Cutting back on high-impact cardio, avoiding lower body strength training, stretching and foam rolling more - these are all great ideas when you have a knee ache.
Here's what not to do (aka - what I did this weekend):
|Don't feel that attending a cupcake exchange means you need to eat three different types of cupcakes|
|After drinking three beers in the afternon, don't open a bottle of wine that night|
|Three cupcakes were enough. You don't need ice cream and chocolate chips.|
|When your friends invite you for a barbecue, focus on veggies and fruit; don't eat half the appetizers and too much meat.|
|Don't stop for taquitos and a tamale before lunch (lunch does not require an appetizer).|
|Maybe don't choose today to finally go to that new sausage restaurant (Wurstkuche, downtown LA)|
Despite a rough weekend as far as my knee, working out, and nutrition, it was truly wonderful. Yesterday was extremely relaxing, and today gave us a chance to do some stuff in LA we've been meaning to do for years.
First stop was a new cathedral in downtown LA called Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. When I researched things to do in Los Angeles, this church kept popping up and made me want to check it out. Today Terry suggested we actually experience the cathedral, so we attended mass and got to check out the gorgeous building.
|Approaching from the parking structure|
|Love this cross on the side - you can see it from pretty far away|
|The courtyard overlooks the freeway (that cool spiral building in the background is a performing arts high school!)|
|Interior of the church|
|It reminded us a lot of cathedrals we saw in Europe|
After mass, which was led by the Archbishop, Terry and I walked over to Olvera Street, a short stretch of tiny shops and Mexican restaurants. I had never been before, and Terry insisted I would love it. Which I did! The plaza right outside of Olvera Street was hosting a small cultural celebration, so we watched a few young ladies perform traditional Mexican dances. We also checked out the oldest house in LA!
|Entrance to Olvera|
|Taking it all in|
|Awesome Mexican food|
|Oldest house in LA|
|The sign said, "Please do not touch the cactus." Umm...duh?|
We spent the rest of the early afternoon walking around, enjoying lunch at Wurstkuche, and enjoying the gorgeous weather.
|I don't remember what building this is|
|1959 police car!|
|Lots of homemade mustard, ketchups, and other condiments|
|Tons of choices! Including vegetarian!|
|New beers for both of us, and we loved them|
|Stumbled onto a huge block party|
|So fun playing tourists!|
|A fantastic day!|
Tonight we headed up to Simi Valley to visit our friends for a barbecue. Good times, good food, and another trip in the works! We also got to visit with Katie and Corey's dog, Mayzie, who loves people and also hates being photographed. :-) I did my best.
Hope you had an incredible weekend! Enjoy a great start to the week. :-)