The Last Year

Hello again ūüôā

I’m going to summarize last year.¬† I completed 19 races, 3-10K’s, 1-8K, and 15-5K’s and was on my way to 20 when a mild disaster struck me over Thanksgiving weekend.

Two weekends earlier I had done a 5 mile hike and was feeling pretty sore but figured it was just because of all the stairs to climb up.¬† The weekend prior to Thanksgiving I planned a hike with a friend and picked something I thought was easy but unfortunately ended up being a 10 mile hike up and down the side of a mountain.¬† We literally climbed a mountain that day….

Coming down the mountain I wasn’t sure I was going to make it to the car.¬† I’ve never exhausted my legs to the point where they were ready to quit.¬† I was in tears.¬† It was miserable but we finished.

Going into the week I was sore but I knew I had a 10K coming up so I rested on Sunday, 3 miles on Monday, rested Tuesday, couple miles on Wednesday then the big day arrived.

Getting up that morning I knew my knee was abnormally sore but I decided to push through because that’s what people do, right? The 10K was a 5K loop twice and when I finished the 5K I almost quit…..but I hobbled past the finish line determined to complete it.¬† Did I mention it was also pouring down rain?

As I crossed the finish line drenched and limping I could feel something was not right with my knee but I had my medal.

By the time I got home and went to step out of the car I could barely put weight on my right leg.¬† ¬†Determined not to cancel on my best friend I hobbled over to her place for a very painful dinner.¬† I was able to get into the doctor on Friday who suggested I sprained my MCL, told me to ice and rest.¬† That’s what I did but it wasn’t getting better.¬† Tuesday I went back to a different doctor….and I’ll summarize December to now.

X-rays, sports doctor, MRI, surgeon, surgery, and here I am recovering from a torn medial meniscus.¬†They weren’t able to repair so basically it was cleaned up, cartilage removed, and I’m left with a knee that will never be the same.

Prior to going into surgery I read articles that claimed 4-6 weeks recovery time so I assumed I would be back walking 3-6 miles again within a month after surgery.¬† I ignored all the articles stating “recovery times vary” “may be 6 months or more for full recovery”¬† I decided to err on the side of the least amount of time…and I was wrong.

Here I am 3 months out and cancelling plans because of my dumb, stupid, sore knee.

The reason I’ve started writing again is because I’m making plans to try to help the dumb knee with more exercise and a new diet.¬† I’m not doing any specific diet but taking inspiration from different diets and getting back to basics.¬† Less processed foods, less sugar, more meat, more fruit, more veggies, more healthy fats.

I received an offer this morning from a gym I’ve been thinking about joining so I’m taking that as a sign and signing up.

I’ve managed to convince myself that I’m doing okay with my weight and overall health.¬†¬†facebook-556c26

My jeans are getting snug and my knee gets worse.¬† There may not be a correlation and I’m no doctor but I know taking some weight off the joint will help so that’s the plan.

It feels good to be back to writing and I’m hoping to have time to write at least a few times during the week but I’ll definitely be posting the meal plans on Monday.¬† Look for a meal plan later today and have a happy Monday!

Meal Plan Monday

If I don’t write a meal plan it really does throw me off for the week. ¬†Last night I went out for dinner and got back too late to prep my lunch. ¬†I was proud of myself because I looked at what I had planned and took the time this morning to make it.

I was proud of this because I thought “Well, this could be my one day to eat out” or “I can just eat something from my desk”….most likely, I would have been eating out and that’s not happening this week!

If I’m getting serious about running then I need to get serious about healthy eating. ¬†Also, I need to buckle down with my finances but that will be a topic for another post.

Today I went out for a run but I set a time limit of one hour. ¬†I was hoping to get 3 miles but if I did, great, if not, oh well. ¬†I keep going out to walk after work for 2 hours then by the time I get home it’s 7:30 or later, which throws off my whole bedtime routine. ¬†I have to set limits, plus if I want to get more miles I need to push myself to move a little faster.

I’m not talking about setting off on sprints. ¬†Today I was barely shuffling above a fast paced walk but I was getting my feet off the ground and pushing myself a little more, a little bit further.

I feel equal parts discouraged and confident.

I’m frustrated because I can’t go very far, very fast without my legs aching and me getting out of breath but I know I’m doing better than I was last week.

My only grocery purchase this week will be a few veggies: zucchini, red pepper, cucumbers, onion, sweet potatoes.

Hopefully I’ll have a budget post up Wednesday or Thursday unless I don’t go to trivia then it might be up tomorrow.

