Saturday, December 04, 2010
Yesterday I had two aerobic classes back to back taught by the same teacher. So we did a lot of kickboxing moves in both of them. Boy was that a workout! But Iím not as tired as I was the first day and come home feeling energized. No night class last night, which was good because I really was tired by then but from a lot of things. I had been trying to reach my nurse practitioner about my MRI results but sheís only in on Fridays. Thursday night she called me to say she would work me in yesterday and she would call me in the morning to let me know what time. So the office called and told me to be there at 1:15. But first of all, at 6:30 am I went for a 30 minute walk, which Iíd been missing. Just got home at 7 this morning and my ex-husband called to ask if I could go to breakfast with him this morning. He really is all alone and Iím really his only friend. Yesterday was his 69th birthday so I felt sorry for him and told him yes but I had to be somewhere at 9 am. So I rushed out to go meet him, ate breakfast. While there my daughter called to say that the kids missed the school bus and could I go take them to school before my class. She lives with me and doesnít have a car. So I rushed to go pick them up, got them to school just barely on time (finished my breakfast first) then went to class. Got there about 15 minutes early so sat and waited for them to open the door to the classroom at the gym. Hurry up and wait type of thing. Got out of the two classes at 11, hurried home to get some stuff for work done before a deadline today and got it out in time to get to my appt at 1:15. I only had to wait there about 10 minutes before they put my in a room, and about 2 minutes before she came in. I was prepared to wait more than that since they were working me in. She spent an hour going over with me the mri results, got a model of a spine and went over each one of the findings at different lumbar levels, talked about what to do next, figured out which medication to try me on for pain at night since they took Darvocet off the market mid-November which had been my standby for back pain since way back when I had a lot due to being so overweight. I was using it again because itís in a lower narcotic class than vicodin or percocet, which I donít like. For a while for the sciatica I was on it every 6 hours, but as the pain has decreased significantly I was mainly using it at night. When I lie on my right side, the pressure causes the sciatica nerve to hurt all the way down that leg. When I lie on my left side for long, I have a hard time getting comfortable because the nerve hurts in a little different way. Thatís the main time Iím having too much trouble anymore, unless I sit wrong which I try very hard not to do. Exercise does not bother it, and in fact seems to be helping it the more I do. Go figure. Anyway, the mri shows that there is some degenerative disk disease, which I had already been told about 12 or 13 years ago from an xray but itís probably changed some. Since I never had an mri done on that before there isnít a clear comparison. But there are bone spurs in the back of some vertebrae that are pushing on some nerves on both sides, although Iím only feeling pain on one side. And a little narrowing of disks between the vertebrae of the spinal column. This is all down in the lumbar area which is below the area where the spinal chord ends and nerves go out from there. So nothing is actually causing problems on the spinal cord itself. But there is a slight twist in the lower lumbar region of the spine. Sheís referring me to a neurologist whom I now have an appt with in Las Cruces next Wednesday. I did tell her what I was doing with the classes and she didnít say anything. But I told her that I have to sit in a slouched kind of position to keep from aggravating it. She took the spinal model and bent it a little, like when sitting slouched, and showed how it opens up the areas where the bones spurs are, actually drawing them away from the nerves. So when I do that then they arenít pressing on the nerves to irritate them. And to think that for all these years Iíve been told to sit up straight and donít slouch. Now it pays to slouch when sitting, at least in my case LOL.
Anyway, she didnít tell me not to do the fitness classes, and as long as my body tolerates it well I will continue. So that was a good thing. I was afraid sheíd tell me not to do them. However, if I get pain I will stop, competition or not.
So after I got out of there about 20 minutes to 3 I came home, worked some more, and then tried to catch up on my sparking. Then I was ready for bed!
Today just one class.
By the way I saw a news video clip that says Jennifer Grey, who won the Dancing With The Stars, is now going to have surgery for a disk she ruptured while doing the show. They said that the last night she actually danced with an ice pack on her back underneath her costume. I was glad she won, although I didnít really watch the show. But I loved her in Dirty Dancing. The famous line of Patrick Swayze to her the night of the talent show, when he said to her father ďNobody puts Baby in a cornerĒ and then they did their famous dance. Loved that movie.
