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The Verdict on the Shoulder

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Well, swimming is going to have to go on the shelf for at least a month or so. I saw an orthopedic PA this morning and he said it's most likely a torn or inflamed labrum. I had no idea what that was until a couple of hours ago. Apparently it's the tissue surrounding the shoulder socket. According to the internets, tears are often caused by repetitive motions or a sudden pull, such as when lifting a heavy object.

Which basically confirms to me that I hurt it when I took that surfing lesson last September. It started hurting the next day. The instructor gave me a GIANT surfboard and I vividly remember several times when my arms were jerked as the waves pulled the surfboard out of my arms. Although I'm heavy, I'm not super tall and I think that board was too much for me to handle. Ever since then I've just been exacerbating the problem when I went to the pool and swam laps.

I have a prescription for an anti-inflammatory and start physical therapy in a couple of weeks. Hopefully I will have improved enough to not reinjure myself when I do the St. John swim at the end of May. Because there's no way I'm skipping that. However, this makes me really glad we decided to do the swim with fins. I definitely know I can swim 1 1/4 miles with fins, even if I don't train between now and then.

My fingers are crossed that we can get this fixed and it won't hamper my swimming long-term.

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LMB-ESQ 4/10/2014 8:19AM

    Oh... man!! Well, it could be worse. He could be recommending surgery. I hope the PT helps. Do what you have to do, and hopefully you'll be back in great shape for St. John.

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KICK-SS 4/10/2014 1:30AM

    Damaged shoulders are no fun! I tore my deltoid muscle on my arm a couple years ago when I pulled/jerked a heavy suitcase off the moving carousel at an airport.. I apparently just turned wrong or something... Still hurts!

If the dr. wants you to take it easy or do therapy, be sure and do what's necessary to heal it correctly.

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WOUBBIE 4/9/2014 5:50PM

    Ugh. Take it slow and easy and work on those kicking muscles instead!

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BHENDRICK2 4/9/2014 3:24PM

    ouch i hope you feel better

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Getting Fit Part 2

Monday, April 07, 2014

Well, I didn't win the entire March Knit and Get Fit challenge, but I did pretty well, and I won a prize (a fancy hank of yarn)! Here's what I most liked about this challenge. First, getting points for workouts means I actually made an effort to get to the gym and work out. I started Masters swimming again, regularly attended the morning strength class at the Y, and even did some walking and strength circuits on my own.

It was kind of gratifying when Jason joined me in those circuits one day and after one set, when I announced "Only 3 more rounds!", he looked traumatized. But he did them all with me. He's doing really great, actually, and lost seven pounds in March!

Second, we got points for posting pictures of the healthy meals we were eating, which is incredible motivation for actually eating healthy meals. March wasn't perfect, food-wise, but it was pretty darn good.

By the end of the month, I hadn't lost any weight, but I had lost an inch on my waist and hips, and a couple of inches on my chest. I was hoping for more, but the challenge was a really good jumpstart for me.

Now here's the bad part - I'm having a really hard time with my shoulder. Push ups and shoulder exercises in strength training class are bad. Swimming is bad. I went swimming on Saturday with Rebecca and even though we did half of the workout kicking, we did enough with our arms that by Saturday night my shoulder and head were hurting. Yesterday I realized the right side of my neck hurt. It's the end of the work day on Monday and my shoulder and the right sides of my neck and head are still hurting.

So today I made an appointment with an orthopedist.

I know I can do the 1.25-mile St. John swim right this second, and snorkeling doesn't really involve the arms, so no matter what, our vacation at the end of May is intact. However, I've skipped the last 2 weeks of Master's swimming because I don't want to aggravate the shoulder anymore than I already have.

So I've been walking. A lot. Since I seem to be useless for much else right now, my goal is to walk 10,000 steps per day in April. Saturday I got 7000 steps, but I swam, so I called it good. Every other day in April so far, I've walked at least 10,000 steps.

I have a feeling I'll also be adding physical therapy to the routine in the near future.

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CALGALFOX 4/9/2014 12:28PM

    A hank of yard and a jump start seems like a great deal. I agree with Laurie - figure out that shoulder asap!

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KELLYIM 4/8/2014 10:53AM

    Laurie, haha! I admit, I fudged some of my pictures and didn't give her all of the information. We didn't have any more conflict. I think she relaxed as the contest went on and realized people were doing the best they could.

