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A LITTLE OF LIFE OUTSIDE THE WORKPLACE


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Another Knee Problem

This isn’t my first time with knee pain, or posting about it, but I thought people should be informed and maybe this post will help someone who feels the same thing.

I’m very active, and I love to accomplish new fitness and health goals. Not HUGE things all the time, but things that are meaningful for me. But, some things can get in the way for people like me, and the biggest for me is injury. I’ve self-diagnosed myself with patellar tendonitis, which leaves the bottom/front of your knee in constant pain. Things I avoid thanks to it:

  • Running
  • Lower body weight training
  • Jumping
  • Walking down stairs
  • Standing for extended periods of time
  • Dancing

That is not ok. I am 25 – I should be able to do all of these things without a second thought. I was a long distance runner just over a year ago, I was training lower body constantly, I was a cheerleader for a large portion of my life, and I go out with friends a lot, which usually involves standing and dancing. I’ve been cautious about doing all of these – that’s pretty crappy.

So, I’ve been researching and trying to determine some treatment. RICE alone isn’t working. Today I looked into slant board squats, and with the help of my dad’s handy-man skills and willingness to build me one, I’m going to start putting it to use. You can buy them at sports places, or your gym probably has one. It is the same thing used for calf stretching.

Here are articles I found helpful, and I hope that maybe this helps someone out there feeling limited from the same thing:

This guy tried everything, and then the slant board: http://www.myfivefingers.com/knee-exercise/

Eccentric Exercises and Stretching: http://www.ehow.com/way_5339904_eccentric-exercises-patellar-tendinitis.html

Medical Article stating squats are better if not as effective as surgery: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16882889

DIY Slant Board: http://return2fitness.net/blog/slant-board-buy-new-or-build-one-yourself

Hope this helps! Have you been suffering from the same thing, or any other injuries?

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Long Hair, Don’t Care

So I am always trying to grow my hair out, and to be honest, I didn’t really change up my hair routine in order to do so. Maybe that’s why I’ve failed so many times, leaving my hair stringy, damaged, and really needing a cut so I don’t look like Nicky Nichols from “Orange is the New Black”. Except she has volume, so maybe I could deal with that… natasha_lyonne_orangeSo, I’ve read up a little, taking some advice, and taking some new vitamins to see how this hair growth project goes. Two posts that I found really helpful were from Maskara and Barefoot Blonde. So right now, here is what my hair looks like from the back, totally natural, air dried. Note, I also haven’t cut it in about 10 weeks. I don’t plan on doing so for a while longer.

IMG_7695I have some serious natural waves that were pretty unexpected, but started showing thanks to these few tricks:

1. Biotin: This is basically hair, skin and nails. I’m taking one 2500mcg in the morning

2. Vitamin E: This promotes capillary growth, which in turn translates to your scalp getting more circulation. This should make your scalp healthy, growing thicker and quicker hair! Added bonus, your immune system and heart gain benefits from this Vitamin. I take 400 Iu in the morning with my Biotin. I’ve only been taking these for a few days, so we’ll see how effective they actually are in a month or so.

IMG_29983. Deep Conditioner: Do this once a week. I use Ojon’s, but once that runs out I may turn to coconut oil. Cheap/broke girl style right there.

4. Washing every other day: I wash one day, then just condition the next. I also use conditioner as a “shampoo” on non-shamp days, rubbing my scalp and then leaving it in for a bit.

5. No-touchy: When I’m in the shower, I’ll use a wide tooth comb on my hair while the conditioner is in. Then I won’t touch it once I get out of the shower except to put a little moroccan oil in if needed, especially to tame frizzies. Then, I won’t do a THING to it until it is completely dry, no twisting, touching, fluffing, scrunching… etc. This has made the biggest difference, and I’m actually confident in wearing my hair totally natural now!

6. No heat: I don’t use heat during the week unless I have to really prep for a client meeting or other important things. I leave that to the weekend, and if I do use heat, it is with a protectant. I can’t wait to see the results of not using heat, as I’m a slave to my straightener!

7. Don’t become a frequent client: I was going to the salon every 6 weeks in college, and now am at about every 10, but I plan on keeping my hair as healthy as possible and avoiding going even longer! Hair grows about 1/2 an inch in a month, so trimming it an inch or so every few weeks is pointless! You have to keep the ends healthy though so they don’t break. That’s my biggest problem.

