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Never Giving Up!!

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!
Hugs,
Linda

  
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SILLYHP1953 9/8/2011 4:08PM

    Sometimes it sounds like you are punishing your body for not cooperating.
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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/27/2011 5:19PM

    Sorry to hear about your painful day. I fully understand and congratulate you on not giving in totally to the pain. I know how easy it is to do so. I hope you had a great night's sleep and feel much better today.

Congrats on doing so well with the tourney yesterday!

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POSITIVELY_EB 8/27/2011 1:38PM

    Thinking about you!!!

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JUNEAU2010 8/27/2011 11:00AM

    I hope today is much better for you!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/27/2011 7:38AM

    Linda, I just don't know if I would be as determined as you are if I had the challenges you face with your body! It's incredible how you press on in the face of extreme adversity, fighting your way through pain and still maintaining a cheerful, positive attitude! I'm sure you get frustrated, but you use that frustration to press on! How I wish we were neighbors! I would love to know you in person and spend time together! I hope your weekend is great and that you get some good sleep and less pain! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LEXIE63 8/27/2011 6:39AM

    Gentle emoticon
I admire your resolve not to let your body win during the tough days like this. Most of us would curl up in a ball I suspect. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx

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MUSIC66 8/27/2011 2:34AM

    hope you sleep better tonight.

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HAPPYNOW26 8/27/2011 1:54AM

    Sounds like you could use a warm hug and some wonderful, painfree sleep. emoticon emoticon

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SUNNYARIZONA 8/27/2011 1:30AM

    Oh boy , Linda, breaks my heart...you are so determined, and keep on pushing through, I do hope you can get pain relief and some decent sleep. I would not be human with so little sleep. How you do it is amazing....

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KNITTABLES 8/27/2011 1:07AM

    Wow I do hope you get all the sleep you need tonight. I admire your strength and will power. I had none today.

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60 Minutes Cardio!

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!!
Hugs,
Linda

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/27/2011 7:30PM

    Great job...glad you got some much needed sleep. So glad you are elevating and icing!! I know each day will be better for you.

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GIANTPANDA 8/26/2011 6:18PM

    I'm glad you are feeling better, getting more sleep, and finding a way to rest your foot.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/26/2011 10:10AM

    I'm glad you slept, Linda, and it's good to know you can do the cardio again! Be nice to yourself, though! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 8/26/2011 8:28AM

    Glad to hear you got some sleep - I'm confident you'll find a way to overcome that demon and reap the rewards!

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KNITTABLES 8/26/2011 6:32AM

    Wow, what a long workout you did. Hope the swelling goes down and your foot feels better. As you can tell I am wide awake, I only slept for one hour tonight. Take care and good luck with all that paper work. emoticon

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MUSIC66 8/26/2011 6:28AM

    hope you have a good weekend

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LUVSBULLDOGS 8/26/2011 12:05AM

    Your foot is not likin' the impact. Glad you backed off and got it up. It will heal. I've been neglecting my cardio, but I've been so behind in the garden. Trying to keep up. It won't be long until frost and it will all be over with for this year.

Sleep well.

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JUNEAU2010 8/25/2011 8:49PM

    Overall, a good day! Sleep, cardio and not a huge amount of pain. I like this!

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ITSERTIME 8/25/2011 8:34PM

  the sleep thing i late oh do I ever it is amazzzzing u do what u do.

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POSITIVELY_EB 8/25/2011 8:21PM

    Great job! Just remember to take it easy!!!!

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Crunches Bad For Lower Back :(

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!!
Hugs,
Linda

  
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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 8/25/2011 8:46PM

    Good to hear you are healing up so well - as for the lower back, there are specific exercises that can help it - my physical therapist says ab work is GOOD for my back problems so don't jump to conclusions based on an article - maybe it varies by which type of back pain it is but the PTs I've seen all say that lack of muscle tone, esp lack of core muscle strength, leads to back problems.
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POSITIVELY_EB 8/25/2011 1:46PM

    Glad you are back exercising!!!!

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LEXIE63 8/25/2011 12:57PM

    I'm sure the kickboxing will be all the sweeter for the wait, frustrating though I am sure it is for you at the moment. :-)
Shame about the crunches. Weird though, because it is my neck that prevents me from doing them. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/25/2011 11:34AM

    Linda, it's great to hear that you are able to do the elliptical and get moving again! I remember my ankle surgery, and it drove me NUTS waiting to be able to do something physical! I'm really glad you had a good day! emoticon

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LENIASTY 8/25/2011 9:52AM

    Yeah, give your body time to heal properly, otherwise all the pain and hardship you've been through to get where you are will be wasted!
While most of us like to reflect on things that we are missing or are not allowed or cannot do, one should pause for a while and just look at what you do have. My Mom's favourite saying was "there is always someone who has less than you, so if you are worrying that you have no shoes think of the person who has no feet". But I need not tell you that it is very helpful to always be positive - you constantly amaze me by all your achievements! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATIATM 8/25/2011 9:28AM

    Hmm ... I can believe it. When I do crunches, my lower back always "complains". I thought it was just because I have a weak core.

