Thursday, August 09, 2012
Cause when push comes to shove
You taste what you're made of
You might bend till you break
Cause its all you can take
On your knees, you look up
Decide you've had enough
You get mad, you get strong
Wipe your hands, shake it off
Then you Stand.
I was listening to music on the pc today, deciding what else to put on my phone....
Stand ~ by Rascal Flatts
This makes me think about all of us here, taking a stand.
I couldn't do this without you all.
Thank you for helping me to stand.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
I got my xray results from the doctor today for my knees and hips.
My left knee, the source of my irritation and concern. There is nothing wrong with the joint, with my right knee either incidentally, the only thing physically wrong with my knee is arthritis.
He said the pain is either from that, or from my sciatic, or a combination of both.
The occasional pains in my hips are not from my hips either, lol! My hip joints are perfect on the xrays, but he said there is "an anomalous joint formation" in my L5-S1 joint, where the pelvis joins it... which means pretty much nothing for the joint itself (right now), but definitely explains my hip pains....again, either that, my sciatic or a combination....
He also poked me in the IT bands and declared them fine, lol!
We also talked about the fact that I am asking SO much from my lower joints, and the expected pains that come with that. He also pointed out that its a bit of a catch 22, I have to exercise to lose weight to help my joints....which is going to hurt for awhile.
I am continuing on with my pain meds for now as needed.
Now for the great news...
I am still allowed to run/walk/anything I want and anything that my knees and hips agree with. If they start paining too much, back off again.
He gave me a script for a knee brace because I cannot find an ace bandage that is comfortable enough. The medical supply store pharmacy place was closed by the time we got there though. Will have to make a run during lunch tomorrow.
My blood pressure which was always pretty good and consistent usually around 120/80-ish was only 100/70 today.
I asked about pre-workout eating, he advised protein heavy instead of carb heavy (dangit!)
We also talked about the amount of carbs I get during the day and I told him that most of my carbs are coming from fruit instead of the bread and rice and pasta that I wanted to stuff my face with!
He said since my carbs weren't so much from processed foods, that my balance of carb/protein/fats was doing good.
Tonight was a night off from jogging so the beau and I went for a walk. Our furthest yet. 1.74 miles with a pace of 20'32.
In a few weeks (when it starts to cool off here a little bit in the evenings), I am going to walk 5k to get a base time for myself and work from there.
I told my beau that I AM GOING TO do a 5k by the end of the year even if I had to crawl it. This is my first major goal and I WILL DO IT!
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
I DID IT!!!!
90/60/60 on my jog intervals tonight!!!!!!!! HELL YES!!!!!!
The first 90 jog was easier than I thought. My beau is my timekeeper and when he signaled 55 seconds, I waved him off and just said 'No, 90 this time.'
2 minute walk time and the second jog interval ended up on an uphill...I managed a full 60 seconds going UPHILL!
By the 3rd jog we had turned around and hit the same damn hill from the other side! I made it 60 on that side too!!!!!
I am so excited! If my legs weren't worn out I would be jumping around for joy!!!!! Not ONLY did I lengthen my first jog interval, AND complete a full minute on the second two...but I also added on almost another half mile to our distance! We ended up with a distance of 1.43 miles....OH! AND.......I dropped my pace to under 20 minutes again!!!!
I am just beside myself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, August 05, 2012
I am going to do what I set out to do!
August weight/fitness goals:
Complete 1500+ minutes of fitness.
Lose 10 pounds.
Lost 2 more inches from my waist.
Relaxing through the stresses in my life right now.
Bringing my mood swings back under control.
Being more patient with others.
Working on improving my memory...such as remembering to bring water during jogging!
Tonight my beau and I went out for c25k walk/jogging. I have been slowly working my way back up to being able to complete my 1 minute jog intervals and have been paying special attention to my knee while i am doing it.
I had NO knee pain today, even with all the standing I did yesterday...I got my phone upgrade and switched a whole bunch of things around on our calling plan which resulted in NO fitness minutes yesterday, because I ended up standing around Radio Shack for 2+ hours.
I love my new phone and the people at RS were funny and awesome so it was alright.
Before going out tonight, I stretched everything out then wrapped my knee with an ace bandage for support and pulled on both of my ankle braces. We took off and I was able to do my usual 3 jogging intervals at 1 minute each! With NO complaints from my knee, my hips, my back, OR my butt!!!!! I actually probably could have run a 4th interval but am trying to be careful.
As long as my knee holds out, I will spend next week on c25k week one.
My beau started talking smack after we got home and since tomorrow is a no jogging day, I told him that I will be serving up a big ole helping of whoop ass on horseshoes on the Kinect tomorrow.
He had the nerve to make some smart comment about that so tomorrow...
ITS ON LIKE DONKEY KONG!!!!!!
*Insert primal warrior scream here* YYYEAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!
Saturday, August 04, 2012
This is my dad.
Today would have been his 65th birthday. He has been gone for 6 years now and while it hurts my heart every single day, special days are particularly tough.
We grew up mainly with my dad, mom was only an occasional part of the picture. Not faulting anyone, its just how it was.
We didn't have a storybook life. My dad was a blue collar worker and while he was not home for a good deal of the day, he was still such a huge part of our life.
We could always depend on him, especially for the important things. It seems like that should be a given in any parent/child relationship, but sadly, thats not always the way it is.
He had a way of teaching life lessons by letting you learn them, not necessarily the hard way, but in the way of "Here are your options. Here is my opinion and why I feel this way. And, here is my support in your decision."
My dad had a GREAT sense of humor, always full of laughs and he had a great laugh that started in his belly and worked its way out. It was a good honest laugh that always touched his eyes.
Dad was always a big guy, but as he got a bit older and had to deal with diabetes and his diet changed for the better, he dropped about 80 pounds which still left him technically overweight but much happier and much more pain free....also quite amused as he had to start wearing padding when he played Santa.
He had played Santa for the last several years of his life and got the biggest giggles when kids would come up to him year round and ask 'Are you HIM?'
I know my dad would be proud of me and what I have done so far, and I know he would be supportive with how far I still have to go too.
All I can do on days like today is to remember how it was to have him as my dad, my friend, my protector, and my biggest supporter in everything I did and everything that I do.
I know that every day that I am frustrated with changing my diet,
Every time I wear myself out exercising,
Every sore muscle that I complain about (and I DO complain! Just ask my beau!)...
Every inch I drop from my waist,
Every pound that I drop,
Every day that I have the found-again ABILITY to do some task whether it be a chore or recreation....
Every challenge found and every victory...
I know he is still here cheering me on, I know because my heart still feels him.
Happy birthday, Dad, I miss you so much.
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