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The Olympic Workout

Sunday, July 29, 2012



OK, did you guys see the Olympics Game on the Daily Spark? If not, here is a link:

www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=the
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you_watch&fb_action_ids=10101965899039
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I saw it and, being a self-proclaimed Olympic addict, decided, "THIS is for me!"

I made a quick decision to only follow the game during Primetime coverage, because if I do it the entire time I watch the Olympics (all day and night), I will be immobile by Day 3. Haha. I also had to alter a few of the exercises for my ankle injury.

The best part, though, was that my kids joined in the fun, so the whole family got a great workout as we watched the Olympics! I can't imagine how strong we will be after two weeks if we keep this up! And we intend to!

Last night, I did:

10 push-ups
30 sec downward facing dog
30 sec jogging in place
30 single leg hops
10 tricep dips
45 Supermans
10 bridges
20 mountain climbers
20 bicycle crunches

And...I went to bed early. So, that was between 8pm and 10pm. HA!

Anyone want to join me? It really is fun!

  
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    I wouldn't be surprised with the attitude you have that you'd be more fit with this new injury than you would have been without. It seems like you're spitting in its eye. emoticon
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    Way to go,girl!

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JAXMOMMY 7/30/2012 11:38PM

    Thanks for the link. I noticed the title and never got back to it. Haven't been watching, but this will get me watching and exercising!

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CICELY360 7/30/2012 11:34PM

  I saw the blog. I walk on my treadmill during early morning tennis.

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COLETTEISGREAT 7/30/2012 11:21PM

    OMG, I love this, thank you so much for sharing!!!

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KIPPER15 7/30/2012 6:55PM

    Wow, what a great work out. I have not watched much of the Olympics yet. emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/30/2012 5:33PM

    emoticon It makes it extra special that the kids are doing it too.

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    It DOES sound like you had a lot of fun!! Are you doing it for the entire Olympics? All I can add is:
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MARYJEANSL 7/30/2012 2:57PM

  Sounds like a great way to enjoy the Olympics.

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LYNSEY723 7/30/2012 2:55PM

    I saw this and totally want to try it!! We have been recording all of the Olympics that our DVR can handle. Way to go! Keep up the great work!

PS... I hope all goes well at your appointment on Wed!

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    You rawk!!
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MOMMY445 7/30/2012 12:49PM

    woo hoo! way to go!

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    I tought about you when I saw it on Daily Spark! haha! I will try it today... but since Im a Canadian I dont think I will have to workout that much emoticon

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VOLLEYGIRL77 7/30/2012 12:26PM

    Awesome!! Might have to try that!

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DEBK0923 7/30/2012 11:47AM

    good job, keep it up

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BIRDLSLAURIE 7/30/2012 11:23AM

    I read the blog as well. This is a way to make a workout feel more like a game. Good job for putting it into action.

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  thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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PATTISTAMPS 7/30/2012 10:20AM

    Good for you! Can't wait to hear tomorrow's tally!

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    Work it, girl!

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LELERS 7/30/2012 9:45AM

    That's so cool! No, I hadn't seen that posting, so thanks for sharing it with us! I can't wait to watch some more Olympics!

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JENNAAW 7/30/2012 9:42AM

    I can't do most of those exercises, but that is awesome, keep it up!

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NEWMOM20121 7/30/2012 9:33AM

    I will have to give this a try. Sounds like fun.


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DJSHIP46 7/30/2012 9:16AM

    What a great idea:) My shoulder won't let me do dips and exercise in the evening keeps me from sleeping... But I'll be with you in spirit :)

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FARIS71 7/30/2012 9:05AM

    I will for sure have to check it out!

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MIMIDOT 7/30/2012 8:44AM

    Good for you! Keep it up! I don't know what half of those exercises are. Guess I should look them up.

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NANA2ANGELS 7/30/2012 8:44AM

    Great

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    good for you!

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123ELAINE456 7/30/2012 7:02AM

  Awesome!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Keep It Up!!!

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LANNIEMANUEL 7/30/2012 7:00AM

    way to go. and the kids with you is incredible.

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SASSYLJB 7/30/2012 6:31AM

    Our family has only watch a total of 30 mins of the olympics. Our TV was on very little this weekend!

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COLOR RUN INDIANAPOLIS!!!!!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

So, I didn't go to bed until midnight last night because of the Olympics Opening Ceremonies. Got up at 4:30am to head up to Indianapolis for the Color Run. I've really been looking forward to this race for months and, even though I knew I'd just be walking it, I was determined to enjoy it to the full...seeing as it could be my last race for awhile.

Rode up with some good friends, Josh and Christina. Plenty of laughter on the way up...which lasted for the entire day. Here we are BEFORE the madness:





My buddies were so great and walked the entire race with me. They never left me for a second and, in fact, they ran backwards for much of the race. 1. Because it was pretty funny. 2. So they could entertain me. 3. So they could entertain other runners. 4. Because, well...they are kind of weird.



I have to admit, I had some misconceptions about this race. The first was that it would be an organizational nightmare, since we were still about 2 weeks out and had not received one single bit of information about packet pick-up or, well, ANYTHING. I thought, "What kind of a crap operation IS this?" I started to worry about the $45 I'd sent into the void to register. As it turns out, these guys have got this race down to a SCIENCE.

A week before the race, we received all our pre-race info. They had TWO full days of packet pick-up and we got a lot of great swag: a tattoo, headband, t-shirt and packet of color for the finish line party. In addition, when I registered, I got a free subscription to Runner's World Magazine. Sweet.