Friday, December 03, 2010
Wednesday I did 2 hour long cardio/body sculpt classes back to back, then a water arthritis exercise class in the evening. Yesterday I did a cardio/body sculpt class that was an hour and 15 minutes, then a water aerobic class at noon, then went to a Zumba class last night. I'd always wanted to try Zumba but there weren't any classes locally. Just a couple of weeks ago my gym started a class on Thursday nights. So since I'm doing this Santa Challenge thing to do as many fitness classes as I can between now and the 23rd, I had a choice between another water aerobics class and the Zumba class. Wednesday night I was really tired when I went to the water class and was so glad it is a really low key class. I've been to all of the water classes before. Last night I wasn't so tired when 5:30 came and so I opted for the Zumba class, although I have 2 left feet and was really worried about the high intensity and not running into someone. I found a corner and planted myself there, in the back of the room. I felt that way I could only run into people in front of me or on my right side, but no one was on my left or in back of me. The class got really full, but as people came in and headed for the back of the room like me, and I defended my corner because others wanted it too, I found out that for more than half the class it was our first time every trying it. Because its a new class the instructor went through each move before we did it. So much better than going into a well established class where most of the people know the routine. I had so much fun at it. I did not get every move but got quite a few of them. I managed to keep from running in to anyone. We really worked up a sweat and I was glad I had a big water bottle with me because I drank quite a bit during this workout, as did many others. The instructor even said to make sure to drink lots of water during the workout. I definitely want to go back to this class next Thursday. It's an hour long class, but when it was time for it to end the instructor asked if we wanted to go an extra 15 minutes. About a third of us left and the rest continued. I might have stayed but by then I was about at the end of my aerobic strength for the day, since it was the third class I'd done that day. And it was really hard trying to remember the moved. Another time I might stay. But I did tell her it was a lot of fun and I would be back.
So I've gotten in the max number of classes available in the last 2 days. Today I have 2 back to back classes this morning. There are no night classes on Friday. Then tomorrow is a class that is an hour and 15 minutes. Then Sunday there are none. It's tiring but it's fun. I think I'm the only one who is doing the water classes at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays when no other class is offered so that gives me an advantage. We'll see though because it's early and anything could happen. I really have to work these classes in around my job and so its challenging. I may have to end up missing classes somewhere along the line. Maybe I'll be the winner 2 years in a row. They just started this last year. Will I be undefeated? Time will tell! But I'm getting some awesome cross training and having fun.
I do see my doctor later this afternoon to find out the results of the mri on my back. She did tell me on the phone I "failed" the mri so we have to talk about what's next. My hip is still bothering me at night and when I sit certain ways. It has gotten better though, and I was concerned about the classes aggravating it but it hasn't at all. Last week I took a couple of the gym classes too, just to try it out. I'm actually taking less medication for pain the past couple of weeks. Now it's mainly at night. I haven't had a serious flare in a few weeks. It's so strange that it seems the more I move and exercise hard, the less problem I have. But I am being careful, and if I start having any problems from the classes I will drop them because winning the contest wouldn't be worth it. I would still do some of the water classes because I've been doing those all along.
Okay, enough rambling. Time to read some message boards and my e-mails before starting work. Thanks so much to everyone who's been cheering me on! I haven't had time to responds to all the comments on my blogs the past few days but really really do appreciate it!
Have a great day!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I'm slowly recovering from the holiday weekend. I ate too much on Thanksgiving and Friday. I ran on Thanksgiving and went to aerobics classes on Friday but then Saturday, Sunday, and Monday I couldn't get myself moving at all. I was so tired and yesterday I just didn't feel well at all. But today I went to the gym and spent an hour on the treadmill, including doing week 5 day 1 of the c25k program and some fast walking. Then I did about 20 minutes of stretches and physical therapy exercises. I've also stayed within my calorie range Sunday and yesterday and hoping to make it through today. It's 4 pm so hopefully I will do okay. Just gotta keep telling myself I can do this. My food has not been good for the past several weeks, with more days out of calories than in. Making it through today will be 3 days in a row and that's a great accomplishment for me. I would really really like to get below 160 before New Year's. I have 8 lbs to go. I can do this! I've been stuck bouncing up and down in the mid-160's for over 6 months now. I really want to get this scale going down again and the only way is if I really watch my food intake. I do a lot of exercise so the only thing I can blame is my eating. And only I can change that. I told my daughter (who lives with me) that if she sees me getting into something I should't be eating, like treats for the kids here, to tell me to get out of it. She said, she couldn't do that, it would be rude. I told her if I didn't ask her to do it, then it would be rude, but if I'm asking her to please help me with this then it's not rude it's helping me. She's still having a difficult time with that concept but I keep stressing to her that I need her to help me stay in line. Before they moved in, when it was just my son and me, there weren't many things in the house that I couldn't eat. But after they moved in late last spring there have been more temptations around. At first it didn't bother me but as time has gone on it's gotten easier to grab just a little of this or just a little of that. Gotta stop doing that. The kids are 3, 7 and 10 and although we keep a lot of fruits and healthy snacks, which they do eat, it's hard to eliminate all other stuff from the house. So it's up to me to get serious with myself. There will always be temptations, for the rest of my life. I have to ask myself why those temptations are so tempting to me and look at what's really going on inside. I will allow myself a treat or a splurge meal every once in a while, but I'm going to get the rest of the time back on track. Sometimes I wonder if the fact that I've gotten down into the 160's, which I've only been at once before in my adult life, going below that is totally uncharted territory and I wonder if there is something in me that has to get comfortable with the idea for me to really move on. Which is what I'm ready to do now. Examine what it is that's keeping me from achieving my goals and then going after them.
