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I have been ignoring it for a couple weeks but after this morning’s ashtanga practice it had to be addressed. I’m not injured (which I am oh so very thankful for!) but my body hasn’t been feeling right. My low back has been feeling compressed, I had a slight bit of neck pain during Sunday’s practice and twisting to the right has become increasingly difficult while I’ve been extremely open to the left. Weird, right?

We’ve been discussing body alignment in yoga teacher training and things with my body have definitely been feeling out of whack. I vented to the group last weekend that there’s always an issue. Why, despite how hard we try to be balanced and perfect bodies, is something always not quite right? My teacher made the analogy that our bodies are like race cars. They are high-performance machines and can make it 500 laps around the track but have to be brought in for service every now and then.

So I broke down this morning and finally made an appointment to see my friend and fellow blogger Jen’s husband, Jeff. He is a chiropractor who also happens to be an Ironman and understands my crazy physical activity. (He’s the one that helped me recover from my hamstring injury to make running the Marine Corps Marathon a possibility.) As I expected, some things were in serious need of adjustment. It’s amazing how much better I feel already. I can’t wait to see if it makes a difference in my practice.

Moving on… breakfast was overnight oats at my desk after ashtanga. I came home for lunch to enjoy a cold weather classic.

Grilled cheese and tomato soup. My sandwich was extra delicious – ciabatta with cheddar, provolone, spinach and peach hot pepper jam. You better believe that I put a pat of butter in the skillet! 😉

It wasn’t very hard to convince Brandon to stop at Starbucks on the way back to work. (We are so lucky to work a block away from each other and he always picks me up to go home for lunch!)

Soy Awake Tea Latte. Perfect afternoon treat.

After my visit with Jeff, I came home and got to cooking with Brandon. He’s been helping out with dinner all week and I love having company in the kitchen. Dinner tonight was something that one of my favorite bloggers posted today and we just happened to have all the ingredients on hand for.

Chorizo and Sweet Potato Hash – it was just as good as it looked in Cate’s pictures. We both loved this dinner!

Leaving you with a few pictures from last weekend. Brandon and Sullie went on a hike on Sunday while I was in teacher training. It was a beautiful day so they went to Crowder’s Mountain and knocked out seven miles! Wish I could have been there.

(the Charlotte skyline in the distance)

{ 16 comments… add one }
  • Jennifer@ knackfornutrition February 1, 2011, 9:40 pm

    Sullie is so gorgeous! Is that weird to say about a male dog?? lol He always looks like he is smiling! I’m glad you are feeling better!

    • Jen February 2, 2011, 9:31 am

      She’s actually a girl so you are totally right in saying she’s gorgeous. Of course I’m partial but I think she’s a really pretty (and smiley) dog!

  • Matt @ The Kitchen of a Runner February 1, 2011, 9:50 pm

    That hash looks AMAZING! Gotta make that!

    • Jen February 2, 2011, 9:32 am

      I know you’ll love it Matt!

  • Sara (Miles and Manhattan) February 1, 2011, 10:28 pm

    beautiful views!!!!!

  • Cate February 1, 2011, 11:31 pm

    So glad you liked the dinner!

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) February 2, 2011, 4:30 am

    What a relief it’s not an injury! It’s great that you got it seen to so soon and I’m sure you’ll be back to 100% in no time! 🙂

    Wow those views are GORGEOUS! I’m so jealous- you live in such a beautiful area!! 🙂

  • Jen February 2, 2011, 7:19 am

    I love the racecar analogy! This is something I really, really struggle with too. I believe if we take care of ourselves, we should be healthy. So it’s hard to watch people who should be healthy battle cancer and other ailments.

    I hope you’re feeling better, Jen! So good to see you 🙂

  • Whitney February 2, 2011, 7:58 am

    What great pictures from Crowder’s Mountain! I live about 15 minutes from there.. I bet the mountain was packed since the weather was so gorgeous this past weekend! Glad you are feeling better! 🙂

    • Jen February 2, 2011, 9:32 am

      He said it was pretty crowded since it was the first nice weekend we’ve had in forever. Wish I could have joined them!!!

  • Becky February 2, 2011, 9:24 am

    I started seeing a chiropractor during my last training cycle. I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect, but loved it! I always leave the office feeling better than when I walked in. Sometimes I can’t even pinpoint a pain or problem, but the adjustment improves my alignment overall.

    Gorgeous views!

    • Jen February 2, 2011, 9:34 am

      Becky – I agree! I was always on the fence about chiropractors in the past but now that I have a better understanding of the importance of proper body alignment, I totally see their value and benefit.

  • Alaina February 2, 2011, 9:45 am

    What a beautiful hike! I can’t wait for the weather to clear up so I can go hiking again.

    I have a lower back issue (subluxation in my lumbar region) and I would have to see a chiropractor about twice a month. It really did wonders for my discomfort though. I also need to do more core workouts to help strengthen it (yoga! 🙂 )

  • Claudie February 2, 2011, 9:54 am

    Glad to hear you are not injured! I can totally relate to what you’ve written. In December I was told to stop running for two months due to what seems is a knee tendinitis… but after two months, it was getting only worse! I went to my masseuse who had fixed my back before, and the result — the knee pain was gone in a single day. What’s even more amazing is that according to her it’s an abs issue, not a knee one! crazy stuff, really…

  • micki February 2, 2011, 8:48 pm

    so glad you’re not hurt!!

    your pictures are always so gorgeous. i mentioned the hash recipe out loud to my husband, and now i’m charge of making it over the weekend. yay!

  • Q. February 3, 2011, 9:29 pm

    Oooooh I hate that feeling when you know somethins’ just not right. I usually use words like “wonky” and “crunchy” to describe my various ailments. I really should start going to a chiro. Perhaps you have inspired me to finally do it:)
    And I would like one order of that tomato soup and grilled cheese sammich, please. PEACH HOT PEPPER JAM!? Girrrl you are crazy and I love it.

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