Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday Ten

1. When I got up last Friday morning, after my back injection on Thursday, I felt a bit like I'd been touched by the hand of God and miraculously healed.  My alarm went off at 4:00 am as usual and as my feet hit the floor I realized - NO PAIN!  I definitely had slept better, but after 2 years of not sleeping well I think it's going to take me bit to get out of the habit of waking up every time I turn. Still it was amazing to wake up and realize I wasn't feeling the stabbing in my back, have my feet hit the floor - still no stabbing,  and actually be able to put on my running clothes normally without creative contorting, not to mention lift my legs properly and walk without shuffling!

2.  I did experience some of the side effects of the steroid as well - some flushing/warming which felt similar to a hot flash but not quite as intense and I also felt a bit jittery 2 days in.  That might also have been contributing to my inability to just sleep.  But my back is feeling so much better I am willing to work through this.

3. Workouts have been a bit challenging because I've developed a mild case of shin splints. I haven't had those since I first began running in 2003.  I guess they've come on just because I have so drastically changed and upped the intensity of my workouts. Even just walking it takes my legs a bit to warm up and for me not to feel the shin splints - but I'm working on them.  My cryocup has been my best friend lately. I wish I'd thought to invent that thing as it is a miracle worker - ice and massage at the same time!

4. After telling Mr. Helen I absolutely, positively was not going to make dinner on Friday night, I came home and made pizza.  SIGH.  Honestly, I think it was because I went grocery shopping before I came home from work and the sticker shock got to me.  Plus I knew we would be getting takeout on Saturday.  Pizza was good even though I didn't want to make it.


5.  On Saturday I decided to combine 2 days of my Neila Rey workouts because as I said before, I am looking for a rest day a week.  One of the workouts was more of a stretching workout and the other was to do squats.  So I went out an ran in the crazy August September humidity then I came home and figured I'd do my squats mixed with sprint intervals on the treadmill so I could get in 6 miles all together.  5 intervals of sprints and 6 sets of 25 squats, followed by the arm stretches, calf raises, cat stretches and 4 more sets of squats mixed in.  I was pooped but exhilarated at the same time.  My workout clothes were as wet as if I'd been in the shower.   As I grabbed my workout sheets and my exercise log so I could write everything down, I flipped to the page for the squats and saw that I was only supposed to do 100.  I had done 250!!!  That meant I took an ice bath because I was so worried about what my legs would be like on Sunday.

6. I've been feeling thinner and so I decided to try on a dress I hadn't been able to get into all summer.  I had figured that I needed to lose about 10 pounds to get back into it but since I'm not weighing myself again until the end of my 90 day challenge, I didn't have that as a measurement to work from. But, I've been feeling thinner.  Maybe it's the inches lost, maybe I lost more weight in the last week but whatever - it fit - WOOT!  It was a delightful outfit to wear in Saturday's humidity.

7. Overnight Saturday the humidity broke and we woke up to gloriously blue skies and sunshine.  It would have been a great day to work out but I took my first day of rest in 35 straight days.  And I thoroughly enjoyed it! Mr. Helen had the day off so we decided to have a few hours at the beach.  I'm guessing it will be one of, if not our very last beach day this year.  The weather folks are already predicting we'll need sweatshirts by the weekend.

8. I don't know what has happened to old Helen but I know there's a new Helen in town.  I jerked awake Monday morning and it was 5:30!  That's a whole hour and a half late for me to get up.  I jumped up, changed into workout clothes and went downstairs - and the coffee maker hadn't turned on automatically!  I decided I was not going to let the powers that were trying to ruin the start of my week win, so I turned on the coffee pot, grabbed my Neila Rey workout for the day and spent 25 minutes doing that.  Yes, it meant I had to do my cardio after work (which I'm so not a fan of) but the fact that I chose the Body Weight Training over cardio?  That's pretty much a miracle.  The fact that I worked out at all when my normal routine was completely out of whack is a miracle too.  Usually I would have waited for the coffee and vegged on the sofa until 6 am then gotten in the shower. There's definitely a new Helen in town.

9. I've been craving a Reuben Sandwich.  Last Friday while grocery shopping I went so far as to buy lean corned beef and Swiss cheese with the intention of having a panini for dinner.  As I was unpacking groceries I realized I forgot to buy rye or pumpernickel bread and I could not bring myself to make it on any other kind.  Problem solved:  Monday for lunch, I made a basic salad with lettuce, spinach, tomatoes and cucumbers, then topped it with the corned beef and Swiss and a good Russian dressing.  This salad was so good!

10. I've got a big secret I'm busting to share but can't quite yet... now aren't you dying to know?

18 comments:

  1. Glad the shot worked for you and your pain free. Your dress is so pretty. You sound so happy and positive in this post so keep up what your doing its working for you.
    Can't wait to "hear" your secret. Your pizzas look awesome and yummy too!

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    1. "Happy" is my 2014 motto/theme. I've been working on it and seeking it out. It's changing my life I think.

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  2. Wow there is definitely a new Helen in town and I loved the old Helen but I do love this one too! Such positive news all over this post, so happy for you the injection worked and the pain is gone.

    But number 10 ruined it a bit LOL because now I am wondering all day what it is :)

    So happy for you Helen that everything is working for you these days.

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    1. It always feels good to be in a place where everything seems to be clicking. I hope it keeps up!

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  3. so glad you are feeling so much better, in so many ways! :)

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    1. Feeling better physically helps with feeling better mentally too.

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    2. YES!!! mentally and physically at once is a game changer.

      xo

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  4. So glad to hear the shot seems to be helping with your back. I have knee pain from arthritis and am going tomorrow for x-rays to see if I an find an alternative treatment to avoid total replacements! I really dread such extensive surgery. I tried cortisone shots in them, and it didn't help at all. I'm afraid they are bone-on-bone, too compressed for the treatment they offer to work. We shall see. Your dress is so pretty, and you look great. I too had a weight regain but reversed it this summer and am back down 20 of those 32 pounds I gained back. It never stops being tough, does it? Can't wait to hear your secret!!!

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    1. I have a 52 year old coworker who ran the gamut of treatments for her knees due to arthritis. Finally last year she decided she would have to do something surgical. Today she is saying it's the best thing she ever did. She is quite active and back to everything she was doing prior to the surgery - now she just does it pain free! I guess what I'm saying is that surgery has advanced a lot - don't be afraid of it.

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  5. Secret?? I want to know!!

    Glad that your back is allowing you sleep and no pain. You get so used to chronic no sleep that when you can actually get it - it feels weird!

    You look fantastic, BTW. I think the smile makes the outfit.

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    1. Thank you Lori - Mr. Helen always says my smile is my best accessory.

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  7. Wow, that's great about your back! I've actually been taking two ibuprofens before I go to bed and that seems to help with my shoulder pain - its nearly gone when I wake up, where it was WAKING me up and that's just not me!

    I love the dress! Blue is my favorite color - you are doing awesome. And I had to laugh - of course you read all the instructions for the Zero scale! I didn't realize it was a regular scale until we had to weigh Tony every day with his new meds - ha!

    I want to know what the news is!! :D I know that it's not pregnant :D

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  8. Huzzah! So happy you aren't hurting!!! Wonderful news! I feel so privileged to be in the know on your big secret... :)

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    1. Let's hope the not hurting lasts a long, long time!

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  9. ...yes, I'm wanting to know the secret!!!!!

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