Was very worried about traffic, as Brickyard 400 was also today and there were 11,000 runners. Parking was anticipated to be a NIGHTMARE. Turns out...we drove right in, parked and had no trouble whatsoever. Totally free parking and I honestly NEVER felt like crowds were an issue at all!!! Literally NO issues with waiting or anything. So great!

At the starting line, they had the standard port-o-potties...but with a small twist.



Shockingly, these were actually kind of clean. And, I have got to say...mentally, it is a lot less detestable using a pink port-o-potty than a dark, nasty black one. Or, maybe I'm just mental. Lol. Is anyone else getting great ideas for slogans for these? Along the lines of "Crap on Cancer!" No? Just me? Whatever.

I also kind of assumed that color would be thrown on us the entire 3.1 miles, but it was actually set up so that most of the run was normal, then there were several stations along the way where you'd get each different color thrown on you. SUCH A BLAST!

The walk was just great...I hadn't really worked out at all since Tuesday...no real cardio since last Saturday. It felt REALLY good to get out there and get some exercise! My friends were cracking me up the entire time and it was really the most fun I've had in quite awhile!

At the finish line:







I can't tell you how great this day was. A picture's worth a thousand words. The only thing I can say is that I was really wishing my 9 year old was with me. She would have LOVED it! I made a mental vow that it would be WORTH the money to pay for the entire family to do it next year.

So...when the Color Run rolls through YOUR town or close to it (it's worth a two hour drive), you are going to sign up and sign up early, right????

  
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    Awesome!! It looks like you had a blast!

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MANILUS 8/2/2012 12:40PM

    That is awesome how they threw colors as you ran, you are courageous to walk it and so lucky to have such friends for support!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 8/2/2012 8:50AM

    What a great time. I hope to get the do the one that they host in Atlanta next year.

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ROX525 8/2/2012 7:35AM

    What a great time!!! Good for you.

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JILLIANISREADY 7/31/2012 9:54PM

    Looks like you had fun!!! It is coming to Grand Rapids sunday!!! I am so excited for it. I wasn't able to register but I was able to get a spot transfered to me.. I am so ready!!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/31/2012 9:05PM

    This just looks like so much fun.
Glad you had a great day!

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KELBEL561 7/31/2012 9:00PM

    AWESOME! I just signed up for the run in Florida! I am so excited now after reading about your experience!

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MARGARITTM 7/31/2012 2:22PM

    I am lobbying for one to come near me!

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KENZYE 7/31/2012 1:49PM

    proud of you.

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JAS9096 7/31/2012 12:20PM

    I'm glad you got out and did it, and I'm so happy for you that your friends were there to keep you entertained! :) looks like a blast

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SHAWNY2 7/31/2012 11:09AM

    I knew several friends that did this very same race. Sounds like so much fun! Glad that you had a great time!

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SNAPSHOTSTACY 7/31/2012 10:37AM

    I'm already signed up to do our local one next month! So.Excited!


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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 7/31/2012 10:26AM

    Wonderful Blog about a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing!

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BUFFALOKAY 7/31/2012 8:29AM

    You've convinced me to find a Color Run at some point.
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ONEKIDSMOM 7/31/2012 7:13AM

    LOVE it! I did the Omaha Color Run, and it was great. Congrats on having fun while supporting your fitness.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 7/31/2012 7:03AM

    What fun! I'd never even heard of a color race before and now I want to be in one. Wanna join in? Thanks for a light-hearted blog of your adventure. I'm so happy you aren't a couch tater!

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ILOVEJIM851991 7/30/2012 11:27PM

    Crap on cancer is a great saying for the pink port-a-potties. It sure looks like you had fun

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BLOOMING52 7/30/2012 10:18PM

    Looks like fun!

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JSTETSER 7/30/2012 7:32PM

    amazing!

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SKINNYMISSKASEY 7/30/2012 6:44PM

    Looks like you had a great time! I wish there were one near me!

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BLESSED2BEME 7/30/2012 6:26PM

    Its coming here for the first time to our area this fall and I CAN NOT WAIT!



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BRASKIN 7/30/2012 6:07PM

  thanks for showing me what I'm in for.... have the new york color run at the end of august! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 7/30/2012 5:20PM

    Glad you had such a great time and was able to do it, even if you had to walk it instead of running it. I would love to do one. I think the closest one I heard of was about 4 1/2 hours from me which means motel and all that. Which I would love to do, just have to find out when there is one when I can actually afford the travel, lodging food. But it's definitely on my to do list. Thanks for sharing your experience and I'm glad you have such awesome friends!

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WAINSCOTT2 7/30/2012 3:47PM

    I'm doing Color Me Rad at the Fairgrounds on Sept 8th. It's my first race ever and I'm super pumped about it! Seeing your blog made me even more excited!

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    FUN!

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CRAZYGIRLSAM 7/30/2012 3:01PM

  This makes me so excited for the one I'm doing to September! And that whether I walk it or run it I'll have a good time!

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    Looks like a blast!! I'm so glad you were able to at least walk it and not miss out on the fun! :) Way to go!

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JAVSMOM88 7/30/2012 2:35PM

    Thi looks like so much fun! I have to see if there is one close to me.

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JASMINELOU 7/30/2012 2:33PM

    Thanks for sharing, it looks like soooo much fun. I can't wait, signed up for Des Moines in October!

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    Looks like you guys had a blast!

