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May 16, 2011

Hey love bugeroos. I hope your week is off to a fabulous start.

Mine? Not so fabulous, I’m afraid ๐Ÿ˜ It started out looking promising – I woke up to clear skies and sunshine, and after enjoying a leisurely breakfast accompanied by some blog reading, I laced up my Brooks and ran out the door to enjoy an easy 3 miler – and thisย is where the problems began…

At around mile 2 I started feeling some pain in the lower part of my calf muscle, right above my ankle:

It wasn’t anything unbearable, so I slowed my pace but kept on going. A minute or so later, the pain began shootingย up the back of my leg and all the way up to my butt every time my foot hit the pavement. At this point, it definitely became unbearable so I slowed to a walk and eventually stopped.

Enter minor freak out.

I was 2 miles from home with no phone and a possible injury? How was I going to get back? And, more importantly, what was wrong with my leg? I wasn’t pushing too hard. I was fuelling properly. So W.T.F?! I mean, my calf muscle had been feeling a bit stiff since my last run, but I never expected this

Anywho, to make a long story short, I slowly hobbled along and made it home okay. Turns out I can walk just fine, but the minute I start running/jogging, the pain starts shooting. I’m reallyย hoping it’s nothing major because that would feel a bit, well, unfair. I do my best not to be too hard on my body and take care of it properly, so to have it break down on me is just… blah. Nevermind, I’m not going to wallow [just yet]; it may very well turn out to be nothing. I’m going to stay off it for a few days and see…

… [and pray]…

… [and drown my sorrows in raw cookie dough]…

That being the case, I don’t have much of a post for you guys today, but because I needed something to keep my mind occupied, I decided to fill out a fun survey that I came across way back in the day. Things have been getting a bit too serious around here lately, anyways, so time to lighten things up ๐Ÿ˜€

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A: is for Apple, what’s your favorite variety?…ย Nothing beats a cool and crispy Pink Lady.

Preferably slathered in roasted almond butter…

B: is for Bread, regardless of nutrition, calories, or whole grains what is your favorite type to have a nice big piece of?…ย Hmm. To be honest, my experience with fancy bread is pretty limited. I would loveย to become a bread connoisseur and sample all sorts of freshy baked artisian breads (in Europe preferably), but until that happens I’m just gonna roll with banana bread ๐Ÿ˜€

C: is for Cereal what is your favorite kind currently (just one!)… I go through phases with cereal. When I was younger, it was all about the Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Corn Pops. Then I moved on to Mini Wheats. Now, I guess I rotate through various Kashi cereals. Not too long ago it was Cinnamon Harvest, then GoLeanCrunch, then back to Cinnamon Harvest, and now it appears to be Honey Sunshine… so I guess that’s my final answer. Yes, I have a cereal problem. Who doesn’t?

Hrmm… What’s in the bowl?

Greek yogurt, a banana, Kashi Honey Sunshine, and caramel/chocolate pudding.

D: is for Doughnuts, you might not currently be eating them but what kind do you fancy?… Oh geez, when was the last time I even hadย a doughnut? Well, my mom used to make the bestย homemade doughnuts that had a plum filling and a coating of sugar glaze. Oh. Glory. But if we’re talking “fast food” doughnuts, I was always partial to the chocolate-chocolate glazed variety.

E: is for Eggs, how would you like yours prepared?… That depends on the day! I wouldnt say I have a favorite way to prepare eggs. Sometimes I’m craving hardboiled. Sometimes fried. Sometimes devilled. Sometimes scrambled. As long as it’s a little over-easy, any egg is a good egg in my books.

F: is for Fat Free, what is your favorite fat free product?… To be honest, I’m not a fan of fat-free. I used to eat everything fat-free, but over time I’ve come to realize that food tastes way better, and is far more satisfying, with fat. So my answer to this question issss… fruit. Hey, it isย technicallyย fat-free ๐Ÿ˜‰

(unless you count avocado, but let’s not get too nit picky!)

G: is for Groceries, where do you purchase your at?…ย In my dreams? Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. In reality? Planet Organic, Costco, and Superstore. Yay for being Canadian!

H: is for Hot Beverages, what is your favorite hot drink?…ย Black coffee, no milk, no sugar. I didn’t start drinking coffee until my first year of university when I needed it to wake me up for 8 A.M classes, and although it doesn’t really perk me up anymore, I absolutely love it for the taste.

