adventures with “dr. chiro”

3 Mar

I had my first adjustment last week with my chiropractor a.k.a. “Dr. Chiro”.  I watched “The Adventures of Mr. Peabody and Sherman” a couple of days before, so this was at the forefront in my mind:

Thankfully, this wasn’t how it went – well the pretzely piece.  My first stop was a hydro-bed.  A rolling jet of water moves up and down your body (focusing on your area of hurt but hitting other areas as well) and it feels kind of nutty.  It kind of tickled at first but when I was able to relax it felt good.  It does move up around your neck and I’m positive this must have been what it felt like when in the womb.

We went to another room to discuss my x-rays.  Guess what?  Dr. Chiro asked me if I had my gallbladder out to which I answered yes and how did he know.  Sure enough, I have staples in me and they showed up on the x-rays.  Funny, I had no idea there were staples needed so you can bet your bottom dollar I googled that business to ensure this was how it was supposed to be.  It is.  Seeing these staples was my favorite part by the way.

I love me some office supplies – now I have some with me at all times.

Anyway, I have a pinched nerve currently and then I have some other things happening with ye ol’ spine.  I have one degenerated disc – he thinks from a fall earlier on in life and bone or whatever has grown around it.  It puts some odd pressure on another disc but this one seems to be holding up well.  Good job disc I don’t remember the number of!  There are some alignment issues as well that we are going to work on, too.  All in all, it will be a few weeks of PT.  I have kick-ass chiropractic coverage (25 free sessions a year!) so I will be using up these bad boys but then it’s only $35 a session after that so I’m good.

Then onto the adjustment table.

I told Dr. Chiro I was nervous about it.  He laughed and told me not to worry <— because THAT always works for me.  I laid down and he pointed out that I’m massively stiff.  Not any news to me but I don’t realize it since this is my state of normalcy.  Then the weird adjustments started.  I laughed hysterically.  It wasn’t a high-pitched laugh, more of a deep-belly laugh I couldn’t control.  It didn’t hurt per say, although the areas that are currently tender felt it more than others.  It was so out of my realm of experience that I still can quite describe it.

When we were in the room with the x-rays he had posters of orthotics.  Since I jacked up my arch a few years back and am certain this is what has irked my ankle, I asked him if this was something he looked at.  I also went on to explain my poor PT appt  from earlier.  He said we would do some foot-mapping to see if this was anything he could help with or not.  Score!  Essentially, I’m just pouring out all of my running ailments – one stop shop!

This week I have three adjustments – last night/Wed/Thurs.  For the most part, my back is feeling better and I kicked the pain meds on Saturday.  It’s still stiff but I have a lot more movement and less pain – yay!  I also turned the corner with this cold so another win for me.  I even did some laundry this weekend, albeit, I borrowed a Radio Flyer from a friend to transport said laundry to my laundry room.  I may have looked like an idiot but it was a brilliant plan, if I do say so myself.

Hope you all are having a good week.  I’m reserving judgement… bad dreams.  I need to stop watching LOST right before I go to sleep at night!

p.s. I need a new office chair – this one is killing me at the moment.

snackity snack – don’t talk back

26 Feb

Yep, once again, I’m ripping off copyright material – I just really like things that rhyme!

I don’t have any working out stuff to write about as I’m still loving on my heating pad and meds.  In addition, I’m now nursing a cold.  Seriously, my body likes to shut this business DOWN every once in a while!

I do want/need to write about snacking though.  Why?  Because I have the munchies… a lot.

I’ve always known that I’m a night time snacker.  My parents were/are similar, as are other members of the fam.  Based on my pinterest search for healthy night time snacks, it seems so is everyone else.  I also have a sweet tooth, so typically I want a treat.  The funny thing is, it’s only been in the last couple of weeks that I actually paid attention to my snacking.

9:30 – 10 pm.  This is the golden time for me.  The munchies hit right then – it’s crazy!  I try not to eat dinner until later in the evening anyway, 6:30ish, but even then I still want a snack later.  I would say it might be a habit but I’ll be sitting there, minding my own business when suddenly my brain is all, “EAT SOMETHING”.  Is this a habit?

