Thursday, November 22, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Today I am thinking about all of the things for which I'm thankful. Here are some of them:
1. My hubby, daughter and extended family
2. My faith and God's forgiveness
3. That the pain from the injection in my arm has subsided
4. Good nourishing food, stimulating company/conversation, being together
5. The Spark People community, my Spark friends and a wonderful web site
6. Modern technology
7. A nice home with running water and electricity
8. My primary care doctor and my Tampa medical team
9. The YMCA - the ability to work out there in the pool and gym
10. Old friends and great neighbors
11. The beauty of nature
12. My health
To all of you go my wishes for a peaceful Thanksgiving filled with loving memories and blessings.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
This morning, hubby and I drove to the airport to pick up my daughter who flew in to spend Thanksgiving with us. I was beyond excited to have her visit for a whole week! Usually I drive by myself to pick her up at the airport but I had an injection in my left elbow yesterday and am a hurting puppy today. Wouldn't you know it? I'm hurting like crazy on a holiday weekend. Bummer. It was so bad by the time we got home, that I had to take medication for it. Me, who hardly ever takes anything for pain, I hate pills, headed directly for the medicine cabinet as soon as we arrived home. I've been flattened all day and even called the doctor's office to let him know how severe my reaction was to the injection. Hubby got angry because he can't stand to see me in pain. I don't blame him. He asked me to never have a procedure on a holiday weekend again, please! I agree that it wasn't the smartest move on my part.
I didn't go to the doctor yesterday for an injection. I went to see him to discuss the MRI of my humerus bone and how to treat it. The doctor was surprised that nothing showed up on the humerus but a tear in my rotator cuff did partially show on the MRI. Since nerves don't show on an MRI, if the shot doesn't work, we will know that it is a nerve problem. I hate having to go through the "process of elimination" but I would rather do that than rush into something invasive like surgery. So, today I've been resting and praying for the extreme pain to pass. I'm thinking that I should have said no to the shot yesterday but I was hoping that it would help my pain level. Instead of helping, my level increased by about 500%.
Tomorrow I will bite the bullet and try to complete the preparations for our Thanksgiving dinner. Thank goodness my daughter is here to help me. She is such a treasure and so very attentive to me. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful family!
Friday, November 16, 2012
Today after I did my morning workout, I drove to my WW meeting. I got on the scale at my weigh in, and held my breath. I lost 2.4 pounds this week and there was a song in my heart. I listened attentively at the meeting and found that I was doing many things correctly. I felt good. Since I was in the area,, I stopped at a large department store (yes, I had several coupons) and decided to try on several tops that were on the sale rack. Gasp! All of them were too big - even the smaller size!
Before I tried on the tops, I was strictly measuring my progress by the number on the scale. When I tried on new clothes, I got another measure of my progress. Tonight, I found a third measure of my progress. When I took off my ActiveLink and plugged it into my computer it registered 4 activity points. What that number means is that I achieved the level of my baseline activity, plus 4 additional activity points above my baseline. I was totally shocked! This is the level that I am trying to meet at the end of my 12 week challenge. It is only week 3 and I've already had a day where I've met the challenge! Wow!
How did I hit my goal of 4 activity points? I split up my activity over the course of my day and kept moving, all day long. I'm not sure that I could keep up that pace every day, but I was thrilled that I was able to do it today. Today, I didn't work out harder, I worked out smarter. I'm living proof that breaking your workouts up into workout sections, gives you just as great an overall workout as one long workout. In fact, for me, this worked out much better because I wasn't overly tired after my workout. This meant that I had energy left to do other things and was able to keep moving throughout my day. Today I feel like I'm making real, measurable progress!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Today, I was back in the water after being out for 5 days due to a skin irritation. I'm still being very careful with my arm and neck. I find out more about my arm (and the MRI that was done on October 30) when I go to the doctor this coming Monday.
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