Wednesday, March 30, 2011

PT (R&C) - physical therapy (renewed and correct)

Hi all my lovelies!

I learned some new stuff today:

  1. My former DPT (Dr. of Physical Therapy) was not very good.
  2. My new DPT is great. (more on that in a minute)
  3. Walking on a treadmill in a pool while pushing foam paddles against water jets is as hard and as awkward to master as you are now imagining.
  4. Doing 10 minutes on the arm bike after nearly 30 minutes of arm/back/shoulder work in the pool is really hard.
  5. When one does their strengthening exercises with correct form one FEELS IT!
  6. When one does their neck stretched with correct form one feels it and it feels good.
  7. Getting a full and proper PT workout is both tiring and exhilarating.
  8. I received my insurance-approved TENS unit and have to figure out how to use it at home.
So my old DPT left to do something else and the new DPT is the owner of the rehabilitation clinic I go to (he normally works out of his other location). He is cool and what I REALLY like is that he evaluated me on the first meeting I had with him, even though I had been going to sessions for 4-weeks. Turns out I have been spinning my wheels... I should have been in the pool. I should have been doing muscle strengthening exercises (wet & dry). I should have been doing more stretches. I should have had more resistance on the arm bike... everything should have been gradually increasing each week. Instead, I have been doing the same things (incorrectly) over and over and over. It kind of irritates me, especially as I am paying $75 weekly for the pleasure.

So today I was in the pool for the water-treadmill stuff (15mins) and about 30mins of strength and posture exercises in the pool using these for resistance:
They don't weigh very much at all (they are dense foam), but MAN am I sore....

After I was showered/dried/dressed I had my 10 minutes of arm bike hell and then new resistance exercises. He started me on the lowest resistance band (yellow) and had me doing things to strengthen my triceps, my biceps, and my trapezius muscles (below).

What was fantastic about my new DPT is that he not only showed me how to do each exercise, but stayed with me and corrected my form, told me to slow down, corrected my posture, explained to me WHY I was doing each exercise and WHAT it was going to do to help with the bone spur/pinched nerve/cervical rib action I have going on on my left side. So I did 3 different exercises with 2 sets of 15 reps. I am feeling it now! Then I did about 10 minutes of very slow (with good form) neck stretches followed by 15 minutes of electrical stimulation and ice.

I was SO tired after that I thought for sure I would fall asleep in the car driving home. I made it home and was able to make myself a coffee & some lunch. I am still tired but it is in that "I had a good work out any my body is grateful" kind of way. The feeling is a mix of tired and awesome. I have to admit, I kind of like the feeling of being worked out. I am looking forward to Friday already!


PS These are my awesome Mary Janes for the pool!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Birthday #39

Today is my birthday... it was low key. I kept my BFFs gorgeous baby girl, Emma & watched the Cooking channel. It was a treat because we don't have cable. I learned a lot about babies and the amount of liquid they contain, as well as the amount that their diapers cannot.

I came home to a beautiful bouquet from my honey. We had some Sonic & ate birthday cake. I am EXHAUSTED!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What the camera sees

So, I went to the zoo with a friend and her family over Spring Break. I thought I was pretty cute in my aquamarine tee and my jeans, with my Vera Bradley mini-hipster bag and tennies. I left my hair down and even wore make-up (and sunscreen, too!). In the photos they took, where I am posing, I look cute. In the rest, not so much. It is an eye-opener to see myself as I truly am on the outside.

And while at first I was like, ACK! NO! DELETE! DELETE! DELETE! now I am ok. This is in no way a post about me bashing myself over the way I look, just an acknowledgment of what I am up against and where I am starting. It also helps me put myself in perspective. I mean, I did look cute and my outfit was fun & appropriate for the activity. And we walked, and we walked, and we walked...from 10:30am until 4:30pm. The zoo is great for that. The Fort Worth Zoo is HUGE! And Springtime in Texas is a great time to be outside.

Hmmm... maybe I need a zoo membership. I could walk around the zoo all day.

Here are two posed pics... I like them.

and ZOMG! I have HUGE BOOBS!!! (yes, I have know this for a loooong time.)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Return of the Blog!

Howdy peeps!

This is just the notice to let you know I plan on resuming blogging and my fitness quest. I will be 39 in five days which means I have a smidge over 52 weeks to get fit before I turn the big 4-0. I have to put myself to the test... get it gear... and all the other JUST DO IT-type mottoes!

Having been in exam prep freak-out mode for the past forever and then PASSING MY DOCTORAL EXAMS (WOO HOO!) it is time to get back on the wagon. We have been living on food that is delivered or collected through a drive-thru... I miss veggies and cooking. I only gained 5lbs during this time, which isn't great, but it wasn't 15, so I am ok with that.


I need to resume the following (in no particular order):
  1. Meal/menu planning.
  2. Exercising
  3. Tracking my food
  4. drinking water!!
  5. BLOGGING - it really helped
  6. take my vitamins!
Thanks for coming on this journey with me... you motivate me when you are so supportive!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

More contest goodness!

My awesome wedding photographers Brandy & Brandon of Bella Pop Photography are having a cool contest - they are giving away a free photo shoot!! (sorry guys, gotta be local to use the prize).

Click below to get the deets & check out their awesome photographs!

Disclaimer: By posting this on my blog I am also entering the contest for a chance to win the photo shoot! You can too!

You want to win this... I know you do!

This is a pretty awesome giveaway that is as big as Texas!

Easy to enter & you'll have awesome handmade items to keep or gift! :D