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The Gospel According to St. Doctor

Monday, January 02, 2012

Hello spark friends and Happy New Year! My doctor gave me a print-out of back exercises to do on an exercise ball and I have been diligent to do these several times a week plus taking daily walks for at least 30 minutes a day (Dr recommended also). In fact, he stated that just doing the daily walk is one of the best exercises for back health, I was surprised!
Here is a link of exercises that work for me. By the way, I have firmed up even more doing these! I started out s-l-o-w-l-y and increased the reps as I got stronger. Again, Happy New Year!
www.mayoclinic.com/health/core-stren
gth/SM00046

I don't do each and every one of these, here again I have to still take some of those slowly and do what I can emoticon

  
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DDOORN 1/2/2012 8:18PM

    The core goes right to the heart of back troubles...good on your doc for recommending this and GREAT JOB in following through!

Going to save that link for future reference...thx for sharing!

Don

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LESSOFMOORE 1/2/2012 6:36PM

    You are a good patient! Thanks for sharing!

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JAXMOMMY 1/2/2012 12:22PM

    Thanks for sharing! I think strenghtening the core is the best thing we can do for all round health! Glad these are working for you and remember slow and steady wins most races!!

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LITTLEWIND53 1/2/2012 11:18AM

    Great. Glad they are working out for you. Walking is one of the best all round fitness tools we can use. emoticon

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Recovering from a back injury

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Hi spark friends, it's been awhile. I'm finally on the mend from a lower back injury. What I thought was sciatica turned out to be a condition called sacroiliitis (sacro-ill-e-itis).
Just to brief those who don't know what that is:
The sacroiliac (SI) joint is a very irregularly shaped joint located where the ilium (hip bone) and the sacrum (tail bone) meet. The joint has very little motion; however, the limited motion it does have is very important to the proper functioning of the lumbar spine, as well as the hip.

The SI joint is susceptible to traumatic (sudden, forceful injury) and inflammatory conditions. Common causes of injury are slips or falls; however, it also can be "injured" by overuse. Overuse can result from frequent and prolonged bending or sitting for extended periods of time. Occasionally, intense pain can arise from doing something as simple as bending over to pick up a pencil or tie a shoe.

Believe it or not, I bent over to pick up something in the wrong way and was out of work since last Thursday. Today is Sunday and I am feeling MUCH better. When I went to the chiropractor, I was x rayed and he saw that my lower back and hips were thrown out of alignment. He snapped everything back, gave me simple stretching exercises to do, and put an ice pack on. Fortunately I didn't have to take any Rx meds, just over the counter ( such as Aleve).

Tomorrow morning I go for my follow-up visit and to get the ok to return to work. I miss working out. Right now the best I can do is take my walks s-l-o-w-l-y and do the recommended stretching. If there is anyone that has any other work-out suggestions, I would love to hear it. Thanks

  
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TEDDYBEAR662 11/21/2011 8:51AM

    Oh, I'm so sorry you had to go through all of that! I'm glad you are on the mend. Don't push it too much. Good luck! Hugs.

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BD3269PM 11/21/2011 8:10AM

    Sounds painful. Take it easy and recover before doing anything too strenuous. You don't want to reinjure yourself. Enjoiy your Monday and hope you feel better emoticon

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REDSHOES2011 11/21/2011 7:16AM

    Hope your 100% again soon.. emoticon

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DDOORN 11/21/2011 6:56AM

    Ouch! Sounds like slow & easy does it...!

Recently took a tumble myself...but all appears to be okay. Hoping your recovery proceeds post haste! :-)

Might water aerobics of a gentler variety be worth considering...?

Don

Comment edited on: 11/21/2011 6:57:38 AM

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LESSOFMOORE 11/20/2011 9:06PM

    Chris, I'm happy to hear that you're on the road to recovery! emoticon

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SOONASKINNYGIRL 11/20/2011 6:56PM

    Oh no! So sorry to hear that, how awful. Can you do swimming anywhere? I know I'm not much help with the working out advice ;)

Glad you are feeling somewhat better and praying you're 100% better very soon!

