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I'm Back (long posting) ***UPDATES***

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

So, I'm back again.

I haven't been kind to myself and my body got mad at me. I am currently recovering from lower back, both knees, and right ankle injuries. The only thing really bothering me still are my knees. In order to keep my back happy, I started using the foam roller. Sadly, I don't use it nearly as much as I should. :( After everything, I still don't stretch very often.

Allow me to reiterate what I have always known, but don't always do==> STRETCHING IS IMPORTANT.

Well, I almost always stretched after every run, but when running as much as I was, the amount of stretching has to match. See, I got the original injury --the back injury-- because (1) I didn't increase my mileage incrementally and (2) because I wasn't stretching accordingly. I would like to believe increasing from running 20 miles/week to running 40 miles/week in one week (preparing for a marathon) wouldn't have been such a bad idea if I'd increased from stretching abt 1.5 hours a week to at least 3 or 4. Unfortunately, I will never know. While it was a lot of fun to run 40 miles/week, I know I have to build back up to it like a responsible adult. lol

So, on top of being injured and still not stretching, I was urged by a doctor to not run the upcoming marathon. Did I listen? lol Of course not. By mile 10, I wanted to cry and wished an infirm van was following me so I could quit. Did I quit? Yes. I had to-- I started feeling pain in places I didn't know pain could come from and I recognized the lower back (that I was ignoring) was sending pain to other places I couldn't ignore. After running 13.1, I finally listened. The doctor had given me great medicines the week before and I considered medicating before or even halfway through the run. But, I don't like taking meds unless I have to and I incorrectly believed my lower back wasn't THAT angry with me. Clearly, I was wrong about my lower back. lol

So, that marathon was on Dec 18th and here it is, Feb 8th and I still cannot run. The doctor told me, after another visit, that I cannot run another marathon for one to two years until my knees have healed. I almost cried. He told me the 2nd marathon I had scheduled for Feb 11th absolutely wasn't going to happen. In order to keep me honest, he told me he'd had to tell runners who ignored his advice and subsequently injured themselves again, that they would never again be able to run. He had to refer them to the pool. *gasp* I like the pool, but not when its my only option. Still tho, I ALMOST ignored him until the physical therapist --3 weeks after seeing the doctor-- almost failed at not laughing at me when I asked about running my Feb marathon. This happened during my initial appt 3 weeks ago.

Sooooo, I haven't been able to run since November (except for that one day in December when I ignored the doc's advice), but I continued to eat like I was running. I've gained pounds (but not in any of the places I could've used Since I discovered the love of running, it took over my life and there's pretty much nothing else I love to do. That makes it hard to workout.

I started a kickboxing class when I moved to California and fell in love with it. I did the class 5 days/week and ran 5 days/week. When I got up to 20 miles/week, I stopped the class. So, once my knees and lower back started cooperating, I went into the gym and started up again with the heavy bag. I would foam roll after every session so my back wouldn't hate me the next day. After 2x b/c pain started kicking in, I realized you do need your knees in order to kickbox. lol I backed off of the heavy bag and became good friends with the speed bag.

When I first started with the speed bag, I was TERRIBLE. I mean horribly terrible. lol It took about 3 sessions to really get it together. I'm still not as fast as the men that use the speed bag, but I have reason to suspect they've been using it more than just a couple of weeks. lol I try to go every Tues & Thurs (to the gym near me, not to the one where I was doing the kickboxing) to hit the speed bag and do a few kicks. I'm proud that my speed bag sessions are easily b/t 1-1.5 hours. Last time I went (didn't go yesterday), I even jumped rope (on a heavily padded mat & with running shoes on) for about 12 minutes. I think it was 15 minutes with the breaks. You'll be happy to know my knees didn't hate me after that. :-)

I started lifting weights again. Okay, I thought about starting weight lifting again. I tried to start a few months ago, but the men in the gym kinda looked at me like I was alien. I don't know why, but it made me feel uncomfortable and I stopped. Two nights ago, I pulled out my dumbbells and did one exercise for my triceps. I was HORRIFIED at how low I had to set the weight. All of my progress, gone. To be fair, most of my progress was made in 2009. I haven't really lifted seriously since then. I did P90X and Insanity several times since then and I suspect that's the only reason why my arms didn't turn to complete mush.