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NYCMEGHAN 7/30/2012 12:55PM

    I'm meeting some friends in Richmond for the color run in September. It'll be my first color run and I'm now looking forward to it even more after reading about yours! Thanks!!

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MOMMY445 7/30/2012 12:51PM

    woo hoo! way to go!

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LAURENBNJ 7/30/2012 11:29AM

    I'm signed up for one at the end of August. I'm excited! Sign up early everyone - my race sold out in about a day!

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HHB4181 7/30/2012 10:48AM

    So fun!!

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CLHENDY1 7/30/2012 10:27AM

    Looks like so much fun!!! I'm participating in the color run in richmond in september. I cannot wait!!

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LESSISMORE2010 7/30/2012 10:23AM

    I hope to be able to do this in October! Looks like you had a blast!

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PASKALINI 7/30/2012 9:51AM

    looks like such a blast! Glad you enjoyed yourself :)

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LJCANNON 7/30/2012 9:38AM

    emoticonCongratulations on the Run and on having such AWESOME Friends!! I did the Color Run in Oklahoma City a few weeks ago and it was a blast.
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The Plan

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Did some research last night on the possible injury (requiring MRI next week) and it had me kind of in a tizzy because the symptoms so exactly match what I am experiencing. I had not realized how serious this type of injury is and now I understand why the doc did not answer my question and, instead, resorted to saying "blah blah blah blah". Basic breakdown: it would mean at least 6 weeks either in a boot or cast, on crutches. That's kind of a "wait and see if it heals" approach (which I'm sure they will do first). IF it does not heal (and this type doesn't usually heal on it's own, then surgery is needed, which means at least 6 MORE weeks on crutches.

That realization was just crushing to me. It would eliminate all possibilities of every race I've registered for and my half marathon. Although I know this is necessary if I ever want to be a runner again, I was somewhat devastated and I shed quite a few tears last night.

My mind quickly began to go to battle - it was like the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. I had some great SparkFriends (and local friends and family) texting me and trying to calm me down. Their words helped, but this is how it went down:

DEVIL: I feel like all my running dreams are slipping away in front of me. This condition leads to arthritis.

ANGEL: Oh wait...people have gone on to run marathons, but it requires surgery.

DEVIL: I am going to gain all my weight back! I don't want everything I've done to be a waste or to slip away!

ANGEL: I'm the one that determines whether that happens. I have a choice.

DEVIL: This is like an awful re-run. It's exactly what happened with my last accident. I lost all control over my eating and exercise habits. And don't forget the depression.

ANGEL: I feel like I'm strong (and it helps having hundreds on SP & in real life rooting for me)...

DEVIL: ...but I also think about it and feel the fight draining out of me. Just want to curl up and sleep the 6 weeks away.

ANGEL: But what a great chance to motivate the Spark masses. What if I DIDN'T give up? Wouldn't that be AMAZING?

And then....I fell asleep. Haha.

This morning, I woke up to the choice. What will I do with the next two weeks? I am extraordinarily lucky (blessed) that I am on vacation for the next two weeks...so the P/T and MRI and doc visits will not interfere with my work at all (although, they will interfere with my carefully calculated Olympics-watching schedule. *SIGH* haha)

Here are the facts:

I believe this is an OCD injury, as the doc believes it could be.

The treatment is like a fracture and will require a boot or cast.

I have the next week to get whatever exercise in that I can in the water, then who knows?

I am off work, so I have all day every day to work in fitness. I would be a fool to not prepare my body for what lies ahead.

My choice is to give up...or to make a plan. I choose a plan.

SO HERE'S THE PLAN:

JULY 30 - AUGUST 3

Monday:
8:20am - P/T for tendonitis
12:15pm - 1:00pm Core Strength Class
5:30pm - 6:15pm Deep Water Aerobics

Tuesday:
5:30pm - 6:15pm Deep Water Aerobics

Wednesday:
11:30am - MRI
5:30pm - 6:15pm Deep Water Aerobics

Thursday
1:20pm - MRI Follow-Up with Doc
5:30pm - 6:15pm Deep Water Aerobics (?)

Friday
12:15pm - 1:00pm Core Stretch Class


AUGUST 6 - AUGUST 10 (assuming removable boot, not cast)

Monday
5:30pm - 6:15pm Deep Water Aerobics

Tuesday
5:30pm - 6:15pm Deep Water Aerobics

Wednesday
12:15pm - 1:00pm Core Strength Class
5:30pm - 6:15pm Deep Water Aerobics

Thursday
5:30pm - 6:15pm Deep Water Aerobics

Friday
12:15pm - 1:00pm Core Stretch Class

In addition, I'll be jumping back onto the South Beach Phase 1 diet for the next two weeks to get my weight going in the downward direction and get my body accustomed to making healthy choices (kicking that sugar craving and carb craving).

I feel this plan will give me a great base for whatever lies ahead. And, at this time, I really can't plan more than two weeks' out...as the next two weeks will hold enough challenges on their own.

I'm sure some people couldn't care less...but I write it down because once it's out there, I am more likely to stick to it. I ask that you check in on me and ask how it is going...if you happen to think of it. Especially next week Monday through Wednesday when I will most definitely have the chance to follow through and when I will be going through the heaviest carb/sugar withdrawal.

Thanks, as always, and have a beautiful day!

  
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1954MARG 8/26/2012 9:41AM

  You can do it.

