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Back after being out for almost a month from a herniated disk.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Hey everyone! It's been a while since I've logged onto SparkPeople! It feels nice to be back into the swing of things :) I had a strained back about two-four months ago and I kept working out and pushing myself to get fit and lose weight. I thought that I was just sleeping funny or I wasn't stretching enough before and after my workouts. I had no idea that it would become sciatic nerve pain which then escalated shortly after my spinning class I took, into a herniated disk. I was out for a week and a half of work because I was in so much pain, I couldn't sit, stand, walk or drive my car. The only position that relieved me from super excruciating pain was laying down on my stomach with my legs out. I went to my chiropractor when it was sciatic pain and took steps in prevention and to correct my L4 and L5 from pinching to keep the burning pain, the sharp pain and the numbness down my leg and butt from getting any worse. I finally lost my mind when I was on my way to my chiropractor appointment and I could not sit in my car for more than 5 seconds at a time because of the shooting pain in my butt and leg. I wasn't even able to put my foot on the gas pedal because the sciatic pain was just unbearable, to the point that sometimes I felt like I had sprained my ankle. I ended up calling my doc saying I was running late. I was 45 minutes late. The pain was so bad but I knew that I HAD to get to my chiropractor to get some relief. I finally got there after basically crying the entire way there and driving with the cruise control on for about 90% of the time (so totally not safe, but I was desperate!) I walked in, with my hair all crazy, my face all puffy from crying, still crying and bent over. I ended up getting an xray to be able to get an MRI (that in itself was just crazy) and found out I had a herniated disk. I was assigned to get an injection of pain blocks to be able to function like a semi normal person and I have been going on the decompression table at my chiro's office to get that disk back into place. Long story short, I am taking 5 pills at a time, going to see the chiro three days a week, I am scheduled for another pain block injection into my spine and I am afraid to work out...I haven't even asked anyone if I can workout, I am just so afraid I am going to re-injure myself. AND on top of that, I owe a crap ton of money to a lot of people for all of this craziness. aaaaaaaaaah.

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FOST40 11/11/2012 8:28PM

  I've been diagnosed with a herniated disc, arthritis in my facet joints and si joint issues.. Fortunately for me, I'm still able to work and function, but, can't work out at the gym at the same intensity. The elliptical machine seems to be my only friend there. I have had facet joint injections and si joint injections. I'm going to have a transformable (not spelled correctly) epidural injection in my spine. I hope you begin to feel better. I understand the pain that you are feeling. Do you mind me asking what pills that you are taking? I'm taking over the counter medicine such as aleve and over the counter ointments such as bengay, etc. I was prescribed Tramadol but it made me dizzy so I didn't take but one dose. I have to admit that it did help. Hang in there!!! Take care.

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"trusty" scale

Monday, October 08, 2012

My scale is broken. I feel happy about that, yet sad. emoticon emoticon

Happy because maybe I am less and maybe I haven't truly been bouncing back and forth between the same two numbers for weeks/months.

I am happy because I might not be mental in thinking all of the hard work I've been putting forth has garnered a mere 2-4 weight loss for foreeeeverrrrrr.

Sad that my "trusty" scale is not really trusty.

Sad because now I will have to either go to Marcs by the pharmacy and weigh myself in front of random strangers on that giant scale and subtract 4 pounds from that (the pharmacist told Beth and I it adds 4 pounds) or go to my gym in the wee hours after I pee before I shower (maybe I will weigh myself on the days I swim in the morning...?)

Sad that I wasted 20 bucks on a freaking scale that is crap. I at least know I am not going crazy!!!!!!!!

I found out it was broken when this morning I did my usual ritual (go 1 and 2 if applicable, wear my underwears, place the scale on the exact same tile square in my kitchen and step on and look forward. 224.2 WTF. It said this for the last two weeks and if it wasn't that number it was 226.4 for weeks. I took a 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes out of the cupboard and did the exact thing. STILL 224.2.


O.o That explains A LOT.

Damn scale.

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SOON2BSMALL1313 10/9/2012 9:47AM

    man can't wait to see what the new scale says1 GOOD LUCK!

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PURPLE180 10/8/2012 6:06PM

    CRAZY Scale...yep I think it is D.O.A. time for another one...unless that was one big can of diced tomatoes, emoticon .

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BILL60 10/8/2012 3:39PM

    Hang tough!!

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EARTHTONED84 10/8/2012 1:40PM

    Thanks Paraselenic! I think not weighing myself as much will definitely have a good effect on my workout and eating outlook. I have already felt a difference in how I am viewing my food intake and exercise output. It has become a way of life for me which hasn't been the case in previous attempts to lose weight and become healthy. Ya, diced tomatoes! I usually hold my kitten to see if my scale is acting goofy but Monkey was nowhere in sight to capture. It is ok though, because it's been almost 4 months since his last vet check and I have no clue how much he may weigh at this point :)

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PARASELENIC 10/8/2012 12:25PM

    OMG that is hilarious! (And totally not funny, too-- how frustrating!)

I'm excited for you to see the real number. Your body has gone through a ton of changes-- you can see from your pics on your site, and I would be shocked if there wasn't a pretty drastic change in store for you.

Maybe this is a good program for you, too-- not knowing the number for a while (seeing no results) so that the reward can be that much more significant, too?

(I did laugh out loud with the tomato can on the scale thing, tho. too funny.)

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EARTHTONED84 10/8/2012 11:44AM

    Thanks guys! I have been measuring my inches on my body as well but I am seeing my Endocrinologist and I HAVE to lose actual weight along with inches to improve my health so for me, the scale is pretty important to help me figure out if what I am doing is working. I am waiting for blood test results to see where I stand!