I said all of that to say, because I was stupid and caused my own injuries, I am now trying to get back into working out while doing something other than running. Unfortunately, the pool here is not open, or I would've been ALL over it. So, weight lifting again on MWF. Yes! Speed/heavy bag on T/Th. Yes! Stretching & foam roller every day. Yes! Biking (that I dislike) on T/Th. Yes!

(Can you believe the physical therapist told me to bike for 10 minutes a day to see how my knees feel and if they feel normal, to increase in 5 minute increments??? Doing so little is killing me!)

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TESSA321 5/28/2012 2:16PM

    What an encouraging blog you've written. I was just trying to get myself back in the game, and have used your blog and Sydney's comments as a way of motivating me to get back in the gym. Thank you all for your encouragement. Tessa

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    So remember that song? "your leg bone is connected to your hip bone..."

So your back and your abs/core are connected, in your original post you talk about wanting to be rid of your belly-just like women who are preggers and suffer back injuries so goes women with weak abs or belly weight.

I blew one knee at 27 and that was long enough ago that they said, no running. Almost 20 years later as I only took up running two years ago the doctors are, "hey, if you can do it, do it and we'll give you this cortisone shot to take the edge off" All of my previous knee injuries have resulted in big time arthritis of my left knee and at 46 I don't think it's funny to be a human barometer(my knee hurts, it's going to rain)

You can train to run without I'm not drunk. There is a whole book and philosophy about running faster and running less. I did my one and only half last October, it was too hard on my knees to train and a miserable run. I stick to 10K's now and collect the cool t-shirts and still have fun. I do all my training on a treadmill at the gym, on an incline(easier for my knees) because it's bouncy. I replace my sneakers every 500 miles and I go for cushion and stability over cute or style, check out the lime green ones I sport on my spark page. Beats the heck out of the Brooks I used for my half training.

I don't run more than 3 miles except for a race but as soon as I finish 3 miles running I pop onto an elliptical and do my other 3 miles(low incline, easier for knees) the one with the moving arms at the same pace I run. Ergo when I do a 10K I can go all 6 miles even though I haven't run 6 miles. Like you I carry my weight well and really fit with 10% body fat before kids I weighed 170 and the boys at the fair, always guessed 140-150. Currently I'm at 186, I have a triathlon(Sprint Distance) in June. When I originally hurt my knee my ortho doc explained that all knees are designed to carry 150 pounds whether you are 4 foot 1 or 7 feet. For every ten pounds OVER that you exponentially increase the pressure on your knees, which wears them down faster.

You can combat the pressure to your knees by weighing 150 pounds, probably not going to happen for this girl! Or you can build up all your muscles supporting your knee, a muscle cast for lack of a better word. Your friend needs to be the weight rack at the gym. You need to learn how to do MODIFIED Squats, lunges etc to build leg strength, core strength and back strength...while you're at it-may as well take your arms along for the ride!?

You sound like you have enough sass to stare down the dudes at the gym BUT if you don' need to hire a GREAT TRAINER who's worked with injured athletes to learn HOW TO WORK OUT CORRECTLY. Then you can swagger into the gym and start building some strength. Running 26.2 miles makes you an athlete so treat yourself like one! Also, 80% of being an athlete is DIET so eat like you are training...protein after a work out, a few carbs before. Don't give up, just change it up! Sydney

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WAYAMINA 3/5/2012 9:00PM

  Welcome Back!

Thanks for sharing your story and keep on progressing and thanks for the motivation.

I'm getting back at again myself and each day is a new day to move forward.

Good Luck!

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I'm baaaaaack!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Took long enough didn't it? lol

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THEALEXIS 2/8/2012 11:19PM

    Thanks Gigi!

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GIGI09 6/19/2010 1:51PM

    Welcome back

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Need Motivation?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It has been said that anything you do for 7 days becomes a habit. With that said...

(1) Commit for a few mins a day, it will develop into more mins down the line (like 10-15 mins a day).

(2) Start slow so you don't dread exercising (like walking slow).

(3) Mark on a calendar every day you work out, no matter how short of a time you work out.

