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Not Broken

Friday, September 28, 2012

I fell off my bike yesterday.

Actually, I sort of tipped over on my bike. Rather like Artie Johnson and his tricycle back in the Laugh-In days. I had to come to a stop when a car stopped in front of me, and I was trying to gear down with the last bit of speed I had available, and then my weight was on the wrong foot and I started tipping that way and there was no way for me to get my foot off the pedal to stop myself.

Ergo, plop.

I banged my elbow pretty hard, and as it was the thing hurting the most it wasn't until later that I realized I'd also smacked my knee and scraped and bruised the inside of my thigh. I was mildly shaken up, but able to get back on my bike and have a good ride. Today I am a bit stiff and sore in my back and neck, in addition to being bruised and scraped, but it's really not that bad.

And in a way, it was strangely liberating. No one likes to take a fall on a bike, but I have been experiencing a phobia of it that was out of proportion. I was absolutely certain that a fall on my bike would equate badly breaking myself in such a way that I would not recover quickly. I certainly am not looking forward to any kind of repeat performance, but I am gratified to learn that I'm at least a little sturdier than I feared.

Tonight is a 40+ mile ride. I am going to be a little creaky when I first get on that bike, but I am going to enjoy it.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/30/2012 8:32PM

    I hope you are feeling better by the time you read this. I'm like you and have had a bit of a phobia about falling on my bike. I haven't done it yet. It's one reason why I've always held of on getting clipless pedals.

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KATHYSCOLLIES 9/28/2012 11:34PM

    So good to hear that you are mostly OKAY, and not broken, just a little battered!

Good for you planning on such a long ride again tonight, while still being sore - actually good for you just for doing the long ride period! I would hope that I might be so brave myself someday!

Hugs,
Kathy

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LADYGSC 9/28/2012 11:14PM

    It's good you're ok. Enjoy your riding!!

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RICHILA 9/28/2012 4:52PM

    I so glad it was only scrapes and bruises. Good job getting on and enjoying your ride!

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BLUE42DOWN 9/28/2012 4:43PM

    Whew, definitely a relief that you're mostly okay with just some dings and bangs. I'm glad it's helped free you from the excess of fear and let you ride knowing you CAN get back up and get back on your way!

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WALKINGGRANDMA 9/28/2012 3:38PM

    Falling becomes a bigger deal as we age as we worry about the longer term effects. When we were young, we were "more pliable" and flexible and, though we fell then, we were less likely to be hurt from it. I understand your worries, but you are right, you survived and are fine.

Stiff goes away as do bruises. Keep riding. You are my hero.

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/28/2012 3:24PM

    Hope you heal quickly. Glad there were no serious injuries. Be careful riding tonight.

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One year on Spark People

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Today is my first SparkVersary. In some ways it seems like a long time coming, in others I can hardly believe a year has passed.

A year ago I was teetering on the brink of 300 pounds and horrified with myself. I suffered a lot of back pain, and though I could still walk a mile, I often paid for it severely the rest of the day.

Moreover, I wasn't walking that mile. I wasn't doing much of anything except stuffing my face and feeling sorry for myself.

Last month, I biked 81 miles in one day. I regularly bike commute 20 miles a day. Walking the three miles roundtrip into our downtown is something I do without even thinking about it. My next goal is to participate in triathlons.

I've lost 73 pounds, and I've done it on my own terms. I don't deprive myself of anything, I just make sound decisions about what I'm going to eat. When I make stroganoff or paprikash, I use full-fat sour cream--but I don't "taste" my way through one serving, sit down and eat another serving for dinner, and then "nibble" another serving's worth of leftovers throughout the evening.

It wasn't quality food that was making me gain weight. It was the simple quantity of it that I was shoveling into my mouth.

It used to be that when I was stressed I would eat a tub of frosting. Now I take a bath and read a book.

And if I really have a craving for frosting? Well, I can have it. But I can have it without guilt, because I account for it in my daily calorie count. And because I've given myself permission to have it, it doesn't get all wrapped up in guilt and self-recrimination. Which means I can have--and enjoy--a spoonful without telling myself I'm a failure and eating the whole tub despite the fact that it's making me sick and miserable.

My relationship with food is healthier. And I am healthier.

I still have a way to go. But even if I never lost another pound, I love living like I'm living now. And I love the support I get here on Spark People.

  
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CRISTALITE 9/22/2012 8:53AM

    Happy spark a versary, Happy spark a versary, Happy spark a versary, HAPPY SPARK A VERSARY. felt like singing lol....

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HONBAD 9/21/2012 3:39PM

    Woohoo!

