Monday, August 31, 2009

Watermelon Juice…will make it better?


I had a great day at work today!! It was SUPER busy with a lot of lifting and moving fixtures, but it was great to be active all day! Unfortunately, my sciatic nerve does not agree. Do any of you guys have issues with your sciatica?

A few summers ago I worked at a Fondue Restaurant that a group of my friends own. The trays were super heavy, and I was constantly bent at a strange angle to stir the cheese pot. Ever since then, my sciatic nerve will bother me if I’m on my feet for more than 3 hours straight.

For the past week I’ve been on my feet for 5-8 hours a day and my back can’t catch up. Today I think I may have taken it over the edge and past the point of no return. It started bothering me at work; so I took the time to do some stretches that I’ve used in the past. No luck. After work I stopped at the grocery store to get some fresh foods* (read veggies for Green Monsters and milk for Gorilla Munch) and I could barely walk. I would get shooting pains that hurt so much, it took my breath away. Incredibly embarrassing when you’re in the middle of the milk aisle!!

Once home I did more stretches and decided that I needed to treat myself. I don’t have much of an appetite because of the pain, so I made myself a fresh juice.

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Watermelon Juice!!!

So good and so easy to make!! To make, just cut a seedless watermelon into cubes and set your blender to liquefy. Perfection! Seeded watermelon? Just pluck out the seeds first!

Catching up on blogs, email, and tweets and then heading to bed. Hopefully morning stretches will help tomorrow!


Anonymous said...

I have back pain too, and the best thing for it is lying on a hard floor, and doing back exercises every day to strenthen it - you lie on your front, and without using your hands do a sort of push up/stretch, keeping your legs and hips to the floor. Also working out in the gym with weights.

It might also be that your matress needs replacing. I had my pain the longest when I was sleeping on a camp bed every night. urgh.
Hope you feel better!

Anonymous said...

I work about 5 hours a day (it used to be 8 over the summer, god was I in pain), constantly standing on a concrete surface. It's never my back that hurts, but my right shoulder and my knee. It got bad enough that I was wearing a knee brace to work.

I love watermelon juice! My roommates think I`m weird for it, even though they love watermelon. I don't know if you've tried it (and I`ve only seen it in one location), but the Naked brand of juice came out with a watermelon, delicious!

MoonGoddess said...

I know that had to be delish! (adding some Los Angelos Absolute might make it even better! & help the pain.) Hope you feel better today.

Lots of love lady!

Cat said...

The best stretch for that issue is here:

I discovered the video a couple of years ago. It's very informative and it worked, at least for me. :) I still do it occasionally. Hope you feel better soon.