Weekly Rundown

Another week flew by.  I have still been exercising six days a week, but I think my sessions have been both shorter and easier.

In other words, I have been slacking!

I did try this week to reverse that trend. It was a good start anyway 🙂

Monday: planned day off

Tuesday: off–the power went out as I was getting dressed for the treadmill.  It lasted just long enough to have alarm go off, and hear about two seconds of the morning news announcer before that horrible absence of all sound filled the house. I had to feed the horses,  wash a bit and try to do something with my hair by flashlight before trotting off to work. Fortunately, it was back on by the time I got home, so my evening went as planned (albeit without exercise).

Wednesday: I did a preset workout on the treadmill, with interval speeds for 20 minutes that equaled one mile. But I didn’t feel it was quite hard enough.

Thursday: Another walk on the treadmill, 1.18 miles at 3.0 to 3.8 MPH. Definitely not hard enough.

Friday: Hopped on the treadmill for a more difficult workout. Did a preset for 40 minutes that totaled 3.74 miles, with 3.5 of that running at 5.3 MPH and 6.5 intervals. I carried 1 lb weights during the slower intervals, and felt sooo very marvelous when I finished.

Saturday: Realizing that I really hadn’t done much with weights recently–I only do them because I feel it helps my running and is good for me–I thought I should break them out. I did 23 minutes of my arm/leg routine, with two reps. I seem to be having an issue doing three reps, so I am just increasing the number in the reps. Funny how we trick ourselves, isn’t it? I mixed in some stretch-y yoga in as well to help  my muscles actually move the next day after not having lifted in forever.

Sunday: I did a free form workout on the treadmill. I did a short walking warm-up, 20 minutes running and then a cool down for a total of 45 minutes.  As much as I don’t like having to track how long I have been on the treadmill for speed changes (it just makes the workout take forever, which is one reason I enjoy the presets. They make me work harder without having to pay attention to how long I have been on there), this one seemed to go fairly quickly and felt pretty good.

Weekly Rundown

Ok, it is the crazy time of year. I guess holidays are always a bit on the chaotic side. So I should be used to it, right? And yet, somehow, every year I am surprised.

It’s a good chaos, with family and friends. And work going nuts. And wreath making/decorating as fast as possible. And fun events to go to.  And, meanwhile, normal life keeps rolling, requiring feeding of the dogs, washing of the dishes, and, really, must I vacuum again?

I am happy to say that since I feel better, I am making an effort to keep exercising. It helps keep me sane, too. I love taking my break at work and going for a walk, even now that I have to do it inside. On days when it is too busy to skip out on my desk, I just don’t feel the same.

Monday: I did my 15 minute break at work, and made sure I did as many stairs as possible (7 flights). I figure the stairs work my legs as well as a hill. I managed another walk with Daisy before it got too dark after I got home. Don’t imagine we will get too many more afternoon walks til spring. We did a brisk 1.32 mile in 22 minutes, followed by my plank, at 1 minute with 4 push-ups.

Tuesday: off. I did do a walk with 7 flights of stairs during my break at work.

Wednesday: I didn’t do any stairs during my break because I was planning on running and I finally figured out all the stairs was making my running kinda painful. I guess I need to get those muscles in shape to do both in one day….slowly. I ran into a bigger snag when I got home, however. The light blew in my library–it’s one of those stupid domes that need the screws removed to change. And the lamp in the library would work either (still haven’t figured that out). I was on the verge of running in the dark–cuz, dammit, I planned on running!–when I realized my treadmill dashboard is not backlit and I wouldn’t be able to see time or distance.  So I did 30 minutes of weights instead plus a 1:10 plank with 5 push-ups. And my husband fixed the light later 🙂

Thursday:  I did do stairs during my break at work, I figured, what the heck! Only 6 flights, but I jogged up the last 2.  Then, finally, a run on the dang treadmill! I did a nice (as it gets on the treadmill) 2 miles, followed by a 1:20 minute plank with 6 push-ups.

Friday: off. I had to run errands in the afternoon, with Chinese grabbed on the way home for dinner. Not a bad day, in all.

Saturday: A run on the road! Funny how 3.4 miles on the road is soooo much easier than 2 miles on the treadmill. Frosty morning, but lovely for a run. I did a 1:30 plank with 7 push-ups when I got back.

                 now, I know I have small hands, but I don’t think that is a deer track…got moose?

