Friday, October 31, 2014

Unexpected.

On Tuesday, I was getting up from doing crunches on my floor, when I felt this shooting sensation in my knee.  I think I twisted it at a weird angle, but I wasn't putting any weight on it.  Ugh.  What a dumb  and unexpected way to hurt it.

I took it easy after that, taking slow walks at the beach on my lunch hour.  Ice & Ibuprofen have been my friends as well.



I'm going to take the next two weeks off from Bootcamp and let myself heal.  Today is the third full rest day I've taken, and it's helped a whole lot!  The inactivity is making me crazy, but I'd rather take the time now, then risk doing something completely stupid and make everything worse.

It's been a while since I've posted my WI results, so I thought now's as a good a time as any to update.


Nine pounds up from goal and about five pounds up from my WTF weight.  I can zip up and button my pants, but they look spray painted on, and that's not a good look on anyone.  I'm working on it, have been working on it for a while, and I'm confident I'll get back to goal.  I've been on a good swing the last five weeks or so.  The good thing is I'm close, and thankfully not so far gone from reality.  I'll get there soon.  :-)

My friend Andrea is having a Halloween party tomorrow night, and costumes are mandatory.  I'm going as Michonne from The Walking Dead.  I can't wait, it'll be so much fun!  I think I'll bring some wine and some kind of dessert.  Not sure about that yet.

So that's where I'm at now. I think I'll update again in another month to show my progress.

Ok, I'm wrapping this one up now.  Have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fly By.

Sorry for the fly by post tonight, as this will be a quick one.

I haven't blogged because I just don't have anything new to say.  Well, that is not entirely true.  Mom is feeling much better, which is great.  Dad is hanging in.

Also, my knee feels great, not 100%, but pretty close.  You know what's odd?  I've barely felt the plantar facsiitis in my right heel.  It's still there, dormant but not as bad as it had been.  Progress?  Let's hope so.  I do need to take a few minutes before I get out of bed in the mornings to stretch my foot and give myself an opportunity to stretch out the discomfort and pain as much as I can.  The Power Step inserts have helped a ton.

I've been in a really good groove the last five weeks.  It helps when you consciously make an effort to not only get your head out of your butt and quit the BS, but to make healthy food and fitness choices.

Duh, Kel.  It's really not rocket science.  It just takes some effort, time and planning.   No need to overcomplicate and overthink things. Doing that gets you no where real fast.

I noticed that my clothes are fitting better, getting looser actually.  Phew!  It's no fun when you feel like you have to pour yourself into your pants.  No bueno.

Here's to hoping that I've turned a corner regarding the knee and healthy lifestyle.  I've been cutting down on Bootcamp (think long walks and biking instead) and staying away from inflammatory food.  There's no doubt in my mind that has helped with the PF in my heel.

Food prep for the week is done.  I made a quick chicken meatloaf for lunches this week.  It came out good!  Threw in chopped onions, garlic, almond flour, 1 egg, salt & pepper, & Trader Joe's ketchup.  Real simple & easy.

Ok, off to fold and put away laundry & catch The Walking Dead.

Have a great one!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

All We Can Do.

Thanks for the sweet comments on my last post!  My Dad's Parkinson's isn't something I talk about a lot, nor is it an easy topic for me, as you can imagine.

The only thing I can do is move forward and appreciate him while he's still here.  Right?  Onward.

All we can do is try to be the best, healthiest versions of ourselves every single day.  Our best efforts are always worth it, because we are worth it.

Jeanette makes a great point in her latest post.  We get to be here.  We get to just be.  That is a privilege, not a right, and it is not something any of us should take for granted.

Life is good, and if you think it isn't good right now, it will be.  Thanks for the reminder, girl!

I get to still have my Mom and Dad here.

I get to see my niece and nephew grow up.

I get to have this really great, close knit circle of friends in my life.

I get to have a roof of my own over my head.

I get to learn new things in this crazy life every single day.

I get to be healthy and treat my body in a health way.

It's a privilege, not a right.  I'm lucky, and I know that.  I'm lucky to have what I have in my life, good/bad/ugly, etc.  I might get overwhelmed sometimes, but I know I can always get through it.

I wouldn't trade it for anything!  It makes me crazy sometimes, but I still wouldn't trade it for anything.

Til next time.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

More Updates.

Ok, so we got to the bottom of why my Mom had been feeling so poorly.

