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Do Plateaus Have Butts?

Friday, July 08, 2011

I am so going to kick my mini-plateau's butt.

I have not gained.
I have not lost.
I have gone a little over on calories, and even a little under.
I have stayed...the same.
Stable. For once, zen about my weight.

...because there was nothing I could physically do about it.
I did my best to stay low on the calorie scale, but for pity's sake it was my birthday and July 4. BBQ city!! And then there's the fact that I'm feeling again like I used to--kind of run-down, tired, less toned...more hungry.

My doctor's 'no unnecessary anything' mandate lifted, my physical therapist having given his blessing, and my stationary bike having arrived and been assembled, tonight will be my return to exercise!!
I would love to say I'm like vibrating with excitement, but the fact is that (like I mentioned however many sentences ago) I'm tired, I'm bored, and I'm feeling more hungry. So, I'm not exactly jumping out of my seat, but I am motivated. ALMOST champing at the bit.

But that 'almost' kind of bothers me. What happened to my month-long streak, my 100-day goal? Where's that energy, that enthusiasm, that positivity?
A little depression and sedentary lifestyle goes a long way, apparently.

Here's to getting back into a healthy groove!

  
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BECCAJ98 7/8/2011 2:05PM

    There's answer to your almost......I want you to send me proof (a handy little things cell phones can do) that your cute butt is working out tonight! Once you get back moving, you will feel better and those other things will go bye bye!

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NIKEOFSAMO 7/8/2011 11:22AM

    It seems we are in the same boat (except my backsliding hasn't been because of health issues). I want to get back on track and the plans are made so I will, but I'm not exactly Mr. Excited. I'm sure our motivation and enthusiasm will return after a few weeks of sticking with it. Once we start seeing results again we will be so thrilled! *high five* We can do this!

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ANIMAL_L0VER 7/8/2011 11:21AM

    You are right... not working out makes you tired and not wanting to work out. But once you get back into the routine, you will love and look forward to your workouts again!
100 days is a big acheivement. And clearance from the doc and pt are also good accomplishments. As someone who has had numerous joint issues, resulting in breaks, sprains, surgeries, and lots of pt, I understand the frustration!
I was never one who liked to work out, but after joining a gym at the end of May, I am slowly getting to like it. And I noticed, when I skip a day or 2, I'm not motivated to go back. But when I go, 2, 3, 4 days in a row, I can't wait til I get to go again tomorrow.
Have a good weekend, keep up the motivation, and soon you'll be there again!
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12-Hour Special...

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Somehow, I slept 12 hours last night.
I haven't done that in years! And didn't think I would again, once I started my exercise routine a month ago...

I guess I was tired after physical therapy yesterday.
Eating yesterday went okay...I kept not feeling satisfied, though. So, I stayed within my calorie range by about 150. But still--that's a solid 150! And better than I would ever have done before!

The one major downside of my job (well, in THIS instance, anyway--normally it's a plus!) is that we are small, and we get to know our customers....and our customers tend to LOVE us. So much so, that yesterday a customer offered to buy us pizza....not realizing, apparently, that we have a working relationship with them, too, and that when he mentioned that he was getting it for US, they gave him the pizza for free! Bonus for him...temptation for us. And it was all four of us girls, yesterday...
Before you even have to ask...it was delicious. We all limited ourselves to two pieces, and I entered it right away, so I knew what I could do for dinner. (Dad wanted to get Chinese...I told him he was more than welcome, and that I just wanted a salad. Which was true, actually.)

So, I had a delicious salad last night--spinach, some thin-sliced red pepper, cucumber, and purdue short cuts (carved chicken variety)...highest-calorie thing was the ranch dressing (2 tbsp). I made sure to throw some extra chicken on here, too, to make my protein goal for the day.

