Wednesday, December 01, 2010
I just passed my Army Physical fitness test! I'm so excited!
I go home in just 2 days after having been at Army Officer Basic for the last month. It's been a month of challenges and accomplishments of varying intensities.
The first night we were out on field training, I collapsed in the chow line due to, as it turns out, severe anemia. For you med folk out there, my Hematocrit was 22 and my Hemoglobin was 7.2... my ferritin was 9. (Normals for these are like: 30/11/20). But I got on iron supplements and am now doing great.
I started out able to run a max of 1 minute sustained and this morning I ran 1 7/8 miles straight. It felt totally fantastic.
I am also now trying to get paperwork together for promotion to Captain....
Anxious to get back to regular work and routine... but this break has been amazing!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I'm kind of slowed up after the hip injury and kidney infection, but I'm getting back to it. I ran/walked 3.35 miles in 47 minutes, not top form, but well tolerated by my hip.
I also really paid attention to how I was running and ended up more on the balls of my feet, it was easier and I didn't feel like I was "plodding along'.
I fly to San Antonio, TX next Thursday... EEP.
Monday, October 25, 2010
I was kind of slow to exercise last week, but I was going to be fine getting all my minutes and calories burned... but then came Thursday morning... I was with a co-worker out to do a flu shot clinic and I went to lift the cooler with the vaccine out of my trunk and twisted just a little wrong and felt a pulling sensation in my lower back/hip area. S. had to get the cooler out and we managed to get the clinic done but I was miserable for the remainder of the day... I went home as early as I could, some 5 1/2 hours later, during which my back had gotten worse. I rested up and went to a Workmen's Comp doc on Friday, already feeling somewhat better, but got a diagnosis of a pulled piriformis and (possibly) gluteus minimus. I also got some exercises in how to stretch those muscles. I also have some flexeril for night time. I ended up spending a lot of time in bed on Friday and Saturday, just taking it easy and listening to my body.
As if that wasn't enough, I woke up at about 2 am on Sunday with a dull stabbing pain in my left side. I just had a bad feeling about it and went to see a doc @ the walk-in clinic... he thought it might be a kidney infection, as I did... but the UA came back clean... but he told me to call if I started having the infamous "flu-like" symptoms. Sure enough, a few hours later, the pain hadn't subsided and I started running a low grade temp, in the upper 99's that was slowly climbing. I also felt on the edge of "ick"... so I called the doc and he called in antibiotics for me. Less than 2 hours after my first dose of Cipro, the pain in my side began to ease off.
Needless to say, I have barely exercised for several days and I also let my eating fall to heck... I just wanted comfort food. I didn't track anything. Today I tried to track but miscounted and ended up way over calories. So tomorrow will mean back to strict tracking of EVERYTHING. Sigh.
I love how my body decided to fall apart right before I have to go to OBLC next week. MEH!
The good news is that I'm feeling great again and I hope to be running tomorrow or the next day again!
I think what amazes me is how much those 2 little muscles in my right hip affected my whole body's balance. I was in pain simply trying to lift my LEFT leg and extend it at the knee! They must be some of those stabilizing muscles that you always hear about!!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Archon is the science fiction/fantasy/gaming convention that my darling Mark and I met at 24 years ago. We try to go every year. It is wonderful to hang out with fellow geeky/silly people... it's where people like us tend to congregate, as my dear friend M. says, "I feel normal here." It's true.
But the last two conventions I have attended have left me feeling sad and frustrated in a way... most of the folk in Fandom, as we call it, are overweight or obese or worse. I think my friend J. put it really well when she noted another person we know as being totally wrapped up in her head. Many Fan-folk, have been so long wrapped up in their heads that they have neglected their bodies, which has led to many health problems like diabetes, inability to walk, etc.
This year Archon was at a new location that wasn't as handicapped-accessible as in previous years... so (I'm going to be blunt) many of the fat people in their wheelchairs were unable to get around. But why are they like that? There are legitimate medical conditions, but how many of these conditions were created by the choices that they have made.
I am wanting to do a "Fitness & Fandom" panel at an upcoming con. I really don't want to be judgemental. But I want to give folks concrete things they can do, ideas they can absorb, make their own, baby steps, if you will.
Thoughts, comments, ideas are welcome... I know I can't change everyone and my answer isn't everyone's answer necessarily, but I want to show them that they CAN change and make better choices. I want to empower, not dictate.
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