She's doing an April challenge, but you had to either do Shakeology or do one of the Beach Body(TM) fitness programs. I have friends who do Beach Body programs and they seem great, actually, but I was hoping to be getting in swimming training this month so didn't want to have to do another fitness program at the same time. Maybe I should have signed up since I can't swim anyway. And we've already discussed why I didn't want to do Shakeology.

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LMB-ESQ 4/8/2014 9:44AM

    Yep... time to get to the doctor Missy! Let us know what they tell you.

How did it go with your challenge leader and her ummmm..... different ..... approach to eating?

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WOUBBIE 4/7/2014 8:05PM

    Oh no. Well, if your knees give out you'll have to try chair exercises. (Only partly joking!)
There's always SOMETHING you can do!

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GRACILU 4/7/2014 5:36PM


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Getting Fit

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Unlike all the other times I don't post for almost a week, I'm actually doing really well this time. The Knit & Get Fit group is off and running and so far (4 days in), I'm killing it!

Not to toot my own horn. But I did win a prize today for being in the top 3, so... Toot!

It's been interesting because the only person I know in the group is the organizer (and I only know her through Ravelry and Yarnbox) and everyone is at completely different levels with their fitness and nutrition knowledge. We're all encouraging each other and the fact that I get points and am accountable to a group makes it that much easier to get up early and go to the gym.

Since it's Facebook-based, a lot of the points hinge on photos. We get a point for taking a picture of each of our meals, for taking a sweaty picture of ourselves post-workout, for taking a picture of our latest knitting project. We also get a point for posting a motivational quote, and it's been fun to find them and to read everyone else's.

This morning the organizer announced a mini prize. The top 3 of us are going to get a copy of a knitting pattern on our Ravelry wishlist. Nice! She told us that she'll be doing mini prizes like this all month, so that's fun.

The grand prize will be a set of interchangeable knitting needles, yarn handspun by the organizer (I've seen her stuff; it's gorgeous), stitch markers and some buttons. I understand none of this has any appeal to someone who doesn't knit, but the idea of winning makes me clap my hands with glee.

And now the reason you're really here: how are those workouts going, Kelly?

Pretty well, actually.

Monday: strength training

Tuesday: swimming

Wednesday: Masters swimming

Thursday: rest (I need it. I did both of those swims still hurting from strength training. I'm not sure what exercise we did, but my calves have been killing me.)

Tomorrow I'll go to strength training again and Saturday I have another swim planned.

I need to get used to this schedule again. First of all, I'm sleepy by 8:30 or so and basically out cold by 10 lately. Second, swimming two days in a row this week made me HUNGRY. I've been doing pretty well with the low-carb/Paleo approach, I just need to eat a bit more until I get used to being so active again.

It's amazing how quickly I get back into this pattern. Last week I was a lump on the couch. This week I'm feeling guilty for not working out this morning. Just got to keep it up. As the Nike motivation I posted yesterday for motivation says: Just do it. Then do it again.

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GRACILU 4/7/2014 5:34PM


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LMB-ESQ 3/7/2014 6:10PM

    Yup... doesn't take long to get back in the groove, does it? Thankfully!!

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WIFE48 3/6/2014 2:08PM


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More Goals, Always with the Goals

Friday, February 28, 2014

SparkPeople is kind of a pain with in-post links, so I'm just going to link to my latest blog post:

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LMB-ESQ 3/1/2014 2:40PM

    Let's make a bet.... I'm betting you'll be back in "pretty fast" by the fourth Masters session. Your kick is amazing. It won't take long to get it back. Unless of course I can figure out a way to steal it, in which case you can't have it back emoticon

Points for knitting? Cool.... come join the swimming for cardio points challenge too. You'll be getting points coming and going. You can even get points for knitting. It would be under the "Rest and relaxation" category.

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WOUBBIE 3/1/2014 11:48AM

    I'm not a big fan of in-post links, myself; they're just


at was I saying?


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Knitting Obssessive

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I wrote a blog about some of my recent knitting projects:

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USMAWIFE 2/26/2014 9:36AM

    beautiful work. perhaps you might want to join in on the stash buster challenge on the SP rav group which starts on midnight March 1st

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LMB-ESQ 2/26/2014 3:09AM

    Beautiful! Wear it happily and in good health!

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WOUBBIE 2/25/2014 11:36AM

    Beautiful work!

(The price on that purse makes angels weep in despair.)

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NICOLES0305 2/25/2014 11:04AM

    Love them! Great job!

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