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Spring Cleaning, SparkStyle

Monday, April 21, 2014


I'm trying to get back to blogging weekly, but things get a little hectic around holidays. Hope you had a great Easter, if you celebrate Easter. I was taking Bubba for a walk this morning and thinking about a few things. Thought I'd share them with y'all, in case any of you are on the same page. Sometimes it's good to do a little spring cleaning with goals and stuff. That's what I'm thinking about right now. So, what do YOU like about yourself, right now, as you are? I'm curious.


Spring cleaning for your brain! lol

I'm still working hard at my Physical Therapy. I can understand why some people are tempted to quit, or do it halfway. it hurts! But, it's the kind of hurt that's good for you, so... I can tell I'm really making progress. Last week, I graduated to light weights and resistance bands, and bumped the step up a notch. Overachiever!


My therapist gave me this nifty resistance band, which I'm wearing as a swishy scarf.

Hopefully, Spring is heading your way (if you're in this hemisphere anyway...). We're finally seeing buds, leaves, and an absence of snow, so I THINK Spring is here. Pretty sure. I leave you with this dramatic, moving and artistic photograph of our noble SparkDog.


Bubba in Springtime

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers--make a fresh start if you need to!

I reference my Secret Power of Awesome. Here's the vlog where I discovered that, in case you're interested.
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SPARKLINGME176 4/24/2014 3:26PM

    PT is hard for my DH, too! But it is saving his life! His hospital visit was13 weeks! Rehab is helping him learn to use his body, again.

Go for it, seems you ARE!

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GINA180847 4/23/2014 11:00PM

    My brain could use a mopping like that these days with hubby so ill and home renos going on. My aching head!!!!!

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_JODI404 4/22/2014 11:41PM

    Shel,

I'm really proud of your realizations and that is a super AWESOME NSV!!!

I do love the fresh beginnings that Spring brings (after the pollen covering clears).

Putting in the work at PT is SO worth it for your long term healing. One of my big areas of focus this year is on dynamic stretching to warm up, increasing my flexibility, and doing self care such as foam rolling my ridiculously forever tight IT bands after I work out.

Happy Spring to you & the extraordinarily charming and photogenic Mr. Bubba!

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WALNUTT1961 4/22/2014 8:07PM

    Spring cleaning the brain is way better than spring cleaning the house! I laugh every day and have a good time. I have one of those green resistance bands too! Glad you are getting around better.

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MARYJEANSL 4/22/2014 7:37PM

  Nice to see that Spring has come to Ohio. It's already pretty hot here in Texas. :-(

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TREYONE 4/22/2014 7:21PM

  Love the picture of Bubba enjoying spring!!!!

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CAROLMAID 4/22/2014 6:24PM

    You rock that rubber band scarf! Awesome!

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SJKENT1 4/22/2014 6:24PM

    I loved seeing the green grass and leaves and the blooming trees... ah!!! One day for us hopefully before June. At least the snow is melting and I can once again see dirt.

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SJKENT1 4/22/2014 6:23PM

    Humor is essential to me also. Keep on keepin' on girl!! Hugs.

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PICKIE98 4/22/2014 4:35PM

    I have to laugh when I see those resistance bands!! Back in the day, they were tourniquets!! Now they just make them wider and in colors and use them for bands!! How wonderful!! You wear it well!

I am so glad that you are on the move again, and know that we will be hearing the swishing of the hoops soon! It just would not be summer without you and Audrey being Elvis the Pelvis in your back yard.

Hugs to you and the Fam!! Linda

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LOLAJO54 4/22/2014 3:41PM

    you go !!

love the picture of your spring dog .. too cute

hope he is behaving when you are walking him now!

hugs Jo

I do miss you weekly blogs but know how much you are doing ... along with hectic life



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PATTISTAMPS 4/22/2014 3:23PM

    What a perfect portrait of our Sparkdog!!! LOL... you crack me up!! While inspiring me, which is a good thing. Humor is one of my personal favorite motivators! Spark On, and continue your Awesomeness!

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BECCA315 4/22/2014 3:08PM

    Yes, a fresh start to go with the new season!!

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OLDERDANDRT 4/22/2014 2:20PM

    I think we've all seen how wonderfully creative you are, my friend, but wow........you are soooo wise on top of it all! I like your idea of Spring Cleaning.......Spark style. I think you have inspired me, yet again!!! Love ya, sweetie!! Tally-Ho!!!
(((HUGS))) (((HUGS))) (((HUGS))) (((HUGS))) (((HUGS))) and (((HUGS))) for Bubba, too!!

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EDWARDS1411 4/22/2014 1:16PM

    The ups and downs, detours and roadblocks sure make our healthy lifestyle journies interesting don't they! Glad your Easter was a good one!! So glad to see that Bubba is getting you out for regular walks - it's so good for both of you - and here's to spring cleaning and fresh starts!!!
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LOVINGKATE 4/22/2014 12:31PM

  Easter is also my favorite holiday. New beginnings. Fresh starts. Spring cleaning. I to need to start fresh. You have made me think about what I truly like about my self and things I need to change and to work a little harder on. This IS a great time for that. One thing I don't have is a Bubba. But, I have nature. I think spring is here now. It has not snowed in two weeks, what ya think, is it spring? Thanks so much for sharing and I love you and your great sense of humor. Have a great Spring day. Bubba too. emoticon emoticon

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SUZMANNIE 4/22/2014 12:27PM

  Me, too. I can relate. It's no longer about hating my thighs. That isn't even a concept in my repertoire any more. You are in a good place to move forward. And the sight of Bubba is sheer poetry in the Springtime. emoticon

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NASFKAB 4/22/2014 12:19PM

  you ae so right about therapy hurting but worth it I think

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HOPEFULHIPPO 4/22/2014 11:18AM

    I am so glad you shared this today. You are right, this IS about our ups and downs and I'm right there with you Sparkie.

