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Thirsty Thursday

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I have been drinking so much water today and this past week. My mouth is really dry from my braces, and I can't have anything but water when I have them in. The good news about them, though, is that I lost .6 pounds this week! And that was without being able to run (stitches and doctor's orders) or go swimming. In fact, I hadn't been to the gym at all in that time where I lost .6 pounds.
So after I got over the initial excitement, I thought "well, I guess this means I have been slacking off in the nutrition department." I started taking a mental inventory of what I have been eating and came to the conclusion that I was falling back into the old habit of "well I go to the gym so I have to eat 5-6 times a day." Even when I wasn't really even hungry. A protein bar after school even when I'm not hungry adds up! At 200 calories a pop, that's an extra 1000 calories a week. In food I don't even really want! No wonder I was at a plateau. So maybe I'm getting ahead of myself in celebrating my small weight loss, but I think it's just what I needed as a kick in the rear.
Tonight was elliptical and upper body at the gym. The elliptical is growing on me... I still don't love it, but I'm getting used to it.
Got "Superfeet" at the local running store (they are insoles) this afternoon. Put them in my sneaks and immediately noticed a difference in the way I stand. I really *wasn't* getting enough arch support! Tomorrow I'm going to see if my doc can get me some orthotics for my regular shoes (old lady inserts or not, I want my feet to be happy!) so I can have this wonderful feeling in my feet with my work shoes. Until then, I may invest in some more Birkenstocks so I can give my sandals a chance to breathe.
The insert made my heel feel a lot better - I think I may have bruised that foot muscle (plantar faciitis). Bleh. No more cheap shoes for me. I am done with these aching feet! Every time I see a pair of cute shoes staring at me, I will remember what my feel feel like right now and resist. I'd rather be able to run again than wear cute, but painful, shoes.
SO excited for Friday tomorrow. Wahoo!

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PINKCOCONUT 9/26/2009 11:37AM

    I am with you! I LOVE heeled shoes and whatnot but I haven't worn any since I started running, I care about my feet, ankles, knees and back TOO much! I now only wear them on special occasions.

Sounds like you had some sound advice from yourself and I fell into the same trap and ended up barely losing anything this year. Now that I'm back on track I've lost about 6lbs in the last two months. Sometimes we need to kick our own butts! Keep it up!

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REEDSKI 9/25/2009 3:03PM

    I had plantar fasciitis. It really hurts! I finally bought New Balance shoes and sandals and it helped a lot. I am planning on buying Asics next time. I will look into the Superfeet insoles. No more cheap shoes for me, either.

Have a great weekend! I love the weekend!

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There is hope, after all!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about visiting the chiropractor. I wasn't sure exactly what would happen - I've heard so many stories about people going once and getting roped into going again and again.
Friday afternoon the doc did the Graston technique on my leg. It is still bruised, and I thought "If this is all he's going to do, I'm not going to keep going." Last night I went again - and had a wonderful experience! He worked with me for over an hour - figuring out exactly where my leg hurt, taking foot scans, doing movement exercises, balance exercises... by the end of the night, we determined that my arches have fallen a bit. Not flat feet, but definitely enough to warrant looking at orthotics (old lady alert!).
He also determined that my hamstrings and inner thigh muscles need to get stronger - I hyper-extend my knees. That's where the downhill running pain comes in.
Everything he said made perfect sense! My gym routine needs to include the elliptical, and not so much the treadmill. I can run short distances outside, preferably on the track where it is flat. And, most exciting, my Penguin-ness is going to come in handy! I am supposed to run slow. I said "you don't need to worry about that!"
Last night I came home and was in SUCH a good mood. There is hope for my running career!

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PINKCOCONUT 9/24/2009 6:31PM

    Awesome!!! I need to go to one as well, I even had a complete stranger (who was at school to become a massage therapist mind you) comment how funky my back is....I just keep putting it off. But you're inching me closer!

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KAYAKID 9/22/2009 9:49AM

    Carrie, its al about balamce - st and cadio - we need both so much - we get on 1 sthing and forget about the other things -good luck to you and your comments are much appreciated. Have a good week singing with our kids.


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OIRALINDE 9/22/2009 9:19AM

    Yay! Good luck!

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GRAMPIAN 9/22/2009 7:41AM

  This is an inspiring story. Good luck with the running!

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GRAMPIAN 9/22/2009 7:41AM

  This is an inspiring story. Good luck with the running!

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Here's what I've learned about myself from going to all these doctors lately.

