Freedom Is The Oxygen Of The Soul

It’s almost been 4 months since I started my journey to better health.  Time flys when you’re having fun!  Posting pics of my progress with my runs, walks and food have kept me strangely interested and motivated to one up myself.  Whatever works, right? 
306 calories of nomnom lunch this week!
Despite my injury and prolonged bed rest, the tale of the scale keeps getting better as I lost more weight and inches this week.  Clearly, it’s not just about exercise, but about eating your “guilty pleasures” in moderation.
How low can I go?

And while I am still unable to run, I was cleared by my awesome docs at the Alternative Health Center of the Woodlands to walk, so I’ve been doing just that along with physical therapy twice a week.  The difference this time with walking is that I’m using my core while doing so and working up quite a sweat in a short amount of time and distance.  Baby steps yet again.

As I finished up one of my physical therapy sessions last week, I turned and noticed my flabby arms.  I mean, I knew they were flabby.  I even call them my bat wings, but dang. 
Fly Me To The Moon
So I added new goal to my better health journey.  I’m now doing light strength training with 3 pound weights  3 days a week to lessen the chance of flight with my arms. Haha Here’s a pic from Day 1 of the app “Arm Workout – 12 Days to Perfect Arms.”  Well, it’ll take me more than 12 days, but it’s a start.  I love the little awards for completing a workout.  It’s like getting a treat. 

My great news today is that I have been cleared to go back to work!  YIPPEE!  I never thought I’d be so excited to return, but I am.  I’ve been blessed with awesome colleagues who stepped up and took care of my clients while I was out on medical leave for these past 3 weeks.  Now, onto getting through this:

 UGH, that number of emails is scary, but I’m back to work today so YIPPEE!
And soon I’ll be cleared to run.  Insert bigger happy sigh here.
During the past 3 weeks, I’ve had a lot of time to think while being on bed rest.  Not being able to sit or stand is quite the eye opener.  
  1. Tell those you love every day how much you mean to them. Every day!
  2. Work will go on without you.
  3. Shave your legs ladies, because you never know when you physically can’t do it.
  4. Bend with your knees and not with your back.
  5. Work your core at every opportunity because it will save you from possible injury.
  6. Find joy in what you do and peace when you do it and when you can’t do it.
  7. Keep clothes in easy to reach places.
  8. Running is addicting and you’ll want to do it more when you can’t.
  9. When you’re hurting, your pets will want to sit on you.
  10. Listen to your body and do not ignore it.

It’s amazing what you want to do when you can’t do it.  So don’t delay what you want to do.  Get out there and just do it!
What exercises are best to help strengthen your core?  Please share in the comments!  Thank you. 

Government Shutdown? PFFFT. Work Your Core OR ELSE! #Fit4Meesh

Well hello there stranger!

Yes, it’s been more than a month since my last post.  Shame on me!  I complete C25K and then disappear, but I’m baaaaaaaaaaack.  πŸ™‚

Our view of the Teton Mountains from our cabin in Jackson Hole, WY.

The first of September found us on vacation in Wyoming.  OH MY STARS it’s gorgeous up there!  Hiking, sight seeing, wildlife watching, napping, relaxing.  No words can truly express how breathtakingly beautiful it is in Wyoming.  I’ll share more cool pics soon, but wanted to give you an update on #Fit4Meesh first.

It’s always challenging to get back in the swing of every day life after a week of vacation, but Chulo Handsomehub Steve and I seemed to do rather well … albeit slowly.  I started the 5KForever app to help me with speed and endurance.  The first day was tough, but I did it.  The next run day was on Wednesday, 9/18, and I was able to run 33 minutes without stopping and felt as if I could do more! This was the first time I wanted to keep going. Breakthrough!  

Then I made a huge mistake.

After my run that morning, I noticed my cats had surrounded a baby gecko on my kitchen floor.  Fearing more for myself that this teeny tiny lizard would somehow make it into my bedroom alive to crawl up the bedspread and get in my hair, I decided to save its life.  I found a small, clear piece of Tupperware and bent over sideways to put it over the baby gecko while sliding a piece of paper under it.  As I stood up, I felt a pull in my lower back, but figured it was NBD.  Boy, was I wrong!

As the day progressed, it became increasingly difficult to sit due to the pain.  My entire body had become completely stiff and I could barely move by late that afternoon.  What. The Heck.

