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Sunday, October 18, 2009

I’m back! My hip injury, which turned out to be a back injury, definitely turned a corner this week. I’ve been resting, icing, heat padding, sleeping, and going to the chiropractor for four weeks now. I couldn’t walk for more than 10 minutes, without pulling my SI joint back out of whack. But not this week! I have consistently walked 30 to 40 minutes every day this week. Yeah!!!

So it has definitely been an interesting month. I always count on my injuries to teach me something new. Or maybe something old that keeps presenting itself as a lesson to learn, which might be the case this time. I started on spark in March and decided to give it my all just to see what would happen. That meant walking and tracking all my food, with the idea of pushing myself and trying to improve every week. Well, I was going gang busters on my walking! My goal was to walk enough to burn 3,500 calories a week and get up to four miles an hour. Well, I did get there, but it was too much. My back just said E-NUFF!!! This is a lesson that has been presenting itself for years and years and years. I have to believe and remember that I am only as strong and as fast as my weakest links. And those are the SI joints in my back and my knees. They are strong and they do a great job for me. But they do have limits, and I hit the wall with them way before the rest of my body does. My lungs and heart would run every day if they could. My head is ready to walk for hours finding out what is around the next corner. My will to keep losing weight at a good clip gets me out there every day. But the knees and back keep things slowed down. So, while I am flat out, staring at the ceiling, with ice on my back, it gives me time to think and ponder how I got to this point. Again….because I have been here before. Oh, yah, my back will not handle that much exercise, how could I forget?

Maybe like the nutrition tracker and the fitness tracker on Spark, my knees and back are here to hold me accountable as well. Maybe they slow me down before something more problematic happens. Could be. So, during my walks, I pay very close attention to how my joints are feeling and slow down when I feel a twinge. When I get home, ice, ice, ice, and stretch, stretch, stretch. It gives me time to think and rethink my goals.

So, in the spirit of accountability, I did pretty well these four weeks. I lost a few pounds, gained a couple. But in the long run, I am down from where I started before the injury. And that just has to be an amazing, amazing feat. To have maintained during this frustrating time is something to celebrate. And to have found a way through this injury in four short weeks is another great thing. I really do think I can finally “hear” my body when it is hungry and when it is not. I had completely lost that ability before Spark. And I have learned that I don’t have to push myself so much when I’m exercising. Slowing down just a little bit makes a huge difference, and I am basically doing what I was before the injury. And a great progress report, since I have cut my calories back a bit with the reduced exercise, my sodium has gone way down! I learned how to reduce it this past month. I can do it!

Thank you to everybody who dropped by to wish me well. I have a constant stream of cheery messages, which I so, so appreciate. I am back on now, to help pay it forward on Spark! I believe that when someone does a good deed for me, instead of worrying about paying them back, I will pay it forward by doing a good deed for someone else.

Take care all and have a great week! Stay out of the Halloween Candy, y'all!!!

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  • JLITT62
    Great blog! Such a wonderful attitude, so many great discoveries. Keep it up.
    4012 days ago
    Way to go, and I glad to see your feeling better.

    4016 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    What a wonderful blog. Congratulations on keeping the weight off while recuperating! That shows you have a healthy lifestyle going on even outside the exercise. I am so happy for you! I still have to find that place where I can exercise enough to be healthy and continue losing and over doing it. I find myself in the same situation way too often.

    Keep up the great work!
    4023 days ago
    Great advice son the Halloween Candy; we do not buy it until the day before--so much better, or I give out money.

    Hope you feel much better real soon; it is so hard to do anything if we are in pain.
    4023 days ago
    Glad to see you back! It's important to listen to your body. Whenever I push myself too much I pay for it by requiring a few days to rest and not do anything. It sounds like your body is doing the same thing. Unfortunately our bodies are not as young as we may feel we are.
    4023 days ago
    Well--I guess I've posted 2 responses to this blog (now 3.) I read it yesterday, and wrote out a response. But sometimes those responses disappear into "cyber-air." So I didn't see my response this morning--and thought I'd write to you again. Turns out you have so many comments that there are TWO PAGES of comments--and I didn't check p. 2. And of course, on page 2 was my original response. A "duh" moment for me. Haha.
    4023 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/19/2009 7:47:42 AM
    Bravo for you! I'm glad you're listening to your body and taking care of it--and also doing it in a positive way. Sounds like you're on the mend again. Take care of yourself, my good SparkFriend! emoticon
    4023 days ago
    I am so glsad things are going so good for you, and that you are getting better! We have to listen to our bodies; I learned the hard way, too.