Then I do the “walk around the kitchen” search – I peruse the cupboards and the fridge is opened once (twice).  Typically, I don’t find anything that I REALLY want.  Cue not eating anything, right?  Umm… no.  For a week or so there, I still had some tortilla chips and they were my go-to.  Bad.  I had some cashews that sort of helped but those are gone as well.

Energy balls?  (If you haven’t made these then I am downright begging you to give these a shot.  They are very tasty.)  It doesn’t always make sense in my brain to be eating energy balls this late in the eve.  I’m trying curb this evening snacking/craving, at least a little bit.  Right now, I don’t have some of my typical late night fare lying around on purpose, but it doesn’t stop me from roaming.Drinking more water kind of helps.  Going to bed  earlier also helps.  Sometimes I sabotage myself though with Netflix (oh my goodness, LOST – I can’t quit you!).   As mentioned, I did a pinterest search for healthy late night snacks and some of them were decent and others were a “no way am I going to take time to make that” or “I don’t really consider pizza or a grilled cheese a late night snack”.  Fruit doesn’t quite quench my snack desire but I’m going to try harder with this one.

I don’t really know the point of the post.  Any late night snack suggestions?  Perhaps even moderately healthy?  I’m keeping the tortilla chips at bay since they are a bottomless pit of disaster for me.

mmm… popcorn

How do you keep the late night munchies out?  Or do you?

i’m a fragile like a potato chip

23 Feb

Thanks for the support with my crummy PT appt and the mean guy.  Or as Slacker Runner perfectly nicknamed him, “asshat”.  I love it!

Saturday three of my wonderful friends surprised me with a visit to help celebrate my birthday.  It was fabulous to see them since two of them live out of town and all of them have little ones.  Trying to find a weekend when we are all available is quite the experience in planning.  It was great to see them!

I had a burger at lunch – Ron would be proud!

We went to see 50 Shades of Grey (Ron would NOT be proud) – completely different from what I expected and better than I thought it would be.  Then onto a local establishment called The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange.  It’s a neat concept where they have a bunch of different beers with screens set up as the stock exchange.  The prices fluctuate based on the “market”.  We were there during the afternoon (the market wasn’t open yet) and they have some tasty grub… unless you are gluten-free/low FODMAP/can’t eat many things.  I guess I should have figured this given the whole beer theme but thankfully, we had a very kind server who helped me out.  I left her a big fat tip, since I was a bit annoying!  (I did eat some homemade potato chips there which helped to inspire parts of this post.)

this was me with my burger as I’ll explain in a moment

I also learned a very important lesson this week… Don’t put off miles you can accomplish today just because you could run tomorrow – or whatever (I’m writing this with some serious meds in my system).  Just get miles in when you can – I’m talking to myself here.  Now, I know it seems like there is always something wrong with me but it’s simply because I’m accident prone.  Or fragile.  Or something.  Look at this pic of me from kindergarten – do I look hearty to you?  Nope, and I’m still not.

I wouldn't have survived in medieval times

I wouldn’t have survived in medieval times

Anyway, Friday morning I was getting coffee from McDonald’s and this guy rear-ended me a bit.  There was no damage to my car and really it didn’t feel like much.  I hurried onto work, where I had to carry my super heavy purse around and then scooched a couch a few feet.  At lunch, I carried my super heavy purse back to my apt.  All good.  Then, 45 mins later, I bent over to get aforementioned purse and my back seized.  I am not sure if I’ve ever felt this before but I knew it wasn’t good.  At the same time, I figured I tweaked it and I was over-reacting.

I’m a delicate potato chip that drinks coffee – naturally

It hurt.  A lot.  I went back to the office (after unloading many of the offending heavy articles from the purse) and realized the pain didn’t really go away.  It got worse as the afternoon wore on until I went home around 3:30 since I needed some meds.  Cue laying on the couch all of Friday and Sunday.  If my friends hadn’t bent over backwards to make Saturday work, I would have laid on the couch then too.  As it was, I stuffed my face with a few pills and cursed a lot in my mind.  I figured out a decent med combination (my apologies to my stomach and liver) and used some BioFreeze.  Small baby stretches seem to help momentarily, so that is good?  I also got the name of my friend’s chiropractor, who he swears by, if things don’t get better.  Currently, I’m getting my deep squats in though, since this is the only way I can reach the ground.  That’s a plus!

