I woke up today with a stiff neck. I could not even turn my head around to turn off my alarm clock. I’m not sure if the stiff neck came from my sleeping position last night or from the boxes I was carrying yesterday cleaning up the garage.
After I massaged my neck and shoulders to loosen it up a bit, I made a cup of strong coffee today, Trader Joe’s cocoa coffee. Sipped in a mug designed with our wedding colors 🙂
Today’s placemat, my notepad filled with with wedding to-do list.
I headed to the gym for my usual morning workout. I usually do Body Pump on Friday mornings, but with the stiff neck, I opted for an easy workout on the treadmill, but every time I would swing my arms while running, I would feel the pain around my shoulders.
I hopped off the treadmill, and jumped on the elliptical. My total workout was around 40 mins.
I drove like a grandma going home, because I could not look over my blind spot with the neck area still in pain.
Good thing making a smoothie does not involve moving my head or lifting my arms to stir if I was making oatmeal.
Pumpkin Pie smoothie in a bowl.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup sweet potato puree or pumpkin puree (I used mashed roasted sweet potato)
- 1/2 banana
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- a dash of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice & stevia for sweetener
- 1 cup ice cubes
- xantham gum to make it thick (optional)
Sprinkled with granola and coconut flakes.
I enjoyed every.single.scoop.
During breakfast, I thought of my Salonpas Pain Relief Patch samples stashed around (from the Be Fit and Pain Free blogger event), waiting for the time that I would need them. I put on two, one for each side of my shoulders.
I’ve had it on for a few hours now and my shoulders are feeling a little better, I am still in pain but at least I can move my head from side to side. I’m supposed to keep it on for 8-12 hours, so we will see later on tonight.
Cinco De Mayo
Even though Cinco De Mayo was celebrated yesterday, we have been enjoying our fish tacos all week long.
Chris caught some fresh fish this past weekend and he fillet it right away because he was craving fish tacos.
While he worked on prepping the fish, I played sous chef and chopped all the vegetables for toppings and for the homemade fish sauce.
Nothing beats the taste of fresh caught fish, never been frozen and ready for the eating a few hours after.
Simple but oh so flavorful!