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Evil Cookie

Friday, March 15, 2013

Setback. Yesterday I fell off the wagon with one of these evil things:

There’s nothing lucky happening when these show up at work.

A co-worker passed by my desk and announced that someone thoughtfully brought in cookies for us in honor of St. Patrick’s day and that there were tons to go around in the break room. I never really visit the break room and would have remained blissfully ignorant had she not brought me into her world of enlightened cookie-dom. Unfortunately for me, it was a crazy day full of meetings so I didn’t even get to have my lunch until later than usual, and I just lacked the mental focus and clarity to remind myself I had a better snack option available to me (an apple). Cookie ingested.

But you know what? I’m glad this happened because of everything that occurred next…

1. I did not binge. Normally I would have taken two or three cookies back to my desk, but I stopped at one.

2. This cookie – while tasty, don’t get me wrong – was just not as exciting as cookies have been in the past for me. It was just a cookie. I was way more excited about the Turkey Taco and Sweet Potato Casserole I had planned to make for dinner (recipe to come soon).

3. I moved on. So I ate the cookie. Big deal. I’m not having a perfect week on the Wheat Belly plan (corn tortillas yesterday AND the day before as well). It doesn’t bother me as I don’t even have a copy of the book yet, so I’m not even sure what the plan is other than what I can glean from the blog. I think some missteps are to be expected.

So that’s where the verdict lies on cookies. They’re no big deal. I don’t think I will have a problem turning them down in the future.

In this post from Monday ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
), I referenced concerns I had about keeping up with my running ability. I am happy to report I was able to run 4 miles at an average of 8:47 min/mi today – although I might have been heavily assisted by aforementioned sugar cookie.

But as soon as I got off the treadmill, BAM. Knee pain.

I have battled knee issues in the past, particularly Runner’s Knee. Last year, I built leg strength by working with a personal trainer prior to the two half-marathons I ran. Once my second half-marathon was over, I ended personal training because, well, it’s expensive. However, I started to notice a twinge in my knee again after the last 5K I ran in December, so I started up again at the end of January with personal training.

My ruling? Can’t blame the diet for knee pain. Hoping lots of ice over the next few days will get me to where I need to be for the 10K I’m running next Saturday.
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    Check out Natural Running Center website, sock doc website and Jay Dicharry. They have great strength exercises and videos with explanations on why you get certain pains. Have helped me tremendously. Could also try a good PT or Chiropractor in your area that specializes in runners. They could help you with the right exercises without paying for a personal trainer
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