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Iliotibial band syndrome

Saturday, October 08, 2011

The doctor's surgery that I visit has a very high turnover of doctors. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen the same doctor twice! (I don't go very often).
Yesterday the doctor who was seeing me also happened to be doing her Masters degree in Sports medicine and so I ended up getting some of the best treatment I have ever received about my knee pain.
After doing a few exercise with me, she explained that she thinks I have mild Iliotibial band syndrome as well as a tight hip flexor in my right leg. She has given me some strength training advice and also asked me to change my running routine for the next month - fast running for no longer than ten minutes.
Now, I'm a little nervous about this. I run between twenty and forty minutes about twice a week. It is my main source of cardio and now I need to reduce it quite drastically. Granted, it is only for a month, but how will it effect my weight loss?
In a way it's good because I can begin some serious focus on strength training and will now need to look into some other forms of cardio exercise (Not to mention stretching out that hip flexor) but it's quite a change from what I'm used to doing.
That, and no races for a while. Another main motivator to get me on the road.
Oh well - there is a greater vision here than just losing weight in four months. There is my health for the rest of my life. So, October may become a month of patience for me when it comes to cardio exercise - fewer minutes, but much more intense minutes.

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SEXYVIXEN2 10/10/2011 6:30PM

    You don't need to cut back on your cardio minutes, just opt for some different cardio exercises. How about Swimming or Water Aerobics?
Yoga is meant to be quite good for runners, as it helps to stretch the leg muscles.
Hope this helps, Angela emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 10/8/2011 6:50PM

    If it fixes things in the long run, it's worth it!

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HARRIET2 10/8/2011 1:03PM

    rest can make your comeback that much better!

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A very special day

Thursday, October 06, 2011

One month ago today, after much umming and aahing I decided to give sparkpeople a try. I thought what's the worst that could happen?
Well, I'm now 4kg (about 8 pounds) lighter and I've lost about 3 inches worth around my waist and thighs. And I'm feeling lighter and stronger. Feelings I had thought were gone because I was getting older.....
Today is special because I get a chance to review and change things and I can do it with one months worth of knowledge behind me. This afternoon I will see if I have reached my first goal - to fit into my wedding dress again. This was the weight I was at when I got married, so who knows?
Then I need to set a new short term goal. I'll spend the day thinking about what that is.
I'm going to take advice and change my strength routine, and, once I've seen the doctor about my knee, I'll have a look at my cardio routine too. A kickboxing DVD is in the post to help me exercise through the colder winter months.
More than anything I just want to celebrate today as being good and think about the wonderful things in my life - things I'm more aware of now.
I give myself a reward every Thursday just for making it through another week of Spark, usually something less than 10, that is not food, but makes me feel a little spoiled. This afternoon I feel the need for a little party for one (I may even buy a party hat!) to celebrate and be thankful for one month of healthy progress, caring progress, loving progress and for how much better I feel about being alive and being me.
PS - I'll let you know if the wedding dress fits!)

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SUNSHINE20113 10/6/2011 1:51PM

    The dress fits!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 10/6/2011 9:57AM

    Congrats to you! And I'll have my fingers crossed!!

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NORASH3 10/6/2011 4:37AM

    emoticon gurl!!
Stay positive, focused, and committed!

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SEXYVIXEN2 10/6/2011 4:16AM

    Hi Sarah,
Congratulations on your great start. Enjoy your day and your treat to yourself, whatever it may be emoticon
I wish you continued success emoticon
Best wishes, Angela emoticon

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CAROL6X 10/6/2011 3:09AM

    Congratulations on your 1st month Anniversary!! emoticon

You can do it!! Keep it up. You know what you want-go for it!!!

UK? My husband is my cheerleader and main motivator. He has also been on our new lifestyle as well. We got married in 1996 in Florida. He is from the UK. Born in Scotland and grew up in King's Lynn and Blackburn, Lancaster. He became a US citizen in 2001 in Tampa, Florida.
We are each other's motivator in all that we set out to accomplish and it helps that we have each other -especially in this new Lifestyle we have embarked on.

Enjoy your party-you deserve it!! emoticon


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Holding on for the apple pie!