Sunday: another walk with Daisy. We did 1.42 mile in 23 minutes, then she got to watch through the window while I did some hill work. Instead of sprints, I did four regularly paced passes up the hill. The first was roughly 75 yards long, and I added about 75 yards to each run up. Gotta admit, the last one pretty much sucked! And then I still had to plank for 1:40 with 8 push-ups.

Weekly Rundown

Another week! And almost July. Hard to believe. It was a good week, I got a lot done. Unfortunately, I didn’t increase my bend at all. But I have a lot more maneuverability.  So I will be happy with that! And it is getting stronger–when I had to step back on my right leg unexpectedly, I didn’t fall on my butt. Always a good thing!!

Monday: A quick session of Arm Weights and Leg Pt, just 2 X 15 reps.  It took 24 minutes, but I managed to get in some of the leg bending with a line to push my knee a bit.

Tuesday: Yoga and Physical Therapy day.  24 was my magic number this week, as I did that many minutes of yoga too.  I stretched out nicely, then was off for 30 minutes in the pool.  Still loving being in the water, although I am not quite as hungry afterwards, so I must be getting used to the exercise.

Wednesday: A day off, with absolutely no guilt 🙂

Thursday: More Arm Legs and Weight Training. I did 3 x 15 reps, and added calf raises as well.  When I tried to skip as part of my drills, my right calf just refused to push me off.  I suspect the landing wouldn’t be much fun either, but I need to try. So I am working on strengthening my calf, so next time I can launch.

Friday:  Yoga and Physical Therapy, again. The two do seem to go together well.

Saturday:  a wonderful day.  I went to the beach in the morning, and lazed about on the sand. We did take a nice walk through the lagoon–where the water was actually warm enough to brave. The ocean was 64, which seems a bit chill to me. Then it was off to errands, hay for the horses and food for our BBQ the next day. Even with lazing on the sand, I managed to walk over 14,000 steps!

Sunday: whew. It was quite busy, with planting tomatoes in the morning, then cleaning the house and  putting away the laundry.  I made the horses do some work, lunging each of them. It is nice and shady where I work them, so I feel no guilt on making them canter. No matter how many reproachful looks I get. I took a 1.3 mile walk after that, and cut another 15 seconds off my 1 mile time.  Then our friends came over and enjoyed some BBQed chicken with us. Oddly enough, I slept very well that night 😉

Weekly Rundown

A rather good week, with a lot going on.

Monday: off after a busy weekend

Tuesday: yoga, then PT. The yoga felt great. However, getting to PT actually caused a bit of road rage. I planned for the roadwork I knew about, but there was three more! And then I got behind someone who was scared to go more than 35 in the  45MPH zone.  I ended up being 5 minutes late to PT, so we worked in the gym instead of the pool.

Wednesday: another day off. I worked the day shift, and by the time I got home, I had no energy left. I did do some of my knee bends with the line. I hadn’t gained any degrees with my knee Tuesday at PT, which simply made me more determined to have an increase next week!

Thursday: A marvelous day. I did a 29 minute walk with Daisy as a warm up, then did some of my drills to increase my knee mobility–high knees, butt kicks, grapevines, walking backwards and skipping.  Afterwards I did more of the knee bending with the line, and finished up with 5 minutes of yoga stretching.

Friday: I had a bit of the time crunch, so I did a quick 10 minutes of yoga, focusing on strength poses.  I went to PT again, and this time we did 25 minutes in the pool. I did remember to bring food, as I am always famished when I get out of the pool!

Saturday: another great day. After running some errands early, I came home and planted my vegetable garden. A bit late this year, but I feel I have a good excuse! I will admit to a short nap, then I did my Arm Weights and Leg PT, which took a good 40 minutes. I finished up with a 60 second plank and the leg bends with a line.

Sunday: another busy day. I weeded some flower gardens in the morning, then went out to breakfast with my husband. After some errands, I made the horses work a bit, lunging them. I am working them together, which works great going one way, but when I have them reverse direction, they get all confused. It did work better than the last time, so we are making  progress. Then I went for my first two-mile walk! I managed to cut 45 seconds off my first mile versus my walk last week. And I felt fine afterward. Even cleaned out my car, fed the beasties and made dinner. And slept sooooo well 🙂

Weekly Rundown

Another week flown by. Where do they go? Last week was pretty nice here, actual spring weather. Then Mother Nature did her usual mean tricks and spritzed snow on us this morning. Argh!

