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Deal or No Deal?

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Thursday, August 02, 2012



I was SO scared walking into that ortho office today. I mean, I really got myself all worked up. They brought me back to the doc's office and I waited and waited. The longer I sat there in that silent room, the more my imagination went wild and my stomach had a huge knot in it.

Finally, Dr. Reeves came in and sat down and said he had the results of the MRI. I was half closing my eyes, half looking at him...just waiting for the fateful words. These words would decide so much of my near future...and I wasn't sure I wanted to hear them.

The next few minutes felt like that game show "Deal or No Deal". It was like Dr. Reeves was Howie Mandel and I had just selected Case #6 (because that's my number).

Howie: Open up that case, Svetlana!

*Svetlana opens case (while craftily displaying cleavage)*

Howie: Ohhhh!!! September 8th Bloomingfoods 5k.

*Groan from the audience. And from me.*

Howie: So, the September 8th 5k is off the table. Wait...the Banker is calling with a deal for you.

*Silence in the Audience*

Howie: OK, here is what the Banker is willing to give you if you will agree right now...

NO OCD (chipped cartilege injury)
Bruised bone
4 weeks in a walking boot
Non-weight bearing course of treatment
*Audience is booing and shouting, 'No deal! No deal!'*
Water Treadmill and Pool Therapy
Return to Running Program with physical therapist
*Some audience members get excited and start to cheer*
And the final piece of the Banker's offer...October Half Marathon as planned
DEAL? OR NO DEAL?????

Contestant (aka me): Well, let's see here. This is a major decision. I mean, this is going to be a HUGE investment of time at the P/T office and in the pool and let's not even THINK about the cost of this treatment. Am I truly an athlete??? Or am I just a gentle jogger? I probably should decide this before I begin any multi-thousand dollar course of treatment. Am I really serious about this sport? Am I a runner...or a jogger?

Howie: You have 30 seconds to decide. DEAL OR NO DEAL?

Well...come on now...are you really on the edge of your seat? If you are, then you don't know me very well, do ya?

Of course I TOOK that deal!!!

Doc said, "Ok...I gave you the best possible course of treatment. Now it's up to you to do the hard work for the half marathon."

Trying not to think about how much work it's actually going to be...but I am pretty excited about one thing...I won't have to buy new shoes for at least a month!

P.S. A serious word on the bruised bone - this all happened because of my excessive weight. My talus bone in my ankle simply could not handle the force of my fibia constantly pounding it. I also have mild osteoarthritis in my ankle, which contributed to this apparently. This is definitely a wake-up call for me about my weight...although I have done a great job so far and lost weight using running as my primary method of calorie burn, I have got to get more strict with my diet and make sure I use my pool time to the max. I've been struggling the past couple of days to eat right. I don't know why it's been so hard for me...but I have GOT to do this. I NEED to get some weight off before October. This is going to take some serious mental toughness. Quite honestly, I am nervous and scared and doubting myself at times. This is the time to switch into athlete mode. If I say I'm going to train as an athlete, I need to begin to walk that walk and not just talk the talk. It's going to be hard.
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CORINA-MOMOF4 8/2/2012 10:43PM

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COLETTEISGREAT 8/2/2012 10:43PM

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Track your food (Spark is great for this!!), and do some non-weight bearing exercise - the pool is great for this! emoticon

When you're allowed to, start walking! emoticon It's great exercise and not too hard on your body, even if you need to lose some weight.

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JAXMOMMY 8/2/2012 10:40PM

    Well, the way I see this deal is that it is a win win deal! You can't lose by doing the hard work and the PT! Even if you decided you wanted to be a gentle jogger, with your previous injuries and the arthritis the PT will only help and losing the weight will also help with all your bone issues! So, why not?! I'm glad it wasn't "as bad" as you had feared, but understand all the hard work you will have to endure as someone with bone issues myself! But, I have no desire to run!! Go for it! Give it all you got! Win-win!!

