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Monday, September 05, 2011

I got up and did The Butt Bible Lower Body Level 1. It's a very good body weight lower body workout. Boy my butt was burning!! :-)
After my shower, I started making food. First, I baked some Espresso Hazelnut Chocolate Chip muffins (low carb) for my husband's breakfasts this week:

Then I baked some Oatmeal Sundrop (natural M&M's) cookies:

I boiled up some potatoes and my husband cooked some bacon for German Potato Salad:

We grilled extra lean turkey burgers and some zucchini:

I only ended up eating about half of my plate so I'll be having the other half for dinner.
We played Rockband with my brother for about 2.5 hours. I'm the drummer and I decided to see what kind of calorie burn I would get....252. Not spectacular but I was sweating :-)
I hope the week to come is a good one. At least it will be short.

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KATRINAKRAUT 9/8/2011 4:38PM

    where did you get the recipe for those low carb Espresso Hazlenut Chocolate Chip Muffins? Yum!

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LARIESHA 9/7/2011 11:48AM

    Oh Nat it is only breakfast time and I am thinking about that plate. It all looks so good. I am having turkey burgers tonight after workout so I may add some potatoes for some carbs.

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WONDERWOMAN 9/6/2011 9:53PM

    I was drooling over the grilled zucchini. After a weekend of not so healthy food, I need to get more fruit and veggies back in my diet. Thanks for the incentive.

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YAMINOKODOMO 9/6/2011 9:05PM

    Holy cow that all looks fantastic!!! Those muffins sound amazing! lol I love you blog title. I can always count on you to make me drool while reading a blog emoticon

My boyfriend and I were thinking about playing some rockband after dinner tonight! I dont have an HRM or else I would see how many calories I burn while playing the drums because BOY do you sweat!!

Glad you had a nice weekend!

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WENDYSPARKS 9/6/2011 11:59AM

    All of that food looks really good! Time for me to eat lunch and I hungry!! Hope your foot is better.

Wendy emoticon

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SOKKERNUT 9/6/2011 11:41AM

    OMG why is it I always read your blogs when I am hungry! LOL... food looks delicous I bet it tasted yummy to boot!

I am back from Vegas, swamped at work, who could have guessed! LOL.....

How is your foot? Are you giving it a rest?

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KASSAY25 9/6/2011 11:10AM

    Your food all looks delicious!
I especially like the idea of the grilled sliced zucchini, i will definitely be trying that.
Thanks for sharing!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 9/6/2011 10:56AM

    Yum yum yum! Your dinner looks delectable! Glad you had a nice holiday weekend!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 9/6/2011 10:37AM

    YAY for the short week! Your food pics look amazing! YUM!

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MRKTGCHICK 9/6/2011 8:55AM

    It all looks so good! Yummy!

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NALAYB 9/6/2011 7:30AM

    Hmmmmm... cookies look really great!!!

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SEABREEZE64 9/6/2011 7:23AM

    Mmmmmm, I could use some of those muffins and zucchini!

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STRINGS58 9/6/2011 6:50AM

    252 is great! Especially since it's an add-on calorie burn, living life and burnin' it up! The zucchini ==looks amazing! and I'm slow to get excited about zucchini. I don't mind it, it's a very versatile vegetable, but I don't get excited too often. Enjoy the kitchen adventures!

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JLITT62 9/6/2011 5:17AM

    That all looks incredibly delicious. Glad to hear you're feeling better! Could you run outside after work? I know I probably wouldn't want to - I really don't know how people do it sometimes! Just putting my thinking cap on.

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INIT2LIVEIT 9/6/2011 3:03AM

    OMG that all looks so yummy! I would love to try the Oatmeal Sundrop cookies what are natural m&m's? I seriously think you need to post your recipes when you blog. :) ok, so how did you do the zucchini and the potato (aside from the bacon) and how do you make the extra lean turkey burgers? See...? recipe instructions lol!

Good going on your drumming. Music is so much fun, even more so when participating!

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VYVIENN 9/6/2011 2:22AM

    Heehee, next up: a real drumkit! Then, we'll send you on the road for a couple of weeks. I'll bet even your BodyBugg will amaze you with the numbers of calories burned. emoticon

Those muffins sure look tempting...

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 9/6/2011 12:38AM

    Yum-O, it looks so good and good for you. I saw the Butt Bible on our On Demand and I'm going to check it out this week. How's the foot doing?

