A Big Fat *SIGH*

Monday, February 14, 2011

I'm not really sure how to start this blog. A few emotions are going on.... frustration, I'm ticked off, confused... and perhaps a hint of relief (Ha!).

I haven't posted about Insanity further, because I haven't been able to continue it. Because the Day 1 workout was pretty tough, I decided to wait a day to do Day 2 - my muscles were killing me. Until yesterday, one of my calf muscles was still not right, I guess a bit of damage was done to it - I couldn't walk on it really well. So Day 2 never showed up. And then today, I went back to the chiropractor to start acupuncture treatments again. When I told her what I had been doing, trying to figure out what aggravated the issue again, including some snow shovelling, yoga, and the Insanity workout. She asked what that was, so I told her. She flat out said not to do it anymore. And that ticks me off because I really wanted to give it a good try - and hopefully succeed in completing the cycle. Because there ain't no way that my buddy Nicholas is going to finish it and NOT ME!!! LOL
(And for the record, she advised that I NOT do abdominal crunches anymore either - whew! dodged that bullet! haha)

So I'm pretty frustrated. Just wishing that this back/disc situation clears up so I can really return to a regular workout routine. I won't be running this week after all as I'll be still taking treatments, but the weather is warming up so I'll try to get out walking.

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    I was so sorry to read about your limitations and the frustration you are feeling. Is swimming and option? Or water aerobics? I'm just trying to brainstorm with you. Keep at it. You will find something that works for your body.I'm keeping you in my prayers here... emoticon emoticon
    3177 days ago
  • RENEEV777
    deep breath...
    3361 days ago
    hey Carla, I share your frustration. I have prolapsed discs at l4l5,l5s1, spinal stenosis at l4 and three nerve roots are impacted by the prolapses -l4, l5, s1.

    I am trying to find something that works so that I can return to running. I was training for a half when I injured my back again last year (originally had injuries in 1998. I had a fall recently and have notice additional pain on my right side (to date it was all on my left)...

    I am still looking for something that works for me... Keep the faith, and keep looking! |I may try wall crunches and see how that goes...
    3507 days ago

    There's something out there for everyone. You just need to find the right program for you!

    When one door closes, another opens. Here's to you continuing and NOT GIVING UP! Perhaps day one was a good indicator and thankfully you stopped before doing any further damage to your precious body.

    In the meantime, until you find that program that you can work at which will work for you, keep moving! You can burn up to 350 calories a day by keeping your body in motion! Step in place while you're brushing your teeth, take loads of laundry up in multiple trips, do leg lifts while waiting for the micro wave's buzzer, stand instead of sitting when you can. Just keep moving yourself - keep your body in motion!

    Hope you're feelting better and that you sanely (hehehe... the name of that program is enuf for me not to want to check it out) find something that works! Take good care of you and your machine!
    3538 days ago
    Good point on the core strengthening. All the more modern people take inspiration from the work of Dr. Stuart McGill ( ) who evidently now thinks your lower back has a limited number of flexures available in your lifetime (I may not have this concept exactly correct), so you shouldn't waste them on crunches. So all the newer core progressions use exercises that involve low to no risk of lower back flexure.

    I've seen Mike Boyle's ab progression recommended, which you can find here:

    3539 days ago
    I can definitely sympathize with you on the back issues. I've been dealing with them for almost 10 years, now. Tore a disc in my lower back and I've never been the same. Causes me pain in my right leg and joints which can be eased by staying active and healthy and keeping my weight down.

    Anyway, I never do crunches because they make it worse. However, there are plenty of other core exercises you can do to strengthen your core. Stretch your back and strengthen your abs, is what the docs will say. There are core exercises (like crunches) that you should stay away from with your disc problems, but there are others that you CAN do. I had PT for my back and they gave me a print-out with certain exercises to do specifically for my back and they definitely worked. "Superman," "modified superman" (lifting 1 opposite leg and arm instead of all of them), isolated bent-knee leg lifts, "pelvic rocks" and a few others. Ask your chiro for these types of exercises that you CAN do. They will help you a lot! Promise. :)

    Hang in there. It will get better!

