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Just went down to the basement and looked through boxes and found my Pilates DVDs.  Checked out the TV with the built-in DVD player, and everything works.  Put down some Thermorests and a Mountain Hardwear mat, so I'm ready to exercise.  Have a cooking class in an hour, so it won't be today, but tomorrow, it starts.  I figure if I do 20 mins of Pilates (the time frame in the video) each day and ride my bike for 10 minutes, that's got to help.  The bike is over in the corner of the basement, surrounded by boxes, so might have to ask the yard guy to move it for me.  (It's hell when you want to exercise and you're too darn old to move the equipment!)  I'm also going to ask him about picking up DD's treadmill, which is in her garage and not being used.  Between those things, I should get a decent amount of exercise.  Besides, might even convince her to come over and join me.


Anyway, I'm all excited about it, because when I did Pilates at home with the same videos before, I really firmed up and lost the weight.  I also think it should help strengthen the muscles which were hurt when I fell.  Willie Ray always had a fit, though, because he wanted everything put away when I finished exercising.  Not that difficult with the Pilates mat, but impossible with the bike.  Now I just have it in the basement, so no one can yell at me!




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TracyK's picture

(post #57140, reply #1 of 46)

Great that you're even feeling up to it! Are you still going to PT? Might be a good idea to check with your doctor and make sure Pilates isn't something that would exacerbate your back problem... always better to be safe than sorry! How's the toe?


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MadMom's picture

(post #57140, reply #2 of 46)

The toe is swollen and there's a large (about 2" diameter) blue bruise going up my foot from it, but I figure it will work.


I am no longer taking PT, but did ask the doctor about Pilates, and he said it would be good.  One thing I like about these DVDs is that she shows exercises for you to aim toward, but also shows the beginning level or what people with back troubles can do.  One thing I've learned is to listen to my body.  If it starts hurting, I'll stop.  (I also have to remind myself that there's a big difference between just being tired and hurting, LOL!)




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Geoffchef's picture

(post #57140, reply #4 of 46)

Motion is lotion, as my chiropractor is fond of saying. I think she's right. I also concur with my compatriot Neal Young - "It's better to burn out than to fade away.". Of course he's also dined out on the bon mot: "Rust never sleeps".
Anyway rock on!


 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
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Edited 4/9/2008 12:08 am by Geoffchef

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

MadMom's picture

(post #57140, reply #5 of 46)

Well, I did it, in spite of myself.  Went down to the basement, where I had set up the mats, DVD, TV, etc., started the TV and laid down on the mat.  After the intro, I had to hit play, so crawled over to the TV (you realize I cannot get up without doing that!) and hit play.  It was on the intro to the exercises, which I thought might be good to watch, so I watched that.  When it finished, went right back to where it was.  Looked for the remote.  Couldn't find it.  Crawled back over, turned it off, and walked up the stairs.  Looked for the remote in the bedroom, the living room, and the office.  Walked up the second flight of stairs to where the TV had been, looked there.  Couldn't find it.  DH suggested I use a universal remote.  I said that would be fine, except I didn't know the code for our TV-DVD combo.  Looked it up, it wasn't there.  Finally found a remote which looked familiar, even though it had no name on it.  Took it downstairs.  The batteries were dead.  Walked back upstairs and changed the batteries.  I was almost convinced that all the stair walking and crawling was enough exercise for today, but came back downstairs, and it worked!


Finally watched the DVD.  Can you say "out of shape?"  I barely made it through, and I was doing most of the exercises in the modified form, rather than as they really should be done.  At least I made it through, and maybe tomorrow will be better.  I did not feel any pain, just tired, which was what I was aiming for.  At least I have found the darned remote.




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roz's picture

(post #57140, reply #6 of 46)

I am having a good chuckle at your expense! Good going for continuing with this 'exercise'.

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AnnL's picture

(post #57140, reply #7 of 46)

Good for you for perservering through all that!  :-)  Great news that you had no pain.  Strengthening your core will really help your back.  Just go easy and stop at any sign of pain. 

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

soupereasy's picture

(post #57140, reply #8 of 46)

Aww. That was too funny!

MadMom's picture

(post #57140, reply #9 of 46)

That seems to be the way my life is going these days.  Nothing major wrong, just a million little setbacks which are enough to drive one crazy, if one had any brain cells left, that is.



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soupereasy's picture

(post #57140, reply #10 of 46)

Brain cells, lost them years ago. Sort of like virginity, you won't miss it! ;0

Jean's picture

(post #57140, reply #11 of 46)

Geez Louise, I'm all tired out just reading about all those steps you went up and down. I'm still literally dragging myself up them.  Therapist put the TENS unit on my 'bad' leg today.  Oh what fun. She thinks I have to keep going with therapy b/c if I don't get that blinkin' little muscle working again now, I never will. So she's arranging to have me continue for a few more weeks. Sure hope my insurance coverage is good. In other respects I'm improving. I'm walking better and it's easier to get up out of a chair, I have better balance too, the stairs continue to be a problem and it's all the fault of that little muscle by the knee. sigh.   Now I'm ready for a nap.  I think I'll set the timer for 30 minutes.






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AnnL's picture

(post #57140, reply #12 of 46)

I'm glad that over all  you're improving.  I hope you can get that little muscle working soon.


