- Friday May 09, 2014
I had my physiotherapy appointment yesterday, and she worked on the calf muscles of my right leg. Other than that, my achilles tendon is slightly strained so I need to baby it for a few days. And yesterday after I got home and was walking on the treadmill in the evening, I noticed some straining behind my left knee.
I will need to take it easy for the rest of the week and hopefully some of those strains and aches will go away. Time will tell!
I've been biking to work for the last two days, and even though it's a bit of an adjustment in terms of what I can pack into my bag to take with me to work, it's been really nice to ride to work, at a leisurely pace, in the morning air. I kind of love it! And it's much easier on me than walking is.
Today I have two meals being eaten out; a lunchtime tea and a birthday dinner. Need to make good choices! Happy Friday everyone :)
- Thursday May 08, 2014
When I left work yesterday after my shift, the sun was shining and it was beautiful out. So I sent a quick text to my biking buddy, and we went out for a quick 30 minute ride. It's funny that now I think of half an hour as a 'quick' jaunt.
Got home and hopped on the treadmill for another half an hour. I opted out of jogging because my knee has been acting up ever since I tried to hop on just one foot (a physiotherapy exercise), so I need to give it time to re-adjust itself before I try jogging again. I'm ok with this. Slow and steady wins the race!
I have physiotherapy after work today and aside from troubles with my knee, everything else seems to be going well. After today, I have almost a month until my next therapy appointment, so I have to take it easy and make sure i'm not doing too much between now and then. That will be hard to do after this last week where i've been trying to push it everyday, but a rest will do me good. I've been feeling exhausted pretty much everyday this week and I have to get a start on the yardwork anyways.
Started my day with the usual breakfast of toast and coffee, will grab a salad or sandwich for lunch, oatmeal as an afternoon snack, and my regular dinner of chicken, rice and cooked vegetables. Tomorrow is Friday! Yay!
- Wednesday May 07, 2014
Yesterday I had a dentist appointment for a cleaning and check-up. Traumatic. So when I was all done with that, I thought i'd treat myself to a special, carb-filled lunch before heading back to work.
Unfortunately, there was absolutely no protein in my delicious, carb-filled lunch, and it was a busy day at work, so by the end of my shift I was practically falling asleep standing up, but with no time to pop some protein.
Yesterday I also came to the realization that I need to back off on some of the physio exercises that were given to me. Like one-footed hopping. Just not ready for that yet.
The weather has been wet and rainy lately, so I haven't been getting in any bike rides, which pisses me off. So I did my usual 30 minute walk on the treadmill, but darn that treadmill is getting B.O.R.I.N.G.
- Tuesday May 06, 2014
Active rest day yesterday - physio exercises, stretching, walked 30 minutes on the treadmill.
Maybe ate a little more than I needed to. Nah, scratch that, I was hungry.
Dental appointment today to get my teeth cleaned and a checkup done. Then I hope to do something active after work; tomorrow I want to try jogging again. Two more days to my next physio appointment, and I want to test myself as much as possible before then!
One day at a time though, so today my goal is to get out for a bike ride and a walk - sort of a double workout. Just half an hour for each exercise.
- Monday May 05, 2014
Friday - physio exercises, stretching, walked 30 minutes on treadmill. I went to Grandma's for supper and was so exhausted from the workweek that I very nearly fell asleep at the dinner table.
Saturday - physio exercises, yoga, stretching...
JOGGING! I did it! I went out and did 50 minutes of walking/jogging. And pretty much looked like the picture above by the end of it. Yoga was my saviour, and the extra stretching helped me not hurt too much from the run.
Also on Saturday I drove three hours to attend a bday party that my aunt cancelled without letting me know. That was fun. Not.
Sunday - physio exercises, stretching, biking 1 hour and 30 minutes (over 12.5 miles). Nice long ride that is definitely hurting me today, but a good hurt! It felt wonderful in the moment though! I also got groceries and cooked my food for the week.
Spring totally happened while I wasn't looking, and now I have a bunch of yardwork that I need to get to in the next two weeks. I have to start scheduling this in - otherwise it won't get done!
