Thursday, April 27, 2017

Now that the pity party is over and I've re-focused, I'm challenging myself!

Tuesday was a horrible day. I had biked the night before but the achilles pain was like fire all day and I was cranky, weepy and truly a hot mess. I kept crying on the bus ride home prompting a few looks of concern. I went to physio, had acupucture and went to bed telling myself I can do this.

Monday night I pulled this off:

But as I said, I paid for it on Tuesday. I think I was in so much pain because I was depressed and feeling very negative.

I also starting "patching" again on Tuesday night and felt much better yesterday. Patching helped to ease the bursitis in my knees and my doctor, by email, okayed me to start patching the achilles area of my right foot. I also upped my arthritis medication and felt immediate relief.

So last night, I set out to see if I could push myself further on the bike and this happened:

Today I feel great. I'm sore but there is no pain. The ankle is tender and surprisingly, there's no inflammation or swelling present in my knees. I was able to get out of bed this morning without hobbling.

I also worked up the nerve to weigh myself and the scale high-fived back with 277.6 pounds. That's a 6.4 pound loss since my highest weight this year of 284.

One thing I am most grateful for, because it is nerve wracking to put yourself out there, is how supportive all the crazy train fans have been. After I tweeted the Back in the saddle post on Twitter, I received a few text messages from people who appreciated I put my story out there. I also received some recommendations for personal trainers and doctors who can work with me. I am weighing these options. I am happy with my medical level of care so I don't think I will change that, but I think some personal training will help with my muscle weakness, imbalance and lack of core strength.

Thank you for being my friend, friends!


Anonymous said...

But do you still make fun of fat people?
There's a post on here where you do. Hard to take you seriously.

C.J. Smith said...

You wanna back up that shade with some evidence?

Unknown said...

Yay! I am so happy for you!

It looks like you found something that works for you and that will help you in so many different ways. Including a general positive outlook.

I wish you continued good health.

Anonymous said...

You have 10000 posts on here. I'm not about to do your homework for you.
You know I'm right

C.J. Smith said...

^ Welp, guess you should have bookmarked it.

C.J. Smith said...

Thanks Squiggles!

Skin Man said...

It is truely amazing how much mind set can affect the body! Congrats and keep smiling!

Unknown said...

Hi CJ,

Congrats on the progress. I know how it feels to have injuries piling up on you. I've played football my whole life and had to pack it in for good a few years ago when I came off the pitch clutching my back (chronic pain since age 16), my left knee (LCL strain the year before) and my Achilles (Achilles tendonitis due to years of poor running shoes). I was seeing a Physio, Chiropractor and Massage Therapist and barely keeping up.

I cycle mostly now (I hate swimming ;) ) and weight train to keep in shape.

One tip: Achilles Tendonitis is a tricky ailment (and nasty too, as you know). I spent hundreds of dollars trying to fix it. I eventually stumbled on a cure. You need to hold a 10 or 20lb weight in your hand and stand with your tip toes on the stairs. Then raise the foot up and down, holding for 10-20 seconds at a time. Do this for 5 minutes at least once a day. It will feel like your tendon is going to tear (it won't). The treatment is used by footballers and it effectively wears down the nerve endings in the area. After a couple of weeks you'll notice the pain subsiding. You need to maintain the exercise to keep the pain away.

Good luck!

C.J. Smith said...

Hi Bob
Can confirm my physiotherapist suggested this as well!
I'm going to start this soon.

Unknown said...

Hi Bob,

Thanks for the reminder! I had a physio that recommended similar (without the weights) for my Achilles tendonitis. Need to start doing that again now that sandal season is soon to be on us.

Anonymous said...

Just compleed my 2nd knee surgery and feeling better than ever.

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