Thursday, December 29, 2011
I hope all my SP buddies enjoyed a lovely holiday and are excited for the approaching New Year. I have a lot of goals to accomplish this year, but first I wanted to take a look in the past.
I compiled this picture so I could see the "ghosts" of Christmas past and now the present. This pic starts in 2006, then 2009, 2010 and 2011. I am certainly haunted by the Christmas past pics, was I really that heavy? YEP. I am so excited to have finally reached my goal weight this year and have been successful at maintaining it for over 8 months.
I would like to lose a few more, but I have to admit I've gotten a tad lazy about tracking my food, so for the new year I will be getting back to the basics. I love SP and I am so happy for the gift of health this Christmas.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
One of my SP buddies, JCBRITT was in town for business and we decided to meet for dinner. Her hotel was less than a couple miles from my home so it would have been a shame NOT to meet up. We had never met before so this was a "blind date". I was so excited to meet someone new, and a fellow SPARKIE at that, she was very charming and sweet. We had dinner and talked the whole time, so nice to get to know a little bit about her and it was so nice that we sought each other out to take a few minutes out of busy schedules to discuss SP, running, healthy eating, kids, hubbies, etc. I could have sat there and chatted all night, seemed like we really "clicked". She had an early business meeting this morning and I had to be at physical therapy early so we had to call it a night. Hoping we can meet up again sometime. Funny thing is she lives along the route that we drive to go to WV so we may be popping by to see her sometime. Sure was a great experience - we had a lot in common and I really enjoying meeting her.
Physical therapy this morning was grueling, oooh the pain and torture. After doing some deep stretches and getting a deep tissue massage, my therpist Glenda put on this electronic patch with some kind of anti-inflamatory med in it, it even has a blinking red light. Hope this works, I'm feeling more and more optimistic each time I go, so if nothing else it helps mentally. Come to find out my therapist is a runner so she is totally empathetic to my situation. I am so thankful that she is really taking the time to try new things on me to help me get back to beating the streets and taking a real interest in my progress.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I have had two visits to physical therapy for the knee issue, but we have found that the problem area is future up the leg, closer to the hip. So I have a lot of stretching exercises to do everyday to stretch the ole IT Band and still have to ice it too. I am hopeful that if I take my time and let it heal properly and fully that I will be back to running after the first of the year. So in ther interim I've been trying to focus more on the healthy eating and yoga. Therapist says yoga is absolutely fabulous for this type of injury. After the holidays I will get back into a good workout routine, but for now I'm enjoying all the holiday preparations - not really the shopping aspect of it, but I did get lucky when DH and I went to the mall the other night. These boots had my name written all over them. And if I tell you what I actually paid for these you wouldn't believe me anyway, really.
Boots were a super fantastic deal but a distraction from what I was supposed to be shopping for. I only have to buy a couple of gifts for my DD, so why am I struggling with that so much? perhaps it's because she already has everything? or perhaps there is really nothing that I've seen that is worth spending the money on, lots of junk in the stores and the same ole things.
I have a holiday party to go to this Saturday night, so today I am scouring the SPARK Cookbook for a recipe for an appetizer, hmmmmm. And I am volunteering at a race on Saturday too, figured since I can't run might as well be a part of the racing community and cheer others on. It's a 50K so I'm guessing I will probably never want to run quite that far. Hoping the rain holds out, but who cares, I love being in the running action even if I am just a volunteer, Runner Verification (not sure what that involves), but I am happy to be a part of it. Runner's are the nicest group of people, and I'm hoping that being a part of this race, even in a small way, will help to fan the flames of hope of my return to running.
Friday, December 02, 2011
Went to see sports medicine doctor today to get the knee and hip checked out.
Is it just me or do doctor's have the personality of door knobs? not all doctor's, but sheesh. This guy really didn't act like he was interested in my story. That's where I think I'd make a good sports medicine doctor. Praise your patients, find out there stories, encourage them. He didn't seem the least impressed to know that I injured it running a half-marathon, like people do that all the time, right? LOL, not by the looks of all the other patients in the waiting room. Not that mine injury was any more special than the others, but dang, wish doctor's would give a crap. Compassion and encouragement should go with their doctor's degree. I mean you have an athlete that just finds out that they can't participate in their favorite activity, that's like losing your best friend. Have a heart.
Anyway...The good news is that there are no fractures or joint problems, the bad news is that it's an IT band injury.
Doctor says these are hard and slow to heal, lots of physical therapy needed. I'm thankful that there is no permanent damage which means I may still be able to run, just gonna be a while.
The doctor said NO restrictions, which means if it doesn't hurt to do it then its FINE. But the minute it hurts, DON'T. That's super news, which means now I can come up with a plan for the winter months fitness regime. Probably going to focus on abs and lower body making the legs more muscular and stronger and I may even decide to head back to the gym for swimming. What a relief, I'm not outta the game entirely.
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