Saturday, April 30, 2011

CSA Veggies and Workout Adjustments

Yesterday, we got another wonderful CSA box.

Here is what we got and what I plan to do with each item:
  • Oranges; lunches, if I can convince the toddler not to juice them all; he is obsessed with juicing oranges!
  • Mandarins – same as the oranges
  • Celery – veggie sauce to go with pasta; salad; stir fry
  • Broccoli – roast with yams
  • Radishes – add to salad
  • Yams – roast with broccoli
  • Zucchini – sauté with onions, garlic, and tomatoes
  • Strawberries – lunches
  • Onion – veggie sauce to with pasta
  • Lettuce – salad
Workout Adjustments

As you may remember, I planned my meals and workouts at the beginning of the week. While the meals went as planned, my workouts did not work out. First, the toddler and I got a really bad cold. By Monday night I had a very bad sore throat and felt miserable. I decided to listen to my body and only did a short yoga routine on Tuesday. On Wednesday I felt a bit better, and hubby, the toddler and I went for a 7 mile walk in the afternoon. Here are some pictures from the walk:

Unfortunately, I didn’t wear the right shoes and socks and ended up with two very painful blisters which since have become infected. My three mile walk on Thursday probably didn’t help the situation…

Pretty much exactly a year ago, I got very sick with the flu, and I didn’t listen to my body. I kept working out and pushing myself as soon as I was just a bit better, and I ended up not getting better for many weeks. I’m determined to be kinder to myself these days, even if that means missing some workouts.

However, not working out is sometimes easier said than done. I really enjoy my daily workouts, and they are the source of my “happy hormones.” So missing workouts has consequences. I have found that just 10 – 15 minutes of simple stretches and yoga moves make me feel better. So that’s what I plan to do until I can work out again.

Questions: Do you listen to your body when you get injured or sick? Does not working out affect your mood? What strategies do you use when you have to miss workouts? Finally, what will you be up to this weekend? 

Be well,


  1. oh what a great CSA assortments!

  2. That's an impressive walk: 7 miles! Sorry to hear about the blisters.

    I listen to my body when I get injured or sick and take it slow. If I don't workout for a few days I do get a bit cranky. And when I miss a workout I usually accept it and move on, don't try to catch up.

    Today it's Queen's day in Holland which means the whole country has festivities. We've been to our village this afternoon for that. Tomorrow I have to catch up ons househould chores and administration.

  3. I hate getting blisters - ouch! I definitely listen to my body, but its rare that I am sick - I probably just jinxed myself by saying that!

    Hubs is installing our dishwasher as I type - so excited! :D

  4. That's great that you're listening to your body. I hope you feel better soon!

    I'm uber jealous of those veggies. They look amazing :)

  5. I learned that the hard way too. I use to keep on going but now I know its okay to take a break and let the body have time to heal.

    What a shame about the blisters-I hate that. Good shoes and Thorlo walking socks are a must for me!

    We ran errands this morning. Hit Home Depot and bought supplies for chores and repairs around the house. Went and looked at house paint colors as we will be having the exterior of the house painted this summer. I have to look at houses, I just can't tell from that little tiny paint chip!

    Happy Healing to you.

  6. I remember when you were sick last year! We've been "blog friends" for two years now, and I can now say, "I remember when..". haha, we'll HAVE to meet one day, Andrea.

    Like you, I can't help but workout at least a bit even when I'm sick. When I was sick a couple months ago the first day I couldn't move, but when I felt slightly better the next day I forced myself to get up and do a slow workout on the elliptical. I really think it helped. I broke a quick sweat, then got off the machine. I also did some really light weights, which I also think helped give me some energy.

    Listening to your body is best. I hope you feel better, and I'm happy to hear you already are!

  7. That's so cute that the toddler loves juicing!! Awwww! :D Peter and I just joined a CSA this year and I can't wait to pick up our first week's produce!

    I think you're exactly right to listen to your body and not to puck yourself when you're sick. Whenever I feel crummy, I either take some time off, or like you did, do something gently like a short walk or some stretching. Sorry to hear about your blisters! I hope your feet (and you) feel 100% soon! Feel better, Andrea!

  8. *push instead of "puck". I don't know where that came from, hehe :P

    Have a great Sunday!

  9. The CSA assortment looks amazing.

    Its funny how even though one part of the plan always works well, something else seems to go a rye.

  10. Anonymous5/01/2011

    Sorry to hear that you got flue and those blisters. Hope you feel better soon.
    I love the post workout feeling, they are really dasily happy hormone dose. But I think it's so important to listen to our body,l treat it as something precious, as we take carre of our loved ones. So now when I don't feel strong, i don't workout. When I have other things to focus on, I have no problem skipping workout. The last week when we were in Orlando, we had a great gym at the hotel but i didn't go there once and i didn't feel bad because i spent good time with my mom. :)

  11. Hope your blistery foot feels better soon. You live in a beautiful part of the world, what a lovely walk!! Have a great rest of the weekend Andrea!

  12. Anonymous5/01/2011

    andrea, great post! yes i listen to my body very acutely and find that prevents me from getting sick a lot of the time. love your 7 mile walk! so sorry about the blisters though.

  13. I agree completely, I need working out- it's medicinal. I missed a couple workouts last week and felt the difference mentally. I generally try to do more "activity" walking, things around office or house when I can't do an actual workout. Ooh and you're making me want to join the CSA again. Feel better, I never slow down and often pay for it.

  14. your poor feet!!

    how are they now?

    and as far as my body? I listen. maybe too much? :)
    but I decided long ago this is a marathon not a sprint and if i wanna do it for the long haul---I need to listen.


  15. A few years ago I startred having trouble with my ankles, but did not take care of the situation. I ended up with achilles tendonitis in both ankles was was laid up for 6 weeks. Never again! Now I always pay attention to what my body wants, whether it be a walk, run, jaunt on the elliptical or a rest day...

  16. I'm pretty good about listening to my body. Over exercising or under-eating has never been a problem for me. I'm of the other type...couch potato..(ahem). Seriously, my nature is very sedentary. I like to sit and just think and would do that half the day if I allowed myself too.