An Awesome Week Completed

Happy Friday everyone!!!! Wow, did I have a great week.

It no secret that my weeks have been a struggle lately. By Thursday I am mentally exhausted and Friday’s are usually a blur at best. This week however, was fantastic. I had energy every night of the week after work and was in the best mood ever. One night we disc golfed a local course,

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another night we walked three miles after dinner, the next night we got in a gym workout, and one night I had a great workout with a friend in a local park.

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This outdoor park workout has turned into one of my favorite places to exercise. Find a quiet park with a big shade tree and grab a yoga mat and do what comes to mind. From yoga to strength training it’s just a great place to workout. Add a partner and you have the makings of a good time.

As for our weekend plans…..we are FINALLY picking up our son’s new kayak. It’s a week late in arriving and it’s driving him insane to have nice weather and nothing to paddle. So you can bet we will be spending some time on the water this weekend.

Have a great weekend……

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Update….Trying To Get My Stamina Back

Stamina in definition says this: the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort.

This is what I have trying very hard to accomplish the last week. Not so much the mental effort as much as the physical effort. I make these small goals for myself every time I start something physical. Sometimes my body says yes and sometimes its screams NOOOOOOO! And the way it screams no is by inducing pain which then leads me to stop immediately. Although, for just short of four weeks post op, I am happy with where I am for the most part. Let’s take a look at what I have been up to the last two weeks.

Besides trying to build up stamina, I have finally started driving again after three long weeks. Not like I had anywhere important to go or felt like going anywhere for that matter during those three weeks. However, now that I am feeling better and I am in minimal pain, I have been getting out and walking the mall during the days. I am not yet up to my normal four laps but I am only one lap short of that at this point.

Speaking of walking, let me share with all of you this love/hate relationship I have with what is called an abdominal binder.

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I don’t remember a great deal of the recovery room after surgery but I clearly remember waking up feeling like I was being strangled to death by something wrapped way too tight around my stomach. I begged the recovery nurse to remove whatever this was(I could not see it because I was not able to raise my own head off the pillow). After sometime she did loosen it and I was a bit happier but I still felt like I could not breathe. So being medicated to the extreme, I tried removing it myself which eventually led to her taking it off completely……ah relief! Until the day I was discharged and it made a comeback with orders it needed to worn home and if I was up and around for any amount of time it had to be on. Ugggg, this did not thrill me at all. Well, today my feelings for this contraption have changed. I love it for walking since it allows me to walk farther before I have pain. With the abdominal binder I am up to 2.5 miles/ without the binder only .5 mile. Sleeping with it is horrible! I have since stopped wearing it to bed now that I can turn over and get up alone. Sitting with it is a pain in the ribs….literally. When I sit, it pushes up and smashes into my rib cage no matter how tight I wear it. So unless I know I will be walking for a long distance I don’t wear it for a quick meal out or a fast trip to the store. So right now, as it seems, it has made the packing list for our upcoming trip to hopefully assist in allowing me to hike a bit here and there. I am still not sure how much hiking we will even attempt being my condition and the stage of my recovery. However, I do know that without this abdominal binder being worn, there would be no reason to even bring my hiking boots along.

Which also meant, now that I am feeling able to get around some, I needed to go shopping and find some new pants. Yes, you would think I would have a smaller stomach without the pineapple sized tumor inside me anymore…..however, that is not quite the case. I still have swelling after I am up for more than an hour that is quite amazing even to me. And then when I need to wear the abdominal binder, that takes up room in my pants also. And let’s lust say after trying on my jeans a few days ago, until my incision is a bit more healed, I will be wearing no denim for awhile. Stretchy is the key to wearing pants. So shopping I went and found a few more yoga leggings to rotate into my daily attire. Yoga pants are great really, you can dress them up or down and you still feel like you are wearing pajamas. IMG_3370

I am happy to say I have started making meals again here and there. It was a challenge to stand long enough to prepare anything the first few weeks. So easy and fast was the key. I did make baked chicken with veggies one night which really helped saved my husband more work. IMG_3354

And I did accomplish a pot of soup one afternoon. Other than that, I have not spent much time in the kitchen. My meals have mostly all been prepared for me and served with loving touches like flowers made out of carrots and garlic(which I love).