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CINDYSDAY 8/2/2012 10:36PM

    emoticon you can this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/2/2012 10:35PM

    Wonderful! You can do it! emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 8/2/2012 10:35PM

    Wonderful! You can do it! emoticon

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TERID816 8/2/2012 10:35PM

    Love the analogy! Know you are going to do great at this therapy thing. I'm struggling right there with you on the diet thing. I'm sure there's a Spark Team for that! emoticon of the weight crunch starts now!

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WONDERWOMAN 8/2/2012 9:37PM

    Oh Leah, you CAN do this. It's just another challenge you will meet head on like you do and conquer! This truly is the real test. Too many of us use the running to let the nutrition part slide. I truly believe the nutrition is the most important and needs more of our attention (I say that while I bemoan my own issues). Make a plan for both the nutrition and physical portions and follow through with the October prize in your sights!

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KEIPONY 8/2/2012 9:24PM

    Glad the news was better than you thought. This is probably a good road to go down....you will build a stronger base for yourself and your running so you can do it longer! Congrats, good luck!

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SUNSHINEGIRLAZ 8/2/2012 9:22PM

    You're so great! I love your rendention of the game show!

You'll do it! I know it! You'll do great and you'll get to where you want to be! Stay determined!

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LIFEISPURRFECT 8/2/2012 9:03PM

    You can meet this goal and blow it out of the water. No pun intended. Ok, maybe a little. Just know that we are cheering you on!
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SMURFETE09 8/2/2012 8:53PM

    Keep your chin up, the weight will come off!

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GUITARWOMAN 8/2/2012 7:42PM

    Nice metaphor blog!

I think your idea of thinking of yourself as an athlete training for an event is a really good one. Surely athletes eat a carefully planned diet and do not go off it....

You can do this and will be the better for it.

Let us know how it goes!


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THESLIMMERME1 8/2/2012 7:37PM

    Glad to know that your results are do-able! Water exercise is gentle on the body.
Look forward to hearing your plans for going forward.
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JLJOYNT 8/2/2012 7:32PM

    You picked the right case and you made a good deal! You can do it. We all can do it. You know you have a whole family of SP friends routing for you!! emoticon

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PEGGYO 8/2/2012 6:58PM

    you can do it!

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DIANNEMT 8/2/2012 6:36PM

    I hope you can focus on all the healthy foods you can eat--and stay away from the portions of those you should not eat!! Hang in there and focus on what you CAN do.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/2/2012 6:34PM

    Thanks for the fun gameshow approach to telling us the MRI results. I am so happy for you that you don't have to have surgery and you definitely have a tangible goal to work towards with the half marathon in October! How exciting! I have needed a wake up call about my own eating habits and this is inspiring to me as well. I only jog on the elliptical and I was actually concerned about my weight affecting me off the elliptical, but I'm sure it can't be good for my joints even on the elliptical. WE CAN DO THIS!



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LINDAK25 8/2/2012 6:34PM

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And the cheerleaders are yelling! GO TEAM! GO TEAM! YOU CAN DO IT LEAH!

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HEALTHY4ME 8/2/2012 6:15PM

    Check my 2nd blog for today... good for what you need. HUGS and I wish you well. take care but do what is needed.

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TOPCHEF2428 8/2/2012 6:15PM

    Lose The Weight?? Maybe WE could all do this as a Challenge?? emoticon



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SLPORTER1978 8/2/2012 6:01PM

    You can do this!

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/2/2012 5:56PM

    You can so do this. That was great news!

Happy for you!

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KNITTYKITTY01 8/2/2012 5:54PM

    You can do this. Pool therapy can be some seriously great cardio - and the upside you don't have to worry about getting sweaty.