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VONBLACKBIRD 4/22/2014 10:40AM

    Great blog and yes PT is hard and painful but so worth it in the end.

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LINDAK25 4/22/2014 9:49AM

    Oh, Bubba, you handsome dog!

Interesting. It's great to reexamine your goals, but I never thought to reconsider why I want to lose weight, health issues aside. It sure does feel better to have more muscle tone and be more comfortable, physically. Hmm, time to do some spring cleaning, myself. That and a re-commitment to eating healthy and exercising. Thanks, Shelli!

You rock that resistance band scarf!

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TURTLETALK 4/22/2014 9:29AM

    Yea, I think we can finally call it spring although it was 40 degrees here this morning. I stashed away my winter coat and turned off the heater!

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DJSHIP46 4/22/2014 9:24AM

    Glad to hear that your doing SO well... My computer is not in a good mood this morning so I can't watch your video, but I'll try again later... Have a Great day!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/22/2014 9:13AM

  One resistance band artfully done! THAT'S one way to keep it handy to use! LOL

Happy Spring to you and Mr. SparkDog Bubba. My Mr. Spot the WonderDog sends wags and licks his way. He's a sparky too!

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CM_GARDNER78 4/22/2014 8:38AM

    Wow! This is great! Wonderful food for thought! I have been at it for so long...I wonder if my "reasons" have changed? I am sure they have! Thanks for sharing this a-ha moment with us! Now maybe we can have one ourselves!! :-)

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AZMOMXTWO 4/22/2014 8:08AM

  you inspire me thank you

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PEGGYO 4/22/2014 7:47AM

    you gave me incentive to redo my goals thanks

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TWEETYKC00 4/22/2014 6:45AM

    I hope the pain is almost done for you.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 4/22/2014 5:59AM

    Love it!
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GEOJEANIE 4/22/2014 5:51AM

    Well said! I had never thought about Spring Cleaning in quite this way before. You have such a good attitude! Thanks for sharing!

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123ELAINE456 4/22/2014 1:57AM

  Awesome Blog and Photos. Spring Cleaning is Great Spark Style too. You are doing Great. Keep It Up. Please read my Happy Eater Greetings Blog on my Page. I would appreciate it very much. Thank You. Hope that you ate doing well. My health is failing me. Have a Wonderful Week. Blessings Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take Care. Love the Video too.

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STRONGDJ 4/22/2014 12:17AM

    Oh yes, there are so many things to like about yourself (don't forget your playful personality). We like all those things too!

I'm digging your resistance band/swishy scarf. Funny!

And Bubba looks like a keeper (my dog's nickname is Bubba, but really he's Wally).

Spark on Sheli--you do it well!
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SNOWYOGA 4/21/2014 11:50PM

    Sounds great and a great time for a (Spring emoticon cleaning) re-start! emoticon I want to too, right after the specialist app.(knee) about my slipped cap emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 4/21/2014 11:46PM

    Great job Shelli!
Soul searching sounds right! Spring cleaning here.
You rock my friend.
Hugs,
Angela

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SHAMROCKY2K 4/21/2014 11:31PM

    You are like so many of us.. well, me for sure. REAL.. glad you didn't fade into invisible on here. Got me thinking about an updated vision board.
Thanks for sharing!

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FELINEBETTER 4/21/2014 11:30PM

    Shelli - While I always enjoy your vlogs, this one really hit a note with me! What a brilliant breakthrough on your part to recognize and acknowledge that your self-worth has no (longer) a connection to your weight. Congratulations! It made me realize that I am experiencing the same thing! I believe this comes part and parcel with just living a healthier lifestyle. YOU GO GIRL!

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LIVEDAILY 4/21/2014 11:26PM

    What an INTERESTING vlog! You've not been just doing spring cleaning my dear; you've also been soul searching. Kudos to you! What do I like about myself, as I am, right now? I like my smile, my eyes, my willingness to help a friend, my intellect, my curiousity, my ancestry. And just like you, all those things are not dependent on my weight. I want to lose weight to be more comfortable in my own body. Thank you for this vlog!

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SUGAR0814 4/21/2014 11:21PM

    Great vlog! emoticon I love my CAN DO attitude!

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LORIVIOLA 4/21/2014 11:21PM

    Thanks, Shel.
This is great. I agree. I think it's also time for me to "spring clean, Spark-style"!
i'm doing ok, but have more than a few times felt like coasting. i cannot do that. my healthy is too important.

I appreciate your humor, enthusiasm and love!
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JOYINKY 4/21/2014 11:14PM

    Great job Shelli! I think it helps to change things up once in awhile. I saw dandelions in your video--my official verification that spring is here! They're more reliable than robins! Smiles.
What do I like? I like that I'm healthy, happy, can work in my garden and still have all my parts! :)

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JAMER123 4/21/2014 11:09PM

    emoticon emoticon Love your resistance band idea!
\Great blog!!

