Friday, August 02, 2013
It's been a while since I blogged so I figured I'd update everyone. I've been keeping up with my walk training and the weekend mileage is getting bigger. My hip had started bugging me while walking and I didn't tell my ortho doctor because I didn't think it was important. Last week Thursday I went to Tae Kwon Do class. A head instructor from our main school has been teaching on Thursday nights and I have been going because she's an awesome instructor. We started out good and then started doing a set of front leg roundhouse kicks where you kick with your front leg and bounce on your back leg when your front leg goes up. Well, I was concerned about my hip (the opposite side as the knee I just had surgery on) and I landed on my left knee (the bad one), felt a pop and landed on my butt on the mat. It started burning and I knew I was done for the night.
I did put ice on it right away and was actually able to put weight on it. I went home and it was still hurting so I made the decision to go to urgent care (after eating Kraft Macaroni and Cheese for dinner because that's what my husband made since he thought I would be gone longer). Long story short, the dr. said it was a knee sprain (most likely ligament based) and I should use crutches if I had too much pain and call the ortho the next day.
Called the ortho and got an appointment for Monday morning. I decided I would have to take an entire week off of working out to help heal the knee and the hip. Last night was a week and I did go for a 3.4 mile walk but didn't work out today. It felt good but I did take it easy and walked much slower than I normally would have.
The ortho doc said he doesn't think I did anything major to my knee because it wasn't swollen and there was no fluid on it. He did a hip xray, which was normal, so he figured it was just overuse and I should dial back the activity for a bit and let my symptoms be my guide. I'm getting a bit used to not working out and I'm concerned but I think as soon as I feel well healed I'll be right back to it. I can't wait! He also gave me a different anti-inflammatory medication and that is helping a lot. So we'll see what happens. I think I'll still take it easy for a few days so I feel 100%. The hip and knee both still feel a little wonky.
We also went to get our new camper today! Here's a picture!
The good news is that it's a lot bigger than our old one, which was a popup camper, and also has a bathroom with a toilet and shower, a full size fridge with a freezer and room to sleep 8. The bad news is that it won't fit in our backyard for storage because the neighbors have a fence right next to our driveway and the overhang at the back of the house is right there and we can't swing it around enough. So now we have it blocking the garage and will have to find another place to store it. We go camping August 19th for 5 days and we're really excited!
So that's about it - farmer's market tomorrow and Brewer game with Ken's work Box (free food and drinks!) and the Wisconsin State Fair on Sunday. Should be a great weekend! Hope everyone else has a great one too!
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
We have been shopping ALL week for this and finally found one that works for everyone in our family! So excited!
Friday, June 21, 2013
I'm so glad my knee is letting me tolerate exercise again - especially today.I have REALLY missed doing an intense workout and working up a great sweat. :)
Last night my youngest son had a Cub Scout "hike" which consisted of going to a local nature center and walking around their little 0.15 mile trail to talk about the stations and things in nature. We got there early so we could walk a little before the scout event since it didn't start until 7 and I didn't want to be out too late. I needed to walk 4 miles. Ken, Paul and I walked out on one of the trails about a half mile and then walked back so we could have at least one mile in. When we figured out the "hike" wasn't going to be very long or much of a workout I told my husband I was going off on my own. (with an evil grin, I might add).
So off I went. The majority of the trails are in a concentrated area and aren't too long so I started off on the red trail. It went through the woods a bit and then started to loop back to the beginning so I took off on the green trail where we were before the scouts got there. The green trail went up a hill into a meadow with beautiful views. Photos:
Then the trail came upon a sign to the Nature Trail that was WAYYYYYYYYYYYY down at the bottom of the hill (huge hill I might add!). With a little grin to myself, I hesitated and then turned to go down the hill. I was only at 2.5 miles so it couldn't hurt to go farther, could it? Naaahhh! LOL! I was having a blast! The cool thing about this place is that each trail has something different on it. There is a meadow, a pine forest, a regular tree forest, a boardwalk over wetlands - it has it all and there are tons of different views. Here are photos of the nature trail and observation deck:
I didn't get to do the whole trail because Ken and Paul were done and wanted me to come back but the coolest thing I saw was the bridge - it looked COMPLETELY different going over it one way than the other. Here are the pics:
It was beautiful and I keep realizing with every hike that Wisconsin is definitely a beautiful state that we take for granted. The nature center is about 5-6 miles from my house. It's amazing and it was an awesome walk.
