Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Total Distance: 1.6 miles
Side Note: Speaking of getting back on schedule, it's going to be really tough for the next couple of days. Mandi's parents flew in from China today so we're going to be spending a lot of time hanging out with them and doing fun stuff. Luckily they're active old farts (sorry Nancy, I didn't mean it) so I'll still be active and not sitting on my booty all day. I'm sure getting the gym in should be no problem, but I may have to be creative with cardio.
Total Distance for Day: 1.6 miles
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I did a different arm workout today than I usually do and it turned out to be pretty cool. I think my muscles enjoyed doing something different and experiencing other lifts. I did a lot of "negative" lifting today. Every time I would bring the weight up, I would do that fast, but then I would lower it at a very slow rate. This is a good way to really get the fibers shaking and burnout the muscle quickly. I also did different lifts than I'm used to so I hit areas of my muscle that haven't been hit for a while. By the time it was all said and done I got a very good pump and my arms were fried. After lifting I hopped on the exercise bike and did thirty minutes. I tried to keep up a good pace but I was distracted often watching Sportscenter on ESPN and catching up with the latest from some gossip magazine that Mandi brought. I guess there's some huge love affair going on with actors from the movie Twilight. I've never seen it (is it a movie or a tv show?) and I couldn't pick put the parties involved from the crowd. I guess it's a pretty big deal though. Those magazines sure do make the time fly by!
Total Distance: 6.8 miles
Side Note: I went to see the movie Public Enemies tonight with Mandi and friends. Here's my review: 5 out of 10. It's just an average shoot em up old timers gangster movie. They do a great job at developing the main character (Johnny Depp) but I found myself bored when there wasn't a bank robbing scene. If you like the classic gangster movies I'm afraid that this one falls short.
Total Distance for Day: 6.8 miles
So if you have been following this awesome little blog for any amount of time, you'd have noticed that I have a bum foot. My stupid foot has kept me from running consistently and at times I have threatened to chop it off and hope a new one grows in it's place. Mandi has reminded me though that I'm not a starfish and I should first see a specialist. Like an angel from the sky I met Lindsey through a CFF fundraiser who happened to be a what, that's right, a foot specialist (she assesses and then makes orthotics). She offered to take care of my foot and got me in to see the doc.
Here is the foot doctor journey in pictures:
POA of Scottsdale
These front doors could represent stepping into a new future of feet...I know a stretch...Sorry
My left foot is the one that has given me the most problems.
Here I am sweating bullets. I'm not at all used to doctors (I hope you can sense my sarcasm)
Why do all examination rooms seem to look the same no matter what they are examining?
If I knew they were going to have to tear the skin away from my foot to diagnose what was going on I wouldn't have agreed to the appointment. It hurt really bad, but I pushed through it.
They had me push my feet into foam to make some specially made orthotics just for me!
Here's the lab where they make all of the orthotics and fake limbs
Here's Lindsey. She's the sweetheart that made this whole thing happen. Thank you!!!!!
So I know you are all wondering what the diagnoses was. It turns out that I have pes cavus which means "highly arched" feet. For years, and I mean years, I've been telling people that I have flat feet. Shows how in tune I am with anything not called my lungs. I also was told that I have a "functional forefoot drop". What this basically means is that my heal and forefoot aren't on the same plane. My heel is constantly trying to get on that plane and by doing so it is affecting my arch. They started by giving me some "heal lifts" to try and even out that plane and then I go back next Tuesday to pick up a specially made orthotic for my feet.
I can't thank Lindsey and POA of Scottsdale enough for taking time out of their schedule to try and help me out. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
3:00pm: It was off to the gym for a little chest and back. I've been a little tired today so I knew it was going to be a challenge to push through my entire workout. Luckily, Mandi wasn't really in the mood to be at the gym, so we were able to be unhappy together while we lifted :) We managed (somehow) to do the full workout and it was actually a decent one. I was able to increase the weight on almost all of my lifts and felt much stronger than I thought I would. I also sweat probably 43 gallons of sweat into my shirt. I was absolutely soaked. It looked like I had entered a wet t-shirt contest in Cancun or something. One reason I was so sweaty was because Mandi and I decided to take very short breaks in between lifts so the "misery" wouldn't last so long today. We both just wanted to jet. Like I've said many times though, if you can stay committed on days like this, imagine how easy it will be on the other days? Current Weight: 187 lbs.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Total Distance: 1.0 mile
The rest of the day was kind of blah. I had some work issues that were weighing on me a little bit but I think that overall I was just a little worn down. I wouldn't be surprised if a little infection is brewing as well. I've looked a little flushed at different parts of the day and have felt like I was running a bit of a fever. I ended up ordering some inhaled TOBI from the pharmacy that I will pick up tomorrow in case anything is going on. I took it easy for the most part today, but I felt like I had to do something since my walk this morning was only 1 mile. That something was playing in Mandi's pool with her and her brother Josh for about 90 minutes.
We played just about every pool game I can think of. We saw who could hold their breath the longest and I won!...just kidding, I held it for 30 seconds and thought I was going to pass out :) We did Marco Polo, we did sharks and minnows, and we did some other games that they might have not even come up with names yet. Mandi and I did some pool dancing and we tried to do some cheerleader lifts. That didn't go so well, I'm a bit too weak. I did however get some great cardio workout in and was moving some stuff up my horsing around in the pool. Just as a side note: before my last hospitalization I didn't have the energy to do pool games. Mandi even made that comment as we were playing around. It's nice to hear and see real progress like that.
Side Note: I'm going to the foot doctor tomorrow! They're going to check me out and see if a specially made orthotic will help with my foot pain. I'm soooooo stoked!
Total Distance for Day: 1.0 mile
Sunday, June 28, 2009
It's amazing how big Phoenix is. We drove 40 miles to the north of Chandler and were in city the whole time. We ended up looking at some custom homes outside of Phoenix that people ended up not finishing and were letting go at rock bottom prices. The only problem with the area that we were looking is even the nearest grocery store is quite a ways away. One thing that is very cool about the area though are the amazing mountain views, the wide open space, and the proximity to nearby lakes. We started to make our way back to Mandi's parents house by swinging through a "town" called Fountain Hills. We actually stopped about halfway through town and toured an open house. It had great views, but was a little outdated for my taste.
Before we went to Mandi's house we did stop at one more open house on the way. This one was in north Scottsdale in a gated community called Sierra Something or Other. The house was 6277 square feet with 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, a theater, a gorgeous backyard, and about every upgrade you could imagine. It could all be yours for the new low low price of 1.7 million dollars. Here's the crazy part about that, it was recently reduced from 2.7 million dollars. To give you an idea of how impressive this house was though, it was rented out to Kid Rock for $10,ooo a week. VH1 rented it for 50,000 for two months to film the reality show Pick-up Artists 2. It was crazy cause I actually recognized certain parts of that house from the show. I was pretty awestruck my whole time in that house and I had one thing running through my head the whole time: If I bought that house, I would HAVE TO start an orphanage.
The day concluded with a trip to the gym. It was arm day and my arms felt pretty beat up after about two lifts. It was hard to push through at the gym today, but I'm very glad we did. I spent about 30 minutes trying to talk myself out of going until Mandi talked (twisted my arm) into biting the bullet and just going. It proved to be a good workout overall. I'm so lucky to have Mandi! Current Weight: 188 lbs.