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MERRYMARY42 4/21/2014 10:58PM

    love your video, and like cleaning that brain, Thanks

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    good.

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Cleared for Take-Off

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Making progress! Last week, my doc said I could ease my way back onto the elliptical and walk Bubba, provided he doesn't try to kill me again... I don't have to wear the bionic brace anymore; I've graduated to a smaller, elastic one, so I'm happy about that.


Slowly, as tolerated...

I had my first Physical Therapy session this morning and it went well. I have a good range of motion in my knee, but the muscle atrophied and is now super lame and wimpy. Can't have that! No sir! So, I will be doing all the exercises that the therapist gave me and be super compliant and all that jazz.


All the cool kids do the Clamshell!

Gotta get back in shape, so I can hoop and do all the physical stuff my job demands. Wouldn't you know the current set we have involves scaffolding? At least it has a full staircase, so that makes it a little easier, but still, I'll be super glad to be able to climb and take care of stuff again.


Thank goodness I had an awesome team help build this, while their fearless leader was hopping along on one leg!

But check it out, I got to play percussion on the top tower last week!

See? Upper right corner, shaking stuff

I hope you're making progress too, whatever it is you're doing. Slow and steady, right? I'll leave you with this pic Audrey took of the Noble, Killer Bulldog.


Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!
(Sorry for the quality of the video; it was just from my phone. And yes, I have a dashboard tripod, so it was all hands-free.)

  
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TERRIJ7 4/14/2014 1:57PM

    "...'Cause Mama needs to hoop again!" Yes, she does! I love it.

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TREYONE 4/13/2014 1:22PM

  emoticon Just take it easy in the beginning!!!! emoticon

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WIO_ALISA 4/13/2014 12:27AM

    Yeah! Glad to hear you're back at it.

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KIPPER15 4/12/2014 8:33PM

    Awesome, go slowly!

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MSBEKANATOR 4/12/2014 6:44PM

    Great news! Happy you are cleared for crusing!

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MARYJEANSL 4/12/2014 5:56PM

  You have such a lovely, positive attitude! And, what a cute doggie! Woof!

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KIN59VARA 4/12/2014 3:08PM

    That is wonderful news!

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 4/12/2014 2:01PM

  Awesome news!

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AZMOMXTWO 4/12/2014 11:37AM

  you are so positive way to go you can do it all keep up the good spirits

remember slow and gentle don't over do it I love your positive attitude

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 4/12/2014 10:00AM

    Great news

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SJKENT1 4/11/2014 11:12PM

    Yeah! I'm gonna go be awesome. You are the coolest person I know doing the clam shell. Ok... to be honest, you are the only person I know doing the clam shell.

Clam Shell Shelli!!! Snap it!

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SUPERSYLPH 4/11/2014 9:45PM

    GO SHELLI!!!

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EILEEN828 4/11/2014 8:31PM

    Wow some how I missed a blog and got off your blog list, so I went back to look and I'm glad I did because otherwise I would have missed your "Secret Power of Awesome" Blog. Love.Love. Love it- a genius idea which I will now employ .

Bubba is pretty cute and I can see why you love him. Hopefully his walks are going to help undo damage done. Walk on! emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 4/11/2014 11:20AM

    yaaaaaaay I'm doing the hula dance in your honor!! whooot woot

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AJDOVER1 4/10/2014 9:38PM

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AJB121299 4/10/2014 6:20PM

    nice

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SLIMLEAF 4/10/2014 5:17PM

    It's great to see you driving your car and walking up to your front door - it gives me a little peek into what your [Awesome] life is like!

Good news on your improved mobility too.

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PATTISTAMPS 4/10/2014 10:56AM

    yes, Your Awesomeness! I will go and be Awesome myself! I might try that clamshell too... Have a great day!

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LORIVIOLA 4/10/2014 9:59AM

    emoticon so glad you got the ALL CLEAR to go slowly.
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THETURTLEBEAR 4/10/2014 9:20AM

    Great news!

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GABY1948 4/10/2014 8:58AM

    SO glad you are getting better!

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LINDAK25 4/10/2014 8:38AM

    Totally Awesome! You'll be in hooping form before you know it.

That is a fantastic picture of Bubba. Audrey has talent!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/10/2014 8:14AM

    so glad things are finally moving again,literaly,lol.you just reminded me of all i have coming after my op lol.keep on keeping on you are doing great just make sure you don´t overdo it.take care and keep smiling shelli emoticon

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LADYJAJA 4/10/2014 8:13AM

  Get strong soon....your hoop is called, it wants you back!! emoticon

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CATLOVER110 4/10/2014 6:34AM

    Glad you're getting better!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 4/10/2014 6:26AM

    Yay!
Good for you on getting cleared for some light exercise. I know you have been itching to get back into it.

That's a great pic of Bubba. Way to go, Audrey!

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COCK-ROBIN 4/10/2014 12:58AM

    Awesome! You're on your way back!

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CHUBRUB3 4/10/2014 12:43AM

    Yeah Shelli!!
You'll be off and flying asap!
Love the photo of Bubba.
Hugs,
Angela
PS! I finally got a hula hoop!!


