Day 356 of 356: A Quickie

Staying at home all day is one of my most dreaded activities.  With the ice storm that blew through Ontario last night, we were “trapped” until late in the afternoon.  Yes, we are lucky that we did not lose our power.  We are very lucky.  However cabin fever is no friend and by 3:30 PM, I was going out of my mind.  By 4:30 PM, I left the house.

As I did not venture over to the gym (stayed in the neighbourhood when I did leave the house), I worked on some yoga/stretching and my physiotherapy exercises.  I’m still having a hard time isolating the correct muscles to use but I think I’ve figured out how to get better.  I had my husband place his hand on the back muscles I’m supposed to be using and I put my hand on the ones I’m not supposed to be using.  This really helped me focus on the correct muscles.  And, now I have a new exercise partner.

Aside from going stir crazy and doing my physio exercises, I also worked on a knitting project.  I’m so close to being done and yet so far away.  My husband asked if I finished the second sleeve yet and I replied, “Almost!”  He said, “Good.”  What a guy…And I love him for it.

Day 354 of 365: Getting Stronger

For the last four weeks or so, I’ve been going to physiotherapy for my right shoulder. I have tendinitis in my right should mostly due to strength/muscle imbalance.

My treatment starts with acupuncture then moves to soft tissue massage and then onto learning new muscle building exercises. I’m up to five different exercises.

One of the big challenges I’m trying to overcome is not using my “shrugging” muscles. They are a go to for almost everything I’m doing with my arms. For one of my exercises, my physiotherapist had me start with an anchored band and pull my arm from beside my waist extended out to over my head in a sweeping motion. I couldn’t do it using the correct muscles. Then she had me try doing it only to shoulder height and that wasn’t good either. I’m now working on doing this move with no resistance. I’m truly needing to re-learn how to use my correct muscles.

The other four exercises I’m doing really well. Today I did all five exercises (three sets of each, various reps) followed by a short run on the treadmill all before my day started.

Day 350 of 365: Keeping It Simple

My plan was to go to the gym tonight. For the past six weeks or so, I’ve been going to the gym on Monday night as an “extra” gym day over the course of the week. I like it. I usually keep it pretty simple like walking hills on the treadmill or doing three different cardio machines within an hour.

Tonight I didn’t have it in me. It’s quite cold outside. My husband has a cold and he wasn’t going. I am sore from shovelling. I wasn’t really wanting to.

At 8:30 PM, I had decided for sure that it wasn’t going to happen. Instead I did my physiotherapy exercises (wall push-ups, rotator cuff resistance moves). I also stretched a lot. Typically my stretching focusing on my lower body. Instead I decided to focus on my shoulders, back and chest with just a few moves for my lower body.

Tomorrow night I’ll be at the gym and probably wishing that I went tonight instead of staying at home with my husband. Well, maybe not.