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Dorothy, We’re Not in Kansas Anymore…

#14 (or any other randomly generated list number) Thing That Reminds Me I’m Not in Kansas:

When you have to leave the doctor with a prescription for your own vaccine to take to the pharmacy, then return to have the doctor himself inject it. Yes, that’s different. I am used to a doctor having all his own injectibles. The truth is, when certain unnamed children would require shots, if I had to prepurchase them, with all that time to dwell on the upcoming pain, hysteria would no doubt ensue. On the other hand, certain unnamed children who completely freaked at the unexpected would  handle a sudden realization by the doctor for the need of a vaccine much better with time to work through it on the trip to and from the pharmacy. So not bad; just different.

The pharmacia down the street from us.

#15 Thing That Reminds Me I’m Not in Kansas:

I used to think that humorous caution symbol they posted on the digital highway sign, well, amusing. I tried to find a photo of it to share with you, but no luck yet. It is a triangle with a drawing of a car, wheels up, inside. Imagine my shock to find it merely an accurate depiction! We exited at one of the many tight, curving exchanges, after one such sign, and drove past the car flipped on its back, just as the sign warned. Yes, I take the curves more cautiously now.

#16 Thing That Reminds Me I’m Not in Kansas:

Almost always, to turn left, go right. French intersections on major roads are often round-abouts, or rond points. It looks chaotic, but it works pretty well and keeps traffic moving. It also takes me a LOT longer to get a sense of direction and build my inner map, because it’s a little like playing a children’s game where they blindfold “It” and twirl the person before letting them go to tag or pin or whatever follows. Except I don’t have to be blindfolded, thankfully. Drive a mile, twirl, drive two, twirl, rinse, repeat, and where am I now?

Most major roundabouts have a decorated center, some quite artistic. This, our closest one, has Roman-style pillars and a stone railing. Can you see them?

Do you have any Dorothy déja vu? I would love to hear what reminds you, especially American ex-pats, that you really are in a foreign country.



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It just never ends.

It's like a bra for feet.

It's like a bra for feet.

While I have more awesome decorated table photos I could share (and probably will), I decided instead to update on my ongoing foot rehabilitation. Because, YES! my orthotics are in and I have been working up to full use of them.

But, before I get to that, more on the ongoing discoveries of my personal biomechanics. My foot was hurting less within a couple of weeks of starting Coach’s ankle strengthening exercises. That just amazed me, really. But then I discovered, during a Pilates class I was taking with my husband, that that same leg is really weak and underdeveloped on the back side. As I strengthen one part, another weak part gets exposed. So I started isolating that leg in weight lifting, and the disparity was wild.

So then my orthotics came in, and after the PT heard about all these developments, she added a 1/8″ lift for my right (never hurting, strong!) foot. I had to phase in the new shoe insoles, and have only run in them for 10 minutes so far; all the rest has been walking in longer increments. My legs are certainly working differently! It’s tiring. But it began as soon as I added the lift to the bottom of my right shoe, long before I tried running in the orthotics: the added 1/8″ on the right resulted, while running, in a noticeable increase in ankle and knee movement on the left! That is just so weird. Those muscles are getting an all-new workout.

I would be such a happy, optimistic camper, but of course it can’t stop there for me. Oh no! Last week in that Pilates class, we were doing some twisty core things, and that compressed disc in my back began complaining. I thought the chiropractor had pretty much fixed that, but it’s way worse now. No more twisty anything for me! In fact, I just became a proponent of the medieval rack: nothing sounds better right now than being pulled apart from head to toe. I won’t let it stop me from running, though; just from Pilates! And any ab work that involves twisting.

My 2 mile run is July 4, and I may sign up for the Derby Days 5k  in late May as a walk/run, so I persevere!

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The foot saga continues…

When you know your business, it really shows, eh?

My insurance won’t let the chiropractor/sports dude fix my foot. It has to go through my PCP.  She sent me to a Rehab/Phys Therapy place for orthotics, and the lady THERE rocked my socks! She heard all about my foot: where, when, how much. She asked lots of clarifying questions. She looked at my bare feet standing and watched me walk. That was apparently interesting, and led her to ask if those tennies were the ones I run in (which they were). So she had me put them back on and jog on the treadmill, while sharing her wisdom with the college student she’s training or some such. The conclusion?

My GOOD foot has a pronation, not too bad, but definitely there. My BAD foot, which has no such thing, is compensating with a funky step. Unfortunately, while the bad foot is actually good, it has a lousy ANKLE. LOL! All this time we’ve been looking for what is wrong with the foot, when actually it’s under a weak and unstable ankle. That is why the faster I go, the worse it gets, because it becomes more and more unstable. It also explains why going counterclockwise on the track is many times more painful more quickly than going clockwise: that ankle takes the support of my whole body on the curves, and it’s not up to it.

You can probably tell I found all this utterly fascinating. She made plaster casts of my feet, and some place in New York is going to make me some custom inserts for my running shoes. Then I’ll take them to the one shoe store in the area that personally fits your running shoes based on your gait, and buy the best ones for my pronation. And in the meantime, I’m supposed to ask Coach for exercises to strengthen and stabilize my ankle.

I just might get to run in a 5k yet! Ever the optimist…

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Tired of keeping up with me?

I know I am. *sigh* But hey, accountability can’t take a holiday, or it ceases to remember to be accountable, right?