    "Don't tell me what I can't do!" ~ John Locke from Lost
    3539 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/15/2011 12:38:16 PM

    We only get one body to go through life. Take good care of yourself. You are young and strong and you will recover. Healing takes time. Praying for you!
    3539 days ago
  • CARLA0716
    @MCSNYDER! Hey! she is my second opinion. My other chiropractor has been treating me for a year, and no results whatsoever. And this is a guy who's treated professional sports teams and players! And least with her I was pain free for just over a month. I trust what she says over the other guy. He just wants me to get out there and run run run! Never mind that I'm still in pain.
    3539 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7632332
    Carla, get a second opinion! Can you "tone down" the insanity? that may sound stupid because I've never tried it. Hang in there girl! Let us know how this all turns out.
    3539 days ago
    "Remember Ricardo Montalban? There was a specific type of exercise he could not do, he took isometrics to such an extraordinary level that he made it about legendary."

    Yes, that and Corinthian leather. Whatever that is.
    3539 days ago
    awwwww, sweetie! that IS frustrating, I know... BUT (yep, you knew I was going to throw my but into the conversation LOL!) being able to WALK COMFORTABLY isn't negotiable! You have so much vibrancy and life in you, I would hate to see it dampened by a permanent/chronic injury. I know you can find good challenging exercise programs that don't involve possible injury to your back.

    (Oh, and hey, if you're looking for a REAL challenge, here's a formal invitation for you to come help me clean my house! LMAO!!!! )

    Stay well, hun! Keep us posted!!!

    3540 days ago
    My wife has some Serious(TM) back/neck issues. The kind were surgeons are ready to perform surgery to replace a disk or two. I keep telling my wife to be very careful with her back and to err on the side of caution.

    We saw our primary care doc and when he initially saw my wife, he would not provide a physical therapy consult. I went back with her and mentioned that her surgeon said she could postpone the surgery and he (the surgeon) even recommended physical therapy. That doc capitulated and my wife gets the physical therapy (that helped 2 years ago when she got this initial news).

    Now more rounds of MRIs soon. It pains me to see my wife not able to exercise as she wishes. We really want to exercise more together. I bought an exercise bike partly so I could be here at home - and she's at least nearby when i exercise.

    Your case may not be the kind of case my wife has. Perhaps you can get a second opinion from a separate doctor. Perhaps not, perhaps that is the finality. Hopefully not. I hope perhaps you can take some of the challenge, perhaps work up to it? I get the impression from what you wrote, there is a possibility that this is out of the question.

    Remember Ricardo Montalban? There was a specific type of exercise he could not do, he took isometrics to such an extraordinary level that he made it about legendary.

    I see now why you wrote in your status that you're contemplating your next move. Sorry for the hard card you were dealt today, perhaps there are other cards in the deck and your hand (to to speak) that at first glance do not seem probable, but can be useful if done differently.

    Apologies/Sorry if this is too much.. what I wrote, praying for you

    3540 days ago
  • CARLA0716
    @KARENZIO - Nope, she said not to do it ever. Nor the crunches. Because my future career goal requires a strong body, I need to keep everything intact. Once I have the current back pain treated, I'll have to do regular preventative treatments once a month, even when its "healthy". So I think from now on, my workout will have to consist of running (yes, it does have impact, but there isn't a lot of lateral or angular movements, I guess), yoga and strength training. I have to start loving ST again, because if that's all that I can really do, I have no choice! haha!
    3540 days ago
    Did she say you could never do it, or just that you should wait until the back/disc situation clears up? Maybe you can get a second opinion from your primary physician too, see what he/she says. I hope things work out soon so you can get back into a routine you like -- with or without abdominal crunches! emoticon
    3540 days ago
    Yes, we both know that Insanity is well....insane! Your body does take a beating and I often wonder how some people's body can take that punishment. You know you have to listen to your body and in your case also, your chiropractor. There is no way I'm going to allow you to not be able to do anything! I need you to rest your body. I know you will not run from working out, so when you are able to it is back to your regular workout routine.
    3540 days ago
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