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KAMAPERRY 9/6/2011 12:20AM

    I want to try that zucchini!! Your food makes me hungry, lol! How fun to play the drums!

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ROBYN168 9/5/2011 11:13PM

    Your blogs always leave me looking for food - everything looks so good!!!!!

Rock Band is so fun!!!!

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LEN_VERSION32 9/5/2011 11:03PM

    Looks so yummy and healthy!

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APIRLRAIN888 9/5/2011 10:40PM

    Wooho delicious the zucchini looks sooooo yummy! And ex roses hazelnut sound heavenly

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/5/2011 10:34PM

    Wow, everything looks so very deelish! Your potato salad looks better than ours. Ours was good but I think we need to simplify.
I love Sundrops! If I made cookies with them, oh man, that would be a bad idea.
Rockband sounds like a great alternative to amputating your foot. I never would have guessed it would burn that many calories, actually. Great job working up a sweat!
Yay for a short work week! I hope this week brings lots of foot healing.

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BAILEYS7OF9 9/5/2011 9:25PM

    oooh I have been wanting to do grilled zukes too! and I made a big dinner Saturday night AND I took a pic of it just for you! Will download it and put it in a blog tomorrow!

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    MMMMMMMM it all looks so good...I wanted to lick my screen LOL!

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HALFFAST 9/5/2011 9:14PM

    Oh yum, now I'm craving grilled zucchini! I made cookies today too! I posted the recipe here and on Facebook. You have to try them - seriously amazing! Oh, and do you have P90x? I'm going to bed so I'll talk to ya tomorrow :)

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A Nice Holiday Weekend

Sunday, September 04, 2011

I guess it's been a while since I've blogged. Yes, I'm still here. I've been wearing the clogs a lot. By Thursday evening the tops of both feet were a little sore because I really haven't broken these shoes in yet. I wore my Doc Martens on Friday. Friday night I tried out the put water in ziploc bags and put them in your shoes and then freeze them to help stretch them. I think it helped. Saturday morning I took out the shoes and removed the ice bags and the clogs did feel a little roomier.
Saturday was also a day of groceries and laundry.
Today we did some cleaning because my brother is coming over tomorrow for a BBQ (indoors on the Griddler). I got in a nice 11.6 mile ride on the exercise bike this morning (foot was a tiny bit sore...not sore exactly....kind of stabby/tingly/nerve weirdness on and off but not for long). I wore some running shoes to see how my foot would feel. Pretty good...a tiny bit sore after walking around a lot in downtown Mountain View. We met my brother for some Mexican food...sorry, I forgot to get a picture of the tasty chile colorodo. My brother needed a new battery for his watch so we went to Sears. We all proceeded to buy some jeans. I got a pair of men's shrink to fit Levi's 501s. I'm hoping I remember the formula correctly...women buy the waist 5" smaller than their hips (I got as close as I could...the smallest they had was 30"). Oddly, I can't seem to find anything on the internet about it.
I promise to get some pics of tomorrow's BBQ goodies.
Have a great evening and enjoy your day off tomorrow.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 9/5/2011 1:58PM

    i will have to try out that shoe trick. i have a pair that i love, but they just dont feel good enough to get broke in. glad you are having a great weekend!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/5/2011 11:04AM

    I didn't know the shoe trick, how cool! I don't know that formula either. I like men's jeans because I can't figure out why they think women want their jeans to almost go up to their breast bone. Anyway, I hope those worked out for you.
Have a great BBQ, can't wait to see piks!

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STRINGS58 9/5/2011 8:40AM

    I might have to try that shoe thing. I have a pair of aerosole sandles that are getting close, but not quite broken in;

You are finding ways to keep up the workouts, yay! Glad you are still having adventures with food and family. emoticon

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JLITT62 9/5/2011 5:29AM

    Sorry the foot isn't 100% - heal up soon! Never heard of those jeans either. Too rainy to BBQ here - we don't have anything to do it on indoors . . . someday I'm going to get an indoor griddle.

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    Those weird feelings could be something. You should talk to your doctor about that. We're BBQ-ing as well. Enjoy.

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INIT2LIVEIT 9/5/2011 2:22AM

    hmmm tingly weird feelings? that might be something to discuss with your chiro. sounds like might be nerve issues?

Have a great day today, enjoy spending time with your bro! :)

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KAMAPERRY 9/5/2011 1:51AM

    Congrats on the ride, and glad for any improvement on the foot!!! Enjoy your day, wish me luck, time to run tomorrow!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/4/2011 10:40PM

    Have a great day with your brother!

