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Readjusting

Friday, October 24, 2014

First, conferences went well. However, PTA brought in Chinese food and though I ate "smart", one of the two days, I am retaining water like crazy. I have no ankles so I'm drinking lots of water. This happened the last time I ate Chinese, too. It's a good thing I don't eat it out often.

Secondly, I'm noticing that even though my weight is staying within range, it's "readjusting" on my body. My thighs are getting bigger. The skin around my middle seems to be loosening up, too.

I will not let this discourage me! I will continue on my quest for health. I will run again and if need be seek professional help to do so. I will stay in my calorie range and eat cleanly. I will be the best I can be!

Happy moving!

  
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JEANKNEE 10/24/2014 10:46PM

    Wishing you well with the readjustments. Seeking the assistance of professionals if needed, absolutely!

Chinese food does not agree with me. Not only is the sodium too much, the MSG can lead to terrible migraines. You knew how to respond - water flush!

Take care and have a good weekend.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/24/2014 6:43PM

    I'm a big believer in professional help when called for. (Remember the swim lessons? The personal trainer? The triathlon books & training plans?) Physicians, chiropractors, physical therapy? All worth the investment because YOU are worth it.

It's just a matter of figuring out which one is called for with the circumstances in front of you.

Best wishes in your readjustment. emoticon

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DOGLADY13 10/24/2014 5:53PM

    Is your back still bugging you? See a doctor or someone so you can get a diagnosis. It might be more than a strain.

I know what you mean about retaining water after eating Chinese food. It's crazy how much water you can retain from that stuff.

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LESLIELENORE 10/24/2014 1:35PM

    Stay positive!

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KRISZTA11 10/24/2014 1:27PM

    Yep, Chinese food is a "great" source of salt... I notice that too when we eat Chinese.

Your attitude and your plan is great!
There are times when opportunities are limited,
but even then it is possible to choose the best path.
Take good care of yourself!
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123ELAINE456 10/24/2014 12:58PM

  Sounds like an Awesome plan. WTG!!! Glad that you are going to seek Professional Help before you start running again. God Blessings Always. Have a Terrific Day. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Take Care.

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KALIGIRL 10/24/2014 12:15PM

    Ah, gravity...
Glad you are continuing on your healthy journey and letting that inner beauty shine through!

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/24/2014 11:36AM

    Sounds like an awesome plan! I am so glad to hear you going to seek professional help before you start running again! I think you rock girlfriend! You are such an inspiration! I hope you have a fabulous Friday!
Hugs and love,
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I'll be absent a few days.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Starting tonight life gets busy. I'll be "absent" for a few days.

Keep doing what you are doing. Let go of the past, the negativity, the "small" stuff. BE in the moment here and now. BE the best you can at this time. BE the person you want to be. Treat yourself as you would your best friend.

Keep moving and have a great week.
Hugs,
Mako

  
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SWEDE_SU 10/22/2014 5:03AM

    great reminders - be well and live well while you're "gone"

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DOGLADY13 10/21/2014 9:50PM

    See you when you get back!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/21/2014 6:58PM

    Real life trumps the virtual. Live well, knowing blessings are following you in your busy week!

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BLUEJAY1969 10/21/2014 6:56PM

    Great advice! I will take it to heart! Will miss you while you are away!
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BETRHO48 10/21/2014 6:54PM

    What wonderful advice.
Thanks so much.
~Beth

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/21/2014 3:45PM

    Thank you for letting me know you're going to be absent for a little bit because I would be worrying about you! You will be in my thoughts and my prayers! Take care and stay healthy! I hope you have a wonderful week!
Hugs and love,
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123ELAINE456 10/21/2014 10:23AM

  Thank You for the Wonderful Blog. We be thinking of you during this busy time and wishing you the best. God Blessings Always. Good Thoughts, Prayers and Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!C
oming Your Way. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care and Stay Healthy. We will be here when you get back.

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LESLIELENORE 10/21/2014 10:05AM

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JEANKNEE 10/21/2014 9:25AM

    Thanks for the beautiful words shared this morning. Will be thinking of you during this busy time and wishing you the best.

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JESS0107 10/21/2014 8:56AM

    Thank you and talk to you soon!!

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/21/2014 8:38AM

    Thanks - you take care too

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ROBBIEY 10/21/2014 8:30AM

  emoticon for the reminder that we should treat ourselves well. Good Luck, see you back here soon.

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GHK1962 10/21/2014 8:10AM

    You just take care of all the stuff you need to do. And try to have a good week even with the busy-ness!

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KALIGIRL 10/21/2014 8:10AM

    Enjoy and 'see' you when you get back

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KELLIEBEAN 10/21/2014 8:01AM

    I hope all is well! I will follow your advice. "See" you soon!


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TORTISE110 10/21/2014 7:42AM

    Take care. Hope to see you back soon!

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RIDLEYRIDER 10/21/2014 7:36AM

  Great advice! Thanks!

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Frustrated, but I have those exercises.

Monday, October 20, 2014

I did some canvassing tonight and it is NOT fun. People that are supposedly supportive, came off as undecided or refused to answer. I will finish it, but I won't do it again.