Happy Monday! ¬†ūüôā


Breakfast:  Eggs w/spinach and ground turkey

Lunch:  Pasta w/spinach and ground turkey

Dinner:  Breakfast for dinner: potatoes, eggs w/spinach, bacon
Snacks:  None


Breakfast:  Oatmeal w/blueberries

Lunch:  Turkey wrap w/spinach and greek yogurt cream cheese x 2 and pretzels

Dinner:  Out for trivia.  If not, Stir fry veggies with rice.

Snacks:  Clementines, yogurt


Breakfast:  Scrambled eggs with spinach

Lunch:  Turkey wrap w/spinach and greek yogurt cream cheese x 2 and pretzels

Dinner:  Chicken w/rice and stir fry veggies

Snacks:  Clementines, yogurt


Breakfast:  Oatmeal w/blueberries

Lunch:  Leftovers.

Dinner:  Chicken w/chickpeas, spinach, rice

Snacks:  String cheese, clementines, pretzels w/dip


Breakfast:  Breakfast burrito

Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner:  Chicken quesadilla w/rice

Snacks:  Pretzels w/dip, string cheese

Meal Plan Monday

This week I’m including all my meals plus snacks.

I’ll be tracking my food and activity using My Fitness Pal. ¬†I hate tracking my food but I know it helped me once before to get a better idea of how many calories I’m actually eating in a day and how much¬†I should be eating.

Part of getting healthy for me is to lose some weight.

I’m not helping myself if I’m working out consistently but eating whatever I want. ¬†If I walk 4.5 miles then eat a pile of popcorn shrimp, mashed potatoes with cheese, then eat ice cream later plus snacking on M&M’s all day…..I’m not doing myself any favors.

I think without working out I would be gaining more but I think eating better would help me lose more. ¬†I have lost some inches but I need to pay attention to my food…so that’s where my meal plan comes into play.

This might not be the healthiest meal plan but it’s better than me “winging it” all week. ¬†I’m naturally lazy so no plan means easiest option possible, which might be carry out or not eating. ¬†Those who have followed me for awhile probably know that I’m not a big fan of cooking or complicated meal plans, again….naturally lazy.

One thing I am learning to embrace is prep.

Cooking several days worth of some type of protein like ground turkey or chicken. Cutting up veggies and fruit ahead of time.
Breaking up big packs of pretzels or chips into small bags.

In a perfect world I would prep my lunches the night before and have everything ready to go but the reality is me throwing things into a lunch box 5 minutes before I run out the door.  The more options I have to grab, the more likely I am to end up with something healthy.

I ate out for lunch a few times last week so my goal right now is to not eat out for lunch for 2 weeks, then going forward only eat out for lunch maybe twice a month. ¬†Eating out for lunch is starting to feel a bit too normal so it’s time to reel it back in so it’s more of a treat.

I think that’s all I have for the meal plan. ¬†Snacks are plenty of clementines (I bought a bag at Costco), strawberries, cucumbers, string cheese, pretzels, Pirates Booty, and of course boiled eggs from Easter.

I’m going to try to post a workout plan tomorrow. ¬†It’s going to include lots of walking and at least a couple days of strength training.

Hope everyone enjoyed the Easter weekend! ¬†ūüôā

Breakfast:  Oatmeal w/strawberries, boiled egg
Lunch:  Tortilla w/ground turkey, cucumbers, and hummus. Grapes.
Dinner:  Ground turkey with rice and tikka masala veggies
Snacks:  Clementines, yogurt

Breakfast:  Bagel w/egg
Lunch:  Salad.  Boiled egg.
Dinner:  Out for trivia.  If not, Stir fry veggies with rice.
Snacks:  Clementines, cucumber slices w/baslamic vinegar, olive oil, and seasoning

Breakfast:  Oatmeal w/strawberries.  Boiled egg.
Lunch:  Steamed broccoli and cauliflower w/rice
Dinner:  Spaghetti w/ground turkey
Snacks:  Clementines, strawberries, yogurt

Breakfast:  Oatmeal w/fruit.  Boiled egg.
Lunch:  Pita with lunch meat and hummus.  Cucumbers with dip.
Dinner:  Leftovers.
Snacks:  String cheese, clementines, pretzels w/dip

Breakfast:  Bagel with bacon and egg
Lunch:  Pita with lunch meat and hummus.  Cucumbers with dip.
Dinner:  Pasta with chicken and broccoli
Snacks:  Pretzels w/dip, string cheese