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My First Time

No, not that first time, pervs.  My first time doing a giveaway!  Details about it to come at the bottom of this post, but it involves some great cookware from the Le Creuset line!  A perfect fit for this blog and my love of cooking ;).  How was everyones weekend?  Did you miss my post about my adventures in baking?  Check it out here.

Saturday night, the bf, sister, and I went out to our favorite BYOB Chinese restaurant, Duck Sauce, in Newtown.  I know I have talked about it on here before, but it is seriously amazing, and relatively cheap.  We started out with two appetizers, the Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Steamed Pork Dumplings.

lettuce wraps

dumpling

Then for our main course, the three of us split an order of the Orange Beef and Chicken Lo Mein.

my plate

bf and I

Everything was so good, and I think for the first time we didn’t have any leftovers to bring home.  Which meant we obviously needed to walk around for a little bit after dinner to digest our meals.

sisters

After dinner we decided to head to one of the bars near our house for a little bit before going home.  They have a $5 pitcher special that is sometimes just too good to pass up.  We had two before heading home where we proceeded to drink and hang out a little more.  Needless to say yesterday was a slow one.  I never even got dressed and just lounged on the couch all day.  It was delightful.  I also ate a lot of pizza, which was also delightful.  Now it is Monday again, and I’m exhausted.  The bf is still sound asleep in bed, and I am so jealous of him.

Giveaway

Ok so last week, Sean from the Promotions Team at CSN Stores contacted me and asked if I would be interested in perhaps doing a product review or giveaway, and I said that I would love to give something away to my lovely readers!  The prize up for grabs is a $40 gift card to use on the CSN Stores Cookware website.  Personally, I really could use some new pots and pans and think the Le Creuset Cookware sets look awesome, but unfortunately I cannot win my own giveaway :(.  The gift card would be good for use anywhere on the Cookware website.  Unfortunately the giveaway is only open to US and Canadian residents.  Two ways to enter!

  1. Leave a comment here telling me what you would buy with the $40
  2. Tweet about the giveaway and leave another comment telling me you tweeted.

I will use a random number generator to choose a winner on Wednesday morning, so you have until Tuesday night to enter.  I’ll pick the winner and then you’ll just need to send me your information so we can get the gift card on the way to you.  Good luck!

I’m burning up!

Is it sad that the first thought that crossed my mind this morning when my alarm went off was “Yes, only two more days after this!”?  Sigh.  Anyway, happy Tuesday pals.

I set off on a steamy 3 mile run yesterday after work, it was about 82 degrees and a lot more humid than I originally thought.  Mile 1 felt great, but by miles 2 and 3 the sweat was literally dripping off of me and I was having trouble getting a deep breath.  Meh, you can see I kind of self-destructed during mile 2.

I tried to pull it back together for mile 3, but I somehow judged my distance wrong and only ended up doing 2.86 all together.  Oh well, I’ll call it a success in that weather.  And just for fun, here are my stats from Friday’s run since I didn’t have them yesterday.

After my run, I came inside and did some abs and stretching.  Tonight I plan on doing a quick 1 or 2 miles because the humidity is supposed to be way down, and then tackling Yoga Meltdown again.  I can only imagine the triceps I’ll have if I keep doing those chaturanga push-ups.  Come on sexy arms!

Dinner was some leftover Chinese from Sunday night, buuuut I forgot my camera cord at home.  I had two steamed pork dumplings and some chicken lo-mein, and then a Skinny Cow Truffle bar for dessert.

Ok so recently I’ve been struggling with losing the weight I gained when I was injured and not running, and decided to try using a calorie tracker program.  I signed up over at Livestrong and The Daily Plate, and for a 2lb a week weight loss it gave me a daily calorie total of 1,183.  Now, I feel like that seems a little low but it does give you calories back when you enter your fitness for the day.  So after my run yesterday, 315 calories were added to whatever I had left for the day for my dinner making my alloted calories for the day 1,498.  Despite that, does this still seem too low?  I know general consensus on Twitter last night was yes, but now I’m asking the rest of ya’ll because I was definitely still hungry after dinner last night.

Bachelorette?  Kasey is a freakin weirdo, and that tattoo was an awful idea.  The end.

Let’s chat about injury’s

I thought I’d use todays post to talk about what’s going on with my leg.  For those of you who read on a daily basis you know I’ve been going to physical therapy since March 29, for help with my knee and hip.  For all you newer readers out there, here is why.

Back in January, I was really looking to amp up my mileage and pace in preparation for the 10 mile race I planned on running in May.  I went to Barnes and Noble, bought a book, and mapped out a plan.  This new plan included speed sessions, long runs, and interval training averaging out to 25-30 miles a week.  Before I started using this plan, I was running on average 15 miles a week over a 3 day period.  I don’t know what finally put me over the edge, but you can read about the weekend that did me in, here.

After the first real issues of pain, I took one day off from running, felt good on Monday and attempted to get my speed work out in.  You can read about how disastrously that went, here.  After that failed workout, I couldn’t walk normally for a week because bending and straightening my leg made me want to collapse in pain.  I made an appointment with an Orthopedist, and went to see him a week and a half later.  I mention the appointment here, but basically he told me what I was already suspecting.  That my IT Band was very tight and causing friction in my knee, which is what was causing the pain.  He recommended some stretches for me to do, suggested I take Aleve to reduce inflammation, and at least 10 more days off of running.  Silly me for thinking that would be the end of it.

Exactly 10 days later, I hopped on a treadmill hoping for good things.  Instead I barely made it out of the gym before bursting into tears.  That temper tantrum is documented here.  On March 25 I went back to the Orthopedist and four days later I started physical therapy.  My diagnosis is Illiotibial Band Syndrome of the right leg.  This is my favorite website about the injury, where I got all of the following pictures.

The ITB is actually a long tendon. (Tendons connect muscles to bone.) It attaches to a short muscle at the top of the pelvis called the tensor fascia lata. The ITB runs down the side of the thigh and connects to the outside edge of the tibia (shinbone) just below the middle of the knee joint. You can feel the tendon on the outside of your thigh when you tighten your leg muscles. The ITB crosses over the side of the knee joint, giving added stability to the knee.[source]


ITB Syndrome is basically it’s an overuse injury that occurs when the Bursa Sac in the knee becomes inflamed causing the ITB tendon to snap back and forth instead of gliding smoothly.

ITBS can be treated with physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, ultrasound treatments, and in some cases surgery.  If surgery is needed, the Bursa Sac is removed and the IT Band is cut so that friction is reduced when bending and straightening the leg.

Scary right?  That is what I am hoping to avoid.  So yeah, that’s my injury story so far, and I am in week 7 of physical therapy and still experiencing pain when I reach around 2 miles of running, and my hip cracks about once every 5 minutes.  Also, I am not a doctor this is just information I have found and wanted to share.  If you think you may have the same problem, please see a real doctor!

Ok, did I bore you all with my medical post?  I hope not! Las night I hit the pool for a swim and did my usual workout.

  • 200m warm-up
  • 5×80
  • 6×50
  • 4×50
  • 2×50
  • 200m cool-down

Still loving the pool, but not when I am the only person in it!  I really am a huge baby.  Dinner, per request of my sister, was delicious take-out Chinese food.

Plus two steamed pork dumplings, and half a veggie spring roll that went unpictured.  Then it was time for LOST.  I really loved last nights ep, the writers are doing a great job of providing answers as the series finale looms overhead.  I can’t wait to see what next week holds before the 2.5 hour long series finale on May 23!

Ok everyone have a happy Wednesday, for some reason I kept thinking today was Friday, which is not cool!