Thursday, June 30, 2011
Well, it's back to reality after a really nice vacation with my family. We had such a great time at our lake condo together. The kids just loved spending time with their cousins and I had a really good time bonding with my sister. We were at odds most of last year and have really made a 360 degree turn with our relationship. We actually talk on the phone now!
It was really sad leaving the lake and my family behind...I just wish it could've lasted longer. I cried 1/2 of the ride home just wishing that it didn't have to end. I know it had to do with my crazy hormones and all of the emotions that are flooding me because of it. I finally had to imagine all of my spark friends giving me hugs and telling me that it was going to be alright. I knew what you would've said to me so I just envisioned it and was totally comforted. Thank you all for being there for me without even knowing it!!
My back is still doing much better but now I'm having pain in my hip where they gave me a shot. I'm thinking she hit a nerve b/c when she did it, I literally jumped and gritted my teeth in pain. The other shot I didn't flinch, which is my normal reaction. I handle pain and needles very well, but this SOB hurt!! It was numb in the area for like 3 days and still feels like I have a giant bruise, which I don't. It hurts down in my hip bone and hurts to lay on that side. I also feel it when I jog or go up and down stairs. It's very weird.
I also had to cancel my dr's appointment for my arm b/c my work isn't cooperating with me. They've usually been really good about giving me time off for doctor stuff, but not so much anymore. The lump has gone down now and is hardly noticeable. I promise to make another appointment if it doesn't go away by next week. I may just bring it up to my dr when I go in for my asthma. Which I need to do and still haven't, yet. I think it's time to face reality and get on the proper medication so I can stop this constant wheezing. Hopefully I can schedule it when it doesn't conflict with work.
Well, that's about it for now. I did do really well with my eating and exercise when I was on vacation. I stayed on track and didn't use "vacation" as an excuse to binge and eat whatever I wanted. Yay for me!
Just a couple more things....I read this great blog about scale addicts and thought I'd share the links with you. I really encourage you guys to read it. The author makes some excellent points!
I hope everyone has a Terrific Thursday!! Make it happen, sparkies!
Here's just a few pics from my vacation! I'll upload more later!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Just wanted to give y'all a quick update! My back is feeling MUCH better! Thank goodness!
I followed my Dr's orders by getting lots of and taking my as directed. I also saw my chiropractor who got me all straightened out! Physically, at least!
I also had a doctors appointment today for something totally unrelated and had them check out this bump on my arm while I was there. I noticed it a few weeks ago and just thought that I had hit my arm on something. It felt like a tender knot, probably caused from my clumsy butt running into something. But instead of getting smaller, it's slightly bigger! The knot is real hard and pretty tender to the touch. When I asked my friend to look at it, I described it as either a boo-boo or a tumor, one or the other. LOL Hey, who are you calling a drama queen?!!
Doc felt around and didn't give me any answers! She did refer me to a surgeon, though! That appointment is next week. So I guess we just sit and wait until then. Anyone have any ideas of what it is? I don't think it's a bug bite and probably not an injury. Maybe a calcium deposit? Maybe a cyst or clogged pore? Maybe just a big friggin knot that hurts?! Hopefully that's all it is! I'll update you more when I find out what's
In totally unrelated but utterly important news, I got some new clothes! Yep, that's right. Me--the person who always says I'll wait until I lose another 5 lbs before I buy anything. Then I lose those pounds and I say the same thing over again....5 more lbs and then I'll go shopping. Well, ENOUGH of THAT I say! I bought myself 2 new shirts, a pair of shorts, and 4 dresses. Yep, you read that right--DRESSES! Lordy, who is this person and what have they done with the real Leslie! LOL My next blog may just have to be a fashion show for y'all!! (just pretend like you're excited!) hehe
Monday, June 20, 2011
I hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day!! I spoiled my man by getting him a Kindle, (yup, I'm the best gf ever ;) which he absolutely loved!! He and my dad played a round of golf in the morning and we met at my parents for an awesome homemade dinner after that. It was really a great day minus the fact that I spent the beginning of it in the ER!!
