Sometimes, a simple salad does the trick.
Other times? A big, beautiful, complex salad full of delicious and surprising flavors is just what the doctor ordered.
Today happened to be the latter.
As I was rummaging through my fridge this afternoon, I knew I was in the mood for a salad, but kept coming across all of the delicious fruit we currently have on hand. I’ve long been a fan of putting fruit in my salads, so I figured today would be the perfect opportunity.
Here’s what we’ve got:
- romaine and spinach
- bread & butter pickles
- peach (1/2 of one)
- green grapes
- low-sodium deli turkey
- feta cheese
I topped it off with a couple tablespoons of this delicious dressing and called it a
day masterpiece. This thing was serious business!
Before lunch, I did manage to get my workout in for the day…speaking of which, I figured it’d be a good time to give you all a little update on my exercise routine.
As you guys know, I’ve cut back quite a bit on the exercise. While most of my workouts still only consist of walking and yoga, I talked to my doctor a bit and got the go-ahead to incorporate some light weights as well. Still being cautious about everything, I’m making sure to stick to a very light weight training program:
- nothing above my 5lb weights
- no jumping/plyometric movements
- simple, steady exercises
I’ve also been incorporating some various bodyweight exercises here and there, such as leg lifts, bridges, pushups on knees, or chair dips. Actually, my “No Weights Required” Office Workout has happened a couple of times, with only a few slight alterations.
Earlier today, I came across this simple, 10-minute strength building workout and decided to give it a try.
I nixed the jumping jacks, but did pretty much all of the rest of the moves, either with my 5 pound weights or without any at all.
I followed up today’s workout with 20 minutes of yoga for a nice, good stretch.
A lot of people have asked me whether or not it’s hard for me to cut back on the exercise lately, because of my HA diagnosis, and I’m not going to lie. It has. It’s been very hard. Some days have been frustrating than others, but they ARE getting easier, and I know it’s all for the right reasons. Because let’s face it…I want my own little bundle of joy soon and I, by no means, want to do anything to jeopardize that. I mentioned briefly before that my body has shown signs of making progress (WAHOO!), and I want to continue in that direction.
I’ve been told that I’m a pretty determined person; when I want something, I’m going to go after it. And I’m going to do whatever it takes to make it happen. That being said, I’m learning to embrace my lighter exercise more and more everyday.
Besides…I’m actually not minding staying away from the burpees these days.