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LARIESHA 9/4/2011 10:26PM

    Wow! That's a lot of bike riding. Good job! Did not know about the ziploc bags for your shoes, I will have to remember that. Good Tip. I hope the soreness goes away and you can enjoy your BBQ tomorrow. I might BBQ some chicken inside tomorrow, but not sure yet. Have a great time tomorrow.

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APIRLRAIN888 9/4/2011 9:04PM

    lol you and your many shoe adventures. you need to write a book ;p get it's feeling better

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    I've never heard of the freezing your shoes thing...learn something new every day. Glad the foot is feeling a little better! Looking forward to seeing the BBQ goodies tomorrow. Have a great one!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 9/4/2011 8:41PM

    An 11.6 mile ride is awesome. Hopefully the foot is better soon. I have never heard of those type of jeans....interesting though. BBQ sounds fun! Have a great holiday!

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Midweek Update

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hi all!
My husband and I went out on Sunday afternoon and picked up a cheapie exercise bike over at Sears. It didn't take very long to build and I even managed 7 miles in about 30 minutes. It definitely felt good to sweat, but it's no replacement for a run.
Monday my back was complaining for some reason so I decided not to do the Butt Bible. Still kind of cranky on Tuesday, so I rode the bike again...10.6 miles :-)
I talked to the podiatrist on Tuesday afternoon after a lot of email tag. I have been wearing my running shoes (Nike Air Pegasus) loosely tied since my foot started to bother me last Wednesday. The doctor told me I should be wearing a stiffer shoe and suggested I wear clogs. As it happens, I do own a pair of black ones. I've been wearing them today and I must say, my foot feels a lot better in them. They restrict the movement on push off so they should help the top of the foot tendonitis to heal. I wish I had known that last week and I would have started wearing them then.
I woke up with a migraine but ended up having to go in to work because I had to meet with one of our study subjects. Luckily it was an early morning meeting (7am) and I came home after that. I rested in bed for a bit and had another cup of feels like it's gone now emoticon
Monday night for dinner, I made tinga de pollo. Yummy spicy chipotle turned out really well.

If my back is happy tomorrow, I shall do some Butt Bible. If not, some biking.
I have decided that I will not run in the San Jose Rock and Roll Half Marathon on 10/2. Even if my foot healed today, I wouldn't have time to build up my endurance for that race. Next year.
Sorry this blog is a little scattered....maybe some residual migraine effect.
Happy Wednesday!!

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SPEEDYDOG 9/4/2011 7:28AM

    Hopefully you will be at it again soon. The exercise bike may actually help you run better once you can get moving again. At least your cardio fitness won't go into the tank!

Good Luck, Bruce

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WENDYSPARKS 9/3/2011 11:06AM

    The food looks really good! The exercise bike sounds like fun and a good workout too!!

Wendy emoticon

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 9/2/2011 11:46PM

    Hi Nat, the half will always be there next year! I hope the clogs will help you foot, too. Your dinner looks YUMMY! emoticon

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JOLIE_ 9/2/2011 3:18PM

    That meal looks sooo yummy!!!

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YAMINOKODOMO 9/2/2011 2:46PM

    Hope your back is feeling better!

Glad your doctor told you about wearing clogs, even though you had to deal with the pain for about a week before hearing that clogs are better, but now you can walk around more comfortably! Yay!

Your dinner looks yummy as always!

Just take it easy, one step at a time and your foot will feel better before you know it!!

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ROBYN168 9/1/2011 9:23AM

    Clogs do help foot issues for sure...they help when my archs start to hurt!

I'm sorry about your 1/2... you will rock and roll it next year for sure, but pushing to get your endurance back will only make other things worse, so you are smart!

Enjoy the bike....great cross training!!!!!

Maybe your have a triathlon in your future.......

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 9/1/2011 12:42AM

    Dinner looks really good there.

I think it's a good decision to not do the marathon and rest your foot and your back. Take it easy this weekend too if you're able to.

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CHERWHOAH 8/31/2011 11:48PM

    glad to hear that clogs helps! :) sorry to hear you're not going to do the HM though. You were so excited about it :(

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KAMAPERRY 8/31/2011 11:42PM

    You make the most awesome food! Sure hope you are feeling all better soon!

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WONDERWOMAN 8/31/2011 11:38PM

    Can't say I know too many people who happen to have a pair of clogs in their closet. emoticon Glad they seem to help.

