Saturday, August 27, 2011
It was a rough day from the get go! The usual lack of sleep, then waking up in a lot of pain. What the hay? These were more than just muscle aches!! I had pain even my hands which haven't bothered me for a long time. When RA has done all the damage it can, you are finally released from the pain, and that describes the mess that are my hands. I was due for my methotrexate, so I decided to take all my medications with breakfast first thing instead of exercising right away like I normally do. So I waited for anything to take effect, and waited, but other than a little loosening up, I was still hurting. So I got on the elliptical. Wow! Doesn't usually feel that bad. I kept going, hoping it would get better, some parts did, but by the end of 40 minutes of intervals, I was ready to keel over! So frustrating dealing with this uncooperative body!!! So I hit the shower, had lunch, and hobbled my way to the club. I was not going to give in and use my scooter. got to show the body who is boss here. It was another gorgeous, sunny warm day and I wanted to enjoy it! I did some club work and then schmoozed with some people. How nice of some people to welcome me back so warmly, saying the club isn't the same without me!! I went on to have a good game, coming first in my section and second over all, so a great tourney for me, with 2 firsts and a 2nd! Felt good, all though I still suffer some mental lapses with my lack of sleep. I forgot twice that a card had been played and as a result didn't get all the tricks I should have on two hands. I am normally not this bad, but I know my game has gone downhill because of the severe sleep deprivation. Its very hard on memory. I have to be careful to write things down where I can see them not to forget things like appointments and to do lists.
In spite of ride offers and people concerned about me walking on my slightly swollen foot, I refused them and enjoyed my walk home in the warm sunshine.
Still feeling awful after my supper medications, should be good for my sleep tonight lol. Oh well, its what you hand you were dealt and its up to you to play it the best you can! Never give up! Tomorrow is another day!
Good sleeps to all, and to those of you who may be affected by the storm, please stay safe, my thoughts are with you and yours!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I had the day off today. So I was going to see how I did with some longer cardio. I did my 30 minutes of intervals on the elliptical and felt pretty good. So I did my kickboxing DVD, the one that does 10 minutes segments, so that if I found one set too much, I could quit. The first was focusing on arms, so I felt confident with it. I could feel my muscle aches from the strength training yesterday though. There were cardio burst parts which I did high impact, but gently compared to my usual full force high pounding self. I quickly discovered my foot wasn't too happy with even the lower impacts and a couple of times I converted it to no impact (no jumps). So I did the next 10 minute segment which focused on kicks and lower body. Hello hip! I have missed your pain! Not! I guess the time off was giving my hip a rest and now that it was moving again, it wasn't too happy lol. I quickly forgot about what my foot was doing when the hip started going..I made it through that one and the last was core training. Go squats and waist twists and crunches! I could see my foot wasn't happy with the bob and weave and the pivoting of kicks and punches combinations. At the end of my workout, I couldn't help noticing I had a fat foot and my toes looked like little sausages. So I immediately put it up and iced both sides for an hour and 15 minutes. It was sore, but NOT painful, and that is the difference, but the Dr. said if its swells to back it off. So, less tomorrow, maybe just the elliptical and some upper body strength training. I was going to walk to the club today, but felt the foot had had enough, so took my cart out. I came home and had lunch, then fell into bed and was astonished that I had slept for three hours!! I guess all the lack of sleep occasionally wipes me out. I have had nothing but three and four broken hours for the last week, which is, unfortunately my usual :(
Now it is down to some overdue club work. I will do this last bit of work in my easy chair with the computer on my lap and my foot up as it does not need to be connected to the internet for this 'paper work' I will sit there relaxing, listening to some rocking music and my foot will be happy too! Data entry, the drudgery of my job.