- I am a very good dental patient. I always brush my teeth after lunch at school, and I floss every night. My dentist told me that it would make my life with Invisalign a lot better.
- My foot turns out a little bit when I squat. Therefore, it turns out a little bit when I run. I am going to work on keeping it straight ahead, and maybe that will help me get rid of this IT band problem a little quicker. I Googled "turned out foot" and I read one article that said the right foot is more likely to turn out a little bit because of driving. The foot is trained to turn out to hit the gas while the heel is in front of the brake. Interesting. I've been making a conscious effort to keep my right foot straight when I walk and stand.

I love being in tune with my body.
My teeth trays don't hurt nearly as much today. I think my teeth are finally moving in the right direction. I am so looking forward to the end result! My stitches are getting sore. The bandage tape really hurt when I took it off this morning - the pain of that and the soreness of the stitches made me a little lightheaded. I had to lie down right after I took my bandage off. Didn't make it easier that I am sick. Tomorrow afternoon the stitches come out and I can get back to exercising regularly and lying down on both sides.
Off to drink some water!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 9/20/2009 11:02PM

    I did not know that about the right foot, I will have to check out if I do this myself.

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JOPAPGH 9/20/2009 9:08PM

    You sound the model patient.

Have fun exercising again. and sleeping on both sides.

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KAYAKID 9/20/2009 8:15PM

    Wow! you sound like you are a professional doctor visitor.LOL Carrie I am glad its all working out for you. Good luck!

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Aching from my teeth to my knee

Saturday, September 19, 2009

I feel like I'm falling apart! My braces hurt. My stitches hurt. My knee is sore. Ugh.
Yesterday was my first chiropractor appointment. He did this crazy "Grastin technique" on my right leg. OOOOWWWWWWWWW. It was the most painful thing ever!!! He told me he has a lot of success using that technique with people whose IT band is giving them problems. We'll see!
I think the kiddos are finally catching up with me. My throat hurts a bit, my nose is stuffy, and last night I slept from 7-10 on the couch and then went to bed at midnightish and slept until a little after 8:00. Bleh. Today is going to be a couch day with some laundry and dishes thrown in so I don't feel totally lazy.
It's breakfast time. I seriously need some coffee this morning. I love to sit around and be lazy in the morning and drink my coffee. Ahh.
Happy Saturday!

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RASCALSMOMMA 9/19/2009 12:23PM

    Tell the Chiro that if he does another Grastin technique on you; youll do a technique on him; some call it the heimlich manover (not a typo!) My Chiro tried that on me and I could NOT deal! so he is MUCH gentler. I am spastic and very hypersenstive. forgive the ignorance but what is an IT band. is it like a gastric band that some people have for surgical weight loss?? Laurie

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CELEST 9/19/2009 10:18AM

    Yuck, being sicks not great. Hope you eat some fruit and veggies and feel better real soon.

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Just some thoughts

Thursday, September 17, 2009

- I think exercise really makes me not so tired. I haven't been to the gym since last Wednesday and I am exhausted. Once these damn stitches come out I will go crazy at the gym!
- Today was my first full day of having my braces in. Since I can't eat with them in, I couldn't come home and shove a piece (or two) of bread in my mouth for no reason other than that the bread was there. This will be very good for me.
- I am getting good at just doing what I need to do instead of writing everything on a list. Have to write a paper? I just write it. Have to clean up the kitchen? Just do it while I'm thinking of it. It's actually kind of rewarding not to have to be tied to a list for everything. And I LOVE my lists!
- Chiropractor appointment tomorrow. Hoping for some adjustment and/or massage that allows me to start running again soon. I miss running!!!
- Bought a new fall trench coat in a size S. Love it. It wasn't cheap, but it will be around for a long time. Goes with just about everything.

I am exhausted. Guess I'll enjoy my couch time now. I am allowing myself this time off from the gym (but not from tracking food) because I want to heal properly and completely. Next Tuesday is when I am getting my butt back in gear with my workout routine. It's only 4 days away! Wahoo! Never in my whole life did I think I'd actually be excited about getting back to workouts.
Happy Almost Friday!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 9/17/2009 11:24PM

    Oh i remember my days with braces. I think I could only eat a liquid diet when ever i got them tightened, but sooo worth the pain.

I am energized after i workout. I'm usually doing my housework afterwards. I love that feeling.

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KAYAKID 9/17/2009 11:08PM

    Carrie, I know how you feel, I am so missing running, I have run once in 10 days - I tried to run last saturday and the hips and groin said no - so I stopped - I have a race in 9 days - I am not sure when I should try - I am going to get a sports massage next week I can't wait and will see what happens after that. I did go to the gym for the first time this yesterday and did a body Pump class and tried to be nice to the hip. I wasn't doing the lunges right and one of the instructors came up to me and said - "you are doing doing those right" I had to explain my groin was bothering me. good luck to you with chiroprator. have a good friday! yea!!!

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