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K1TT3N 9/21/2012 12:08PM

    Great Job , Happy Spark Anniversary. You have done an awesome job

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WALKINGGRANDMA 9/20/2012 9:57PM

    Happy Sparkaversary. That was inspiring. I'm so glad you are taking such a healthy approach to food. This is what I think should be our relationship with food. Not deprivation but learning to eat appropriately.

Hope your day is a good one.

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/20/2012 8:30PM

    Congrats on the sparkversiary! You have done a lot in one year. Good job.

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DOGLADY13 9/20/2012 8:16PM

    Happy Sparkversary! Your journey is so inspiring. You have so much to be proud of. So many people don't even have those types of insights into themselves, let alone act on them and make healthy changes. Congratulations!

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LOWFATFOODIE 9/20/2012 5:23PM

    The perfect blog post! Great job with your accomplishments and creating a lifestyle of health! Fantastic inspiration!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 9/20/2012 4:44PM

    Happy emoticon !

Real food tastes so much better than half food, low calorie "diet" stuff anyhow.

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APPLESBANANAS 9/20/2012 4:20PM

    Wow MissG, this makes me smile. Congrats on your accomplishments, and keep them coming. Your strategies are wonderful and are proof that consistent gradual change is the best.

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BARBARASDIET 9/20/2012 3:27PM

    Whoo-hoo--fabulous!

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IRONBLOSSOM 9/20/2012 1:16PM

    Wow, very awesome, very impresive! Go you!

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RICHILA 9/20/2012 1:08PM

    Congratulations on your first year Sparkvesary! I wish you many more years of joyous good health!
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/20/2012 11:49AM

    I'm so impressed with what you have done! That is amazing. I'm glad to be getting to know you.
Kay

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OPTIMIST1948 9/20/2012 11:37AM

    hurrah! diet without deprivation is so much nicer.

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ERICADAWN1986 9/20/2012 11:35AM

    Congrats! 73lbs is a HUGE loss! Happy Anniversary and I can't wait to see your future success!

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Ankle: tender, but much improved

Monday, September 17, 2012

It appears that I didn't do permanent damage to myself, and the ankle is quite walkable. Still tender at certain angles, and a little swollen, but it bears my weight fine and I'm not really limping anymore.

I will be very cautious when I walk down that street from now on, let me tell you!

  
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DOGLADY13 9/20/2012 8:13PM

    Yeah! I'm glad you are feeling better and your ankle is on the mend.

For what it's worth, I don't think you are clumsy. Everyone takes a fall now and then.

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TATTER3 9/18/2012 6:40AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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BLUE42DOWN 9/18/2012 1:05AM

    What a relief. As someone who has sprained an ankle a few too many times, no matter how careful I am, I know how bad it can feel to go down yet again and worry about whether it will be worse.

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KATHYSCOLLIES 9/17/2012 7:58PM

    Glad to hear that the ankle is nothing worse than a 'minor irritation' rather than something much more serious.

Give it lots of time to heal properly or it will most likely come back to haunt you again and again in the future...
Hugs,
Kathy

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/17/2012 3:48PM

    I wonder if rotation of the ankle when bicycling will help or hurt it. When I had a shoulder injury, kayaking actually helped in the healing process.

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APPLESBANANAS 9/17/2012 12:57PM

    Yikes, keep healing!

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/17/2012 11:59AM

    Glad you are recovering and it's not too serious.

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DIET_FRIEND 9/17/2012 9:34AM

    Be careful to let your ankle heal completely.

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FATBASTICH 9/17/2012 9:20AM

    Ankle injuries are no fun. I'm glad you seem to be ok.

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Sprained ankle?! NOOOO!!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Argh! Taking a walk with DD this evening, I didn't notice that the sidewalk was cut away and managed to step on the edge of a well-disguised hole just perfectly to flip my ankle and fall to the ground. We were about 3/4 of a mile from home, and had to limp the rest of the way back.

I'm applying RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation), but it's just *so* frustrating to be hurt. I have another 350 miles of riding to get in this year. But even more, I have always had a tendency to fall, and I've been so proud of myself that I've been healthy and not had an accident throughout the whole summer. Having my hubby tell me that I needed to stop hurting myself just cut me to the heart. I know he means it in a loving way, but I really needed to be reminded of how well I've been doing, not how I am a klutz. I want to be graceful, and aware of my body. Not clumsy and given to falling. It's been over a year since I took a tumble, and there have been a number of times when I've found myself noticing a possible fall and avoiding it. I've been pleased with myself, and now I feel like all that confidence has been stolen away. I want to cry.

Fingers crossed that it's minor....

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/16/2012 10:59PM

    I'm hoping that you ankle is feeling better.

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HONBAD 9/16/2012 8:28PM

    I hope you're on your way to a speedy recovery! Keep focusing on how long you went without a fall. Injuries can be so frustrating when we have goals in mind and plans for continued success with exercise. Hang in there!! I know you'll be smart about letting yourself heal properly.