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EATVEGAN 8/17/2012 4:15PM

    It wouldn't be Leah if there weren't a plan. You go, girl. emoticon
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JUDYAASH 8/17/2012 3:53PM

    I know you can do it!!! emoticon

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IT-IS-WHATITIS 8/1/2012 10:21PM

    Very inspirational blog! Wishing you a speedy recovery!!
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LUVTOBOWL 8/1/2012 3:08PM

    Aww LD, I understand believe me, but you know what? I know you are a strong woman and are going about this the right way......putting your plan together which will lead to "action" for you. I wish you all the best, I know you can succeed. emoticon emoticon

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FUZZYBEEZ 7/31/2012 10:37PM

    After my news today I can totally understand how you felt today. I may be having to have spinal surgery quite soon. That'll lay me up for several months afterwards while healing. I knew it was coming in the distant future but new information today may make it important to move ahead with surgery NOW. Which means exercise like crazy before surgery, then pray that I don't put the weight back on while recouping. I find out what the next step is on Friday, August 3rd.

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HLTHYETER 7/30/2012 9:34PM

    Sounds like a good plan. NEVER GIVE UP!

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LLEWIS6879 7/30/2012 3:26PM

    Looks like a great plan!

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CYNTSATIONAL 7/30/2012 3:24PM

    Sending up healing prayers for you. Feel better soon. Keep SPARKing!
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GREENFAIRY390 7/29/2012 11:28PM

  I'm sending you healing.

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BUZZITYBUZZ 7/29/2012 11:28PM

    Really sorry about your injury. You have got spunk and determination. I love that you have a plan. But please check with your doctor that your plan won't prolong or hamper your healing. You mentioned a cast and then deep water aerobics, won't this affect the cast or your sutures? I don't know much about these things but confirm, ok? God's guidiance and blessings.

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    emoticon Sorry to hear your injured. I love that you have a plan to get through the next couple of weeks.

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BBECKER1955 7/29/2012 12:50PM

    Blessings, may you heal fast and well.

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4RASCALS 7/29/2012 3:32AM

    So sorry about your injury. Your plan sounds well thought out. You are a strong person, and will come though this as an even stronger person. You may miss your races, just a temporary setback. Your health is priority now. Your journey is taking a detour, but it's far from being over. Hang in there. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Keep us updated on your condition.
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DMSGLASS 7/29/2012 1:23AM

    You could sit back and have a pity party or you can live life. You have chosen to live your life. emoticon emoticon

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WARMSTRONG2 7/28/2012 9:50PM

  Just because you have to take a different path does not mean the journey is over.

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KOMTRIA 7/28/2012 9:05PM

  I love that you aren't playing victim. Sure you don't like it but you are working with what '"is". Very impressive.

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COLETTEISGREAT 7/28/2012 6:56PM

    I love that you've got a plan!

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PBOELSING 7/28/2012 4:56PM

    Running is quite the high (so I'm told) but there are lots of other programs to try. Mixing things up like the Run/Walk Combo style mentioned previously sounds like a great way to keep going. But first get thru the first couple weeks. You can do it.

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TERRIPAL1 7/28/2012 4:50PM

    I have faith in you , and your plan go for it!

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    There are many roads to Rome. Your destination is health. You were using running as the path. But there is construction. And just like when you are in thecar, you can chooseto sit in traffic and sulk, or you can get on a side road. It maybe a longer route, but, the scenery will be different, perhaps prettier. You may find something, lovely, perhaps a field of sunflowers that you never would have on that other road. Keep the destination in mind and open yourself to the possibilities.

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    you've got a plan
you've learned from prior experience (and the angel has better debating skills than the little devil on your shoulder)
you will be a success

hope the changes allow better than expected healing and improvement
and try not to stress too much aboout "what ifs" - there is a South African in the Olympics this year running with prosthetic legs. There will always be a way to live fully...as long as we are breathing...

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SHIRE33 7/28/2012 1:53PM

    Love your approach.

I just read that Jeff Galloway (famous runner) just ran his first marathon after fracturing his HIP. He has a walk-run combo style designed for people who want to run but do it injury-free or to come back from an injury or who just like the style. He uses a lot of walk stretches in his runs. But he RUNS and he participates in tons of races and has a great time. If you get to the point where you can go again, I'd highly recommend you check it out to keep you going!

Can you bike at all, once you're healed up? I adore spin classes and love getting out on my bike. It's my favorite cross training. Maybe that's another option to go along with your water program.

Wishing you all the best news on your ankle.


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    Good for you for not letting that nasty little devil win out! :) Just defeating him and forming a plan is so motivating.
I hope everything goes well!

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GINA180847 7/28/2012 12:29PM

    This is a difficult thing in your life but you seem to be handling it correctly. Some things are just hard to do and are so much more satisfying when we achieve them. You have a plan (a good one), stick to it and the rewards will come, slowly but they will come.

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    Don't give up, do everything within your capacity for fitness and nutrition, so when you recover, good to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Tell that devil to go back where he belongs because his mama is calling and not you. You can do what you set your mind to do. May have to improvise a little along the way, but you will get there if you really want to.

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    Love the plan and because you wrote it down.... you'll have a greater chance of actually following though with it!!! Go LDRICHEL!!!

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    The best is yet to come!

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    Good plan! I admire your courage

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    Very impressive organization/detailed game plan. Whatever happens will be a long term blessing for you, I'm sure.

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Dreams & Diagnoses

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

OK, so you know when it's storming really badly and then THIS happens?



