Being told to stop…

I don’t know if anything like this has happened to you, but… As I was on a long run recently, I had a flashback to circa 2005 when I was told I had mild hip dysplasia in my left hip. I got two professional opinions:

  • Doctor #1 told me that the dysplasia was 1-2 on a scale from 1-10. He went over my x-ray with me and showed me that the hip joint was correctly in its socket, but that the hip bone didn’t curve around as much as normal. Something to be cautious of, but he didn’t think it was a big deal
  • Doctor #2 told me to stop pretty much everything. He basically told me my life was over and that I needed to be super careful with all activities. I remember leaving the doctor’s office and the receptionist asked me if I was ok. Well, no, I was just told that I should give up on any kind of physical activity, which is freaking me out – I didn’t tell her that, but it was obviously showing on my face

I went back to Doctor #1 after getting that lovely second opinion to discuss what Doctor #2 had said. Doctor #1 was visibly disturbed by what #2 had said to me. I recall him saying things like “irresponsible” and “ridiculous” after blurting out that #2 had been unprofessional.

Doctor #1’s response made me feel better and we discussed my hip situation at length.

I decided that #2 was wrong and went about my life… Back to the present and I did an 11-mile run on Sunday and a 4-mile run this morning. And, I did it feeling just fine. The soreness I felt on Sunday and Monday had nothing to do with my hip – just good ole “I’ve done something strenuous” fatigue. Suck on that Doctor #2. 😉

All kidding aside, it’s important to discuss things with your doctors, to get second opinions, and to find a medical approach that you are comfortable with. I still remember vividly how scared I felt after seeing #2 and being told that any level physical activity was going to do me in. I’m glad #2 was wrong and I’m glad I have found a way to be a little healthy!

If you have had a similar experience, let me know how things went in the comments below!

Got Good Granola?

One of the things I love to order when we go out for brunch is “yogurt sundaes” – Yogurt, granola, fresh fruit. To me, it tastes fantastic (aka, I don’t eat it because I think it’s the healthy option)! Just writing about it is making me want to go to my kitchen and put one together… Which is exactly what I’ve been doing a lot of lately. My current yogurt of choice is Greek Gods honey yogurt. So good! Seriously – try it! If you don’t like it, you can give it to me. 😉

The granola has been a challenge, though. What to use, what to use… I’ve recently experimented with four different types of granola and wanted to share my thoughts. Here they are, in order of tastiness. Note: I’ve cherry-picked the nutrition information and it came straight off of the products themselves.

Granola Competition

Nature’s Path Honey Almond Granola Udi’s Gluten Free Original Granola (raisins, banana chips, honey, nuts) Nature Valley Granola Protein (Peanut Butter) Kind Healthy Grains Banana Nut Clusters
Serving size ¼ cup ¼ cup ½ cup ½ cup
Calories per serving 140 140 240 190
Total fat 4.5g (7%) 6 g (9%) 7g (11%) 3g (5%)
Sodium 65mg (3%) 0mg (0%) 160mg (7%) 60mg (3%)
Fiber 2g (8%) 2g (8%) 3 g(11%) 3g (11%)
Sugar 7g 7g 14g 6g
Protein 3g 3g 10g (14%) 4g

 

My favorite of these four is the Nature’s Path Honey Almond Granola. It’s light and crunchy, a little sweet, great almond flavor. I could easily overdose on this stuff.

The Udi’s Original Granola is very good. Not as light as the Nature’s Path, but something I could still happily eat my way through. It also doesn’t taste quite as sweet, even though the sugar content is about the same.

The Nature Valley Granola was good. It didn’t have as many clusters as the first two, but tastes like peanuts/peanut butter – as advertised. Not something I want to snack on on it’s own, but it’s very good in the granola with cut up bananas.

The Kind brand had good flavor, but it was really, really tough. Like, my jaws got tired chewing on it kind of tough. Can’t say I’d buy that one again.

Do you have a favorite or go-to granola? If so, let me know in the comments. Would love to find more good options.

Back On Track (Pun Intended?)

So, I took Friday off… No exercise, just rest. I was feeling very tired and fatigued after my latest runs. I’m training for a half marathon and am five weeks away from the big day… And, I really want to do well. Doing well for me means running the entire 13.1 miles, slow or not. The last time I did a half marathon was bad – My right calf cramped up horribly and I hobbled most of the way. Volunteer staff had to help me roll out the cramp in my calf and give me a salt packet so I could finish. That is some primo motivation to train better!

