Good morning! I feel much better after yesterday’s disastrous doctor’s appointment.  I’ve come up with a pretty good game plan, which includes:


  • Sticking to my 10k Advanced Training Plan, but subbing out at least one of the run days with water running or another form of cross training (I’ll post the refined 10K Plan on Monday).
  • Taking my glucosamine and calcium supplements EVERY DAY in the correct dosage (sometimes I miss a dose or even a whole day).
  • Schedule a bone scan to ensure I don’t have a stress fracture.
  • Have Future Husband give me acupuncture every other day.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Holistic Doctor to get a second opinion on my knees.
  • POSSIBLY see another orthopaedic doctor for a second opinion on my leg pain that is unrelated to my knee pain, assuming my bone scan comes back clean and I can rule out a stress fracture.


I’m definitely one of those people who feel better if I have a "game plan" when confronted with a life obstacle.  I’m a firm believer there’s a solution to every problem!  Of course, if my bone scan comes back with a stress fracture, I’ll need to come up with a new game plan, but I’ll cross that bridge IF and WHEN I need to (keep your fingers crossed!).


He also gave me acupuncture last night…. I had about 13 needles stuck in me!


He specifically focused on the meridians (‘energy pathways’) that assist the ligaments, tendons, and cartilage in my leg.  Some of these points were DEFINITELY tender on me!


I felt a lot better, both physically and emotionally, after my acupuncture.  Future Husband is going to be an amazing doctor one day…. I can’t wait for him to start treating patients at the clinic in January! He  has an excellent bedside manner. 🙂


Breakfast – Peppermint Oatmeal


Since spin class isn’t until 9:15, I had a normal-sized breakfast.   I was craving a nice, warm bowl of classic oatmeal with a fun twist!


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 sliced banana
  • A few drops of peppermint extract
  • Toppings: brown sugar and granola


Did you know that peppermint oil is helpful for relieving indigestion and may be a potential anti-cancer agent?  Peppermint has also been shown to stop the growth of many different bacteria and fungii.  Peppermint also encourages cells to make substances called prostacyclins that keep the airways open for easy breathing. Lastly, extracts of peppermint have also been shown to help relieve the nasal symptoms of allergic rhinitis (colds related to allergy).


And peppermint also tastes yummy in oatmeal! 🙂


With my breakfast, I also had a cup of coffee and I took my glucosamine and calcium supplements. HEAL, knees, HEAL!


Time to SPIN! I can’t wait to work up a really great sweat! 🙂 Have a nice Saturday morning and I’ll see you for lunch!



  • VeggieGirl October 18, 2008, 5:47 am

    “I’m definitely one of those people who feel better if I have a “game plan” when confronted with a life obstacle.”

    Amen to that – it definitely helps ease the stress of facing a challenge, and finding a solution. Love youR game plan!! Best of luck.

    While I’m not a huge fan of peppermint, that might change after reading its benefits – thanks for the information!!

    Have fun at spinning!!!! And enjoy the rest of your Saturday :0)

  • amy. October 18, 2008, 5:52 am

    Have fun at spin class! Peppermint oatmeal sounds like a great Christmas-y treat! I love foods that remind me of specific holidays/seasons.

  • Bridget October 18, 2008, 6:00 am

    Great plan…I think a plan is really important as well. It’s so much more stressful when you don’t have one. I’m so intrigued by the accupuncture!! Did you feel a difference right away? Does it feel weird while the needles are just sitting in you?

    The peppermint just made me excited for Christmas!!

  • hk October 18, 2008, 6:21 am

    heal, knees, heal!!!

    have fun, I want your husband to perform acupuncture on me, sounds like a true reliever!

    have a great day!

  • October 18, 2008, 6:25 am

    You are AMAZING, C!!! Way to stay positive! Your oats sound delicious … I love peppermint!

  • Erin of Care to Eat October 18, 2008, 6:43 am

    How fortunate are you to have an in-house doctor?! That’s awesome!
    I like when you post factoids about stuff like peppermint oil.
    I’ll e-mail you with the info on my own knee probs. There is hope!

  • Krista October 18, 2008, 6:44 am

    Peppermint in your oats!? I’ll have to try that…I love peppermint! 🙂

  • jenngirl October 18, 2008, 6:51 am

    Keep up the positive attitude, I love it!! And I’m about to head to spin class myself 🙂

    Hope your class is great!!

  • just me October 18, 2008, 7:16 am

    I’m sending lots of healing vibes your way….[[[vibe vibe vibe]]]

    and i like the way you’re thinking about your “game plan”…what a way to stay positive! i hope the water-jogging goes well!!

  • BOBBI McCORMICK October 18, 2008, 8:04 am

    I am a planner as well, with out it I am lost! Never new that about peppermint thanks for the info! You are so lucky to have that future hubby around;)

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 18, 2008, 9:20 am

    thanks for the positive vibes, everyone! it’s helping me heal already 🙂

    bridget – the needles do feel a little strange sitting in you because you can feel the chi (energy) moving around them… which is pretty cool! and yes, you feel instant pain relief, although the pain relief may go away after a few hours. for some people, it is a permanent fix.

  • HangryPants October 19, 2008, 6:39 am

    This is so interesting about the accupunture. I am sure Future Husband will be a great doctor!

    The cupcakes you made in the next post looks so yummy by the way! Hope you had fun Sat. night out on the town.

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