Monday, October 03, 2011

My husband bought apple pie a few days ago, but we have not been able to eat it yet because every time it gets to the evening I've used up my calories! So, today I planned it. Now I'm sitting waiting for my husband to get home and staying as far away from the fridge as possible!! I know I will enjoy that apple pie when we get to it - guilt free!

Food has become more special since I've had to begin planning special treats - that's what they are now: special. Something I've planned for, waited for, not mindlessly munched on while watching TV.

Something else has happened. I suffer from quite severe knee pain when I jog, and for the last three months I've just lived with it. The pain always goes away and only comes back half way through my run, so I've hoped it will just go away. This weekend I suddenly found myself paying attention to the pain and deciding I should just check with a doctor that I hadn't damaged my knee more. I want to be able to run for a long time, now I want to take better care of my knees. So, the appointment is booked for Friday. This is new - this extra care I'm giving myself.

All the blogs, message boards and articles are so helpful. I'm taking so many tips from people about everything - listening to motivational songs, focussing on more than just the numbers, increasing my strength training for better running - stopping when I have an injury.

So, thank you. This really is a team effort and I appreciate all the support!

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JOANNA202 10/3/2011 6:04PM

    I'm impressed with your self control! It will definitely taste better when you get to it though.

And good for you for looking after yourself. I'm a new runner too and having some hip problems, and from reading a few articles online it looks like there are some quite easy ways to make changes so that some pains go away. Hopefully yours will be one of those!

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THETURTLEBEAR 10/3/2011 3:02PM

    That's great! Smart planning. And glad you are taking care of those knees, in case they are trying to tell you something!

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Three weeks - really?

Friday, September 30, 2011

The most interesting part of this week is how reflective I have become over my life, and whether I'm happy with it. It's funny how a decision to take care of my health, has now got me thinking about the rest of my life too.
The last two days have been a bit hard eating wise - tonight I really want to slip into old habits and munch a pizza instead of eating something healthier. It is a bit of a mind game right now - the old habits fighting with the newer ways that I want to live.
My weight loss has been good the last few weeks - it's the same 3kgs that I have been losing for about three years ago, so I'm used to seeing them leave and come back again. Now I'm working at convincing myself that they are gone - the door is not revolving anymore!! But I'm also a little scared - this is unchartered territory - or at least has been for a few years now. Can I keep it up?
Must mention how comfortable I'm feeling in my own skin though. Feeling a little bit more 'me'. Feeling happier moving around and wanting to make an effort to dress well and look good.
Well, will keep monitoring my calories - it's quite important that I learn to eat right. It's helping me and my husband now (who was on the phone trying to figure out what actually was low calorie in the grocery store!!)
But, I don't want to become a slave to the numbers, especially if they start to stop coming off as easily. I don't want to give up. Something good is happening inside me....and I want to reach my destination now.

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TTAAFFYY 10/1/2011 12:31PM

Just keep going Forward! We are all here for You... Cheering you On!

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/30/2011 9:01PM

    The more you do it, the more automatic it becomes it seems.

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NANT406 9/30/2011 8:08PM

    Thanks for sharing! What an inspiring blog. Keep on sparking! emoticon

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Teaching my other half....

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My husband and I share kitchen duty. As we both work, this really helps keep a balance in our home life, and I always appreciate a meal cooked by him. He knows I'm counting calories, so he worked hard tonight to make a healthy meal - his idea of a healthy meal, at least.
He arrived at the table with mincemeat sauce on a bed of wholewheat pasta, thinking, he said later that the wholewheat pasta would be lower in calories.
At the end of the evening when I was counting calories up, he sat with me as I added in my pasta count - 500calories!! He was shocked!!
Now, I knew it was going to be high in calories, but as I also never say no to someone else cooking in the house, I ate with full awareness that I would go over my daily calorie intake at the end of the day. But, I think my husband learned something tonight about pasta - and that it might not be as low in calories as he thought - now we're both learning.
Tomorrow I jump on the scale again - all in all a better week, here's hoping the pasta doesn't add on too much!!

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    Hang in there, we learn one step at a time as well as one bite at a time too!

I learned a valued lesson a long time ago about a Chinese dinner (take out) and logged it AFTER I ate it. About lost it too, what a HUGE shock.

Keep the faith and keep trackin' too

Have a SPlendid Day


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