(4) Make a list of exercise goals and how you will reward yourself with each achieved goal (like me buying new running shoes when I was able to cut significant time off of my half marathon).

(5) Make a list of (health) benefits you will receive by working out. Place the list where you will see it (on the fridge perhaps), so you are more likely to go work out.

(6) Make a list of reasons why you want to be healthy (like staying alive to enjoy your kids growing up). Place it somewhere visible.

(7) Tell someone that you know will support you what your goals are... make sure its someone that will hold you accountable. (I am more than willing to be that person for you if you have no one or prefer not to tell those close to you right now.)

(8) Check my page-- I have lost a total of 85lbs and have increased my fitness level so much its almost unbelievable.

(9) If you do #8, imagine yourself having your own successes and becoming motivation for someone else to workout and increase their health (could be someone online or someone you see everyday whom you might not be aware is paying attn to you).

(10) Remember, every bit of exercise you do benefits YOU. You are worth it, so take the time to prove to yourself that you are worth it. Like I said earlier, even if its only walking slow for 10 mins a day. Trust me, you will start walking faster and for longer time periods.

(11) Keep track of how long it takes you to do something, what level you do it on, and/or how fast you do it. Maintain it for 1-3 weeks and then try to beat it. Like the half marathon I mentioned earlier. I've only done it twice, but the first time I did it, it took me about 150 mins. A week later I did it again & shaved about 7 mins off of my time. :-) (If you walk for 10 mins today, aim for 12-15 mins the next week.)


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BREEZE70 4/30/2009 7:08AM

    Hi Thealexis
Thanks for the encouraging words. I need to try that 7 day thing because lord I can fall of the wagon. lol. You are doing great with your progress.

Have a blessed day!

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4ME2DO 4/29/2009 2:25PM

    I have hit my first Plateau and need all the help and motivation you are willing to give...your page is inspirational and leave me wanting so much more...any help, support, words, old gym shoes you are willing to support me with is welcomed. Thanks in advance my sister, because I feel you will be a great deal of help to me.

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My High

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I was never one for trying drugs and have never been able to understand the thought process of people who try drugs because they want to see how it feels, especially after everyone knew the havoc that drugs wreak on people. However, my reserve to say no to drugs didn't stop me from occasionally wondering what the high was like. Ladies and gentlemen, I think I've (legally) figured out how the high feels.

The feeling I get when I complete a mile in 7 1/2 minutes AND am able to keep running (although at a much slower pace), has got to be comparable to the high drug users feel. I feel relaxed and energetic at the same time. I'm so pumped that I've gotten to the point where I can run a 7 1/2 min mile without falling out afterwards!!!

Now, the trick is to be able to run 2 miles at the 7 1/2 mile pace and then eventually, to run 2 miles in 14 mins. Ultimately, I would love to be able to run 5 miles at 7 mins per mile and to be able to complete a marathon at an 8-min mile pace. If it ends up being a 9-min mile pace I promise I won't cry.... at least not tears of sadness. lol

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ANGELNOOK2 3/6/2009 11:02PM

  You are simply AMAZING and a true inspiration! Congrats on your progress.


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MACECIA 2/23/2009 9:58PM

  Wow your progress has been awesome!! You should be so proud of yourself!! Others should look up to you and your progress

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CTINAARTISTA 2/4/2009 9:52PM

    wow -- i've never even THOUGHT of running 7 min miles. i think i ran 8 minute ones when i was a kid on the track team... and that was a LONG time ago. but seriously, why NOT run 7 min miles ? you are amazing! and very inspiring!

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SYNCHRODAD 2/4/2009 6:41AM

    You might be into weight lifting, but you've got some significant bio here! Wow! I am shooting for a 12 minute mile and 7 1/2 is only a dream. Of course I am 67 and in re-entry mode to fitness after a 30 year layoff, so I don't know where I will end up. Congrats on motivator and the example you set.