Monday: 20 minutes on the treadmill, and I even got up to 2.0 MPH. Afterwards I followed with 7 minutes of yoga stretching, and felt pretty good about myself 🙂

Tuesday: I upped my Arm Weights and Leg Pt to 3 sets of 15 reps. I added my squats–which I sometimes forget, and a quad raise suggested by my therapist. It took 45 minutes and I couldn’t believe it had taken that long! I followed by 2 minutes of stretching, and my arms definitely felt the increase.

Wednesday: I had PT–we worked on steps and bending my knee. She put me on a bike, and I turned the pedal as far as I could, definitely not able to go all the way around yet. I am up to 65 degrees, but I can’t wait to bend it even more! I took the day off from regular exercise, figuring she pushed my knee enough for one day.

Thursday: worked all day, and so didn’t want to exercise. So I did! I did a mix of my yoga routines and did most of the hard ones. I didn’t hold each one for the full 4 breaths, so it didn’t take as long as I had hoped (23 minutes) but I felt really good afterwards.

Friday: I exercised early, as I had plans for most of the day. I had to be at the mechanic’s at 8, the Physical Therapist’s at 9:30 and work at 11:30. But first I did my Arm Weights and Leg PT, except I didn’t do any exercises that put stress on the right knee. I decided my therapist would do enough to that.

Saturday: Took Daisy out for a little walk (just over a half mile) and didn’t take the cane. The cane is swiftly becoming a nuisance, and sometimes I just walk better without it.  We moved a bit more swiftly, with an average 2.47 MPH.  The horses had gotten out again (although, the fence was pulled into the paddock, so I figure it isn’t them) and I spent an hour fencing out in the back field. Then I took a half hour and finally brushed those beasties. Poor babies, the ticks have been at them this spring already.   But they loved getting brushed, Charbie definitely looked happy with the attention.

Sunday: Errands in the morning and then more fencing.  I had decided that it made sense to split the pasture so half could grow while the horses ate the other half, and then switch every couple of weeks.  So I went out for an hour or so and put up that fence.  I didn’t do any “normal” exercise, but I think I did enough for the weekend. Plus, then I did the house work: dishes, vacuuming, laundry.  At this point, that is still a workout!


Weekly Rundown

It was a busy week, but quite satisfying. I can do so much more with my leg. I can’t seem to get it bend more (still stuck at a 50 degree maximum), but I can walk more, bend it at will, and it no longer hurts to turn on it.

Monday: the Arm Weights and Leg PT. I increased my reps, but did a few less per rep; I still ended up with an increase 🙂 Three sets of twelve, rather than two of fifteen. I didn’t really have much of an issue finishing them, so maybe three of fifteen soon?

Tuesday: off. Seems to be my normal day off now. I had to take the car to the mechanics before work, so it was planned. And I even got to work early!

Wednesday: Treadmill and yoga. Ten minutes on the treadmill at a bit faster pace, and 18 minutes of Yoga I. The exciting thing that happened was when I went out to feed the horses and they weren’t waiting….when I called and called, I heard my neighbor’s voice floating down saying they were up there. Now, I am walking much more. And I am more stable. But the idea of dragging two horses down the road–after walking up–was a bit overwhelming. Still, I opened the gate where I had just put the hay, grabbed a lead and bucket with some grain and headed up. I love Christopher Robin. Just want to get that out there. Charby would have made me walk all the way up there, but I was about a third of the way up when he came charging out into the road, and flew down and ran right into the barnyard. Charby was only a few paces behind. They ran right past me, checked out the hay, went into the barn looking for breakfast and came back to the hay. I got there just in time to prevent another escape when they decided the hay wasn’t good enough.

Thursday: Another set of Arm Weights and Leg PT, with two sets of twelve squats thrown in. Squats take a lot of focus, pushing down through my heels and being balanced on both legs. Not to mention trying to bend the knee itself.

Friday: Treadmill for 10 minutes and Yoga II for 20 minutes. I have been scouring the internet for poses I can do without bending  my knee too much.  So now I tried both Tree and Triangle. Tree was fine, with my knee just bent and my toes on the floor for both legs.  But Triangle was very difficult, leaning over my  right leg. Generally I hold my poses for four full breaths, but not Triangle. I was feeling it for the rest of the day. But I will get there!

