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I'm Back

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Just went snow skiing and my body is WEAK! Ugh! So, I set up a strength workout using two of the workouts from the "Workouts for Skiers and Snowboarders" article:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
_articles.asp?id=1219

And I've just completed it, stretching and all.

Earlier this year I was on the fitness track using the SP Fitness Tracker. Thought I didn't need the tracker... stopped using it and fell off the wagon! Well, at least I'm back to what I know works. Using the tracker, ticking all those boxes and watching my SparkPoints climb really motivates me.

My regular, everyday eating habits have become quite healthy. The book, "Intuitive Eating," was a huge help:
www.amazon.com/Intuitive-Eating-R evolutionary-Program-Works/dp/03123212 36/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325 373577&sr=1-1
I'm not way overweight, I'm simply super flabby and out of shape. Time to get the body moving!

So, I'm back... again. But at least I'm back.

  
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VISUALLYRICS 12/31/2011 8:07PM

    emoticon for deciding to track!! SP makes it easy! emoticon

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CARLANNIE 12/31/2011 7:36PM

    Welcome back! I have that book and have been to the lectures at the hospital about it. It's a great system, and one I wish I could just lock into gear and go with.

Stay warm! Just went for a walk and it's nothing but a sheet of ice out there! Happy New Year!

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BONDMANUS2002 12/31/2011 6:31PM

  keep on trying

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Half-Century Bike Ride - Got the "All Clear" from the surgeon!!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

I'm taking a leap of faith today. I've been riding my road bike for 6.25 miles, 1/2 hour, several times lately. Today I have a Dr.'s appointment up in Ketchum, 12 miles north of my home in Hailey. I drove up with my husband and put my road bike in the back of the car. I will be riding my bike home after my appointment. It will be a gentle downhill grade, on our fabulous "rails to trails" bike path with the wind pushing me from behind. So, besides being longer, it will not be a grueling ride. AND I am wearing my padded bike undies to save my tush! As well, it's a gorgeous sunny day and is on the warmish side of Spring. So, wish me luck! I'm confident I will do well.

I had another follow up appointment with my surgeon yesterday. He said my knee is doing great after ACL reconstruction surgery three months ago and that I don't need to go back to see him anymore unless I have questions or concerns. That sure beats bawling in his office like last time!!

On August 13th, there will be the Sawtooth Century - a 100 mile supported bike ride. There is also a half-century route - 50 miles supported with rest and refueling stations. I asked the surgeon if I could train for it. He said, "You can train for the whole thing!" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA. I do NOT plan to train for the whole thing. I'd rather not spend my entire summer in the saddle of my bicycle. Heck, my kids wouldn't be able to keep up with me.
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So, I need to figure out a doable training program that will have me ready to ride 50 miles on my bike by August 13th. Do I really want to spend that much time on my bike......?

  
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ELLENSUN 12/31/2011 6:26PM

    My husband had an emergency appendectomy on the 4th of July. Kinda got in the way of bicycle training....

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MJSCHUMAN 6/17/2011 9:27PM

    Are you training for the bike ride? I did a Ride for Refugees last year that was 30 miles. It wouldn't have been much trouble except the weather was aweful! We rode in very strong winds the whole way and many people walked their bikes for the worse of it.

But the longest I rode before it was maybe 15 miles. My brother says time on your feet is what you need to train for a marathon - not running a marathon to train but a total number of miles a week that will prepare you. I used the same plan for the bike ride. Small rides will still train you for the 50 miles.

I'll join your prayer team support!

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NEWKAREN43 5/5/2011 10:33PM

    If you love ID bike tours, you HAVE to look at the Bob LeBow Bike Tour, it happens on Father's Day weekend every year. Go to www.trhs.org and check it out! They have 100 miles, 62 miles, 50 miles, 35 miles, 10 miles and a family ride of 3 miles (or something close to those mileages)...it's got nice stops, sag wagon...it's a class act.

I'm so happy for you getting to ride and train! Blessings to you on your journey to health and fitness. Karen

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GRITS46 5/5/2011 9:39PM

    Ellen, you're one amazing woman! I'm so pleased for you that you've been given the thumbs up from the surgeon to do this ride. I know how it is to wait and wait and wait for the healing process to take place and yes, we shed some tears along the way. You are THERE! You have ARRIVED! Way to go, Biker Babe!

Hugs,
Sherrey

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VISUALLYRICS 5/5/2011 1:10PM

    Ellen...You are Rockin'!!!! Just look at this Progress! I am WOWED!!! emoticon
....what is there to say...except.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

emoticonLaura.... the histerical cheerleader emoticon...I am so hyped ...I just exercised! LOL!!

LOVE YOU!!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 5/5/2011 10:41AM

    Good news that the Dr. gave the OK, and that your knee is doing so well! Do you really want to train for the 1/2 Century ride? Only you can answer that. And whatever you decide, it's OK. Just get out and enjoy the health you have been blessed with! emoticon

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REKMOM 5/5/2011 10:29AM

    Good luck.

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Spring into Shape Challenge

Monday, May 02, 2011

I've not been able to exercise very much these past two weeks. I think I've exercised both Mondays and that's it. My stomach has not been well.

Today is another Monday and I'm feeling much better. It took a bit of prodding from my better self on my lazy self to get myself out the door and onto my road bike, but I did it!! I finally was able get out the door when I convinced myself that I could ride for at least 10 minutes. I got on that bike and rode for 1/2 hour! Hurray! And then I came home to strength exercises on my Total Gym. It felt very good to get moving again.