She had been complaining of fatigue and shortness of breath.  What she didn't tell any of us is that the prescription for her water pills ran out last week, and her leg started swelling.  A lot.  Know what retaining water leads to in a patient that has heart problems and is on heart meds?  Yup, shortness of breath and fatigue.

Sigh.

Her cardiologist e-scripted her prescription, we drove to the pharmacy right after the appointment, and she started taking her meds again immediately.  So she will be fine as long as she takes every single one of her meds.

It's my Dad that has me worried now.  His Parkinson's is getting worse, and it's just breaking my heart. It's not something I talk about a lot on here.  Seeing him today... I just don't have the words to describe the helplessness and heart break I felt when I saw him just sitting in his chair.  I can't talk about it without the tears flowing, so I'm going to stop now.

It's no fun having sick parents, but it is my reality.  It is the suck, as they say.

I don't know how to end this post, so I'll just say good night.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MRI Results.

It's good, thank goodness!  Normal wear & tear, but everything else is intact.  All ligaments are intact, nothing sprained, strained or broken.   I do have a benign cyst (fluid filled) on my popliteal ligament, which is in the back of the knee, but nothing else other than that.  That explains the pain I've been feeling in the back of my knee

My orthopedist said while he didn't love the idea of my going to back to Bootcamp too quickly, he did recommend cutting down to 3 times a week.  So I'll ease back into it.  Mondays & Fridays to start, and I'll take it from there.  I certainly have no desire to aggravate my knee even more.  As it was, going down the stairs at work today was not fun.  Eh, I hope it feels better tomorrow.

On a brighter note, my replacement Fitbit came in the mail today!  I felt naked it without.  Since the battery died, I hadn't worn it.  I'm happy to have it again.  It's the little things that make me happy, people.  :-)

Mom's appointment was moved to tomorrow.  Fingers crossed she's well.  She sounded better today when I talked to her.  More on that tomorrow.

That's all I have for today.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Workout Updates.

I lost the majority of my weight working out to fitness DVDs at home.  Over time, I branched out to other things, like Bikram yoga, walks outside, and Bootcamp.  Because I'm trying not to be so dang stubborn when it comes to my knee, I decided to go back to my workout roots.  Enter The Firm.


Upper Body was the very first Firm workout I ever purchased and performed, back when these workouts were on VHS tape.  Remember those days?

I took out my equipment, popped the DVD in, and got to work after taking a quick lap around my development as a warm up.  I only did Upper Body last night, as I worked lower body Sunday.  I presently have full body DOMS. 

I forgot how tough these DVDs are.  It kicked my butt.  Sheesh.

It was a beautiful day here, so at lunch I took a slow walk at the beach.  Very slow, because the knee felt on and off.  I had to get out of the office though, to enjoy the nice weather.  This was my view.


Beautiful, right?

My MRI was yesterday, and I get the results from my doctor tomorrow afternoon.  I'm remaining positive about it because moping and negative thinking won't get me anywhere.  It's a good thing the office is a quick drive from my job, so I'll be heading there during my lunch hour.  Then after work, I'm taking my Mom to the cardiologist for a routine appointment.  She's been complaining of some fatigue and shortness of breath, so it's worrisome.  Please send positive thoughts for her - they'd be much appreciated!

Hopefully I'll hear good news tomorrow on both my Mom and I, more so Mom.

I'll be back tomorrow.  Think positive, friends!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Food Prep.

I'm waiting for my chicken to finish roasting in my crockpot as I write.  I played around with this recipe from SkinnyTaste, and made just 2 little changes.  I omitted the maple syrup because I didn't have any on hand, and I added some chopped garlic and onion as well.  I chopped up some extra garlic and onion to cook with some zucchini in a skillet that I picked up at the farmer's market yesterday. It smells delicious in here!

This was the first weekend in a while where I didn't have any concrete plans, which allowed me to catch up on some chores around here.  I slayed the cleaning and mopping monster, the laundry monster, and the food shopping monster.   Ever feel like it never ends?  I actually like organizing and purging my place, it's kind of therapeutic.  LOLZ.

I have an MRI scheduled for my knee tomorrow morning before work.  It's best to know what's going on in there, and I'm focusing on staying positive about it.  I'll take a break from any strenuous workouts, like Bootcamp, until the results are in.  I hope it's not a big deal.

When she & Mimi were in town a few weeks ago, Tara suggested staying far away as possible from eating anything inflammatory, like sugar and unnecessary sodium.  Makes total sense, and I'm paying close attention to that as well as general food intake.  The last few weeks, I've been experimenting in my kitchen, cooking everything from scratch anyway, so it's really helped me already.  I very rarely eat out as it is, just as my own general rule of thumb.  Every once in a while is ok, but I don't make a regular habit out of it.

