A few weeks ago, I was rear-ended while sitting at a stop light. At first I didn’t think I was injured, however, a week later I was told I had whiplash. So for the past several weeks, I have not been able to do anything in the gym other than using the elliptical. For me, this was very frustrating. I had already been hit and miss in the gym for several months due to traveling to help my mother recovery from her injuries and sickness, and I was itching to get back into my regular routine. Working out is my stress relief, and I was feeling stressed!
Have you ever noticed as soon as you go off your regular gym routine you suddenly get the most horrible cravings? I wanted everything from pizza to brownies. I decided I needed to take some control over my cravings and map out a plan so I didn’t go overboard while recovering.
Here are a few things I learned:
1. First, do everything your doc tells you to do – and NOT to do! I have had to do go to the doc twice a week and do daily neck exercises at home. They were not enjoyable, but my neck if feeling better. I have not done any physical activity other than the elliptical and walking through the park after dinner.
2. Track everything! If you log what you are eating on paper, in black and white, you are less likely to eat junk. I mean track every bite, sip or taste. It all adds up!
3. Track your steps. I have a Fitbit and started wearing it to track my steps – aiming for 10,000 a day. I have become addicted to wearing it – but it has helped keep me moving!
4. Start planning your workouts. I know that after being out of the gym for several weeks, I am not going to be lifting the same amount of weight. Start light and take a month to get your body responding again. Make sure you are using proper form so as to not aggravate the injury.
Yesterday, I got the green light from the doc that I could add some light weights into my routine. There were restrictions of course, nothing behind or over the head, and still no jumping or running. That was ok with me – I knew I was going to feel like a beginner in the gym anyway. One day at a time.
Have you ever had to stop exercising due to an injury? How did you cope?
I mixed my own cereal at MixMyOwn.com
Recently Klara offered me a $20 credit to her new business, MixMyOwn.com. It’s a site that allows you to custom make your own granola/muesli mix and it’s awesome! The credit was enough for me to create a one-pound mix and cover shipping.
I have never created my own product and I had so much fun doing so. I think this would make a fun gift idea for friends and family!
The cost may seem high at first, but if you add up the costs of the products individually, or if you compare it to a prepared mix in Whole Foods or The Fresh Market, you will see that it really is a competitive price. And they offer non gmo, organic and gluten free ingredients – which I think is awesome!
It’s easy-peasy! First, you start with a base which includes a variety of different whole grains, and then you choose which fruits, nuts, seeds, and extras you’d like. My mix included: organic ancient grains which included quinoa, kamut, spelt, millet, barley, and wheat, sour tart cherries, raw almonds, sunflower seeds, cacao nibs and a vanilla bean (really, an actual vanilla bean!).
I love my mix! Because they don’t add extra sugar, I was able to keep it to less than 4 grams per serving!
Have you ever created you own product? What was it and did you enjoy it?