Chulo Handsomehub was out of the country on biz so thankfully my sister-in-law Christine was able to drive me the next morning to see my good friend, Dr. Melissa Clouthier at The Alternative Health Center of The Woodlands.  After a thorough exam and me whining like a big baby, I learned I’ve not been working my core while running these past 3 months and because of that, my pelvic and lower back have been picking up the slack when they shouldn’t have been.  

My bending over wonky was the preverbial straw that “broke” my back to where I became unable to stand up straight or sit.  What I thought would be a couple days of laying in bed to recover has turned into almost TWO WEEKS.  Although I’m still on bed rest as I type this, I am much better.  I’d say 60% and every day getting better thanks to physical therapy with both Dr. Clouthier’s three times a week. I highly recommend their office!
I’ve had foot and knee injuries in the past, but my lower back/pelvic injury has been the most debilitating.  Simple acts like getting dressed, putting away groceries, picking up a dropped pen, feeding pets and even using the restroom have become difficult.  And I didn’t realize how much is done sitting.  Geez!

How do you avoid an injury like mine?  There are tons of articles and charts on how to work your core.  Find them and use them. Like NOW!  I can still throw my chancla at you from bed.  πŸ˜‰  Even the simple act of breathing in, holding your tummy in for a few seconds and breathing out will help.  And please, bend with your knees always.

This is me today. I’m thinking of hiking in those mountains behind me or running around that lake.  I’ve not been able to run for two weeks.  It’s all I can think about.  It’s all I want to do … besides work.  I’m unable to sit for more than few minutes so yeah, I can’t work either.  I knew I was a workaholic, but wow, I’m bad.  The thought of how many emails are in my inbox will put me in a panic, but I have awesome teammates who are running point for me while I’m on medical leave.  

I’m lazy at heart on my own time so while my days have been filled with a lot of naps and bad TV, I’m kinda going a little stir crazy!  But I need to focus on the positive that I’ll come out of this with more knowledge on how to listen to my body and slow down.  

Oh, and ladies?  Look at my face in this picture of me today.  I started using Nivea CrΓ¨me the day I hurt myself.  I haven’t had a breakout and my skin feels like it did many, many years ago. Yay Nivea (and less than $7 a jar)!  πŸ™‚

As of this post, I’m able to walk almost straight!  No more “Old Lady Walking!”  I also am blessed that I’ve been able to continue losing weight and inches despite this injury.  Last week I posted a pic on FB showing the tale of my scale at 200.0 and how excited I was to almost be under that number.  I get that numbers aren’t what matters.  It’s all about how you feel about yourself in and out of your clothes, but breaking this barrier is my big frickin deal. 

It’s “more loose,” not looser.  FYI πŸ™‚

Then today, it happened.  I broke past that number. I haven’t weighed under 200 in 6 years.  I am so excited, and I just can’t hide it!  Yep, sing the song with me.  I’m about to lose control and I think I like it!  

Buh-BYE 21.2 lbs!  Only 31.6 lbs to go before I hit my goal.  Yippee!  Now if only I could go run right now … I know. I know.  Patience grasshopper.  πŸ™‚

Along with the weight loss, here’s my tale of the measuring tape of where I am as of today:

  • 13.5 Neck
  • 38 Waist
  • 46 Hips
  • 43 Bust

Total losses to date since 6/20/2013 are:

  • 21.2 lbs
  • 1 inch from neck
  • 6 inches from waist
  • 6 inches from hips
  • 1.5 inches from boobage

Can I get a WOOHOO?!  
Where can I get in 90 days from now when I’m back to my normal schedule?  The sky is the limit!  

I have the right tools at my disposal:  Chulo Handsomehub, working my core, 5KForever, food balance, MyFitnessPal to keep track of carbs, proteins, fats and calories, and the awesome support of each and every one of you. You keep me honest.  You keep me motivated.  And your kind words will get me through this injury and back to work, life and play!  After all, I have The Color Run in Houston on 10/27!
So, what’s the moral of this story?  I’ve made a meme!

Or next time the baby gecko dies!  Just kidding!  No one call PETA.  I’ll bend with my knees too. Promise.  πŸ™‚

What do you do to work you core?  
Please share in the comment section below!