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Easy Fajitas with Mexican Food Finds

With our new empty nest status hubby Tom has instantly become my new shopping buddy! Have no fear, he is going to like this new assignment as it comes with fringe benefits. Those who shop with me always get “treats” of their choosing. A few days ago we ventured into Trader Joes to pick up a few things and since it was before lunch I decided to grab something easy to toss on the grill. Mexican food always sounds good to me and when I saw this pre marinated meat I knew what we were having for lunch.

We don’t usually buy pre marinated meats as I prefer to season things to taste myself but this didn’t look like too bad of an ingredient list.

Usually I go for the Mission Extra Thin Corn Tortillas but Trader Joe’s doesn’t sell them and I wasn’t going to press my luck with my new shopping buddy by making a second stop for groceries so I went with an old tried and true high fiber tortilla.

 These are perfect for fajitas, little burritos, quesadillas, wraps, individual pizzas and enchiladas.

When you can cook an entire meal on the grill it makes for an easy clean up. I like easy. We sliced some onions, red and  yellow peppers and tossed them with a little olive oil and dried oregano. Some corn on the cob served with fresh lime wedges and our lunch was complete.

Our toppings included, fresh cilantro, light sourcream, fresh avocado, cherry tomatoes and a little salsa. This was delicious! The meat had so much flavor and you know I am not too fond of beef but I would buy this marinated sirloin again. Hubby Tom thinly sliced the meat and it was very tender. We had leftovers and enjoyed this same meal again the next day. Oh and hubby Tom’s treat for being my shopping buddy – he scored two bottles of wine!

Nutmeg Notes

Remember a few weeks back when I mentioned that after three marathon wedding shopping days my right foot was swelling? Well it never really got better and the pain and swelling seemed to be increasing so a couple weeks before the wedding I made an appointment to see my primary care physician. I was also experiencing some dizzy spells and needed to get that checked out. I typically have low blood pressure and for some reason it was dipping even lower which was causing periods of dizziness. The fix was to increase my water intake and up the sodium a bit. As long as I remember to drink tons of water each day I am able to keep the dizzy spells at bay – so happy it was an easy fix.

My foot is a whole different story. My primary care physician sent me to a podiatrist – had to wait over a week for a cancellation to get worked in. Seems that the pain in the ball of my foot has a name, it’s a condition called Capsulitis. Never heard of it? Me neither. It usually occurs at the base of the second and third toe. The cause is abnormal foot mechanics usually related to a bunion or a second toe that is longer than the big toe. Bingo! I have both of those components. It can also be caused by an unstable arch and or a tight calf muscle. The pain is worse when barefoot and can feel like you are walking on a rock. It is caused by excessive pressure to the area which causes swelling and pain to the tendons and joints. The pressure can slowly damage and rupture the ligaments to the toes if left untreated.

The podiatrist complemented me on being so fit at my age! Okay he was most likely in his 3o’s so this 53 year old women sitting in his office must have seemed pretty old! He told me that most women my age don’t look so fit and healthy – he asked me about my exercise and diet routine. He told me that taking care of my foot problem is just like my healthy diet, if I eat healthy most of the week it allows me to have some weekend treats. If I wear proper shoes most of the time then it will allow me to wear some fun shoes once in a while on the weekends.

The immediate treatment was to reduce the pressure in the ball of the foot.The doc sent me immediately to Fleet Feet -  a runners store to be fitted for motion control runners shoes. They are a wide soled, rigid running shoe that helps spread your body weight out more evenly across the foot, creating less pressure on the ball of the foot. He instructed me to wear them every waking moment! I bought two pair – one to wear in the house and one for outside. He also gave me these cushy metatarsal pads to attach to my Good Feet shoe inserts to help take pressure off the ball of my foot when wearing shoes other than the motion control shoes. Icing my foot 3 times a day and taking anti – inflammatory medication also help reduce the swelling and pain.

Mizuno Motion Control Shoes.

I was given this handout that talks about the best kind of shoe to avoid these types of foot issues. According to the hand out a stable shoe with a small heel 1-2 inches, stiff through the middle, with a rocker bottom platform – like a Dansko shoe is the best shoe to avoid foot problems. Shoes that bend easily in the middle don’t support the foot. The more the shoe bends the more pressure the ball of the foot takes. It makes sense. I don’t care for the look of the Dansko shoes and when I tried them on I found them to be heavy and bulky. I am on a quest to find a shoe similar to them but maybe a bit more stylish. Is there such a thing?

After wearing the motion control shoes for a couple of days I started to feel some pain relief. Of course wearing my cute little kitten heels the day of the wedding was a bit of a set back for me. But my doc told me I could wear the kitten heels which he approved of for the wedding and then go back to the motion control shoes ASAP. Even with wearing the proper shoes if I am on my feet too much I see an increase in swelling which of course results in more pain. I have gone for my morning walk a couple times this week as I just can’t handle being so sedentary. As soon as I get back home I ice my foot. Each day I look at what my activities for the day will be and decided if I can go for a walk or if I need to save my steps for house cleaning or errands.

