My mom and sister flew down to visit me in LA this week/end, hence my long absence from blogging. If you follow my Instagram, you would know that we went out to eat…a lot. I usually try to stick to making my own meals to save money and stay healthy, but hey it’s a special occasion, right?
One of my all-time favorite things to do is to look up the best of the best restaurants around me and save them in hopes of trying them in the future, especially when there is reason to celebrate. What better reason to celebrate than a good old family visit! I made a bunch of reservations and waited impatiently for my mom and sis to join me in sunny SoCal!
During the time of their visit, we ate at some fabulous restaurants and tried some healthy things, some not-so-healthy things, and even did a little celeb spotting (Shoutout to LIZZIE MCGUIRE) I had such a fun weekend catching up, and showing them around some of my favorite spots, and was sad to see them go, but I was actually excited to jump back into my normal diet and exercise routine! ( I think I built up some serious endorphins)
Within an hour of their departure I was lacing up my Nike’s to go on a long awaited beach run! I don’t know if I was out of practice or just too excited, but on the downhill portion of my run I took a bad step, began to tumble, then tried to catch myself with my left leg. I didn’t fall, but I did hyper-extend my knee and ended up limping home, so much for a strong finish.
When I was growing up, I played a lot of soccer, not only that but I was the goal keeper for my club and school teams. My career as a goalie made it so I am no stranger to injury. In face, I was a regular in my school’s athletic training office. I’m not afraid to dive headfirst so make a save, or slide through grass or turf to catch a ball. I have been tackled, kicked, pancaked, I even dove headfirst into the goalpost, but I guess that one was my own fault. Through my experience with injury, I have learned a lot about my body and its recovery needs, I have also learned that ignoring or pushing through an injury is about the worst thing someone can do. (It’s all about P.R.I.C.E! Protect, rest, ice, compress, elevate)
As excited as I was about jumping into exercise this week, I have to take some time to make sure my body isn’t put in danger. Injuries happen, but it’s what you do about them that makes the difference. I guess this is all just a lesson in flexibility, running may be out of the question for me in the meantime, but that doesn’t mean I can’t work on my upper body or core (it’s all about the balance!) Don’t put your body at risk by ignoring it’s warning signs, but don’t let an injury slow you down either! Keep it strong, keep it safe, keep it moving.