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4DOGNIGHT 9/16/2012 3:37PM

    I stepped on the side of my left foot, just down one step, years ago and it still gives me fits. Had to wear an air cast for more than a year and when I would fly, it would swell. I think a sprain is worse than a break. I have this hereditary tendancy to walk on the edge of my foot anyway. My sister fell this weekend and broke her foot and she can't go up the stairs to her bedroom or to take a bath, etc. I know this is going to bore her to death. You need to see a doctor if it doesn't improve. You may need an air cast or may even have broken it. Carol

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DOTTIEJANE1 9/16/2012 10:18AM

    Sorry you are injured , hope it heals quickly and completely . YOU HAVe COME SO FAR !!!!!!! HUGS emoticon emoticon

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/15/2012 5:26PM

    You may want to have it checked out. Two years ago I fell and treated the injury like a sprain. Ten days later come to find out the leg near the ankle was broken. The treatment was very different than for a sprain. Hopefully this will pass quickly and you still have several months of nice weather left to meet your goal of riding.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 9/15/2012 1:08PM

    I hope you feel better soon. It's no fun to be injured.
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RICHILA 9/15/2012 11:13AM

    {{{Hugs}}} I know how it feels. I have been prone to falling and just found out this summer that I have inner ear issues in addition to my vision issues I knew about. So, I have been very good about taking precautions-until the first week of school and I fell in front of colleagues. I was lucky and only my dignity was bruised-but I was doubting myself again and my confidence was gone. emoticon

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MUGGLEMUM 9/15/2012 11:01AM

    I so understand, as I am on the klutzy side, as well. You ARE athletic and graceful---and you will heal. ATHLETES have athletic injuries. Be well, and take care of yourself. The number one injury among athletes is RE-INJURY. Enjoy your down time, get some new books on your Kindle, and enjoy the rest.

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NICOLED40 9/15/2012 7:33AM

    Oh no! Feel better...keep up with the RICE! And can you possibly wrap it for support?

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KATHYSCOLLIES 9/15/2012 12:58AM

    I hope it's nothing serious, and that you are up and at 'em ASAP!!

Rest up for the weekend, and give your ankle the chance to heal itself.

Hugs,
Kathy

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LATTELEE 9/15/2012 12:28AM

  Oh no

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LDAVIS648 9/15/2012 12:25AM

    i know what you mesn i sprained my anke years ago so now if it gets just a little of kilter im on the ground. have you trien ankle bandages when you are walking to strenghthen the ankle?

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Miracle Mom

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sunday I was sitting in my car on the shoulder of I-70, sobbing as my sister told me that Mom had been intubated, was unconscious, and I was probably never going to talk to my mother again.

Yesterday evening, Mom called me to say hi. She is out of ICU, and doing great. The morning nurse asked her how she'd lived through Sunday night. Mom said the power of faith and of family and friends. Thank you all for your prayers.

  
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KATHYSCOLLIES 9/15/2012 12:55AM

    That is such wonderful news! I am truly thrilled for you, Mom, and the rest of your family! She must be a very strong soul indeed.

I firmly believe in the power of prayer. If it hadn't been for all the prayers from the newborn nursery nurses, their churches and ours too that kept prayers going non - stop 30 years ago last month, our 2nd youngest would either not be alive today, or would have suffered so much brain damage that he would have been pretty much vegetative . Because of all that faith that surrounded him during his first few weeks, he not only survived - he now has Ph.D. in Bio - Chemical Engineering.

Hugs to you, and to your Mom too,
Kathy

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DOGLADY13 9/14/2012 9:13PM

    That's terrific news! You must feel giddy with relief!

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APPLESBANANAS 9/12/2012 9:58PM

    Oh good!!!!!! I'm very glad this blog has a good ending. I hope she is getting stronger by the day.

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MUGGLEMUM 9/12/2012 9:44PM

    She is wise and faithful. A good combination! Keep us posted.

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HONBAD 9/12/2012 9:20PM

    Glad to hear it!

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TRAVLNWOMAN 9/12/2012 8:29PM

    WOW! That is incredible and wonderful! I'm so happy for her and you and all of your family!

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Amazing and wonderful news!

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R-U-JELLEN 9/12/2012 10:40AM

    Wonderful. Never underestimate the power of prayer!
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EUPHRATES 9/12/2012 8:33AM

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That happened with my dad once - he'd gotten so bad they'd given up and sent him to hospice...and when they took him off all his various medications, he got better. He recovered enough to move into assisted living for the last 6 months of his life, giving him SUCH a better quality of life for those last months, and us more time. I'm SO happy to hear your mom is doing better!
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VEUVEGIRL 9/12/2012 7:57AM

    That is wonderful news! Definitely a miracle.

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