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Coming out of hibernation...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Well, maybe not as much as that, but between the weather warming up (yay California!) and my back getting LOTS better, I'm starting to get some of my energy back. It's nice to be able to accomplish things. It's nice to have energy to think and be creative (and to be able to stand up for more than 10 minutes at a time).

Still doing the physical therapy. But I'm hoping that my April appointment will be my last. I still have work to do, but it's getting to the point where I'm strong enough that I don't have to be under constant supervision, basically. So that's nice.

Man, I just want to get back to the point where I can DO stuff! Forget losing weight, I'd settle for being able to take walks longer than 15 minutes. I practically gave myself shin splints the other day, just walking around the building. Six months ago, I was regularly walking a mile a day, just at work.

I'm trying to be realistic about things, and I'm mostly making good decisions, but I'm really annoyed at my body right now. I have no idea what I weigh right now -- I'm generally trying to eat healthfully, but I'm kind of afraid that if I start worrying about losing weight, I'll feel pressured to take on more physical activity than is good for me -- or start trying to cut out food to the point where I'm just setting myself up for failure.

But, it's better. Better and better and better. And, now I know what muscles to work on, and what kinds of activities to avoid, so I can try not to do this to myself a second time. So that will be good.

But DANGED if I can figure out this whole "too flexible" thing. It just seems completely counterintuitive to me. Too weird. Oh well! :)
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  • QUERIAN
    I understand because I have been told by physical therapists that I'm "too flexible", too. Basically we stretch our muscles so far that we can never really stretch them far enough to actual stretch them out anymore, if that makes any sense! But I get it and have to work constantly on managing the muscle pain. And I call the stretch Mrs. HoneyC describes "the alphabet stretch" and I do it for shin splints, too and it really does work. Give it a try!
    4801 days ago
  • MRSHONEYC
    You're 'too flexible'??? WOW! Are you double-jointed? My youngest sister is waaaaaay flexible and I SWEAR probably double jointed. She can do some WEIRD stuff!
    Those evil shin splints can be avoided by stretching properly and NOT getting into exercising too quickly. You need to ease back in. After all this time you're not GOING to go 1 mile 'today'. The stretching exercises I've heard that seem to work is to 'trace' each letter of the alphabet with your big toe in the air with each foot. Try doing that for 2 or 3 days, 1 set each foot, then try 2 sets for a few days THEN try to walk around that block and see how it goes.
    And, as always, don't forget to drink your water! LOL
    Yep, I'm STILL a water 'pusher'. :-)
    I'm glad you're 'back'!
    4801 days ago
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