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While the BF is napping

Hello!  The boyfriend is currently napping, so I’m taking this opportunity to take a hit of my addiction.  We have been on the go since early this morning and the old man just can’t hang with me :).  I wanted to take full advantage of the warm weather yesterday, since I knew it was supposed to cool off for Saturday and Sunday, so I’ll give you three guesses where Alex and I went for drinks and dinner.  Yup, that’s right Cheeseburger in Paradise.  I just love, love, love it there when it’s nice out.  We sat outside and finished our meal right before the skies opened up, perfect timing!

Always in the market for a bargain, the bf ordered a bucket of beers and I ordered my customary Blackberry Sangria.

We (OK I) ordered six of the Dragon Fire buffalo wings as an appetizer,  and omg they were so good.  They were just the right amount of spicy mixed with sweet, I loved them!

Um, I may have eaten five to the bf’s one, hehe.  Main course was my usual Jerk Chicken Wrap with grilled chicken instead of fried.

I ate half of both the french fries and the wrap.  The other halves are waiting for me to devour them at some other point this weekend :).   Seeing as Cheeseburger is in the name of the restaurant, the bf went ahead and ordered the Beach Burger, which is just a cheeseburger with pickles, tomato, lettuce, and American cheese.

I was jealous of his burger, but my wrap was equally as good.  After dinner we came home and drank a ton, and I mean a ton of Lionshead Light Lager (wooooo for PA brewed beer!) and watched SNL episodes on demand.  It was a perfect Friday evening.

We spent all of today in the city, first at the zoo, and then playing tourists in the rest of Philadelphia.  You’ll hear more about all that tomorrow ;).  I think we are going to head out for some Mexican in a little bit, fingers crossed, so I’ll talk to ya’ll tomorrow!

I hope everyone is having a fantastic Saturday so far!

Banished to the Pool

For everyone who told me that doing the elliptical was probably bad for my IT Band also, you were right.  I’m officially banished to the pool and only the pool for at least the next three weeks.  Good thing I already have a bathing suit and goggles, right?  Oh and that sexy swim cap.

For the most part PT was really good, I spent the first 10 minutes laying with a heating pad on my hip and on my leg.  It was delightful, I wanted to take a nap.  Next was a 10 minute massage with the ultrasound machine, this was lovely also, and I wasn’t sure what exactly the purpose was so I googled it.  This is what I found.

“Ultrasound treatments are administered using an electronic device. This handheld device (hooked up to a large machine) emits sound waves at a frequency level far in excess of what human hearing can detect. A gel is spread on the surface of the skin covering the area to be treated. This serves a dual role. It allows the device to move smoothly over the skin without causing any discomfort. But more importantly, it prevents air from coming between the apparatus and the skin. A tight connection maximizes the transmission of the sound waves.

The sound waves travel at different speeds, and with different effects, depending on the tissue they encounter. But the healing outcome is owed to two effects: heat generation in damaged tissue, and acoustic streaming, the latter being the more important.

Heat generation can promote healing, and ultrasound is sometimes used for this effect, but acoustic streaming causes heightened excitability in cell membranes which, in turn, maximizes two processes: the body’s healthy inflammatory response and the body’s development of needed scar tissue.

The inflammatory response is the body’s way of healing (although this process can get out of hand). Ultrasound can improve the body’s efficiency in this process. Likewise, scar tissue development can be an important part of healing an injury, and ultrasound can maximize the efficiency of this process as well, by increasing protein fibroplasia and collagen synthesis.”

After that process, the doc massaged my leg using the gel from the ultrasound for about another 5 minutes.  At this point I felt like I was at a spa, and not a physical therapy appointment, but then we started working.  We did all kinds of different stretches, and during one the doctor actually laughed and sarcastically said “Well, you’re leg isn’t tight at all”.  I was laying on my side while he had my leg pulled behind me trying to straighten it, and it just wouldn’t go anywhere.

After the stretching came strengthening exercises.  First was a bunch of leg lifts with a weight around my ankle, during which we discovered my hip pops while laying on my back and lifting my leg.  Now I’m not allowed to lower below 60 degrees.  We did 3 sets of 10, laying on my back, my left side, and my right side.  Then onto the cable pulley machine, with the weight around my left ankle this time I did front steps with the left leg, side steps, back steps, and crossover steps.  Again 3 sets of 10.  The final exercise was step ups on a plyometric box.  Right foot planted on the box, stepping up and back with a light toe touch on the ground with the left.  3 sets of 15.  This was verrrry tiring for my right leg.  Ten minutes of icing ended my hour and a half long session.

I think on my own time I’m going to have to replicate these exercises with my left leg, just so the right one doesn’t end up a million times stronger than it.  Hopefully doing these exercises for the next 4 weeks kicks my leg back into shape.  Fingers crossed.