Sorry for all the continued disagreement your body is giving you. I guess it just quit paying attention to my "talks"...the story of my life. Hope things get back on track for you soon.

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APIRLRAIN888 8/31/2011 9:36PM

    I am sorry your legs are always an issue! but that maybe a good decision to hold off the race. that is a lot going on, foot, tendonitis and back!!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 8/31/2011 6:23PM

    bummer about the migraine and the half! glad that you found some shoes that are helping with the foot pain though. maybe you will take up biking now?

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 8/31/2011 5:24PM

    I haven't done the Butt Bible since before vacation, definitely have to get back at it! I'm sorry you won't be able to run the half marathon. I hope your foot feels better soon, hopefully wearing clogs will help! Enjoy your biking in the meantime!

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BAILEYS7OF9 8/31/2011 5:20PM

    Sorry about the migraine. hmmm I always heard you should not wear running shoes as day to day shoes as they do not offer enough stability.

are you really sure about the RNR? What is couse limit? You might still be able to make it?

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/31/2011 5:13PM

    I never thought of clogs for your foot, yay for something finally helping! My dr told me to wear them often because they keep my toes from bending. They do get a lot of relief from that.
Your dinner looks like you got it at a restaurant! Nice presentation:)
Sorry to hear you have to miss the race. Will you still have time for the one in Las Vegas?
Yay coffee!

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JLITT62 8/31/2011 4:55PM

    Too bad you didn't know about the clogs earlier, but glad to hear they seem to be working!

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LARIESHA 8/31/2011 4:43PM

    Hope the foot feels better soon. 10 miles biking WOW! That is awesome. Dinner looked yummy. Have a great rest of your Wednesday!

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INIT2LIVEIT 8/31/2011 4:14PM

    Missed you the past couple of days. Glad you are getting some relief for your foot. I am sorry that the hm won't work out. Hope you aren't too disappointed. You have been working so hard at it and enjoying the running so much.
The most important thing is to be healthy and well. Good for you for listening to your body and knowing what the best thing for you is.
Enjoy the rest of your day and I hope you feel all better real soon.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/31/2011 4:03PM

    I assume the clogs are for walking and not running!
Has he ever suggested the root cause of the tendinitis?

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SPARKVAMPY2012 8/31/2011 3:44PM

    Hope that your foot gets back to normal soon. Dinner looks great!

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BERRIMOUSE 8/31/2011 3:23PM

    Hope that you feel better soon but you seem to be doing well on your bike, if it works use it to the fullest. Your dinner looks yummy. emoticon

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Not the blog I had hoped to post today.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

I had hoped to say that I did my 11 mile long run, but the foot isn't having any of that. Now it's sore just above the outer ankle and on the top of that side. It was like that yesterday, too. It did do that the last time it was hurt so I guess it's just one of it's phases. The hope of doing the San Jose RnR on 10/2 is pretty much gone at this point unless I can get a good run in next weekend. Too sore to walk (or I don't think I should) or do the elliptical. Feeling depressed. My husband is out running now. I wish I wasn't so envious. Makes me feel like a crappy wife.
Let's talk about something happier, shall we.
About 2 weeks ago, I got a BodyBugg. I was curious how it would compare calorie burn-wise to the FitBit I already had. Here are some stats:

FitBit Average Calories Burned per day : 1617
BodyBugg Average Calories Burned per day: 1771
difference between them: 153
FitBit average steps taken per day: 11216
BodyBugg average steps taken per day: 10335
difference in steps: 881
Pretty similar. These are two not normal weeks for me. I only got in one run and not too much strength training because of my various injuries. The BodyBugg can take up to 10 minutes to decide to turn on once you have it on. That could account for the difference in steps.
How about some food pictures:
Friday night we went out for pizza. There is a place we wanted to try that makes desi pizzas which are pizzas with Indian food toppings. We got a palak chicken pizza...very tasty:

Last night we wanted some veggies so we went out for Chinese. Mu shu pork, BBQ pork with Chinese broccoli and chicken fried rice (probably should not have eaten all that since I'm getting zero exercise). It's a little out of focus, sorry.

I'm hoping the next week brings healing to my foot so I can get back to some running (or at least walking) and I plan to do the Butt Bible 4 days/week according to it's schedule (as long as it doesn't bother my back).
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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SOKKERNUT 8/31/2011 11:37AM

    Love the pictures of the food especially the pizza one! LOL...

