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Much needed day of rest.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Yesterday I did...nothing.
No stretches.
No jogging.
No resistance band.
Nothing but work, make dinner, watch the Olympics, and then to bed.

It made me kind of antsy but I just kept thinking that it would be good for my knee to get a good rest.
I only had a little bit of pain in it during the day today...a nice change from the sick, squeezing, pulling pains that lasted for a couple hours at a time!

This evening my beau and I did a half and half at the gym. 30 minutes in the gym and 30 in the pool. It went GREAT!
I did .5 mile on the stationary bike, restretched my calves and shins and got on the treadmill....one minute of walking, one minute jogging, and NO complaints from my knee!
Two minutes walking and I was able to do ANOTHER minute jogging! It felt so good! And while my knee was complaining this interval, it wasn't as bad. I finished up my rounds in the gym and hurried to change into my shorts for the pool.
It felt wonderful to jump in, but I miss my music in the water....I don't think the silver swim class would have appreciated me blasting 80's music all around their get together on the other side of the pool, lol!
Walked .5 mile in the pool in 30 minutes and I was DONE!

My knee was pretty sore but not bad enough to even wrap it up. After we got home, I popped dinner into the oven, put on my nice warm jammies, put my feet up and here I sits!

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KAREN608 8/3/2012 5:54PM

    Do you think your knee is improving with use? Wonderful. Warm jammies? In August?

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GETSALONG 8/3/2012 5:47PM

  emoticonSparktacular! sometimes R&R (rest & recovery) works like magic!

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JACQUEBO 8/3/2012 4:18PM

    Our bodies demand that we rest once in a while. Good job in listening to yours. Have a great weekend

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POSITIVELY_EB 8/3/2012 11:50AM

    Sounds like your body needed a day off! Good for you!


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RRBSKI 8/3/2012 12:53AM

    Great Job!!! So glad the knee is getting better...and.....so glad "Squirrel" won the gold in the Women's Gymnastics. All the best and have a great Friday

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LANAHAUTH21 8/2/2012 11:41PM

  Good for you.

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New need?

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

After spending 9 hours in a mild panic attack at work today, on top of everything else (I hate month end at work!), I am feeling much better after a 45 minute round at the gym.

We had planned on walking in the pool this evening. After taking it easy all of last week because of my knee, I had a very low level pain day (maybe due to actually taking a half of a pain pill this morning), even with the panic chemicals floating around in my body all day, I felt like I just needed a shot of endorphins. I NEEDED the accomplishments.

I started off with my usual stretches to get everything going, put on some Kid Rock on my headphones and blasted my ears off (figuratively speaking of course)

I tested my knee out with a mile on the stationary bike, stretched my calves and shins again on the cool little rocker thingy they have there, and checked out the treadmill.
I walked for a couple of minutes and couldn't resist any more....got the speed up for a jog and breezed through 60 seconds, slowed it back down to a walk and then my knee woke up asked what the fudge did I think I was doing?!

I tried out the elliptical again...I tried it several months ago and my hip joints can't handle the shape of that movement, and found that they still cannot, lol, so the elliptical will remain permanently OUT of my routine.
I moved on to the thigh adductor and abductor machines, 3 sets of 15 with 30 pounds for each.
Chest press 3 sets of 7 with 10 pounds (thats the sissy setting!)
Curls 2 sets of 7 with 10 pounds (I never have had any upper body strength)
The pull down bar thingy (don't know what its called but it works the back muscles), that one I can do 3 sets of 15 with 30 pounds.

Followed everything up with a quarter mile cool down back on the stationary bike followed by stretches and ice on my knee when I got home....just in case.

After it was all said and done, I am favoring my knee only slightly and my calves are still quite sore....I think they have been bothering due to being a bit overambitious in the pool on Saturday.

I am still going to take it slowly and not risk damage to my knee, if it is my knee and not my sciatic or something else, either way...I am not going to risk damaging anything. Tomorrow is an evening at home with stretching and resistance bands only, and Thursday we will actually go walking in the pool again. No more heavy stuff or jogging until Saturday at the very earliest.

I feel much better, feeling very accomplished and a bit more at ease about life in general.
I am proud of my solid 45 minutes at the gym and for making a healthy dinner after I got home and resisting/avoiding the carb overload that the room mate made for dinner. I made a turkey burger with lots of fennel and savory in it, along with asparagus and green onions steamed in a bit of chicken broth.

I knew I was an endorphin aficionado before....but I think I am quickly approaching junkie level!

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KAREN608 8/3/2012 5:51PM

    Wow! work out that stress! I just picked up large sticks for an hour or two and the back of my legs are screaming at me. Amazing job!

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TRIPLEL1977 8/1/2012 9:41PM

    Can I borrow some of your energy?

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JACQUEBO 8/1/2012 11:10AM

    Good job. Which gym do you belong to? I got in 10 mins on the treadmill at home, and did some free weight work. I need to concentrate on my stretching more. I can relate to the knee issues. I've had them for years. Sciatica wouldn't bother just the knee, but it could be the issue in the hips. Stretching is the best thing, next to massage for it. Anti inflammatories help in a pinch, but stretching is the best. I've had it for close to 30 years now and that is my opinion. If I keep my stretches up I rarely have an issue with it.

