Sunday, March 07, 2010
My weight is down 21 pounds from mid-November2009 by the scale this morning! Two more to go to reach my 2nd goal. I'm still seeing some flab on the belly and inner thighs that needs to go (and maybe the hips), but I don't know whether that will require less weight or more muscle.
My Shoulder is so much better. The physical therapist got me back to where I was before the gardening-induced tendonitis, and I'm totally off painkillers. I think I'm actually better than when I first went to her. I've only had 3 visits, so I'm very hopeful that I'll regain full use of it.
Last week I decided my clothes were too large, so I tried on everything in my closet. (I know! Poor shoulder! I can't seem to get through a week without overusing it.) I had kept clothes from when I was a bit heavier than now but more muscular, so in spite of our underemployment, I have appropriately sized clothes. I was amazed at what I fit into. One thing that was a goal from the beginning in November was the dress I wore 8 years ago to my oldest daughter's wedding. It fits! I think my stomach was flatter then, but the dress isn't tight across the stomach. My husband was very impressed.
I've finally internalized the understanding that being stuck at one weight does not mean that nothing is happening. I'm more likely to be upset now when I eat something and find out later that it had many more calories than I expected. That happened today at the church luncheon. It was a simple meal of soup, bread, broccoli salad and apple pie. I had minestrone soup(1.5 cups), salad(1 cup) and bread (1 thin slice), 1/3 tsp of butter and a tiny sliver of pie. (This is my main meal for today.) When I put an estimated approximation into the nutrition tracker, it said over 1000 calories! WHAT?! Not in the plan at all. No wonder I eat at home so much. It's easier to know just what I'm getting ahead of time. So, If I blow up like a balloon tomorrow, I'll know what happened. I'm off to work some of that off so I can eat dinner!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
4 years ago I damaged my right shoulder. An MRI showed no structural damage, and I was encouraged to gradually strengthen it, but given no instructions as to how to accomplish that. I eventually quilt exercising altogether and gained quite a bit of weight.
Last November, my shoulder having felt fine for a long time, I decided to do something about the state of my health and weight. I found Sparkpeople and gladly dove right in. It was during the January bootcamp that the exercises that worked the shoulder, chest and some core muscles began to "tweak" my right shoulder. When it became more sore, I posted a question on the fitness board asking a question of the "experts." I was encouraged to ask for a referral to physical therapy.
Last week I saw my Doctor, who said we first needed another MRI after all this time. Monday's MRI came back "no structural damage," so I was referred to a physical therapist. I saw her on Thursday and really liked her and the exercises she wanted me to do. I felt GREAT when I left her office, and the day was beautiful here in Oregon, so I weeded my garden for 2.5 hours that afternoon. (hindsight says that was stupid.) I was a bit stiff that evening, but it got worse overnight.
Friday I went to work feeling uncomfortable. I got home and felt progressively worse. To the pain in the back of my shoulder (rotator cuff), had been added pain on top and in front of the shoulder and shooting down to the inside of my elbow. It kept me awake most of the night lying only on my back with a pillow under the forearm. (I do NOT sleep that way!)
Today I talked to another Dr in my Dr's office who told me I now have tendonitis in the shoulder. She says I may not exercise at all until next Thursday at the earliest, when I will see my physical therapist. I'm using ice, advil, and a topical cream called Traumeel. The Dr. said she did exactly the same thing and that gardening is one of the worst things you can do to a rotator cuff injury. She did encourage me by saying that she did rehabilitate her shoulder without surgery, but then she told me it took months. Sigh.
I'll get through this. I'm still serious about getting healthy. I wish I felt better and my garden looked rougher, though!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Yesterday I had calories left to use and a desire for some chocolate, so I decided to eat 4 Hershey's Kisses (22 calories each).
I unwrapped one and was totally focused on the taste and texture. I let it melt rather than chewing it. It was soooo good. Then I had the second one. Also enjoyed very much.
Then an amazing thing happened - I didn't feel like I needed the other two! That's never happened to me before. I put them on the table so I could eat them later if I wanted them, since I had already put their calorie count in my tracker. I NEVER felt the need to eat them.
I put them away when I went to bed with the thought "They'll be there another time if I want them. I don't have to choose now or never."
Ah Ha! I've been eating candy for years as though I was competing with others in the house for my fair share. So what if they eat all the rest? There is a grocery store which stocks them, and I can buy more if necessary. It's rather freeing to only eat what I really WANT and be able to let the rest go to an uncertain future. It's funny to realize my body "talks" to me like this. I don't think I've spent much time listening before. I am now.
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