Sorry to hear about your foot still hurting and you aren't able to run. I totally hear ya about looking at others running and being envious of them. I remember when I could play soccer games (which is alot more of sprints) and I could just run run run and then when I got DVT/PE and had to be on blood thinners they said I could not run b/c leg would get swelled up too bad, which it did (trust me, I tried and I was in tears) and then I would see someone running while passing them when driving and I would just start balling in the car, it was depressing, but little by little I just started to jog which feels terrific now it just too patience. I am sure will be out running in no time.

My prayers are with you Nat.

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BAILEYS7OF9 8/31/2011 11:08AM

    bummer.. just saw this because halffast posted. I think I didn't click on one of the emails so they don't notify me anymore..will go change that!

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HALFFAST 8/31/2011 10:50AM

    Sorry about your foot not cooperating :( I've been thinking about getting a Fitbit. Do you think it's worth it? Have you used it for the sleep testing? Oh, and I have something I want to send you - I'll text you later today!

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CIVIAV 8/30/2011 3:25PM

    Came to visit and sending healing wishes for running!

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 8/30/2011 11:51AM

    Sorry to hear about your foot :( Is it feeling any better? Interesting info on the BodyBugg vs FitBit...I was always curious about the FitBit. Which do you like better?

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/30/2011 7:54AM

    Sorry to hear your foot is still acting up, sending healing {{{{{{{vibes}}}}}}}} your way.

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    Bummer! Sending healing thoughts your way! Nothing bites like having something interfere with training.

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JOAN_HEO 8/29/2011 11:41AM

    OUCH and OWWW! I'm so sorry you're hurting again. It's about time you had all your body parts healthy and pain free!!!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 8/29/2011 9:38AM

    Sorry about your foot, hope it feels better soon. Ooooh that pizza looks so good. HA ha looks like we were thinking alike yesterday, I also had chinese. Hope you can get back into the workouts this week. BUT rest the foot until it feels better though.

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BREW99 8/29/2011 8:45AM

    Haha Love the name Butt Bible! So funny! emoticon Sorry to hear about your foot. emoticon I get that very often when I kick up the miles. I read on Runner's World Website once that it is due to your muscles waking up and getting too much of a workout. I feel for you though, it hurts! I soaked my ankle in epsom salt water every night and kept off it for a few days. Otherwise it would just kick it up again. Grrr... The epsom salt really worked great though! emoticon BTW, that pizza looks amazing! (if it had daiya vegan cheese) Were you able to pick out the toppings to make yourself at home? emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/29/2011 7:26AM

    Boo! Sorry to hear about your foot. Here's hoping just a little bit more time, and some Butt Bible, is all it needs.
The pizza made me drool all over myself.
I hope you have a good Monday.

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MISSMITSY 8/29/2011 7:24AM

    Oh that pizza looks yummy!

I'm sorry about your foot, it will heal just give it time, and being jealous doesn't make you a crappy wife it makes you a frustrated athlete... I'm sure your DH understands.

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STRINGS58 8/29/2011 6:27AM

    Sorry about the foot. I hope you can find some alternatives so you don't have to feel jealous and sidelined. I don't like the gym-rat attitude of the butt bible gal, though the exercise routines seem good. Enjoy your gustatory adventures!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 8/29/2011 1:32AM

    Hey Nat! i know exactly how you feel with that crappy wife line. that is how i felt when i had to quit running. because i KNEW that my husband would not go out and get the exercise in with out me. sometimes i wish i didnt know so much!

sorry the foot is being such a booger. sometimes you just have to hang back and lay low on the exercise. it's okay to give your body a break!!

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SPEEDYDOG 8/28/2011 11:54PM

    I am so sorry you are hurt. I know how badly that sucks. As you know, I am wounded too. I can really feel your frustration.

Hang in there, kiddo. You will get better.


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KAMAPERRY 8/28/2011 11:15PM

    Food looks awesome as always. I am soooooooooooooooooooo sorry about your foot!! I know you are frustrated!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 8/28/2011 10:11PM

    awe! Sooooo sorry! I didn't know you were running that kind of distance! pls take is slow ;) slow and steady, I need to learn it too

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JLITT62 8/28/2011 8:01PM

    So sorry to hear that the foot is still not cooperating. It's ok to be envious; it doesn't mean your a bad wife; it just means your human!

That pizza sounds awesome . . . never heard of pizza with Indian toppings!

