Tuesday Workout

Brief update on yesterday’s workout. Yesterday was the LONGEST day ever. Work 7-12:30 in court, work out, read for class/ate lunch, went to class 3:30-5, read for class some more, went to class 6:15-8:15. But progress was made! Half my reason for working out was it justified me changing out of my suit into shorts and a tshirt and sneakers. I hate wearing flats, heels, etc. Right now, flats hurt my knee SO BADLY. However, heels hurt worse and I can’t exactly where my Brooks (shameless plug for Brooks tennis shoes and Fleet Feet in Sacto) to court. 

Anyway… did the upright bike.

15:49

level 7

3 miles

so I did same mileage as Monday, but higher level and shorter amount of time. So I call that progress. I felt GREAT after. Knee barely hurt. Legs felt tight but in that I just worked out kinda way and I had that sweaty glean to me. This is what makes me love working out. THAT feeling. 

Took today off – didn’t have time. Was exhausted this morning and stayed home and then went work (parked like 3 blocks away though which is a first for me since I hurt my knee) and then went to a meeting and then to a dinner where Ronnie Lotts and Dusty Baker gave speeches. That was pretty awesome. 

I’m off to bed. Shorter day tomorrow but early. Pain level is pretty annoying tonight. Part of it is my knee and part of it is the muscle on the inner portion of my knee. 

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The Last First Day of School

Workout machine of the day
Workout machine of the day

Today I began my 3rd and final year of law school. My last first day of school. Ever. Holy crap. When did I get here?

I barely slept last night due to pain that is coming from an infection that I’ve been fighting since last week. So this morning when I had the chance to go back to bed before Remedies… I took it. Then it was off to Remedies from 11-1230 and the gym after. 

Did a decent job today. I’m going to keep this blog entry short because I have to be up at the crack of dawn for my internship and first day back in court. I did the upright bike for 16:12 – 3 miles with very little pain. I followed it up with squats and lunges (very few – didn’t want to push it) and lifted weights for my arms. I feel pretty good about this workout. My pain level tonight is minimal besides the headache that I am inevitably getting. 

I ate a lot today. But a lot of the food I ate was good food. Fruit, yogurt, veggies. Just a lot of small meals through out the day. Never felt my blood sugar get too low which was GREAT. I’m awful at letting it get too low. 

I’m bringing gym clothes to school tomorrow with me just in case I have the urge to work out but if not, I will take the day off. I really don’t want to get on this knee too fast. Though the 3 miles today did feel pretty damn good. 

I’m off to bed. Long day ahead of me tomorrow. 

XOXO

Penguin

 

Setbacks galore… an update 3 years later

Hello again,

A lot of things have happened in the last 3 years. Amanda got plantar fascitis and had to stop training, I got lazy again, I got busy with school and work, I applied to law school, took the LSAT, moved across country to CA and in with Amanda, survived two years of law school, one campaign season (Amanda), and her career advancement. I’ve interned at a few places, eaten at A LOT of places in my new town of Sacramento, and injured my knee. Needless to say, I gained approximately 30-45 lbs my first year of law school and relatively maintained my weight second year.

I’ll start with the injury. September 30, 2012 I was coming back from Target, carrying a new litter box for our new cat Amadeus, Diet Coke 12 pack, and other school supplies into our garage when I tripped on uneven pavement. Not wanting to fall, I tried to catch myself basically propelling me into a run. Inevitably I fell. Straight on my knee cap.  Now, this probably wouldn’t be that big of a deal if I weren’t already predisposed to knee problems. I am very knock kneed or in medical terms valgus aligned… especially in the knee that I fell on. This started a series of knee problems. Needless to say, I spent mid-June to beginning of August on crutches, doing physical therapy, crying, and on pain meds because I managed to re-injure it. It has been a very slow recovery. I first reinjured my knee on May 17th. The MRI results and xray show that my kneecap on my right knee is tilted laterally (outwardly). On top of that I have mild chondromalacia or runner’s knee. I have irritation underneath my knee cap where there is cartilage damage. The ortho doesn’t seem to think I need surgery for this and that physical therapy and exercise will prevail. I graduated from PT a week ago where I was able to spend 6 minutes on the bike and do about a mile. They said I was doing great and doing so much better – which is true. I am no longer on crutches. I no longer have pain to the point where I cannot go up and down stairs like a normal person. I still have pain though and it’s annoying. It’s this horrible joint pain. Ortho is saying patellofemoral pain syndrome and I just need to exercise and after tonight I’m starting to doubt him even more.

