Fitness & My Life

I played competitive soccer for something like 14 years, but in the last few years or so, was constantly plagued by some kind of injury (foot, knee, etc).  So, when I entered college, I thought I’d switch up sports and try out rowing.  Within the first 6 months of rowing, the sport really aggrevated a genetic hip deformity (impingement) that I had previously been totally unaware of, and also ignited tendinitis in most of the major tendons in my pelvis.  Good stuff, right? 

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 (^^^ cute puffy workout hair…)

That was back in 2008, and since then, I’ve had arthroscopic hip surgery on my left hip to repair a labral tear, shave down my femur and socket, almost completely sever my iliopsoas tendon (to elongate it) and attempt to fix the impingement.  I still have a lot of annoying scar tissue there, but the hip is better.  However, now my right hip is on the fritz, so I have to be really careful with the type of workouts I do.  Oh, and did I mention I’m prone to tendon strains throughout the rest of my body, too?  My right wrist is constantly in pain, and I often wear a brace on the bad days.

I’m only 22.  Bad news, right?

So, all the workouts you see on here are 1) low impact and 2) highlight ambitious me who wants to stay in shape.  I’m not the “skinny girl” type of body, as I build muscle insanely fast, and I’m always endeavoring to get in the best shape that I can, with my injuries and body limitations.

I’m planning on highlighting a few of my choice workouts (favorite machine: arc trainer), and some strength stuff!

Today, the plan is:

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Apologies for the awful photo quality!  I don’t have my Photoshop at hand.

Back on track… slowly but surely

My friend and I stopped at Panera’s en route to the metro (back to home for me!), and I got a sausage and egg sandwich, which was delightful.  Usually I don’t opt for bread in the morning meal, but for those of you who know Panera, there really isn’t much getting past the whole bread thing.  But, it definitely tided me over for a good 4.5 hours, and at around 2pm I decided to have lunch.

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Lunch consisted of spinach and romaine leaves intermixed with cucumber, red pepper, 1/4 of an avocado, 1 over-easy egg and asian sesame lite dressing.  Quite possibly my favorite salad, ever.  It also held me over a fair amount, but in the afternoon I had a childhood craving for peanut butter.

So, cue yummy snack:

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The milk is unsweetened coconut milk, which I love, and I probably also had about 3tbsp of PB total.  I eat a LOT of peanut butter.

For dinner, I whipped up a very simple dish of shrimp and mixed frozen vegetables, with a sprinkling of garlic seasoning and several sprays of butter.  I love shrimp, and I love all of the protein from it.  So delicious.  Wish it were cheaper!  My poor intern-budget can’t handle it as much as I’d like.

I snuck in a piece (and several bites of icing) off of a chai tea cake that I had made about three days ago, but then promptly packaged it up and got ready to take it with me to work.  I also threw away some getting-old bread from the fridge.  More temptations, gone.  Willpower, here I come!

I made a huge batch of turkey chili tonight too, with crushed tomatoes, diced parsnips and sweet peas.  My chili always consists of a hint of sweet (1/2 tbsp of honey and dash of white sugar), a lot of spice (cue cayenne pepper), as well as some pepper.  Can’t wait to eat it for lunch tomorrow!

Oh, and did I mention I got see my little guy yesterday too?  This is Hudson, the cat my friend and I shared during our last year of college…

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We like to call him hamburger-head.