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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #90 on: September 19, 2007, 07:44:25 AM »
I tried a tip from The Paleo Diet For Athletes book, as I'm sure you are familiar with, and had carbs worth about 150 cals 10 min before start (a little less in my case), and it made me a little sick. Everybody's different, and now I've tried this.

I was a little impressed how good my legs felt. Interval training is definitely going to be added to the mix this winter. It was the breathing and my stomach that was giving me a hard time today. Well, Mother Nature as well.

Any chance this could be related?

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #91 on: September 19, 2007, 10:55:09 AM »
Any chance this could be related?
What, how my legs felt and the pre-workout "meal"? If that's what you ment, I have to say no way. I guess that even though they feel fine when I start, my legs are infact tired. I just don't notice it until I've been running for a while. I never get doms or anything, so that's probably the explanation. I suppose I don't notice that the workout the night before is still affecting the body, because the hills and the run are quite hard in themselves. I hope that made more sense to you, than it did to me. I'm low on sleep, so please excuse me.  :-\

Upper body weight training 55 min. It's been more than a week since last time, but even though every muscle group seemed tougher to train, biceps has actually increased. I was too tired to work out. Not so tired that I could injure myself, but I just wasn't in the game and I didn't feel like really push myself that extra last rep. 


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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #92 on: September 20, 2007, 04:51:22 AM »
60 min on the stationary bike around lunch. Average hr 160.

It felt harder than it did last time, and I'm guessing it's because I haven't been eating much carbs so far today. Better start thinking about pre-workout meals too. My main focus has been post workout.

Silly, though, I think 70% of daily calories (-ish) will be taken in around hard/long workouts. That's with increased calorie intake, increased yet controlled as to not gain weight. Even guys, with higher daily calorie need, gotta find this hard. The book is good though, and makes a lot of sense. 60 min -> workouts, or very high intensity workouts, are the ones with "special needs", so I guess if I get to a point where I have 90 min cardio workouts, I'll feel better about it.

Also, I'm icing my right knee as I type. It is nothoing but trouble. I finally got an appointment with a physical therapist - they got week long waiting lists you know... Today it kinda felt as though there was something loose above the knee. I considered pulling out of the session midway.

I'm clueless as to why it has been a problem for so many years. Hopefully they can atleast give me some answers. Maybe it's been okay for this long, this time around, because of all the injury prevention exercises I've done.

Sorry, I'll have this talk with the physical therapist instead.  :P
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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #93 on: September 20, 2007, 11:30:31 AM »
1h 25 min walk in the mountain with the dog. I know I shouldn't have, but I can't keep still. The pain in my knee was acceptable uphill, but completely stiff and quite painful downhill. Thank goodness it's not hot, nor do it seem swollen. Still I have a bad feeling.  :'(

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #94 on: September 21, 2007, 10:28:45 AM »
I haven't done any exercise today, there's still pain around my kneecap. The physical therapist used a kind of "thing" (I don't remember what he called it!!!) and gel around the kneecap for a little while, and then 15 min of electrotherapy. That was it. "See you on Monday". He had no answers, no theories, and basically said we'll see how it goes. He didn't look at my hip or anything else, just the knee. I told him there's problems with the entire right side of my body, and keeps coming back and it has been this way since I was 13-years-old. I really think the problem with the knee stems from something else. If he just focuses on the knee, I'll keep coming back for treatment like I am now.

Also on the same topic, I went back to the chiropractor. He has obviously done a great job on loosing up muscleknots. Unfortunately, I am so scared about this area, he also worked on my neck. I was nauseous and dizzy for while after.  :o It's scary! It's uncomfortable to think about.


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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #95 on: September 22, 2007, 12:14:01 AM »
The physical therapist said I could exercise and see how it went. There wasn't any notable difference between the knees, he said. So if it started to hurt, swoll up, or got warm, I'd stop.

So I went and did a 9 km jog this morning.  :P My body was well rested and "light" and the only time I felt discomfort in/around the knee was during the last 1,5 km. I stopped and stretched the quad a little and it seemed to ease it somewhat.

Exercising yesterday was out of the question because there was constant pain. It was a bit 50-50 chance I'd make it worse today, and I know I need to be careful. I do however feel I've been responsible, although balancing a little on the edge.

Again it was windy and raining. I thought about going to the tracks for the run (boring and flat), but as I got outside and was about to lock the front door, there was no wind and just a few drops of rain. I figured I'd head for the mountain track, thinking it would be okay. And it was okay - the first few minutes. I can't really bring the dog to the tracks either, and if I do, I'd have to tie him up. He gets so excited when I put on my running or hiking clothes, it ached my heart not letting him run with me.

Rain wear was the dress code. Heavy clothing, headwind (again, especially in the uphills!?!) added a few minutes. Still, I felt less tired than the last couple of times (i.e. not dying). :)

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #96 on: September 22, 2007, 07:56:30 AM »
50 min weights upper body. I tried to do dips with feet on a bench and I think I might have hurt my back. There's one place where it's really painful!! Great...  >:( I must be on a roll.  :(

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #97 on: September 27, 2007, 12:03:33 PM »
I can't stand this down period without exercise. Unfortunately my knee is still aching throughout the day, although it has gotten completely rest for five whole days now.

