So, what’s shaking? The same old thing here, but with a little more happy.
If it seems like I’m extra happy right now it’s because I am. I went to physical therapy as usual on Wednesday and was released as a pt client. That means I’ve improved enough that I can start the work on my own. While I plan to stay on as a wellness client (to use that fab Endless Pool), I’m also going to slowly get back to my old activity level. Part of my ramped up activity includes more low impact bodywork, including PiYo.
I’m sure you’ve heard of PiYo by now because it’s the newest Beachbody release from Chalene Johnson – love her! It’s a home version of the PiYo classes offered in clubs all over the place. I need low impact workouts like Pilates and yoga so that I don’t hurt myself or slow my recovery. As much as I love 21-Day Fix, even the modified movements are too much for me right now. I’ll go back to it when I get the all-clear to do so.
There’s no shame in admitting that you need a change and moving on. Never feel ashamed or let anyone tell you that you’re lazy because you recognize your limits and are working around them . Do not ignore them for the sake of proving you’re not lazy. It’s better to work harder and smarter than to go all out when you’re body is unable. Trust me, I fell into that trap and did much more harm than good.
Now back to my regularly scheduled message.
PiYo has a six days on, one off weekly schedule. Because I’m going to listen to my body, my plan is to start with three days of PiYo with one day of aquatic therapy each week. I’ll train for a day and take the following day off. On my rest days, I’ll still get in my usual five to ten minutes of gentle yoga and walking. My eating plan will stay about the same for now with one exception. Gluten has to go, doc’s orders.
So that’s what I’m up to. If you want to know more about PiYo, my eating plan (regular and cheat day), or how I modify fitness and eating plans to suit my needs, give me a shout. I’m on Facebook and all over social media. Just look for Sherrie Thompson or WAHMinSC. I’d love to hear from you.
Your friendly neighborhood Sherrie has a cookbook problem. I know it and own it. I read them like novels and can tear through one in a couple of days. I also have a money problem, so I pick most of my books up from the library, Mr. K’s (used and new, but always cheap), and free Kindle books (for reading on my Kindle app). I’ve wanted to hold books more than reading text on a screen lately, so I’ve hit the library practically every week. Here’s a sample of what I’ve gone through in August alone.
I first heard of Angelica Home Kitchen thanks to an early 90’s copy of Vegetarian Times. Back then I was playing with the idea of he veggie life and loved the idea of a all veg restaurant. Good book, great recipes.
This one needs no intro. I checked it out for more ideas on healthy whole food vegan goodness. I like it, but don’t think I need to add this one to the permanent collection.
Between the abundance of rain, a bad spine summer, and crazy schedules, our garden is a sad, bare wasteland. Except for mint and huge tomato plants which may or may not bear fruit. Microgreens, baby vegetables, and sprouts, oh my!
And, you know, I cannot leave anything these two touch unread. And hubby is a pie addict. Vegan versions of his beloved blueberry, pecan, and key lime pies will be mastered! At some point.
No pictured are Crazy Sexy Kitchen and Crazy Sexy Diet. I have the Kindle versions, but can’t spend all my time looking a a screen.
So, what are you reading?
I cannot leave the room without this guy following. If I close a door, he waits patiently for me to open it. He literally lean against me when I lose my balance and keeps me upright on wonky days. On painful days (like the past few days), he snuggles when I need it and just watches to make sure I’m ok.
Or maybe I’m giving him too much credit. He’s a goofy ball of love. Good boy, Victor.
|I love my husband! This was a surprise gift.
‘Ello. I’m still feeling the love after last night’s Supernatural Saturday. Not a Whovian or into Orphan Black? Give them a watch. Trust me.
What else is happening? Well, turns out I’m not the only one in my family with back issues. Dad had some and had to wear a hard core back brace on occasion. Thanks, dad. Cardiovascular issues and spinal issues. But seriously, I wish you were still her so I could hassle you a little.
The spine is still kinda crumbly, but I’m going to work with instead of against them. Can’t lift or jump or run right now? That’s ok, doc. Low impact cardio? Sweet! Shaun T, Tai Cheng, Pilates, yoga, walking, and body weight resistance to the rescue! I won’t overdo it. I’ll star with 2-3 days of more than walking and add more as I get stronger.
Shaun T and low impact don’t seem to go together, right? But before Insanity, there was Hip Hop Abs and Rockin’ Body. Besides, I love dancing. I spent many, many nights (weeknights and weekends) dancing and still have random afternoon dance breaks. And, you know, he is very nice to look at and listen to. I mean inspirational. I meat hot. I mean motivating. Actually, he’s all of the above.
| Interested in Rockin’ Body or Hip Hop Abs?
‘They’re on sale for $19.95 each right now.
So, do you want to share random chatter with me? Food, drink, fitness, dance, other? Give me a shout.
Until next time, peace.
I’ll hit the big 44 on March 30 and am celebrating the milestone by kicking up the wellness a notch. Care to join me?
You don’t have to buy anything. You just have to commit to 30 days of something better for you health. Cleaner eating, regular exercise, mediation, less coffee – you decide. Me, I’ll be eating cleaner (vegetarian, good fats, lots of produce and good protein) and starting Chalean Extreme (strength training for increased strength and fat burning). These are my goals, my plan for the month (and beyond). What are yours?
The goal is to push beyond where I am now. I am my own competition. Well, and hubby in a way. We challenge each other to move toward our goals and sort of compete to see if my home workouts or his gym workouts are better. I know home workouts are better for me, period. The hermit in me would rather get my sweat on without the potential audience. The dogs watch, but they get bored and move on. I’m sure people are focused on their own workouts at the gym, but in my mind, they’re peeking over at the limping big girl, wondering why she’s bothering.
I know. It’s my messed up way of thinking. I’m working on it.
But for March, it’ll be a better focus on better eating, lifting heavy four days a week, and at least one cardio workout on a fifth. For cardio, I’ll mix it it between my favs. Why Chalean Extreme? Shorter workouts (which my aching back will appreciate), lots of lifting (which I love), and less cardio (not my favorite thing). I lift now, but I don’t think I’m lifting enough or following the most effective routine. So I’m turning to an expert.
So, what do you say – wanna kick it up with me in March? Join me here, G+, or on Facebook. How will you challenge yourself?
Until next time, peace!
Whatever I did to offended or upset you, I’m sorry.
The funky, instant rash on my hand was genius. And your timing? Flawless. Not only did you make it happen and fade before my doc’s appointment, you brought it back a day and a half later. Nice.
This ick kicking my butt? Great move. I feel like crud and cannot think clearly. And having the fever kick in today? Well done.
Now please, I beg you, please cut it out.
I’ll be going back to bed now.
Even though it’s the month of Halloween (meaning candy & other tempting goodies), I think I came out of October pretty well.
|Straight up, with almond or soymilk, with fruit or
almond butter – this stuff is yummy!
- I ate clean 80% of the time – which was the plan.
- I pushed play at least four days a week – also part of the plan.
- I cooked more than I ate out. But still ate out more than intended.
- Chocolate Vegan Shakeology daily. Oh my word is that stuff good!
- Less pain all month. Yay!
Well, less pain until around midday November 1. A migraine came on, as expected, but this one is a doozy. I cheated a little, so I’m paying for it in a big way. I know I should not eat any gluten, but I got lazy/experimental and thought a little wouldn’t hurt. Meh. It hurt. It’s still hurting right now.
And on that note, I need to bring this to a close. Time for another dose of meds and quiet time. Peace!