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There Are No Excuses!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The most dedicated athletes can get whiny and down about the process of training, but then I see someone who inspires me to “pull up my bootstraps” and keep pushing on. One of these people is on one of my DVD weight training tapes. This young man does plio (jump training) with a prosthetic leg. That is impressive. Then I saw an article in The New York Times about options for amputees.

People facing the challenge of incorporating a prosthetic foot, arm, hand, or leg are faced with unique obstacles and challenges. According to the May 15th article, 2 million people in the United States are living with amputations. In the last 10 years, great improvements and options have been made to make their prosthetics more “real” looking, and more functional.

The article discusses the inconceivable choice that many amputees are making to actually have more of their limbs removed, to make their artificial limbs function with less pain and better functionality. What a difficult decision! When you hear the stories of constant pain and inability to use their limbs as they are, it is heartbreaking. They realize that removing more of their limbs (such as more of a leg so that the prosthetic fits at the knee) allows them to live with less daily pain which gives them more mobility. My appreciation and awe at the issues that any amputee goes through daily is astounding, and reminds me to keep pushing through with my goals. To be as brave and persevere as they are every day!

Workout Diary:

Strength Training- Biceps/shoulders (with trainer)

3 way biceps curl- 26lb bar

biceps curl in plie- 12 lb

hammer curl- 12 lb

seated concentrated curl- 12 lb

sanding shoulder raise-12 lb

incline zottman curl- 8lb

plie shoulder push-8lb

standing dumbbell hammer curl- 8lb

Food Diary:


1 apple (57 cal)

Whey protein shake (150 cal)

1/2 cup pasteurized egg, ground flax, organic spinach, 4 cherry tomatoes (155 cal)

whole wheat, low calorie English muffin, 2 tbls homemade jam of pureed blueberries/blackberries, touch of honey (160 cal)

A.M. Snack-

8 oz 0 % Greek yogurt , blueberries (150 cal)


salad- 8 oz. mixed greens(1/2 red sweet pepper, 1/2 cup broccoli, asparagus, pea pods) (88 cal)

1 tbsp. black beans (80 cal)


1 glass Merlot (100 cal)

5 oz. Halibut, steamed in apple cider vinegar (140 cal)

1/2 cup baked butternut squash, curry powder, stevia, 1/2 tsp. EVOO (145 cal)

1/2 cup wild rice (cooked in no salt chix bouillon), shiitake mushrooms, carrot bits (260 cal)

P.M. Snack-

Homemade popcorn (90 cal)

2 oz. dark chocolate (120 cal)

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    Makes me feel guilty about complaining about that I hate to cook!
    1439 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    It is truly amazing and inspiring to read about other peoples handicap and see that they don't treat it as one, they just see it as their new normal. Let us all accept our shortcoming and handicaps and persevere to do the best that we can as well!
    Thanks for a great blog! emoticon
    1439 days ago
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