I: is for Ice Cream, pick a favorite flavor and add a fun topping…ย I’ve always been a vanilla kind of girl. I find it’s the best base flavor for any kind of toppings. Fruit, nuts, chocolate, caramel, cookies, jelly beans, more ice cream…

J: is for Jams or Jellies, do you eat them, and if so what kind and flavor?…ย What’s the difference between a jam and a jelly? Anyways, LOVE jam [with cream cheese on toast]. Blueberry would probably be my favorite, followed by strawberry. And Crofter’s is my weapon brand of choice.

K: is for Kashi, name your favorite Kashi product?…ย Err. I think we already covered this one with the cereal question… Next!

L: is for Lunch, what was yours today?…ย This:

Salad, toast with hummus, bowl of… green goo? More on that in a future post ๐Ÿ˜‰

And on that note, I think I’m going to end it here and save the other half for tomorrow. This post has somehow managed to get ridiculously long already (kudos for making it this far!), and I’ll probably need something to do tomorrow if my foot doesn’t heal up. Grrr.

. – . – . – .

Any advice/insight on my hopefully-not-too-serious injury?ย It almost feels like a cramped muscle because it starts feeling really tight/sore on occasion, but sometimes the pain moves around to the front [lower shin]. And would a cramped muscle account for the shooting pain? Just give it to me straight, Doc!

Pick a letter or two and give your own answer to the questions ๐Ÿ˜€

37 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2011 6:04 pm

    Yikes, running injuries are the worst. My best advice? Lay off the running for a week. I learned this the hard way. Two years back, I began to experience a pain in my piriformis muscle (aka my ass), but I ignored it and tried to run through the pain. This only exacerbated the problems and made it such that I could not run for months. So for the next week or so, do non-impact exercises instead…elliptical, swimming, yoga, whatever. With some rest and good calf stretching, it should be back to normal in no time!

    Also, order a foam roller. They’re relatively inexpensive and sooo worth it. I use it to roll out the kinks in my IT band, my calves, hammies, etc!

  2. May 16, 2011 6:07 pm

    sounds like a pinched nerve. Typically a shooting pain like that straight up through the leg and butt might indicate sciatica. Might be nothing. Might be something . Be careful.

    Can I just say it blows me away when people say “going for an easy 3 miler”….yipes…I can barely walk 0.5 miles without needing to sit…my body is severely broken.

    love your pictures. insane.

    like your answers also.
    I like runny eggs best; so amazing.
    Crofters makes really good strawberry jam.
    I love bananas and fruit.
    I assume your green goo is some kind of avocado and I love avocado.
    Bread…have you tried “Food For Life” brown rice flour bread…yum, its actually really nice.
    No Planet Organic for me, but it sounds like a neat place.

    As a kid, I loved honeycombs and alpha-bits so much. THey always made the milk taste so awesome after finishing it up. Just like honey nut cheerios and stuff does.

  3. May 16, 2011 6:18 pm

    Oh no! You poor thing! Hopefully the pain clears up soon and it doesn’t turn into anything serious. My best advice would be to rest, rest and rest some more – that way you’re not making the problem any worse and it’ll hopefully clear up faster!

    If I were to answer E, it’d have to be in the trash. I cannot stand eggs! I’ve never been able to, just the smell of them is gross. Though I’m okay with eggs in baking – just as long as it doesn’t taste/look/smell like them ๐Ÿ˜›

    I’m with you on the Fat-free products too. The other day I was almost completely out of food and decided to make a sandwich with the only cheese we had left – fat free cheese. I may as well have just eaten the bread! Bleugh. I’ve told my family no fat-free cheese will ever step foot in the house again ๐Ÿ˜› Cheese needs fat! Even if it’s reduced fat, it’s better than nothing!

  4. May 16, 2011 6:41 pm

    Ouch on your leg! Looks like we’re both having bad days with muscle pain ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Love the survey btw.
    B is for bananas
    C is more cereal and coffee ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I go through stages too. I love the Kashi Honey Sunshine. I just recently tried Chocolate Cheerios and omg I am in love. Might just be a new favorite ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. May 16, 2011 6:42 pm

    Sorry to hear about your little running mishap – hopefully a little rest and some light stretching is all you need.
    I Loved this post!! So creative and I love reading everyone ‘s answers! I felt like I was reading my own when I read yours! Kasha Cinnamon Harvest is one of my favorite cereals. I am definitely a Jam lover – strawberry or blackberry are my 2 favorites. Eggs are wonderful- so versatile and a great source of protein – I lve them soft-boiled with a runny yolk too! My lunch today- vanilla rice protein smothie with a peanut butter and fresh strawberry and blueberry sansei h on toasted whole wheat bread.
    Have a great night and hope you feel better!

  6. May 16, 2011 6:48 pm

    haha love this cute little post amanda!!

    sorry to hear about your leg – a month ago, i was having calf pains too, but i just stayed off of it for a few days and didn’t do any exercise, and it was fine!! i did some mild yoga and that actually really helped (in terms of stretching), so maybe give that a try?

