thanks?  I've never had a problem getting blood drawn, but I do know a few people who need to lay on their side to get a good line because their veins are quite thin.  Eek!

It had been a while since I've gotten my levels checked, so it'll be interesting to see what the report is.  Results should be back by Monday, I believe.  I'll let you know what the results are.  Hopefully, everything is ok, and I'm not expecting anything out of the realm of reality.

The knee is progressing nicely, and foam rolling is a part of my world now.  Ugh.  Well, no use complaining about it.  It's a necessary evil.  I do find that it feels better after I'm done, not so much during.  So I have to grudgingly admit that the torture device works.

I'm still reading voraciously.  I'm almost done with The Future of Us by Carolyn Mackler.  I'll probably finish it this weekend.  And look what I"m starting with next!

I've been dying to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, so I can't wait to tackle it!  The Bootcamp BFF has been after me forever to read Jemima J, so that will be second on the list.  Sorry, Rach!  LOL.

I'm still going to the gym, still rehabbing the knee, and still listening to my body.  I'm not overdoing it, and I feel good.  You know what's strange?  Ever since I injured my knee, I barely feel the plantar fasciitis in my right heel.  I mean, it's still there, ever present, but I don't feel the sharp, stabbing, shooting pain I used to feel.  I hope that means it's getting better, or going into remission.

Tomorrow is food prep day, and I'm trying out some new things, including a sweet potato protein breakfast muffin I just made up in my head.  I hope it turns out alright.

Ok, I am off to ice and then foam roll.

Til next time!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

PT session.

Monday after work, I went to my first PT session.  It involved a lot of paperwork, a lot of Q & A, and an evaluation.  The therapist was very nice, very informative, and she looked at my MRI report and asked a lot of questions.

It went as I thought it would go.  She showed me stretches and exercises which included calf work.  That kind of surprised me, as I thought it would veer more towards quad strengthening, as that's more connected to the knee?

So here's where I am.  I'm going to do light resistance/strength work twice a week.  Body weight squats (for now) lightly weighted calf raises, and lateral leg moves with a light weight positioned on my quad.  Biking is still ok, as is light walking.  Light floor stretching as well with or without a resistance band.  She also advised that I take an additional week off from Bootcamp, which was expected.

She also said foam rolling wouldn't be a bad thing.  I swear that thing is a torture device.  Ugh.  I really hate that thing, but since she advised that I do it, nightly foam rolling will be in my world now, for however long I can stand it.  (Lucky me.)

She said that because I've been working out with weights since Day 1, I'm in good shape to get this thing ( the cyst) resolved.  See how important it is to strength train?  If you don't already, please look into doing so now, or as soon as possible.  It has helped so much with my body composition.  Plus the benefits alone are just fantastic!

So that's the update, nothing earth shattering, I know.  In other news, I am currently reading The Future of Us by Carolyn Mackler and Jay Ash.  I'm only a few pages in, but as with anything that Mackler writes, I love it already.

Thanks for the well wishes and positive thinking!  I've really appreciated it this week.

Til next time.   :-)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

How I've Been This Week.

Oy, I did not mean to be absent this long.  I'm such a bad blogger recently, and I need to change that.  Sorry, people!

So here's a quick recap of the last week:

Last Saturday morning, after I got off the recumbent bike, I noticed I felt off.  And by "off," I mean I was limping.  I was in agony at my friend's party later that night.  Oh my, I can't even begin to describe the pain.  Going up & down any stairs was a painful chore.  The very next day, after icing and elevating, the knee felt better, but still achy and painful.

Full rest this entire week.  Not even walking in the mornings before work because it hurt too much to even do that.  Forget about Bootcamp, I froze my membership temporarily.  And I've even been icing at the office in addition to taking anti-inflammatories.

And dare I say it?  I've felt close to ZERO pain since about Wednesday.  Big sigh of relief over here.

As a precaution, I've booked my first physical therapy appointment for tomorrow after work.  I am going in with an open mind and will see what the physical therapist says.  I'm also going to bring a copy of my MRI report with me.

Also, staying away as much as possible from high sodium, inflammatory foods have helped.  I'm not 100% perfect, and neither is my nutrition intake, but I'm doing what is working for me.  And I'd have to be a moron to not see the link between the pain disseminating and my food intake.

I've felt so bored from my self-induced working out break that I turned to an old (favorite) hobby of mine - reading!  Honestly, books have kept me sane this past week.  I've read three books this week so far.

I can't believe I had never read Forever.  I've read pretty much all of Judy Blume's books, so I pounced on this one when I saw it was available at the library.  Hosseini always breaks my heart, but his latest didn't quite live up to The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.  I would, however, still recommend it.  And we all know how much I love Carolyn Mackler.  I'm starting The Future of Us tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to it.

Yesterday and this morning, I went to the gym, and felt great afterwards.  No pain, no limping, no discomfort of any kind.  I do feel an occasional tightness in the back of the knee, but I have a feeling that will continue for a while.  A Baker's cyst (fluid filled cyst) takes time to resolve, and I just have to be patient and rush it.  Read:  I just have to deal with it.

The Universe is trying to tell me I need to work on that, and patience has always been something I've admittedly lacked.  But I have zero choice here.  The alternative is not something I'm willing to accept, so patience it is.  Besides, the resting and not pushing or forcing my progress have been working, so what's a few more weeks?  (Hopefully.)

I'll update again after my first PT session.  Til next time!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween Fun!

Saturday night, I went to my friend Andrea's Halloween party.  Costumes were mandatory, and I went as Michonne from the Walking Dead.

Wannabe samurai.  That sword, even though it's a toy, is totally going on my wall.

That wig was the death of me.  It kept slipping off and refused to cooperate.  Finally, around 11 that night, I literally threw it in the trash in Andrea's kitchen.  I couldn't take it anymore.  LOLZ.

I'll leave you with some pics of the night.  The costumes people wore were off the hook!

With Alice in Wonderland and a foxy devil.

So Michonne, Richie Tennenbaum, and a Walker attend a party together, and....

It was so much fun, and I'm already hoping Andrea has another party next year!

On the knee front (because what's a post of mine these days if I don't mention it obnoxiously every opportunity I get) I'm taking this entire week off from any kind of activity.  Saturday morning after 30 minutes on the recumbent bike, I was limping.  I mean, honestly.  Eye roll.  So, I surrender.  I'm icing, I'm taking Advil, and tomorrow I'm getting a compression sleeve.  I keep thinking I'm ok, I rush it, and then I end up here at square one.  I'm not a fan of whining and complaining, and I don't want to be that lady sitting in her recliner/couch.  Actually, I don't even have a recliner, so that point is moot.

This week, I can and will focus on some light upper body and core work.  I'm also picking up an old favorite hobby - reading!  I picked up 2 books at the library today:  Forever by Judy Blume and And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.  Hosseini is fantastically depressing, so I'll read Blume first.

Ok, I'm off to ice, elevate, and read.

More later.  Night!