Long time no post…
Here’s what I’ve been up to:
- Ran the NYC half marathon in 2:56:44 on March 17th. Rockstar.
- Didn’t get into the NYU nursing program – so instead taking an online class. 3 chapters to go and I’ll be done. Taking another one this summer, and then diving into science classes at BMCC in the fall.
- Shoulder – no more PT, but kinda stopped doing the exercise while focusing on running and more running. Slacker.
- Started working out at The Fhitting Room which is amazing. The first class was the most difficult class I’ve ever taken and I was sore for 4 days afterwards. Froze my NYSC membership for a few months.
- Started the Whole30 challenge on Monday. My eating habits have been subpar lately and my BFF Samantha told me about it and started it last week and I was very intrigued…
- Old roommate left – found new roommate and she fits in well with the 3 of us
- Work – many changes, many friends leaving, but change is good, and I know my time there is limited since I will be going to nursing school in about 2 years (yay pre-reqs)
- Family – all is well, my sister and brother-in-law are looking to buy a condo and my parents are settling in after being in Florida for a month. Next visit to MA is for Mother’s Day weekend and I can’t wait.
- Boston. I’m still in a bit of shock and can’t stop reading and watching and learning about what went down. I hope they get the bastard(s) who did this. I’ll always be a Masshole no matter where I live.
- Joined a CSA which starts June 4th. Can’t wait for my weekly pick up of local fresh farm veggies.
- Still pantrying through NYCARES – but my pantry changed it’s name which still throws us off a bit. Yorkville Common Pantry – now New York Common Pantry. Still my favorite volunteer place though.
PT is going really well. The very first exercise I learned seems to be where I judge my progress the most.
This is the one where I lay on my back and hold a cane/broomstick with both hands in front of me and raise them overhead as far as possible. I was slowly reaching the point where it was so far over my head that I could barely see it in my peripheral vision. This week I made it to the point where it is completely out of my line of sight!
My therapist has been really pushing me and working on me a lot with my range of motion and with the massage-like techniques to break up the scar tissue. They tend to be extremely painful and I sometimes dread this part of PT. I know it’s good pain – but that doesn’t always help in the moment.
And I got a massive bruise on Monday from all the work she did…
After PT today I hit up the gym – same as last week. Slowly but surely I’m getting back in the swing of things. 3 days of running/walking in a little over a week. Now I just have to figure out when my next gym day is…
Time for PT exercises!
It’s like every week is busier than the last… and next week isn’t looking much better.
PT is going well. I’m seeing progress most days I go there which is really reassuring since I’m not seeing improvement in my every life with my shoulder.
I did get my first bruise from PT yesterday though. It isn’t really big but it is ugly. Oh yes, and I cried at PT for the first time too. Not sobbing, but there were tears streaming down my face. It just hurt so much. Fortunately, my therapist was very understanding and even said that was why she had me facing away from the everyone else there…
I’m making progress – now using 1 lb weights or a cable instead of just pushing against the pole. Woohoo! One pound weights!
Yesterday, instead of just laying down with my ice, she had me sit in the chair with arm propped up on a bolster so it was perpendicular to my body. Then she put the ice on top of my arm and strapped it on with one of those weights that you can wrap around something (wrist, ankle, cane, etc). It was like traction – pushing down my shoulder which always hikes up when I raise my arm more than like 45*.
Then I went straight to the gym. I walk right by it on the way to and from PT so I figured this would be the best plan.
Speaking of plans – I’m in search of a gym plan. A friend has talked to me about doing a half marathon in March. I wanted to do couch to 5K, so maybe this will turn into couch to half marathon?
I got home from San Francisco on Sunday night and didn’t bother to completely unpack. I’m off tomorrow and in about 15 minutes will be headed to Penn Station to take the train to MA for the weekend.
San Francisco was beautiful. My cousin’s wedding was at a winery and everything was spectacular… view, food, guests, ceremony, reception, dancing, really everything was just wonderful. My cousin and his new bride were both beaming – so happy for both of them! It was also great to see my family. We are spread out across the country, so we don’t see each other very often. Last time I saw almost everyone there was last summer at my other cousin’s wedding.
On the way home, my sister and her fiance and I were supposed to be on the same flight, but they got bumped. It ended up working out for the best since they wouldn’t have been able to sit together and we all had a layover in Cleveland before heading our respective ways. Plus I had was flying first class (and that was a free ticket) so I certainly wasn’t going to let myself get bumped 😉 More on free tickets and the like in a later post.
Work has been ridiculous this week; I’ve been working late and just crashing when I get home. I think I’m also a little jet lagged too so that’s not helping. PT is going well – two sessions this week and I’m slowly seeing progress. My gym membership was unfrozen (unfrozen?) as of Tuesday, so of course I also made myself go to a spin class that day before work. It was a tough class but I haven’t worked out like that in a really long time.
Ok, time to wrap things up at work and get to the train. Bridal shower this weekend, so let the celebrating continue!
A short post because I have to leave in like 6 hours and get on a plane to San Francisco and at this rate I’m never going to get any sleep….
But it’s been almost a week since I said goodbye to my sling and it feels good. Work has been busy, but I’ve been able to do pretty much everything with a few work arounds. I’m doing my PT exercises at least twice a day and have actually seen a little bit of progress in this short time.
Today I had my second session and it was a killer. She worked on my upper arm a lot and it was pretty painful. Hopefully there won’t be any bruising, just red spots like last time. Then she worked on my scars to break up the tissue and help with healing. That hurt more than anything – like a stabbing pain. I got a few new exercises so I’ll be adding those to my repertoire.
Next week the freeze on my gym membership is up – I need to find out what I can and can’t do (aside from put my arm over my head). I’m definitely looking forward to getting a plan and really working out again. Couch to 5K perhaps?
This weekend I saw Magic Mike – have you seen it yet? The plot has lots of holes but I enjoyed the dancing and the men. Everything I expected 🙂
Enjoy the rest of your week!