Thursday, July 10, 2014
I've been wanting to write this blog post for quite awhile now. What's been holding me back, you might ask? Well, I really think it is a state of mind for me. Let me start from the beginning....
Saturday, May 24th I was re-potting some flowers. I was on a knee pad on the ground bending over just going about my business. After about an hour I felt a 'pull' in my back. I knew I was done for the day. I proceeded to get the ice pack and just be still for the rest of the day. The next day, Sunday arrives and I'm still hurting. More ice pack on and off all day. Monday arrives and I call the chiropractor. There aren't any openings until Wednesday and it isn't with the doctor I saw once before for a shoulder issue, it's with a new doctor, so I take the appointment.
I am thrilled to finally get in to see the chiropractor. She is young; fresh out of college.
She can tell I am not walking properly. She checks my legs and sees that one leg is 2" shorter than the other. She informs me that my hip is out of place, has dropped. This is news to me, as I hadn't had any pain in my hip, just the bottom right of my back. She checks my back and tells me I have nodules (scar tissue) there probably from my hip being out of place. She adjusts my hip then she then goes on to do some pressure point/resistance therapy on my back. I am in bad shape and she is amazed that I'm not in more pain than I'm stating I'm in! This begins the weekly visits to the chiropractor. Twice a week that first week, three times the following week, twice the third week, twice the fourth week, once the fifth week, once the sixth week and next week will be the seventh week. She also noted to me about the thrid week into treatment that my right butt cheek has more muscle tone than the left and I need to start doing the clam shell exercises to try to build up muscle again. She also wants me to stretch the right side of my back out while lying on my side on the bed.
She's been doing something called the graston technique ( www.grastontechnique.com/ ) on my back where the nodules are.
Graston helps to break up the scar tissue; even deeper than a deep massage could even get. All the videos I've found on YouTube show the chiroprator or physical therapist grazing the back up and down with the metal graston tool. Let me tell you, I would love it if that was how gentle she used the tool on me. But no, she takes that tool over each nodule like she's trying to erase something really hard on a piece of paper! And my skin is sensitive so that rubbing makes it feel like my skin is burning; like an Indian brush burn! NOT FUN!!!!
Yesterday she did a bit more graston on me and the nodules, to my surprise, have actually moved higher up my back than they were. They are breaking up and are much better than they were, but I fear this is something I may have to keep an eye on possibly for the rest of my life.
Two Saturdays ago my daughter's Girl Scout troop had a Bike & Boat excursion planned and I was okay-ed to go by my doctor. I had an appointment two days before the trip so that I wouldn't be sore before the trip. The doctor told me the biking would be good for me, but the canoeing might be a problem. About half way through the canoe part of the trip my back really started to feel it. I had a lot of fun on the trip, I just wish I felt like I were in better shape. I went to the chiropractor the Monday after the trip and I really needed to be adjusted and have the nodules worked, since I was in moderate pain after the trip.
I was given the okay to start back on my elliptical, just not a high resistance level or any inclines. So this morning I took my 14.5 year old dog for a 2 block leasurely walk and then came home and did 15 minutes on the elliptical. The elliptical should be good for building muscle where I need it as well. It is a bit sore, but nothing terrible. My next appointment is next Friday.
So I guess mentally, I wasn't ready until today to type this all out and re-live it. It's been painful and a learning experience. I've had a lot of time to think about goals, where I want to be physically and how I'm going to go about getting there. I'm aging and I truly need to start protecting my body better. The many days where I couldn't do much because I was in pain really held me back from so many things. I don't want to live my life like this. I have to try to prevent anything like this from happening again in the future by being a better caretaker of my body.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
It's been quite awhile since I've blogged, let alone been 'sparking'.
I'm not going into details about the 'why', but I will say I went through an extremely stressful time from the end of August until the beginning of September. I was not sleeping or eating properly, was anxious and felt an uneasiness I've never experienced before in my life. I lost 10 lbs easily because I was barely eating. Although it was nice to have baggy pants, it didn't matter because other things in my life were in jeopardy.
Right now I am in the process of slowly putting myself back together. I gained the 10 lbs back due to eating too many Christmas cookies and sweets. I'm trying to not be hard on myself about that.
What matters is the HERE and NOW. The PLAN for my future and HOW I am going to REACH my GOALS!
I did not make a resolution list for 2014. I did not write anything down because I have been wanting to get healthy, fit, toned, lean and feel better about myself for a long time now. I know what I need to do. I do not look forward to trying to give up sweets, treats, trying to keep track of food intake and exercising in the bitter cold of winter. I know it takes work, commitment, focus, strength and a positive attitude. My downfall is that I need to muster all of this out of me somehow and I don't know how.
I'm going to try. I'm going to keep trying. I'm not giving up. I'm going to remember that I am human, make mistakes and learn from them. The difference this time around is that I'm going to try to make all those things I don't look forward to and turn them into things I enjoy. Maybe even make them habits that I don't mind so much anymore. One. Step. At. A. Time.
Friday, August 02, 2013
I stumbled upon a blog this evening called Exercise & Beyond. The blog owner is offering a printable 1-week meal plan in .pdf format and wanted to share it with everyone here on SparkPeople. Hope you find this helpful! Enjoy!
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Part of this weekend's challenge is to write myself a love letter. I am to list everything that I about myself. And why not? We're always focusing on the features or things we dislike about ourselves, so why not give ourselves a boost by focusing on the positive for once!
First and foremost in my life right now, I am a mother. I help my children whenever possible. Whether it's a situation with friendships, difficulty with homework, teaching life skills (house cleaning, common sense, etc.), respect for others and their selves, and of course punishments for those things that are uncalled for (hitting/fighting with sister.)
I volunteer with children when I can. Through church or Girl Scouts I connect with kids and enjoy helping and guiding them and most times they enjoy the connection they have with me.
I am a wife who does her best to keep a clean and organized home. Although not where I would like it to be on most days, I feel I do the best I can with all of the obstacles thrown my way (especially here of late!)
I am a trustworthy person and a loyal friend. I do not tolerate lying and therefore that is definitely not one of my traits.
I am very responsible when it comes to finances. I do our family's bills and this keeps me in check when I go shopping, since I know what we have to spend, what bills need to be paid down, etc.
I'm a decent, loving and dedicated person who sometimes gets down on herself too much.
Focusing on the positives can help me pull myself out of the doldrums and get back to the work that needs to be done on myself. Remembering this the next time I am down can be a tool in getting me back on track and I hope to use this in the future.
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