Also figured out the one drawback to my eating plan: when I don't have my resources, I have GOT to pay more attention! For instance, I'm so used to my schedule of 8am breakfast, 10:30am yogurt, 12pm lunch, 5-6pm dinner, 7-8pm dessert (low-cal, promise), that this weekend was almost a total fail. Thank God, my boyfriend said something the one time: 'didn't you already eat?'
I got peeved, at first.
I was hungry! Leave me alone, you jerk! Can't a woman eat?

But before I got into a food-related-attractiveness rant (a la Ashley Judd in 'Someone Like You'), I stopped and thought about it. Of course I was hungry. I was used to being full of yummy, healthy, low-calorie food!
When I left home on Sunday night after my birthday party to spend the night at his house, I forgot my yogurt...and my healthy cheese sticks. And my granola bars. Thrown into a world of hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, pasta salad, and birthday cake (bf's cousin's), I was ravenous and unprepared.
Fortunately, I realized this.

I threw away the second plate I'd gotten (to be fair, it was grilled chicken and about 1/2 cup of potato salad, but still...), and skipped the cake. When he and I got home (we left a little early, both of us being tired), we each wanted a little something. So, I had a salad. Much better choice.

The learning process....it won't end, will it? emoticon

  
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STINASTEW 7/6/2011 11:09AM

    Sometimes you just need the rest! So no problem sleeping 12hrs! You needed it! :) Great job on getting rid of that food! That's tough! I remember when I started eating better at the end of the school year & I'd have to turn down birthday cupcakes, brownies, etc. that kids would bring me..It's hard, but if it sits there long enough, it makes the temptation harder! You're doing great!

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BECCAJ98 7/6/2011 10:43AM

    If you ever stop learning, be worried!! I wish I was putting my knowledge to use as well as you are! Keep it up sweetie!

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OPERADIVA114 7/6/2011 10:18AM

    The learning definitely does not end. Kudos on making smart choices when you were without your usual resources. That's a big step in the right direction. THAT is a healthy lifestyle--eating right even when all that temptation is there.

And I slept like you last night! lol I got a bit too much sun yesterday & ended up with a migraine. So I laid down to watch to TV at 7 last night and the next thing I knew, I was opening my eyes and my clock said "5:52"...AM. I slept for almost 11 hours! I couldn't believe it. But...if your body needs the rest, it will take it.

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"And that, gentlemen, is how we do that..."

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

I'm back!!!
I'm motivated!!

Okay, I'm actually still battling this depression, but...
I'm working on it!!

I ordered a stationary bike on amazon ($198, free 2-day shipping with amazon prime trial I got for being a student--heck yeah!), and it should be here either today or tomorrow! I made sure to get the recumbent bike, just like my physical therapist has...
I got clearance for some of my upper-body strength training, and now that I'm off mandatory sit-on-my-butt time (4 full days of butt-sitting will make you feel nice and lazy...), I am ready to kick it!!

  
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POPPINPENGUIN 7/5/2011 4:14PM

    emoticon Have fun with you new toy. It's always great to get something new to play with. emoticon

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MICHAEL712020 7/5/2011 1:52PM

    I know what you mean about the butt time. I have been doing to much of my share. I am back out into the heat and walking and doing a little running.

Take care and I wish you great success.

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Life Goes On...

Friday, July 01, 2011

At work again, and it is deadly slow...been trying to break it up by...well, breaking up my biology. You know. Breaking boredom with boredom. 'Cause that works.

Anyway.
I went back to the physical therapist yesterday, and we got along much better this time. I don't know if he was just upset about my having such issues, so young (because he did seem genuinely upset about that), or if it's because I was crying, or what...but we did much better last night. I even made him laugh!

There was one stretch I couldn't do, but otherwise I did alright...and although I'm somewhat stiff today, I'm not feeling a lot of pain.
I did stupidly forget my cold compress packs at home (stupid, stupid, stupid), but I'll ice at boyfriend's tonight...can't wait to see him.

My sister, the maternity nurse, demanded that I ask my physical therapist if I'm allowed to be having sex.
Yeah, she's blunt like that.
So I did. We finished up with my session, and I kinda glanced around awkwardly and said 'Uhm...so, this is really awkward, but my sister told me I couldn't leave today without asking you...am I allowed to have sex?'