I'll do the ten minute warmup I usually do before upper body weight training, and keep doing them. A short daily walk with the dog and situps too. Other than that, I guess it will be more rest for another week.

The chiropractor said he'd take a look at "the bigger picture" to see if he can figure out why I keep having problems with my right side. Why he postponed it to the next appointment, is to squeeze more money out of me. They do that. Ten minutes max., "see you next time", and then "sorry we couldn't help you more" after the tenth time. I know the story by now, but I'm still hoping he will be able to help me.

Another thing, when my knee gets better I'm joining the gym. I had a very visual dream about running in the snow and freezing cold. I know myself well enough to say, that going outside to exercise under those conditions just won't happen. I have to skip all the bicycling too, so there goes my home cardio option.

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #98 on: October 01, 2007, 11:44:29 AM »
Rare mild and dry fall weather here the last couple of days (darn knee!!!). Had an almost 1 h long stroll with the dog along a lake just after lunch. I had no idea that lake was that long. We walked half the length of it before we turned around and walked back. Very calm, very easy on the knee. Chiropractors put off looking at it until next time. Go figure.

I managed 25 min in the sauna earlier this evening. I really thought that this time I atleast had been in there for more than 30 min! And I thought I was reasonable, seeing how I know that it feels much longer than the actual time past. I seriously wouldn't lasted a minute longer.  :o

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #99 on: October 03, 2007, 04:19:36 PM »
So, my knee is still bad. PT said sauna (heat - inflammation) was like pouring gasoline on a fire. Good thing I only lasted 25 min then.  :P

Yesterday I had a 1h 10 min walk with my dog. During the walk we had several stops. Dog owners meeting dog owners, you know. Slow, easy, and careful on the knee.

Also did about 50 situps.

Today I did almost 200 abs exercises, 100 of which was regular situps, and 3 x 15 push ups.

I'm seeing my doctor tomorrow. PT and C don't think x-rays will be worth anything. I bet a $100 he just sends me home and tells me to rest. Yeah, 20 times the same thing, and they still can't see that there is (obviously!) something not quite right?!

I'm sorry. It makes me upset.  :'(

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #100 on: October 04, 2007, 08:27:52 AM »
Ugh, I hate it when doctors are so useless.  That's why I see them as infrequently as possible.   :P

What kind of pain is it in your knee?  I have some friends and family who are good with diagnosing that kind of stuff (they are EMTs, emergency room workers, and sports injury people).

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #101 on: October 06, 2007, 02:29:37 PM »
Ugh, I hate it when doctors are so useless.  That's why I see them as infrequently as possible.   :P

What kind of pain is it in your knee?  I have some friends and family who are good with diagnosing that kind of stuff (they are EMTs, emergency room workers, and sports injury people).
Hehe!  :D I agree about seeing doctors as little as possible!  :D Try, anyways.  :-\

There seems to be to types of doctors:
a) The one that doesn't listen, and therefor usually don't give you the right treatment. You don't get better and stay ill longer. You don't trust and you might be scared of that doctor.
b) The one who listens, give you the right treatment. You get better or being sent in that direction. You feel safe around the doctor.

The physical therapist treats it as inflammation around the knee cap. That's where it started to hurt. On the front of the knee. It felt painful over the knee cap first. Kind of like annoying. It felt like it was between the knee cap and the quads. In a, as if it was, ... narrow ditch there. The foot turns slightly outwards when I walk, the other one points straight ahead. But it also feels like from the knee and down, that my calves turns even more out the side. I also have less balance and hamstring strength on the right side. I feel like the balance comes from under the foot: the heelbone and the rest of the sole. I'm also not able to gain as much muscle in the quads on that side. The right side shoes are more worn out, and it looks like I overpronate a little.

I'm sorry about the lengthy answer. If you could ask them, I'd love to hear if they have any theories. I would really, really love to hear what they have to say. I'm tired of being injured so many times. Great friends to have!  ;) Handy.  8)

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #102 on: October 06, 2007, 02:35:57 PM »
1h walk yesterday and on Thursday. Of course I took time to talk to the dogs and their owners that we met.  :P Slow walk, like 'walk you turtle'. Also did 120 sit ups, a few of them Russian Twists.

Yesterday, I did 130 sit ups and 40 push ups.

Today, no walk. Sit ups update tomorrow.

Good night everyone!  :)

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #103 on: October 08, 2007, 05:48:29 AM »
Situps Saturday: 75.

Sunday: 200 situps, 30 Russian twists, 40 push ups, 70 side bends, a few stretches for different parts of the shoulder and 20 bridges. I was worried the bridges would be hurt my knee, but - atleast at first, it felt as if it didn't put any pressure on it at all (it's a does/ does it not put pressure on the knees - exercise). Full storm yesterday (Sunday), so no walk. Played alot with the dog, though. I feel so bad for him (and me!  :P ) for having to "rest" (not rest to me!) so much.

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Re: Trying to stay healthy
« Reply #104 on: October 08, 2007, 10:54:41 AM »
I'll send them the thing where you described how your knee hurts and see if they have anything to say about it!!