I have no idea if any of those morning activities impacted my current predicament or if it was simply how I bent over but man, I feel so bad for people who have chronic back problems!  Did you know how many movements require the use of your back?!  Yesterday, I utilized some peak drugged-up time to fix an oatmeal bake and get some energy bites ready for the week (more on why this is important tomorrow).  I was stirring the energy bite mixture and it made my back hurt – I wasn’t expecting this!  I am sincerely hopeful this is a fluke injury and I’ll be able to write an “all better” post soon.  That being said, I have so much sympathy for those who have constant struggles with their backs.

hopefully my recovery won’t include these shenanigans

Anyway – no running miles for the week.  I had a couple of walking miles in there but that’s it.  It’s a good reminder for me to stop trying to fit all of my training/fitness into a few days, which isn’t all that good for my body anyway.  I need to keep it more consistent so I’m not a) saving everything for the end of the week and b) not sitting on my arse for days.

***Edited:  I typically write my posts the night before.  Today, my back is a bit better but still I’m walking around like some kind of weird robot, forget bending over and pain meds are my BFFs.  I made a chiro appt for Wednesday.  I feel like a fraud/big baby though… what if there is nothing wrong?!  I don’t want to look like an idiot.  However, I can’t relax, am in pain or move very well either so I’m going with possibly looking like an idiot.  We’ll see.

ankle appt gone bad

20 Feb

Last night I went to my appointment for my ankle.  I couldn’t tell if he was sports trainer or a physical therapist because he didn’t really introduce himself.

Let’s back up-I was really looking forward to this appointment.  I felt all adult about making & keeping the appt despite having to drive through a mini blizzard to get there.  This is an accomplishment for me!

I walked to the front desk & they told me to go to this conference room around the bend & go in.  I followed these instructions & walked in:
Him: “umm-I’m with someone.  I can only help one person at a time. Take a seat out there.”

I slunk out to a chair & debated walking out right then & there.  He was rude & condescending.  But I thought I would give it a go –  maybe I was just embarrassed and he really wasn’t as rude as I thought?

He called me in after the other guy, & I said: “my apologies was barging in-the front desk told me to walk right in”
Him: “well, they don’t always know what they doing now do they”

Me: stunned silence.

He said he needed to finish notes on the other guy first so I just sat there.  Finally he asked what the problem was.  I explained my ankle issue but only said it had been bothering me for 6 months as opposed to the full year and half.
Him: “so, this has been a problem for 6 months & you are just NOW seeing someone?”

Me: “well, I wasn’t sure if it was an on-going issue.  I didn’t know where to start & then I saw this & thought I would try it.  But if I need to start someplace else that’s fine & I can go”.  Yes, I did have a tone because he was being such an ass!  I think he heard it as he then hemmed & hawed & said we could start & see where that led us.

Fine

He tweaked around my ankle & peroneal tendonitis was the determination (got it/knew it).  He told me lack of flexibility was the problem so I asked about some stretches to help this:

Him: “well, there are about 80 of them,” like I was the biggest idiot on he planet.  I started saying I could just look them up as he stood up like he was leaving.  Alas, he showed me a couple of stretches & told me I need to stand up straight while stretching since I’m not an “ape” & he “certainly doesn’t believe we descended from apes, some ppl do, I don’t!”Religious convo?!  What is happening?!

He showed me two stretches, explaining how he was much more flexible than I am & that “if I ever want to be a runner” then I need to do these.

IF I ever want to be a runner?!!!”

I practically ran out of there.  He didn’t want me there, & I didn’t want to be there.  My interwebbing was more informative.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get any suggestions about what else to do beyond these stretches-heat?  Taping it?  I really wanted a KT tape demo (in person) & ask about my arch but questions were not encouraged.  I barely tied my shoes & I was clearly dismissed as he barely acknowledged my departure.

I was kind of crushed.

I’m sticking with my google knowledge.  He showed me one stretch that I will utilize but other than that it was a waste of my time.  I’ve read blogs where they had wonderful experiences with sports therapists and/or PT folk & I WANTED this.  I also don’t do well when ppl are condescending & simply blatantly rude to me.  I get flustered.  I even tried to keep my bitchy resting face positive in hopes of turning it around.

