Yesterday I tried new things. Today I tried more of them! This is what happens when I go to a different grocery store. Hey, that just inspired a thoughtful healthy living tip…
TIP: If you’re in a healthy eating rut, try a new grocery store. They will have fun new products to try that get you all excited about healthy eats once again!
Anyway, today I tried a new flavor of yogurt. Yes, I know that this is full of artificial sweeteners and has less protein than Greek, but sometimes, frankly, I like fun flavored yogurt. And do you want to know how much this cost? NINETEEN CENTS. When you stack that against my $1.29/cup Greek yogurt, it looks even more appetizing.
I’m a sucker for all things coconut, but this was kinda fakey. Not bad, but not great. Meh.
Also I had an Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin with peanut butter. These aren’t new to me, but since they don’t carry them at my regular grocery store I kind of forgot about them. These are good and made with the healthiest of whole grains, so they are really filling!
Unpictured: I ate another delicious giant orange and relished the smell of orange peel in my garbage can all day. Seriously. Love it. Oh, and a dark chocolate square, and some strawberries and granola. Wait! I DID take a picture of the granola.
This is Feed’s Cranberry Coconut Crunch granola. Again with the coconut love. Frankly, though, this stuff is terrible and I’m eating it just because it was expensive and I can mask the flavor with strawberries. It’s very spicy, but not a good cinnamon spice, more…nutmeggy? I don’t know. I don’t taste cranberry or coconut in it at all. Bleh.
I had a new Luna Protein Bar for my pre-workout fuel. Also, not great. Super duper sweet (which I usually don’t mind) and had a weird texture.
But then I tried something new I REALLY liked! I will do a full review of the two items they sent me later, after I’ve had the chance to wear them both a bit, but this is the Propel Track Jacket by lucy activewear (bottom layer only). I love this thing so much. It’s cozy, but sleek and cute and fitnessy with really thoughtful details. Pink puffy heart for this one.
I decided to give running a try again today. My shins felt fine all day. I iced diligently last night, took ibuprofen, and foam rolled. At first they felt great. About .75 miles in, it went downhill, fast, and I was in pain like I was in yesterday–it FEELS like inflammation, and not a stress fracture, because the pain changes when I point my toes or curl them back while running, and stretching/foam rolling seems to help. It hurts when I press on the sides of my shin bone/calves, but not on the bone itself. It’s fine all day except when I run.
I quit at 1.25 miles in. I knew in my head that running on shin splints is only going to make the situation worse, but I still felt crappy about it. I tried doing some stationary biking, but my head wasn’t in it because I was so angry and I left after 10 minutes.
One of the things Tim has helped me figure out about myself is that I have a tendency to let a minor problem/irritation spiral into a huge vent about completely unrelated things. I’m working on it. I am upset that my body is broken right now. My first thoughts were, “It’s probably because you’re so heavy, you’ll never be a good runner, you’re such a terrible fraud on the blog. And whythefuck did you register for a marathon you’re not going to be able to finish.” Obviously, this is ridiculous. But I’m struggling with staying in a good headspace while I’m injured. I know I need to take a few days off the gym and heal, but I can’t seem to quiet the voices telling me that I’m just being lazy and weak.
So, I’m icing, going to foam roll again, and I’m going to put myself on the DL until Friday, when I will try to run again as much as my body will allow. My hypothesis is that I ran way too much last week (five days in a row, to be exact), didn’t stretch enough, didn’t foam roll, and possibly that this is related to my new shoes.
In other news, yesterday my boss asked me if I was okay. When I said yes, she said I didn’t look well, and was I tired? And a few hours later, she popped in my office to remind me that I’ve been building up a lot of “comp time” lately, which is basically overtime time-and-a-half, paid in vacation rather than cash, and a day off might be nice considering how much I’ve been working lately.
So I decided to take her up on it. I’ve had a few stress-related breakdowns lately, and my body hasn’t been doing so great either. On Monday, I’m taking a mental health day off work! Tim has the day off work because of President’s Day, so I figure what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a Monday off together? I’m so excited and really feel like I need a long weekend. I’m hoping to get my life back in order–clean the house, do some wedding-related shopping and finish up some DIY, and most importantly, sit on the couch in my pajamas watching the Olympics. I cannot wait.
Do you take mental health days? What’s your personal injury policy?
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