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I have had all my daycare families stop in to visit and brighten my days with glitter flowers, smiles and hugs which I miss so much. I wish I could say I am ready to have them all back but I am just not quite ready yet. Lifting is painful and that is a main part of what I do.

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For now, I have a few more weeks off, a doctor appointment that hopefully has all good news, and a trip to have fun in the sun and maybe on the trail coming up. Before all this takes place, I need to keep walking and working on my stamina, which some days is better than others. All in good time they all tell me, so I am doing my best to not over do it and let it happen when it happens.

 

Home Alone!

On rare occasions I find myself home alone. And when I say rare, I mean hardly ever.

You all know my husband and I do almost everything together as far as activities go. However, there is one thing I am not willing to do …..that is ice fishing. I have tried it a few times when we first started dating but clearly it was not for me. You can’t say your surprised…..freezing temperatures, holding still in a very small ice shack for hours and wearing layers and layers of clothing….nope not my idea of fun. Although, I would never tell him he can’t go, which he did Saturday for the first time this winter. He left bright and early, our son was scheduled to work bright and early, which meant I had the entire house to myself. So I said my goodbyes and they left and I immediately made a list.

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I can get so much done in so little time when alone that it’s amazing. During the week some things are just impossible to try and accomplish with kids running around everywhere. So this was my moment to get it done.

First priority was to get the crock pot chili going so I could assemble some freezer meals later in the day. I love this chili recipe, it’s so, so, so simple but tasty and freezes wonderfully for my husband lunch on days we don’t have leftovers from the night before.

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Then I threw in a load of laundry and decided to get my husbands shirts ironed and out of the way. Ironing is not my favorite thing to do. And this is definitely one of the chores I can not do with kids hanging on my legs during the week.

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Next, it was time to clean the front hall where all my parents enter our home. The one thing that drives me crazy about winter is the “gravel yard” we are blessed with from the salt/stone mixture in parking lots everywhere. Shoes carry this yuck in and somehow my little ones find these little gravel pieces and attempt to eat them. So cleaning the front hall is often a daily chore, if not twice a day. While I was at it a complete vacuuming was also done.

Then it was time to switch the laundry, add another load, and get ready for the gym. I love morning workouts. They give you so much energy, are off the to do list, and it’s just a great way to start a day. I grabbed a snack, my gym bag and headed out the door.

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It’s then that I remembered our driveway was like an ice skating rink. The night before we had a freezing rain event for a few hours which left everything covered with a nice layer of solid ice. So I ended up taking a little detour before the gym to a local hardware store for a bag if salt.

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After the gym I returned home to fold laundry, shower and then I took a few hours of “me time” and went shopping for some items I have had on my list for awhile. Happily, I found everything I was looking for and then some….like usual! Those darn clearance racks get me every time….but I did find two awesome pair of yoga pants and another work shirt for my husband (that doesn’t need ironing..yehhh) so I had to purchase them.  IMG_3328

On the way home I decided on dinner, pasties for everyone. Easy, fast and yummy! Since Saturday is normally my day off from cooking dinner, this was as good as anything to throw in and enjoy.

It was a wonderful Saturday I must admit. I got everything on my list done and then some. I couldn’t ask for a better outcome. Oh, and by the way….ice fishing was a success!

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Weekly Wrap Up and Workouts of the Week

It’s been a great week here at our house.

My husband is now completely off all meds for his back injury and after a few days of adjustment he is doing great. The only time he is noticing trouble is when he has his big, steel toe work boots on, he then still has signs of drop foot. Since this has been his main complication resulting from this back injury, he is now once again concentrating on working those certain muscle groups to help with his foot drop issue. We have high hopes that he will see improvement quickly.

As you will see below when you glance at the workouts I accomplished this week, I have started adding yoga back into my rotation. It’s been at least 6 months or more since I last did yoga and let me tell you, Wednesday morning I felt EVERY SINGLE MUSCLE. Ouchhhhh! I am really hoping to squeeze in a yoga routine twice a week to help with balance, flexibility and relaxation. Yoga is something I struggle with because it takes a long time for me to feel like I am actually working out, which then makes me choose something more high energy. Although, apparently my muscles need yoga because I had all I could do to lift and carry around my two toddlers Wednesday morning after Tuesday’s yoga routine.

Anyhow, here is what I did for my health and happiness this week.