He kind of smiled, and I blushed (yep. me. I blushed.), and he told me that, yes, I could have sex...and before I could quickly wrap it up, he said, 'but I'd stick to, you know, traditional missionary...'
'Yeah, that's kind of what I figured.'
'You definitely can't be on top.'
'Oh, of course. I definitely figured on that.'
'I mean, because you'd be on your knees, and with that and the...you know...bouncing...'
'Gotcha. Okay.'
'Or maybe...yeah, doggie style would be okay.'

And by this time, I am ready to die of mortification, I'm sure I was beet red, and I don't even remember what I said to beat a hasty retreat.
So mortified....

...but too freakin funny not to share...lol
Enjoy your weekend, guys! Between the Philly trip and my birthday, it's going to be a busy one for me, so I will probably only be on to track.
Love to you!

  
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ABURLOCK 7/5/2011 10:48AM

    Haha!
Again, I think the rule is "if it hurts, don't do it", otherwise you're good.

But honestly, this was a big problem for me when my hip was hurting. :)

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KJDOESLIFE 7/5/2011 9:41AM

    Oh my goodness! That would be a VERY awkward conversation. ;)

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OPERADIVA114 7/1/2011 5:49PM

    Ahahahaha. I would have been dead if I were you. But from laughter. Cuz I'm crazy and would have made some (even more awkward) sarcastic comments when he started talking about being on top and doggie style.

Happy to hear the session went well this time, though! Hope you mend up quickly!

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JONICACALDWELL 7/1/2011 5:48PM

    I'm dyin' right now. Love the nurses, they want to educate us all. emoticon

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BECCAJ98 7/1/2011 3:13PM

    I would have loved to see you get that embarrassed!!!!!!

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NMAMUSIC 7/1/2011 2:57PM

    lol There's nothing you can say to get out of a situation like that gracefully.
If you ever write a book you should write this conversation in haha..

Glad to hear you're not sore today!!

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NIKEOFSAMO 7/1/2011 2:40PM

    emoticon That totally brightened my entire day. Love it! Too bad sparkpeople doesn't consider sex as cardio.

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"I just don't understand..."

Thursday, June 30, 2011

"...what you could possibly have done to screw yourself up this badly."

...said the physical therapist, shaking his head and rubbing his temple with the tips of two fingers.
He couldn't even look me in the eye. "I honestly don't even know what to do with you. I have no idea where to start."

I cried. He was a hardass, didn't offer me tissues until I'd already gotten off the table to get them myself. I don't know how you tell a very smiley, positive-looking 23-year-old woman that her legs are so screwed up you don't even know where to start fixing them, and not emote. Wtf.

Anyway. He had me do some stretches, and I woke up in enough pain yesterday that I had to call out of work. I couldn't have driven the 30 minutes to work. So, I called my doctor and they got me in for an appointment at 11 am. I'd taken some more pain killers by then, and was able to drive to my mom's bf's house (where she lives, as well), and he drove me. (She stayed home...hungover.)
My doctor agreed with the physical therapist's diagnosis.

I have "uncomplicated trochanteric bursitis."
(Uncomplicated, my butt. This sucks! How much more complicated it can get, I don't want to know...)

I have bursitis in both hips, treated with an injection of corticosteroids (the area was so sensitive, she had to use an infant-size needle and spray me with topical pain-reliever). It's also effecting my SI joint (the plate joint that connects my pelvis to my spine), which is off-kilter. Now I know why I've had lower back pain...

Treatment: no working out.
I cried some more.

No jogging, jumping, kicking, or "bouncing around," as the p.t. guy put it. He said I could do pool walking or bike-riding.
I have no pool. I hate bike-riding.
No strength training in my legs. No upper body or core that uses legs at all (no bent-over rows, no crunches, no bridges...)
Following the injections, my doctor told me no activity--no unnecessary walking, no prolonged standing, no lifting, bending, squatting. Nothing other than physical therapy, for the next three days. And then I can start doing the stretches she assigned.