    A – fuji or granny smith!
    B – BREAD is one of my FAVORITE foods. i love cornbread and a THICK slice of homemade anadama bread (it’s wholewheat with cornmeal + molasses; a new england special!); i also like german sourdough farm bread!
    C – barbara’s peanut butter puffins!
    D – i’ve never really liked doughnuts very much!
    E – i haven’t really been eating eggs lately because theyve been giving me really bad acid reflux but i DO like them cooked over medium with a SLIGHTLY runny yolk
    F – i don’t eat any fat-free products! i love fat. seriously.
    G – whole foods & trader joes
    H – earl grey w/ almond milk or a cup of chai!
    I – cookies n’ cream w/ rainbow sprinkles!
    J – orange marmalade all the way, if that counts!
    K – hmm i haven’t had any kashi products in a loooong time
    L – sweet potato with sunflower seed butter, a can of sardines + kelp noodle salad, baby carrots, a slice of homemade cornbread

    haha that was fun =)

  7. May 16, 2011 6:54 pm

    Gahhh, I love your pictures. Major fan – you are so talented. And I may or may not have stared at that apple picture for a good minute and then some ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Eek – I hope your foot isn’t anything too serious! Glad you’re deciding to listen to it and give it a rest; but I’m hoping it’s gone by morning ๐Ÿ™‚
    Yes – cereal addict. I’m currently all about Barabara’s shredded spoonfuls, but I like trying something new every time I go to stock back up.
    That bread you had for toast and hummus looks killer.

  8. May 16, 2011 7:08 pm

    Gahh injuries are so scary, but it’s so great that you didn’t run anymore than you had to through it, thus you would have made it worse. Rest rest rest, and some ice is the key to stopping this pain before it gets worse…which I know you know, but sometimes I have to remind myself too!
    I choose I for Ice cream, aka my favorite dessert ๐Ÿ™‚ I also choose vanilla, and usually put chocolate chips and oreos on top, perfect flavor combo!

  9. May 16, 2011 7:24 pm

    Yum! This all looks so good. I haven’t tried that Kashi, but I love their Go Lean cereals. SO much good stuff in them!

  10. May 16, 2011 7:50 pm

    That’s so lame about your injury! I wish I had advice but the only thing I can think of is foam rolling or massaging the area. Best stay away from running for the next couple of days and opt for a walk instead.

    I’m not a fan of fat-free either! EXCEPT when it comes to soy milk. Full-fat soy milk tastes so bad!


  11. May 16, 2011 8:38 pm

    So sorry to hear about your injury, I hope it gets better soon!! Mmmm all your food always looks delicious. Yum!

  12. May 16, 2011 8:57 pm

    Hi! New to your blog. Checked out your former one and loved it, this one is even better ๐Ÿ™‚

    H: Absolutely love Chai Tea Lattes, yum! Would love to know of any caffeine-free teas out there, I’m new to teas ๐Ÿ™‚

    L: For lunch today I had a whole wheat bagel sandwich, toasted, one side smothered in cream cheese the other in smashed avocado. In the middle there was tomatoe, sprouts, and spinach! Yum!


  13. May 16, 2011 10:53 pm

    This is such a cute and fun post! I’m so sorry to hear about your foot and hope it gets better soon!!
    Haha. Here’s my list:
    Gala apples with peanut butter and cinnamon. Never tried roasted almond butter on it, but that sounds delicious! Real thick French baguettes. Kashi Go lean cereal with almonds! Oh my goodness, I haven’t had a doughnut in years. I used to love love those cheese danishes or boston creme or jelly filled. I’ve never liked eggs or fat free products. Love shopping at whole foods or (for bulk/sales) costco or little market places. Black coffee plain all the way. And lactose intolerant so rice/soy ice cream for me ๐Ÿ˜› Little honey jams and kashi cereal for me.
    mmmm..can’t wait for the next half!

  14. May 17, 2011 3:03 am

    My favorite ice-cream flavor is strawberry or chocolate chip mint – yummy!!!

    And can you believe I never liked doughnuts – not even as a kid when I enjoyed all things sweet (slight exaggeration there)? But I remember I tolerated the chocolate filled ones best.

  15. time for happiness permalink
    May 17, 2011 3:58 am

    H- hot beverages for me- TEA absolutely tea 100% I am obsessed ๐Ÿ™‚ and for B-bread…. hmm…. I lik rye bread alot, and just really awesome dinner rolls!
    I’m probbbbably going to steal this at some point to do it I like it!!