How much weight did you lose and over how long a time? I'm planning to lose more than half my body weight, and I'm wondering if I'll look like a sharpei when I'm done. emoticon

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KALIGIRL 8/25/2011 8:45AM

    Here's to moving! You are doing emoticon

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KNITTABLES 8/25/2011 1:33AM

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ENUFF81020 8/25/2011 12:10AM

    Hi Linda,
I know that you know the time will come for you to kickbox and do the other things you are craving. I think your current challenge is to take your newly healed body and do things you can do that will give you that exercise rush. Use the internet and this site and your other resources to look for things that suit your intensity and interest levels!

It's great that the electronic scoring system is working so well--and it sounds like another challenge might be coming your way there. You know you can handle it and turn things into exactly what you desire for yourself with a bit of creative thinking.

Gentle hugs coming your way!!
Sylvia

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SUNNYARIZONA 8/25/2011 12:03AM

    Oh dear, so sorry about the "pot". You are ALOT younger than I , so I figure mine is age related....though I do have high hopes of it being gone one day....

Understand about the body fat too. Must be some way to deal with it....

well, cardio fitness is really good for you. I know with being more fit, my resting pulse is usually in the 60's, which amazes me for a woman my age...

How long will it be before you can do the kick boxing again?


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ALLEY2300 8/24/2011 11:36PM

    Glad you seem to be healing well with your foot! Yay for being back on the elliptical! Keep taking it easy so you fully heal!

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MUSIC66 8/24/2011 11:34PM

    give your body time to heal take things slowly.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/24/2011 11:30PM

    Oh Linda, please give your body the necessary time it needs to heal completely. I know you are a "move it, move it, move it" girl but you will be back in the swing before you know it. Keeping you in my prayers...
Hugs,
Helen

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LUVSBULLDOGS 8/24/2011 11:00PM

    The spirit is willing, but the body isn't ready. It will be able soon. Give your body time to heal. Great placement at your bridge club. Woohoo.

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Tuesday's Triumphs!

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!
Hugs,
Linda

  
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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 8/25/2011 8:40PM

    Sounds like you are getting back to normal - wish you could bottle up some of that energy and send it to me, haha - I could really use it lately!
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LUVSBULLDOGS 8/24/2011 5:50PM

    Sounds like a very successful day. You did well playing bridge, you can walk to and from the club house, and you aren't whinning about the pain your foot is putting you through. Each day will improve a little.

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KALIGIRL 8/24/2011 8:41AM

    emoticonon your walking!
Please be sure to take care of yourself!

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MUSIC66 8/24/2011 7:58AM

    Thats great.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/24/2011 12:50AM

    Hurray! You sound like you're doing well! Great job today, Linda!

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LESLIES537 8/23/2011 10:22PM

    That's great! Good job on your walking AND bridge game! You're a star!! Keep on shining! emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 8/23/2011 9:32PM

    emoticon What a fabulous blog! AWESOME day!

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POSITIVELY_EB 8/23/2011 8:55PM

    Glad things are progressing!!!

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FIT-AT-50 8/23/2011 8:37PM

    Sorry to hear about your foot, but as always, I'm impressed by your persistence and determination -- Tenacity is a word that I LOVE and it absolutely describes my Canadian SPark friend!




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Marvelous Monday -Home Again!

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!
Hugs,
Linda

  
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SILLYHP1953 9/8/2011 4:03PM

    I'm sure you're happy to be back home.

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 8/25/2011 8:42PM

    Sounds like a great day - and wow, I thought not-too-long-ago that it would be months before I'd read a blog like this from you - amazing recovery!!
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MUSIC66 8/24/2011 7:58AM

    glad your back home again.

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SUNNYARIZONA 8/23/2011 6:28PM

    HA....too hot??? 104??? That what it is here at 3pm! BUT it IS dry heat!!!

You and your mom are dickens....I too like to clean up trails....don't see alot, but when I do, I stop and pick it up! Good for you! Goodness, but I never make any money at it. WOW....$10 is a LOT!

40 photos of ones backyard swimming pool???? GOOD grief, that is very strange!

I am sure your mom is perfectly happy to help you HAUL your stuff. You and your mom have a thing!!!

Odd she would have trouble growing beans. I mean flowers do so well there. Odd.....the soil in Douglas, grew some GREAT green beans!!! I did not do anything to the soil either....Az. soil is not real condusive to growing veggies without some help.

YES, keep that foot up!!! HAPPY HOME TIME!!!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 8/23/2011 5:28PM

    Glad you had a good hike with your mom. Doesn't pizza taste good once in a while.

Have a great night.

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LEXIE63 8/23/2011 1:15PM

    Nice to see you're back home. Don't overdo it! *wags finger* LOL
Hugs,
Lex xxx

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DLEDBETTER11 8/23/2011 9:44AM

    It is great that you are so close to your Mom. Unfortunately - I live 280 miles away from my family. Who knows, maybe some day soon I'll be in a position to move back closer to them!

Enjoy your time together!

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KALIGIRL 8/23/2011 9:05AM

    Sounds like a FABULOUS day!

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DEDICATED2HIM 8/23/2011 3:06AM

    hi LInda,
You are doing GREAT as always! Are you able to walk easily now? using crutches or anything? Seems like you did a lot of traveling as usual when you were at "mom's" despite your recent surgery. You continue to inspire me. I've been "hanging around" Spark, reading, visiting people and some message boards, but not tracking or exercising right now. Need to get back to it...if only I could get my body on board with the idea! I should be at least tracking if I'm not able to exercise. Maybe I'll make that a goal for this coming week. Good to see you blogging as always.

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