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Wah Wah Wah: I need some cheese with my whine!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

I've been on a negative trajectory and it's gotta end NOW! This minute!!!

First it was the cruise. emoticon

Did I REALLY think I could hold my own against the endlessly available food? What was I thinking? It didn't really happen.

Then I fell and pulled the glute muscle in my right leg. I was OK to walk as long as I shortened my stride. But when we got back from the cruise I immediately resumed my old routine at the fitness center, and step class on Wednesday and Zumba on Friday pulled that muscle again. So I backed off and took a week off to sit around on the heating pad. I read on the internet that pulling this large muscle can take 2 months to heal, depending on severity. OH NO!

THEN the fitness center was closed a bunch of days for Christmas.

THEN the bad weather hit and we couldn't even leave the house for three days. So...what do you think I've been doing while stuck in the house? Catching up on a couple of seasons of Sons of Anarchy on Amazon Prime and snacking!!!! emoticon

So here I am! Today I'm hoping to emoticon the whining and start the action!!

We are planning to walk on our city trail today but it still may be icy. The last thing I need is another fall. Tomorrow & Monday it's supposed to rain all day.

We have a half marathon in Mobile, AL in about two weeks and I am desperate to do it. Do you think if I take some leftover pain meds or get a cortisone or steroid shot in my butt I will be able to do the race? Do you think I should see the doctor? I'm kind of embarrassed!!!

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    I'm so sorry you've gotten injured. Those pulled muscles take forever to heal. I can see you continue to walk. HM? I'm with everybody else who suggested you see your doc. Gentle movement sounds like a better choice for a while. But who knows, HM is not for another 2 weeks.

    There seems to be a lot of "too much snacking" going on this time of year. I'm including myself here. Always surprises me how easy it is to get off track.

    Time to re-focus I guess :)
    1972 days ago
    Thank you everyone for the kindness and wisdom! I'll definitely call my doctor after the first of the year. This morning the walk went well. At first I was sore and could feel every step but once I got "warmed up" (in 28-degree temps) it was better. My doctor is a very athletic woman who's about my age, so I know she'll give me the best advice. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1972 days ago
    I loved reading all of these wonderful comments, how soothing they are. Where else but Spark? I too vote for a doctor's opinion. With a bit of luck perhaps he will recommend a great massage is what you need. Hot tubs and hot baths are also great helpers for sore and aching muscles. Epsom Salts is making a comeback as an OTC muscle soother.

    There are always more races to be ran but only one YOU.
    1972 days ago
    Sorry that you have been feeling low and also in pain. The suggestion that Bookaphile gave seems like a really good one. It sounds like this was not just a little injury. If you take a Dr's advice you won't be second guessing yourself and you will know that you did the best thing that you could for your body. Good Luck!
    1973 days ago
    Wow, so much wisdom and kindness here as always . . .what a great Spark community.

    I too am so sorry you're in pain, so sorry you're disappointed with yourself, and so concerned that you take time to heal.

    Set backs are part of the journey, right? If it were so easy . . . . yeah, every one of us here knows it's not.

    But you WILL get back on track in the right way at the right time. Yes you will. Have confidence in yourself, be kind to yourself. Please!
    1973 days ago
    I'm so sorry you are hurt! I agree you should heal before you put loads of stress on the muscle. Seeing a Dr. would give you an expert opinion as to whether you should do the HM. Walking seems a better way to start after an injury - perhaps close to home or car so you can stop when it begins to hurt. Be safe today, and don't overdo or you'll set yourself back further.
    1973 days ago
    Take some deep breaths and pay attention and respect to your body and her needs.
    That is a major muscle and needs time to heal.
    Scale back on your food plan (without starving yourself) and focus on gentle yoga and stretching until you are walking pain free.
    Look at the big picture and if you have to miss your HM you will survive the disappointment.
    So sorry.

    Here's my fave quick Tai Chi clip- I can often squeeze it in 2-3 times a day- great for your body and your mind:
    1973 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/29/2012 8:36:41 AM
  • NANCY-
    What a literal pain in the butt. :) Don't be embarrassed. the pain is your body's way of telling you "I need to heal"
    Meds to ease the pain while you heal is okay... taking meds to stress and possibly injure myself more? Ah, No! But that's just me.

    First... What do you want more.. to heal or do the half marathon.
    Second... What is the worse case scenario for each?

    I did get a vision for doing the marathon, you on a stretcher with the medical tech asking "where's the pain?"
    I vote for taking the up front time to heal now ... for more marathons after fully recovered. Perhaps TC can massage the muscle and stimulate blood flow for healing?
    1973 days ago
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