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ANNEMAC5 4/10/2014 12:43AM

    great to hear you have the go ahead to start gentle exercise.
Take care

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    emoticon for getting to the point of therapy!! You are progressing well. That wimpy muscle will come to attention with you at the helm!!
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NASFKAB 4/9/2014 11:25PM

  feel better soon

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_JODI404 4/9/2014 10:30PM

    Yay!! Physical Therapy!!

I LOVED mine. (2x for knees). Very helpful.

I'm quite familiar with the clamshells. Do you have a band to add resistance?

I know you will be extra careful. I'm happy for you that it is going well, and you get to start adding activity back in. emoticon It's no fun being sidelined, that's for sure!!

Best wishes for a continued smooth and full recovery!!



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123ELAINE456 4/9/2014 10:15PM

  Glad to hear the Good News. Sounds like you are progressing well with your knee. Keep doing the exercises and you will be hooping in no time. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take Care of Yourself.

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ROXYZMOM 4/9/2014 10:02PM

    So glad you are on the road to recovery and enjoying your new doggie!!

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ISLAMOM 4/9/2014 9:47PM

    wonderful!! glad to hear you're easing back into things!!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/9/2014 9:40PM

  Glad for the good news! Take it slow and easy! Cute pic of Bubba!

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PHOENIX1949 4/9/2014 9:27PM

    Slow and steady wins the race, especially when in a healing & restoration mode. Sounds like you have a grasp of what needs to be done and not done.

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You'll be pleased with how quickly your knee will get stronger if you DO all the exercises your PT gave you and go to PT sessions. I still do all of the exercises my PT gave me to do when I got out of the hospital because they're such good ones. Yay for the clamshell!! LOL

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DEBBYFROMMT 4/9/2014 8:58PM

    Excellent news! Now you behave and mind your physical therapist!

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I too hope you are 100% to get back to hooping and your job you love so much -full force

glad you got some time to blog for us --miss you

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    emoticon Don't overdo it...it was nice see you again!! ;o) emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 4/9/2014 7:54PM

    Glad to hear you are on the mend .... just don't overdo!

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EDWARDS1411 4/9/2014 7:25PM

    Glad to hear your progressing - do take care though!

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PEGGYO 4/9/2014 7:04PM

    You can do it!!

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SNOWYOGA 4/9/2014 7:03PM

    So happy for you I did my left knee years ago (no surgery) But now in the last while it's my right Went and got a new brace Doctor said shots (no) going to see my physical therapist to see if he has help, and oh yeah I had the same exercises They do work, (remember no surgery) Mine are not real people only drawings emoticon Good luck!

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Chair Hooping!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Oops, missed a week blogging. Gotta get back on schedule! Finally got a chance to try something I've wanted to try, ever since the dreaded knee incident--Chair Hooping. Yes, folks, turns out it IS possible. Who knew? Doing whatever I can do, to keep my streak alive in a fun way, whether it's chair boxing, upper body strength training, or this--Chair Hooping.
PS: Bubba helped shoot this video. Please note his BubbaCam shots. lol

Hope you have a great weekend and get to do something fun.

hOOp dog on camera duty

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!

(In case you're curious, I'm sitting on a cajon, which is a percussion instrument. The music in the background is a Walk Off the Earth's cover of "Happy.")

  
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GRANDMAMEEKO 4/7/2014 9:29AM

    Awesome! I enjoyed this video so much! and I am green with envy----you have no snow!! (must be grass envy;) ). We still have a foot of the nasty white stuff.

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MARYDSAN 4/3/2014 7:08AM

    You are simply amazing!

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    WOW!
Your so much fun to watch!
Rooting for you!
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SLIMLEAF 3/29/2014 7:11PM

    You are CLEVER!

Well done, Shelli.

And it was nice to see Bubba making an appearance at the end - quite funny that he came into shot then hid behind you!

I had to break my exercise streak last weekend when I was so sick I couldn't even sit up. Can't remember when I last spent an entire day in bed! I thought of you and wondered if/how you'd manage to keep your streak going if you were struck down by such a stomach bug. I hope you don't have to find out!

God bless.

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PKBOO3 3/27/2014 8:47PM

    You've still got the moves! I can't even do that standing up. Get well quick!!!


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RUBYROOTS4YOU 3/27/2014 11:09AM

    OMG! Haha. You and your dog are so stinkin' cute! I want to learn how to hoop someday. Never been able to keep it going past 5 seconds. Congrats on your streak! Great song choice, I love Pharrell Williams! :)
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IMUSTLOSEIT1 3/26/2014 5:16PM

    Wow, amazing, I couldn't get one of those things to go 50 years ago, and wouldn't even try now. Great, looked like you were having fun.

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BARBIE042 3/26/2014 10:57AM

    Been going try that as well since I bummed up my knee too falling down the basement steps . Thanks for letting me know it is possible : )
Now to find me a seat to try it on ....lol

From one Hooper to another ....... Happy Hooping !
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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 3/25/2014 3:02PM

  so cool! thanks for sharing.

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 3/25/2014 10:10AM

    such a great spirit you have....

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DEBBYFROMMT 3/25/2014 9:35AM

    You are an inspiration!

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/25/2014 2:05AM

    You are nuts - in the best way possible!

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1DERLAND14 3/24/2014 11:43PM

    Every time I am on spark I have to visit your profile. you always have something inspirational to offer to boost me up and push forward on this journey! If you can still manage to workout with your leg injury.... I can make time too!!!

also... hiii bubba :)

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CAT-IN-CJ 3/24/2014 6:30PM

    You rock! . . . and hoop!