Tomorrrow starts the Santa Challenge at my gym and I still haven't decided if I'm going to go for it full force for 3 weeks of group classes but I am definitely planning on going after some of it and see how I do. That means 2 classes starting at 9 am tomorrow and then a night group water class. I'm ready for the two morning classes tomorrow anyway. I just hate going out in the cold in the evening! I will have to decide whether I really want to go for the 1st place prize of 4 months free gym membership or just attend some of the classes to shake up my routine which I found last week I needed to do when I was really sore after a couple days trying those classes out. I'll at least get the 6 classes total in 3 weeks to get the free t-shirt! Decisions, decisions. I'll have to get into it and see how my body handles it. Last year it was tough!
Hope everyone is having a great day today!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
I've been really busy and haven't had time or energy to post about my 5k on Thanksgiving. I had a good time and was really pleased with my results. I did the 3.1 miles in 38 min 35 seconds, which was a couple of minutes off my last 5k in Albuquerque last month.
This was held in Deming, about an hour from me. I left town about 20 after 6 after grabbing my coffee at the Snappy Mart for the Road. I got there a little before 7:30 and got my race packet. It was cold out there! I can't remember what the temperature was but I think it was around 35 degrees. I know some people run much colder than that but I'm not a cold weather person, nor a hot weather person either. I'm happiest about mid 50's to low 70's. However I don't live in a perfect world. I was just so grateful for my gloves. It was a small local event, with probably two or three hundred people there for the 1 mile kids race the 2 mile walk and the 5k run. It was held at the golf course in Deming and was on dirt paths. It was an out and back race, with turn around points for the kids race, the 2 mile, and the 5k. I walked this one last year in the 2 mile, and as I've said many times before it was my first ever timed event and got me started on the fun of doing timed events.
Also running this year was my friend STRINGI719 and her husband, and a friend of hers named Caroline. We didn't stay together but each went a t our own pace. When Colleen (STRINGI719) and I did the Whole Enchilada 5k in Las Cruces in September she beat me by a couple of minutes. This time I beat her by a couple of minutes. Who knows what will happen next time. We are both newbies at running.
The race raised money to help a local marine U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Juan Dominguez who was injured in October in Afghanistan and lost both legs above the knees and his right arm at the elbow. Other events have been done to help him also. This event raised $3500 that was presented to his family just before the race started. He's still in the hospital and couldn't be there. They also had a Marine flag for anyone to sign who wanted to and wish him well and thank him for his service. This was very special to me because I have such deep respect and appreciation for our men and women in uniform. They also asked for donations of canned food for the local food bank.
When the race started I took off at a slow paced jog and didn't get caught up in trying to keep up with the pack like I have done at times before. I did have to take walk breaks a number of times, most of them probably 60 to 90 seconds although I didn't time them. Then I went back to my jog. I can see myself improving as I keep working on the c25k program, although I'm only halfway through it and have been taking it slow. I had to laugh after the 3-mile turn around on the way back because there was this young guy probably 18 to 20 years old. He was walking. I slow-jogged past him. I guess it bothered him that this old lady passed him by. He came running up hard and passed me, but a little bit ahead of me he slowed to a walk again. I ended up catching up and jogging past him again. Again he sped up real fast and then dropped to a walk before long. For a third time I passed him. I never saw him pass me after that. On the one hand, I was glad he was out there doing something, even if he had to walk, while on the other hand I think it's sad that at his young age he isn't in better shape, like so many of our young people. I had to laugh though because he kept making the mistake so many do of trying to run too hard and too fast and running out of steam instead of pacing himself. Passing such a young guy was a first for me! There was also this lady that was just ahead of me most of the first half that was going along at her own slow jog and keeping it up, which was good. But I was amazed at her because with each step she crossed one foot in front of the other and I was amazed she could do that without tripping as I would have. But everyone has their own running style and I did eventually get ahead of her but I don't think by much. Good for her for being out there.
Here's a couple of pics of me, STRINGI719, and her friend Caroline.
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