- Friday May 02, 2014
Went to physiotherapy yesterday; we both feel it's a good time to attempt an outside jog, so i've picked a spot where there is a soft trail and I will try walking/jogging on it sometime in the next week before my next physio appointment. I can't wait!!!
After physio it looked like it was going to rain, so I changed quickly and headed out on the bike for a ride. I made it 9.5 kilometers (a little less than 6 miles) in half an hour and was knackered so I called it a day. Went home and stretched out, and did some yoga. I also tried some Ease of Movement stretching that my physiotherapist showed me.
I have so many more things to focus on after that last physio appointment, I had to get her to write it all down for me. There's lots of new stretching, moving, kneeling exercises to do, along with attempting a slow jog. It will be a busy week in terms of my physiotherapy needs!
I am looking forward to spending the evening at home tonight; the weekend should be fairly busy with yoga, a birthday party out of town, and some bike riding. I'm sure Monday will come faster than we'd all like it to ;)
- Thursday May 01, 2014
I've been a little stiff after my 'marathon' 1 hour walk the other day. Yesterday all I could manage was a 45 minute bike ride, some stretching, and a few downward dogs for good measure. I guess that's actually pretty good for 'all I could manage'.
Last night I weighed myself and was not happy with the number, but I am trying to see it from other points of view. Man, my calves are TONED. I really like that! And my waist is so defined! True, I have some belly that still needs to be sweated off, but my waist line is definitely getting smaller. Also, my upper back and shoulder muscles are out of this world, just from a month of yoga classes and the bike riding. So there are lots of things to celebrate aside from weight loss :) and I am going to focus on them instead.
I have physiotherapy today after work; I hope she does some more myo-fascial stuff because I can tell my shins need it.
- Wednesday Apr 30, 2014
So after work yesterday, a friend messaged to see if I wanted to go for a walk outside. This would be my second attempt at outside walking. I was going to say street walking, but that would be bad.
I wore the runners that I use when i'm on the treadmill, and gave it an honest effort. It went well! We took it slow and made our way back to the start after about 20 minutes. Success :)
When I got home I was starving, so I hoovered down my supper (which has been soooo boring because i've been eating the same thing for at least a month now, but delicious - chicken, rice, carrots and broccoli) and sat on the couch for a bit.
Then I got restless. I've been wanting to know how long I could walk on the treadmill without having any issues arise. I was going to try and be patient until the weekend, when i'd have lots of time to give it a try, but I just couldn't wait anymore. So I cleaned up my runners as best I could, and got on the treadmill to see how far I could go.
My treadmill automatically stopped after 60 minutes, so then I decided to do an endurance challenge for another 15 minutes. It was tough, but once I completed it I felt pretty good and only had to ice my achilles - that means NO SHIN PAIN! 1 hour and 35 minutes of walking, and NO SHIN PAIN!
I think the contemplation of jogging might come sooner than I think :)
- Tuesday Apr 29, 2014
This is a taste of what happened after I got home from work yesterday. It started snowing and just. wouldn't. stop.
It's 3 degrees celsius this morning, so the snow won't last long, but I know my sump pumps are working hard because they kept me awake for part of the night. Which means there's lotsa water 'round here.
Stretched, kneeled for a minute, and walked for 35 minutes yesterday. I really want to try jogging, but am forcing myself to calm down and be smart about my next steps. My stomach muscles have been hurting in a strange, not good way lately too, so i'm trying to monitor that to find out what's going on. Note to self: NEVER google stomach problems. I now believe I have a hernia and am picturing my intestines pushing their way into the lining of my stomach. O.M.F.G.
- Monday Apr 28, 2014
Friday - stretch, kneel, heel raises, walk 35 minutes
Saturday - stretch, heel raises, walk 35 minutes; massage, housework, and dinner out with friends
Sunday - stretch, heel raises, walk 35 minutes; groceries, prep food for workweek, watch movies ;)
I tried hard to watch what I ate over the weekend, and I think I did well. After my massage on Saturday morning, I made it my mission to drink ALL THE WATER. My muscles thanked me, but I was in and out of the bathroom all weekend.
I was too scared to try walking outside; it's been raining anyways and guess what? this morning I woke up to SNOW. There is so much that I want to say that I can't.