So right, Coach Nichole can bust your butt with those seated workouts!

Way to go

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    emoticon Awesome work. That was wonderful!

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  Wow! Love it. How did you learn to do that? When you're all healed I hope you will make another video and make it a tutorial. emoticon

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BLONDEDOG 3/24/2014 1:02PM

    Whoa!!!! Impressive! I love it! I love your determination and your obvious joy in being able to do something you love. What an inspiration you are!!!

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SUZLOOZ 3/24/2014 11:54AM

    I was wondering how you were going to work the hoops in! Awesome moves. You are truly remarkable. And so is Bubba! emoticon

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RADIOACTIVEGN 3/24/2014 11:27AM

  Excellent camera man! :)

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RUNNER4LIFE08 3/24/2014 11:17AM

    emoticon that is emoticon ! Glad you got out to try it out and then were brave to show us all in Spark world!

Can I also say that Bubba is darn cute! Love that he made appearances during your shoot. LOL..... Just like Gunnar used to do.

Keep on keeping that streak alive!

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FEFIFO 3/24/2014 9:06AM

    That's the spirit we all need to have. If there is a will, there is a way. You are a SparkPeople winner for sure. Thanks for inspiring all of us.

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 3/24/2014 8:30AM

    Good for you---you figured this out! As the proud owner of 8-month old Juno (my sweet Bulldog), I especially loved the parts of the video with your Bubba. He's adorable!

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KEELIE21 3/24/2014 6:44AM

    fantastic!!

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    You are UNSTOPPABLE! emoticon

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WRITERWANNAB 3/24/2014 1:21AM

    You certainly get credit for not giving up! I hope your knee gets better quickly. emoticon

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BONIFIANT 3/23/2014 11:17PM

    WOW! I am impressed, that was awesome. emoticon

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    I love your energy. emoticon emoticon

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LJOYCE55 3/23/2014 6:54PM

  Love your attitude, love your agility and love the killer bulldog. Keep on having fun.

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  good blog

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PC711019 3/23/2014 5:48PM

    I enjoyed this video. It shows happiness and joy with exercise! Who knew you could do hoops in a chair. It makes me want to try. Thanks for sharing such an inspiration!
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JUNEAU2010 3/23/2014 5:22PM

    Never would've had a clue! WOW!

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DAGNY99 3/23/2014 4:08PM

    Oh your good even if you have to sit on a chair.
I got a dvd with a hoola hoop for exercise and I remember I tried it once. I just couldn't maintain the hoop like the girl in the video. It kept dropping. But I figure it would be fun at the end of summer days to go outside and trying it in the yard.

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LOVINGKATE 3/23/2014 3:18PM

  You are so emoticon !!!!!! You have such a great spirit. You did really great with those hoops, girl. Keep up your awesome streak. emoticon emoticon Hi out to BUBBA!

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BETRHO48 3/23/2014 3:16PM

    emoticon Love this!
Thanks for sharing your experience with finding a way to overcome obstacles on your journey to better health.
~Beth

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DEE1221 3/23/2014 3:12PM

    You did GREAT!! I want to hoop! How do I even start?

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 3/23/2014 2:27PM

    Thank you for sharing and for making me laugh today! HUGS!

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MOIMAGGIE 3/23/2014 2:26PM

    That was amazing. I love your spirit !!!!
Hope your leg can join in the fun soon.
Thanks for adding some 'spark' to my day.


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LADYJAJA 3/23/2014 12:54PM

  Wow, look at you go! That's true hoop (and streak) dedication emoticon (now I've got to go try it!)....in the meantime, I hope you can shed your bionic brace soon! emoticon

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STRONGERLEANER 3/23/2014 12:40PM

    What a cheerful, uplifting, INSPIRIG video!

...and your dog is cute too!
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    Awesome!
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Quick Update--Good News!

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Howdy! Just popping in for a super quick update to my last blog. Saw the doc Thursday for MRI results and it was--


OPTION A!!

WOOOHOOOOO!!! Nothing was torn, broken, or ripped asunder. Just an exceptionally angry medial collateral ligament. I think this was one case where being short helped me. I hit the ground so fast, nothing had time to tear. What can I say, hobbits rule! I have to continue taking it somewhat easy, so seated exercises are probably gonna be the way to go for a while. Today will be Day 1063 of my exercise streak--from a chair!


Too bad I don't have a chair like this--


Or this...

I was so happy when the doc told me that news, I wanted to hug her. But it's a good thing I didn't, because I would've accidentally shared my ninja germs with her. That night, I was waylaid by a stomach bug that was almost a streak-killer in itself. Hoo boy, I think I've had enough undirected, unsolicited drama for a bit! But it's all good now. I'm playing it smart, still buddies with the ice pack and naproxyn. And guess what? I get to lose the crutches and wear this nifty, bionic brace! Check it out.


ROBO SHELLI--how cool is that?

I gotta get the hang of cinching it up, so it doesn't slip. But it's WAY better than crutches. And it makes it so I can drive so I'm happy about that. Randy would never say anything, but he had to be tired of Driving Ms. Daisy. So hey, a little hiccup in the journey, but wow--could've been so much worse. I'm a happy and relieved Sparker--from a chair!


This one would be awesome.

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!

