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Friday, July 25, 2014

Sippin on my dunkin donuts coffee as I type this. Yet my mind is blank when it comes to this blog. My eyes are still in sleep mode but I've made one week on my new shift. Getting up at 5am is a big change. Funny thing...I kept trying to get up that early to do a morning workout and that never happened. I am doing it to get to work by 7!


I didn't workout yesterday. I went home and relaxed, took a nap and iced my knee. It wasn't so much my knee but sciatica/butt/hip muscle and calf muscles. It's not the knee surgery but it's like when you do your first few workouts or you start doing more reps, etc. and your muscles are sore. I know that's what it is. I feel better today after rubbing down with some mineral ice this morning. I plan to go to the gym today and do what I can. I don't want to get in trouble because one of my spark friends gave me that uuuuummm hmmm....which means I was doing too much lol....

Well that's it for me time to go do some work. Have a great weekend and keep up the great work.

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SUGAR0814 7/25/2014 11:53PM

    Keep it slow & steady my friend! Don't rush it!! emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 7/25/2014 7:59AM

  Be careful...but I know you will be!

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EVIE4NOW 7/25/2014 7:33AM

  Gym sounds good, just don't over do. You will be suffering even more if you do.

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Thanks for your response on tennis shoe suggestion

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I will be visiting a running shoe store quite soon. Thank you very much.

Today I'm down resting. My knee/leg is letting me know it needs a break. I did the elliptical and treadmill yesterday for a total of 45 minutes. Did my stretching rehab exercises as well. So I'm resting and icing today and probably tomorrow.

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SUGAR0814 7/24/2014 11:41PM

    Ummm hmmm! Trying to do to much too fast!! emoticon

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LINDA7668 7/24/2014 7:57PM

    I hope you find some shoes that work for you. Good luck!

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Gaining ...I need recommendations on good tennis shoes

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Strength not weight! Made it to the gym yesterday. Managed to workout for 40 minutes. Did 20 minutes on both the treadmill and elliptical. Knee felt great. Did my knee/leg strengthening exercises when I got home along with a few bar bell lifts.

Almost finished my gallon yesterday. Had about 1/4 left in the jug. I changed my hours at work to 7-3:30 so I need to figure out my eating schedule and water drinking schedule. I'm now trying to focus on staying awake. I love the new hours as far as traffic and there's hardly anyone in the office at that time so I get a lot of reading and quiet time.

As far as the tennis shoes. I have 3 pair of shoes right now I'm dealing with. I brought the black new balance and they have my feet aching after my workouts. I mainly brought these for walking. I don't know why my feet ache/hurt after I wear them especially if I wear them a few days in a row. It's awful to walk after I've worn them without shoes and with shoes on.

Then there's the Asics which the last pair I had I loved. This pair is okay but I don't get a lot of support and it's the same style as the previous one. I feel like my right foot is awkward in the shoe. It's like someone else wore them and the shoe conformed to their walking pattern before I got to break them in. I don't know!

Then there's another pair of new balance that also makes my foot achy but these are running shoes since I had started to run before the knee injury.

Before I invest in another pair of shoes I want to know what works best for you. What brand of shoe. I mostly walk, elliptical and that's it for the next 3-4 months while my knee heals. I'm at 269#s so I need something that can support my weight as well.

I've tried nike in the past but it always seem like their shoes hurt my toes. Like each shoe style changes your shoe size :(:(:(.


