Thursday, June 20, 2013
I'm back. For good.
I have to get this weight off.
So much stuff has changed since I was last here...it makes my head spin.
I moved to a new city.
Took a new job.
Broke up with my boyfriend.
Put on 10 lbs (ick)
Started walking again daily.
But this is the place to be to get your head straight, and that's why I'm back. Missed you all :)
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Okay, I don't really know WHERE I have been, but it hasn't been here! I think maybe I kind of fell off the wagon for a bit. It was kind of like hitting a Mack truck that came out of left field, and before i knew it, I was on my ass not knowing what the heck happened!
I missed my Sparkers!
So much has happened. I can't even wrap my head around it. I've gotten taken off another medication (YAY), I may have met someone (DOUBLE YAY), I'm working out in the morning before work (YUCK, but WOHOO), and I pretty much am as messed up as I was before.
I hope you are all doing well--I miss ya and would love to have you say hi!
Monday, October 08, 2012
Happy Monday Sparkers!
I hope everyone has had a wonderful, happy and health weekend! I always find it so difficult to get back to work on Mondays, but at the same time, I find so much comfort and solace in the routine of the week. My meals and workouts are on a schedule. My sleep is on a schedule. It's so much more difficult for me to STICK to that same schedule come the weekend.
Anyway, for me, this weekend was wonderful. COLD, but wonderful. Friday started out a little bit rough. As you know, my knee has been bothering me. After giving it a 3 day rest, I thought it would be up for a work out at the gym...and it was, kind of. After doing 25 minutes on the elliptical, it was just DONE and I ended up with a very sore, swollen right knee. I ended up cancelling a night out to watch volleyball due to the pain in hopes that I would be able to go hiking the following day.
Luckily, I was able to go hiking. And it was so cold! I was a bit under dressed, but it was the type of day where you're not sure if you are really going to need that winter coat yet or not. Yeah...I probably needed it. Once we finally started walking, though, it wasn't so bad. The hike ended up going just over 2 hours and we hiked 5 1/2 miles! It was beautiful and the fall colors were amazing!
Towards the end, my knee was bothering me, and it was sore on Sunday, but it was worth it!
In other news, I'm hoping to go to Guatemala this summer! My church is planning a mission trip with an organization called Casas por Cristo, which builds homes for impoverished families in both Guatemala and Juarez. I'm hoping to be able to save enough to go on the trip and be part of something amazing! I'm going to use it as a goal--because I haven't worn shorts in probably over 10 years. So, I'd like to be able to go to the store and buy some shorts for this trip! I'll keep you all posted as things materialize.
How did your weekends go? Did anything exciting happen?
I hope you have a wonderful evening and a great week!
Friday, October 05, 2012
My knee is feeling SO MUCH better. Of course, I haven't really done any exercising for the last 3 days, so this could prove to be a false sense of security, but I'd like to believe that I will be miraculously healed, without having to sacrifice more. *crosses fingers*
It was SO HARD to not be exercising. I mean, yeah, it was nice to relax, but for the last 6 weeks, my waking was my relaxation. So, to be walking around at work, having pain and then going home and trying to rest my knee, that sucked. I was going a bit stir crazy. I think I read like, 4 books. No fooling.
I also over ate a bit. I started to go a guilt trippy, but you know, it's hard to remember that it isn't what we do one day, but what we do all week that matters. And I still lost 1 lb this week! I was shocked. Now is the time to get back on the exercise horse, slowly, and get back on track and receover my losses from eating poorly. I can do it.
Starting with tonight. I'm heading to the gym for some elliptical work tonight. I'm going to see how it goes, and I'm wrapping the bottom of my knee with an Ace Bandage. Hopefully that will help with support. Tomorrow I'm going hiking, which I've been looking forward to for like, 3 weeks. Can't over do it tonight if I want to enjoy tomorrow!!!
I hope you have all had wonderful, successful week! I also hope you have refreshing, relaxing weekends :) I look forward to seeing your success stories on my friend feed every day. You all amaze me and inspire me to keep going. Thank you :)
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Not so happy tonight.
My right knee has been bothering me off and on for a couple of weeks. It started back when I decided to try to add running/jogging to my fitness regimen. I was doing intervals, and not going to fast, and taking every other day off doing cross training.
Well, it only got worse, so I decided that I would make it my goal to get more weight off and THEN work on the running. You know its 4lbs of pressure for every 1lb of weight...which can add up to a lot on those joints. So I thought, Okay, I got this.
So, after making that decision and speaking with a personal trainer, I decided to cut down to walking, adding some elliptical training and doing isolated leg press exercises to help take pressure off of the knee and try to strengthen the muscles around the joint.
And the pain hasn't gotten better.
I work at a hospital and am good friends with some of the PA's I work with. And this afternoon I decided to ask them what they thought. So they did a little mini "consult" on me...which is hard without a full examination and all that, but the general consensus is tendonitis of the lower knee, upper shin area.
And it sucks.
Now, I hate to be negative, I really do, but I'm feeling kind of down about this. Ron, the PA that I spoke to, has been working in Orthopedics for over a decade, so I trust him, and he said the only way to REALLY help tendonitis is to stop doing the activities that aggravate it. And ice. And Ibuprofen. And isometrics.
But I can't STOP walking. It hurts on and off, going up stairs, walking on flat surfaces, walking slow, walking fast...sometimes it doesn't hurt at all. So...I'm feeling a little bit at a loss on what to do.
Obviously this is just a little bump in my road, but I can't stop working out. I LOVE going for walks--and I was going on 4 mile walks 5-6 days a week...it was MY time to reflect, relax and enjoy this beautiful weather while we have it. I feel like I can't do that anymore.
I know I'm probably overreacting, but that, along with feeling like this journey is such a huge undertaking has me overwhelmed.
Have any of you been through this? What did you do? How did you handle tendonitis? Do you have any advice? HELP :)
You're all amazing.
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