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March 11, 2010

Well, ladies and gents, it finally happened!  After six months of studying Pilates I have officially sustained my first Pilates-induced injury.

How, you might ask?  Did I pinch a nerve trying to do an unsupported shoulder stand?  Was I hyperextending my elbow too much during planks and it gave out?

Oh no.  The answer is much more…me.

I tripped over the reformer.

Yep.

For those of you unfamiliar with Pilates, the reformer is a quintessential piece of Pilates equipment.  You can read more about it here.  It kind of looks like an S&M torture device but is really really useful for creating resistance in your body throughout your routine.  I’ve only taken a handful of reformer classes but I quite enjoy it.  Just…don’t trip over it.  My ankle bruised nearly immediately, and has been gradually swelling all night.  I can walk on it, so I’m not really concerned, but it’s really annoying anyway.  At least I can still do Pilates.

Yesterday’s big breakfast to prevent later bingeing experiment was quite successful.  I ate three meals plus one snack and chocolate after dinner, with no cravings in between.  It was shockingly awesome.

Lunch yesterday was also shockingly awesome.  So far, I’m meeting my weekly goal of eating a salad every day.  Yesterday’s salad was a bed of romaine and organic sprouts, with avocado and carrots, and a veritable swimming pool of home-made dressing.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve never really been a salad person.  I guess I just didn’t get them – all the leaves.  Hah.  Well, making my own dressing for my daily salad has done wonders to change that perspective.  Yeah, fine, all my dressings this week are essentially me mixing tehina with whatever I have in the fridge, but, IT’S AWESOME.

Yesterday, I mixed 3 tablespoons of my homemade pesto with 3 tablespoons of tehina (just the sesame paste), a tablespoon of water, the juice of half of one lime, and fresh ground black pepper.  Yes, tehina goes with everything.  And this dressing was AMAZING!  If I weren’t trying to make a different one every single day, I might make this for today’s lunch.  Maybe I’ll have it for dinner…

On the side was my favorite.

Really. Grapefruit are PINK. (Well, some are) How can anyone not like grapefruit?  I always used to bring a whole grapefruit to school with my lunch, and for some reason, people would always ask me if I was on a diet because I was eating a grapefruit.  That’s when I would pull out my giant bag of chocolate chip cookies.  Grapefruit is not diet food, people! Grapefruit is just awesome.

I also went for another bike ride yesterday.  I’m obsessed with the fact that there is an entire website dedicated to the bike paths and lanes in New York City.  I use it to plan out my path before I get on the bike – one of the two cross streets by my house has a bike lane leading to a path through a park, and it’s a pretty good five mile circuit.  Not that I’m going to lie and let you think I actually DO five miles.  Please, I can’t make it up hill.  I have to get off and walk my bike.  That’s my current goal – being able to ride up hill!  Good luck to me.  But I’m not going to give it up! I’m loving just being outdoors on the bike, in the sunshine, feeling the wind rush by. Potentially a new favorite thing of mine.  But as a New York City non-driver, riding a bike through the streets of New York is really treacherous and freaky!  That’s why I love the bike trails, they are off road, usually parallel to main roads, and wind through trees and parks – it’s almost like  being in the wilderness but I can still hear honking cars and sirens so I still feel comfortably at home in the city.

I got back from my bike ride to find that I am 110% more productive than my cats.

Sorry, did I interrupt your nap at 2 pm?

Well, I’m off!  I have a script to learn by tomorrow that I’ve barely looked at, and I’m considering getting a start on that whole “spring cleaning” dealio.  We’ll see.  First I’m going to read everybody’s blogs though!

Questions for ya’ll:

Do you ride a bike? Are you an outdoor biker or are you  more of an indoor, spin-class type?  Or do you not ride a bike at all, traumatized by memories of your awful experiences trying to learn as a child (JK – but if you are, please do NOT spare any details!!!)

How do you deal with a minor injury? I hurt myself in an area that really does not affect any of my activity other than being supremely ANNOYING, and I would love to hear your tips and tricks for ignoring the pain and moving past it!

Okay, blog-reading time.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2010 12:06 pm

    S&M machine…lol.

    we have dedicated bike paths here in town that run about 20 miles long through our town into the next state. The farthest Ive gone on the trail is about 6 miles. My bike probably needs some TLC since its been sitting out in the cold and rain and snow all winter.

  2. March 11, 2010 12:48 pm

    So sorry you got injured! I trip over anything and everything…hazards of being uncoordinated I guess.

    I have a bike and I love to ride it but LA is not conducive to bike riding. So many potholes and so much traffic. I had this brillant idea last year to ride my bike down a main thoroughfare (Wilshire Blvd) and I hit a pothole and went flying off the bike. Luckily I had a helmet on so things weren’t too bad but now I will only take my bike to the beach. The only problem is I don’t have a bike rack and apparently I have the only Audi in the world that doesn’t fit any bike rack. So my bike stays in the garage for now!

    I hope your ankle gets better soon!

  3. March 11, 2010 3:25 pm

    Sorry about you tripping haha! That is definitely something I would do too 🙂

    I do not ride a bike…unless you count spin class 🙂 And I think I would be terrified to ride in NYC!

    As for your injury, I think you just have to do whats needed to take the pain/swelling away and then wait for it to get better. It sucks, but for injuries, besides taking away the pain and trying to speed up the healing, the only thing you can really do is wait!

    Hope you feel better soon 🙂

  4. March 11, 2010 4:12 pm

    Ahh that’s totally something I would do, I hope your ankle feels better soon! My dad is an orthopedic and swears by Aleve for swelling…apparently it’s different from the others in some way, idk. All I know is that Tylenol makes it worse for some reason (which I also don’t know). Glad I’m so much help, haha!

  5. March 11, 2010 4:35 pm

    mind over matter regarding pain, i just focus on something else, best i can, but nagging injuries suck i totally hear you!
    I hope you try nooch, I think youd love it and honestly is so much better for you, and in my tastebuds, tastes better than cheese, so i dont think you’d miss fromage too much 🙂

    I gave an online coupon code in the post in case u dont wanna pay WF prices you can order it 🙂

    And i love grapefruit..so good!
    🙂

  6. March 11, 2010 5:14 pm

    oooh no to the pilates injury. i think you need to come up with a cooler story as to how you sustained it haha perhaps something involving your bike and the loco streets of nyc. i dont do spin. hate it actually. but i love biking outside. im actually an nyc driver–but when im feeling motivated by beautiful weather, ill take my bike on a path by mi casa. i live right by the water in brooklyn so there are so many amazing places to ride. i do not, ever, venture out onto the streets. bc im the type of person who’d get injured by tripping over a reformer, too.

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