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LYNNA7499 8/28/2011 7:05PM

  Sorry to hear that your foot is still bothering you. You have every right to be envious of your husband. It really stinks that you have an injury preventing you from something you really want to do.

I hope your foot is able to heal soon!

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WONDERWOMAN 8/28/2011 4:59PM

I've been waiting to hear about your run this weekend. I sure do wish it would have been better news. I (and you) know it will heal and pass, but you can't help but feel down about it. And who wouldn't be jealous of anyone else being able to be out there running? That's not a bad wife. Now if you beat him down when he gets back, well......

Just do what you are able and concentrate on healing for when you can race. The time will come.

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ELYMWX 8/28/2011 3:50PM

    I hope that rest will do it some good. I know how you're feeling with your hubby out for his run; all I can say is that given time your foot will get better or you'll find something else to do.

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WONDERJUL 8/28/2011 3:20PM

    Sorry about your foot. I have had a similar experience and it is soooo aggravating not to be able to run!
The Body Bug sounds like a good weight loss tool. I am going to check it out.
Have a good week.

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VYVIENN 8/28/2011 3:18PM

    Your food looks so yummy, as always. emoticon

Can't believe you actually spent the big bucks on a calorie counter, lol! emoticon I could get a sandbag AND an Ugi for that!

With an injury like that, you can be damned sure of one thing: you ARE officially a runner now! Congrats, here's your first punch. Now, be mad, get depressed, get lots of rest and remember: there's ALWAYS a comeback from these enforced breaks, as long as you let yourself heal. And luckily, there's always another great race just around the calendar leaf. emoticon

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DUTCH_PEARL 8/28/2011 3:15PM

    I know how pain stops a person accomplish there goals . keep your chin up and keep thinking possitive ideas. things will work out for you. take care of your self and remember your body will tell you what you need. hugs. Leanna

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 8/28/2011 3:11PM

    Aw Nat sorry about the foot! Aughhhh!

Oh that pizza looks so good.

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CAROLIAN 8/28/2011 2:57PM

    emoticon Hope you foot soon sorts itself out

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 8/28/2011 2:48PM

    I love your blogs! Great food photos. Pizza with indian themed toppings sounds wonderful! We made homemade pizza last night on our grill. If you want my crust recipe - let me know.

I hope your foot is better soon. It's such a bummer when our running plans get hampered.

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MARCHEM 8/28/2011 2:28PM

    Sorry about your foot! Hope it heals soon!

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LARIESHA 8/28/2011 1:52PM

    Sorry your foot is still not better. I do hope it gets better soon. That's a lot of calories you burn doing the day. I only wear my heart rate monitor during exercise, maybe I will try wearing mine for a day to see what it says, now I am curious. That pizza looks so yummy. Have great rest of your Sunday!

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REDSHOES2011 8/28/2011 1:46PM

    Sorry to hear about your foot- perhaps total rest to avoid that stress fracture turning up?? I read your earlier blogs.. I have stress fractures in my upper back, the pain never went away, so I got retired from long distance running..
I had to take years off running- perhaps use a ergometer and give your foot the rest it needs..
Keep off it and let it heal- start up turtle slow when healed- or just be unlucky and get retired permenantly.. Life is choices my friend, your standing at the cross roads.. Make the right choice especially if it hurts to stand on...

being retired sucked.. But now any day I am upright is a great day- I race walk without the high impact.. I had to compromise and found a middle way solution..

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/28/2011 1:43PM

    I'm so sorry to hear of your continuing foot problems. Have you every had a gait analysis? It doesn't have to be a fancy program -- just someone filming your feet from behind can provide very useful info as to what your ankles are doing when you run. I had a lot of problems with my left foot earlier this year (after running several marathons in a row) that sound similar to some of what you are describing. My trainer took video with his iphone and from that it was easy to see that my ankle was allowing my left foot to wobble from side to side when I landed on that foot. That helped us figure out a strengthening plan for that leg which (so far at least), seems to have solved the problem. I did have to stop running for several weeks to get rid of the pain so that I could train again.

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INIT2LIVEIT 8/28/2011 1:40PM

    I am sorry that things are not going the way you had hoped. At least for the moment - may they pick up!
You are definitely smarter about it than I was. Stopping now is way better for the long term where your body is concerned.

