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Out of Commission This Week

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I must have overdone my activities this past weekend because now I'm paying the price for it. Initially I felt only mild discomfort and I was able to go to water aerobics Monday and Tuesday. By the time Wednesday rolled around, I was so stiff (and I stretched out after all of my workouts too) that I was limping. I got my weekly medical massage and my therapist noted that my back was full of knots. Since I had an appointment with my pain management doctor later in the day, I asked her if there was anything I should draw my doctor's attention to, during my appointment. My massage therapist said that I had a big diamond shaped area where I had some very deep knots. I took this information with me when I met with my doctor later.

I went to the pain management doctor several hours after my massage. The doctor and I discussed the feedback from my neurosurgeon about my neck/ head and she requested that I go to a headache specialist located about 60 miles away from where I live. (It will take me at least 120 miles round trip when I visit this doctor!) Then we discussed the rest of my spine. I shared with her the information from my medical massage therapist. Upon examination of my lower spine, the doctor was not pleased with some of the deep tissue spasms (big knots about the size of a silver dollar) that I was having. She had to inject two of the largest areas and told me to ice the area for several days. She suggested that I might want to be proactive in my pain management for the next few days. Then we discussed my obsession with using exercise to trigger my metabolism. She said my dedication is admirable and told me to keep at it with a few modifications. No more high step jogging or mule kicks for me! She mentioned that the shots might make me a little tender. She said that I can't do water aerobics until next week but I can do some walking if I'm up to it. The part about "if I'm up to it" should have been a tip off. In my experience, that comment usually means that I'll probably hurt so badly that walking to the bathroom will be a major challenge. I was correct. Then, I remembered her advice to be proactive about dealing with the pain and I took the medication that she gave me.

This morning when I woke up, moving around was difficult so again, I followed the protocol that the doctor outlined for me and waited for the pain to subside. I was able to run a few errands with hubby later this morning but my activity was very limited. Hubby was such a good sport about driving me around! The down side was that when I got home, I needed to crawl right into bed and wait for the pain to subside again. Hopefully I'll be much better tomorrow. I hope getting an injection right into the middle of those knots does the trick because I'm not looking forward to doing it again anytime soon! I'll have to walk very slowly at the team walk on Saturday morning!
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HEALTHQUESTER 11/24/2009 8:28AM

    You are doing a GREAT job taking care of yourself! I am a meddical massage therapist myself, and I was wondering if you can go to anyone who does myofascial release? The Barnes method specifically (as there are a number of things that could be considered myofascial release). That is my specialty and it is very helpful in working deep without a lot of pain. It works on the connective tissue as well as the muscle. I have a number of patients who have fibromyalgia that swear by this. But, just a suggestion! If you are able to take a bath you may also want to try that with a mix of 1 cup each epsom salt, sea salt and baking soda. This is helpful to draw out lactic acid (1 of the things that can cause your muscles to spasm). I hope this advice is helpful and not annoying to you! Keep up the great work on self-care and learning your limits! emoticon

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VICIOUS421 11/22/2009 5:05AM

    I am so sorry you are in such pain. I hope it gets better soon and take it easy on the workouts for a while.

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/20/2009 2:01PM

    CALGON TAKE ME AWAY!!!! emoticon emoticon

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TBRANCH2 11/20/2009 1:31AM

    You need to take time to take care of YOU!!! Don't overdo!!! You didn't put the weight on overnight so, take it slow because it sure isn't going to come off overnight! Your pain is the issue right now! Tell Mike he gets brownie points for being such a good sport!!!!! Tell him that Bob will be proud...hahaha Call if you need anything and I will do my best to help.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/19/2009 11:03PM

    Such a trooper. You still plan on being there for the team walk. I glory in your spunk. Sorry for all your pain. Hope you find comfort soon. -Marsha

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L*I*T*A* 11/19/2009 10:40PM

    wishing and praying you will be better soon ..........blessings and hugs...............lita

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SANDRAGAYE 11/19/2009 9:35PM

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    Hope you are feeling better.

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MUSIC66 11/19/2009 8:39PM

    sorry you had all that trouble hope you get rid of the knotes soon.

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Changing Up My Workouts

Friday, November 13, 2009

This week I was forced by the weather to "change up" my workouts. I did a great water aerobics workout on Monday but the weather changed, due to a passing hurricane. This kept me out of the water until today. Since I was a bit sore, from my 15 minutes of water jogging on Monday, on Tuesday and Wednesday I walked instead. Then, on Thursday, I did an indoor workout in the gym portion of the exercise complex. I did the stationery bike for 51 minutes and the treadmill for 32 minutes (and a 32 minute walk later in the day). I did 4 strength training exercises between the bike and the treadmill. I even remembered to stretch! I was sore this morning from using different muscles. This soreness made me think about the benefits of changing my day to day workout routines.