Saturday: rest, traveling

Sunday: Ahnapee State Trail completed….4 mile hike

Monday: home:1 1/2 mile walk in the morning, 20 minute recumbent bike, stability ball exercises and upper body weights

gym: 30 minute elliptical, 10 minute ARC, abdominal workout and stretching

Tuesday: 2 mile morning walk, 45 minutes of yoga (OUCH….it’s been a while), and 3 mile walk after dinner

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Wednesday: home: weights (upper and lower body), recumbent bike 30 minutes and stretching.

gym: 30 minutes elliptical

Thursday: rest

Friday: abs and 30 minutes of yoga

Have a great weekend and a safe Halloween:)

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A Look Back At June 2015 In Pictures

As you all know from reading, this month has been very discouraging for me and my family. However, we have still been finding time to get out and enjoy the summer weather. Here is a look back at June 2015 in pictures.

Silver Creek Disc Golf

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First SUP Trip Of The Year

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Fun With Water Balloons

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Little Free Library Trip

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What We Wear In WI On The Beach In June

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SUP Board Yoga Attempt From A Newbie

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Walks With The Kiddos

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Way To Many Waiting Rooms This Month

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Our New Playground Very Nearby

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Hoping For Cherry Tomatoes Real Soon

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Picnics Bay Side

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Exploring A New Zoo

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I hope you enjoyed looking back with me through our June events. I have high hope that July brings better health to my husband and that we can get back to the life we are used to living. We miss paddling our rivers with our whitewater kayaks more than you could all imagine. That being said, I sure am not minding the extra time I have been getting on my standup paddle board while he does water therapy for his back pain. Who needs a pool when you live near so many lakes…..water therapy can be done anywhere and that is exactly what we have been doing.

Coming Up With A Plan With My Bum Ankle

I almost have the first week finished with this knee high immobilization boot and I have to say, I find myself only slightly irritated so far. Thankfully, I am allowed to work so while caring for all the children I am pretty occupied and don’t notice too much hassle. The worst time I would have to say is during the night. I am suppose to sleep with this horrendous contraption on but that is pretty much impossible. What I have been doing is sleeping with an air cast on to continue the support and not allow me to move it the direction that gives me so much pain. So far this seems to be working just fine. I have not been woken up with pain since starting this whole treatment plan, let’s hope that is a good sign.

That being said, this will be the first weekend I am laid up and not suppose to do more than absolutely necessary. This will be a challenge. Weather looks to be very nice and that is not a good thing. I am slowly starting to feel normal again from whatever kind of viral hell entered my body for the past week and I am ready to do something other than lay around feeling miserable. I know my husband and son are dying to hit the water with there new kayaks which I will not be joining in on. Ultimately, I would be happy to just sit outside without a jacket on.

Let’s move on to what I have figured out to do for exercise for the next few weeks. This is huge for me. Telling me to take it easy and relax is like telling me to stop breathing. I just can’t do it and if I do I can’t do it for long. Monday I plan to start with a series of mat workouts on the floor. I am not allowed to do any weight bearing exercises (besides lifting my two 12-15 lb infants I care for) standing on that ankle but laying/sitting down I can do weights. Thankfully I have a weight machine at home so this will be a normal part of my daily workout also. I also plan to do yoga. Obviously, no moves standing or stretching out that foot/leg but the rest of me could use a good stretch. For now, hopefully it’s enough to keep my insanity in check. If you have any other suggestions, please send them my way.

That’s it for now. If we hit a local river I will be sure to take a few pictures from my perch where I sit and watch. You all have a great weekend.

 

Let’s Reminisce Again….

Every year about this time I look back through my photos and just reminisce. Winters are very long, lonely, and cold for me. I try and keep myself busy, however, winters drag on as if they last forever. My summer photos give me something to look forward to so let’s reminisce together.

I miss grilled food

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I hope to utilize this box this summer.

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Maybe I will try outdoor yoga in the park.

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We are hoping to make another visit to a friends cabin.

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I miss relaxing on my front porch almost as much as I miss the beach.

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Don’t forget the sunsets of summer

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Disc golf, one of our family favorite games.

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This year our son’s brand new kayak will get a real taste of summer now that he is completely healed up.

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Just to see green leaves and grass again would be an improvement over snow, slush and yuck that is covering everything right about now.

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Summer can not come fast enough for me.

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What do you miss about summer?