I tried

I tried

Nope.

thursday truths

19 Feb

Man, I wanted to think of another “t” word for this title as I love alliteration.  But I was too lazy.

Anyway, here are some truths:

1.  I didn’t run Mon/Tues/Wed.  I know I said I was going to and that I didn’t think I should run more than 3 days in a row.  Now I’m about to run 4 days in a row to finish out the week.  What can I say?  I was cold.  And tired.  And lazy.

2.  I don’t like mini Reeses cups but I like regular size ones.

3.  I’ve figured out how to have two coffees a day.  I figure since my morning coffee is smaller (BARELY 16 oz) then I definitely need 6-8 oz more in the afternoon.  It’s science.

this is me

4.  My co-workers mentioned this movie today and now we all can’t stop laughing about it.

5.  As mentioned, I had pizza last week.  Now, I can’t get rid of that craving!  I’m ordering it again on Friday night.

6.  My friends have surprised me with a fun day on Saturday with all of us together.  They all have kiddies and two live out of town so this is a BIG deal.  The truth part?  We are going to watch 50 Shades of Grey.  The things I do for my friends.

7.  I’m really in the mood to buy stuff.  I’ve had to talk myself out of it on a couple of occasions so far and even asked office mate to step in and talk me down from the purchasing cliff.  Aside from the two pairs of running shoes (used birthday money) I’ve been doing okay.  But the urge is so tough to fight!

8.  I’m just freakin’ freezing lately.  It puts the kabosh on ALL of my motivation.  I want my hoodie/sweatpants cocoon forever.

this was basically me today

9.  I’ve been in bed by 10 pm (one 10:30) every single night for the last week and a half.  I’m surprised at how this has helped my tummy.

10.  Speaking of my tummy, I desperately wanted to order the best pizza ever this past Saturday.  It’s from a local place, mega deep dish, buttery goodness.  I mean, I had the phone number DIALED.  Then I remembered how horrible I felt last week and thankfully held myself back.  It was a good decision, especially since I’ve felt pretty decent all week.

11.  Of course this means I did some of that horribleness to myself last week.  Pretty much a work in progress, I am.

this is the opinion of my stomach

12.  My concept of hell would be an endless line of cars that I had to scrap ice and snow off of forever.  I absolutely hate doing this.  I have no idea why I live in MI.

13.  I’m headed to a real live PT professional tonight to have my ankle/arch checked out!  My arch has been messed up for a couple of years now and my ankle for about a year, maybe a tad longer.  It’s a free walk-in injury clinic that happens once a month through our local running group.  I almost didn’t make an appt because driving at night AND in the snow is just a bad idea for me in general.  Then I figured out I wouldn’t be able to make it for another two months.  I decided to stop being lazy/nervous and JUST DO IT.

14.  Apparently, I can’t count as I realized (with the help of a friend) that Simon will be 10 yrs old this May.  What in sam-hill?!  I can’t even get over this!  I thought he was going to be 8.  Some pet-mom I am.

Simon loves some rocky 4!  This was two years ago.  I'm weirded out...

Simon loves some Rocky 4! This was two years ago. I’m weirded out…

I WILL run tonight.  I can’t put it off any longer if I am going to hit 20 miles this week.  I’m hoping PT person will show me how to tape my ankle up right as it helps immensely.  Or they will just pull the ache/pain out of it all magic like – I’d be okay with this as well.

Over and out friends.

ham is good

18 Feb

Yesterday took some years off of me.

Or at least drained some of my soul.

Ultimately, I was planning on some “anger and resentment” miles on the treadmill when I got home from work.  Alas, Simon puked on my bed so at that point, I was done.  It was anger and resentment couch time.  I just couldn’t muster any more energy.

Part of my angst, was this judgey-mcjudgerson person was supposed to be coming through my apt yesterday.  On Monday I cleaned a ton and tried to get everything ready.  The thing is, the last time this person  came through, I was told I was a hoarder and needed to go to counseling.  So, this was hanging over my head.  Thankfully, they never came by and now I don’t have to worry about it at all.  It’s fantastic.

