Today was my first day of pool therapy. It kicked my butt. I was ready to call it a day at 1230pm. I couldn't though - I still had to work. Not sure why but I kinda had the idea that pool therapy would be like water aerobics. I was VERY wrong.
For the first 30 min of therapy we did cardio. We did scissor kicks, flutter kicks, running in place w/ hand weights, running the length of the pool as quick as we can, kick-boarding the length of the pool as quick as possible, side kick-boarding (kind of like a side swimming stroke, but with a kick board) the length of the pool, and then on our backs across the pool and back using only our legs. Then we repeated the entire thing again.
The 2nd half of therapy was muscle strengthening (I think.) They divided us into groups based on our injuries. My group did running in place, jumping jacks, hops, butt kicks, side steps, side hops, lunges and squats and other similar exercises. The pool is 5ft deep at the most shallow part - lunges and squats cause you to go under water - its very weird. Next time I am wearing goggles!!
So I was super tired after that. I ate lunch in my car because I didn't have time to come home and change before I had to be back to my next work task. I had to go to the DFAC (pronounced "d-Fac" & meaning dining facility) to help them with their end of year inventory. So, basically I sat in the dry stock room while the Soldiers counted the items in there and wrote them down - I was there to make sure they were writing down the correct numbers of items and not cheating the system. It is required by Army regulation that a dis-interested person be present - today that person was me. Fun stuff, right?
Now, lets get down to business - Food talk time!!
I tired a few new products today. First, I tried Strawberry Chobani this morning.
It was very strawberry! I'm not huge on strawberry but after trying pineapple with my pineapple chobani I wanted to try strawberry w/ strawberries. Here is a pic of the mess I made (chobani, strawberries and fiber one cereal):
It was good, but I think I will stick with pineapple!!
Next up I tried this Gnu fiber bar:
This bar gets the following rating: Eat if you are hungry and have nothing else to it. It really was not bad, but it certainly was not great either. I will not be purchasing any more. I do, however, have another flavor, which I shall review once I get in a situation that requires a bar to hold me over. In this bars defense it was only 140 calories and it does have 12 grams of fiber.
Dinner tonight was something I've been wanting for a week or so now. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup:
(Thanks Aunt Kay for the perfect dish set!) I love this combo and the weather lately has made me want warm comforting food. I used Progresso High Fiber Tomato Soup and the sandwich is made with double fiber bread (sprayed with I can't believe its not butter) and a slice of low-fat pepper jack cheese. Yum yum.
Status update: Today was day 9 of sticking to the calorie limit recommended by the nutritionist. It is getting easier to make it on this lower number of calories, but still frustrating sometimes. Also I am only .6 lbs less than I was the first day of starting this. Seems like a lot of work for such little results. Hopefully it will start working soon!
Have a great night everyone.