Good afternoon and Happy Labor Day Weekend! Who has a three-day weekend?!
Well, I had a tiny set back in my physical therapy. I’m not sure exactly why but the therapist thinks it might have been the squats. Sigh. I was really really, I mean really excited for those squats.
I did them at physical therapy and then I did them the next day on my own. By the time my physical therapy appointment rolled around on Wednesday my quad hurt and burned more than it ever has. I usually do a 10 minute warm-up on the stationary bike when I get to physical therapy but that day I could barely make 5 minutes.
Instead, I took it easy and we did a lot of massage and stretching. My physical therapist told me to hold back on the squats, stationary bike, and walking for a day or two. She suggested going in the swimming pool. Sigh again.
When my gym first opened, I took the pool running class. It was okay, just not really my thing. I used to love swimming when I was a kid but not so much now. I probably haven’t gotten in a pool to swim in 20 years…until last night.
I hate sitting around doing nothing more than I hate the pool, so Danny and I went to the lap pool last night.
I can’t believe how hard swimming is. I was out of breath after one lap.
Even though my leg still ached, the pool was so much less stressful on my quad. It took me a while to get used to the water. I tried putting my face in the water while swimming and I had a panic attack the first ten times. I felt so trapped and like I couldn’t breath. Okay, obviously I couldn’t breath because I was underwater but I don’t even remember the last time I was underwater. It’s weird.
I ended up swimming two laps at a time. Then I would stop and do front kicks, side kicks, and back kicks in the water. I swam 16 laps (some of them I used the kickboard) – I’m counting a lap as one time across the pool, doing the kicks in between. At the end I did a few sets of bicycles while hanging onto the wall.
I wasn’t in the pool that long, about 35 minutes, but it was tough. The pool was a nice change and I’ll do it if I have too but it’s not my favorite.
Breakfast this morning was the same as yesterday – a Kodiak power cakes waffle and egg whites.
I used some of Jaden’s dairy-free chocolate chips in it and it was so good. The mini chocolate chips make it so much better. I think chocolate makes everything better.
I did go to the gym today. I tried to take it easy by doing 15 minutes on the stationary bike followed by a short upper body workout. I made sure to foam roll my quad and glute at the end.
My leg is a little sore but not too bad.
After the gym, I stopped by Target. Since it’s a holiday weekend, and we have a family get together planned, I wanted to get Jaden some dairy-free treats so he wouldn’t feel left out.
Luckily, the Ghirardelli brownies are dairy-free. They contain cocoa butter, but after a little research I found out that cocoa butter isn’t actually a dairy product. I also got him some mango sorbet and So Delicious fudge pops.
Another common misconception is that eggs are dairy. They’re not. And Jaden, thank goodness, isn’t allergic to eggs. I am learning so much.
I also picked up some Earth’s Best chicken nuggets…for myself. Even though these are geared towards kids, I love them. And Jaden won’t eat chicken nuggets. I think he’s the only kid I know that won’t eat chicken nuggets.
Have a happy and safe weekend!
- Do you have any plans this weekend?
- Do you like to swim?