Today has been a bit better and I got some shoes in the mail!  Yay!  There are some sweet deals on PureFlows 3 right now and I considered stocking up.  I only picked up one pair though and used some birthday money – thanks fam!

pureflows3 - love

pureflows 3 – love

I also looked at a pair of the Brooks Launch.  From what I read it seemed these were fairly interchangeable but more cushion.  I’m probably completely wrong since I usually pull information out of my bum with a dash of internetting to support it.  We’ll see.

the launch - verdict is out

the launch – verdict is out

I do want to wrap up this post by sharing something very special with you.  I purchased this ham from Costco.

oh so good

oh so good

It is simply too delicious.  In my fam, we look forward to having ham for dinner because that means the leftovers are for “ham on toast” breakfast.  Of course I could get some regular lunch meat but a) I’ve had this major aversion to lunch meat since Sept.  All of  sudden it became slimy in my mind and I can’t eat it.  b) it’s just not the same as real ham.  Thankfully, this ham is simply too yummo and while it’s on the pricey side it’s totally worth it for me.  They have turkey as well, which I might try next time.  They also have some steak strips that are already cooked.  I’m working on kicking up a bit of the protein as I can feel myself slacking in this area as of late.

Anyway… boring post… I know.  But wanted to stop in and say hello.

 

weekly round up

16 Feb

(Title change for my Monday round ups…)

Last week.  To get the majority of the whining out of the way – the first part sucked.  I was sick M/T/W.  As in doubled over at my desk while my stomach cramped so hard and wishing I didn’t eat whatever harmful thing that was causing it (okay, the salsa was a good starting point).

Wednesday night as I laid on the couch for the third night in a row, I realized this wasn’t going to go away anytime soon.  I was going to have bad weeks and good weeks but I need to pull it together a bit.  See, part of me is just bored with these diets.  But they aren’t so much “diets” as much as life changes so I had better get used to it.  And adhere to them.  It was a good pull-myself-up-from-my-bootstraps pep talk.

The next eve, I got on the ‘mill.  I managed 3 miles.  The other epiphany I had on Wed night was I’ve been holding back with my pace and running duration while on the tready.  I’m not pushing myself enough and it’s time to change that.  The 3 miles weren’t magical by any means but Dr. Ascot did say exercise would help the tum-tum so I need to at least try to help myself where I can.

exercise is supposed to help this…

Friday was another sickly day but I still crawled 2 miles.  Saturday I had a much better 3 miles and Sunday’s 3 miles were okay as well.  An old ankle injury has been a-barkin’ so I’ve started some ankle strengthening exercises, applying some heat to it and using compression.  I’ve also brought out the RockTape and just recently found a good way to tape my ankle up to help.  Oh and some BioFreeze because that stuff rocks.

I found some of the rehab info, along with the video from this blog – thanks Fitness Cheerleader!

Get this – Saturday and Sunday I did my experiment!  I worked out in the morning after some coffee and this was a good decision.  Yay me!

I won’t be running 4 days in a row anymore.  I think the sweet spot is three days.  Maybe once I hit higher mileage on my running days I can shorten it to 4 days a week as right now I’d like to run 5 days.  We’ll see.  Today I’m resting up and then I’m going for a Tues (5 miles), Wed (4 miles) and Thurs (3 miles).  I’m not going to swim until the weather temps are out of the single digits.  I’m a wimp.

I also had pizza this weekend!  This is beyond exciting!  I went to Blaze where they have gluten-free crust and it was tasty.  Pizza Hut has gluten-free (not in all areas including mine) and Domino’s does as well but it’s kind of expensive.  I went looking for some gluten-free thick crust recipes on Pinterest because all the gluten-free crusts I can find in stores/restaurants are thin crust.  The crust is my favorite part – wait – and the cheese.  It is a bit more complicated to make that’s for sure.  I might just get the pizza crust from Pillsbury and lay it thicker in the pan.  Maybe success?

this doesn’t even start to express my pizza love

I also found out I love blueberries.  I never knew I liked eating them by the handfuls – just thought it was in the baked goods.  Overall, I’m happy I got 4 days of work outs in and made some wiser food choices toward the end of the week.  And I went to Costco.  My friend had never been so as we walked in this is what I sang:

TRUTH

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