  
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RUBYROOTS4YOU 3/27/2014 10:49AM

    Hey there, bionic woman. Your exercise streak blew my mind! And I thought I was doing well with going on two straight weeks. Haha! Maybe if I go a whole year, I'll get myself a chair like that last one. Hope you're feeling better!

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LADYSHERRY 3/26/2014 5:52PM

    I'm happy for you. What a streak. Mine was 133 days adn then boom, I injured my ribs. It hurt and still does just to breathe. I didn't think anything would stop me but that was has. I'm glad everything is ok with you

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KIN59VARA 3/21/2014 4:33PM

    Hope the recovery is smooth!!!!! emoticon

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CASEYTALK 3/17/2014 1:24AM

    Does a happy option A dance.

Does a second dance on Shelli's behalf 'cause she can't dance right now.

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SNOWYOGA 3/16/2014 2:23PM

    Sorry that I just got this I haven't been around alot (ROBO SHELLI) I been having some with mine (they say shots emoticon , but the insurance said no pay on a brace) All the way out surgery before they want to help So I will have to buy it myself I do love that hand chair! emoticon emoticon & emoticon Just not to fast emoticon emoticon

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NASFKAB 3/14/2014 12:43AM

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1BEACHWALKER 3/12/2014 10:13PM

    Great news Shellie!! I am always scared of dogs anymore, especially when they get over excited and can knock you over, like what happened to you. Even if not, they can jump up on you and do the same...I had huge dogs just come and rub up against me and almost lose my balance. I expect training will be in the future for your new dog. My Mom tripped over her cat and broke her leg in three places. So, I can really say, I am glad I don't have any more animals...I love them and all, but as I get older, I am lots more paranoid cautious. Falling off my bike last year scared me and I will keep on staying active, but am a lot more cautious of what I do. I am klutzy enough without something jumping on me or tripping me!
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MRSRIGS1 3/12/2014 4:10PM

    emoticon Good news! emoticon so you can get back to your walks!

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LIVINTODAY 3/12/2014 10:58AM

    So...........you're creative.......haven't figured out how to hoop in the chair yet????

Glad it's not more serious! You have a great attitude and I'm sure this won't keep you out of the hoop for long!!!!!!! (you caught that, right???)

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SMILEY3826 3/11/2014 7:51PM

    i'm also glad to hear that you are on the mend.

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MSBEKANATOR 3/11/2014 6:03PM

    As always you motivate me! Thanks so much for that. I have been cranky and whiny and gaining back weight cause of my knee issue, and I appreciate the gentle reminder that I can still do this, even if it means exercising from a chair... on to Day 1 of my new streak!

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MSBEKANATOR 3/11/2014 6:01PM

    As always you motivate me! Thanks so much for that. I have been cranky and whiny and gaining back weight cause of my knee issue, and I appreciate the gentle reminder that I can still do this, even if it means exercising from a chair... on to Day 1 of my new streak!

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MSBEKANATOR 3/11/2014 6:00PM

    As always you motivate me! Thanks so much for that. I have been cranky and whiny and gaining back weight cause of my knee issue, and I appreciate the gentle reminder that I can still do this, even if it means exercising from a chair... on to Day 1 of my new streak!

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 3/11/2014 1:54PM

  emoticon glad it isn't a tear. hope it heals up quickly

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FITFRIT 3/11/2014 12:01PM

    At least you are able to know what is going on with your body. So many people don't get answers and thus no idea when they'll feel better. My body hates me on a fairly regular basis lately, with no explanation or end in sight. Hopefully the leg heals quickly and you can lose the chair only workouts, altho some of those chairs are seriously BA (badButt).

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DISNEY4537 3/11/2014 10:32AM

    Yay for the good news! Those chairs would be awesome! I hope you feel better soon! emoticon emoticon

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MOMMY445 3/11/2014 10:07AM

    hope you feel better soon! that is fabulous news!

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MJEFFERSON23 3/11/2014 7:54AM

  Yay for your good news, cool chairs!

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PFOLEY7 3/11/2014 7:28AM

    Hope you get well fast. I love the chairs. I wear a size 4 kid shoe and I fall alot.

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IMLOCOLINDA 3/11/2014 3:30AM

    I'm really happy to hear it was "option A"!! And the chairs are wonderful but the red hand is the only one you can do arm hoops in-plus it would fit right in with the Irish blessing of being "in the palm of His hand" for St Pat's Day!
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SUE_2U 3/11/2014 2:02AM

    Sorry to hear of your injury but wonderful that nothing is broken! And that is a nifty brace, there! Good luck with the chair exercises. Not sure how that goes with hooping. You might want to try a stool for that. One of those office stools that spins might work,! *giggles*

Heal quickly. And be well soon, both from the injury and the horrible virus. emoticon

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WRITERWANNAB 3/11/2014 1:51AM

    That's so good to hear! Sometimes I do think those of us with long limbs & big feet get worse damage, especially a klutz like me. Take care! emoticon

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GIMLEY77 3/10/2014 11:48PM

  Congrats! emoticon Just take it easy and emoticon and let yourself heal or you can end with more recovery time.

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CALLMENAOMI 3/10/2014 11:34PM

    Congrats on the good news! emoticon

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RENATA144 3/10/2014 11:19PM

  Here's wishing you a speedy recovery emoticon
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KLONG8 3/10/2014 5:33PM

    I need to get caught up with you. You've obviously been damaging yourself! Glad you now know what's going on so you can move forward and get healthy for summer!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 3/10/2014 1:48PM

    Very cool brace!