Next week I have a follow up appointment and we will talk about the possibility of foot surgery to correct the bunion and the capsulitis. I am not willing to live my life like this long term – I need my full mobility back. It doesn’t look like I am going to back to my regular daily walking schedule or my weekend hiking anytime soon. The lack of physical exercise and being “couched” so much really messes with my emotional state. It’s not a happy place to be! I rely on exercise to burn those extra calories, keep my metabolism up and create those wonderful feel good endorphins that keep my spirits up. In the mean time I am going to have to figure out different ways to get my aerobic exercise workouts in a non weight bearing way. Thank goodness I can still work out with hand weights sitting down! It burns calories and makes me feel like I am at least doing something physical.

Like my Grandma always said, where there is a will there is a way! I have the will so I need to figure out the way.

Tami

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  1. Jane says:

    I hope they can figure something out … endorphis really keep my spirits up too! Plus, walking is my thinking time :) So I totally can relate! You also make me realllly miss Trader Joes!! They are bringing one here soon, or so they say! Glad to see you back to blogging :)

    1. Tami says:

      Jane it’s my thinking time too! I hope you get a Trader Joes near you, love that store and the great prices.

  2. Helen says:

    I feel for you. Been dealing with my own foot issue since APRIL. At least you are taking care of it right away whereas I ignored it until it became injury. I want my full mobility back too!

    1. Tami says:

      Well Helen I let it go on for almost a month before I saw the Doc, kept thinking it would go away on it’s own. Live and learn. It’s not life threatening but it is life altering. Hang in there, we shall get through this!

  3. Jody - Fit at 54 says:

    WOW on the feet!! You know me & my feet issues & the balls of my feet too. YES, I have very bad bunions too but not the toe thing. I had worn motion control shoes for years but as you know, I am a HokaOneOne running shoe lover for life now. I could barely walk before these babies! :-) Fleet Feet is a great store – we have them here too!

    Bunion surgery – UGH – BUT I kept a link on a new one that is less invasive & less down time. I just can’t afford it so.. I will see if I can find the link.

    On the sodium – I have a friend whose hubby reduces his sodium too much & fainted! He learned his lesson! :-)

    HUGS!!!!!!

  4. Sharon says:

    Oh no, so sorry about the foot issues. I know how much you were enjoying the hiking. Sounds like you are doing what the doc says – keep us posted.

  5. ann says:

    Sorry about the foot problems. I’ve been having some real trouble myself with foot pain. i have some arthritis and all the jumping in TKD doesn’t help. BUT, I refuse to quit, Ice and meds and losing more weight are the real cure for that. Hang in there.And… As usual your food looks yummo.

  6. Linda says:

    Your lunch sounded wonderful! I’ve had three foot surgeries and I can honestly say that I don’t regret a one – my feet will never be “normal” again but I can walk and for that I’m grateful. In my case it was hammertoes that had totally disconnected, extra bones and some kind of cyst that grows all the time – every 5 weeks I see my foot doctor, he cuts it out and 5 weeks later we do it again. A liveable situation.

    Haven’t been online much as my husband had unexpected surgery a month ago – wound now infected so at this point who knows when all this will end? Plus I started a new full time job 3 weeks ago. Life is crazy busy these days.

    1. Tami says:

      Linda so glad to hear that your foot surgeries helped. What a trooper you are with having a cyst removed every 5 weeks! So sorry to hear about your husbands surgery and infection. Prayers for both of you as he heals and you take care of him. Best wishes with the new job, you have a lot on your plate right now.

  7. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    So sorry you’re having foot pain, Tami! I had some problems early in my losing phase, and I understand how difficult it is to ‘sit it out’ when you just want to move, move, move! (I’m not sure why I thought it was a good idea to schedule surgery on both feet two days before Thanksgiving.)

    I live in my Asics these days. Not very fashionable, but I do NOT want to have to go through another surgery. Here’s hoping you don’t have to!

  8. Tish says:

    Tami, so sorry to hear about your foot woes. My mom had bunion surgery (20 yrs ago) and said it was the best decision she ever made. My spinal surgery last year really set me back, exercise-wise. Couldn’t do any exercise for about 4 months and then had residual balance issues. Thank goodness they went away. I’m 61 and very thankful to be running and biking regularly again. Alternate cardio if your foot is still out of commission: swimming or biking. I’m not much of a swimmer, but biking is not nearly as demanding on your feet as hiking, running, or walking. Wish you lived nearby so we could bike together! Your fajita sounds great. I almost never go to TJ’s. Costco, Whole Foods, Safeway, and the military commissary are my main haunts. And, LOL, I quite often hit more than one of those stores in a single outing for groceries!

    1. Tami says:

      Tish thank you for letting me know your mom’s surgery went well. Of course like everything else I have heard a few horror stories about peoples foot surgery. I’m not much of a swimmer either but we do have a pool and I have an aqua jogger for exercise in the pool, but it’s not my first choice. I was thinking about bike riding as it is easier on the foot than walking and hiking and it does burn calories! Yes, indeed if we lived closer we could bike ride together, wouldn’t that be awesome?

      I usually shop like you do with hitting more than one store in the same day. I have been known to go to 4 different stores on the same day as there are certain items we like that can only be purchased at each one! It’s a little crazy but that’s how we roll!

      Have a fantastic weekend!

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