It doesn't matter how many times I see it...when the sun's rays burst out from behind a dark cloud, it is ALWAYS breathtaking.

Today...I feel the light piercing through. It's amazing how a person can feel so broken one day and, after a good night's rest, wake up and just see things differently. I suppose it's not that surprising...I am generally a positive person. The times that I give in to depression are few and far between. I'd say it happens a couple times per year and then I'm done with it. I guess it was just my time this past week. Granted, a lot of things really came down on me all at once...so it makes sense, I guess.

That big, grief-filled emotional issue I have been dealing with seems to have taken a turn today...it feels like I am settling into a new normal there and I can't even tell you what a HUGE relief this is for me! It's like a 50-lb weight has been lifted from my heart. There's a little lingering confusion, but relationship has been restored and healed up to a point. And that is always good.

And now the info you've all been waiting for...

I went to the ortho today to have him look at my ankle. Got some x-rays and talked to the doc. So, apparently, it is possible that there are two things going on here:

1. Posterior Tendonitis - Basically, the tendon in the back of my ankle is not strong. When I pronate my foot, it wears it down too much. I need to strengthen it if I'm serious about training for a half marathon (so I begin physical therapy for this next week). He also prescribed custom insoles for my shoes to try to bring some stability to that area of my foot.

2. He noticed a lucid spot on my x-ray in the cartilege of my ankle joint, which could mean that it's chipped away. He couldn't see it well enough, so an MRI is necessary to get a high resolution image of the area (my hardware is in the way and blocking the view). I am scheduled for an MRI next Wednesday. Then, I have a follow-up appointment with the doc the following day to discuss the results. I asked him what it would mean if there WAS a chipping away of the cartilege. He took a deep breath and said, "I would have to treat it like a fracture and recommend a non-weight bearing course of treatment blah blah blah blah blah." He literally said the words, "blah blah blah blah blah"...giving me the idea that it would not be speedy recovery.

How did this happen? Aside from my tendon not being strong enough (which is simply due to not enough use since it's healed from the accident), the cartilege issue is because of my weight repeatedly pounding on the cartilege when I run.

Today, I have so many thoughts swirling in my head and if you care to keep reading, I will share them with you:

1. How could I expect to let myself go for so long and NOT have some consequences to face due to my excess weight?

Especially when we are talking about running. I have read that the force on your feet when running can be up to three times your body weight. That is over 600 lbs of force on my already-weak ankle. To think of it this way...my injury shouldn't be a very big surprise. It's a bummer, yeah...but it's just something that I need to deal with and move past. If anything, it's more of a motivator to get this weight off as quickly as I can!

2. I can't stress this enough - the Olympics could not come at a better time. It's no secret that I'm excited to watch them (I did take two weeks off of work so I can watch them 24 hours a day for two weeks! Seriously!) I have hit a small bump in the road this past week. I am sure the inspirational stories of the Olympic athletes will give me JUST the kick in the pants that I need to get back in full gear with my eating and working out, whether that be elliptical, pool, stationary bike, whatever. I've got to do SOMETHING. I can't lose this momentum!

3. How lucky am I to have a doctor that is an EXPERT in the field of sports medicine to help me get through this first injury as a runner? Not only does he have a full history of my past injuries, but he knows my goal of training for the half marathon and he knows exactly what I need to do from a physical standpoint to get to where I need to be by October. If this man can't get me running again, there is no one that can. A non-weight bearing course of treatment would definitely suck for the next who knows how long...but, in October, I wonder if I will be thanking my lucky stars that this happened at the very beginning of my training shedule and not two weeks before the race.

4. And, finally...it all comes back to SparkPeople. As always. My girl RAMONAFLOWERZ just had knee surgery yesterday. This woman has got a LOT more going on with her knee than I have with my ankle (even if the MRI DOES show a cartilege chip). I've been writing to her telling her that she WILL bounce back from this and she will come back better than ever and that she is so fierce (because she IS!) I was just thinking today, "How DARE I say all those things to her and then mope about whining about my ankle issues, like it's the end of the world?" Look...if Ramona's fierce, then dammit so am I! And you know what? We are going to kick these injuries in the as*s TOGETHER. So, girl....it's you and me. And we've got to keep a positive attitude. It's all we have at times. We CAN do this!

The best part is...we aren't alone. Can't even tell you how many amazing messages and comments I've received over the past few days. Thank you, friends.

The sun is bursting through the clouds. And, for that, I am so grateful.

  
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    I love how you bounce back so quick way to go!

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THEOTUS 7/27/2012 2:53PM

    These are the types of events that can make anyone fall into a slump of self pity. I have to say that your reaction to it all is amazing. To know the risks and aim for the best, it just makes my body fly off the handle with motivated energy! Keep your chest puffed out and you're head held high, because the body is an amazing machine, and can go through just about anything, as long as you continue to care about yourself.

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KFEASEL13 7/27/2012 2:03PM

    The body and mind are so amazing and have powers of healing that go beyond the expectations of medicine. Please do everything you can to stay positive and patient. Sending positive thoughts and energy your way! (I almost typed weigh, isn't that funny?)

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LINDAMANDEL1 7/27/2012 1:57PM

    Thank you, and lot's of luck with the physical therapy. It's worth all the effort. I couldn't walk, did what had to be done. Then I did something I never thought I could ever do again. I went to Disney YAY! didn't even rent a scooter. AMEN!
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JAS9096 7/27/2012 1:06PM

    Well I'm glad you're feeling better today! :) I hope the problem with your ankle isn't too bad

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    Thank you for the inspiration.