I came across this article on the web the other day.  Have you read it?  Nos. 4 and 5 speak to me especially, as a former couch potato and non-exerciser.  I'd venture to also add one more point, which is to stop living in the past.  If you've lost the weight, used to be over 300 pounds, etc., dwelling and talking about your former self has no place in your future as a maintainer.  Not that you should ever forget, but I'm just not sure how a person can have an eye on their present and their future if they keep looking back at the past.

Ok, folding and putting away clean laundry beckons.   Then The Walking Dead later tonight - I'm excited!

Enjoy the rest of your Sundays!








Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Another Knee Post.

Apparently, I spoke too soon about my knee not bothering me after all the walking around I did in the city on Sunday.  Plus Bootcamp Monday night was a pretty hard session.   (I know, I know!)  It was a great class, don't get me wrong, but the knee didn't quite think so.

Yeah, it's bothering me.  Yesterday especially was rough.  Last night, I did RICE (rest, ice, compress, elevate) and it helped a whole lot.

Today, it's not so bad, but it's ever present in my mind that I need to get ahead of this before it gets worse.  I thought I had been doing pretty well.  So, I made a follow up appointment with the orthopedist where I will ask for a MRI and take it from there.  I'm hoping it's just tendinitis.  It wouldn't surprise me if I had the early onset of osteoarthritis given my past obesity and family history, so I'm prepared to hear that.  I may need physical therapy, but before I get ahead of myself, I need to know what's going on in there for certain.

I don't want to be the person whining, complaining, & moaning while sitting on the couch about how much pain she's in.  I am not that person.  Knee pain (which I would describe as a Level 3 right now, it's not excruciating, but it's definitely there) doesn't have to mean total immobility, but it does mean there are other things I can and must do, and I need to explore those options.

It's strange, sometimes I feel great, and sometimes it'll just start acting up.   There's no clicking, popping or snapping, which I've heard is common with knee issues.  

My appointment is tomorrow, then I'll need to call the imaging center by me to make the appointment for the MRI.  If the worst the doctor tells me is that Bootcamp is a no-no for several weeks (or months,) then so be it.

It'd probably be a good idea to focus on upper body and core strength, the latter of which I'm sadly lacking.  And this would make for an excellent time to practice those elusive chin ups!

I'm staying positive about it, because what else can I do.  Being negative, pissing and moaning about it won't help me.  And it won't make the knee better.

Time to take responsibility, and focus on what can be done about it.  I don't want to have this lingering over my head forever, you know.

I'll be back later in the week to report how my appointment went.  Fingers crossed!

Have a great one!


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hanging with Sarah!

I got a message from my friend Sarah last week saying she'd be in town over the weekend.  I was super excited to see her, as the last time I saw her was in Savannah.

We were supposed to meet in Central Park, but I'm terrible with directions and not at all familiar with Central Park, so I wound up walking through and back to our meeting point.

All that walking I did around the city today, and I am shocked that neither the knee nor the heel bothered me too much.  But I digress.  Sarah & I finally met up at 65th.


The weather turned real cold real quickly today.  But the sun was out so it turned out to be a lovely day over all.

We hung out with her adorable 3 year old daughter, I met her friend Russ, and we just chatted and caught up.  It was a really nice way to spend the afternoon with an old friend!

Sarah has lost and kept off 200 pounds for almost 10 years now.  She knows a whole lot of stuff and a lot of people can benefit from her knowledge and experience.  Thanks for the vote of confidence, my dear!

When I got home, I did some quick food prep for lunches for the week, and some laundry.  The meals are in the fridge, and I need to get to folding and putting away the clothes, which is my least favorite part.

Have a great week, people!

Friday, October 3, 2014

When Opportunity Knocks...

Will you be ready to answer?  Will you answer the call?

Last week, I received a casting call email from Weight Watchers.com.  I had to submit a 60 second video answering 2 or 3 questions for the site, which I did.

It may lead to other things, other opportunities.  It's unknown at this point.

I stepped WAY the heck out of my comfort zone, and man did it feel good!

Why not, after all?  The worse that can happen is that my video doesn't get selected or I don't get a call back.  At least I tried.  At least I can say I did it.  And that's something.

You just never know where this crazy ride of life could take you.

Step out of your comfort zones, guys!  You'll be happy you did.

Have a great day.  :-)