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TBABY912 2/4/2009 2:06AM

    your progress is amazing!

i know the feeling as my first was goal to run just 1 mile. i've gotten up to three miles but at a slow pace of about twice your pace :)


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From 250lbs to 168lbs, 82lbs LOST - My Journey

Monday, November 10, 2008

When I started my journey February 2008, my main concerns and goals were to achieve a higher level of fitness and eat healthier. Actually, to eat healthier was my main goal. A higher level of fitness was an afterthought. :- )

February 2008 (started @ 250lbs)
I started out by walking to the subway stop (approx 2 miles away) near my house every morning. Once I got to work I would go into the gym for an hour and walk some more. I'd then take a shower and go to my desk before my shift started. In the evening, I would walk home from the subway, change into workout clothes, and walk for another hour before going in the house to relax. During this same time, I started eating healthy. I slowed down drastically on eating junk foods.

March 2008
I found Sparkpeople (it was recommended by a friend) and joined. I started logging the food I ate and the exercise I completed. At the same time, I completely stopped eating junk food. I started walking longer times on the treadmill.

April & May 2008 (ended @ 200lbs)
I increased my time on the treadmill, started walking at an incline of 4, and exercising during my lunch (I was fortunate enough to be able to eat lunch at my desk). I also started doing Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred.

June 2008
I stopped exercising and trying to lose weight so I could focus on lifting weights and building muscle. I ended up exercising a little bit and lifting weights a little bit while eating maintenance calories instead of weight loss calories.

July & August 2008 (@ 180lbs sometime in August)
Seriously focused on lifting weights and ended up building a lot of muscle. :-) I was also still eating maintenance calories.

Sept & Oct 2008 (still 180lbs @ the end of September)
I stopped lifting weights and went back to doing cardio heavy so I could start losing weight again & eating weight loss calories (not as low as before since I'd recently been eating maintenance calories). I realized (silly me) about mid-October that my newfound & favorite hobby of running was making me lose inches instead of pounds and so I stopped running (quite sad about that, but for my sanity, I cannot continue to lose inches).

Nov 2008 (@ 168lbs on 4 Nov)
Now that I'm done with losing weight, I am back to eating maintenance calories and running. I intend to run 2 miles twice a week and 6 miles once a week.

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TRAGOESHARD 8/10/2009 2:04PM

    WAY TO GO!!! I'm so proud of you!! You are my new inspiration!! :) emoticon

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SUNSHINES1WIFE 2/4/2009 2:30PM

    Congratulations on reaching your goal!!! You really are an inspiration to others, including myself. I weigh a bit more than you did starting out but you did it and that gives me the motivation and inspiration that I can do it too! Thank you so much and again, congratulations! You look wonderful!!!!

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LYNN227 2/4/2009 2:02PM

  Good for you!!!! I am so happy that people like you who reached their goal can inspire others to do the same. Thanks for sharing your story. All the best in maintaining your weight.

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WAITING2EXHALE 2/4/2009 10:23AM

    Congratulations! You are most definitely a SP Motivator. You have inspired me to get up and get moving. Thank you so much!

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WANT2LUVME 2/4/2009 9:12AM

    I'm so glad that you were featured today because I really thought about giving up because I never seem to be able to kick this weight problem. You have given me the needed motivation to get up and do what I have to do to win my victory. Thanks and congratulations on a journey well traveled. You are one of my hero's.

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JOURNEY36 12/16/2008 1:24PM

    Are we allowed to say just amazing , maybe we should say powerful, I just don't know the right word to say to you. I know maybe, it's you are my hero, naw that sound like I am worshipping you. What is the right word or words to say, at this moment. I know, you did it. Thank you so much for doing it and doing it the right way. Congratulations and you look Fabulous. Wow what a transformation. Look what you can accomplish, with God on your side.

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MYKIDS11 12/12/2008 9:43PM

  You should be so proud of your self i can't even imagine how you feel. keep up the good work and congrats on your transformation. emoticon

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KAYEREADER 12/10/2008 8:43PM

    Congratulations. You have had an amazing journey!

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TOTALREDO2013 11/15/2008 1:00AM

    Conratulations on reaching your goal!!!!

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SIEMPREBONITA 11/12/2008 4:01PM

  Your personal journey is inspirational Alexis! ;o) It is very reassuring to hear that with nutrition and exercise any goal (no matter how large) is attainable.


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JCL129 11/11/2008 8:44AM

    Girl, you are awesome!!

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