The bodybug was always something I had wanted to try since I saw it on the BL. They both sound fairly accurate. Boy you burn a lot of cals!!! emoticon

Here's hoping you have a lovely week! From your friend, 6000 miles away, who is dying her hair as she types... LOL... ooh and listening to SHeDaisy!

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Busy Days and Another Shoe Fail

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sunday evening we went for Thai food. There was a Bollywood dance class going on down the street so there were lots of people around and all of the restaurants were crowded. We had to wait about an hour to get a table so we walked around for a while. No dancing, though.
Monday was a busy day at work. We had training on the new mass spec machine. Standing for over 5 hours on the concrete floor of the lab really did my back in. It definitely was not happy. I added insult to injury by going home and doing Butt Bible Lower Body 1. Even though it was all body weight exercises it still made my back unhappy. Iím thinking it was the glute bridges.
Tuesday my back was still a little sore so I decided to defer my run to Wednesday. It definitely felt happier about getting up and walking around at work. No training so I was looking at data and sitting at my desk but I made sure to get up frequently. When I arrived home, I saw that FedEx had delivered a package for me from Roadrunner Sports. I had ordered yet another pair of shoes (call me crazy). The Brooks Dyad 6. These are supposedly the shoe for low arched neutral runners like me. I walked around in them last night and couldn't decide if they were comfortable or not. I took them on a little test run on the treadmill. It felt like the arch was weird and crushing my foot against the top of the shoe. When I took the insole out, I noticed that the arch was pretty far forward and came in pretty far. Also the insole was very thick...nice and cushy but I think more than I need. It really felt like there was not enough height. They were plenty wide. Just weird. Maybe I should have iced my foot afterward.
Dinner last night was Chicken Tagine. Just a couple of chicken breasts cut up and sauteed. Then I added a can of rinsed garbanzo beans and a jar of tagine sauce (my husband picked up at Cost Plus/World Market on Monday). We had it over whole wheat couscous (organic even). Very tasty.

My back felt great this morning. I tried the shoes again this morning and but I think they had already aggravated the tendon on the top of my foot. I even went as far as pulling out the insole and putting in one from my Nikes. That didnít help. I put my regular shoes (Nike Air Pegasus) on by it was too late. Run cut short so I wouldn't do any damage. Ice bath for 15 minutes. Obviously not "my shoe".
Iím hoping my foot is happy by Friday so I can try another run in my regular shoes. Iím thinking Iíd like to go outside for that run. The treadmill hasnít been my friend. I donít know if Iím just running weird on it and itís making things worse or what. I was fine running outside on Sunday. Itís looking less and less likely that Iíll be running my HM in October. Not even sure if Iíll be running the December one in Vegas.
Oh well, have a great Wednesday!!

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BREW99 8/29/2011 8:55AM

    Sorry to hear your shoes didn't work out. I hate buying new running shoes. emoticon With all the miles we track in them, it's like a comfort blanket and forms to our foot shape. Then when they go bad, it's like losing a friend. Newer shoes just never seem to be the same. emoticon Until a few months after using. At least you got yours from Roadrunner Sports, they have a great return policy right?

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SPEEDYDOG 8/27/2011 10:26PM

    Too bad about your shoes. I have been running on Nike Air Pegasus for years and years. I switched to Nike Zoom Vomeros because I liked the little lighter weight. Of course, both there Nikes are neutral cushioned shoes.

My advice is stick with the shoes that work, Nike Air Pegasus. If you have money burning a hole in your pocket you can try the Zoom Vomeros. But my foot is not your foot. The Zoom Vomeros are a softer ride than the Pegasus.

The Chicken Tagine looks yummy! Good luck making your feet and back happy!


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ROBYN168 8/26/2011 10:45AM

    Up until recently I never understood the whole shoe thing - but with more mileage I totally get it and know when I need new shoes. Good luck in the quest for the right one. I hope your foot feels greta today!

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GITTYB 8/26/2011 1:35AM

    dinner looks great! let me know how those shoes turn out...I got mine fitted at JackRabbits sports (they're ok. the arch is a bit weird though).

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WENDYSPARKS 8/25/2011 11:52AM

    Food looks delicious! Go easy on your back.

Wendy emoticon

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MISSMITSY 8/25/2011 8:53AM

    Make sure you return the shoes and get your money back for them! You seem to have terrible luck with shoes...
You can still do the HM, maybe treadmill running isn't for you, when you think about it its not a great surface to run on...

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 8/25/2011 12:52AM

    Okay, you're crazy! LOL! You meal looks yummy!

