Even though I tweaked my back, I'm in this challenge, dagnabit! Stoopid back. I hate being laid up for anything, but my worst fear is injury. So, I will not risk doing something worse to my back. No twisting, heavy exertion, or strenuous stuff. I especially baby my knees, my back, and my heart. If those go, well I'm doomed. LOL
So, I've taken it easy the last few days, taken ibuprofen when the pain got too intense, and didn't do anything strenuous that caused any pain. The second something hurt back there, I stopped. I have a chiropractor appointment on Tuesday followed by a massage, so I'm REALLY looking forward to that! Yesterday, I got chores half done, just taking things at my own pace and relaxing in between. LOTS of down time, which I was yearning for, so I'm really glad to have this weekend to myself.
Today I am going to visit my mom, who stayed with us last weekend. I like to get my mom-time in while she's here, but she leaves in the next couple of weeks to go back to Mexico where she and my stepfather stay until the weather gets better up here. A couple of migratory birds, I tell ya!
We had a great time when she was here for the weekend. I hosted a friends group where we do crafts and catch up once a month. We rotate hosting and this month was my turn. My mom loved it! She chatted with everyone and finished knitting the afghan she made for my daughter to take with her to college. It was like she had been a part of this group since the beginning!
Upon returning from my house, she took my grandma to the dr and he found a blood clot in her leg. I don't know if she was having severe pain and went in to see the doc, or if it was a scheduled appointment and he found it while she was there. But, I'm really worried about her with my mom taking off in a couple of weeks and my grandpa just passing away in June. I'm going to go visit her today when I go see my mom. I'm going to try to squeeze in visiting my sister too. It will be great to see everyone.
These last couple of weeks have been tough at work, and I think I'm stressed about stuff going on there and with my family. I don't feel stressed emotionally, as I am a pretty laid back person and even when things upset me, it is a short-lived upsetting. Things roll off my back most of the time. Maybe THAT is what hurt my back!! LOL But really, I do think that since I don't feel stressed, I show stress in other ways, like physically having back spasms. I am beginning to think this more and more because when I got back from an intense week of training, I got sick with the flu for a week in July. And, back in March, my father passed away and I drove to LA and back within a two week period because he was dying... it sounds very stressful to me, but I didnt FEEL stressed at the time. I felt solid and strong and taking care of business-like. As soon as I got home, though, I had a high fever and was down with the flu for a week then too. So, I think I process stress differently than most people.
I think I will explore stress-relief techniques and use them like I schedule exercise in. Since I don't feel stress, I don't know how much stress I'm under until something kicks my butt. If I practice stress relief consistently, on a regular basis, hopefully I will avoid any kicks in my butt. LOL
Ok, so with all that out,
on to some pics! I don't know why they're all sideways, Picasa is buggy on my computer these last few days...
This is actually Saturday's "after" pic. Let's see how this began.... ugh! These pics are really bad because I didn't realize how dirty the mirror was! Then there's the whole I-really-need-ST aspect of the pics, too.
The problem areas to work. It took quite a bit of courage to get that up here.
Some definition starting, but I really want to get rid of my fledgling wings! LOL
Au naturale... not so pretty! The wrinkles are more pronounced these days... but I AM going to turn 40 in a few months, so I like to think of them as proud times in my life. Smiles and laughs have put them there.
I'm trying to let my mop grow out now... but trying ANYthing with it right now is a battle to get it to look good.
MUUUCH better! Mentally, this is how I look all the time... I just need to get my body in shape too.
Completa! Now on to the ST!
I decided to try the plank for my max time exercise. I was able to hold it for a minute and seventeen seconds!! I probably should/could have pushed myself to get a couple more seconds, but it was HARD! Just not sure I reached "fatigue" or "failure" point. I can't believe I can hold a plank for that long! Yay me!
After a couple of minutes rest, I also did 25 pushups before collapsing in a heap.
I hope your weekend is going grand, Sparklers! I'm off to see my mom and grandma.