Today I’m sharing a recap of my workouts and recipes. It’ll be a shot post, as not much happened on the workout front this week because of an injury.

Weekly Workouts and Recipes April 15 to 21 2018

I have to apologize up front for the lack of photos in this post. Since there were no workouts this week, I didn’t have any photos of those. Then I somehow missed photgraphing the meals I made over the week too. Total blogger fail on my part.

Tennis Ball

Workouts

Know how I took it easy last week because the plantar fasciitis in my right foot was acting up again? Well it got worse this week. Ugh. Apparently I’ve been babying my right foot, because the plantar fasciitis then started to flare up in my left foot too. So annoying. In case you haven’t heard of it before, plantar fasciitis is when the fascia on the bottom of the foot (from the ball of your foot to your heel) gets too tight and causes pain on the bottom of your heel every time you take a step. I describe it as feeling like the bottom of my heel is getting ripped off every time I step on it.

As a result of the pain and wanting to get my feet feeling better ASAP, I haven’t done any workouts this week. Even low impact things like walking or the elliptical make it feel worse and cause my feet to tighten up, so I just avoided it all. At the end of my work day my feet have been pretty sore, so I knew that workouts would just exacerbate the plantar fasciitis and make it worse.

Instead of working out I’ve been rolling out the bottom of both my feet with either a tennis ball or a golf ball. I usually do 10 minutes at a time at least a few times a day. It helps to deal with the tightness and makes the heel pain lessen a bit once I’m done. It’s definitely not fun to do, but I know my feet feel better once I’m finished. In addition to using the balls to roll out my feet I”m also doing some stretched including stretching my calves, as tight calves can contribute to plantar fasciitis. I’m actually going to try rolling out my feet with a frozen water bottle this weekend. It was recommended to be, so I thought I’d give it a try. I’m hoping the cold will help! Has anyone else dealing with it tried a frozen water bottle?

For anyone who’s dealt with re-occurring plantar fasciitis, you’ll know how incredibly frustrating it is. I’ll overdo it a bit one day, and the next few weeks I’ll be paying for it. While it only takes one day of doing too much or doing a high impact workout to cause it, it never goes away quickly. It usually take me a few weeks of being gentle and rolling out my feet before I feel back to normal.

Recipes

One Pot Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

I only ended up making two recipes this week, but they were both delicious ones. I’ve made One Pot Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta¬†(<link to recipe)¬†before, so I knew that it was easy to make and was really good. Once I chop the tomatoes into strips it’s pretty easy to make. Even though it’s super easy to make, it always tastes like a fancy meal to me. You can’t go wrong with a recipe like that.

Sloppy Joes

I’ve made this recipe 2 or 3 times before, so I switched it up a bit this week and tried using a bit less ketchup than the recipe calls for. While it did taste a bit different, I don’t think it was a bad different. Ketchup is notorious for being full of sugar, so I wanted to cut back a bit on the sugar. I put in about half the ketchup that the recipe said to. I also added a chopped onion and I really liked it in there. I ended up getting 6 meals out of this one (I shared with some family member because they said it smelled so good while I was making it), so it’s a great recipe to make if you’re wanting leftover for lunches. You can find the recipe I used here.

I need to live vicariously through you today – what was your favorite workout from the past week?

Weekly Workouts and Recipes April 15 to 21 2018