Even more frustrating to me was my elliptical broke this morning. It looks like one of the screws sheared off. I'm hoping the husband can look at it tomorrow when he's off.

The third thing is, it will be very hard to try and get a run in this week. I have conferences Wednesday and Thursday night, volunteer work on Tuesday night, so if I'm lucky maybe I can try Friday night. I can feel my fitness slipping away!!

The two exercises that I did were....
1) Put your knees together. Put your hands between your knees and try to push them out as you squeeze with your legs to keep your knees together.

2) Is basically the opposite. Put your knees together, but put your hands on the outside of your knees. Push your knees together as you use your leg muscles to open your legs.

The pop I heard was during the second exercise. I'll admit, I do feel better. Still a little sore, but better.

Happy moving!

  
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SPINNINGJW 10/22/2014 7:41AM

    Another way to do those exercises is to use a ball between your knees to squeeze and a theraband or exercise elastic tubing in a circle around the outside of your knees. Using self-resistance is good too, but just giving you another idea. Had a lot of folks doing these exercises in my final Clinical Rotation for Physical Therapist Assistant School.

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BLUEJAY1969 10/21/2014 6:55PM

    Sorry you are having difficulties! Hopefully you will have an easier week next week! Sometimes you have to take a few days for life and then pick up where you can! I am having to take a bit of time due to an injury myself and I am disappointed, like you but I won't give in or give up!
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TORTISE110 10/21/2014 7:55AM

    So great that some movement improved your day.

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GHK1962 10/20/2014 11:42PM

    Ahh...sorry about your less than stellar day ... and a limited exercise week ahead.

However, perhaps even the answers (or lack of) is useful too? You are doing something you are passionate about. Do not feel bad about if you can ok.

As for the elliptical ... I would kick it for you ...but then another screw might come off. Hope your husband can fix it.

And thanks for the exercise explanations. I know I was one wanting to know about them. And yeah, I can see how those might work with running as it's that inner and outer "I don't know what those muscles are" but they help with lateral stability? Thank you.

Hoping your week is not as stressful as it sounds like it might be.

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BETRHO48 10/20/2014 10:04PM

    Unfortunately, sometimes life gets in the way when we have other plans.
Hoping and praying things get better for you as the week progresses.
~Beth

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JEANKNEE 10/20/2014 10:00PM

    Good to hear that you are feeling better and getting some exercise in.




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123ELAINE456 10/20/2014 9:58PM

  Take it easy and you will get through this week. Hope that your husband can fix the elilptical for you too. We all have times like this. Take one day at a time and you will be okay. We are here for you. God Blessings Always. Good Thoughts, Prayers and Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!Coming Your Way. Have a Much Better Tomorrow. Take Care Of Yourself and Stay Healthy.

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DOGLADY13 10/20/2014 9:40PM

    Whatever it takes to make you back feel better. I'm a recent convert to yoga. It's been amazing in helping me.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/20/2014 9:00PM

    Ooh, isometric adductor/abductor exercises. Excellent!

Sorry the canvassing isn't going well, but I think we're all pretty politically burnt out. It takes a special kind of courage to put it all out there like you are doing. And at least, you did it ONCE! Most people won't even do that.

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/20/2014 8:49PM

    I'm sorry you're so frustrated today! I would be frustrated too! That is a total bummer about your elliptical hopefully your husband can fix it! I'm so glad you heard your "pop" during your exercise! I Hope that helps! Maybe someone upstairs is trying to tell you something... like maybe you need some time off from running so you can start to heal!
I hope you get a great night sleep! Sending you lots of hugs!
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FORZACHANDMATT 10/20/2014 8:45PM

    Oh - I like that - thanks

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LESLIELENORE 10/20/2014 8:24PM

    Oh no! Sounds like stress is invading.

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Trying a few new things.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The nurse at church that takes blood pressures once a month gave me a couple of exercises that her daughter, who runs, does. She said I may hear a pop when I do them. So I tried it and I did hear a pop. I feel pretty darn good, so it would be emoticon if that is all it took.

I felt so good I went back to church and helped upload a semi load of pumpkins for the church pumpkin patch. We buy them from a Navajo community in New Mexico. This is the fifteenth year that we've done it.

When I got home, I allowed my oldest to "crack my back." It felt pretty darn good and yes, it did crack!

I'm going to "canvas" my neighborhood for a politician that is "pro" public education. I've never done such a thing, but I figure someone should give their opinion. I guess I'm literally "walking the walk and talking the talk." emoticon I have 30 houses to go to and to be honest, I have very mixed feelings. I'm excited, but I don't want to be a bother, either. I'll just do my best.

I am trying a few new things today. I sure hope they all turn out well! emoticon

  
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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/20/2014 4:21PM

    My back and shoulders "crack" all the time - noisy tendons maybe?
I'm glad the exercises help.

We need people to speak up for public education. Good for you!

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/20/2014 1:53PM

    Ditto about being curious what the exercise is!!!

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BLUEJAY1969 10/20/2014 12:15PM

    You are a brave soul indeed! I too am curious about that exercise that the nurse gave you ... though it's hard to "show" online! I am so glad it worked for you though! Good luck with all you are doing!
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KALIGIRL 10/20/2014 8:34AM

    Lots of new things - wonderful!