    Have a blessed week;
    4024 days ago
    Glad your back with us and yes take it easy so your not back flat on your back again......I have a ton of joint pain that keeps me from wanting to walk much so my mind is not as gungho as yours is because my body would not be able to keep up with my mind LOL......there is an inner athelite within me but the pain keeps me benched more often than not LOL
    4024 days ago
    The sound of maturity and sense! Way to go!
    4024 days ago
    I'm so glad you're able to walk again. I have the same problem, my mind thinks I can do more than my body actually can do. I have a tendency to push too hard. But I'm also getting better at judging my abilities. I wish you good luck with your back and hips!
    4024 days ago
    Welcome back! I hope you are feeling better and had a good weekend. You might want to talk to your doctor about back strengthening and knee strengthening exercises, they would probably help in the long run.

    Happy Walking!

    4024 days ago
    Danette, thanks for sharing this. It helps me deal with my own setbacks!
    4024 days ago
  • CATH5109
    Danette, you speak for a lot of us. I am glad that you've started to recover and know what parts of your body to watch out for. Your committment to weight loss is inspiring. Cathy
    4024 days ago
    It's wonderful to hear that you are able to do your walking once again. Just be sure to keep listening to your body so as not to reinjure yourself.

    I love your positive spin on the whole situation. You are definitely Sparked!
    4024 days ago
  • MKPQ51
    Glad to read you're back and, even better, that your injury is doing so well and that you’ve done such a great job on maintaining your weight. WooHoo, way to go on keeping that weight in line while you were in down time!!!!!

    As you're getting back in the swing of things, do take it a bit slower this time; make sure you continue to listen to your body and not overdo it! I know I mentioned it in an earlier blog; but, have you considered taking a water aerobic class? Exercising in the water is supposed to be less stress on the body.

    I love the picture!

    Take care of yourself and, again, welcome back!


    4024 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4035863
    What a positive attitude about your injury. I know it is hard to be positive when your body lets you down. Here's a toast to your good health.

    4024 days ago
  • no profile photo ALEMAPO
    Glad to hear that you are back and feeling better! Listen to your body - it usually knows best!
    Great that you are down in weight despite not being able to walk as much!

    4024 days ago
    Love you talking through the challenges that life has, is, will continue to throw you. What a growth realization. So impressed by you!!! Sending you some well wishes for continued wellness building and twinkle fingers for encouragement.
    4024 days ago
    That picture is so great!! Love it! I'm glad to hear that you are healing, and able to go on walks again. And you've analyzed things really well. Hope you are able to keep walking--I know that's what you love to do!! emoticon
    4024 days ago
  • WANDA68
    I loved the pic and then the more I read the blog I love it even more! I am dealing with the same thing at the moment back pain. I pulled muslces in my lower back trying to be super women and jogged 1 mile for the 1 st time jogging in probably 25 years or more! I love it even more that you turned it all around and made it a postive. I thank-you!. I will get up and move more today So I can get back on track sooner than later!
    4024 days ago
    Yes, this is another friend that didn't know you were injured, but glad you are back. You did a wonderful job with the stress and the recovery. It shows how much power you have to not let something like this completely undo everything you worked so hard for. Congratulations and welcome back!
    4024 days ago
    Good to have your back back! My left knee keeps swelling up and hurting me, but not severely - just an annoyance that is controllable with motrin and a knee brace most days. It's frustrating because it doesn't hurt when I walk - but it does when I sit or lie down - so I keep walking (I'm no quitter!) emoticon
    4024 days ago
  • FITKAT2010
    OK, did I know you were hurting???? I don't think so and for that I am sorry!

    So, paying it here and now, I am ecstatic over your time on your back contemplating all that you did.

    You did an amazing job here taking a bump in the road and having it propel you to more success.

    Kudos! My hat goes off to you.
    4024 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4419646
    Glad to hear that you're back, and that you did so well while you were down! Down but not out!
    4024 days ago
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