Ok, wow I apologize for the absurdly long post, I’ll make the rest quick I promise, and I totes understand if you stopped reading already.  After my appointment, I met my sister over at Cheeseburger in Paradise (my go to place on nice days) for dinner and drinks.

My sister enjoying her Blackberry Sangria, isn’t she pretty?

Me and my giant Paradise Beach Ale, please excuse the no make-up face.  We split the Chicken Nachos as an appetizer.

These were so good, easily some of the best Nachos I’ve ever had.  Then for my main course, I decided to be adventurous and ordered the Caribbean Chicken Sandwich.  It was a jerk rubbed chicken breast served on a wheat bun with Pepper Jack cheese, red and yellow roasted peppers with red pepper aioli sauce.

It was very good, and I like how CIP uses whole wheat buns that don’t seem to be smothered in butter.  They also have a Gluten free section of the menu for those who need it!  While I was eating I ordered another beer, a Landshark Lager this time, but only drank about half of it.  It was a fun night out with my sis.  When we got home I had to shower and pack for the weekend, and you all know how I feel about packing, so it consisted of a lot of flopping on my bed and complaining.  I think I managed to successfully pack enough things for every possible situation though, so we’ll see.

Ok, I swear I’m done now.  I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday, and if you’re off today I hate you.  Well ok, I don’t hate you but I am one very jealous girl.  Hooray for the weekend!

Cheeeeseburger in Paradise

I hope everyone’s Sunday is looking as sunny and fabulous as mine!  I’m currently sitting on the couch sipping on my iced coffee and icing down my right hip and leg.  I went to the gym again this morning, and had a decent workout.

  • 5 min walking at 0.5 incline 4.4 mph
  • 5 min running at 0.5 incline 6.8 mph (only five minutes because that’s when my knee started to hurt)
  • 5 min walking at 6.5 incline 4.4 mph
  • 33 min on the elliptical

In order to not get insanely bored on the elliptical, lately I have been sprinting for the chorus of songs, and slowing down for the verses.  It gets the heart rate up better and keeps me more entertained.  After the cardio I did the upper body workout that I did the other day.  Toned arms and shoulders here I come!

The rest of my day yesterday was spent like this:

in my backyard.  It was delightful.  I found a lovely book in my moms room that I hadn’t read yet, and layed out from 1230-330 reading.  I am now sporting some pretty sexy tan lines :).

Whenever anyone is outside, poor little Pumpkin cries and cries from inside to come out also, so yesterday I felt bad and let her out with me.  She loves rolling on the warm concrete.

Then the little brat face crawled under the fence and I had to go chace after her, so she got banished back indoors where she layed in an open window and meowed at me.  Probably the most exciting part of our day was when a little mouse scampered across the patio, Pumpkin realllly wished she was still outside for that one, I thought she was going to jump through the window screen, haha.  I’m not a little concerned, because this mouse disappeared behind our brick chimney and never reappeared.  It may be living in our basement.  Gross.

For some reason whenever it is nice out I crave Cheeseburger in Paradise, and I cannot say that without then singing the song in my head.  Yesterday was no exception, luckily I was able to convince my mom and her bf to go there with me for dinner before they headed down to the beach.  I started out with a delicious Blackberry Sangria.

And my mom and I shared the Crab and Spinach dip as an appetizer.

Soooo yummy, I ate a lot more of this than what is pictured, haha.  For my meal I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to try and be somewhat healthy and order the Jerk Chicken wrap with grilled chicken, or indulge and order a delicious cheeseburger.  My mom is always willing to share and suggested I order the wrap and she order the burger and we split, which sounded perfect to me!

Soooo good.  Not going to lie, I cleaned my plate.  My mom ended up not eating her half of the wrap, so guess what Kelly’s having for lunch?! Woot, woot!  With my meal, I enjoyed this 22 oz Paradise Beach Ale.

Mmmm beer.  I love the beers that Cheeseburger has on tap, I can never decide between the Paradise Beach and the Landshark Lager, last night I wanted a darker beer so tha’s what I went with.  Needless to say I was stuffed after dinner, but it was so good and I hardly ever go there so it was worth it.  After dinner I came home and vegged on the couch, did you all see that Kansas vs. Northern Iowa game?!  Insane!  I can’t believe the overall number one seed was eliminated.  After that game was over, I decided to indulge in my Twilight guilty pleasure and ordered New Moon On Demand.  My attraction to Taylor Lautner is seriously inappropriate.  Also, thanks to some urging by Kelly and Pen via the Twitter world, I indulged in my other guilty please Vodka and Club Soda.  Haha thanks girls!

Alright well I’m off to change into my bikini and spend the rest of today like I spent yesterday!  Happy Sunday everyone.  Also, congrats to everyone who ran races today!  Pen, Amy, Leslie, Heather I bet you all rocked it!