Ramp-Up Week 1: Complete

I survived my first week back to activity! My week went like this:

  • Tuesday – 45 minutes of biking, resistance level 4 (8.66 miles)
  • Wednesday – 45 minutes of biking, resistance level 6 (8.65 miles)
  • Thursday – yoga in the Boston Public Garden with Jess, a very gentle flow class
  • Friday – strength training by Kristina, a solo session because no one else showed up for the 6am slot!
  • Saturday – yoga on the bowling lanes at Flatbread Pizza Company with Meghan, a very challenging class (but didn’t panic when putting all my weight on my left leg like I did on Thursday!)
  • Sunday – active recovery, on my feet all day running errands, meal prepping for the week, doing laundry, and cleaning my apartment
  • Monday – 45 minutes of biking, resistance level 7 (9.33 miles)

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Ramping Up

It’s only been 3 days and I already feel like lightyears away from my injured self. On Wednesday, I upped the resistance to 6 and spent another 45 minutes/8.65 miles on the bike. I definitely felt the added resistance – my legs felt like jello and sadly, my body felt like garbage. I could tell last weekend that my iron levels were down.

20180823_183341This happens to me from time-to-time (I’ve been rejected from donating platelets twice this past year, but successfully rescheduled within a few weeks both times), especially after a particularly heavy period. When I woke up on Sunday, I was covered in bruises, including one massive one on the inside of my wrist. I have no idea how I got 90% of these (walking into my farmhouse dining table in the middle of the night Saturday explains the one on my upper thigh). I also had the telltale swollen, painful tongue.

For whatever reason, the meal prep recipes I’ve been making lately haven’t included much spinach and I have swapped meat for fish in a lot of my dinner recipes (because summer!) so it makes sense. I made sure to eat red meat on Tuesday and Thursday, and added tons of spinach to my breakfasts this week. My tongue is starting to return to normal and the bruises are fading, so hopefully we’re on the right path. But man, that really zapped my energy levels for most of this week. Continue reading


20180821_082115I know, I know. I still owe baby shower updates. And I’ve been drafting a 543,095-word blog post about all my DIY projects for my “new old” apartment. I’ve been slacking in terms of blog posts, and sadly also in regard to working out, but not when it comes to projects around the apartment!

I’ve been eating really well, but hardly exercising. I’ve average 2 trips to the gym each week to ride the bike with zero resistance (all I was allowed to do, cardio-wise) for 30-45 minutes. That was actually intentional, because I stopped wearing the boot as of Sunday, August 12. I went to IKEA that Saturday, and wore it there knowing I’d be walking a ton and lifting heavy furniture/boxes, but by the time I got home I was ready to take it off…for good.

So, because I was walking around unprotected for the first time in over 2 months, I decided to take it easy on my leg and only bike every third day. Ben the PT said this was a good call. I had no pain, so I was hopeful the boot was finally going to be retired. Continue reading

Returning to Low Impact Activity

Parts 2 and 3 of Throwing a Baby Shower are coming – I promise. But in the meantime, here’s what’s going on with yours truly.

20180721_081605It’s been almost a month since my last injury update on here, which was also the last time I saw my doctor. I still have another 2.5 weeks until I see her again, but I’ve made some major progress lately.

First of all, the last two weeks of July were completely unproductive in terms of my recovery and fitness. I was so busy the week leading up to my best friend’s baby shower that I got in a pool running workout on Monday but I spent Tuesday-Friday doing last-minute crafts and prep for the shower. Then after the shower (SPOILER ALERT: it went perfectly!), I felt like I needed a few days to decompress and cuddle with my dog after work instead of shooing him away from me & my hot glue gun. And then it was just SO. DAMN. HOT. I couldn’t even take him for a 5-minute walk without sweating through my clothes, so the thought of getting in my car and driving to what I knew would be a jam-packed public pool was just not appealing to me.

I did, however, get serious about clean eating again. Pre-shower, I made turkey tacos for my work lunches with only a small amount of meat and a crapload of veggies in each one. The following week (last week), I made these Cold Sesame Noodles with Shredded Chicken. Then this week, I’ve been having Greek Chicken Bowls – my favorite by far. Not the lowest calorie because of all the yogurt, but I’ve been trying to slowly reintroduce dairy back into my life in small quantities so as not to upset my stomach. While I no longer crave ice cold cow’s milk and think almond milk is here to stay, there are a lot of healthy recipes that incorporate Greek yogurt, which is also a healthy swap for sour cream in recipes. And it’s a source of healthy fats – which I know I struggle to get enough of Continue reading