Have a great evening and good sleeps and a Fantastic Friday!!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I have always had chronic lower back pain, so when I read a recent article on Spark that standard crunches and sit ups are bad for the lower back, I was 'crushed' to learn this :( Just Google this topic and you will see numerous fitness and health sites agreeing on this. But there are ways to get rid of the belly fat. The true and best way is to simply lose the fat by regular cardio and strength training. Naturally, the ab toners they DO recommend are the plank variants and also being on hands and knees (bird dog), which of course, I am unable to perform :( So maybe I am stuck with this permanent pot :( I have lost all the weight I can, can't afford any more, but I have a high body fat% because I lost muscle mass as well being unable to perform serious strength training because of my 5 lb lift limit..So you will never see any bikini photos of me, that is for sure, but also because I do have lots of loose, wrinkled skin as well. But I am still happy with my lighter weight and it feels good to have nice cardio fitness.
Today, I did the elliptical, my first cardio since my foot surgery, and it felt good. I can see where the layoff has taken out some of my fitness though, as I was slower than normal. I am chomping at the bit to get at my kickboxing DVD's, but as walking is still sore and slow, I can see I am not ready yet. I am getting a little impatient ;) I weighed in for my RA team and its 120, so happy with that.
I changed my tracker to reflect 30 minutes cardio daily instead of zero and was shocked that my calories jumped up to 1960 from 1650!! That is where they were for 60 minutes cardio daily, so I wonder if something has gone wrong there..
Anyway, it feels great to be doing SOMETHING again! My elliptical says I burned 287 calories in 1/2 hr, while Sparks shows 238 calories. My elliptical does take age, weight, height and sex into consideration, as well as resting heart rate, so I would tend to think its pretty accurate for me..
Came tied for 1st in my section at bridge today, but a low %, so no overalls this time either. One last try on Friday with a very good partner, but with whom I have not played with in months..
The new bridge electronic scoring system we have now is fun and efficient, making the director's job a lot easier, but it also means more sitting and less motion as you no longer have to go pick up slips and enter scores after each round. So this job has become more sedentary then active now :( This will be great while my foot is recovering, but boring when its fully healed and I am chomping at the bit to MOVE!
Wishing you all a good evening, great sleeps and a Terrific Thursday!
Keep on moving it and losing it!!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I did it! I walked back and forth to the bridge club today! it wasn't pretty, it wasn't fast, but I made it! Sitting down at the game allowed me to put my foot up so it didn't feel too bad for the return journey :)) So I got to enjoy the sunny, but too windy day a little bit. It usually takes me 15 minutes fast walking to get there, so 25 is a nuisance, but oh well.
My bridge partner Mary and I came 2nd overall of 16 tables at our club! But only 60%, which in the huge number of tables this tourney gets isn't a high enough score to get in the Western Conference Tournament overalls. This same game is played simultaneously over a lot of clubs in the western US and Canada, so you have to score really high to get in THOSE overalls. Tomorrow is another try with a different partner I only play once a month with..
I was able to unload 4 printing paper boxes full of bridge supplies myself, no problem and stack them on the proper shelves. I guess no one figured to do it because they didn't know where they go.
I am doing some laundry, then its foot up and ice time trying to finish the book I was reading..
Have a good evening and a wonderful Wednesday!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Couldn't have asked for a nicer finish for my stay at Mom's! perfect weather, indeed maybe a little too hot, but no complaints here. Started our morning off with another visit to the sand bar, and this time we were collecting recyclables as well as some garbage to take off the beach. I climbed up the bank to get at some old beer cans. Our take? Made $10 so we bought two slices of pizza for lunch. My first pizza in a very long time. I showed Mom I had no trouble climbing the steep banks :) Then we went down to the weir to look around and then also to the art gallery where there was a display of photographs of renowned photographer Courtney Milne. The subject? 40 photos of his back yard swimming pool!! He made it look interesting, I have to say! Well known people interpreted each photo, was some very nice prose. Milne had passed away in 2010.. After enjoying the calm backyard and garden, it was time to pack up and leave. Poor Mom, always hauling a lot of stuff for me, computer, groceries, clothes, etc.
Then I had to unpack everything, shower and have light supper of three veggies and the last of the beans from Mom's first effort at growing a veggie! They were good, but didn't thrive as her clay soil just doesn't grow much. They were mostly yellow wax beans as the green mostly never came up.
My foot is swollen and sore after my busy day, so time to get off it and on ice!
Good night, sweet dreams and have a Terrific Tuesday all!
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