Physical Therapy Ch. 4
Cathy went on vacation last week, so today I had my first of three visits with Sue, another therapist at Boulder Center for Sports Medicine. Cathy and Sue were the two therapists my doctor recommended back when I first went about my back, and after just a few minutes with Sue I felt I was in good hands.
Once again, when she checked it, she found my sacro-iliac joint had stayed in place. She also had me lie on my back and tested the strength of both sides by having me resist as she pushed each leg toward the table. The left is still weak, but things are improving (though, as I told her, I still can't get either leg off the ground during those knee lifts on the Swiss ball that Cathy prescribed last week). Then it was time for needling. Sue ranged a little higher in my back than Cathy had, and I can tell I will be a bit sore, which is good.
The only new thing she wants me to do is a dynamic hamstring stretch. Somehow my hamstrings are still really tight despite three weeks of no running. My main focus remains on strengthening the abs and the glutes with the exercises Cathy had given me. I will see Sue again in two weeks and am hoping to show her some real progress the next time we meet.
There were a couple of pieces of really good news. The first is that Sue said I can start to lengthen my aerobic sessions on the recumbent bike provided my pain doesn't worsen. She still wants me doing it only every other day ("I want the joint to get some real rest for now"), but on the ON days I can hammer a little harder and go longer.
The second good piece of news is that she thinks I can still plan on doing the Detroit Marathon in October. She offered no guarantees, but she said she is optimistic right now. Being superstitious, I'm still not going to add the "In Training" badge to this blog. But I'll admit....I'm feeling better about the fall.
Things are going well on the eating front. I weighed in this morning at 127.2, and none of my recent weigh-ins have been over 130. I've gone back to fewer-than-daily weigh-ins. The daily thing was driving me crazy. It swung wildly in a five-pound range (Corey had warned me about this--you were right, Corey), which on the "high" days made me feel bad all day. Silly, I know. But sometimes ignorance is bliss. And since the average looks good after three weeks of no running, I figure I'm doing OK enough to not police myself so rigorously.
My Lenten no-sugar-except-on-Sundays thing has also been successful. I credit it with the good weight maintenance so far. But I've not completely lost the craving for sugar. I took Will and Ruthie to a birthday party on Saturday last weekend, and, boy, did that Harry Potter themed vanilla cake look tasty. When Sunday's sweets-OK day arrived, I dove into a Dairy Queen dip cone (I had forgotten how good those things taste) AND a bag of pretzel M&Ms.
With two weeks to go until Easter, after which the spiritual imperative to self-sacrifice won't be there anymore but the physical need to restrain myself still will be, I think it's time I tried something else to get the cravings in line. So yesterday I began a "cleanse" that, as far as somewhat restricted eating goes, will last four days (I'm on day two) and as far as taking supplements goes will last two weeks (also on day two of that).
Now we're still talking about me, hater of diets, skeptic of plans that eliminate whole food groups (unless there's a case of true allergies), so "restricted eating" in my case means only that I'm trying to eat clean whole foods: no packages, heavy on the fruits and vegetables. It also means restricting my eating to set meal and snack times. It does NOT mean fasting, calorie counting, vegan or vegetarian, no-carb, no-fat, no-dairy or no-anything except refined sugar and fake stuff. I am trying to avoid white flours and cut back a bit on my pasta and bread consumption (I love these foods and easily eat too much of them, which I think does contribute to my sugar addiction), but I don't plan to do that forever.
The supplements I'm taking were recommended by Moutain Kait, from the brand Renew Life (I chose the "First Cleanse" product). I'm still not sure I believe all the claims about these supplements, but I'm willing to try them out for two weeks and see how I feel at the end.
How do I feel so far? Not bad! I noticed I didn't immediately want my morning green tea as soon as I woke up like I usually do, and I'm less gassy. I did get a huge headache last night right before bed, my stomach was actively growling around the same time. And today every time I stand up I get head rushes. But I have only two more hard-for-me days and I can up the consumption a little again (hopefully minus sugar cravings; I'd like to skip the Sunday treat this weekend).
And I'll need the calories for those longer recumbent sessions, right?