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DOMS muscle tax muscle fever muscle ache OUCH!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

So yesterday I did the monkey see monkey do thing on Coach Nicole's CardioBlast, clicking on number 6, the Cardio BootCamp, I think it was called... looked like something I could modify, and I did modify. Since I have a concrete floor, I wasn't too keen on jumping on it - so the jumpy exercises I just jumped on my rebounder and followed along best I could. For all I know, she was jabbering on about what to do to prevent DOMS but could I hear her?

So today I'm dyyyyying on the back of my legs. Got home from church and dinner with my mom and going to the post office and my legs are hurting. Again.

Anyway, for fun, I thought I'd read up on DOMS and found this really swell article. I'm not done reading it, but one of the things I love about it, so far, is the unique way of presenting the footnotes information (as well as the occasional snarky backtalk!!

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)
The mysteries of muscle fever, nature’s little tax on exercise
5,500 words, updated Dec 19th, 2012
by Paul Ingraham, Vancouver, Canada

as you can see, it's a bit longish, not quite a book, but this is the reason SparkEditors take a dim view of copying and pasting the entire contents of blogs or articles etc and prefer to include a link. Sometimes I disagree, because the link might go bye-bye. But today, I'm just posting the link. And then I'll move along. Oh and I think I'm beginning to read some blasphemy? or maybe going to be actually educated in the truth?? I got to the part where it seems to insinuate that lactic acid buildup was the CAUSE of DOMS!? (that's when I decided I HAD to share this link, plus it didn't hurt knowing that if I hurried, I could rack up a whole SparkPoint or two or three, however many we get, for posting a blog. Woot!).

For one thing, they are saying that they reallllly don't know the actual causes of DOMS, so therefore it's hard to say what to do to prevent it, or failing that, to ease the pain once you have it. Hmmm now that's refreshing! Or I'm tired...

But... here's a short list of "supposed cures" (including some I've read over the years) -
Here’s a list of popular but unconvincing treatments, with relevant evidence for each in the footnotes:

warmup or light exercise, “working it out”
glutamine and arginine supplements
icing (not just ineffective,30 but possibly even harmful )
transcutaneous32 and microcurrent33 electrical nerve stimulation
Epsom salts
drinking extra water
massage (see below) (in the article itself, since I pulled this out of context).

Soooo I'm gonna read the rest of this link tomorrow since I'm tired and its bedtime-thirty, but first I'll probably do my usual "drink extra water" and "take a bath in epson salts." - if for no reason than my body needs extra water for other reasons, and a bath in epson salts just feels good before bed. Whether or not it "cures" DOMS, it will at least temporarily distract me from the acheyness. Achey Ache Ache-ness How do you spell that word?? The Microstuff Whine-O-Gram Spelling Cheater claims I'm not spelling it correctly. Whatever! You know and I know what I mean. Achiness it is!!

The author throws down on "Vitamin I" - Ibuprophen - but oh well, I rarely use the stuff anyway. Ohhh I just remembered, I have a small stash of high powered some sort of NSAID with maybe a little smidge of opiates. It was a script that I got when I had that bursitis thing in my left shoulder last year (remember me whining about it??). Hmmm wonder if I can find that? Bet that makes Mama happy tonight!!!

I can't help it, I keep sneaking more peeks at the article. Here's a claim that Massage can actually cause more problems!! Bet that makes my girlfriend mad since she's studying to be a massage therapist. Hmmm

"Poisoned by Massage — Rather than being “detoxifying,” massage may cause a modestly toxic situation in the body"

So that's another article to read...

I gotta go!! I'm soo sleepy and achey!!


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MJ7DM33 4/15/2013 9:47PM


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ALIHIKES 4/14/2013 10:13AM

    Very interesting blog, thanks for sharing!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/14/2013 10:02AM

    Hope you feel better today. Thanks for the links.

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AWESOMECHELZ 4/14/2013 9:57AM

    Pretty interesting article! I have had DOMS myself but by the next day, if it was gone (2 days after the exercise), I knew I was okay. The golden rule for that has been that if a person is still hurting 2 days later, they did a little bit too much and to tune it down some. I have done that and now I don't get DOMS much. I hope you are feeling better today and have a wonderful week! Love, Chelsea emoticon

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SUGARSMOM2 4/14/2013 9:54AM

  thank you for the link i went to it and printed the whole article . I read slowly and i wanted to stop and read as i could . so thanks for oppotunity emoticon to do this . nothing is like we think is it ?