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ADARKARA 8/1/2012 7:42AM

    Well done!

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YESCURLYCAN 8/1/2012 4:42AM

  Sounds like you had a great time despite the bad news earlier today. You are making great strides and good idea to be mindful of your knee :) SPark on!

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RRBSKI 7/31/2012 11:58PM

    GREAT workout!!!!! Lots of calorie burning muscles above the waist too...fantastic job. Supper sounds great too..YUM YUM. All the best to ya and sure hope that knee gets better...you're being very smart about not aggravating it (course that's my opinion and it won't get you a cup of coffee) emoticon emoticon

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I have been working so hard over the last few months at not being stressed out.
My beau lost his job yesterday and I am not dealing very well right now.
My son lost his job a couple weeks ago and should be starting a new job this week, but we are going to have to help him out with his rent that is due...oh, tomorrow. Our rent is ok to wait until Friday. Our room mate only pays her share when she feels like it. She has been with us for a few months and only paid us about 300.00....150 of that we had lent to her to pay her storage locker fees when she first moved in.

I KNOW he will get a job soon, but the panic is still here. I can't figure out whether I feel like eating, over eating, or under eating. Stress does that to me.

I only hope that my work day goes smoothly and I can work off some of the panic energy at the pool tonight without hurting anything else.

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GRAMMACATHY 8/2/2012 1:07AM

    Hope you snacked on some chewing gum and a healthy slushie. Hang in there. We are thinking about you.

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IM2READY 7/31/2012 8:52PM

    Eating is definitely not the answer. That will just compound things for you and you don't want that. We are here for you! You have been doing great and you need to stay strong. You can do it! Hoping all will fall right back into place for your family.

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GRAMTOTWO 7/31/2012 1:13PM

    Sorry to hear about all your stress. The economy has been tough for quite a few years now and hopefully the job market is better where you are. No income for me since early 2010. Stress certainly does make this journey more difficult but just stay focused and turn to Spark friends when you need to. Keeping you and yours in thoughts and prayers :)

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RRBSKI 7/31/2012 12:18PM

    Sympathize with ya on the stress; easier said than done but....is overeating going to solve the problems...or....is staying the course going to help you in these situations on down the line. All the best in the job searches. Wishing you all the best emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Maybe its not my knee after all!!!!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

I just had a thought...maybe my actual knee isn't the problem, even though that's where it hurts.

My beau has extreme and constant pain over his shoulder and down his arm....after a couple of years of misdiagnosis' we found out that he has cervical spinal stenosis and we are to the point now of waiting for surgery for him to correct this....its the nerves that begin in his neck/spinal column, that are being pinched and causing the pain that actually hits in his arm.

When I got up this morning, my back was sore....I have bulging disc in between L4-L5 and L5-S1....I also have a lot of trouble with my sciatic nerve....that begins there and where does it run? From my behind, down my legs! That stupid nerve runs right behind the knee!

Of course I will wait to be sure of what the xrays and stuff say when I go to the doctor again, but if they don't turn up anything definite, I will bring up the problem with my sciatic and see what he thinks about that.

In the meantime, I can work on my back issues and get the right stretches done for that problem and if nothing else, I can get some relief there!

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KAREN608 8/3/2012 5:56PM

    Me & my sciatic nerve have our issues. Sigh. I have to go to chiropractor every 2 weeks or my left foot goes completely numb and my hands too. If I wait 3 weeks I am miserable. Glad you are getting more fit and working through your issues!

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GETSALONG 7/29/2012 3:34PM

  emoticonhope they can find & fix what it is! sciatica is tuff stuff too! hang in! your alternative workout/other areas is sparktacular! way to do what you can :)

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TXGRANDMA 7/29/2012 12:42PM

    Stretching and strengthening will help! I am betting it IS related to the sciatica. Good Luck! emoticon

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RRBSKI 7/29/2012 12:36PM

    I have a brother that gets his back "tuned up" once a year at a chiropractor to keep his neck and shoulders from hurting. Best of luck...pain sucks.

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That was different!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Walked a mile in the pool in the 4 ft section, lol, I can do a mile outside in about 20 minutes...in the pool it took an hour and 15 minutes!
My knee is ok I think, its been sore all day and now its tired too, but I haven't got that sharp pain that I had before.

Wonder if I burned that more calories. Tomorrow is a walk outside since the gym is closed and maybe whippin some tail on horseshoes on the kinect...

Enjoy your weekend and the Olympics, if you are watching them!

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    emoticon girl!

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RRBSKI 7/28/2012 7:37PM

    I'd think walking in water would burn more calories... water resistance. Definately enjoying the Olympics. Have a great one.

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MSKITYOCAT 7/28/2012 6:16PM

  Keep on keeping on, Blessings

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SBNORMAL 7/28/2012 6:05PM

  Walk the talk, the miles in the water is probably more since you were in so long. You might want to check out the fitness tracker!!

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