Wednesday, January 04, 2012
This blog is by special request. An SP buddy said she missed knowing what I was up to, so here goes.....
The doctor released me from Physical Therapy. He said I was doing everything right and to keep doing the exercises he gave me, but NO running. He said NO IMPACT from running and to make the Eliptical my new best friend.
Well... My sister has a new Nordic Track at home that has hardly been used, so last night I decided it was time to get off the tushy and get busy. I did a 30-minute workout, ugghhh, can we say BOR INGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG. But, it is better than sitting on my tushy, so I have made a committment to do it five times a week and slowly work in the strength training. I think my patience is definitely being tested since no exercise that I've tried that I can now do gives you the major calorie burn that running does, so it's going to take a lot of effort and a lot more time spent on the Nordic Track and walking on the treadmill, aka "dreadmill". Again.... boooorrrr inggggggg.
I didn't want to push it last night since it was my first day "back at it" and since I am recovering from an awful head cold that I developed on NYE, spent all the NY weekend in bed with a headache, clogged sinsus and chest congestion, ICK. The leg and hip held up pretty good. I did do all my stretching exercises afterward and applied the trusty ole ice pack, just as a precaution. I'm happy to report that I am OK this morning, I was a little worried, lol.
I started logging in my food again "FAITHFULLY" on Tuesday. Did ok, but yesterday went over by 25 calories, darm those Hershey Kisses, but I finished them off so as not to tempt me today, haa haa. All the holiday candy and goodies are now gone from the house - YEAH !!!! So no excuses now.
I believe that this year is going to be a real challenge for me in a lot of areas, but guess what????? I'M READY. GAME ON.
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.
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