I decided I was going to start working out again and graduate from PT exercises to doing 10-15 minutes on the bike until I could slowly work myself back up to 30 minutes/5-6 miles on the bike. I was going to wait until next week when school started because I actually have a bit of time in my schedule but got ambitious and went tonight. Here’s the problem: my knee does not hurt WHILE I AM EXERCISING. This makes it very hard to stop at an appropriate time – like 10-15 minutes without knowing that I am going to feel a very bad joint pain later on. So tonight I did 15 minutes which added up to a whole whopping 2.44 miles on the bike at a 5min mile pace and between level 4-6 resistance. I then decided to do leg presses and I couldn’t actually tell you the weight I did – I think the machine was broken.

I’m very impatient but I think blogging about my journey and recovery is going to help a bit. I just want to get back to where I was 3 years ago or even pre-May. I want to walk without pain, be able to do the treadmill. I don’t think my knee will ever live up to a half marathon but my goal is to do a 5k in 2015. We shall see.

 

It has been an incredibly successful three years but with success has come even poorer eating habits, weight gain, and injuries. My goal is to keep myself accountable for what I eat, how much I exercise, and I want to lose a little bit of weight. I would like to figure out if there is a way to straighten my legs out because this has made me very self-conscious and very self-aware to the fact that I am VERY knock kneed and especially on the right side. My mom even told me that they asked doctors when I was a kid if I should have leg braces and they said no – probably thinking I would grow out of this deformity – but here I am almost 25 and having massive knee issues because of it and feeling self-conscious because when I do a straight leg lift my right leg points right instead of ahead.

 

Any suggestions for PFPS exercises, valgus alignment fixes, etc or just motivation and support are entirely welcome. My e-mail is BAU.Intern@gmail.com. Feel free to e-mail me rather than leave a comment or leave a comment. I am going to try and keep this up on a weekly basis or whenever I work out and post my results to keep myself accountable.

 

PS – my mom hated this name 3 years ago and I’m sure she’s not going to like it now because “lazy” is not a good connotation to give oneself. Any name suggestions for this blog?

 

XOXO-

Lazy Lesbian aka Courtney

Setback… and steps forward

So Sunday was my hour long workout. And then came Monday… where I did absolutely nothing but help my mom with the daycare kids and then go to work.  So I already knew that my workouts were going to be thrown off this week because I also work the weekend which means no long workout on Sunday… I’d have to do it another day. Tuesday was the same ordeal, I slept in, I helped mom, I went to work and worked late so I couldn’t go to the gym. Weds comes and I’ve had maybe four hours of sleep, a few hours of work, and one academic meeting later and I’m exhausted so I decided I would take a nap and then go work out. Only I wake up feeling like crap. However, I feel the need to burn off some stress due to some personal issues and decide to go to the gym anyway and not be lazy. BAD IDEA! This workout was so disappointing and discouraging! I only did 1.13 miles in the 30 minutes I was on the treadmill and I was soaked in sweat and so achy. So I decided maybe weights would go a little bit better and I could make up for the craptastic cardio workout and get some lifting in. Yeah, that didn’t happen either. Everything hurt or I was just too weak. So I left very discouraged and feeling like I had a setback… until tonight…

 

