Monday, May 25, 2009
Well it's been a difficult waiting period, but after a severe back injury / nerve injury that left me with 10% of my left leg strength from the knee down and drop foot, I got back on the old horse. I've ordered 4 braces for the dropfoot and none of them worked becasue of my foot, ankle and leg swelling - swelling caused by poor circulation - cured only by walking more ---HMMMPH!!! That's a catch-22 movie no one would ever watch!
However, I think the most recent 2, used together might just work. Or, at least they are enough to allow me to walk above 1.2 MPH and not trip the belt by pushing it forward by slamming my left foot down flat with every pace, or worse tripping.
This sounds lie a lot of complaining, but the last 6 months have been hell. I've been unable to do anything and didn't realize until I put both braces on just how slow I had become in everything I did. I literally walked 1 MPH at my fastest and was causing what could be irreperable damage to my hips and alternate knee because of posture compensation. So, this is by no means a complaint, but a huge victory on the way to better things!
Now for the weight I've gained in the mean time....
Sunday, August 12, 2007
I'm so happy to be back on thee treadmill again, despite the heat, despite no time, despite not ever wanting to, it feels so good to spend a half hour really pushing myself.
Last week for the first time I actually started running on it, just 2 minutes, then the next time, 2 - 2 minute sessions, next time 3! I've never run, but I felt like I was walking so hard and so fast, I natually fell into a run, and it felt great!
I know I have to make some major progress to make my goal of a 5K below 40 minutes before the end of the year, but this is getting closer! It's amazing to me when I just try to do it instead of thinking how many ways it's impossible.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
My second 5K and I shaved off 6:11 time to come in at 54:34, and this time no shin splints. I thought these were going to be an inevitable fact until I simply weigh less, no amount of stretching was helping! But I feel great today, no different that my nomal treadmill workout - maybe I should have pushed harder :)
I just realized I have past the date of my 1 year anniversary on sparks. Unfortunatley, I started, then had an accident with broken bones and wasn't able to walk for the next 9 weeks. I found out last summer that my father had cancer and we were all shocked that 4 weeks later we had to say goodbye. Later in the year my mother was in the hospital for a couple of months and I was laid off from work. I rejoined Sparks in September. When I think of another time I had seemingly unbearable stress in my life and how it almost killed me, and then I compare it to last year and how I was able to manage everything and care for everyone while keeping myself healthy. In a total year I've lost and regained, but am now down 20 pounds, I've walked over 288 miles, sleep better, breath better and am happier. I guess I have to take progress in a different form for this year, not in the scale but in how I've made my life healthier.
Looking forward to the next 5K and my real one year anniversary in September!
Sunday, April 01, 2007
This morning the virtual 5K took me 60:45 walking and beleive it or not this is a record for me, usually 3 miles takes me about 64 minutes. I come from a family of all boys who have run in all sorts of races and marathons, but, being overweight my whole life, I've never been a distance runner - not that I didn't want to. I've actually had dreams about running. But this morning I jogged for a minute or so in between walking. This isn't the story of my new found love of running, it felt ridiculous and a little stressful (more than painful) but I did it! Now I look forward to the next 5K and coming in under 60 minutes, still walking but having less weight to carry through the race and being that much closer to running its entirety.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
I've been thinking lately, I like great food. I know, no great revelation. But, honestly how often does one enjoy great food, not a lot of food, not recognized or familiar food, but great food? As Americans I have to say not often.
I've been concentrating so much on how to get as much food for my alloted calories, like so many other dieters, that I have exposed myself to some pretty strange meals and some outrageously large salads.
So, I've decided to try something new with a new Tapas cookbook to spark my former cooking creativity and by ordering appetizer plates (4") for lunches and dinners. I don't want to eat any more fake food - no sugar free, artificially flavored pudding, no guar gum laden "Ice cream" no sodium shelacked frozen dinners, but tiny, excellent food, hmmm...wish me luck!
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