8. Check your diet: Hair is made of proteins, so up that intake! Wheat prohibits hair growth, so decrease your wheat intake. The healthfulness of your diet will determine the health of your hair. I know this for a fact.

Any other tips you have on growing your hair out? I have fine hair, so it’s tough!


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I’m Still Here!

This week is my first FULL week back from vacation. It is Tuesday and it is totally an uphill battle. It has been a very fast few weeks, from New York to Connecticut, to Myrtle Beach to Top Sail… I’ve been a lot of places, met a lot of people, and in the process of letting go of some damaging relationships. No, not with the boyfriend!

I’m a girl, obviously, but most of the people I am around are men. It’s just who I get along best with. They are true, so un-caddy, and even if they can be total bros sometimes, they still are great friends. I like how men tell it like it is, without being bitchy, caddy or too click-y. I think they are a lot more accepting of people in general than women.

So with that, I’ve broken off relationships with pretty much ALL of my girl friends in Atlanta. They’re true colors have come out, and I don’t need their negativity around me. I can describe most of them as partying too hard, caring very little about their health or fitness, and constantly put themselves in somewhat vulgar relationships or connections with men that make them show very little self-respect for themselves.

That is all pretty harsh, but it is true. I may have been ok with that a while ago, but I have grown-up, changed, and my priorities are much different.

However, that also has left me in a strange and unknown situation where I have NO close female friends in Atlanta. It is hard meeting people here naturally. Can someone come up with a brunching group for females to make friends? haha…

But, I’m also looking forward to what is coming up – hopefully new connections and great friends. Ones that I can call best friends rather than acquaintances. I miss movie nights in big baggy sweatshirts with Ben & Jerry’s, grabbing a drink at a dive bar, or eating enormous amounts of tortilla chips over a marg with “the girls”.

Has anyone else experienced this friend break-up?

How did you handle it or move on? Where did you meet your best friend as an adult?


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WIAW June 11

It’s What I Ate Wednesday, and looky hurr, I actually took pictures of EVERYTHING! Big accomplishment for me. I had five smaller meals throughout the day today. I also scheduled in TWO workouts since I was in a time crunch all day. Here is how the day went:

Wake up, get to work

5:15 – left work early to “prep” for mom’s bday dinner

5: 30 – Quick Upper Body Workout

6 – Shower, and be thankful for dry shampoo!

6:30 – leave for dinner

7-8:30 – P’Cheen for dinner

9 – 9:45 – 45 min on the StairMill

If that’s not making the time, I don’t know what is! Wheww!

But, here are how the eats for the day went

Meal 1

Meal 1 at 7am – 4 Egg Whites, 1/2 Hass Avocado, 1/2 Grapefruit, Lemon Water

Meal 2

Meal 2 at 10am – Baby Carrots, Bell Pepper, Celery and 4tbsp Hummus

Meal 3

Meal 3 at 1pm – 5 Baby Carrots, 1/3 Bell Pepper, 1/2 Hass Avocado, 6oz. Canned Salmon, Balsamic Vinegar and Pepper

Meal 4

Meal 4 at 4pm – 1/2 Grapefruit and a Handful of Almonds

Upper Body

Upper Body – seeing progress! More in my legs than anywhere else though, haha

Meal 5 Salad

Meal 5 at 7pm – Arugula with Dijon Vinegar Dressing, a few grilled Macadamia nuts, and 1/3 an Avocado, plus a glass of Pinot Noir

Meal 5 Peas and Feta

Meal 5 at 7pm – Green Peas, Feta, Mint and Lemon Shavings

Meal 5 Cherry, Almond, Greek Yogurt Parfait

Meal 5 at 7pm – Parfait with Almond Crust, Cherries, and a Greek Yogurt Topping

StairMill

StairMill at 9pm

Atlanta Sunset

Beautiful Sunset in Old Fourth Ward after Dinner. You can see the Bank of America building in the skyline.


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Working for the Weekend

Ahhh, the weekend, always my favorite (and probably any sane person’s.) I’m not sure what I’ll be doing yet – there are a lot of things being juggled around right now, but here is where I would LIKE to be at if I could be:

Friday

Foodie Friday at Monday Night Brewing

Dawes at Buckhead Theatre

Saturday

Brookhaven Beer Fest

Red Hare – Second Annual Luau & Pig Roast

Sunday

Unplugged in the Park with Rosco Bandana (country/blue grass/backwoods, I like!)