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SUGAR0814 7/24/2014 12:56AM

    I have maybe four pair of shoes that I have in rotation (Asics, New Balance, & 2 pair of Saucony). But I went to running store & had them figure out what shoe was best for my feet. I tried on maybe ten pair before I found the ones I liked. I bought the Saucony shoes at that time & when they had a end of year sale, I purchased the other 3 shoes that supported my foot/arch pattern. I paid $125 for the Saucony shoes. Then at the sale, I found the same pair for half & the other two pair of shoes were on sale for maybe $40 each. emoticon emoticon

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2BEABETTERME 7/23/2014 8:34AM

    I would suggest going to a running store or small, independent shoe store and getting their recommendations. I drive 45 minutes and invest in a moderate priced ($100-ish) pair of shoes for my running and walking. The wrong shoe, or an ill fitting shoe can cause injury and pain--it is an investment toward good health. Also, those type of stores, most often, let you wear them at home for a specific number of days and still allow you to return them. If that is not in your budget at this time (I know that is a lot of money for a pair of shoes), I would still go and talk to the professionals at these stores and get their recommendations and see if you cannot find the same shoes online for less. They can look at your feet in many styles of shoes and determine the best type of shoes for the way you walk, if you pronate your ankles how much support you need, etc. They might also have ideas on shoes to help while your knee heels (dont know your history).

Personally, I did not have great experience with New Balance. Unfortunately, I bought those without professional help and now have a $100 pair of shoes I hate. The ones that work best for me are Nike and Saucony. But, really it is what supports your foot and feels best to you.

Best of luck finding the right shoe!

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LINDA7668 7/23/2014 8:20AM

    I normally buy New Balance, but the last pair put me in a lot of pain. Since then, I've been wearing Skechers. I don't like them as well but they've helped with the pain. My suggestion is go to a high end shoe store at the end of your day, discuss your problems with them and make sure you're getting the correct size. As I said, it's best to go at the end of the day because our feet tend to swell as the day progresses.

Best of luck!

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HMBROWN1 7/23/2014 8:18AM

    I love the New Balance also. They came recommended from a running store. I hope you find a pair you like, it makes all the difference.

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Back to regularly scheduled program

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Good morning

I'm feeling much better today. My walking speed is improving and I'm feeling pretty good right now. I went to the gym yesterday after I got the stitches out my knee. I walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes at a mere 1.5 pace and then the elliptical for 10 minutes.

I asked doc what I could do and I was surprised that he okayed the elliptical. The physical therapist recommended the bike and treadmill. Doc said no bike as I have pretty bad arthritis and bone on bone so that wasn't good right now. I can't do anything that causes pounding or grinding to knee. No squats emoticon , no lunges, running or jumping rope. He said it will take about 3-4 months to completely heal so of course losing weight is highly recommended.

I'm focusing more on being sure I'm not limping when I walk. After limping for a month I've sort of formed a habit of protecting the knee. This confirms that doing something for ....days can be habit So let's see if I can apply that to eat healthy.

So for now I'll continue going to the gym daily. Increasing my time and speed daily until I'm back to normal and greater. Get back to lifting weights again. Get serious with logging my food. Seriously thinking about joining weight watchers online to help me with logging and portion control. Will decide today. Keep drinking my gallon and doing my best to keep losing. At this point today I'm up in weight which I'm not happy about. So time to get really serious about my eating.

That's it for me today.

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SUGAR0814 7/22/2014 10:51PM

    Weight gain during this time was expected. Keep it under control though. Use Sparkpeople's food tracker. It has everything WW has if not more. Don't over do it with the workouts. I know you're anxious to get back to working out but no setbacks!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HMBROWN1 7/22/2014 8:24AM

    Great that your knee is feeling better. Recovering from surgery is always tough! Best wishes.

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Sugar0814 she's awesome!!!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Today's blog is dedicated to my virtual friend!!!

No matter what I blog about whether I'm struggling or going through an ailment or having success on this journey...she's always there with an encouraging word!

I just want to say thank you so much. You are a great supporter, cheerleader and praying friend. So special to me even though we're miles apart you're my BFF....thank you

I wish you an abundance of blessings and good health. We got this journey and we shall continue to succeed.

God always provide angels to carry us through. Sometimes you're not sure why paths cross but there is always a reason for everything. Thank you bunches

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SUGAR0814 7/18/2014 11:57PM

    You're so welcome! Thanks so much for the dedication! You are awesome! emoticon We will conquer this journey! One day at a time! emoticon emoticon

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