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A Wonderful visit without neglecting my fitness

Saturday, October 15, 2011

To say that I had a great time at my 40th reunion would be an understatement. There was about 120 or so (out of over 700 grads!) that attended. Not only was it nice to see friends I hung out with, but there were several that were----how do I say this----NOT friends at the time that not only welcomed me but apologized, giving me the peace and closure that I secretly longed for.
During that weekend, my husband and I hiked for a total of about 10 miles (about 5 miles a day) at several parks and we could not have asked for better weather---sunny, 70's.

Here I am at the reunion---I don't think I stopped smiling the whole evening LOL!








Needless to say, I have always enjoyed walking around and spending time at this park. It has a hilly hiking trail which really gives you a good workout while enjoying the scenery.

The next day, I went out for dinner with my family; from left to right is my son Andrew, my dad, my stepmom, yours truly, and my husband.
I gained 2 pounds when I weighed myself at work, but quickly lost it. I believe all that walking kept me from gaining more----and I have my husband and sparkpeople to thank! By the way, I need to get new shirts----as you can see, the black one I wore at the park was very loose since I lost the pounds LOL.

  
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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/18/2011 8:06AM

    Looks like you had a great time at your reunion and glad you were able to incorporate exercise too, kudos on the hike. You look emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 10/17/2011 2:52PM

    love your pictures......

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DDOORN 10/17/2011 2:34PM

    What a wonderful time you had! I can tell by the miles-wide smile! :-)

Thx for the birthday SparkGoodie and wishes!

Don

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MJ7DM33 10/15/2011 9:08PM

  emoticon Great pics! Thanks for sharing!

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LESSOFMOORE 10/15/2011 6:36PM

    Chris, I am happy for you that you had such a great time at your reunion! And congrats on keeping your fitness up and your weight down!

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40 Year Reunion, here I come!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


There were no ifs ands or buts! For the past several months, I've been buckling down with diligent working out and eating lean meats and lots of veggies and fruits. And it's not just for the reunion (which is Saturday, October 8th), but for the quality of life. And I am thrilled to tell you that I am no longer pre-diabetic and my bad cholesterol level is within the normal range. And sorry if you haven't really heard from me in a while; that's because I haven't been plopping my fanny in front of my computer as long as I used to. Now, on that note, I'm gonna get going and go for a long walk, then do some weights and the kettlebell.
Luv ya all,
Chris

  
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DDOORN 10/4/2011 11:57AM

    Great hustle! Keep up the super momentum!

Don

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LESSOFMOORE 9/28/2011 9:10PM

    Chris, you look fabulous! Knock 'em dead!

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CAMELA_55 9/28/2011 8:11PM

    You are doing fantastic and you look fantastic as well. Keep up the good work!!!

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SOONASKINNYGIRL 9/28/2011 7:25PM

    Way to go!! So proud of you and happy for you and you look amazing! Have fun at the reunion and on the walk, I'd much rather be walking than on this computer chair...thanks for the motivation ;)

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BCARSON11 9/28/2011 3:00PM

    Congratulations on your success! You look great.

Hope you enjoy your 40th reunion. I really enjoyed mine. It was the first one I had attended, and it was great to reconnect with some old friends!

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CHAMPAGNEKISSE7 9/28/2011 1:52PM

    wowie!!! you look great, not that i know what you looked like before.. but congrats!!

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In Remembrance

Sunday, September 11, 2011


There isn't a word or phrase in any language that can describe this sorrow
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LESSOFMOORE 9/11/2011 8:51PM

    emoticonChris!

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DANLIN60 9/11/2011 4:44PM

    I agree, Sept 11th and November 22nd will always be days that I will always remember. very sad days

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CAMELA_55 9/11/2011 3:11PM

    I'll never forget that day just as I have never forgotten the day JFK was shot.
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