Enjoy you're nap!  :-)


Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

avak123's picture

(post #57140, reply #14 of 46)

Happy to hear things are getting a little better!

Marcia's picture

(post #57140, reply #15 of 46)

Glad to hear that you have some improvement and hope your insurance covers more therapy. I'm just sorry it's wearing you out.

roz's picture

(post #57140, reply #16 of 46)

Glad to hear you're on the TENS! Great job. It's wonderful to hear of your progress and you deserve your nap! Just a 20 min. power nap will do!

Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Do your best. Don Miguel Ruiz
MadMom's picture

(post #57140, reply #18 of 46)

Did you get a TENS machine to take home?  If not, you should speak to your therapist about it.  If the doctor prescribes it, and it helps, medicare will pay for most of it, and your secondary insurance, if you have any, should cover the rest.  I love mine, and when I really hurt, it helps.


So far, no ill effects from all the stair climbing and Pilates today.  Hope tomorrow is even better.




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Jean's picture

(post #57140, reply #19 of 46)

Nope, no mention of having one at home. She revved the thing up to the point of torture and then backed it off a little for me to work with it. When it cycles on I have to lift my leg and hold it until it cycles off again.  Yowzzza.





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A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
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MadMom's picture

(post #57140, reply #20 of 46)

Hmmm.  Of course, backs could be different, but the doctor prescribed a mobile unit for me to take home.  It's really cute, all packaged in a carrying case, and I took it with me when I went to Charlotte.  Cost is something over $700, but our beloved Medicare pays 80% of that, and our other insurance picks up the rest.  Also, when I used the one at PT, they would only turn it up until I said to stop, rather than trying to knock me out of the building with it!



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Jean's picture

(post #57140, reply #21 of 46)

Oh, she stopped when I told her to...no problem there. Her unit was far from portable though.


Hope you're feeling good tomorrow. I get to go again.






Humor is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood. Mary Hirsch
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Marcia's picture

(post #57140, reply #22 of 46)

You don't sound all that enthusiastic and from what you've said, I can see why.

I had to google TENS machines, and nothing I read indicated their use would be painful -- rather the reverse -- what am I missing here?

Jean's picture

(post #57140, reply #23 of 46)

They give an electrical stimulus that contracts the muscle, the stronger the stimulus the greater the contraction, the more discomfort. The other day when she was stretching me out I almost confessed then and there. LOL





Humor is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood. Mary Hirsch
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
MadMom's picture

(post #57140, reply #24 of 46)

Hmmm...mine is super relaxing, and when my muscles are tense and sore and I'm about to give up, thirty minutes with the TENS machine can really help.  The one at PT is much bigger, of course, but the one I use at home does much the same job.  I love it.


You know, the reason I'm posting about my exercise program here is that if I do, I will be embarrassed to skip a day, LOL.




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Jean's picture

(post #57140, reply #25 of 46)

OK, we'll be glad to hold you accountable. I have some walk aerobics tapes, but I'm not ready for those yet. I walked around the track twice today and had folks just blowin' my doors off.  I was glad to make it around at all.





Humor is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood. Mary Hirsch
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
MadMom's picture

(post #57140, reply #26 of 46)

Haven't been able to walk very far since my fall, and since hitting my toe a few days ago, just limp around.  It's hell being old and feeble!



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Jean's picture

(post #57140, reply #27 of 46)

I think I could handle the old. LOL





Humor is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood. Mary Hirsch
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Marcia's picture

(post #57140, reply #29 of 46)

Sweetie, you're just going though a rough patch; think of how bad your back was a short time ago.

Just try be patient and give yourself a little time, or rather a lot. The toe thing did cap everything off nicely. :(

DH would die laughing if he heard me advising someone to be patient. Not one of my virtues, but I try. He's not so patient, himself, but don't tell him I told you. <G>

MadMom's picture

(post #57140, reply #30 of 46)

I know it's a lot better, but when I think back to the things I could do (and enjoyed doing) before the fall, like white water rafting, deep sea fishing, kayaking, and zip lines, I can't imagine doing any of them except possibly kayaking now...and that's only if someone would launch the kayak and help me in and out of it!  I'm afraid that patience is hardly one of my virtues, either, but I hope that starting to exercise will be a good thing.



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Marcia's picture

(post #57140, reply #31 of 46)

There can be no doubt that starting to exercise is a good thing. You just may get more back than you imagine, or so I hope. :)

soupereasy's picture

(post #57140, reply #32 of 46)

??zip lines?? I really can't imagine what they are. So what are they? :)

MadMom's picture

(post #57140, reply #33 of 46)

It's more fun than eating bugs.  They put a 1/4" thick steel cable from one side of a canyon to another and you attach a caribeener (sp?) to it and slide from point A to B.  The last one I did was over a rain forest.  First trip was something like half a mile long, and 700' above the ground.  You just know you're going to die if the cable breaks (you would!) but if it holds, it's exhilerating!  Another one was over a canyon.  They have from 7 to 15 stages, so after the first stage, you figure you can do anything.  On the first one, we swung on a tarzan-type rope over a canyon river, then climbed up the side of the canyon.  I'm attaching some pictures of my DD and I during our first and second trips to Costa Rica.  You can get an idea of what's going on from them.



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soupereasy's picture

(post #57140, reply #34 of 46)

Looks like fun though not the climb out afterwards part!;)