I’m Back

Dear Blogging World,

I apologize for my absence. It was not on purpose, nor were there any feelings of malice behind my leave, life just got in the way. That is not a good excuse as you are part of my daily living, but please forgive me for straying for so long.

Ok, ok. Yes, I failed to blog one post this week, but sometimes life happens and my fingers are just too tired to lift themselves from key to key after all that I am dealing with – work, emotional health, physical strength, responsibilities at home…

So I’m back after a mini-hiatus and ready to post away.

Unfortunately I have no new exciting recipes to share with all of you, but after some experimenting tonight I will have a new meal creation for all of you to try.

My workouts are going well at the gym. In between spinning and pilates classes I have been walking on the treadmill and doing the following core exercise I found on Pinterest.

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For me it’s hard to go to the gym and get in a good workout if I’m not taking a class where an instructor yells at me to push it harder. But I have found that finding routines online and printing them out to bring with me to the gym gives me a basis for completing a decent workout. Of course there are times where I stare at the paper and laugh refusing to do the last few sets because I’m ready to leave the gym, but most of the time I am able to find my inner gym instructor and do that last set of crunches and find the strength to do those last 5 push ups.

Do you find workouts online and actually follow through and do them?

Please pass any good ones along!

Now I’m off to enjoy a Sunday pilates class and bask in the beautiful spring like weather with a hike. But don’t worry I’ll leave enough energy to get cooking in the kitchen later :)

A weekend of learning

I haven’t been in a classroom setting in almost four years. And while I aim to find myself back in higher education some day, right now I continue to learn outside these formal confines. This has been a year of self-exploration and finding strength and knowledge within myself. This weekend was yet another example of finding myself in situations and reaching inside to find answers, actions and my own power.

I participated in my second full length pilates class since the accident and worked with the physical strength I have built over the last few months to carry me through the hour. With a little extra security thanks to my non-slip pilates socks,

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I used my core, focused on my glutes and realized how strong I really was when I turned to my colleagues and found I was one of only a few in the class holding a position the longest. I still have a lot of form that I need to work on, and building back my pre-accident strength and shape will take time, but knowing that I am able to learn the basics again and practice them comfortably brings a smile to my face.

And I continue to learn about how well I can take care of myself as I clean, cook, prepare for the week ahead, take care of errands, practice patience with my body, care for my mind and parent this little one:

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After a busy Sunday getting ready for the week, I took dinner in a different direction and practiced my slow-cooker skills with an agave-soy chicken dish (adapted from this recipe):

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3 chicken breasts plus sauce:

1/2 cup of agave

1/2 cup of soy sauce

1/4 chicken stock

2 garlic cloves (minced)

3 Tablespoons tomato paste

Mix and pour of chicken in slow cooker – cook on high 4 hours

Serve of sauteed veggies and brown rice

Now, complete with some food prepped for the week I am all set to take on Monday and ready for more inner discoveries.

What have you learned about yourself lately?

the pancake eating patient goes to pilates

Since I wanted to get some food in my stomach before I had my first 3 advil of the day I took the time to make a pancake for breakfast :)

After reviewing many different versions of pancakes from various blogs I decided to go with the following combination, which resulted in complete happiness:

2 egg whites

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

1/2 a banana (or one small banana)

Dash of cinammon

Blend all ingredients (I used my handblender) until it resembles a batter. Then poor into a hot pan and top with sprinkles.

I ate mine with a bit of syrup (not the most beautiful photo but you get the idea).

I finally got to talk to my doctor of choice about all the pain I have been in and he agrees that I have not injured my back, just simply strained my glute muscle resulting in pain in my groin and back. He gave me a few exercises, stretches and guidelines and assured me that it might take a month or so but I would feel better soon.

With new found hope I decided to head to the pilates class I signed up for and I was so glad I went. Both this recent injury and my knee injury are popular issues that can be avoided with a stronger core. I believe this new venture into pilates can only help me reach a goal of overall strength, in turn making me a better runner. I am lucky enough to live ONE block from this great pilates studio: Mercury Fitness.

Tucked away down these stairs is a beautiful studio with mat and machine classes that you can take advantage of in private or group settings. I took an hour long group mat class that left me feeling stretched and at peace with my body. I think this will have to become a more regular activity in my schedule.

Dinner was created from this recipe and I can’t wait to make this flat bread again in other meals!

Garbanzo Flour Pizzas!