Surviving a Sesamoid Fracture…as a runner

Hey there!

I want to jump into this post and discuss my attitude, recovery, and health during a broken bone in my foot.

As a runner, that’s something I did not wish upon myself or any other runner. It’s not as hurtful as a broken leg, but it’s so painful for someone who’s very active.

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Rewind to June 2014, I was running a lot and working out a bunch! I was putting a lot of pressure on these bones…(down below)

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I’m guessing I bruised it over the next couple of months but I know I probably fractured it when I started doing trail runs and jumping off rocks, etc.

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I should have went to the Podiatrist back in July when it really started to hurt and inflame but I thought it was just bruised and I had never experienced this before. I’ve been running for 7 years and I’ve never had foot problems except a little plantar fasciitis so, it was just my fault for assuming.

I ended up stopping all running and walking in November because it was hurting so bad and I was hoping it would just stop on its own. But by December, it was still hurting. So, I made that appointment to the podiatrist and found out I broke it.

Okay runners, have you ever been to the doctor and them tell you that you broke something? It literally makes your heart sink because you know you won’t be able to RUN. Yep, that was the only thing on my mind. Obsessed much? Well, whatever.

Oh, and he gave me this crappy sandal to wear for the next 6 weeks…

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I mean, if I have to wear this for that long, you could at least make it look better. But anyway, it did it’s job.

As soon as a I got home from the podiatrist, I knew I had to be 100% on board with this healing process so I wouldn’t hurt my foot again. I needed to do everything right!

Things you should think about if you break a sesamoid bone

  • Begin lowering your calorie intake (you’ll be sitting a lot more and no intense workouts)
  • EAT SUPER CLEAN and HEALTHY!
  • Take bone healing supplements (Bone-Up, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Fish Oil, Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin E, Copper, etc..)
  • Increase anti-inflammatory nutrients
  • Check your protein intake

The doc told me no weight bearing workouts on my legs, so that meant NO SQUATS either. I was a little frustrated at first but I needed to get excited about being healed because I was sick of the pain. But not being able to do burpees and lunges was killing me!!!

Workouts I was able to do during the 6 weeks of healing:

  • Upper body strength training (Check out some of my arm workouts HERE)
  • Band Assisted Pullups and Chinups (Did a lot of these and I’ve gotten way better at them)
  • Toning the back side
    • Donkey kicks, tone it up hamstring curl, side leg lifts, side planks, clamshell exercise, booty kicks, booty bridges, etc…)
  • ABS ABS ABS (I did a lot of side planks, sit-ups, crunches, butterfly crunches, mermaid crunch (tone it up), bird dog, hamstring curls with exercise ball, superman, etc…)

I didn’t have the chance to do anything intense but I still got to move around a little and work my muscles some while being injured.

Now that it’s been over 8 weeks since I’ve been to the doctor, I’ve been in my regular shoes again (yay!) and for cardio, I’m doing 1-4 miles walks. I also saw my chiropractor for a couple of days to get my pelvis, back and neck aligned. Believe me, I was all messed up from having to walk so weird with that post-op sandal everyday and everywhere.

This week I started walking more and I’ve amped up my workouts a little to where my heart rate can get a lot higher.

If anyone’s interested, I’d be more than happy to share all my workouts I created for myself during this injury.

I hope this post helps anyone who may be having an injury or the same one I had. If you have any more questions, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at inshapecupcake@gmail.com

If anyone reading does have an injury, I know it’s a pain in the butt, but take this time to really understand how to be more healthy so you can heal the very best!

xx audrey

 

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What’s Been Going On and a GIVEAWAY!

Hey lovelies!

Fall is here and this girl is SUPER happy!

I’m slowly trying to get back in the blogging game. I just don’t want to get burned out again and feel like I’m out of ideas. Taking so many pictures of my life is hard to do when I’m trying to be more communicative to the people around me. There’s just a point where you have to slow down or stop for a bit and embrace each moment with your full attention.

But hey, I’m coming back and I’ve got a ton of ideas.

First, I want to TRY to blog Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week. I can’t promise you anything, but I will definitely try to make it happen.

Second, I thought you’d be interested in what’s been going on the past 2 months so I’m here to share!

In August, I got a new job (yay!), I am also officially certified as a Health & Nutrition Coach, I suffered a really crappy foot injury that ruined my half marathon plans, and I created The Alabaster Running Club where beginners and non-beginners come out to run twice a week in Alabaster. It’s so much fun being the president of a running club. Whhaawhhatt?

