Morton’s Neuroma…I think

Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve had what I have termed “crunchy toe”.  It’s that crunchy feeling when you walk or squat like your 4th metatarsal is broken or dislocated.  It wasn’t until last fall that things got worse and I finally broke down to see a Dr.  I might be a little stubborn 😉  I was midway through an 8 mile run when my left foot felt broken, much worse than crunchy toe.  So, off to the doc I went.  After a bri3f exam and xray i was told nothing is broken, rest and see how it goes…after a month of no progress off I went to an ortho doc.  She has decided I probably have Morton’s neuroma.  An unpleasant issue that typically affects the 3rd and 4th metatarsal.  Symptoms can include pain and tingling, check and check.  Doesn’t address the crunchiness but I’m wondering if that isn’t tendonitis that’s causing the neuroma.  A cortisone shot and metatarsal pad later, still have crunchy toe.  Grr, injuries can be frustrating especially when you’re not sure it’s diagnosed properly or you’re not getting better.  For now, before my next appt it’s icing, massaging and NSAIDS so that I can continue my health and fitness journey.

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I am committed to progressing every day.  It’s something I talk a lot about during my health and fitness challenges. I take it seriously; I work on improving in all aspects of my life. Sure we all have setbacks and obstacles  but learning from them is key.  I guess I’m in need of learning to be more patient; that’s what crunchy toe is teaching me.

So, cheers to modified workouts, igiving it 100%, icing and healthy foods!

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You Know You Have A Problem When

I haven’t been able to admit fully to my husband that I have a knitting/crochet problem, though he has been kind enough to tell me that it is a problem.  Luckily I know that he’s joking.  I know he is genuinely concerned when I’m frantically knitting at 4:30 in the morning on New Years day to finish a project but that’s just called completing a task on time 😉  The potential of a problem may also be apparent by my interior decorating.  I purchase cute bins that match the decor to store my various ongoing projects, it’s cute right?

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Or perhaps I have a Healthy problem.  I have found a way to work projects while exercising!  I envy those who can knit and run.  That just spells disaster for me.

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I’ve learned that I can’t seem to go without 4 projects lately.  I had finally finished the scarf, 2 blankets and bundle of tulle scrubbies/knit wash clothes for the holiday gifts.  Now I’m onto a baby blanket, rug, hat and another blanket.

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I like to think it’s a good problem. I have learned how to create my own patterns (yes, they’re basic but you have to start somewhere), tackle new projects that require me learn new skills (thank goodness for google, YouTube and great friends who also have a problem) and I just can’t seem to just Sit and watch TV without something productive to do.  I can’t help but feel like I’m wasting time.  So, this afternoon after taking care of house chores, working out and checking in with my challengers I find myself starting the newest project, the rug.  So far so good!  It will be for my twin brother.  I love working projects for my brothers, I honestly feel they are my biggest fans.  One of my bros actually texted me at 12:30 am when he couldn’t sleep because he forgot his Green Bay Packer blanket at my house (mind you this is because all other blankets are consumed by the dog and his wife).  So, it’s motivating to know my hard work is appreciated and fuels my “problem”.  I only hope that others find a problem of their own.

Here’s to acknowledging and accepting that I have too many hobbies 😄

Cheers!

Phun Pho

I have had the biggest craving for Thai, Chinese and Pho.  I am also not super stellar at making certain Thai Food (do NOT get me started on Pad Thai.  As much as I LOVE it, I can’t make it to save my ass).  Anywho, my January health and fitness challenge also started recently which always inspires me to play with food.  I know it sound silly but yes, I play with food and work with recipes.  I’ve learned that most people struggle with nutrition.  Whether it’s how many macros they need, how to plan and prepare food, time constraints, cooking for the rest of the family that might not eat the same food…and on and on.  I like to have options.  I’m a vegetarian so most of the goodies I play with are vegetarian…if you’re a meat eater and stumble on my blog I’m not going to bitch if you substitute delicious vegetarian protein for meaty stuff.  It is what it is, my hubby is a meat eater to the T and he’s not about to change nor will I try to change him.  He’s also not a very adventurous eater, so most of the stuff I cook is for me only, tee hee.  It does boost my confidence when he says how good it smells (who doesn’t like a compliment every now and then?).

Needless to say I wanted Pho…and wontons…and spice.  So, I looked into a really cool cookbook that I received as a gift years ago (The Essential Asian Cookbook) and cooked up some Becky-style Phun Pho.  I personally like beansprouts in my pho, I totally forgot cilantro (nobody’s perfect), lime, sriracha and green onion.  The pho makes about 3 vegan servings, but keep in mind it makes extra wontons which I ended up baking the next day as a snack (BONUS!).  I did calculate some nutritional facts for ya which I’ll include at the end.

Phun Pho
servings: ~3

Ingredients:
4 cups Pho soup base
Wonton wrappers
4oz Seitan
4oz Shitake mushrooms
2 Tbl minced Chestnuts
1 tbl Soy sauce
1 tsp Sesame oil
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
Bean sprouts
Sriracha
2 finely chopped green onions, save some for garnish
Lime
Cilantro

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Place seitan in a bowl, crumble.  Mix in the mushrooms, chestnuts, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil and green onion.

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Work with 1 won ton wrapper at at time, be sure to keep the rest under a damp cloth to keep from drying out.  Swipe a bit of water onto edges of won ton wrapper.  Place about 1 tsp of mixture onto center, fold in half and lightly smoosh out air while pinching edges to seal.  I’m a won ton virgin, so it took awhile to get the hang of working with these little buggers.  If you don’t smoosh out the air, they may “take on water” in the soup and sink like a capsized boat…just sayin’.  You will see some of my sinkers in the photo below.

Lightly wet edges and fold over to make a little purse.  Continue making won tons until you have 12 (if you follow the nutrition guide I calculate for 4 per serving).

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Heat the pho soup base over med-low.  Heat another pot of water to a rapid boil, add the won tons and boil about 4 minutes.  Scoop out with a slotted spoon and add to warming broth.

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Make a bowl with about 4 won tons, garnish with about 1 cup of rinsed bean sprouts, fresh cilantro, lime and sriracha.

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Nutrition Facts:
4 won tons with broth, 1 cup bean sprouts, 1/4 lime, sriracha and cilantro (optional)

Calories: 224
Carb: 30g
Fat: 5g
Protein: 18g

Enjoy!  If you make any modifications, please share!  I’m a pho and won ton beginner 😀

Cheers!