What a fabulous week! And the weather was so nice. Just in time, Mother Nature is reminding us who is in charge: this week Maine goes back to winter, snow included. But spring will probably be the following week 🙂
Monday: arm weights and PT leg exercises. I left the reps the same, doing two of 15 each. But I took two of the leg exercises and morphed them into one to make it a bit harder. I was doing front leg lifts and side leg moves while on the floor, so I changed into a front leg lift then out to the side without touching the floor (hello, tummy muscles).
Tuesday: more of the same, two reps of 15 of the arm weights and PT leg exercises. Then a bit of stretching. I noticed that morphing the two exercises into one actually made my time shorter, so I guess I need something to make my 25 minutes back to 30 minutes.
Wednesday: success! I added a bridge to my workout, doing it with one leg, while my right leg stays even with the left leg. I also did some yoga poses, adding in my plank. I tried a down dog as well, and it was mostly successful, although I imagine I looked like a lopsided tent! But my workout was 35 minutes, and that made me happy.
Thursday: a pure yoga day. Last time I could only do 10 minutes of yoga poses, this time I could do enough poses for 20 minutes. I could hold the plank–yay! I also did down dog again, and purvattanasana–which I have always called a reverse plank.
So much easier to say. The session felt fabulous, I don’t think I have felt that peace and stretched feeling since my accident. Happy day.
Friday: ah, best day of the week, although it didn’t have much to do with my exercise routine. We had a big day, first we had to go down to see my doctor and find out how my leg was doing, then we had to meet with our lawyer. I also had applied for a 40 hour/week position in my department, as I was only working 20 hours since I got hired last fall. So I did exercise, first thing before we left the house. I knew I would not want to do it when we got home. My first good news was a call from my boss saying I had gotten the position, and that she would work around restrictions the doctor put on me. Then the doctor cleared my leg!! I can drive….oh, the freedom. I missed driving! I can go back to work–no more daytime tv!! I can put full weight it, and begin to treat it like a normal leg. I can get rid of the walker (whoo hoo) and did in fact pick up a cane on the way home. It was a marvelous day!
Saturday: I did about 15 minutes of yoga stretching, but since I had exercised every day so far this week, it was not intense. I just wanted to feel the stretch 🙂
Sunday: arm weights and PT leg exercises. Since I can put full weight on the leg, I did try a wide legged bend, which went fairly well. The muscles along my calf complained more about the stretch than anything else. But I held it, and the weight was not a problem for my leg. I did manage to stand on the leg while lifting my left leg, but it will be a while before I can walk without the cane I think.