Hello, my dear Spark Friends,
I have been MIA, but you have been on my mind and in my heart. I may not be checking in here daily, but I do think about all of you every day and hope that you are doing well.
So many things going on at work and with school that I just haven't had much computer time. In fact, I didn't have a computer at work for almost a week while my office was being moved. And, I'm training for my triathlon at the end of August, so any spare time is spent on the bike or in the pool. Most days, I come home exhausted and just go to bed without getting on the computer. I've been getting more sleep and usually making my 6-hour or more per night sleep goal!
A quick update on my July goal - I met my goal weight of 148 by the end of July! The fact that the library that I work at is in the process of moving, and I've been packing and lifting boxes for a couple of weeks certainly helped. My ultimate goal weight is 145, so I'm just 3 pounds away. The closer I get, the longer it takes to lose. So, for August, I'm going to aim for half of that weight - or 1.5 pounds. With my tri training, I may make it all the way to 145, but I don't want to be starving myself when I'm in training.
I've been doing well at my biking and swimming practices, but my orthopedic doctor said that training for the run will be bad for my knees. He said running on race day is OK, it's the training that will hurt me. So, I haven't been doing much running. I'm still in physical therapy for my knee. My physical therapist gave me the OK to participate in the triathlon.
A couple of weeks ago, the PT center that I go to got a new machine in - it's an anti-gravity treadmill. Totally cool - you wear these pants that are like a wet suit and then get zipped into a tent-like thing. Then they fill the tent with air and it lifts your body weight up while you run on the treadmill -- as much as 80% of your body weight can be taken off your legs. My therapist let me try the machine a couple of times at 65% of my body weight. My usual pace is about a 10 minute mile. On the anti-gravity machine, I can run an 8 minute mile - because there's very little stress or pressure on my knees.
Here's a photo - it's blury because I'm running so fast! Just kidding. The therapist didn't know how to use my cell camera.
See the "tent" around me. It is filled with air that holds me up. Talk about walking on air - that's what it's like.
I'm starting the cool-down here, so I'm at 75% of my body weight. The screen in front of me is a camera that is recording my run. Isn't technology amazing?
On Wednesday morning, I'm leaving for my Shaklee convention in Las Vegas. I'll be in workshops and meetings all day for the rest of the week, so probably won't be checking in. I may not be here daily, but I'm still thinking of you, my Spark Friends, and holding you in prayer as your journey to better health continues.