Things are Looking Up
Friday, August 24, 2012
My shoulder is improving! I've got an increasing list of exercises from my physical therapist to do, so I'm building strength there. Yesterday was the first day I didn't feel a need to ice my shoulder, and when I told my PT that, she opted to not ice my shoulder at the end of treatment to see how I tolerated it. I need to get a couple of 1 pound weights for my latest ST from her; Target doesn't have them, so will probably need to hit Sports Basement where I can use my team 10% off discount. I see the PT twice next week, and then we'll switch to once a week through September unless things get wiggy again.
My leg has released enough that I'm gently getting back into running. Now up to running every other day for 3 miles. The knee cap still gets tight at odd moments, but I'm making good progress on loosening up the IT band and the minor glute.
I bought my Vitamix a week ago today, and I've been having green smoothies daily since then. I fix it for my morning snack, and it makes enough I have a 2nd portion either with lunch or in the afternoon. I am getting boucoup more veggies and fruits in that way. I'm enjoying the creativity of concocting new smoothies too. Brings me back to when my sister and I would go in the kitchen to "concoct" something.
And the weight is going down this week.
I thought I'd go nuts with having my major exercise taken from me since I'm not training with the triathlon team while I'm recovering, but especially with my weight dropping, that gives me peace that this period can also bear its own fruits. I'm considering being done with triathlon training for 2012, and then switch over to running being the main cardio and building swimming back in a couple times a week when I'm cleared by my PT.
Reality is when you're training really intensely you're not really supposed to be losing weight because you're already stressing your body. Switching over to half marathon training will be lighter training than triathlon training, so I could be losing weight in a healthy way then.