Piyo Day 1

So I completed my first official Piyo workout tonight: “Define- Lower Body” and I loved this workout! It really worked my muscles but I wasn’t in pain while I was working out! The low impact moves packed a punch without making me want to cry. 

I’m not saying Piyo is the be-all, end-all but I’m excited to continue this workout plan. Yoga never made me this excited and I kinda hated the lack of movement. Piyo seems to combine the stretch with slight movements that challenge you. 

Tomorrow I see my doc about the CT. Until next time, keep hopping along. 

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Stretching Success

I’ve been stretching since March 3. Every morning I put the kettle on the stove (I am a tea drinker) and while I’m waiting for my hot water I stretch in my living room. Since I began this routine twelve days ago, I haven’t had a “bad hip day” at all. Sure, I’ve been a little stiff if I overdo it that day, but I have not been limping as much and I have been more mobile. I figured that I would share my stretching routine with you all since it seems to benefit me.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional. Please see your physician before starting any exercise regime. This is for sharing purposes only, the following exercises are not guaranteed to treat or cure any disease or medical issue. When in doubt, see your doctor!

    1. Butterfly stretch  I start out with the sitting butterfly stretch and then move on to the lying butterfly pose but the following ones I do randomly, going by what I feel.
    2. Square Pose
    3. Pigeon Pose
    4. Frog Pose
    5. Seated Saddle Stretch
    6. Iliacus Stretch

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7. Side Lying Quad Stretch

8. Supine Figure 4

9. Supine Wall Stretch

10. ITB Stretch

 

I’m still waiting for a CT but hopefully we can get some solid answers once it is completed. I know I have some damage to the labrum and I have impingement (lesion on the cam) but Doc McWeasley thinks something else is going on too. Some definitive answers would be great.

Until then I’ll stick with my current routine. I’m going to add some Pilates and possibly more yoga in the coming weeks. I’ll play that by ear and by how I feel. I did a short workout on Monday and so far there were no unpleasant after effects (translation: I could walk the next day).

I think I am going to start riding over the weekend and I’ll see how that feels. I’m so excited to get back to my horses, I’ve missed them! I’ve also missed planning my Summer, I see all these cool jackpots listed and I cannot commit by entering just yet. I can’t wait til I can start entering though! I have a cool bunch of horses and I am so excited to see how they’ll do once we get to enter!

Today was a pretty good day. I subbed in a couple of gym classes and filled my 10,000 step goal with no problems! We’ll see how my hip feels tomorrow!

Until next time, keep hopping!

Reflection

So I’ve had a few days to reflect on my doctor’s appointment. I’ve calmed down quite a bit. I’ve come to the conclusion that it is not the end of all things. If God closes one door then I shall praise Him in the hallway until a door opens up. I will also use this time to research my condition (or what they think is wrong) and work towards feeling better. I’m not one to sit and do nothing when I could plan goals and work towards them.

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So what are my goals?

  1. Mobility: I’d like to be able to move, even if I can’t run. I also don’t want to gain weight because I don’t want to stress my joints out even more by adding more weight for them to lug around. My toolkit includes: Misfit Link (and the app), my Mizuno running shoes, and a homemade exercise bike that my handy-dandy husband created (picture to come later!)
  2. Flexibility: A stretching routine seems to keep my hips happy and me mobile (I’ve only been doing this for about a week now). I’ll post my routine some other time, but it seems to help me remain upright! My toolkit includes: yoga mat, foam roller (tall, firm) and a small pillow.
  3. Meditation: To sum it up- “chill out before you burn out” (summed up from Tim Ferriss in his book Tools of Titans, I highly recommend this book- it is freaking amazing!). Being so frustrated all the time isn’t helping my hip get better and I need to move past this, hence, meditation. My toolkit includes: Calm, Headspace, Tools of Titans 
  4. Jo32397636462_e754ce2d6furnaling: This seems to be a cathartic practice that I’ve been doing for a long time. I want to direct and focus this practice more so it is beneficial to me. It also helps me organize my thoughts and clear my mind. For more on journaling, read Tim Ferriss’ blog post about his morning journal routine.

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In true Robbi fashion I will have these objectives written down in my goal sheet with weekly tasks/goals to work on, I just haven’t had the time to get that done yet. I am a goal oriented person, I feel lost without set goals to work towards. I need to play to my strengths.

 

 “There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.”

 Plato

Overall I think my mind is in a better place than it was Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. I was pretty down yesterday, even one of my students noticed and commented on how down I acted. It made me feel loved, that someone noticed and cared enough to ask how I was! With a better mindset and goals to work towards, I feel less bleak and ready to seize the day. Well…maybe after this crappy winter weather hits the road!

Keeping hopping along,

Robbi