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    Thank you God BLess you and thanks for Spreading the Spark keep it up.

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MCHILSTR 7/27/2012 10:31AM

  Best wishes for the therapy! I've just completed 4 months of therapy for my ankle, and I have been amazed at the improvement. They had me doing all sorts of things, a lot of balance work, and I got a good sweat on every time I did therapy. It has taughtme so much, and given me a whole variety of exercises to add to my routine.


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GINA180847 7/27/2012 10:29AM

    It is an awesome picture of the sun rays bursting out behind a dark cloud. Good luck with the ankle. I hope it is soon better.

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    good luck with the training! i wish you the best in your recovery emoticon I loved your opening thoughts; very beautiful

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    Great additude....

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GETFIT1126 7/27/2012 8:45AM

    Beautiful picture! Best of luck to you with your ankle, hope you have fantastic results.

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KRICKET57 7/27/2012 8:18AM

    Good luck with the ankle. I am sure you will do will in the 1/2 marathon. I hope you enjoy it.

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PENOWOK 7/27/2012 7:56AM

    Sounds like you're in the right hands and right expectations...Great attitude!

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LILAC_LANE 7/27/2012 7:37AM

    Thanks for sharing. You are an encouragement! I love the pic in your post.

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JSTETSER 7/27/2012 6:32AM

    You are in my prayers. Thanks for sharing. You have a great attitude, and will make it!

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BLUEJEAN99 7/27/2012 3:17AM

    I understand. I am dealing with chronic back pain. It just flared badly from an injection I got that was supposed to make me better but made me worse. I can't run but I walk a lot but this past week I have had to severely reduce the walking. I'm trying to keep the spirits up! emoticon emoticon

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WELSTEACH 7/27/2012 2:25AM

    God is watching, healing, working through the doctor. We will pray for your recovery.

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MARYJEANSL 7/27/2012 12:20AM

  You have such a wonderful attitude! Thank you - it is very encouraging to me.

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SUSIEMT 7/26/2012 8:42PM

    What a wonderful picture! You can do anything!

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THETROUT 7/26/2012 7:47PM

    I'm encouraged. You have a great Dr. My ortho was so very rude, and unclear, so I'm not going back. Going to a podiatrist next week for long term plantaars fasciitis (Tendon in foot pain, in case you don't know).

I hope you get a great treatment plan and can look forward to carrying out your wishes at another time.

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    Positive thinking and writing!! emoticon
I have major ankle problems that all come from pronation that couldn't be corrected when I was very young. Walking can be an effort but I keep plugging away!! Hang in there and you CAN do it is my mantra!! Thank you for a wonderful post! emoticon emoticon

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    That's a great way to look at it!! What a positive attitude!

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BEEKERBOYY 7/26/2012 3:05PM

    Just ran across your sparkpage while surfing "...blogs for the day." I've been on Sparkpeople since July 10! It was good to read what you wrote about -it's foolish to think there wouldn't be any consequences for my body, after weighing so much- (my memory of basic message.) For me, it's my back. I've had surgery, pain management etc., and the docs all say lose weight!
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    I loved this blog

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    love this blog! hope you feel better soon.

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MISHAMW 7/26/2012 12:24PM

    Pronation is evil, seriously.....I don't think I can think of one thing that I wish I could change more about my body than my flat, stupid over pronating feet. Well maybe that this stupid reoccurring bone bruise in my knee caused by said feet would go away and never come back.

I'm sorry about your ankle, but you are blessed to have a good doctor. Mine didn't say what happened, or anything other than...physical therapy. I did research on my own to find out it was because of my over pronation and old shoes that caused it the first time. The second and most recent time, I have no idea what went wrong. But I can't run at all. Which is my dream. Like hardcore dream.

Well get better and I hope the innersoles help!

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BIRDLSLAURIE 7/26/2012 12:24PM

    It's funny how much easier it is to give those pep talks to others than to ourselves, isn't it? Hang in there!

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AEROBISAURUS 7/26/2012 12:05PM

    I just watched a movie called MY RUN - The Terry Hitchcock Story on netflix. Its very inspiring and moving story. Stay positive!

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    So glad you see the sun again! I'm sorry that there is a possibility of a chip, but I know from reading this blog that if that happens you will deal with it. And if it isn't there, that will just be excellent news. You are lucky to have such a great doctor.
You are awesome!

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TYANDCARSMOM 7/26/2012 11:06AM

    LOVE THIS BLOG!!!!

I have been dealing with my own body rebelling against my weight loss efforts lately to the point where I knew I needed to see a doctor. In March, it was my ankle bothering me - doctor figured it was Sinus Tarsi Syndrome, however, when treatment for that didn't eleviate the pain... it was determined that I had a stress fracture in my leg. So non-weight bearing exercise & walking boot for this gal!

Cue to 2 month later & "cast" is finally off... and yet my body is still yelling at me... but this time it's my shoulder. Duing the leg rehab, I turned to power yoga & circuit training... and this aggrevated my rotator cuff & bicep tendonitis. So I have been in phyical therapy for 2 months... still not healed. There is a huge calcium deposit in my shoulder from repeatedly injuring the area & just dealing with the pain.

Turns out, I am pretty good at not listening to my body & dealing with pain... which probably isnt the best for this gal. UGH lol.