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GHK1962 10/20/2014 12:22AM

    1) What is that exercise that she gave you? I am super curious now! (Seriously ... I am wanting to know!)

2) Public education - yeahhh. I am a supporter of it too.

3) Because lists should come with no less than 3 things. :-)

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123ELAINE456 10/19/2014 11:43PM

  Well Said!!! Well Done!!! WTG!!!

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/19/2014 8:44PM

    I hope the exercises the nurse gave you a church relieve some of your pain! Good luck in canvassing the neighborhood! I hope you have a nice and relaxing evening!
Hugs and love,
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DOGLADY13 10/19/2014 7:51PM

    Canvassing is important. It is part of the democratic process. Be proud. And what is the worst that will happen? Someone will say that they aren't interested and close the door.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/19/2014 6:51PM

    Good for you. If nobody knocked on doors for a cause, how would we ever know who believed in it. I'll bet those who KNOW you will be even more impressed by you taking a stand in support of your candidate, because it's a personal recommendation.

And hope the back cracking turns out to be a long-term solution!

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JEANKNEE 10/19/2014 5:42PM

    You are courageous.

Happy to hear that you are feeling better. Being able to realign one's skeletal system is nice.

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LESLIELENORE 10/19/2014 5:42PM

    I hope it really is that simple! I think it is awesome that you are getting active with politics, though understand not wanting to bother people at home.

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BRAINBENTT 10/19/2014 5:17PM

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HOLLYM48 10/19/2014 5:14PM

    Good luck with going house to house. That is great that you are getting involved.
I hope the exercises help you! Have a great Sunday!

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Contemplating going to a chiropractor.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

My knee is better. However, I have other "pains." My back, the lower right, is still sore. It's going on two months now. I really think I need to see a chiropractor. My gut is telling me that when I sat on the floor in a dress, I through myself out of alignment.

I usually am really flexible and can almost put my palms on the floor when I touch my toes. Now I can't even reach the top of my shoes. If I sit too long in a chair, my back gets stiff and I feel that lower back on the right side.

I figure it's worth a try. I'm missing my running and I don't want to quit, but right now it is almost impossible! emoticon

I did go on an hour long hike at a rec area today. I took Halo out on a 20 foot lead and let him sniff as we went up and down hills, through the trees and yes, even over a bridge. It was a great way to get out and exercise.

Happy moving!

  
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BLUEJAY1969 10/20/2014 12:12PM

    I have pretty good luck with my chiropractor. He was able to put my tibia back into "true" and after just 3 visits I was able to bend it fully and walk without pain! I don't go on a regular basis but when I have an issue I certainly don't hesitate. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!
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GHK1962 10/19/2014 9:35AM

    Arrgghh ... stoopid back pain things. Can you tell if it's a muscle thing or nerve thing? (Just wondering ... I have back issues too and always am wondering about stuffs like that.)

We made a few long leads for our pup too ... she likes to wander and sometimes will get distracted and not come when called. The long line helps for sure.

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KANOE10 10/19/2014 8:07AM

    Hope you can find help for your pain. Hugs.

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KALIGIRL 10/19/2014 7:05AM

    Sounds good to me - good to find our what the root of the problem is and a way to correct it!
Good luck.

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TWEETYKC00 10/19/2014 12:13AM

    I hope you can feel better and soon.

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123ELAINE456 10/18/2014 11:42PM

  I agree with the other comments. Listen to you gut. Do what you think best. God Blessings to You. Good Thoughts, Prayers and Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!! Coming Your Way. I hope you are feeling better very soon. Have a very Nice Day. Take Care. And stay Healthy.

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DOGLADY13 10/18/2014 10:56PM

    Chiropractor, massage and yoga have been miraculous in helping my back. If I had to pick the one that had the most benefit, I'd pick yoga hands-down. But everyone is different and you have to figure it out. Don't delay any more in addressing the problem. You don't want to end up with almost 6 months of no activity like me!

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GLORIAMAJDI 10/18/2014 10:06PM

    I think that you should do it! About a month and a half ago I started having a swollen knee, no known cause. I am going to a chiropractor now. Make sure to pick one that deals with sports injuries and if possible find one that is a runner too - I found one through my local community's running group - I asked them for recommendations and they gave me the name of a really good one!

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JEANKNEE 10/18/2014 10:01PM

    Trust your gut.

I have experienced wonderful support from good chiropractic care. Often times a simple adjustment leaves me feeling "good as new."

Glad you were able to get outdoors and enjoy a hike with Halo.

Take care...

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/18/2014 9:30PM

    Listen to your gut girlfriend! If your guts telling you to the chiropractor.... then go to the chiropractor! Maybe you're right and all you need is an adjustment! That's awesome that you were able to go on an our hike with Halo! Hope you have a nice and relaxing evening!
Hugs and love,
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LESLIELENORE 10/18/2014 6:42PM

    Hiking with Halo is awesome... but I understand about missing the running, I have had a headache for over two weeks which is keeping me from running. emoticon

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