Being Cautious and Sunday Dinner Recipe

At the start of the weekend I wrote:

This weekend, I will run with some friends, attend a big family dinner, swim at the pool, attend more yoga classes than I have all year and have some frozen yogurt.

Sadly, not everything went according to plan.

After both of Wednesday’s workouts, I was feeling really sore on Thursday. But by Friday, most of the soreness had faded except this nagging twinge in my hamstring. Having had hamstring injuries before, I knew this wasn’t just normal post-workout soreness. I was concerned.

So I went to see my chiropractor who told me that it was just a very small area that was affected…”a small fiber”, as she described it. She did some muscle work on it and said it loosened up quite a bit. She also said since I had full range of motion, that I could still do all my normal activities, but cautioned that there was a risk of aggravating it more.

I had planned to run on Saturday at Sawyer’s Camp with my friend Yvette. I normally don’t run with anyone else, but since I was having some mental blocks last week, I thought that having someone else there to push me would really help. Yvette is such a passionate runner, and supportive friend I knew she’d be the perfect person for this.

While the hammy didn’t hurt, it still felt “tight”; and with a half-marathon scheduled for next weekend, I was apprehensive about running on it. Plus I was coming down with a cold. So I texted my Coach and he changed things up to some cardio at the gym. And I ended up canceling our run. Perhaps I was being paranoid, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.

I had also planned to take a yoga class on Saturday after our run, as well as go to the free Lululemon yoga class on Sunday. Neither of those happened either.

With no run scheduled, and feeling under the weather, I spent most of the weekend sleeping and working on my blog for the Bloggiesta.

The only times I even left the house were for dinner on Friday night at The Slider Bar Café (good food, but small and very crowded), a big family dinner on Saturday at PF Chang’s, and a long swim at the pool today. How’s that for a Fat Dog weekend? ☺

In all seriousness, I’m glad I took it easy this weekend. I really needed the rest and I actually think I’m almost over this cold. And I’m also happy I had some down time to do some maintenance on this little blog (more on this tomorrow).

Oh and to round things out, yes, I did in fact get some Fraiche – I swear its what’s curing my cold…all those probiotics. :)

Sunday Dinner
Here’s this week’s Sunday dinner recipe:

Chile-Garlic Shrimp


{photo from the Cooking Light web site…my cooking does not turn out looking this good.}

Ingredients
1 (3 1/2-ounce) bag boil-in-bag brown rice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp (about 32)
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 large garlic cloves, sliced (I just used minced garlic)
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup dry white wine
4 (1/4-inch-thick) lemon slices
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon butter
Lemon wedges (optional) (I left this out)

Preparation

1. Cook rice according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

2. Sprinkle salt and black pepper evenly over shrimp. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp, red pepper, garlic, and bay leaf to pan; cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add wine and lemon to pan. Increase heat to medium-high, and bring to a simmer; cook until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup (about 3 minutes). Remove from heat. Discard bay leaf and lemon. Add parsley and butter, stirring until butter melts. Serve shrimp and sauce over rice. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 344 (29% from fat)
Fat: 11.4g (sat 3.1g,mono 4.9g,poly 1.8g)
Protein: 36.9g
Carbohydrate: 21.9g
Fiber: 1.5g
Cholesterol: 266mg
Iron: 4.8mg
Sodium: 581mg
Calcium: 99mg

+ I love making recipes from Cooking Light because they are healthy, easy to follow, and already listed in the My Fitness Pal database!

PS Thumbnail photo from the Fraiche web site so you can see how delish it looks…best fro-yo ever!

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