Friday, April 12, 2013
I pushed out 60 minutes on the elliptical feeling great, warmed up and ready to go for my favorite kickboxing video using weighted gloves.
I threw my first punch and the shock of the razor sharp pain hit me like a ton of bricks. WTF?? I had rocked this very same workout just a scant short week ago, feeling strong and powerful!! I tried again, being careful not to use full strength with the same result in my right elbow. I gritted and ground my teeth through the entire workout with some punches not as painful as others, but saw the writing on the wall, and when it was done in ten minutes (part of the Knockout Body 10 minute solution DVD) I gave it up. When finally I got out to do my first series of fitness classes of the season, a step and step interval cardio class Tuesday and an advanced Boxercise and Advanced Step Wednesday, the elbow was pretty sore, and I couldn't even so much as lift a 3 lb weight with it, but could throw punches albiet with some minor pain. This is a major set back :( Going back to pure cardio is what probably worsened my bone density in the first place. I was always a cardio junkie and ST was non existent. Big no no. I was probably leaching major bone and muscle from my body with my twice a day intense workouts :( Now it looks like I am back to square one, unable to lift anything at all with my right arm. I did do weights on my left. In leiu of the Kickboxing DVD, I put in a tough circuit training video that really focused on the lower body (263 squats of various torturous poses and also lots of lunges) and used a weight only in my left hand for the functional ST parts.
Showering up after my 120 min of exercise was tough. Equally hard breakfast prep. Mom is wanting to help me out by offering to pay for half of the cost of a Vitamix now being demonstrated at Costco ($499). I am a pure vegetarian and like my raw fruits and veggies, but am hating the endless scrub, cut up prep time, not to mention how long it takes to properly chew and down a salad before heading off to the club. Always in a last minute big rush to get things done. Its very attractive the thought of making veggie smoothies instead of just fruit shakes (not sure my immersion blender would be powerful enough for hard veggies) The only caveat is my space is very, very limited. My microwave takes up any free counterspace, meaning I would have to store and be lifting this machine out all the time :( which doesn't look too light weight to me.
Also at Costco was some great looking work out tops for only $13 and a nice bathing suit. I had discovered to my horror at the swimming pool, my black speedo had totally disintegrated, bagging and sagging with all the white lycra threads sprung out of it like a little porcupine :P People probably would have thought I was a cancer victim on chemo my suit was just sagging right off me, hadn't realized it was that bad, and I always hand wash my suits too. Fortunately, the new one, size 8, fit perfectly and was only 19.99, don't know how they get nice suits for that low. Can't get a price like that anywhere!! I also took a size small top. Me small. Petite. No longer size 18 or XL. I loved these cute little tops and bought four, in purple, blue, black and mint green :)
Its been a struggle doing my duties at the club and home. I may have to let my housework slide a little. I told the President at the Officer's Meeting, they should look a little more seriously for a replacement for me, or at least an assistent that is computer literate (a tall order as most of these seniors at the club are lucky to be able to figure out their e-mail let alone know how to use Office Word and Excel.) Most of them are mortified at touching the club computer for fear of losing precious data which is a real possibility given the touchiness of the archaic system (they are finally doing a long needed overhaul of it -when I first started I had to learn to use it with DOS as well as Windows -that is how dated it is -when our computer died we needed another XP to function with it.. I do a monthly back up, but that might not be enough. With the increasing back problem and the elbow problem, the writing is on the wall. I really need to get out from under this workload and get travelling with Mom before either of us becomes unfit to do so. The ironic part is it looks like I am the one that will get there first :P
So the bottom line is I need to rest and recover from this latest setback. A tall order when its the right elbow and you are right handed *sigh* Lower body workouts are easy enough, but I hate the thought of retrograding back into the 98 lb weakling upper body again. It only takes two to three weeks for your muscles to start losing strength.
To top it off, winter has us in its death grip. We hit record low temps and have not hit one avergae daily high ONCE this year or since winter started back with the first snowstorm Oct 15. Been long and brutal. Getting even more stir crazy with the lousy weather once again holding me back from my classes. But the thing is my card expires April 13 anyway and their processing takes at least two weeks. Maybe we will actually see a spring temperature by then :P
Never give up. But its getting a little wearing!!
One last push this weekend trying to recruit rookies to play in the rookie master bridge game coming up too soon. Its been frustrating. I am getting lots of no answers and when I do leave a message, get no response. I have to wonder if people are screening their calls and won't answer if its someone they don't recognize or don't want to talk to. With all the robo calls happening, I can see people getting frustrated with the onslaught of calls. I always try to make sure they are at reasonable time, after lunch or after supper. When I do get the rare response people have been very nice though.
Mary is going to be a sweetie and help me out after today's game to set up for the massive senior club championship game that is coming up Monday. That will be one less big load of work to do :) I am playing with a new partner today! Its very rare anyone asks me to play these days. Had a 37% game with my mentor on Tuesday and 46 % with my once a month partner so not so hot.
Have a great weekend everyone! Thanks for stopping by and actually reading this missive to the very end :P