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focusing on what I CAN do

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Since my Sparkname is Cannie, I need to focus on what I CAN do while rehabbing a messed up leg. I was sort of surprised when, earlier today, after hearing about my best friend's plans to go on a hike (one she and I and our brother dogs emoticon emoticon have done many times together), I started to cry (after I hung up, I didn't want to make her feel bad for doing something I am happy she can do). My son, Payton, noticed the tears and I explained that I was just sad about being uncomfortable and not being able to do my normal forms of exercise, like Boot Camp, and hiking, and walking, and running. So, him being the wise 9 year old that he is, he began listing, and demonstrating emoticon , exercises that I can still do. So, we brainstormed and came up with a list:
Arm Circles
Push Backs
Push ups from knees (wide grip and close grip)
Sumo squats and pliƩ squats (a little tricky because of balance but I can be careful)
Tricep dips with my injured leg elevated and the good one on the ground
Bicep Curls
Overhead Triceps
One legged plank (very hard but I don't have to hold it long to feel it, and I can add a few seconds a day)
Bent over row with dumbbells
Upper body stretches

Can you think of more for my list, Sparklers? It isn't like I have been sitting around in the 2 weeks since my injury, which is probably part of the problem. I have received a few lectures from friends lately, about not slowing down. "Stop trying to act like nothing is wrong, and quit letting your family think that you can still do everything you usually do!" was the direct order from one friend. I have been guilty of too much driving, too much walking around, too many projects that involved me standing around and moving around a lot, lifting and carrying heavy things which is kind of dumb, quite frankly. I am trying to find the middle ground where I am not using the injury as a reason to sit or lie around too much and be almost completely sedentary, but not trying to go-go-go as if I am not injured (which has been my approach up to now). So, I am thinking of exercises, and projects, that strike that middle ground. I have always struggled with the "too much/not enough" quandary, in everything from activity to food to relationships. This is good practice for me to try and live in moderate-land, and learn the customs ; )

I have plenty of projects that can be accomplished with minimal standing and walking around, so I will tackle those instead of lamenting those I cannot tend to, i.e., yardwork. I will be asking for, and gracefully accepting, help (like a lot of people, I am more comfortable giving help). I can keep up with my daily chores pretty well, if I build in elevating/ice breaks. I can focus on all those things that will help me heal - eating well, drinking plenty of water, getting as much sleep as I need, etc. I am in a better position to do this than a lot of people are, and I appreciate that. This forces me to confront the part of me that always wants to help and take care of other people, and siphon more of that off for myself. I am vulnerable to depression, which is where exercise has been so critical, so I am very aware that I need to be extra cautious and not let it creep up. My friends who deal with much more serious pain, who deal with terribly difficult chronic conditions every day, are more on my mind than usual. So, even though I have little bits of self-pity mixed in, mostly I find myself feeling so grateful that my injury isn't worse and is, in fact, a temporary condition. There are lessons to be learned as I go through this, and that is another thing I CAN do, is pay attention and learn. Thanks for your patience with my long blogs, Sparklers. I appreciate you. emoticon
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    I admire your continued exercising throughout this healing period.
    1564 days ago
  • DAISY443
    Rest! You'll never have a better excuse! Take care!
    1567 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Great Blog. Payton is a very Smart Wise Boy. Take it Easy. Try to stay in the middle. You have plenty of Exercises that You can do to keep You busy. Try to remain positive on things. And Your leg is getting better everyday too. Check out The Chair Exercise Team. They have Many Exercise Videos that You could do. Before You know it this will behind You. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.
    1569 days ago
    Outlook is everything. That's a smart kid you've got there.
    1570 days ago
    Wow... that is quite a list of things that you CAN do! Hooray! You could probably add a wall squat, dead lifts, chest press and overhead press.

    1570 days ago
    You go, girl! And good for your son for being so protective!

    Whoops, meant to leave that on the blog below, but I will just leave both comments here. Good for Payton for trying to come up with more things that you can do. I am sure that you will find a way to work around your injury, and hope that you heal fast!
    1570 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/25/2013 9:18:11 PM
    Wow, hurrah for Payton, the idea man! Maybe it is "lemonade out of lemons" time, I think you've got the right idea. A one-legged plank sounds excruciating to me! emoticon emoticon or rather I should say emoticon emoticon
    1570 days ago
    What a lovely son you have, to help you list exercise you can do. He's learned something from you that he will never forget . . .

    One of my work colleagues has a broken ankle with a cast and is getting quite the workout with her crutches, and also scooting around in her chair . . . says she is exhausted at the end of every day. I'm thinking your workout sounds way better!
    1570 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    Oh, pshaw. You know we love your long blogs.

    We can apply the "can" technique to eating, too emoticon . The body will do what it will with our habts, but the one thing we can do is choose what and how much we eat.
    1570 days ago
    You've compiled a good list of exercise. What about some sedentary projects you never had time for, like sorting through photos, cleaning out a junk drawer, ect.? But DO listen to your friends, and wise son Payton, and take it easy! emoticon
    1570 days ago
    Seated Exercises to Exercise the Core

    I know you have to cut and paste this, but it is a really good video for a seated work out. Sorry things are so difficult for you! BUT (and as a dear fellow sparker says, 'isn't there always a big BUTT!') . . .

    I have to hand it to that wonderful son of yours to write a list for you of what you CAN DO! Payton . . . you are an amazing young man!!!!!!!!! That's just the right answer.

    HUGS and know you're not alone. I am DEFINITELY a type A personality (and if there were an A+++, I'd fit into that category!) so I "get" how frustrating it is to not be in "control". Hope our recovery is quick, sweetie. **SIGH** Life has so many curve balls, dang it!

    1570 days ago
    Ran for you yesterday afternoon! I told a friend awhile back my knee hurt, so I was going to not workout at all. A guy in a wheelchair behind me rolled by and said"glad I don't have knee pains to keep me from working out". After that I did an upper body workout!
    1570 days ago
  • 144AUTUMN
    way to stay focused on the positive!
    1570 days ago
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