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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Protein??

My internet is totally trippin today.. you all know that I, ahem, borrow my internet at the moment and I would like to know why it goes faster when it tells me my signal is low than when it says it's good? This is so backwards to me. Anyway, let's see if I can get through a whole post shall we?
First things first.. the car is back and running well. I would recommend to everyone that if you have a personal friend who is a mechanic to consult with them before letting anyone work on your car, no matter how much you trust your place. I trust my place, they have saved me a ton of money in the past, but still wanted to start with something so crazy expensive and my ex gave a better suggestion.. one that ended up being right. Good thing we are now on good terms because he saved my ass on that one.
Secondly, I am a little bummed out today. I went for a run yesterday before my 8 hour shift at Target, and while I'm happy I did that, my knees are killing me today. They weren't hurting until a few hours into my shift so I don't think the running really caused it, but my left one hurts enough today that I am icing it at the moment and wondering if I am going to be able to do anything today. It will suck if not, because I have the day off for a friend's bridal shower, and I really wanted to run afterward. I guess I will see how the day goes.
Speaking of working out, I have been thinking about my diet and worrying about something I have never stressed over before.... protein. Most people think we need wayy more protein than we actually need, and since there is protein in almost every single food, I have never stressed too hard over it before. However, after reading this post from Averie about how she is now eating more protein for her workouts, I started thinking about my intake. I am working out now and trying to build a little muscle, so naturally I will need more. As we "speak" I am eating oatmeal, which I haven't eaten in months. I made it with almond milk, a banana, some peanut butter, and a big spoonful of wheat germ. Its pretty good! I started finding and following some more food blogs over the weekend and a lot of them have some pretty intense oatmeal recipes, so I will be able to jazz this up a little...(canned pumpkin anyone??? YUM I bet pumpkin oatmeal rocks.) Yesterday I had some Greek yogurt and a Clif bar. So I am definitely getting in more protein than usual. I am trying to get it more from plant sources than animal sources, because even though I never officially gave up eggs or seafood, I haven't eaten them in a LONG time. So I'm not sure how my body will react. I have had dairy in the form a cheese and small amounts of skim milk, but I still worry that I would get sick. Its been a couple of months at least. Not to mention that I believe that plant based proteins are cleaner forms anyway, and better assimilated by the body. But I won't go into all that :)
ANYway, I hope everyone had a good weekend. I am going to spend some time reading blogs and icing my knee, then its off to the shower and Whole Foods after!

8 comments:

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Hi Rachel...everyone has to listen to her body re the protein (food in general!) situation. Being that I have an *extremely highly physical lifestyle from training for fitness comps to teaching yoga, i am in a very unique boat so my path is not your path is not her path, etc. It's good youre listening to your body. And if I was on a more "average" path, i wouldnt go out of my way on protein, but I'm unique right now :)

have a great day!

Nikosmommy said...

Glad you got your car back and running!!

Kmama said...

I'm glad you've been coming by to comment on my blog! Thank you!

How are your knees today? I hate when my body won't cooperate!!

Rachel said...

Averie: Yeah I'm not too too stressed about it, but since I eat mostly fruits and veggies and I want to tone up, (not body builder style like you, but I want some tone lol,) I think I need a little more. I got some Amy's burgers and MAN, they are excellent. And all veggie :)

Nikosmommy: ME TOO!!! I tend to over stress things like this in general, but I think this was warranted. I was panicking.

Kmama: I'm trying to be better about commenting, because I read all the blogs I follow and then I realize that I never commented on anything, even though I think they are hilarious or moving or whatever, so I'm trying to be better about it :) My knees are not 100%, I tried to tough it out yesterday for a run and I ended up walking more than normal. I def need new shoes.

WhisperingWriter said...

I'm glad the car is working again.

We are huge fans of protein over here.

Kristy Quinn said...

Car places scare me as much as car dealerships. Shiesty people :/ I'm sorry your knees are hurting! I can't run for that very reason. Really good shoes will def. help you. When I was sorking out so much that was the only way I could do it. That TOTALLY saved my knees and my back. :D I wish I had the money to buy shoes that good again right now. lol Hope those knees feel better soon! *hugs*

Rachel said...

Whispering Writer: Yeah, my boyfriend is too. I think it depends on your body chemistry.. my body LOVES carbs, and even when I was eating meat I could go for days without much protein. Be careful not to get too much, it can be rough on the kidneys!

Kristy!! I was so happy to see that you wrote today, I've missed you :) I am going to email you in a little bit.. and yes, as soon as I have the money, I will be getting new running shoes. (Its killing me to spend a lot of money on shoes that aren't heels, just so everyone knows. But I need too!)

Kristy Quinn said...

Hi! I've missed you too! Boy, having 4 sick kids, a sick hubby and being sick too sure can suck all of someones time :O lol I'm getting back slowly but sureley. Don't feel too bad about spending a lot on shoes that aren't heals. Mine became my fav pair of shoes. I took such good care of them I wore them forever. Man I miss those Nikes! LOL *hugs to you!*