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PHEBESS 4/14/2013 9:37AM

    When I overwork something and get DOMS, I usually find that some gentle to moderate stretching, followed by some walking, followed by more stretching, gets the soreness out. For me, it's usually overworking one muscle group, or doing a new exercise that works muscles that aren't often worked. (Like the first time I did a lot of squats!) The stretching loosens up the muscles, and some walking helps to work out the build up of (lactic acid?) whatever makes it sore.

Hot water helps. But I prefer the stretch-walk-stretch routine.

Good luck!

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JANNEPERRY 4/14/2013 9:05AM

    While DOMS certainly can be uncomfortable often it is a good sign--meaning that you are providing Progressive Overload to your muscles. Eventually in the process of doing the same exact workout over land over again your muscles adapt. While this may sound good, that means your plan is not providing what your body needs to progress.

So, if you were to keep up this new workout, eventually you wouldn't feel the soreness (unless caused by an injury, etc). That's the good news. The down side, do do the same workout forever, or you won't be providing your body with the progressive overload it needs to get stronger.

So really, to avoid DOMS, don't try new activities--but is that good advice?

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POPSY190 4/14/2013 3:58AM

    Thanks for the link. I think the warm water with the epsom salts is probably soothing and with the extra water should see you right. I hope so, and it's less drastic treatment than some of the others you mention!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I can't tell if we had hail damage to car, as It is covered with gloppy mounds of ice. I did have some excitement here about 30- 45 minutes go when I was upstairs in my bathroom and suddenly heard this whamming concussion type sound, like the house does when my son slams the front door shut...

My husband had already left to take our son to school. I had watched them leave from the front door, waved goodbye to my son. Then I had gone upstairs to the bathroom, when I first heard a muffled banging noise outside to the south, I thought. Kept on reading while still in the loo, when I heard the louder noise, feeling the type of compression like my son slamming door shut. So I got done in the loo, washed my hands, picked up phone and called my husband to ask if he was back at the house? (He's been known to come back to pick up things he forgot, like his badge or his work computer etc.). He said he was at work, and was anyone else in the house with me? I was walking downstairs talking to him, but front door was closed and locked and no one in front yard. Kept talking to him, looked out patio door while describing to him what sounds were like. (I wasn't yet concerned enough to call the police.)

Pulled curtain open and there it was! Two of the lower limbs of Bradford Pear tree (north side of yard) had cracked off and landed on the ground! This is the same tree that crashed across the fence into the neighbors yard during the Great Ice Storm in Jan 2005. Fortunately this time, the limbs landed more to the south west of tree, into the main part of our yard, no damage to neighbor's fence & property like it had done to the widowed lady who lived there before she sold to the present owners.

Whew! No one in the house but me and our livestock (cat, dog)... We'll deal with the tree later when spring finally warms up, maybe before summer...

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SPARKFRAN514 4/11/2013 6:36PM

    Glad no one was hurt and no damage done to any one house property
what and adventure. thought maybe you had some golf ball size hail like you hear about on the news.

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JILLYBEAN25 4/11/2013 2:08AM

    Yikes! I'm glad to hear all were unharmed and okay!

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PHEBESS 4/10/2013 8:25PM

    Wow, I'd be scared! Glad it was only the tree - but poor tree!

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AWESOMECHELZ 4/10/2013 7:45PM

    Crazy Spring weather! emoticon I remember one year when, living in Connecticut, we went from winter to summer - no Spring! Enjoy the crazy weather! Love, Chelsea emoticon

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JANNEPERRY 4/10/2013 3:57PM

    That is scary! Ours still may break, but al far enough away from our house and the neighbors! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/10/2013 1:40PM

    How scary! HUGS

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3016DEBRA 4/10/2013 12:13PM

  That's kinda scary! Glad you're alright & nothing got damaged. Hope the rest of your day goes better emoticon

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A Lesson From Passover: Bread Kills!!!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I did NOT know any of this, before it was discussed in services yesterday...