My doctor recommended 'spinning'--exercise bike with no resistance, to music. So I'm going to poke around on Craig's List and see what I can find...

I feel like f**cking Lieutenant Dan.
"Lieutenant Dan couldn't use his legs, so he spent most of his time exercisin' his arms."
Yeah, that was intended to be funny...

But to be honest, I've been really depressed for the past few days...been low on my calorie scale, which I guess is understandable...and thank God I seem to be past the point of emotional eating...but I'm just not okay, yet.

  
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ABURLOCK 7/5/2011 10:42AM

    I have had bursitis in my hips too, and I know how freaking bad it can hurt. How long ago was your cortisone shot? Unfortunately, I struggled for a few months in physical therapy trying to get the bursitis under control before the PT sent me back to see my doctor, THEN I had a cortisone shot. I had the same issue- first a spray to numb the area, then the dr actually gave me a shot of novocaine, and then the cortisone. He told me that it might take 7-10 days before I would feel any difference, and I had basically given up hope on day 9 that it was going to work (not to mention I experienced nearly every side effect in the book) and then like magic on day 10 my hip felt much better.

And actually, I'm surprised that biking is an option. But the best rule is probably to not do anything that hurts. Do you ice? I used ice constantly and I think that seemed to help calm the inflammation.

Just keep focused on physical therapy and resting and you'll be better in no time.

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JONICACALDWELL 6/30/2011 3:42PM

    emoticon Try spinning, you might like it, check out the Y in your area for the cheapest prices. I'm so sorry. Next time I run, I'll run a mile for you.

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BECCAJ98 6/30/2011 11:52AM

    I always here for ya.....even if it is a few states. I wish Anita knew what she's doing to you guys. Hope things start getting better! ! emoticon

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THATBRONWYNGIRL 6/30/2011 11:41AM

    Thank you, guys--
I'm trying to stay motivated. My doctor was really impressed with SparkPeople (I've lost a total of 15lbs since she last saw me a year ago...:-) ), and she reminded me that my eating habits are good, and if I keep the calories down, I won't gain.
But I feel so lazy, so bloated and bleh. So until I find a way to exercise, I'm not going to be completely happy...

I love you all for being so positive and supportive!

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GOLOPTIOUS 6/30/2011 11:30AM

    *hugs*

This is just another obstacle and you will make it through, no matter how long it takes. Stay strong!

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STINASTEW 6/30/2011 11:06AM

    So sorry to hear all of this! I can't imagine being told I can't do anything physically...I know you say you don't like riding the bike, but if it's what you can do, maybe it will help you get to the point of feeling somewhat better & able to do other things...If you look at it like that, maybe it'll help you get motivated to do so. If it's in your budget, maybe try the local Y for the pool so you can use it year round. I believe they have discounted fees for students or young adults & sometimes have something you sign up for to help with costs. Just a thought. In the mean time, try to keep your head up!

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LIABOOTY 6/30/2011 10:14AM

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I hope you feel soon better. Stay positive everything will fall back in place very very soon

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NIKEOFSAMO 6/30/2011 10:06AM

    emoticon I'm so sorry, you'll get through this. There will always be a different way to reach your goals, you just have to find it. Bellydancing is a good idea you had, and I'm sure there's other activities like that out there. emoticon

When you feel you've hit rock bottom, the only place left to go is up! emoticon

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ASH1890 6/30/2011 9:48AM

    i cant say that i can understand where you are coming from because i havent had hardship like you speak of but i can lend an encouraging word if it helps. life takes us places that we would never imagine but we have to believe that when one door closes another one opens and there is a reason for everything. keep the faith in yourself and focus on the things that you can do. while I'm sure it is hard you must have strength to get through the bad times so you can get back to the good ones. my prayers are with you.

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WEEZIE30 6/30/2011 9:22AM

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