Sometimes I get into what I call an exercise "rut", which means I'm doing the same workout every day over a period of several months. I know that I start this by having physical limitations which perpetuate this tendency to fall into an exercise rut. During this period, my weight also seems to plateau. I'm sure that there is a correlation between the "rut" and the plateau. My body adapts to certain levels of activity; especially when I do the same thing all the time. After a while, the workouts aren't as effective as they were once. By changing my workouts, mixing them up so to speak, I fool my body and keep it from adapting to any one particular type of workout. This has been an effective tool that I've used in the past to blast out of a plateau. I stopped doing it when I had a series of spinal shots this past summer. I turned to water aerobics in August because everything else caused pain. Water aerobics helped to strengthen my core muscles and increased my flexibility. This is a big plus when you have a chronic disease. Now that I'm stronger, I am venturing out into other forms of low impact exercise. I know that I need to practice moderation as I begin to expand my exercise repertoire. Too much, too soon may cause me to hurt myself or cause me to burn out. So, my mantra will be baby steps, baby steps and more baby steps.

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PEGGYANNSCH 11/14/2009 6:51PM

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/14/2009 2:34PM

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SLENDERELLA61 11/13/2009 3:55PM

    Baby steps sounds like a great approach. You have really shown a commitment to healthy exercise. Applaud yourself. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/13/2009 3:27PM

    I've been changing my exercises up a lot this past couple of weeks. Even though the scale hasn't moved, I can feel the difference in my body. Yes, baby steps are just fine with me as well. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    Baby steps area a good thing for you. Take it easy.
What part of the storm area are you in? I live in Chesapeake , VA about 15 miles from the NC line and about 20 miles from VA Beach. emoticon

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15 Minutes of High Step Water Jogging Today!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Today I managed to do 15 minutes (without any stops) of high step water jogging. This is the second time I've been able to do this! I know that I may be sore (quads and butt) tomorrow but I'm amazed at the increase in my stamina. I can do exercises in water that I could never even consider on land. Who would have thought that I'd be where I am now a year or two ago!
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WOLFSPIRITS 11/10/2009 10:11AM

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KIMS76 11/9/2009 9:36PM

    I like it! Kep it up! Jogging in water....WOOT! Jogging on land during my workout is hard enough. BUT WATER!? LOL emoticon emoticon emoticon

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 11/9/2009 9:24PM

    How totally awesome!!!! You're doing great!!!


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CONNEALS 11/9/2009 9:18PM

    Way to go! It is amazing how persistence will pay off!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/9/2009 8:47PM

    emoticon Way to go! You are getting stronger and healthier. Thanks for sharing.

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BUBBLES1541 11/9/2009 8:03PM

    Great!! Way to go! Keep it up!!

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Take the time to count your blessings

Sunday, November 08, 2009

With stores pushing the Christmas season into October it is often hard to keep our focus on the here and now. Sometimes it seems like the here and now is nothing short of depressing! The economy has tanked, gas prices are rising, healthy food is expensive, health care costs are out of sight and stress is everywhere! How do I achieve a sense of balance in the face of such chaos? We go about at a frenzied pace; working and struggling to achieve some nebulous goal - for what? Are we actually enjoying what we're doing? Are we filled with anxiety and stress? These are questions that I've recently asked myself. How do I want to begin to deal with all of this? What comes to mind is one of the first things I learned when I joined Spark People. I need to start with baby steps. Well, I don't know about you, but my first inclination is to jump in feet first and totally immerse myself; throwing caution to the wind, trying to fix everything at once. Whoa there! Time out! My time on Spark People has taught me that the only thing that approach will do is make me burn out. So perhaps there is another way.

Let's start with baby steps. Maybe I need to change the way I'm looking at things. Okay, I can do that! If I'm to start small, let me begin by looking at the blessings that I already have in my life. Sometimes I go through my day so quickly that I don't even take the time to notice those blessings. In fact, if I'm in the "poor pitiful me" mode, I may feel like I've been short changed in the blessings department. If only I had more money, better food, a nicer house, better clothes, a better job (or for some of us just any job at all), a better social life, more toned muscles, less fat, a better car etc., etc. Am I even listening to myself? What about the fact that I already have a house, car, food, clothes, a body that functions and friends? Don't they count? Maybe I should take a step back here and look more closely at my life.