My son used a brace for his fractured ankle. It was a nice thing to have and helped him get around more. He had to use crutches for a while though.

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COOKIE_AT_51 3/10/2014 12:05PM

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 3/10/2014 11:51AM

    Great news!!! So glad it wasn't more serious. Take it easy and that is a cool brace. Cute chair don't think I've ever seen one like it. Hugs Pat

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REALLY_ROBIN 3/10/2014 11:48AM

    As if you weren't super before....now you are the Bionic Woman....move over Super Woman t-shirt!

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JSTETSER 3/10/2014 11:23AM

    You are fun to read.

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CAROLYNL8E 3/10/2014 11:17AM

    I love the chair! I hurt my foot so I'm doing chair exercises for a while as well! emoticon

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GORDON66 3/10/2014 9:18AM

  Good for you! Injuries are such a bummer.

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DJSHIP46 3/10/2014 9:03AM

    GREAT to hear you're going to be okay... LOVE the chair choices emoticon

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SUSAN727 3/10/2014 8:49AM

    Great news. Liked your blog. Best wishes.

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DAWNDMOORE40 3/10/2014 8:45AM

    emoticon news! I am glad that nothing was torn! Just make sure you take it easy so that your ligament can heal! Maybe you will pick up some new and amazing chair exercises that we all can benefit from! Have a blessed day! emoticon emoticon

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AJB121299 3/10/2014 8:22AM

    nice

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DIANEDOESSMILES 3/10/2014 8:20AM

    I do chair exercises ALL the time !! You can REALLY WORK UP A SWEAT !!

If you want to have all of SPARKS chair exercises on one thread (hmmmm AMAZING I came onto ur bog today !) If you go to the "Losing and Disabled" team,,,, under the "Discussion" Thread,,, click on "See more topics" and they are right there !

WOOHOOOOOO !!!

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CFMOSS 3/10/2014 8:00AM

    Glad you've got choices and that your MCL is just mad. Let it recover...sometimes it's hard not to push....but recovery is a good thing. Here's to good chair/seated exercises - I wonder how much hoola hooping can be done seated - arms...hmmm....arms.

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    Great news

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Out of Left Field, Literally

Friday, February 28, 2014

Know how life can sometimes hit you, out of left field? Well, sometimes that’s not just a figure of speech…


Out of left, (okay, really it was right) field

I like to call this incident “Death by Bulldog.” Wednesday evening, Bubba and I took a 45-minute walk. It was great. The weather was brisk, but it was sunny. I had just enough time to squeeze in a walk, before I headed back to work. When we got back home, Bubba seemed like he still had a lot of energy, so I took him in the backyard and threw a stick for him. Man, oh man, that gets him going. He was tearing around the yard at bulldog rocket speed. You’d be surprised how fast this guy can RUN. I was having so much fun, watching him run. But, all of a sudden, he took a corner a little too sharp. I saw him out of the corner of my eye, but he was a blur, no time to move. He plowed, full-speed, into the side of my right knee and I went down to the ground—WHAM.

As I was falling and my knee was bending sideways, I thought, “This must be what it feels like to break your leg.” Wham, bam, thank you ma’am. It was like getting hit by a very short, Mack truck. I had to dig my phone out of my pocket and call Audrey to come out and help me get up. I knew, right away, that my knee was über messed up. It was too late to get to the doc, so I went straight to bed, elevated it and iced it all night.


Not sure if I’m fooled by the guilty look on his face, since he kinda always looks like that.

I saw an orthopedic doc yesterday, for x-rays and stuff. Nothing broken, just bent. Woohoo! She gave me three options: A—a medial ligament thing that is exceptionally angry about being bent sideways. B—a whacked out meniscus. C—an ACL torn asunder. I told her I would like Option A, please and thank you. She said she’d be happy to comply, but I have to have an MRI first, to see. In the meantime, ice, elevation, rest (because I’m SO good at that), Naprosyn, and crutches. When I was a kid, I thought crutches looked like so much fun. I thought it’d be a ball to use them. At almost 47, I’m thinking I was a little off in that assumption. Randy made fun of me for watching a YouTube tutorial about walking with crutches, but hey, I needed to know. Even with the tutorial, I will not be entering any Crutches Relay Races anytime soon.


Bubba just wants to know why I won’t take him for a walk.

I told Coach Nicole that I thought I would probably have to break my workout streak for this. I mean, I can’t even hula hoop or do a slow walk on the elliptical. I was fine with that; it’s totally legit. But she encouraged me to at least try one of her seated workouts first, and then see. So, last night, I modified one of the workouts, just doing the upper body stuff.


WHAM! Keeping the streak alive one more day.

So, I’m hoping and praying for Option A, following doctor’s orders, and Sparking while seated. This can work. It’s all good. Death by Bulldog could've been so much worse. And Audrey is responsible for taking the killer beast on his walks, for the time being.


Magnet on my Fridge: I choose to remain wildly optimistic.

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers! (even if it’s from a chair…)

  
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NASFKAB 4/7/2014 10:52AM

  feel better soon

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  feel better soon

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POSITIVEHOPE 3/8/2014 10:49PM

    Saw that happen to someone else (thankfully) in a dog park. Lesson learned. That can be a freight train at full speed. Ouch. Hope you heal quickly and get good news.