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Let's Get Real

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

So, I can't get into the ortho until tomorrow (Wednesday at 2pm EDT). I've kind of been in denial about the situation, but this morning when I had to stop in the middle of the hall because the pain shooting up my ankle was so severe (as I've had to do several times since then today), I figured I'd best face facts and admit that something is very wrong. If I'm being realistic, I will not be surprised if I walk out of the office tomorrow in a boot.

Look...I know this is a very temporary thing. And, my goodness, I have been in MUCH worse circumstances and much longer recovery periods in my lifetime. But, this Saturday is the Color Run. It is the first race I was ever interested in and the first race I ever committed to running. I have been looking forward to it for MONTHS, I recruited several team members and I paid $45! I can't tell you how upset I am that I won't be able to run it (and, just trust me, I won't be in any shape to run it by Saturday...if today is any indication). I thought I could walk it, but now I am questioning that as well.

My mind tells me all the things that you awesome SparkFriends have been telling me, but my heart is in a different place. That is what makes this so difficult for me.

Why is this so hard?

1. I was finally getting to a point of consistency with my running. My training plan for the half marathon just kicked in two weeks ago. I was doing so well! I'm not afraid of losing my physical conditioning as much as I am losing my momentum and my consistency. I was at 5 days a week of running and it was finally a habit.

INTELLIGENT RESPONSE: I have proved that I have the willpower. And, if I could do it once, I can do it again when I'm healed. More than that, I can CONTINUE to do it WHILE I'm injured. I realized I need to change my exercise perspective a bit...but I cannot quit.

2. I was just beginning to crawl out from under the crushing self-doubt that I've carried around with me for so many years...this idea that I can't ever possibly do anything active that matters...that I could never be an athlete...that it was, frankly, just TOO LATE for me. I was starting to think that maybe it COULD be possible...and I was getting to a point where I could see myself in that role. Athlete. It's amazing. I'm 34 years old and I've got 3 kids. How could a re-birth like this be possible at this point in my life?

INTELLIGENT RESPONSE: Can I still be an athlete? Of course! This is temporary. I know that in my head. But the feelings and the lies that slip in when you can't do what you love are really difficult to ignore. I know they are lies and I know this is temporary. It's just hard.

3. Running was a way to push back against my past defining me. I had this terrible accident that broke half my body...and I somehow came back from that to do things that I never imagined I could do. As I recline on my couch with a bag of ice on my ankle, I have awful flashbacks of injuries past. It is really tough to fight those old demons and hold them at bay. There was a lot of depression surrounding that accident, specifically the lack of mobility. It's like a horrible re-run (no pun intended...but funny pun nonetheless).

INTELLIGENT RESPONSE: THIS IS NOT THE SAME! Not even close! I still have 90% of my body functioning, which leaves room for a LOT of activity. I just need to DO it!

4. On top of that, there is a whole other world of pain that has nothing at all to do with my ankle. It's this horrible situation where I have to choose between one course of action and another. And, they simply can't co-exist. Even though I love them both and don't want to let go of either. In addition, it's always a shock when someone makes a choice FOR you...without much input from you. That is what happened here. And so I'm left reeling from the effects of it...and I didn't have a plan for how to handle my emotions. I certainly didn't expect to lose this part of my life at the same time that I would temporarily lose running. That, in itself has been quite a blow.

INTELLIGENT RESPONSE: Move on. Right? Easier said than done. I have ONE friend that's been tracking with me through this ENTIRE situation. One day, she said to me, "Leah, it seems like you can't decide between two options here. If you could take everything you are, all your passions, your entire person and soul and wrap it up in a box and give it to one or the other, which would you choose?" I was actually pretty shocked how easily the answer came to me. "Neither." Neither deserves THAT. I'd choose ME.

And so, even as I cry myself to sleep every single night this week, I know that I'm strong. Because, when given a choice...my instant response was to choose myself...because I'm worth it. And that....THAT never would have happened 3 months ago, 6 months ago, a year ago.

So, friends...I'm sad. I'm very very sad right now. I won't lie to you. I haven't figured out how to stop my tears at times. My usual outlet (running) has temporarily been taken from me. But...I won't give up. I haven't bowed out. Please don't worry about that.

Listen, when I get use of this ankle again, you can bet I'll come back swingin' and you KNOW I'll have a few rage runs stored up too. We've all got stuff we deal with from time to time. If you promise to hang in there, I'll promise too.

Above all, I can't tell you what it means to have you all supporting me. You are lights in the darkness and I'm so SO thankful for you.

  
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  I hope your ankle is much better soon, but I have to say that you are doing the right thing and making the right choices, even though they are hard. Good for you!

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MANILUS 7/26/2012 7:06PM

    I feel just like you are about not doing what you want with fitness. I went through a major weight loss of 187 lbs from 2005-2007 and put back on 153. I have 102 off again and I keep thinking I can do whatever I want for fitness. I have come to learn that at the age of 32, I am experienced hip and knee problems. I feel so sad that sometimes I have to take a break from Zumba my passion. I sincerely wish you the best in healing and getting back to your passion of running!

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BLUENOSE63 7/26/2012 6:59PM

  You are doing the right thing by getting your foot checked out. Better to heed doctor's advice than wreck your foot for good.

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    YOU WILL SURELY BE OKAY SOON!

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MARGARITTM 7/26/2012 4:42PM

    I just read something today about someone who used water jogging to maintain their fitness level while training for a distance run - when they got hurt.

Think about it it might help!