I think November is the perfect time to re-evaluate my life and take stock of what is really important to me. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, perhaps I need to put my focus back on being thankful and counting my blessings. This morning, for example, there was a beautiful sunrise. The birds are chirping and the fall colors are abundant in all their glory. I live in a country that is founded on freedom; of speech, thought, religion and choices. Wow! That's a big blessing. Our house has electricity and running water. Many areas of the world have no electricity or running water. We are lucky to be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. I have food to eat, clothes to wear and a car to drive. I have a loving hubby, two darling dogs, a wonderful daughter and my body is fairly healthy. I have some sort of medical care. It may not be perfect, but I do have access to it. That makes me blessed! If I walk outside and look around, I see beauty. The sun is shining, there are flowers, trees and animals. These are wonderful gifts. If I take the time to look, I can see blessings all around me. As I begin to appreciate all that I have, a tremendous sense of peace surrounds me. Maybe this is what I've actually been missing in my life. By taking the time to look at how I have already been blessed, I have found the silver lining in my world. I have only to look for it and it will be there waiting for me.

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2CATS2LOVE1 11/8/2009 5:19PM

    That was truly a beautiful post. More of us need to count our blessings and be happy and content w/ what we do have in the here and now. Little things are what make us happiest in life. The smile of a baby, the giggles of children, the antics of kittens, and our loved ones gathered 'round. What more could we ask or want? Life is good.

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    What perfect timing for that post. Judging from the replies I think there are lots of us that feel that we. We all need to stop- and take time to smell the roses! Thank you for bringing them to my attention. I do have so many things to be thankful for, so many blessings. emoticon

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/8/2009 1:59PM

    LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!! IT SHOULD BE A POSTER. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PEGGYANNSCH 11/8/2009 11:08AM

    So True

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/8/2009 9:39AM

    So true! I've been concentrating on gratitude lately, along with a process of simplifying my life. It's a very freeing feeling. Have a wonderful day.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/8/2009 9:13AM

    With sincere gratitude for a timely and profound post, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving season. -Marsha

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CATE195 11/8/2009 7:51AM

    Your post is so timely. I was lying in bed this morning thinking about things I am thankful for today. Last night my husband, father (of 79 1/2) traveled one and a half hours to go to my oldest son's one year anniversary of the opening of his framing store, Preservation Framers. I feel guilty now that two years ago when he talked about leaving Corners to start a business, my husband and I freaked out and told him it was not a good time to start a business. Well, fortunately Corners went out of business and since he did not have a job he did tons of research and got professional support from family members and opened up his shop a year ago. The shop is doing great and I am so proud of him!

So back to the thankful part. I am thankful that my Mom and Dad are still living independently (except for the occasional need to have some home repairs done). I am thankful for my husband who does those repairs willingly, and is such a loving supportive guy. I am thankful for my three sons, who I saw last night and for the truly lovely wives and girlfriend that they have. I am thankful for my grandchildren who are all healthy and growing way too fast. I am thankful for 6 sister and my one brother who I saw last night.

You are so right. With all the turmoil in the world today, I am still thankful that I live in the United States. That we have a comfortable home, and a beautiful area to enjoy nature. We have everything we need, we don't NEED everything we want. Enjoy your day and thanks for reminding us to count our blessings!

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MARLIZG 11/8/2009 7:43AM

    u go girl

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Capped off the week with a 2 mile walk

Saturday, November 07, 2009

I made it to water aerobics 5 times this week! Yay! I capped off my week with a 2 mile walk with our local Spark team followed by walking the mall for an hour and a half. Altogether, I spent a over two hours in motion! The down side is that I'm really getting stiff. So it's off to bed for rest time for me. I will say that I feel energized from all of the exercise. Now if I could just get those joints to stop getting stiff, I'd be really satisfied!

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VICIOUS421 11/8/2009 5:50AM

    You are doing really great!

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PEGGYANNSCH 11/7/2009 11:53PM

    Sorry i miss that walk maybe next time.
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SLIMMERJESSE 11/7/2009 4:09PM

    Good for you! Sounds great. Have a wonderful day.

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KIMS76 11/7/2009 3:41PM

    I'm lovin' it! What a way to get movin' on a Saturday! Are you ending your exercise with a cool down and stretching? That might help the stiffness. emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 11/7/2009 2:53PM

    It was a great walk. Have you tried warm baths for the stiffness? Also, massage is really good. I know a great Massage Therapist should you want a referral. Might be able to get you a discount.

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