  16. czechvegan permalink
    May 17, 2011 5:12 am

    Hope your leg is going to be ok soon! It is always so unpleasant when you are unable to do what you love, like running or working out.
    It is a nice post with all those letters:) I pick these:
    A: My favourite apple is the classic old borin Idared:) The more red the better:)
    B: I love Manna Bread (from sprouted grainds/legumes and almost nothing else)
    H: My favorite hot beverage is vanilla-caramel rooibos tea.

  17. lauren permalink
    May 17, 2011 6:00 am

    if the pain is radiating down your leg and or through your bum muscles it sounds very like youve done something to your sciatic it and youll find all of the symptoms. I had sciatic problems for over 8 months after i injured my lower back while walking…so be very careful and rest this week maybe ๐Ÿ™‚ better to be safe than sorry!

  18. May 17, 2011 6:16 am

    I love this alphabet questionnaire! My preferences for things often go in and out of phases…except for bread. My favourite type of bread is always Sourdough!!

  19. May 17, 2011 7:26 am

    Hey girl! sorry about the injury that’s a total bummer! I had something like that last summer and I just laid off of running for a few days. I’d definitely ice and rest it.

    I can’t wait for the rest of the survey! I might be doing it in a later post. I have nothing to do now that my semester has ended

  20. May 17, 2011 8:03 am

    I will repeat what others above me said – rest for a while. Don’t run and give the muscle time to recover. Maybe you can take some magnesium pills because magnesium is good for the muscles.

    B is for bread and rye bread will always have a special place in my heart.
    L is for lunch and mine was Thai food (Ka Pao rice) and dark chocolate Kit Kat mini for dessert.
    And I won’t pick any other letters because I am too tired to think ๐Ÿ™‚ .

    I hope your leg gets better soon!

  21. May 17, 2011 8:23 am

    Hope you feel better quickly! Sounds like it could possibly be achilles tendinitis? I’ve been battling that in my lower calves for a week.

  22. May 17, 2011 8:26 am

    Hope your ankle feels better soon!!!!
    Loved the alphabet post, by the way! ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. May 17, 2011 9:08 am

    All your food looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  24. May 17, 2011 9:25 am

    this is great!! I’m actually going to do it over on my blog because I love this sort of thing!!
    I had an ankle injury for a while a couple weeks ago. I wore an ace bandage but couldn’t lift my foot off the floor from the ankle. it hurt but it got better. Just rest which I’m sure you’ll do ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. May 17, 2011 9:38 am

    Aw sweetie, I’m sorry about your injury. I know exactly how you feel, every time I have been injured it has really got me down especially when I know I’ve fuelled properly, have good trainers etc. I learnt the hard way that even with a little pain, rest is the only way to recover unfortunately. I ignored my pain and trust me – it’s just not worth it. I made the injury twice as bad, it took me twice as long to recover and I was twice as angry/upset! Now I realise that a week or so’s rest is so much better than weeks/months of pain! I’d say icing it loads too. This helped soo much and also take ibruprofen if it is swollen.
    I totally agree with being a cereal addict. Seriously, I haven’t come across a cereal that I don’t like…
    Oh and by the way, your photography is simply stunning. How did you get so good?!

  26. May 17, 2011 9:57 am

    Oh no! Get well soon. They say to ice shin splints, so even though that’s not quite it, I’d be inclined to ice it if it were me. However, I’m no sports doc – just another injury-prone runner.

  27. May 17, 2011 10:37 am

    Sweetie, just rest. The best thing to do when injured is just rest and let the body heal itself. I had some pain in that part of my leg, rest and a massage helped. Maybe you can find somebody to give you a nice massage? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope your leg heals quickly!
    Love your abc’s ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. May 17, 2011 10:39 am

    ahh sorry about the injury!! it sounds like u have a weak muscle somewhere in ur leg.. possibly the glutius maximus one (butchered that spelling!) the butt muscle.. i recommend finding some exercises to strengthen that muscle! but def take a week off and see a week off can do wonders!! i had to take two weeks off for my foot and it was all bettah! umm that lunch looks AMAZING!

  29. May 17, 2011 11:20 am

    Ouch I hope your injury gets better! I would go see a doctor statttt.
    Fave cereal: Kashi honey sunshine and all the Barbara’s Puffins (cinnamon, PB…yummm!)
    Ohhhh and as for eggs- I loveeeeee poached eggs ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. May 17, 2011 3:14 pm

    This might be my fav ABC post yet! so copying you one of these days! =) i’ll send ya some link love! mwah!

  31. May 20, 2011 7:55 am

    I hope your foot feels better soon! That is no fun ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    And I love the survey! You are hilarious!


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