The Official Spring into Shape Challenge was another motivating factor. "Come on, Ellen, you signed up for this Challenge, it's time to make good on your promise to yourself!"

It's easy to think, "Ah, to heck with it; I'm not seeing any results." Perhaps I don't see what I'm not looking for... From lying on my back, I can now sit up without bending my knees and my feet barely rise up. I couldn't do that two months ago!

Rehabbing my knee has been an eye-opening experience. At times it seemed I was making no progress and I wondered if what I was doing would actually lead to a recuperated knee. So, I decided to focus on what I needed to do each day and expect that all the days together would lead to an improved knee. I decided to not worry about the future of my knee any more. Today I have almost full range of motion with some discomfort and very little pain.

I now plan to have the same focus with my health. Today and today and today I will do what will lead to long-term health and vitality. I will not worry about my future health. I will live healthy today, tomorrow, this week, this month, this year and then continue to do so. I choose to live healthy and I expect that by doing so I will be healthy.

In Mark 12:30 Jesus says, "And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and will all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength." Last year I journeyed through a debilitating bout of depression. I learned to love the Lord my God with my mind and thoughts. I learned to focus my heart and soul on him. My current journey of knee surgery and rehabilitation is causing me to also love the Lord my God with all of my strength and body as well. He doesn't just want you heart and soul, He wants you mind and strength as well.

  
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GRITS46 5/4/2011 6:22PM

    Ellen, congrats on the progress on the knee! Sorry you've been unwell in your tummy, but glad to hearing things are improving. I can only focus on today -- one day at a time is my mantra. Yesterday's gone and tomorrow's not here, so why worry about either?

Thanks for that beautiful Scripture verse that reminds how the Lord wants us to strengthen ourselves for him. Inspiring!

Hugs,
Sherrey

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2WINSMOM 5/2/2011 10:11PM

  Inspirational! You can do it!! :)

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Another Milestone Reached!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tomorrow will be the 3rd Monthiversary of my ACL reconstruction surgery in my right knee. I've made lots of progress this month. I am completely off of narcotics and have had only two Ultram pain pills in the last week. Who would have thought that an hour spinning class would have caused pain the next day?

I have almost full range of motion in my knee!! It does get to 1 degree of hyper-extension when I'm laying down with something propping up both feet. And I can almost touch my bottom with my heel. On my left leg, I get to 3 degrees of hyper-extension and can pull my heel into my bottom. Slow and steady wins the race. I've been doing what I'm supposed to do each day, and all the days together lead to measurable progress!! My PT and I decided I could continue to rehab my knee on my own; I'll see him in four weeks for a progress check. I'm keeping on keeping on!

On a less fun note, the meloxicam I've been prescribed for an anti-inflammatory appears to have started yet another stomach pain episode... I started myself on a six week course of Prilosec and called my surgeon today to find out what my options are. I went to see another surgeon yesterday about scheduling a colonoscopy (yes, we are definitely having fun now!); he's the one who pegged that it's most likely the anti-inflammatory causing my stomach upset.

AND I have a nasty cold sore on my lower lip. Ew, it is gross!!!! At least it feels gross, I think it feels worse than it is. At least I've already been to the dentist for my teeth cleaning. So, let's see. I had a stomach scope last December. I had my annual exam last month (came back normal!). Next month I'll have a colonoscopy, and I just received a notice that my mammogram is now due

"What?? What's that DH? You want to what? LATER!!! Everyone else is poking into my privates right now!"

  
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GRITS46 4/27/2011 9:43PM

    Oh, Ellen, you have me splitting my sides with laughter now!!! I'm really happy to hear of your progress, but this blog really rolled right into a SNL routine by the time we reached that last paragraph. So glad you have such a good attitude about all the poking and prodding. Keep up the good work on the knee, and hope everything else resolves itself (tummy and cold sore). As for the mammogram, it is what it is!

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Sherrey

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New Around Town Walking Shoes

Monday, April 25, 2011

I received my Land's End order today!! I bought another pair of Women's Regular Casual Classics Stretch Pants:
www.landsend.com/pp/CasualClassicsSt
retchPants~219545_59.html?bcc=y&CM_MER
CH=DTP_SEARCH_OH&action=DTP_SEARCH_OH&
sku_0=::CHH&query=401409OHX

a pair of Mary Jane Trekkers in Expedition Green:
www.landsend.com/pp/MaryJaneShoes~21
7797_253.html?bcc=y&CM_MERCH=DTP_SEARC
H_OH&action=DTP_SEARCH_OH&sku_0=::QB6&
query=400754OHX

and a pair of Everyday Mary Janes in Maplewood:
www.landsend.com/pp/MaryJaneShoe~211
617_253.html?bcc=y&action=order_more&s
ku_0=::AJ2&CM_MERCH=search-_-everyday+
mary+jane&origin=search

I already have a navy pair of the pants, now I also have a pair of heather grey. They are like a loose pair of yoga pants. I love that elastic, knit pants have become durable and stylish!

The shoes feel great. They will be terrific for everyday wear and casual walking. Now I can keep my serious walking/hiking shoes for more strenuous walks!!!

This recent knee injury is causing me to take better care of myself. Now THERE'S a silver lining!!

  
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GRITS46 4/25/2011 9:32PM

    Ellen, Land's End clothing and shoes are also good quality and last forever. So glad to hear that knee, as uncomfortable as it's been, is making you take better care of you. emoticon

Sherrey

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