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REMEMBER2BME 10/8/2012 11:35AM

    I looked on consumer report before I got my scale. i think it is Taylor something if I remember correctly. I think it was inexpensive. Glad you are not losing your mind :)

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DIETER27 10/8/2012 11:25AM

  Good luck. The scale is not a true measure of weight loss. Our weight can fluctuate from day to day. Don't give up. keep pushing. you can do ti! Best of luck emoticon ..........

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I survived a spinning class and lived to tell about it!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Yesterday my good friend Beth and I decided to try our hand at a spinning class at our local gym. I personally felt (maybe Beth felt the same way?) that since we had been cycling outside in the good weather, then this class might be a piece of cake...or at least a half. Let me set the stage for you. One teacher, five participants. Age ranges from 26 to 65+. Four women and one man (he was an older gentlemen sporting appropriate biking shorts). I had my heart rate monitor and ended up burning 450+ calories within 40 minutes of the class. My god! My quads were BURNING! As I looked into the mirror, I realized that even though it sucked, I was exhausted and I realized that I was still attaining my athletic ability, I was proud to have gone to the class at all AND didn't need to leave for feeling ill and I didn't yack(!) and I am proud that Beth still wanted to go even after I told her I threw up the first class I went too :D Today, a day after, I am happy to say that really only the bottom portion of my body is sore (which is good because the first time I did a spinning class, my shoulders hurt so bad from keeping them tight while in position two and three)

Tonight I am going back to the gym to work my back, chest and my arms! Boy, does it feel good to feel good (and sore)!

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KABMPH 5/1/2013 6:46PM

    LOL. I know you wrote this ages ago but I felt the exact same way after Spin class. I've only been twice. I often SAY I'll go but end up chickening out. ;-)

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MELLIE1030 9/25/2012 2:02PM

    I've never tried it, but would like to. I might go to a class. Thank you.

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LDRICHEL 9/25/2012 1:35PM

    Awesome! This blog could not come at a more perfect time for me! I went to our city's wellness fair this Saturday and met a spinning instructor who was so sweet, he successfully talked me into coming to his class on Thursday night. I am SO nervous!!! But I know it's a GREAT workout for me in the winter if I want to train for triathlons next year. So I'm thinking about getting an unlimited pass and going a few times a week. I hope the class Thursday doesn't change my mind on that. Haha!

Love to hear about your first time and I'm sure I'll blog about mine on Friday!!!! :)

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Stumbled, yet again.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

I have fallen off the track of wellness and I am truly scared to weigh myself. Alas, it must happe. I will update tomorrow.

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AMANDA_AGAIN 3/9/2012 9:21AM

    It happens to the best of us. Like me. All the time.

All you can do is keep on keeping on.

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WINNIE1978 3/8/2012 8:19PM

    I hope it's not as bad as you anticipate!

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PARASELENIC 3/8/2012 12:58PM

    Break a femur! (or something-- I don't know how to wish good luck scale wise...)

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My trainer kicked my ass and was smiling the whole time!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Yesterday I worked out with my trainer Dan Rice (funny how his last name is a starch AND a carbohydrate). Last night we worked on chest, abs and shoulders and since I was incredibly out of it from finals and not getting enough sleep in general, (my description and his too) he made me do DOUBLE the amount of work. Let me just say I woke up sore as he|| but I was happy that I worked hard enough to be in actual pain the next day. No pain, no gain, right? HeH -.- Whoever made that quote up didnít have my trainer kicking their ass two times a week, thatís for sure.

So Dan tells me that he is wicked tired as well because he came in early that morning before his 7AM client to work out on his quads. JUST his quads. Iíve heard of concentrating on certain body parts, but I have never heard of anyone, that I knew personally, to work solely on one body part. So he decides to squat down next to me while I am working at one of the stations to keep track of numbers as well as tell me how much pain he is in from the dayís workout. He couldnít get back up! I had to stop what I was doing and help him stand up. Hahahaaha. He told me I should come in the next day and see how much more pain he would be in and to take a picture of it. LOL.

Sidenote: men were talking to me while I was working out. Which is weird because I looked gross.

Sweat + hair in messy ponytail + bright red face = not so attractive.

Food for thought: If yaíll had the perfect body, would you still take part in nakid yoga? I wouldnít.

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FITKIZ 12/13/2011 11:00PM

    If I had my 19-year-old Army body back I might do Yoga in a Bikini... in a park even... but I don't think I'd ever Yoga Naked.
Your personal trainer sounds awesome. I would be a bit flattered by the guys talking to you while you're working out. BLUE42DOWN is right, those guys are seeing the person, not the body, and are totally in support of your self improvement efforts.

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APIRLRAIN888 12/13/2011 10:17PM

    Hmm no on make yoga and woohoo on your success

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PARASELENIC 12/13/2011 4:43PM

    No on the naked yoga, ever wever.

But I gotta disagree with you on this: "Sweat + hair in messy ponytail + bright red face = not so attractive."

Being all sweaty from a good hard workout can be super sexy. Just sayin'

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JOAN_HEO 12/13/2011 4:41PM

    Not me! I'm fully clothed when I do yoga and intend to remain so! =)

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BLUE42DOWN 12/13/2011 4:26PM

    = Sweat + hair in messy ponytail + bright red face = not so attractive. =

Sure, BUT ... Sweat + hair in messy ponytail + bright red face = seeing the real person AND seeing them when they're working to improve themselves.

And too cute story about your personal trainer.

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    Thanks for sharing!

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    I love your trainer! He sounds like my karate Sensei (who is also in the military! lol).

As he's riding us, he is smiling. As we are being pushed further (but to a safe extent of course) he is just enjoying himself lol.

I enjoy it though--it makes me work harder and try to be my best! It sounds like you are in the right place.

I may consider naked yoga only if I ever get my body to where I want it lol


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