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BLUENOSE63 3/8/2014 5:19PM

  Been there most definitely....we have 80 lb Lab who moves quicker than you would think while running in the park.....clipped me right in the back of the knee and you know the rest!

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Hoping All goes well.
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AMANDANCES 3/7/2014 10:01AM

    So, updates updates!!! How are you doing now?

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1DERLAND14 3/6/2014 11:50PM

    I hope that you feel better soon. I love how you are hopeful and continue to remain positive. It is so contagious!

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CASEYTALK 3/6/2014 7:16PM

    Amazing how so much can change in an instant.

When I broke my foot, I did Nicole's seated workouts, too. You will keep your spirits up better if you manage to keep the streak alive through this.

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MRSRIGS1 3/6/2014 6:20PM

    I hope all goes well for you! emoticon btw, the seated workouts are great!

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LOPEYP 3/6/2014 12:15PM

    Good luck with things. I hope it's option A.

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SUSIEMT 3/5/2014 6:22PM

    Well, you can do anything you set your mind to!! Woo Hoo you!

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STARLTWANDERER 3/5/2014 2:07PM

  Good luck and get well!

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    sending hugs to you.
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DEBBYFROMMT 3/5/2014 10:33AM

    I am sorry your hurt you knee, but you have the best sense of humor dealing with this! Funny being hit by a little mack truck! I know how dogs can be when they get going! Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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URBANAUDREYE 3/4/2014 8:56PM

    Hooray for keeping that streak alive!

Healing thoughts for your knee.

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WOOFERCOALBOY 3/4/2014 6:06PM

    Oh, poor you, and poor Bubba, who does look so guilty. Feel better SOON.

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SUSIE505 3/3/2014 5:15PM

    Glad I have a small dog LOL...but they are a trip hazard too..lOL

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OMEGADIETER 3/3/2014 1:50PM

    Glad you can keep a sense of humor. Hoping you get well soon, knee problems are no fun.

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REDSASSENACH 3/3/2014 11:43AM

    Low center of gravity, lots of muscle, solid thick skull. I'm sure he hit you like a charging rhino. And even if he always has that look on his face, that's not a bad buddy to have looking over you while you're down. He just LOOKS like he gets it and feels bad for you.

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CHELL88 3/3/2014 10:34AM

  Hope Option A is the choice that gets chosen! Take care and get well soon.

Awesome job on keeping the streak going!

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VALKYR8 3/3/2014 10:28AM

    I hope you are soon on the mend. Poor Bubba probably misses you up and around.

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BARBARAJ73 3/3/2014 8:56AM

    Will join you in hoping for option A (having been down the road with option C myself or perhaps I should say down the ski slope which is how it all started...) Sending lots of good thoughts and encouragement your way - emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 3/3/2014 12:45AM

    Wow, take it easy. I'm so sorry this happened to you, and I'm sure that Bubba is sorry too!!!!
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GOSPARK45 3/3/2014 12:29AM

    So sorry about your leg. Glad nothing broke. Boo hoo!

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IRISHF 3/2/2014 9:09PM

    Randy shouldn't laugh. My husband broke his leg in 9 places, and the PT guy at the hospital put us both through at least an hour of how to use crutches, and how to use a walker while going up and down stairs (with me assisting). There definitely are details to know that make it safer and more comfortable. I wish I'd been instructed like that when I broke my ankle years ago.

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GORDON66 3/2/2014 8:01PM

  Hope you're felling better!

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SLIMLEAF 3/2/2014 3:07PM

    Really sorry to hear about your knee, Shelli. I'll pray for a full and swift recovery.

But in the meantime, you'd be surprised what exercise you can do on crutches! (You may recall that I broke my ankle and was on crutches for several months last year, so I can really sympathise.)

Even a 'hop' around the block, or to the nearest lamp-pst and back can be remarkably good exercise for your arms, shoulders and 'good' leg. And I, too, found the seated/chair exercises very helpful.

I'm sure that someone with your creativity will be able to come up with a whole host of new exciting workouts you can do even with an out-of-action right knee.

Best wishes.
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SLLYONS51 3/2/2014 11:22AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon Life does throw you curve balls. You have handled this well. Hoping for option A!!!

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    nice

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    Get Well Soon

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MARTHAWILL 3/2/2014 7:56AM

    I love how your optimism and sense of humour comes out no matter what the situation you are in.
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KARLEIGH66 3/2/2014 7:49AM

    Hope you feel better soon. And you can't hold a grudge against poor Bubba - he is just too cute and after all, he was just being a dog.
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DRAGONSDAWN 3/2/2014 7:44AM

    Ouch! but it sounds like you have this under control. The seated workouts are pretty decent. Good Luck

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  Get well soon

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MARYJEANSL 3/1/2014 11:53PM

  What? No crutches relay races? I am sooooo disappointed in you! :-(

Hey, hope you feel much better soon. Tell Bubba he needs to find a new person temporarily.

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MIMIDOT 3/1/2014 7:05PM

    Sorry to hear about your knee. Hope it gets better soon. Leave it to Coach Nicole to figure a way to keep you going! Hope you feel better. Take care.

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SHAMROCKY2K 3/1/2014 6:50PM

    Love your spirit! I was concerned about your streak while reading.. the chair exercise videos are a great idea. Once you get the hang of crutches they can be fun but it doesn't sound like you will be using them long. emoticon

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