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__AMY__ 4/4/2013 11:15AM

  Love this, passing on to others


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ILIKETOZUMBA 3/29/2013 10:07PM

    LOL. that was awesome. I was all prepared to read some ridiculous article about gluten and how terrible it is for you (I had a yoga instructor once who was just absolutely OPPOSED to gluten because it's just so bad for you and causes so many health problems, supposedly...and she didn't even have a gluten allergy or sensitivity)....and then it turned out to be fabulous.

And all so true!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 3/28/2013 12:31PM

    Love this! and will pass it on. Too funny! I'm sure there will be immediate government intervention.

Thanks for the friend add too!

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GRAMMACATHY 3/27/2013 11:50PM

    Too Funny. I do feel a lot better since cutting out most wheat products and amping up the veggies. Maybe there is a kernal of truth in there somewhere. LOL

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MELROSE13 3/27/2013 9:11PM

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4EVERNESS 3/27/2013 5:40PM

    Hilarious... and matzo luck to you in your campaign against this social ill. Johnathan Swift would be so proud.....

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JULIA_211 3/27/2013 5:12PM

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BERRY4 3/27/2013 5:06PM

    Not seeing any connection to Passover!?!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/27/2013 5:01PM

    Oh no! NOT THE BREAD!!!

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Article - 22 Things Happy People Do Differently

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I saw this WONDERFUL article link on a friend's Facebook page - and I knew I had to share it here. It came out later last year, but information is spot on - at least, they illustrates behaviors which I know I need to be doing. Many are points already covered elsewhere in SparkPeople. I'd run the whole thing here just in case the Internet was down and you couldn't open the browser...but the editors take a dim view of that sort of thing, even if I clearly announced that they were NOT my words, not my writing, etc. it's kind of lengthy - a paragraph or two for each of 22 points!

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ITISABOUTME 4/7/2013 11:32AM

    I am definitely going to try this!! Some I already practice but others can only benefit me!! Thanks for sharing!

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ISTRALOUISE 3/24/2013 5:33PM

    Thanks for the article, Julia!

I'm working on #'s 12 and 15 right now, respectively!

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3016DEBRA 3/20/2013 12:26PM

  emoticon I try to practice a lot of the ideas now but I can do better.
Have a wonderful day. emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 3/20/2013 10:25AM

    What a great list! I already practice some of them and that has made a big difference in my life. Thanks for sharing and have a great day! emoticon emoticon Love, Chelsea

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1CRAZYDOG 3/20/2013 9:28AM

    Thank you! Worth the read.

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HES Op Ed article by Linda Bacon, PhD

Saturday, March 16, 2013

I haven't fully absorbed the messages in this article. I just ordered the book mentioned late in the article, so hopefully it will arrive soon...

The first one, the interview - it's fairly long! And I kept having the feeling she was lurking on SparkPeople, because a lot of what she says about focusing on our health and making healthy changes, rather than focusing on the specific weight number or pants size. It just lent an air of validity somehow, especially when so many of my family members seem more focused on the numbers ("how much weight have you lost?" instead of "you look happier and healthier - what changes have you made to your lifestyle?" ).

I've been gone all day so I can't remember now, but I think the third link discussed hazards to having bariatric surgeries. Or she has an article somewhere that I read and I need to post that link here too. I remember some in TOPS were always acting as if the surgery was a big gift but then I'd be hearing about their follow up visits to hospital to deal with the follow-oh infections or ripped out stitches or other "things gone wrong".

Need to ponder more. This is still a big topic.

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SCENIC_ROUTE 3/16/2013 9:33PM

    Thank you for sharing this!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/16/2013 9:10PM

    Hugs and thank you for this link.

Happy St. Patrick's Day and may the luck of the Irish be with you always!

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POPSY190 3/16/2013 2:40PM

    Thank you for this link. It chimes with what I've found on SP. Once I concentrated on lifestyle rather than weight I felt better and the weight went down without my stressing about it. I found an unrestrictive eating plan (Eat to live) which I believe I can follow indefinitely and my motivation is to keep as healthy as possible as I age rather than weight loss.

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