Over the weekend, my training program called for a 4-mile run and a 9-mile run. I was worried, very worried, about the 9-mile run on Sunday. Looks like my proper day of rest paid off! Both runs went well and Sunday’s run was lovely. I went for a change of scenery (different trail)… As I was parking, I saw a doe and her babies. So cute! Then, the run was just peaceful – less people than normal and pretty decent weather. I also got to see three additional groups of deer – all serenely looking on at us people running and biking and whatnot. There were even a couple of young bucks butting heads. 🙂

I feel like I’m back on track – I’m taking my rest days seriously. Especially now that my Sunday runs are ramping up. I’m beginning to think I’ll hit my goal for the half. I don’t want to get too cocky yet though. I did manage to snap a couple of pictures yesterday. In the first picture is one of the baby deer crossing the road as I parked the car. In the second picture, there are three babies – nicely camouflaged! Behold the cuteness!

Deer Crossing The Road - Sunday Run

Deer Crossing The Road – Sunday Run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deer Along The Trail - Cute Babies

Deer Along The Trail – Camouflaged Babies

 

 

 

 

 

 

For some additional laughs: When I got home, my 2.5-yr-old son looked at me and told me I was wet. I said, “Yes, I’m all sweaty because I went running.” He then promptly said, “Eeewww! You need a bath!” He was right, but still… 🙂

Break on through to the other side

On Sunday, I was supposed to run 8 miles as part of my half marathon training program. I managed around 7 1/2 – mainly because I was traveling (Labor Day weekend). But, not hitting my goal really gave me a sense of disappointment. I should have planned better, should have mapped out a route better… Blah blah blah.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I was able to get through my 4-mile and 6-mile runs pretty well. My quads were sore on Wednesday, but that’s nothing new… Then, Thursday hit… I had some pain at the beginning of my run and had to walk for a bit. I was worried it wouldn’t stop, but it did and I was able to get through my 4-mile run. But, wow! I was really feeling tired. More disappointment.

Last night, I put some Salonpas on my quad and went to bed as early as I could. Today is a non-running day, but I also decided to make it a non-workout day because I am tired and frustrated with my recent performance. So, while at first, it felt like defeat, I really think I did the right thing. If I don’t listen to what my body is telling me, I won’t be able to go further and do it healthy/without pain.

My stubborn side lost today and I’m glad. I am resting up so I can do my 4-mile on Saturday and my 9-mile run on Sunday. I’m going to break on through to the other side and get myself back in the groove. Deep breaths… Enjoying the break… Onward tomorrow.

My Struggles with Snacking

From the time I get up in the morning until about 6:00pm, my appetite is under control (aka, pretty normal). I eat breakfast, lunch, have a small snack in the afternoon and all is good with the world. Then, 6:00pm rolls around and the snacking begins.

I think maybe this started as a result of cooking dinner for my son, who eats at 6:30pm. Before he arrived on the scene, I used to eat dinner around 7:30/8:00pm and don’t really remember snacking so darn much. Now, I eat dinner with my son, but that only partially explains the snacking… I mean, I get that I may be getting hungry around 6pm while I’m cooking, but what the heck is going on after dinner?

I struggle (and I really mean struggle) with the desire to snack on generally unhealthy items from 6 until about 9pm. I can’t have chips and cookies in the house because one turns to two, two turns to 50. I wish that were hyperbole. On the days I get my snacking under control, I still find myself at the refrigerator door or the pantry door looking around. I sometimes lose track of how many times I check for a snackable morsel. On the other days, I find salty or sugary snacks and try to stop after one or two, but generally eat way more than I should.

Busy days are good days – I find myself interested in snacking less and sometimes don’t snack at all. But, for the snack monster days, some coping strategies have been:

  • Eat fruit or veggies because the calorie count is low and I feel like my craving has been addressed. I stick with grapes, berries, carrots, things like that
  • Clean up. Anything. Clean the kitchen, put clean clothes away, put my two-year-olds toys back in the toy bin (where they should already be, but that’s another topic)
  • Follow up on my personal emails. I’ve volunteered for a good many things and usually have something I need to do, but that doesn’t take nearly as long as I probably need it to

Do you have any snacking advice? Please leave a comment. Maybe you can help me break my bad habits. 🙂