My Hawaiian Vacation

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My, what a difference a day makes!

Rain.

Rain, rain and more rain. All day. My knee hurts too (omg I am so depressing.) Partly because of the weather (arthritic at 27, anyone?) and partly because I think I might have hurt it the other day…

In 2009 I messed up my left knee doing the lunges in Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred Level 1. You know the ones – they’re paired with the bicep curls? Yeah. Somehow while lunging/curling over several days, something happened to my knee which made it extremely painful to exercise for months.

I tried walking instead of running – pain. Strapped on a patella band – pain remained (plus I could never figure out which way was up, down, in or out!) Gave the elliptical a whirl – still more pain!

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The only way I finally got over the issue was to rest. I took 3 weeks off from all cardio and, magically, the pain disappeared. I think I cried the first time I ran pain-free. It had been MONTHS!

Well last week, when I was lifting weights on my own at the gym, I did the same move – lunges coupled with bicep curls. Everything went and felt fine, then 2 days later I woke up with a slight pain in that same left knee. Add on the extra cardio I’ve tacked on per my Bridesmaid Bootcamp goals, and I’m now walking with a permanent limp :( It’s so sad – I feel 100 years old!

I’ve been running through the pain this past week, but when I had to practically drag my left leg behind me as I hobbled to the medicine cabinet to pop two Tylenol this morning, I knew I had to give my knee a rest – starting NOW. Ben and I are going out of town this weekend so I’m hoping a little R&R will help to bring my leg back to life. Cross your fingers for me?!

Have you ever had an exercise-related injury?

In other news, while the sun is nowhere to be seen around here, I still brought a taste of the tropics into my kitchen tonight. I made Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs for dinner. Awwwww yeah, food on a stick!

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I got the recipe from 1 Cup Awesome (tehehe how awesome is that name?) 1CA is a fabulous local-family blog with yummy, easy recipes and something I’m particularly fond of – Food Face Off Friday. Check it out. :)

ps did anyone see the Parks & Rec episode a couple weeks ago when April told what’s his face that she loved him and he responded with “Awesome sauce!!!” omg. Good stuff.

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Anyways, I followed ICA’s chicken marinade recipe which combines the flavors of garlic, soy sauce, scallions, oranges, honey & a few other far-east flavahhhs.

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The chicken marinated for about 30 minutes while I cut up fresh pineapple, red onion and green pepper to skewer and cook alongside, on my indoor grill pan.

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YES. Green pepper. The only way I enjoy green pepper is when it’s char-grilled. It almost tastes fruity!

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The fruit takes longer to cook than the chicken, so plan accordingly…

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Unlike me, who got so hungry and impatient, I whipped up a mock stir fry. ;)

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All set!

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I plunked my kabobs down on a bed of fluffy brown rice and drizzled the top with reserved marinade that I had reduced on medium heat for about 15 minutes, then strained and mixed with a dash of water. 

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Look at that caramelization! I had planned on using the outdoor grill to make this meal, but the indoor grill pan did just fine! It’s so weird how you can really achieve some of the same flavors indoors.

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Devoured with eyes closed, dreaming of leis, luaus and island life. Siiiigh. ;) Thanks for the recipe, 1 Cup Awesome!

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Maybe you were wondering if I’ve ever been to Hawaii? The answer is yes, yes I have. My family and I went when I was in 6th grade, I think, and unfortunately for me photographic evidence of this vacation actually exists.

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Get a load. Of this.

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BAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! OMG, THE 90’S!!!!!! Why?? Just…why?

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I really need to stop showing you embarrassing old photos of myself.

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Ok, after this one.

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Ohhhh boy. Oh boy. Hahaha. :mrgreen:

In other news, tonight I shall be dining on Great Harvest Cinnamon Chip Bread for dessert.

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Ummm, THIS is awesome!!!! It’s more like a batter bread – think zucchini bread, pumpkin bread, etc – than a yeast bread. Dense, moist and near perfection when toasted, buttered and sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar. :)

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Ben got me a loaf of it, and a serrated knife, for our anniversary. My man knows me so well!!!

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He got the knife at Williams-Sonoma. It’s part of a super-cheap cutlery line they have with knives that stay sharp for aaaaaages. I have the paring knife version already and it’s one of my very favorite knives. Wheee – freshly sliced bread! :D

Have a great night!

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Did you take a lot of family vacations when you were growing up?

We went to Ohio twice a year, once for Christmas and again in the summer, which is where 98% of my relatives live. Most years we also tacked on another family vacay in the Spring. Washington DC, Florida, Hawaii…we got around! :D 

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