Saturday: My first day since the accident that my step-counter went over 10,000!! Daisy and I went for a walk on the road again. This time I set a goal and stuck to it, so we went .87 mile in 26 minutes. I was faster this time too, so that made me feel better.  We went to the right out the driveway, which was my “80% uphill run” path. Going up was much easier than coming down. Especially with Daisy being excited about the neighbors. I think I could probably go even faster without her, but where is the fun in that?

Sunday: The horses have been stuck in the barnyard all week, so I decided I better fix the fence so they could go out back. The line was down all along the hill above  the riding ring.  I felt like I was working pretty hard with all the uneven ground and going up and down the hill getting the fence untangled and put back up. I climbed all the way to the top to check that out to, and now I understand why Charby never likes it when I make her climb the hill when I ride. The trip back down is not fun! I rested a while afterwards, them my husband offered to help with the drainage in the barnyard. So I was busy cleaning my tackroom and the stall while he was out there, helping when I could. Afterwards, I decided I better do some yoga to stretch out–Yoga I for 18 minutes. And I slept so well that night 🙂

Weekly Rundown

Another week flown by! It is getting warmer here and the urge to go out is stronger. I took over feeding the horses again, much to the horse’s and my husband’s relief. They have been quite nice around me, no sudden movements. I think they just might have missed me 🙂
Monday–I decided that the 2 lb weights I have been using for my arms needed to go. I went back to my 5 lb weights that I had been using and did my Arm Weights and PT Leg Exercises, 2 sets of 15 repetitions.  I am happy to report that my arms took to the 5 lbs like I had never stopped.

Tuesday: I took it off.  My right leg was quite swollen, so I iced and babied it. The leg is always larger than the left, but sometimes I overdo and it gets a bit more swollen.

Wednesday: I am supposed to be going to Physical Therapy, but apparently they are so busy that I can’t get in until May 4. I decided to see what I could do for myself. The first thing was to get on my treadmill. At the incredibly slow pace of 1  MPH, I did 10 minutes. I focused on walking properly, bending and lifting my leg. Sometimes with the cane, I just do whatever is easiest.  Then I did 16 minutes of my yoga. One of the things I do is pushing up into a hands and knees position from the floor. My knee doesn’t bend much, but I try.

Thursday: another day of Arms and Legs, 2 sets of the 15 repetitions. The other thing I did for my personal “PT” is squats. My therapist who came to see me while I was home (she can’t anymore as I am no longer housebound) mentioned that squats were something she had knee injuries do. We hadn’t tried any since I couldn’t put weight on it. But now I have added 2 sets of 10 to my leg PT.

Friday: once more I did the Arm Weights and Leg PT. I did the squats again as well. I do think they are working as I can go just a bit deeper.

Saturday: I did 10 more minutes on the treadmill. This time I got up to the dizzying speed of 1.2 MPH. Afterwards I did 19 minutes of my yoga. I am doing the same poses each time, but this time I made sure to take 4 even breaths for each one. It did feel pretty marvelous.

Sunday: and now for something different. My husband was out back clearing land, and it was a warm, sunny day.  So I walked (slowly) out to see how he was doing. It was not likely more than 2 tenths of a mile, but quite uneven and leaf and stump strewn. I was rather impressed how well I managed it. Once back in, I did 20 minutes on the treadmill, with a break at 10 minutes to do a bit of stretching.

Weekly Rundown

Another week of progress–slow progress, but progress none the less. Still waiting to go to the doctor, so I am still using my walker. Definitely getting tired of that. But it helps me get around, so I guess I will suck it up!

Monday: arm weights and leg PT exercises, two sets of 15.  Afterwards I did  a few moments of yoga stretching.

Tuesday: my physical therapy person came to put me through my paces. She is a lovely person and doesn’t push me into pain, but pushes me to do what I can. I am back to a 50 degree bend in my leg, so all the flexing definitely helped. More to do, but at least I know its working! I did a little yoga stretching after she left, then iced my knee a bit.

Wednesday: more arm weights and PT leg exercises. I have increased my right leg raises to 10, we started with 4 or 5. It is nice just to move my leg around, when I came home from the hospital I had to use my hands to move it around. My right thigh is definitely getting stronger. I also increased my quad sets: I had been doing them fast and my PT person said to hold each one for a count of 5.