So, I’ll chat more another day (for instance, I want to share the article I use to calculate my Activity Points for my trainer-generated workouts), but tonight I’m just going to check in. Last Thursday I lost 1.5 pounds at Weight Watchers weigh-in. This was monumentally disappointing, ironically, as it happened to be point one (yes, that is one-tenth) pounds away from a five-pound star reward. I think that must be the only time I nearly cried after losing a pound and a half. It made me wish I had peed before I got in line. Seriously. And this was AFTER a hard workout with Coach.

Oh, and you know that foot trouble I’ve been having? Well, since Coach thought it might be one leg longer than the other since it was always only one foot, I visited my neighbor the chiropractor/sports medicine dude. He said it sounded more like the arch in that foot is falling. He’s going to check whether my insurance will pay for that, too, and if so, we’re working on biomechanics! (I have a nasty back sway to work on also, but I already knew that. Been working on it off and on since high school.) I’ll see him again Monday and find out.

So there I am. I will try to do a proper check-in Thursday with my points and such.

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I’ve put it off long enough…

True confessions about weigh-in on Thursday:

I didn’t. I took a pass. I CHICKENED OUT.

Because I knew full well the consequences of sipping and snacking as a medicinal treatment for a very sore throat: an extra pound. At least. I’ve been sick for a week (finally feeling good today!), and all the nibbling and sipping cost me most of my weekly points. And I only managed 11 activity points for the whole week, which isn’t even half of my usual. I really was sick! Too bad it wasn’t the kind of sick that causes you to LOSE pounds.

But, I am proud that I went anyway. AND I kept tracking. AND I did go in and workout when I could, as much as I could. Obviously that wasn’t much, but it certainly was better than nothing! Today I head back to the rec center and try to manage a whole workout. It will certainly take longer, but I’ll take my time and hang in there. Wish me luck!

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Ahh…relief! And encouragement!

My Weight Watchers weigh in last night exceeded my wildest dreams: 182.6, down 2.4 pounds!! That’s a huge amount. You can check my Wednesday Weigh-ins and see for yourself; I’m not exaggerating what a victory this is.

I checked with my doctor about my foot, and she gave me a stronger anti-inflammatory and recommended water running. I guess I could do that. I vastly prefer River Running at the water park in the summer, but I could push past my prejudice of indoor pools and sub that for part of a couple of my workouts. Just until my foot gets better.

Anyway, things are looking up for me! Hey, Beth!! Yoohoo! Check out that weigh-in! God hugged me with that.


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Not again!! ARGHH!!

As I sit here writing, I am rolling my left foot over a frozen water bottle. My plantar fascitis is acting up again, whether from one leg being longer than the other as Coach suspects, or the foot never quite recovering from the fall a few weeks ago. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that something, anything, is YET AGAIN getting in the way of my 5K goal! I am SO frustrated. I adopted this goal more than 5 years ago, in my 30s, and with one injury, strain, (even overtrained heartvalve!) after another, I still haven’t even run in my first Fun Run. Now I’m in my 40s, and it made my 50 Before 50 list. I am bound and determined!

Coach says to take out the jogging from the program for one week. And I will; I follow her instructions to the T. But I’m mad about it. Mad at my body, I guess. I was having so much fun.


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Whoops Wednesday.

Oh, wait. It’s Thursday. But I was seeing my trainer today, so I was going to check in today, so it is really Wednesday a day late. (You know I do that sometimes.)

poundage, even after three holiday parties and confection making by my daughters: 182.7. I’m going to survive the holidays!

On the other hand, I fell on some black ice in my driveway early this morning, and will not be making my trainer appointment, or even a workout what with this pronounced limp and all. So I am surviving lamely at the moment.

Not much of a check-in, but hey, at least it was one!

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Bits and Pieces

The lady checking me out (not THAT way) at Dick’s sporting goods, where I bought little protective sparring gloves and new cushy running shoes, remarked on how much weight I lost since the GOSHAWFUL driver’s license photo. Wow. J I’ll be sure to shop there more often.

And all my annual bloodwork came back, GOOD. No more borderline high cholesterol. Good ratios on the HDL and LDL. And that heart episode marker they look for in your blood? A little high last year; NORMAL this year. All this is worth the pain JUST for those numbers.


DH’s car is going to cost over $1,000 to fix. Guess we’ll call the insurance. *sigh* It is SO embarrassing to call the insurance to say I need to file a claim against myself. And there is one drawback to one’s husband being so amazingly  annoyingly forgiving and concerned regarding the accident: when one gets really, really peeved at him, one is reminded how awesomely lovingly he disregarded the accident, and realizes one really has to be just as forgiving back. Well, if that’s the only drawback, I’ll live, and pretty richly, too.


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Weighing in on Wednesday, really!


See, I told you last week couldn’t be real. This weight was without logging diet, with only workouts on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. I’ve been sick, see. Sore throat, draining into my lungs all night, hacking all morning. That kind of sick. The doctor put me on antibiotics Monday, so I’m starting to feel better, but not a lot. I’m sipping lots of anything hot and grazing constantly on anything cold or scratchy: it feels good.

But I’m going in to work out today. I’ll take it easy and try to get a whole hour. No matter what, I’ve been three days with no exercise, and I can’t go one day more.

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