Thursday, May 18, 2006
Words of wisdom from StormClouds on the "Words of Wisdom on Winninig the Losing Game" group thread:
Never compromise a dream. Do what you must. The fears, beasts and mountains before you are part of the plan. Stepping stones to a promised land. To a time and place that is so much closer than you suspect. Don't let your eyes deceive, for even as you read these words, your ship swiftly approaches.
Monday, May 15, 2006
The morning and/or late afternoon walks with the two new exercise steps are doing a wealth of good to my operative leg. I am not fighting a constant limp anymore. My "start up" pain after sitting has dimished quite a bit. I am still stiff and sore in the morning - but I can tell that my recovery is now back on track. Oh, my weight loss is back also, lost a pound last week and one more at weigh-in yesterday. Only two more lbs to go to meet my 6-1-06 objective. Will post again next week.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
As my surgeon had advised, I walked last night (before posting) - with two new steps added to my mile walk that allowed me to work on a very small, but troublesome muscle on my right,inner, upper thigh - on my operative leg. One step was a "pep step" - quick small mini-march steps - about 50 to 100 steps (reps) at a time. The other was a step that had my right foot stay far behind me as I took a step with my left foot - this step streched my right leg out to its maximum - thereby streching tha troublesome little muscle. I interchanged the two "special" steps with my regular gait. Boy, was that mile walk PAINFUL! Took some asprin when I was done, a glass of wine and went to the spark site. Today at work, I got up from my desk about four times during the day to take a nice walk out in the parking lot for a mini, 7 min walk, repeating the stretch and pep steps - as I walked. I had some pain, but not as bad as the night before. I could tell that this was going to work! I am very excited about my recovery. It really has nothing to do with any bone loss or implant problems - the xrays were all great on the joint itself - this is all about muscle soreness and correction - with proper therapy. Oh, the doc says I can do crunches, dumbell lifts with my arms, neck resistance with a tension band and several isometric exercises with my upper body, while sitting. Life is indeed good. I should have this licked in about one month. Almost forgot the best part - doc says I can golf all I want! Whoopeeee!
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Saw my hip surgeon 5-9-06. I have a problem with pain in my thigh - almost 5 months after hip replacement surgery. Doc says it is not the hip, but muscles in the thigh. I have to stop all lower body strength exercises and let some of my outer thigh muscles recover.
However, I need to do some special walking steps during my one mile walks to help repair (strech) muscle in my inner thigh. One step is to extend my right leg behind me as my left leg takes a forward step, streching my inner (right) thigh muscle. Boy, this hurts like hell - it must be working!
The next step is really a series of 50 steps - the doc calls them "pep steps", short, quick little marching steps that fatigue the leg muscles over time.
I put these steps into my one mile walk about 50 %
of the time - as physical therapy. Hope it works! Will know for sure in one month.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Spark People, Healthy Reflections: (copied from a spark newsletter post on 5-7-06)
"The last dejected effort often becomes the winning stroke
We keep hearing about how persistence is often the key to success. But what do you do when you've been striving for so long that it seems like your goal is never going to see light? How do you deal with the fear that you're about to fail? Simple. Give it just one more shot. And then one more. Think about the sweat and time you've committed already. You've come this far, you'd be unfair to yourself if you quit without a fight. Even if the odds are way out of your favor and you can't see how it can possibly help, reach out and take one last swing. You never know what will happen. Big, meaningful achievements don't just happen when everything goes your way. How many times have you seen tennis players make miraculous winning shots while lunging for a ball that seemed impossible to reach? Sometimes, you can find victory in the effort."
When you have been a part of something for 4.5 months, you do not give up.
When you truly belive in the logic of the program, you do not give up.
When you have developed your personal goals and objectives and a reasonable plan for achievement, you do not give up.
When your desire to win, outways your fear of loss, you do not give up.
Like my friend, "FITNESS" says, ATTITUDE!, ATTITUDE!!, ATTITUDE!!!
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