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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.

So much.
But this is the place to be to get your head straight, and that's why I'm back. Missed you all :)

  
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FIREFLY4407 6/20/2013 10:56PM

    Glad you're back - you can do it!!

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Whoa.

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!

  
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    Well we're glad you're back !!
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I LOVE fall!

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!

  
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LNZMANSFIELD 10/9/2012 10:23AM

    Sounds like a beautiful weekend and I hope your knee starts to feel better soon. I loved the pics. Hope you get enough saved for your trip! I'd love to do that eventually! It was pretty chilly this weekend here too! Tis the season I suppose! We just enjoyed a football game of my lil brother's. It was nice and I stayed on track with cals by eating at home before the game :o)

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TRICIAE2 10/9/2012 10:11AM

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NUOVAELLE 10/9/2012 2:01AM

    Your weekend sounds great and the pictures are beautiful. Fall is my favorite season, too. And it's the ideal season for hiking.
The mission trip really sounds like an amazing lifetime opportunity and I really wish that you'll be able to go.
Have a beautiful week!
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KACEYSW 10/8/2012 10:12PM

    Thank you for sharing the lovely photos.

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FIREFLY4407 10/8/2012 10:04PM

    I love fall also - had a vacation day and went apple picking today. Awesome that you were able to go hiking despite the knee troubles - hope it heals up quickly. The hike pictures look great. The mission trip sounds like a great opportunity - and a great motivator for your fitness goals as a bonus! Thanks for sharing your positive energy and have a great rest of your week too!
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YAY

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 :)

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GIGGLEBOXGIRL 10/5/2012 8:19PM

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2FAT2FISH 10/5/2012 3:43PM

    Have a wonderful weekend! I love this time of year. emoticon

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LLSHEPARD17 10/5/2012 2:14PM

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We all have set backs that make us feel guilty but it is how we handle them and move forward. You handled this well! You are a great motivator for me! Enjoy your hike this weekend!

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MEGAMILLIONS135 10/5/2012 11:53AM

    Woo hoo! Have fun on your hike!!

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Ouch

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

SO

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 :)

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MANDERS1105 10/3/2012 8:15PM

    Thanks, everyone for your input! I really apprecaite it. I've been pretty upset/down the last couple days. Couple that with taking a break to rest my knee and I'm going a little bit crazy, to say the least. I'm going to see how it feels tomorrow and maybe try the elliptical...if things get to hairy I'll stop. I am also going to invest in a good suit to start swimming (thanks for the suggestion!) and one of those bands for jumpers' knee. I think I'm also going to look into a new pair of shoes--I had a pair of Sauconys a couple years ago and had NO problems whatsoever with those. Again, thanks for the support and ideas! You all rock!

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GIGGLEBOXGIRL 10/3/2012 7:00PM

    I'm with EZRIN101, have you tried swimming? Maybe cut out the walking for a while and just do the elliptical? That's a tough one... I hope you find something that works for you!! emoticon

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LLSHEPARD17 10/3/2012 3:01PM

  My husband has tendonitis in his shoulder and he is a mail carrier. He ice's it when it hurts and rests when he gets home from work. You can still do what you love to do walk and run but take it easy when it flares up! I know it can be frustrating and painful but it will get better with time. Ice and Ibprofen works wonders! Good luck! emoticon

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WHISPERINGPINE9 10/3/2012 5:46AM

    Just have patience and let time heal your wounds.

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FIREFLY4407 10/2/2012 11:05PM

    About a year and a half ago I was having knee pain - While running and also on stairs. I got these knee bands - I was very skeptical, but the reviews looked good. www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00022
62JE The band has a solid part that sits just below the knee and applies some upward pressure. I was shocked by how this alleviated the pain while running. Then after a few months of running and strength training, I found the pain had dissipated, and I'm not even using them any more - and am running pain free. I know every situation is different, and I am not a medical professional, but I hope you find what works for you to not further aggravate the situation while still reaching your fitness goals.
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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 10/2/2012 10:40PM

    I also experienced knee pain. The first time I tried jogging/walking I injured it enough that I thought I would never run (i weighed about 250 then) but this past may I decided to try again. and have been successful. so I would take a break and do what u can and try things at a slow and cautious pace.

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DETERMINEDJANET 10/2/2012 10:17PM

    I had it in my elbow and it took months to work through. Had to be careful on not extending fully and used lower weights. Hugs!

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EZRIN101 10/2/2012 10:15PM

    Have you tried swimming? It can be a great workout without the pressure on the joints.

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SAILOR64 10/2/2012 10:08PM

    Dear Manders,

I too have been suffering from on again/off again knee pain for more than 35 years. Mine started with a knee injury playing 8th grade football. Then continued from playing basketball on a multi-surface court in college.

When I get knee pain from walking or running it's usually from poor mechanics. In other words, I'm not walking correctly or running with good technique. Your body has a thing called muscle memory. We see it most when we think of golf or swinging a baseball bat. Your ball doesn't go where you want it too because your swing isn't good, but when you change your swing it feels "weird."

It's the same thing with walking or running. Your body gets used to the way you walk or run, this is called your "gait." Your gait includes how your foot hits the ground, rolls forward, then lifts off at the toe. Proper gait has the heal of the foot hitting first, then the sole of the foot, then the toe. Sometimes we can roll our foot on the outer sole as we go from heal to toe. This is called SUPINATION, and can lead to knee, hip and back pain.

In order to correct this you have to retrain your brain and your legs and feet how to walk with proper gait mechanics and create "new" muscle memory. To do this try placing mirrors in front and next to a treadmill so you can see your legs and feet as you walk. Then set the treadmill to a slower than comfortable walking pace and watch how you walk (you can also look down at your feet) to make sure your feet are going evenly from heal to toe and not rolling on the outside of the sole of the foot. Concentrate on how the muscles and toes feel as you walk. Become aware of every feeling you have in your feet.

As you retrain your feet to walk smoothly, you can move faster and faster, but don't sacrifice good form for speed. The speed will come with time.

I know this sounds weird, but it worked for me. I am up to 5 miles a day, 5 days a week and I have no knee pain anymore. As my weight comes down I will have to retrain myself to run smoothly. It's going to take a while, but I know I can do it.

Give it a try and let me know how it goes.

JUICE to you!

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SPIRALDOWN 10/2/2012 9:59PM

    I suffer from Leg Knee pain you are right it sucks. I deal w it the same way i alternate ice and heat. I rest my leg when it really bothers me..and slack on some exercise when i have to. But like u i refuse to give up.... My suggestions would be take one day at a timeand walk what u can when u can.. And get advice from a personal trainer on what else you can do for exercise. gd luck i truly understand what you go through.

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