AIDS Walk Car Wash

Anything else you are looking forward to this weekend? I am hoping for another pool day! I got really funny looks with my farmer’s tan yesterday at the gym, so this needs to be fixed, stat.


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Eats this Week

So, if you read my post yesterday about my super dirty weekend, then you know I make up for it during the week. I do intermittent fasting two days a week, Monday (which SUCKS) and Thursday. I’m also eating really clean, and probably a little under the calories I should. Beach trip in a few weeks is to blame for this, but I also want to better myself in general. I want it, but sometimes life and what else I enjoy (drinking/not working out) gets in the way.

photo 1

Monday (Fast Day!)

Breakfast: 2 eggs, 1 egg white, 8 oz strawberries

Dinner: 2 eggs, 1 egg white, 1/2 Cup leeks, 8 oz strawberries

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Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Breakfast: 2 cups vegetables, 5 egg whites, sausage link, grapefruit

Snack: Handful of almonds

Lunch: Sweet Potato, 1/2 Hass Avocado, 2 cups vegetables

Dinner: Sweet Potato, 1/2 Hass Avocado, 2 cups vegetables

Post-Workout: Vanilla Soy Protein

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Thursday (Fast Day!)

Breakfast: 2 eggs, 1 egg white, 1/2 cup leeks, 8 oz. strawberries

Dinner: 2 eggs, 1 egg white, 2 cups of veggies

I like to keep it as simple as possible. Plus, using sweet potatoes instead of meat adds to my increased energy levels and also a decrease in my food bill 🙂 Let’s call it healthy broke-girl style!


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$2 Weekend

Drinking costs a lot, really… Think about how much you spend on drinks with dinner, buying stuff at the liquor store for a pregame (Red Bull usually included) and then going OUT, where you continue to drink $7 wells and then all you want to do is nom on some pizza or Taco Bell, whatever is available.

Well, summer helps me with those expenses a bit. Also, taking more control of my eating/drinking habits has been a relief on my bank account. I have been trying not to go out and drink on Fridays – this past weekend included. I did have some adult beverages on Saturday, but all that I drank was actually left-overs from the Destin trip – Sweet Tea Vodka and lemonade crystal light powder!

Yes, I drank, and it wasn’t pretty, or clean. I was doing well up until I headed to the pool. Earlier that morning I had an egg and grapefruit breakfast, then lunch with my mom at a small health-food bistro, where I got an egg and veggie wrap, which was delicious! Then I headed to the pool, and it was pretty much a downhill fall the rest of the weekend.

I drank enough, more than I wanted, and woke up CRAVING the burgers that were being grilled by our friends outside. I had one, then two, then a hot dog, then another hot dog. I also had the pasta salad and couscous salad, sandie’s chips and the kettle chips (fabulous!!) Yes, I ate ALL of that. I also went home and proceeded to make a chocolate mug cake. It was one of those nights – I totally did not keep with my clean eating or healthy eating. I woke up feeling pretty yuck the next day. My body hated me for it. So you know what I did? Took it to the gym for some stairmill, abs and upper body. It was much happier after that, until again I had a craving and proceeded to eat FOUR Barre Bars. What?? I was again full, and feeling guilty. I slept most of the day. My body was really tired, emotionally and physically.

Then Dave called, and asked if we should go to California Pizza Kitchen. I agreed, happily. I hadn’t seen him since the pool, which is a long time for us on the weekend, so we made it a little date night, haha. I tried the Korean BBQ Chicken Pizza and he had the Pineapple BBQ Pizza. Both were delicious! We ate half each, then ate the rest later that night (of course!) We don’t let stuff like that sit in our fridges during the week.

After CPK and a nap, we still wanted dessert, so off to Publix we went and picked up some Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream. Ice cream is ice cream, but I was really disappointed in the lack of cookie dough balls in the Publix Premium brand. Won’t be getting that again. And yes, we did top our ice cream bowls with chocolate syrup. Dave and I are both the fattest kids you’ll meet. We didn’t finish the tub, but contrary to our “toss it” policy, Dave’s roommate got him to wrap the tub in aluminum foil. Like that will stop him…

Overall though, without drinking out, I spent $2 going out. It was the valet tip Friday night. Food was shared with me on Saturday. CPK was unplanned and yes, we split it. That wasn’t drinking cost.

How much do you spend a weekend on drinks? Do you think you can out-eat me? How do you focus on clean eating during the weekend while still having fun?