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OFFICIALOLDY 8/2/2012 5:53PM

    You are such a cleaver writer. I have been concerned about the results of your Dr. visit. As I read, I said to myself, "Tell me! Tell me, already." At the same time, I thoroughly enjoyed your game show parody. I'm so happy that your course of action doesn't include surgery! The physical therapy, pool therapy and boot will be worth it. I know it will be hard and you will do your usual stellar job. I look forward to reading about your victories and challenges. Your Spark friends are here for you.

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JUSTYNA7 8/2/2012 5:53PM

    emoticon Sooo funny. Well, the ball is back in your court. Up to you to do the work. I know it is frustrating... chicken and egg thing the weight causing problems vs. getting the weight off. I just want to have a star trek transporter experience and happen to lose 25% of me in the revapourizing. I'm sure my DH is howling at my lack of terminology. Ah well, we will just keep working at it and try to eat LESS. Simple, right? emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 8/2/2012 5:45PM

    It might also be worth a session with a personal trainer (although perhaps you can get the same information from the Physical Therapists) namely specifically which non-weight bearing exercises can you do? Rpwing? Elliptical? Stationary Bike? Can you walk at a modest pace? How about race walking?

Still, good news. Take the deal. We play the cards we are dealt sometimes.

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GOSPARK45 8/2/2012 5:36PM

    You can do it!! GO for it!

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FITFOODIE806 8/2/2012 5:30PM

    You're right: it is going to be hard. But it's also worth it! And I know you can do it. You are an athlete. So train like one! An eat like one!

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LYNSEY723 8/2/2012 5:29PM

    You can do it! You will succeed at your treatment and be ready and able to do your half marathon! You will succeed at getting your eating under control to help you lose some weight before the race!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!! emoticon

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MARATHONDAD 8/2/2012 5:26PM

    u can do it

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MAMA2EEEE 8/2/2012 5:21PM

  You can do it!

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IYA_EKUNDAYO 8/2/2012 5:14PM

    I hope you get better fast! Thank goodness it was not something more serious.

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PATTISTAMPS 8/2/2012 5:10PM

    HOORAAY!!! You can run! So yes, it is a wakeup call to start watching the eating more carefully, but thank goodness it was just a wake up call, and you WILL have the opportunity to go back to running! Keep your spark burning, and keep your promises to yourself!


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GETFIT2LIVE 8/2/2012 5:02PM

    Remember this: you are worth the investment of time and money! So glad for you that there is an option that keeps the half marathon on the table as a possibility; you can do this, I have no doubt at all. Use this as the impetus to propel you further in making the changes you know you need to; GO FOR THE GOLD!



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KAREN42BOYS 8/2/2012 5:00PM

    Very entertaining way to give me your good news!

And yeah, Leah, get tough because getting tough will make you buff! :D

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I wish you a speedy recovery!
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DANILYNNG 8/2/2012 4:50PM

    Our minds always conjure up worst-case-scenarios, don't they? It's why I try to follow my father's mantra: Never worry. If you have control, you won't let it go wrong. If you don't have control, worrying will do nothing!

You can do this, Leah! Just focus on the goal, and you'll get there.

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TISTEN23 8/2/2012 4:42PM

    Im glad its only that and not something much worse!!! Wishing you a good speedy recovery!!!! Lots of love!!!!

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LORIPAICH 8/2/2012 4:37PM

  WOW1!! I SURE HOPE YOU START TO FEEL BETTER. SOUNDS PAINFUL..I WAS WONDERING IF YOU WERE SLAVIC? YOUR NAME SOUNDS SLAVIC. MY DADS FROM YUGOSLAVIA AND A LOT OF OUR RELATIVES HAVE NAMES SIMILAR TO YOURS...HOPE THE QUESTION WASN'T TOO PERSONAL..HAVE AN AWESOME DAY!!

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KATHY_NATURELVR 8/2/2012 4:35PM

    Great news. I'm glad it's not as bad as you were imagining :)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/2/2012 4:35PM

    Joggers are runners, just saying......
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SNEVIL1 8/2/2012 4:33PM

    Lol ur too funny. Whats the news for the 10k??

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