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ZZZZLISA 7/26/2012 4:29PM

    I totally understand being sidelined by your body just when you get your brain, willpower and motivation up to speed. I hope that you have a simple and speedy recovery. It will be easy to slip back into old habits when you are unable to keep running-- I hope that you will try something new like water aerobics or strength training to keep your mind conditioned to working out while you let your leg/ankle muscles heal. Thank you for sharing your experience with everyone- I hope that your SparkPeople community can help keep you on track. Stay healthy!

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PHEFEY 7/26/2012 2:34PM

    That is a wonderful picture and saying...so true.
Stay strong even when it feels like everything is plotting against you.

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    Feel better soon!! Great blog. Love your honesty and adeptness at keeping it real.

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    I hope everything goes alright with the ortho. :)

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  I have been reading you blogs for the last few weeks and been so impressed by your willingness to share yourself with others so comletely. Thank you for taking the time you do to write and express yourself. It sounds like you are a help to many - including me! You seem to be going through a really bad time right now but the one thing I know is nothing ever stays the same - your situation will change and you'll be right back out there soon!

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RITZYOGAGAL 7/26/2012 10:34AM

    Your blog really hit home with me today and its the reminder I needed. I had gotten on a new exercise program that was really challengeing me and I was seeing results. I was feeling sooo good and proud of myself when I started having problems with my hip. I'm starting to feel better but I'm a little afraid of hurting it again - never-the-less its time to give it a try. I really hope you feel better soon and stay true to all your positive thoughts.

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CATDUG19 7/26/2012 10:17AM

    Good luck on the recovery. I hate to say this BUT I think this injury has taught you so much about your own strength. You are an athelete

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JLEMUS1 7/26/2012 9:50AM

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GUDDIGO 7/26/2012 9:22AM

  I hope your ankle feels better

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TERRIPAL1 7/26/2012 8:58AM

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LIFEISPURRFECT 7/26/2012 8:16AM

    Sending you healing thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. Take this time to focus on you and your mental health. You're such a strong person and an inspiration. emoticon

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WISDOM73 7/26/2012 7:50AM

    Hang in there!

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LITTLETEALOVER 7/26/2012 7:38AM

    Every runner knows what you're feeling in regards to your ankle. I twisted my ankle back in March and it still twinges every once in awhile. But, I finally got back into a consistent running schedule this month and it wasn't nearly as hard as I had expected it to be. You'll do it, too, and it will be just one more reason to be proud of yourself. Because you are awesome.

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PENOWOK 7/26/2012 6:31AM

    Your wonderful determination tells me you'll be BACK!!! This is hard but not coming back is way worse!!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 7/26/2012 3:20AM

    Keeping your speedy recovery in my thoughts and prayers.

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TERRIJ7 7/26/2012 2:02AM

    Leah, I love the way you went through this point by point! Great blog, great self-talk!

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CHARTHESTAR 7/26/2012 12:28AM

    I am so sorry that you can not participate in the run as you had planned.

There are reasons for everything- sometimes God reveals the reasons but most of the time the reason always remains hidden.

Take the time you have- focus on other areas of your health and life that need attention and maybe it will become clear.

Blessing to you and know that we all are disappointed along with you in this delay of a goal you had set for yourself.

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BLUEJEAN99 7/26/2012 12:27AM

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COACH_LU 7/25/2012 9:44PM

    Fall Seven Time, Stand Up Eight. -Chinese Proverbe (U can do it emoticon )

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JAMER123 7/25/2012 8:59PM

    emoticon even through the tears. Think about not ever being able to run again. Now think about taking a little time off from running to heal the ankle. Is it even a choice?
Sending emoticon emoticon & good vibes ((((())))) your direction for rapid healing and have you out on the road again!!

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HEARTS116 7/25/2012 8:38PM

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SUSANK16 7/25/2012 8:03PM

  Nice blog

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SANDYLH1 7/25/2012 7:31PM

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SUSIEMT 7/25/2012 7:08PM

    There is always next time!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/25/2012 6:33PM

  Stay Strong........... emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/25/2012 5:37PM

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CICELY360 7/25/2012 5:32PM

  Good blog.

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JIBBIE49 7/25/2012 5:25PM

    emoticonWonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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LYNSEY723 7/25/2012 3:28PM

    It pains me to hear that you are having such a hard time with things right now! But you are a strong woman who will come back fighting! I hope things get better for you... you are in my thoughts!! emoticon

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SPECIALGURL7 7/25/2012 3:06PM

    Yes, I hate you will not be able to participate, but look at how far you have come. You have gained so much during the process that you can look back on and see how far you have come. Every thing will be alright. emoticon

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JEZEBELSK 7/25/2012 2:30PM

    I just hate seeing you in so much pain -- I'm not even talking about the physical pain here, though I feel bad about that. I'm sorry for all of the emotional turmoil that you are in concerning your injury and your other situation. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers and hope that things improve and the tears abate.

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FAT2FAB2012 7/25/2012 2:23PM

    I promise I won't give up, either, Leah. This is one of the many things I love about finding this site, this group of people, this 'family' of sorts. We can vent, get it out and encourage each other to push forward. I know you will deal with this and get past it even though it's hard right now. I'm cheering for you along with all these others!

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GALINAZ 7/25/2012 1:48PM

    Do the color run in a wheelchair if you have to or with the boot on, you'll be glad you did! And check out this book, "Getting Old is Not for Sissies - Portraits of Senior Athletes" it's an inspiration at any age!

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