For some reason, for the past 2 months or so, WordPress has not been loading properly. Not only is my site itself ugly, but it’s been completely impossible to post. (I had to resort to the phone app for this one!) It won’t even show me my blogs on the WordPress home page, because it just loads forever without showing me anything!
Here are some screenshots of what I see:
Has anyone else experienced this, or have a fix for it? I’d really like to get back to posting!
At the beginning of April, I got too ambitious. Something about my spring break filled me with renewed motivation and a desire to not only be a lifter, but… a runner!
I’ve been doing some occasional HIIT on the treadmill for months, but decided that in April, I wanted to get some endurance. So I started C25K, wrote an enthusiastic blog post about it, and was having a grand old time. I was lifting 2-3x a week and running 2-3x a week, and loving every minute of it.
That is, until my hip decided that it was having none of it.
Ironically, the day I got injured is the day I wrote that post about: the first day I’ve tried running outside since December. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I suppose running downhill for awhile messed me up in a way that didn’t present until the next day. I was still in pain but tried running again 2 days later, this time on a treadmill, thinking I just had a tight muscle and it would go away.
Nope! Massively intensified pain.
Since then, I’ve been limping pretty badly, and haven’t been able to run at all. It’s hard to get dressed in the morning or even stand up. But apparently I’m stubborn, because I’ve still been walking ~5 miles a day (although still lower than my usual 6-7), and doing my lifting: including squats and romanian deadlifts and whatnot. I finally went to the doctor after 3 weeks, upon realizing it hadn’t improved in the least bit. She didn’t say anything conclusive at all except that I need to wear my running shoes everywhere instead of my usual converse, stop doing leg work (goodbye, squats and deadlifts), and see a physical therapist.
I had my physical therapy appointment last Thursday, and he seemed a bit mystified by my injury. He wasn’t sure what it was either, but his best guess was some kind of hip flexor strain… even though those usually clear up in 1-3 weeks. (?!) I can’t see him again any time soon because I’m leaving town, but he said that he’d like to see me in the fall if it’s still bothering me. If it’s still bothering me in 3 months I’ll probably have a meltdown.
The best/most hilarious part is that I learned that I’ve been standing and walking wrong all these years. Apparently my core and glute muscles HATE activating so I walk and stand in the laziest way possible, putting all my strain on my hip flexors. I’m quite sure this is from years of having literally no muscle beyond what was absolutely necessary to survive. My body is apparently incredibly adept at avoiding using or building muscle whenever possible 😛
So it’s been exactly a month, and now every lifting day is arm day. I’ve been doing the core work that he assigned me and standing/walking with better posture, but things haven’t improved since physical therapy. I’ve had to give up my goal of being able to run a mile without stopping by summer. (Since my summer starts in a few days…)
And boy do I miss leg day. 😦 But I’m holding out hope that I’ll be better soon!
Sorry I’m so behind–I’m deep in midterm season at the moment!
Went to my favorite cafe, made a delicious spaghetti squash dish for dinner, and worked out with my friend from lifting class at night! I ended up coming up with my own routine that was based off of Bret Contreras’ book, but replacing the girly lifts with barbell versions 😛 We got a nice burn despite being noobies to lifting without our instructor.
(Of course, I didn’t tell my friend that it was from a glute-based guide for woman because he probably wouldn’t have taken so kindly to it… even though it achieves the same thing as most male workouts!)
I knew I’d be eating a bit more today due to a vegan potluck & movie screening, but I ended up going way overboard. I have this problem where I MUST try everything, especially since all the fellow cooks wanted my opinion–it was flattering, and I just couldn’t say no! Plus, I was one of the hosts, so I also felt a bit compelled because of that.
I thought I’d be okay because I didn’t think there would be so many dishes, but boy was I wrong. There was mock-tuna salad, ancient grains with kale, enchilada/bean bake, bagels, oatmeal cookies, snickerdoodles, chocolate chip cookies, banana chips, and the chocolate gingerbread donuts I brought. I had to try some of everything and all the pastries just added up 😦 I estimated the calories to be really high just in case, so hopefully it’s an overestimate.
The worst part–I didn’t manage to lift afterwards because my original workout buddy was only free during the potluck, I didn’t have time to ask other people once I figured that out, and I felt ill from all the food afterwards. So all those calories went to fat instead of muscle!
Ah well, lesson learned… I need to not eat everything.
Protein pancake with almond butter: 535
Vegan mini donut (taste test): 100
Rice cakes with cheese, tofurkey, and tomatoes: 200
My addiction to Pu-erh grows–I went to my favorite cafe, where they know me and my regular order of loose leaf Earl grey–but I now can’t stop getting Pu-erh. So, I picked some chocolate pu-erh teabags up at Whole Foods, along with one of their delicious burritos! Whole wheat tortilla, black beans, brown rice, tons of veggies, tomatillo salsa, guacamole–simple but amazing.
My instructor didn’t show up for weight lifting class, so the 3 of us ended up coming up with our own routine. We also decided to start lifting together once this class ends next week, which made me realize that I now have way more workout buddies than I have days in the week to work out… hopefully I’ll start doing 4 or 5 day splits soon so I can workout with everyone!
I’ve had a mac n cheese craving since yesterday, so I made a healthy, protein-filled, gluten free mac n cheese. No need to deprive oneself when it’s so easy to make lower cal alternatives 🙂
Protein pancake: 390
Kind bar: 190
Tea with soy: 45
Mac n cheese with cauliflower, kale, veggie sausage: 560