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In September, I started planning my health and wellness workshop that will be in Alabaster in the next 2 months, I’m enjoying my job, I made awesome workouts, and tried new things!

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This month is going to be busy, awesome, and pretty SWEET! I’m getting some final and official details done with my upcoming workshop, designing my own flyers, and I’m learning a lot along the way. I can’t wait to share with you everything this workshop will entail. I’m excited to be teaming up with some awesome, awesome, brands that I want everyone to know about. So stay tuned!

Okay, enough about me! I’m kicking off Fall with a giveaway FOR ONE OF YOU!

If… you’re looking to lose weight, get healthy, or feel confident in your body, this is for you! I’m giving away a 3 month health coaching program. Let’s stay healthy for the upcoming Holiday seasons!

To enter:

#1 Like & Share this status–> https://www.facebook.com/balancedbodymethod/posts/290161584517967 <–,

#2 Comment “Yes!” on the status

Bonus entry, go to my instagram–> Audreyruns and follow me! But make sure to comment on any picture to let me know your entering for this giveaway!!!


I will randomly pick a winner on OCTOBER 27!

3 month program

WHAT WILL YOU GET…READ HERE – – – > http://thebodymethod.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/health-coaching

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As always, thanks for reading! Love you guys!

XXaudrey

 

Healthy SKOOP Protein Review and FUDGE BITES Recipe!

Hey lovely’s!

I’m back! And I’ve got a review and a discount to kick off Fall! Who’s ready to hear about some protein powder?

A couple of weeks ago, Madelyn with Healthy Skoop, reached out to me and asked if I would like to review! I had already won some Healthy Skoop protein from a giveaway and it was delicious, so of course, I needed to review it and share with you guys!

SKOOP

What is SKOOP?

B-Strong, is a plant-based protein powder that promotes a three-stage process for manufacturing strong, lean muscles and all-over health.

It’s designed to:

  • help your body absorb nutrients
  • build muscle
  • recover quickly.

Unlike most protein powders, B-Strong also contains prebiotics that promote a happy belly, as well as amino acids such as essentials, non-essentials and BCAAs, and even Mediterranean fruits.

  • gluten
  • dairy
  • soy free
  • Contains pea and brown rice protein.

The fatty acids aid hormone function, healthy skin and cellular repair, but they also help the gut absorb macro and phytonutrients throughout your day.

The BCAAs (branch chain amino acids) keep your muscles strong and happy throughout your daily activity or workout, so that you recover quickly and efficiently.

B-Strong contains 160 calories, 16 g of protein, 18 g of carbohydrates, and 6 g of fiber. The fiber and protein will keep you satiated for hours and the carbohydrates will fuel your body with the energy it needs to power on through the day!

Tastes great mixed with almond milk, coconut milk, water, or in a smoothie. 

They also have an affiliate/distributor program, which also allows them to donate 10% of everything purchased to a national non-profit that provides kids with fresh fruits and veggies at school.

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They snuck in a few samples of B-Lovely and A-Game too, which tasted great in a smoothie. Oh my gosh, don’t get me started on that delicious berry taste in B-Lovely. Mix in some cocoa powder and banana…WOW!

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I did the 5-day challenge and had A-Game for breakfast Monday-Friday. Great idea for those who don’t usually get a lot of nutrients first thing in the morning. It’s so important!

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Enjoyed having B-Strong smoothies for my post run/workouts in my blender bottle!

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And for fun, I JUST HAD to create a recipe using SKOOP. I actually made this on accident when I had won a bag of SKOOP a while back, so I had to share this with you!

Vanilla Peanut Butter Protein Fudge Bites

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Ingredients

  • 4 TBSP Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup SKOOP B-Strong Protein Powder (Viva-Nilla)
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Flour
  • 2 packets of Stevia
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • Splash of Vanilla Extract
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • Optional: Pumpkin Spice, Cinnamon, Almond Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter, Chia Seeds

Directions

  • Put everything in that order and then mix together in a large bowl.
  • I got 8 balls out of the mixture (I ate one before I took the pictures, whoops!)
  • ENJOY!

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And FOR YOU….A DISCOUNT! Use SHAPE10 for 10% off your order!

I hope you enjoyed this review and now you know more about SKOOP protein! I enjoy it way more because it’s a brown rice protein, which works better for me than a whey protein…so, this girl will definitely keep buying!

Questions:

  • Do you like whey protein or a plant based protein?
  • Have you tried SKOOP?