Thursday, May 10, 2012
I just posted to my blog, but I thought that if I am not allowed to observe the changes in my pounds, I should list my observations about my body. The first one to come to mind is my arms. I used to have so much fat dangling down when I raised my arms that I was embarrassed to raise my arms. My SmartMedia Fit band just barely fit around my bicep, and not because I had bulging muscles! I lifted my arm earlier at work and had to look a second time. Then I had to go into the bathroom to see if what I was seeing was true. And it is! My arms now resemble arms more than they resemble wings! My elbows are reappearing! Happy day, this is working!!!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
I'm a little nervous today. I have gone six days without weighing myself, which I think is a personal record. I've been working hard, eating right, and by all means, I should be making progress, but I have NO idea of where I stand. My bootcamp class was cancelled this morning and instead of jumping on one of the treadmills like I normally do, I decided to try out a cross country type contraption. I absolutely hated the first ten minutes and thought my knee was going to give, but between ten and thirteen minutes (I had the machine set for 45), a magical transformation occurred, and the weak knee started to improve, my legs burned less, and I noticed that on the monitor I was burning about twice as many calories as I normally do on the treadmill. Long story short, I have a new favorite machine!
Monday, May 07, 2012
We had a great weekend at the beach. I had some chicken ready for the grill, pasta salad (which I can't eat since I'm gluten free), fruit, veggies and all kinds of good stuff. Being gluten free, I was able to pass on all of the cookies and cupcakes (except for a gluten free cupcake that wasn't even worth the effort). The funny thing is, spending all day cooking in the sun, fussing over all of the food, burned more calories than any workout I have done since strapping on my BodyMedia monitor. I've been through jujitsu, circuit training, boot camp, and none of them measured up to the caloric burn of throwing a party. Woo hoo, I'm doing this more often!!!
Saturday, May 05, 2012
It's actually fun to read back on some of my past posts, so here's another to add to my SparkPeople history. I was up to 228 in March (ugh, scary) and I worked myself back down to about 218 by mid April when tax season ended and I could finally get active. I invested in a BodyMedia monitor and wear it every day, log my calories in here on SP, and go to the gym just about every day. I'm down to 211 now and feel a little stuck, but thanks to a new friend here on SP, I am going to put my scale away for the next two weeks and shift my focus to how I look and feel rather than how much I weigh.
I'm back on the mat now. I can do REAL pushups! I've played basketball with the boys and tomorrow we're going to the beach and I will be able to play frisbee. I can't imagine life without that surgery... now hopefully I'm back on the right track!
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
The road to recovery that is. In December I had Tommy John surgery. If you don't know what that is, you're definitely not alone. Basically it's ligament replacement in your elbow (they use a tendon from your wrist) that very few people have to have done if they're not major league pitchers. I went through two surgeons to try and find someone who would take me seriously. The first doctor spotted a big chunk of bone in the back of my elbow, but for some reason bells never went off and he said that I 'just need physical therapy'. His claim was that I would be able to function 'just fine'.
I hadn't done push ups in six months. I haven't been able to skip rocks with my kids, throw a baseball, shoot a basketball. None of it. Heavy lifting to me is carrying a human body on my shoulders, not taking a pie out of the oven. I explained this to him, but he didn't budge. I grabbed my paperwork from him, told him I was getting a second opinion, and rushed out of the room before 'sexist pig' could come out of my mouth.
Doctor #2 was great. He identified the same bone, said it was near the ulnar nerve and agreed that we should take it out. He didn't think the ligament was torn, but said that during surgery he would check it out and if it needed to be replaced, he would do it.
I remember during the surgery (yes, I was awake), he said 'You just don't see this injury in women', and told his assistant that they were going to go ahead with the ligament replacement. They did and they explained that I would probably have quite a bit of pain because there was a lot of bone floating in the socket that they had to dig out. They did such an outstanding job that I haven't taken a pain killer since the day the surgery was done, and that one was only because I anticipated pain. I've been in physical therapy for ten weeks and can't wait to get back on the mat. Unfortunately I have to... the doctor dictated right in front of me, "Patient understands that she will not return to combat at least until our next appointment in two months".
The word 'combat' caused my heart to leap. Finally I have a doctor who understands me. :)
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