Food Product Review + My Injury Progress

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 20, 2009

Good afternoon wonderful Oh She Glows readers!

Time for a fabulous food review

This was my first time trying out Honest Foods Granola Planks!!

Naturally, I was quite excited because all I have heard about them is good stuff.

Up first, The Blueberry Vanilla Crackle flavour!


You can’t really tell from this picture, but the bar is huuuuge! :D 1 serving is half the bar. I have actually been nibbling away at mine all week!


Oh wow.


Let me just tell you this bar smells amazing!!! If you are a big vanilla fanatic like me, you will go nuts over this bar!!!

Taste test?

It was awesome!! Very crisp and firm, a very nice contrast to the soft Honest Foods country squares.

This would be awesome chopped up over cereal or oatmeal. It would give such a nice crunch! In fact, I am going to do that soon.


Don’t worry, there will be an upcoming giveaway of these wonderful Honest Foods Granola Planks in the near future!

That is, unless I eat them all….hahah….only kidding of course! :D


How am I doing with my injury?

I will admit, it has been tough. Getting injured is a real test of patience as many of you who have been injured know! I never thought that I would be at risk for an injury like this, but then again, most of us don’t!

We all tend to think that we are invincible until something happens that sets us back for a while. I know I was careful from the beginning in taking rest days (I usually ran no more than 4-5 days per week), however I now know I should never have run on it last Monday feeling the pain that I felt. It wasn’t major, but by the end of the run it sure was.

My emotions have been all over the map at first, although I have been doing better in the past couple days. At first, it seems like your world is coming to an end now that you don’t have the release that you have been so happy with for the past what seems like forever. I sulked for several days, I cried, and I threw my hands up in frustration when it hurt to walk and just be mobile.

But it gets better. I am probably better than most though; my pain has improved fairly quick and I haven’t been on painkillers for 2-3 days now. I’m sure I would not fare this well if I was more severely injured!

The only thing I am frustrated right now is not knowing still what is wrong. The X-ray did come back normal, however, I still do not have a bone scan appointment. I talked to the receptionist today and she said it could be a month because the hospital is so backed up! I know everyone says Canadian Health Care is so great, but I would honestly love the option to foot the bill myself if it meant that I could have a bone scan done asap! My damn injury will probably be healed by the time I even get a bone scan done.

A couple movements that I do cause pain- mostly it is when I raise my left knee upward as when putting on a pant leg or socks. This is pretty much the only time that I feel pain. This pain has been slowly improving each day.

I have an appointment with my Sports Medicine Doctor on Monday, so I plan to ask her a list of questions as to what I should be doing in the meantime. She has given me the go ahead to do non-impact exercise (like the elliptical), if it doesn’t cause me any pain. While that would be nice, I am still going to just wait out the week and see. No sense rushing into it. I figure I have gone a week and gotten over the hardest part- the initial shock to the system and lack of endorphins.

I will admit, I have had to stop reading some running blogs for the time being. It was really getting me down. I have found it to be more positive in my recovery, to focus on others things to keep me busy. For example, I have been pouring tons of time into this blog and making it better. I have done giveaways and more videos and finally got crankin out the FAQ’s (we’re on FAQ 13 now can you believe it!). Honestly, most of this could probably not have gotten done had I not been devoting an extra hour or two each day to the website. So that has been positive. I have also had time to research pursuing a Nutrition & Wellness Specialist certification (stay tuned for the books tonight!), among other things.

One of the things I was worried about aside from not getting to run the half marathon, was that I wouldn’t hit my goal of 1,000 miles run for the year. In fact, it was stressing me out! It made me re-think the goal all together to be honest. In many of my Road to Health series, I talked a lot about how numbers had been so negative for me in the past (the scale, calories, weight, etc), and now it seemed like this goal of running 1,000 miles over the 2009 year was becoming quite stressful as well.

It made me question whether this was a healthy goal to set on myself or whether it was not. Certainly, things come up like injury and travel and there is nothing that we can do about it. Is it then ok for me to feel like I failed at a goal because of this? I don’t think so. I am not saying that I am not going to make my goal, because I don’t know how the injury will turn out. Who knows, maybe I will decide that running is too hard on my body and I will find a passion in yoga?? I don’t know. I love running so much, but I have to put my health first. Which is why I am reevaluating everything right now.

I have also heard that people become can become very injured after running a half marathon or a marathon…they limp to the finish line. Is that something I really want? Do I want to run a race only to be injured for 2 months? I’m sure many of these people simply didn’t train right, but I’m some of it was just bad luck too.

All of this will be something I think about very hard when it comes time to start exercising again.

It is not my intent to discourage anyone about running- many of you know how much I love it and how much it has improved my well being. I guess the biggest thing I have learned through all of this is to listen to your body.

If you wake up and are dreading getting on the machine or hitting the road, there is probably a reason for that. If I recall, the morning of my injury I didn’t want to run very much. I felt tired and draggy.

That was my body trying to discourage me from running!

Our bodies are very smart and I think we should listen to them more instead of being stubborn and running just because we set a goal of 20 miles that week.

Moral of the story: Be good to your body. It’s the only one you’ve got.


See you tonight for Part 3 of Beating the Freshman 15, as well as the books for my Nutrition and Wellness certification!

PS- The results of the Freshman weight gain poll are in: About 38% of you said you gained more than 15 pounds while at college/university. I hope that my series will help others in need of some positivity and healthy ideas.

PSS- Don’t forget to enter the next giveaway if you haven’t already! Contest ends Thursday!

It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship.
Norman Vincent Peale

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kaneil January 20, 2009 at 2:47 pm

You are so smart! keep listening to your body and you will figure out what’s right for you.