Today was my day off from work… slept in… went shopping.. felt great. So after dinner I wait until about 8 pm to go to the gym when I know Big Brother will be on CBS and I will watch it while I am on the treadmill. Perfect. So I’m feeling fabulous and I get to the gym and first had an issue getting to a treadmill with a tv I could actually watch AND hear Big Brother on but finally did. So tonight I’ve decided if the first half hour goes well I will do my long workout which is 75 minutes this week. Boy did that go over well!! I felt amazing! I went at a sort of slow pace because I didn’t want to overdo it. Tried jogging but unfortunately the ankle just was not going to loosen up and let me run tonight, which is going to happen on occasion, I did have a major sprain exactly two months ago. 3.25 miles later and I am feeling amazing. It’s about 9:30 by now and I want to do a light lift to stretch out my legs. It felt amazing as well. However, I did come home starving and ate a peanut butter sandwich which my friend Jenna told me was the worst post workout snack to eat… so readers… What are good post workout snacks that are high in protein and will also raise blood sugar fast? I know want carby stuff but I don’t want to ruin my total workout calorie burn off by scarfing a ton of peanut butter or fatty proteins. Any advice is welcome.

Tomorrow I think I’m just going to the bike for about 30-45 minutes. And if I’m as sore as I am now I am so going to take advantage of the hot tub in the women’s locker room to loosen up before I do that.  I need to do some strength training with this ankle as well and I will take any advice on that as well.

 

Love,

thelazylesbian

Day 5…

Yesterday was my active day of rest which turned into a lazy day of rest to just get my new netbook up and running and get some textbook work done.

 

Today however was the challenge. One hour on the treadmill. No ifs ands or buts. I did it however. I took my first half hour slowly so that I wouldn’t try and go hard the whole entire time and end up not being able to finish the hour. So the first half hour I only ended up doing a mile… shitty right? So my total for the whole hour ended up being 2.5 miles. I went at a steady 3.0mph on the second half an hour. I would have jogged some of it but I was exhausted and my ankle was already beginning to hurt. So I have accomplished the first 60 min treadmill Sunday… Next Sunday however I believe is different but I’ll be doing it on a different day since I work.

 

Now I’m going to sit back and relax and watch Big Brother.

 

Love,

thelazylesbian

Day 4…

Today I almost thought I wouldn’t have time for a work out. Mom had her carpel tunnel surgery which took longer then we expected at the hospital and then I had to work. I was supposed to work 4:30-9 but ended up working 5-9 and hitting the gym for the very last hour that they were open. Thank god I switched my Thurs/Friday work outs because I would not have had time for a 45 minute work out tonight because the YMCA hours suck (however it’s cheap).

 

I did 34 minutes on the treadmill and 1.35 miles.

 

I am now exhausted.  Tomorrow is an active rest day THANK GOD and I don’t work tomorrow. I am going to drive out to my grandparents to grab a netbook that they are giving me and then I am going to get some work done and spend some time with my family.

 

Just finished Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins… good series!!

Love,

thelazylesbian

Day 3 of training

Short post…

Today was day 3. Had a lazy day and then I went to the gym about 7:45. Was on the bike (switched my cross train day with my normal 30 min day since I work tomorrow I didn’t want to kill myself tomorrow and then have to work) for about an hour. I did approximately 10 miles. 🙂 Not too shabby for not being on the bike machine in forever. I mainly just watched tv while I was on it and pedaling away which is why I was on it for an hour instead of only the 45 minutes required.

 

Feeling pretty damn good tonight. Didn’t lift much since I did quite a bit of lifting yesterday and I’m a little sore in my arms and shoulders. Came home and got textbook work done and now I’m off to go reward myself with a good book.

 

Love,

thelazylesbian 🙂

 

Oh … and I may or may not be training by myself now. My girlfriend seems to think she may have injured her foot or something is wrong with it. She goes to the dr in 10 days and I’m praying that they find whatever is wrong with it so she won’t have to be in pain. Even normal walking sometimes is quite painful which sucks considering how much she walks to work and so forth. I like giving her shit though because I’m now working out more than she is and she talked me into doing this lol. But just hoping her foot gets better.