4 miles DONE!
Today I broke out the Les Mills Combat DVD's and did the Combat 30 workout to see what it was all about. I watched the basics DVD on my computer to see if I thought my knee could handle it. I decided to try it. It ROCKED! It totally got bonus points from me because there was one person who did the workout modified for low impact so I was excited that I could follow her.
It was hard and my knee got tired, but it held up pretty well. I didn't do any of the jumping so that helped a lot. But since I haven't been to Tae Kwon Do since the night before my surgery it was really nice to do a martial arts type workout.
Anyone who is interested in Beachbody workouts, let me know because I'm now a coach and can hook you up! AND they just announced last night that they came out with a VANILLA flavor! I'm so excited and can't wait to try it! Love it!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Friday night I came home from work and finished cleaning my house to get ready for my wellness workshop Saturday morning. Made my homemade granola bars a day ahead since they taste better the second day. Then we went grocery shopping at Woodman's, which is a HUGE grocery store with 2 full aisles of just Gluten Free items and a huge variety of every flavor of every brand of everything imaginable. Took us 2 hours!
Saturday I got up early to finish getting ready for the workshop. I got the ingredients for the granola bars ready in containers so I could show everyone how to make them like a regular cooking show. :) Everyone got here and we got started. I did the Circle of LIfe exercise with everyone where you figure out what areas of your life need work, showed everyone how to make the granola bars and then talked a little about health coaching and what it can do for people. Then my friend did a presentation about Arbonne, which is a cosmetic company that uses all natural items in their products and she did a mini facial with the guests. After that, my friend talked about massage, essential oils and a little reflexology. It was really fun and I had a great time teaching. I will DEFINITELY do it again!
After that, we went to a graduation party for our neighbor's daughter. We had a fun time but the park double booked the shelter and she booked it over the phone without paperwork so we had to move. The other guy had the paperwork and his name was on the shelter. She was pretty upset. After that we went to church and then went to dinner with my sister and brother-in-law. Ken and I still had to do our 3 mile training walk so we decided to walk home and my sister drove our car and my daughter to our house while we walked. :) It did start to rain a bit but not too much and it was a good walk.
This morning we slept in but then Ken and I went about 40 minutes away to a state park to hike. We had 8 miles on the schedule today so we started off. It rained a lot last night so we expected it to be muddy but there were several spots where it was FULL of mud and they had little wood planks over it. I hate mud and am still a little unstable because of my knee still recovering from surgery so I was not too happy but it was tolerable. Until we got HERE:
I mean REALLY!????!!!! Logs over a RIVER??? As part of the trail? Jeesh! This did NOT make me happy. Luckily, it wasn't that way for too long after this part and it got MUCH better later on as far as the mud goes. But then the HILLS started! YAY! I actually love hills. My fitbit says I climbed 81 flights of stairs today because it includes hills so that ROCKS! What I DON'T love about hills is actually walking DOWN them. Frankly, it hurts my knees and today was no exception. There was an observation tower there and the view was totally worth it. But that was what killed my quads and then we had to go down hill for quite a long while. That was the worst part but it was very beautiful. Here are a few pics:
We got the 8 miles done, exhausted and hot but feeling successful. After the drive home we went to Ken's brother's house for Father's Day and just got home a little while ago. Today's weather was FANTASTIC and it was really awesome being outside!
Now I'm tired and ready for the week. Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!
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