As I get my workout together and test my knee, I found the need to be more vigilant with my food intake. Everyone talks about reading labels and it’s really the easiest thing you can do to help get fit. For a week I made sure to read labels. No added salt – no added sugar.
I was amazed at how many foods have these two ingredients added. Like majorly…
I will also add that going the no salt –no sugar route didn’t significantly adjust the taste. Doing this with moderate exercise netted me a 1.5 pound loss. Reading is Fundamental.
4 months ago I sprained my knee a couple of hours after running a 5k. This is the longest it has taken me to recover. My right knee has given me trouble over the years. 6 years ago I had a lateral release. I just can’t seem to get this knee healthy.
About a month ago I finally went to the doctor to get it checked out. Luckily, I didn’t tear anything but I was still suffering a bit from issues with my patella. My doctor told me to try and start running again. Of course I didn’t. Just not ready to test it out.
I did get a little more active. Playing tennis and I went back to the Bar Method. I ordered KT tape and I love it. Support without the bulkiness of the brace.
Last week I went on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Key West, Cuba and Mexico. Empress of the Seas is a smaller ship with a decent fitness center. Except this ship was sold out. So it was a little hard to get a treadmill. I had to work out in order to keep pace with my eating! So I gave the knee a shot on the jog track on deck 6. First, half mile I only walked. Second, half-mile, I walked and ran! I did about a mile and a half. Then I went back to the fitness center. Waited for a treadmill and got in ½ mile running on an incline! I had some pain later and swelling but nothing I couldn’t manage (especially with Biofreeze). Also, on this cruise I tried Zumba again. I went through the hour class without any pain.
So now I have the confidence to introduce more running into my routine. Which is desperately needed. Good news, I only gained 2 pounds on the cruise. Bad news, I am at my heaviest weight in years. 4 months until my birthday celebration. It’s time to start training for gold.
I didn’t play golf all summer. I don’t know if it’s the southern heat or my lack of passion since Tiger Woods went on hiatus. Then I was invited to LudaDay Weekend in Atlanta, GA . LudaDay weekend is a 3 day event during Labor Day weekend is hosted by actor/entertainer Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and benefits The Ludacris Foundation. The aim of the foundation is to inspire the youth through education, memorable experiences and helping the youth help themselves. The focus is what Ludacris calls the “3Ls”: Leadership and Education, Living Healthy and Going Green programs, and LudaCares. Help Youth help themselves.
The 2nd Annual “Grass is Always Greener” Golf Tournament was held at Crystal Lake Golf Course in Hampton, GA. Crystal Lake Golf Course was designed by Denis Griffiths who borrowed a bit from Scotland with a good bit of deception and links style bunkering.
If you’re in the Atlanta area, I highly recommend going to this course. The staff was awesome and the course amazing.
This year’s golf goals include getting golf fit. This year I’m doing it by the numbers. First, The Whole 30 program to help me form healthy eating habits. This program is all about eating non-processed whole foods. I did a test run in January and it helped me kick my sugar habit. I decided to give it a go again in February. So far so good, although I thought not having King Cake on Fat Tuesday was going to be the knock out punch.
The second part of my plan is the Couch to 5K app. I am really enjoying this app. I like interval training and I really like how it incorporates my workout playlist. I’ve even recruited some co-workers to join me.
I’m actually having fun getting golf fit.
I was recently introduced to a young golfer. Her enthusiasm for the game is contagious. After going almost half the year without playing, she had me on the range one day and playing 9 holes the next day. She is determined to help me improve my game. I am excited and energized to play the game again and to keep your posted on my progress.
Absolutely I love this game with or without Tiger. But reality is that I’m obsessed with golf when he’s in it. So imagine my pure joy that the Hero World Challenge supporting the Tiger Woods Foundation is featuring the man!
And then this happens. A celebrity golf day and my Fairy Golf Father Alonzo Mourning is playing. So I trot over to Isleworth to walk several holes with big Zo. I’ve never been to Isleworth before so it was super exciting to walk a new course. I will be out there several times this week.
I will admit, when Tiger Woods announced he wasn’t going to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational- I wasn’t sure what to do.
I knew I would probably not go to the pro-am but how else would I set my day. I didn’t really know what to do with the freedom.
Well, I found ways, lots of ways. Here I thought…oh I’ll spend 4 hours on the course each day and follow whomever.
Thursday, Friday and Sunday I was there from sun up to sun down. Saturday was cut short because I had tickets to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Twice I sat on the bleachers on 18. What an amazing view up the fairway. All these years, I’ve never made it to the bleachers! When Tiger plays, bleacher spots are gone hours before his tee time on 1!
I was invited to hang out at the Club 8 tent. Tent access gives you a bird’s eye view of the green on 8 and tee box on 2. The free food and bar is a bonus too. I actually spent a couple of hours in the tent. Who knew?
I walked the course at my leisure. Not having to dodge throngs of people or beat the ropes going up at the next hole. But the best part was actually getting to the tee box on 16! What an amazing view!
While I’m grateful to have had these new experiences, I don’t want to go much longer without wearing red and black on Sunday.
The Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill is one of my favorite golf tournaments to attend. It’s a spectator friendly tournament. I’ve been attending for years and I look forward to it every year. This year Tiger Woods was set to go for his 9th win but had to withdraw due to back spasms.
Going to API and not seeing Tiger is going to be a new experience for me and I’m very excited to see this tournament through new eyes.
After a while my garage began to look like a golf showroom. Which is cool if I don’t have to park the car. So I contacted Mark Hayward Custom Carpentry and together we designed my Golf Armoire. It holds 4 bags, all my shoes (to date), balls, tees, gloves and hats all in one location. Its made of Tiger Maple Wood (clever I know) and is one of the best investments I have ever made. Now I’m ready to hit the course at a moments notice!
I have to take a moment out to discuss the food I consumed at the British Open. It started out the night before. British and Mrs. Dan took me to a UK favorite chain restaurant “Frankie and Bennys.” There I decided to mix a little of UK with US. Before leaving for the UK, my UK born co-worker Stephen told me to try a Carling beer with a splash of lemonade. So I ordered the Carling with my ribs and french fries. BTW, these ribs were straight out of Bedrock. That was one big rack ribs!
The next day we started the day at the Open with a bacon roll. Yup, a bacon roll. I had no idea what it was but it involved bacon so I was in! The bacon roll is as basic as it sounds. Bacon on a buttered roll eaten like a sandwich. Why didn’t I think of that?
After a couple holes of watching Ricky and Phil, we moved on to lunch. It was at lunch that I had a beef pie and mash. For a hospitality tent the portions were huge. No Carlings at the course because Pilsner was the beer sponsor. So I had a Pilsner with a splash of lemonade. It’s like having a Blue Moon with an Orange twist 🙂
After lunch we followed Graeme and Tiger. And that can work up and appetite, so we moved to ice cream cones with a chocolate flake 😉
Chris and Greg then moved to the grandstand to grab their spot on 18 while Dan and I continued to follow Tiger on foot.
After the day ended we all met up at the pro shop where we ended our day with a hot chocolate with whip cream and a flake. We love our flakes 🙂