Take care of yourself! :) Kaneil


*Andrea* January 20, 2009 at 3:07 pm

your body knows best ;) i had to change the 1,000mi 2009 goal too… instead i made it to increase my 3 mile time with a goal of getting it down to 22 minutes. maybe try goals with times instead of distance??? i think becoming good at yoga would be great for you too.. or maybe pilates!?


Kris January 20, 2009 at 3:09 pm

I know this past week has been tough to say the least. All things happen for a reason and in time it will all make sense to you! I am so happy that you can look past the numbers and put your health first. I am very proud of you and the encouragement you provide to others. :) xo


jenngirl January 20, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Good to know about those food planks! They sound yummy!

I’m so sorry that your injury has got you down. I know that it’s not the same situation, but at the beginning of my ED recovery, I was restricted from any and ALL exercise for about 4 months. And believe me, after having exercised everyday for the 6 months prior to beginning recovery, that was soooo hard! I know how it feels, but I also know that you are getting to the point where you know that you are doing what is best for your body (been there too).

I like that this hiatus has caused you to reevaluate your running goals. I think you are such a healthy inspiration for me, and I think you’re going to come out of this injury even stronger! All the best,



dailygoods January 20, 2009 at 3:17 pm

ah i’ve been DYING to try those planks! i have got to find them!!!


Diana January 20, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I can’t wait to read about your nutrition and wellness books! I have heard many great things about Can Fit Pro!


sharon January 20, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Get well soon, Angela! I kept nodding my head when I read this post- I totally understand what you are saying. It has also been difficult for me to read my favorite running blogs as I recover from my stress fracture. I feel so bad not being able to comment & communicate with all my favorite running bloggers. I feel like I am letting them down or they think I’ve forgotten about them. It is just so hard when you don’t know how long it will be before you can once again run yourself. I also don’t want to be a Debbie Downer to all of them. I have also been reevaluating my running goals. I hope to continue after I get better, but who knows? I also don’t want to be orthopedically challenged for the rest of my life. I will be exploring biking as soon as spring comes around, for sure!

Keep up the positive attitude! You have been very helpful & encouraging to me. You will come back stronger than ever :-)


Jessie January 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Oh wow, thanks for the tip on the granola bars. Errr, planks! They look really yummy!

a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse


Jen January 20, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Im sorry you are dealing with some stress over the impact to your goals from your injury, but its like you said, we must take care of our bodies and sometimes the goals we do set for ourselves are a bit too high and our health takes priority. I wish you the best!

Thanks for the plank review, I will have to find them! yummmyyy!


Erin January 20, 2009 at 4:51 pm

It definitely doesn’t mean you failed because you got injured. It’s a minor set-back and you’ll come back stronger from it. Sometimes injuries are freak things and we don’t even know the cause of them. Hang in there and know you are strong!


hareandtortoise January 20, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Hi Angela. I had the same injury this past fall. I believe it was late October – early November. The one memory I have is a Saturday night and friends were coming for dinner. It was so painful to put tights on – I was sobbing in the bedroom, trying to get dressed. I had an x-ray which found nothing as well. I tried to run through the pain, but after a few days like that, I realized it wasn’t worth it. I probably took 7-10 days off in the end, I think. It healed itself, without any medication, and (knock on wood), I’ve been running again ever since. My advice (non-medical, of course) would be to just wait it out. Hope I’ve helped, even a little. :)


Bree January 20, 2009 at 9:32 pm

i am finally up to date with you…i just (finally!) finished reading your entire site from start to now lol…wow wow wow :-D i really hope your injury goes away soon…but it does sound like you’re doing all the right things in the meantime…keep up the positive attitude ;-)


HangryPants January 21, 2009 at 12:05 am

Hey Angela, I like what you said about listening to your body. I know I would be frustrated too! But maybe this was also your body’s way of telling you it’s time to do more yoga. I know you just started and I bet it would be a great way to recover (once you can do things like yoga again) and give you another physical outlet.


Leah January 21, 2009 at 2:15 am

That looks amazing!!!
GOOD LUCK with your presentation tomorrow!! Let me know how it goes! :)


SeaBreeze January 21, 2009 at 11:03 am

I have the Granola PLanks from NYC Fitness’ contest too and I found them difficult to chop up for cereal. They were OH SO GOOD once I got them in the bowl though.


Mariel January 21, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Hi! I just found your blog and love it! Could you tell me more about the Nutrition & Wellness Specialist certification? It sounds right up my alley! I am hoping to start a Masters in Nutrition program in the fall but really like the wellness aspect as well. Do you know if there are any certification programs like this in the US? You can email me if you want! Thanks :)


ttfn300 January 21, 2009 at 7:57 pm

hey angela, sorry i’m a bit late, but i have been there through injuries, and it is incredibly tough. You seem to have reached a better place with it quickly, though :) have no fear, you’ll be back at it in no time, and it will teach you more about your body. hope things get better for you soon!!


Dave January 22, 2009 at 2:38 pm

i just now got the chance to read your post and thanks for still coming to my blog to get your “crazy guy” fix. ;)
I sometimes (ok always) place too many goals and unneeded pressure on myself, even if it makes me miserable. It sounds like you will take some very good(hard earned) knowledge from this injury. Along the way, you may find better more enriching things about yourself while you take your injury break. Things happen for a reason even if we don’t like em..
I injured myself for 6 weeks overtraining last yr(too much too fast) and it devastated me. Hard lessoned learned on my part.
You’ll come back a stronger, much wiser person from this. You are one of those superduper do -it- all kind of women. This will pass you soon.
I would hate if you don’t start running again after your injury because you have those “speedy feet” and it would be a shame! hehe
Smile :)


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