Last week, I went to see a doctor about the inflexible shoulder that is giving me trouble and some pain. This doctor had never met me before, didn’t know my history, yet here were his recommendations:
1. He brushed off my request to go see a chiropractor and told me my BMI number. Argh!
2. He said it was probably a little arthritis and perhaps I should look at other forms of exercises other than kettlebells. I responded by giving him what we Brits call a “Paddington Bear Hard Stare”.
3. He prescribed ibuprofen.
4. He told me that now I’m 50 I should have a colonoscopy. I’d say that was a successful visit! (*dripping sarcasm*)
I am NOT giving up kettlebells. If you remember, my goals this year were to be able to swing a 24kg bell 100 times, do a Turkish Get Up with a 14kg bell and to do 5 perfect push ups. However, push ups & shoulder presses seem to aggravate my shoulder. Should I push through the pain just to get to these goals, or should I adjust my goals to something that will not cause more injury?
I think the sensible option is the second. It’s not failure. It’s recognizing that it’s going to take longer to get to some goals that others may sail up to and breeze through, but if I don’t have a great foundation to build upon, I’m only going to end up getting injured. And yes, that is also a metaphor for life and so many other things! I’m meeting with Nancy to talk about this goal adjustment. Perhaps it’s just work towards more mobility in these darn shoulders. Because I am NOT going to give up. So if those bloomin’ annoying voices inside start the comparison thing or the “you’re going backwards” whisper, I will trample those voices on my way to my (adjusted) goals.
Dan and I went to Ogunquit, Maine for a few days last week. Beautiful sunny, cold days and yes, I did go “off-road” in my eating, so I have decided to start another Whole 30, just to re-set as my jeans are feeling a little tighter and my wobbly bits a little wobblier.
One of my favourite things to make on a Friday night is steak or chicken fajitas because it’s so easy and quick. Hannaford has a great recipe for fajita sauce, but just like adjusting my goals, I have to adjust the recipe so that it is Whole 30 compliant. So, no brown sugar and no Worcestershire sauce. However, I find that coconut aminos is quite sweet and pretty much compensates. If I am not doing a Whole30, I may add a little amount of honey or maple syrup for the sweetness.
For the marinade, I use 2 tbsp EVOO, mixed with the juice of 1 ½ limes, a tbsp coconut aminos, (a squeeze of maple syrup if you are not doing a Whole30), ½ tspn ground cumin and 1 tbsp (or more) minced fresh cilantro. I also add a dash of Tabasco and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes and chipotle cayenne pepper, but adjust to your taste. If I’m doing steak fajitas, I quickly sear the steak on both sides, slice thinly and chuck the steak in the marinade for 20 minutes. If I use chicken, I buy an organic rotisserie chicken, pull it to pieces and chuck that in the marinade.
Slice up a red onion, and a red and green pepper and cook them in olive oil or coconut oil in a hot skillet (I love to get a kind of blackened thing going on with the peppers) until cooked, then add the meat and marinade to the skillet until the meat is warmed through and the marinade has coated everything. That’s it. I eat mine with some salsa and guac, and Dan has his with flour tortillas and some sour cream and salsa. There is a recipe for Simple Paleo Tortillas and I know some people who swear by them, so give them a try!
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