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APIRLRAIN888 8/24/2011 7:30PM

    Endless search for running shoe... Good luck

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LARIESHA 8/24/2011 4:06PM

    Oh no, hoping you find the right shoes and also wish your feet and back are happy today! The week is almost over yay!

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SLEEPYDEAN 8/24/2011 1:49PM

    I can totally identify you with the multiple shoe purchases. I thought I was in the right shoes, but now the more I read about cushioning possibly causing more injuries, I'm wondering if that could be what caused my knee/foot issues. I should have a more minimalist pair I read about waiting for me when I get home today.

RRS is dangerous - because it only takes 1 day for stuff to get to me here in CA. I just can't stop sometimes! I'm running a 5K down near an RRS store this Saturday, so I'm thinking I might go in and see what they say about my shoe choices.

I really hope you get everything figured out soon!

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JANC7223 8/24/2011 1:30PM

    Boy can I relate to the shoe problems. I have a very, very wide foot and it is extremely difficult for me to find shoes that fit my feet without hurting them. Hang in and keep trying shoes until you find one that really works, then buy 3 pair because you know once you find one that works they discontinue it. Hope your foot feels better soon.

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    I'm glad to hear your back is feeling better. But what a bummer about the shoes :( Keeping my fingers crossed for happy Friday feet!

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KAMAPERRY 8/24/2011 1:25PM

    Oh! I am so sorry about the shoes! Maybe go to a specialized dealer? I hear you on the back, mine is still touchy yet. I hope yours feel better. Now what kind of sauce is Tagine? Looks good!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/24/2011 1:17PM

    I think you should get fitted locally. It is hard to tell from descriptions whether a shoe will work. That certainly was the case for me. I order online, but only shoes that I am familiar with.

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WONDERWOMAN 8/24/2011 12:40PM

    Those dang feet! Well really, dang shoes. Hope you work this out soon. I am happy you are being smart and not pushing, though, and are realistic about the possibility of not being able to race this year. Hope you can, but know that if not, it is still possible in the future.

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BAILEYS7OF9 8/24/2011 12:26PM

    oh no Nat! I'm hoping Friday you have a much better run and get back on schedule. emoticon

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GUYVER77 8/24/2011 12:15PM

e you checked these guys before? I heard they are good and do custom fits - pricey though.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/24/2011 12:04PM

    Bummer! Will they give you a refund for the shoes? Does it get too cold or rainy there in the winter to run outside?
I walk by a Cost Plus on the waterfront, but I haven't been in there in years and forgot about those sauces, I gotta check that out!

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JLITT62 8/24/2011 11:57AM

    Oh no! Abandoning me to thousands of strangers! Well, I'd be with thousands of strangers anyway.

It's so frustrating trying to figure out all this stuff. But you gotta take care of your body. Still, you've got 5 weeks & you can do a lot of walking.

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VYVIENN 8/24/2011 11:15AM

    Yum! Big time on the food, looks deeeelish! Sorry to hear about the shoe fail, that really stinks. And then your foot starts up again, too... emoticon I think I'm gonna be a Nike girl for a while, I love the new shoes so much! Seems like Asics did something weird to their shoes where the heel is now so wide compared to my old pair. At least they don't hurt.

Thank goodness your back got happy again! emoticon

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SOKKERNUT 8/24/2011 10:34AM

    Hey Nat,
SO sorry to hear all of this. Have you ever thought about orthodics? I know they helped me years ago, before we had all these shoes with great support now. Just a thought.

BUMMER if you are not able to do your runs this year. emoticon

I will be praying for you.

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REEKU731 8/24/2011 10:26AM

    BOO on the shoes!!! That's not good! Are you able to return them??? I know the feeling - putting on the "wrong" shoe is almost instant! I'm sorry they didn't work out for you - I was excited for this pair!

The food looks killer and I hope you're back to 100% soon!! An outdoor run sounds absolutely fabulous! I hope you're able to get it done!!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 8/24/2011 10:16AM

    Bollywood dance class sounds like fun! Sorry your new shoes did not work out. Your Chicken Tagine looks super yummy! Hopefully you will be able to do the HM's. Have a good day!

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INIT2LIVEIT 8/24/2011 9:57AM

    Dang girl! don't give up yet! I understand the difficulty in finding a shoe. I went through a few before really knowing my feet. Perhaps the aggravation was still there? I am sure that you will work things out. How are the roads around your home - runnable?

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