95% is Better Than Nothing

Today I woke up this morning feeling much better. My hip feels about 90-95% better. No pain today so far. It feels a little tight and stiff. Last night I did my Foam Roller and used Icy Hot. I also iced my hip/butt/leg a few times last night. I took some Advil first thing this morning. My hope is that these rest days will help heal my issue. Tomorrow the plan is to swim instead of run or use the gym. I think doing so many stairs all of a sudden lead to a pulled muscle. šŸ™ Thank you for the tips, everyone!

Dinner was exceptional last night. On the way home, I stopped by my favorite local farm produce store. I got some potatoes, peaches, apples, bananas, and two corns!

Michael sliced up the potatoes to cook in the skillet. The first step is to boil them in water.

Michael’s really good with the skillet. If I tried this move, the food would be on the floor!

I love when Michael prepares these potatoes. He added rosemary to them and sliced onions.

I prefer my onions cooked down to almost nothing instead of eating them raw.

I made a salad with all the fixings. Lettuce, Spinach, cauliflower, yellow and orange peppers, Craisins, croutons,Ā broccoli, carrots, cabbage. So good!

We were so hungry we ate the salads while we were cooking the rest of the food. Oil and BalsamicĀ VinaigretteĀ as dressing.

Michael blackened the salmon and seared it in the skillet while the potatoes were cooking.

I’ve previously posted the recipe for Michael’s Blackening Spice Here. It’s excellent and you can make it as spicy or as mild as you want it.

I topped the potatoes with a little shredded cheese and sour cream.

I also cut my salmon in half and saved half of it for lunch.

Dinner was absolutely fantastic! The perfect amount of food for me. Even with some M&M’s for dessert I came out ahead of my calories.

On another note, my blog is 213 hits away from having 20,000 visitors since I started in February! What a cool thing! Thank you to all my readers who like to read what I write. šŸ˜‰ Feel free to spread the word!

Today is my “Friday”. YAY!!! I have the next few days off for a mini-vacation. Partly because my brother and sister-in-law are visiting from Philly. I’m excited to see them!

QUESTION: Do you do yoga or stretching on “Rest Days”? Or just “rest”?

Must. Rest. Now.

I had a little pity party for myself last night. I got home from work and I felt tired, cranky and sore. I watched the last two episodes of NCIS while I iced my legs, ankles and hips.

Icing

Fat Kitty helped me ice. šŸ˜‰ So I was wallowing a bit last night.

“How can I be this sore and achy when I only run 2 times a week?”

“Other people run every day and don’t seem to have these issues.”

“Maybe I’m NOT a runner.”

“Maybe I should quit running.”

“I’ll never be able to compete in the Las Vegas Half.”

“Is the Foam Roller making things WORSE instead of better?”

Blah blah blah….you see where my mind was going. Then I thought back and looked at my workout calender…Yep. I’d exercised (intensely) for 6 days in a row.

6 DAYS IN A ROW? No wonder I was tired, cranky and sore! And my first Brick Workout was in there, too. Silly. So today I am resting. And possibly tomorrow too.

Last night I made a concoction of leftover chicken, veggies and quinoa for dinner.

I steamed the veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini).

I reheated the leftover rotisserie chicken from the other night and put all of it on top of the quinoa. I topped mine with Goddess Dressing and Michael ate his plain. It looks ugly but it was good!

QUESTION: How do you feel if you exercise too often?