Thursday: I took it off. Except that I took a walk to the barn and helped my neighbor (or she helped me) to feed the horses. It was a lovely day for a walk down the driveway and a sit on the porch while we talked.

Friday: oh, what a day. My husband and I did errands as usual. We started with breakfast at the local store, then I had to go into Tractor Supply to help him pick out the horse food, and after a couple more stops I went into the local grocery store to help him get food for us. Then exercises at home! I have figured out how to get on the floor (and back off the floor), which makes my exercises much easier. It also is using my core as I have to sit up straight with my leg outstretched while doing the arm weights. I can sit with my left foot tucked under my right knee, and that is almost like sitting in a cross-legged position for my yoga stretches. I can’t even express how much I miss sitting in a lotus position 😦 but this does seem to help a bit. I did want to try this on a day when my husband was home, I was a bit worried that he might come home and find me still on the floor otherwise! I also walked down the whole driveway to get the  mail.

Saturday: I just did my arm weights and leg PT, two sets of 15 once more.  I was happy that I felt great after the busy day before.

Sunday: off.  I (foolishly) took my sock off during the night. I have to stretch quite a bit to reach my right toes at all, and I guess I twisted my leg when I pulled the sock, plus I didn’t have the leg on the mattress, so it bounced after pulling it off. Won’t do that again. The knee felt funny and achey all day, so I decided the better part of valor was to not exercise.

PS as I write this on Monday, my leg is much better and I have already exercised 🙂

Weekly Rundown

Another week of rehab. I managed to slow my weight loss (yes, that is a good thing) to just one pound. Sadly, I had to eat chocolate to do it. The suffering I go through 😉

I also lost a bit of my flexibility in my knee. Guess I didn’t work hard enough. I have about six different leg exercises to do, and I have added some light weight work for my arms as well. But I haven’t worked my walking–getting my knee to flex–and free flexing of my knee enough.

I focused on getting around the house more, and washing dishes, folding laundry. I was trying to a) get back to a normal life; and, b) I wanted to help out the husband. My husband has been marvelous! He has been cooking, cleaning and taking care of me tirelessly. But I hate that everything is on his shoulders. So I try to help.

This week will be more focused on bending that knee! I also want to look into “seated yoga”, something we did in the hospital. I can’t do yoga yet, and I believe my regular readers will understand how much that chafes.  I am getting a bit better, I can reach my hand down below my knee. Next thing you know, I will be able to put my own sock on! (goals for next week)


Weekly Rundown

Now here is a surprise: my week did not go to plan. It was a good week in all. I am not quite sure where I went awry. I do know the ten-hour days on the weekend did not entice me to exercise. I was just too tired in the mornings to contemplate actually getting on that treadmill. Coffee and cuddling with Daisy sounded so much better.

Monday: off. This was a planned day off. So something went to plan 🙂

Tuesday: treadmill run. Another plan come to fruition.  I actually came home and sat for a bit, and ran around 4:30. As you may remember, once I sit I tend not to get back up, so I was pretty happy with myself.

Wednesday: off. It was supposed to be a treadmill run, but I was just not feeling it.  Was there guilt? Certainly. Did it make me get on the treadmill? Nope.

Thursday: Treadmill run. On schedule! I actually didn’t get to the treadmill until 5:30, so once more I was proud of myself for not saying it was too late and calling it a day. And I extended my time by another song, and a bit more speed. So it was a good day in all.

Friday:  yoga. Another day to plan! Usually my freeform yoga lasts anywhere from 18 to 23 minutes. Imagine my surprise when I finish and it was 31 minutes. I didn’t do many more poses, which means I am holding them longer. A very good thing. And it did feel marvelous. Yoga is just such a rejuvenating exercise.

Saturday: okay, here is where the plan really went off the rails. Originally Saturday was going to be a day off, but since I took Wednesday off, I planned on doing a make up day. But once I was in the chair with my coffee and Daisy, getting back out seemed just so hard. Until I was forced to do so to feed the horses, and then my day began and I had to get ready for work.

Sunday: off again. Ah, I hate to even type it. Same as the day before, the coffee and Daisy just sucked me into that chair.

Tune in the same time next week to see if my plan was followed this week! It is bound to happen at some point 😉