Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thinking Out Loud

This has felt like the longest week ever. It has not been one of my better weeks, but I'll get into that in a minute. Please can it just be Saturday already?! I have a few things planned on Saturday for my boyfriend and I because it's been a heck of a week and we both need some time to destress and unwind. I'm keeping things a surprise, I LOVE surprises, and I'm pretty excited about it😁 anyway let's jump into this weeks thinking out loud post...

1. To say this week has been long is an understatement. The major blow came to me on Tuesday when I finally sucked it up and went to doctor because I had been having really bad knee pain for about a week. I figured it was nothing so I continued on it, I had a run streak to protect, but apparently I was wrong. Of course the doctor had to go and bend it every which way, at that point I felt like punching him because HOLY SMOKES IT HURT. The doctor is pretty sure I hurt my IT band which he stressed is common among runners and he told me to stop running for awhile. I was crushed. I have been running every single day for months. I love it and I miss it and I cannot wait to get back out there. I got sent for an X-RAY and if that doesn't show anything I'm going to get an MRI next week. I miss running SO MUCH😭

2. Want to know what else stinks about not being able to run right now? The weather is absolutly perfect. I'm talking 75F degrees, a light breeze, sunshine a picture perfect day. On the bright side I have been getting outside with Cora and soaking up all the sunshine. Cora is loving this weather as well because it's not too hot for her, she is not a fan of 90F degree days especially given she's black and has a LOT of fur. 

3. I found a two pound container of strawberries on sale for $3.50 so of course I snatched them up. Most places have one pound containers for $2 or $3 this time of year because berry season is basically over. I was cutting up some strawberries to go with dinner last night and I came across this mutated strawberries. You would think it's two strawberries but it's actually one strawberry! The leaf only went halfway through the middle of the berry, it was strange but it tasted delicious so I'm not going to complain.

4. It may still feel like summer but I'm totally crushing on these protein pumpkin waffles right now. Sadly I can't eat them with nut butter on top so I pile on the berries and syrup. They're so good and make a single serving so for those of us who cook for one it's perfect! The recipe easily doubles or triples so you can definitely make it for more than one. I really can't brag on this waffle enough, it's THAT GOOD😋

5. Some days when I actually get out of gym clothes and do my hair and makeup and feel accomplished. Such days obviously require the flower crown snapchat filter. Seriously though I basically live in gym clothes. I need to stop being such a bum and wear regular people clothes once in awhile because I wore jeans for the first time in awhile and it felt incredibly weird. I have a strict policy that I don't leave the house wearing sweatpants though so I'll throw on capris or something- never leggings though. I despise leggings.

6. I have been honing my carpentry skills with my dad recently. He decided to take on the task of rebuilding one of our main decks so I've been working with him. My dad has been having me help him with carpentry stuff and other various things like plumbing, electrical, car repairs/maintenance since I was really young and I've learned a lot. I'm proud of the fact that I can build stuff like deck railings and change the oil in my car without help. Needless to say I was never the girl who painted her nails when I was little #tomboy.

I don't have a ton to say this week so I will end things there. What's your favorite snapchat filter? What is one skill you have and are proud of?

Have a great Thursday everyone, only one more day until the weekend🎉🎉🎉


  1. oh your making me crave waffles now, those look so good!

    1. Come on over I'll happily make you some waffles because they are so good!!

  2. I feel you on the IT band injury! I hurt mine a few years back and the prescription was the same-- lots of ice and no running �� my doctor also gave me some good hip strengthening exercises to prevent any further injury (mine was due to some hip problems affecting my knee mechanics) so I can give those to you if you like! And yes for picking up carpentry skills! My dad has his own contracting business so I've worked with him for years and love knowing how to do all kinds of things like using power tools, framing out dry wall, and installing flooring. It always surprises people when they find that out about me haha!

    1. I'm so impatient with my IT Band. My doctor isn't sure if it's my IT Band or my lupus starting to flare, but based on where it hurts he wanted to play it safe and have me rest my IT Band. I may have gotten yelled at because it hurt for like a week and a half before I went to the doctor and I ran on it in the mean time, whoops :) I'd definitely be interested in seeing the IT Band exercises, I'm trying to stretch more because I have been slacking on it recently. That's so awesome that your dad has his own carpentry business, it's so helpful to have that skill set! Plus it saves you a ton of money when you need something done because you don't have to pay someone to do it for you! You're a woman of many talents ;)

  3. Oh Rachel! I'm so sorry your IT band is injured, but I'm praying that this is a refreshing month for your body. I'm actually thinking of taking a month off of running. I do love it, but I really want to refocus on why I love it. So maybe I'll join you in taking a break.

    And carpentry is intimidating to me; that's so cool you're doing it with your dad.

    I don't have Snapchat anymore, but I hope Instagram stories gets some filters! :)

    And your waffles? I was seriously craving a waffle after I saw that.

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words and prayers Emily! I am HORRIBLE at sitting still and taking time off, always have been, but it's been feeling a lot better so I should be good to go soon! There's absolutly nothing wrong with taking a break though, sometimes the body just needs to rest.
      I love IG stories WAY more than snapchat. I'm hardly on snapchat these days, but it would be awesome if IG stories got some filters!
      Come on over, I'd be happy to make some waffles for you!!

  4. That strawberry is so funky.

    IT band injuries are the worst! That thing is so sensitive and so easily injured. I hope it heals up and that you get feeling better soon. :( I know it's tough to take time off something you love to do, but it'll be better in the long run if you rest it now and are able to keep running in the future rather than doing permanent damage.

    What Emily said is encouraging, if difficult. Enjoy taking a break!

    1. Haha that was my thought exactly! I've seen some odd shaped fruit before but I've never seen a strawberry like this before.
      Thank you for your kind words! I'm horrible at taking time off- I can't sit still and I just love running- so I'm definitely learning patience but it's feeling so much better that I should be good to go soon :D
      Thank you again for your sweet words, have a fantastic day!!