I woke up with tremendous back pain and couldn't even stand up straight. It hurt to lift my arms above my head and when I went to try and pull my hair back in a ponytail, I just couldn't do it. It hurt sooooo bad!! I was in tears!! So off to the ER we went. They figured out that I had strained the muscles in my back from using improper form with the kettlebells.
I guess if you lean over even the slightest bit instead of keeping your back absolutely straight, it will cause strain. When I described the exercise to the doctor she was astounded by it. She thought swinging a weight around was one of the worst things you could do for your muscles. She said it would be VERY easy to injure yourself and when lifting weights they should never be swung around. She asked how heavy the weight was and when I told her 8 lbs, she said that was WAY too heavy to be doing that sort of thing with. (Which is like the lightest weight you can buy a kettlebell in!!)
Sooo, I'm on muscle relaxants and ibuprofen every 4 hours and am staying home from work today to try and get all healed up. I'll try to catch up on some Sparking but not sure how much I'll get done since it kinda hurts to be at this computer desk right now. I just wanted to get on here and warn you guys about the possible risk of injury using kettlebells. I'm always adamant about using proper form and thought that I was. It is VERY easy to injure yourself with these things and I strongly recommend that you DON'T try them at home! It's not worth the risk!!
Now...onto some fun pictures!! This next part is dedicated to my friend Linda. Here's a picture blog that I promised you! ;)
These were taken at my parent's 50th anniversary party last weekend. This is my family! My parents are on the left, then there's my beautiful niece Maddie and her boyfriend Daniel. My sister and her husband are in the middle and my boyfriend Ray is the one hiding behind me that you can't see lol. On the right is my nephew, Jake and my step-nephew Corey. The 2 blonde little ones in the front are mine and the brunette is my sister's step-grandchild.
"A happy family is but an earlier heaven."
This is myself and "the boyfriend" Ray. Aren't we a cute couple?!!
This is my niece and nephew. These kids have been my pride and joy since they were born.
Kaitlyn and Isabella.
My son by his "cool rocks."
My sister and her husband, Dan.
These are some pictures from their wedding 50 years ago. I think they're really neat. I can't believe how young my dad looks!
And this is a picture of my mom's 5th birthday party!! My mom is the girl with the cake and my dad is the one in the bottom right corner that's pulling the hair of the girl beside him. LOL
This last one is their original wedding party! That's my aunt who was my mom's maid of honor, and to the right of my dad was his best man. I think that's so cool!
One of my favs...the girls were playing like they were walruses. LOL
This last one my son took of himself. I just love his freckles in it! :) He took over the camera after that and the rest of my pictures are of things like light sockets and toilets!! LOL
Well, my back is really starting to hurt again. Again, if you haven't tried kettlebells I don't recommend it. If you do try them though, be VERY careful and pay close attention to proper form. It took 48 hours for it to kick in, but boy does it hurt!!
Love to you all!!!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Well, I'm finally getting into the exercise groove! Since joining Spark, I've become more active but haven't really done the hard core work out thing. I didn't want to do what I've done in the past...go all out and exercise my butt off, only to get burnt out and just dread the idea of lifting another finger.
Yep, that's sooo not me! Crazy!
This week I've stepped it up, though! I've got a renewed sense of determination and I'm ready to bust out of this exercise rut!
I'm proud to announce that I've worked out the last 6 out of 7 days! GO ME! I'm on a roll and there's NO stoppin' me now!
Now...if only the scale would move!!
I know I've been doing a lot of extra ST, but can muscle really weigh that much more than fat?? I feel as though I've lost weight--my back fat pinch test tells me so!! LOL I think my scale is lying!! Yes, they do that!
I'm not going to let the scale win, though!! I'm going to KEEP AT IT! I've not come this far to give up now! I CAN and WILL do this! YOU can, too!
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