Thursday, January 5, 2017

My less than pleasant trip to Urgent Care

I would like to start out by talking about karma. Karma is the theory of what goes around, comes around. I'm a strong believer in it and I try to live my life in a positive manner so I get good back. However, I'm also a bit of a prankster which isn't good for karma. It should be though since I'm trying to spread joy. Sometimes it backfires. This karma thing is why I don't believe in calling in sick if you aren't sick. You also shouldn't say your kid is sick or your aunt died. All of these can trigger bad things. Bad bad things.

This brings us to my prank and karma's revenge. At work,  I received an instant message about the month end deposit for the following day. It was a reminder to get it in early because we were doing two parts of month end on the same day but normally we do them on consecutive days. The next morning I got another message about it so I sent back a fake auto reply indicating that I was t at work.  The recipient responded with lol. I sent the same fake auto reply. She sent another message telling me she had sent me an email so she knew I was there. Now that's when I should have been "okay you got me." However, I couldn't let it go. I had to go and tempt fate. I send her an email from my personal email account saying that I was gone for the day but hadn't changed my email auto reply and asked if the IT guy was in because he wasn't answering my calls.

So then I go to the mailbox to get the mail so I can do the deposit. On my way back, I slipped on the ice. I didn't go down immediately. First, I leaned all my enormous weight forward which made some really gnarly sounds in my foot. Then, I proceeded to fall in slow motion. My foot that crunched stayed flat in the pavement. My knee bent and my butt hit the pavement. My other leg ended up under me. I got a bruise on that knee but that's about it. So I'm in the parking lot sitting on my butt in snow. I honk my foot is broken. I'm seeing black and stars. I want to throw up and pass out but I have to get up. I normally don't go two feet without my phone but on this day I decided to go all the way to the mailbox without it. I managed to stand up and hobble to my desk. Now I really think I'm going to puke. I manage to text a coworker so if I do pass out he at least knows the history. He quickly called nes to my desk. I can barely speak because I just want to die. Then the IT guy calls and says so and so told me to call you. I convince him that I'm fine but in too much pain to provide details. I get off the phone with him and a customer walked in. I really just want to die and I can't get away from people. I explain that I may have broken my foot so I can't walk so he needs to find help in the shop. He offers to take me to urgent care. He has restored my faith in humanity but really I want to die so just go find the shop guy so I can take drugs and cry. He left and the crypt no ensued. Once the crying was done, I actually didn't want to puke or die any longer. However it still hurt like hell and I needed to get my act together to figure out what to do. More people show up. I finished my month end stuff and got a rude to urgent care. Oddly enough, a co worker had an appountmtet in the area. 

Here is where the horror story begins. So my boss walks me out to the truck. It's too high for me to just plop into. So there's the logistics of how do we get the fat girl into this truck without touching her in inappropriate places. I decide to just bite the bullet and leap in. I was trying to decide which would be worse to leave the hurt leg on the ground or step up with the hurt leg. I went with step up with the hurt leg. Bad idea. Now my ass is in my bosses face. I'm turned around in some weird position and in hella pain. I finally get situated and then we're on our way. 

The drive was horribly scary. It was snowing and his pick up truck has no skills in the snow. We were slipping and sliding. So we get there and urgent care isn't right inside the doorway. He asks if I want a wheelchair. I'm like hell year cuz I don't want to walk that far. He fetches the wheelchair and I go to sit down, but I met some resistance. Yes my ass is too big for the wheelchair. I managed to cram myself into said wheelchair though because I'm not going to say that I can't fit. He dumps me off at the window. I get checked in and she gives me an ice pack which she put on my foot once she got me all situated. The thing fell off. Now I'm stuck in a wheelchair I'm too big to fit into and I have to figure out how to get this thing. I tried bending over for it but my belly is too big. I somehow managed to get it but then it fell while I was putting it back on. Now I feel like everyone is watching the fat girl. I ended up just ditching the ice pack in my bag to save the embarrassment. 

I waited an hour and a half to get into a room. They put me in a group room and didn't hide me behind a curtain so I have to explain what happened with an audience. Not too embarrassing since it was just a fall but then they want my shoe and sock off which I can't really do comfortably on my own but I don't want to ask for help because I feel like I should be able to do this easily but can't because of my ginormous weight. So I fumble around and get it done with an audience. We go through the exam and I get X-rays. 

Nothing is broken but I need to wear a gigantic boot and use crutches. The guy trying to do up the boot is having a hard time getting it to come together in front because if my large calf. He says that he's having a hard time because of my jeans. Thanks for tryouts me to be kind. It's appreciated but just made me feel horrible that he felt he had to lie to make me feel better or to break the awkward silence. Then the real trauma begins. I have to use crutches. Last time I did that, I weighed a lot less and had a lot more muscle power. It went as badly as you can imagine except I didn't fall. Once I prove I'm not going to kill myself,  phew says he'll walk me out and asks if I want him to push me in the chaur or use the crutches. I jump all over the wheelchair but now I have to get back into it and I know I don't fit. I crammed my ass back into it and he wheeled me out front. I then had to sit there waiting for my ride. 

Getting home didn't make things any better. I had to use the crutches to get to the bathroom and I was exhausted by the time I got there. I had to have my husband set up a chair for me to lean on so I could put my contacts in. I couldn't take a showe because I couldn't get into the tub. After the third day, I felt gross enough that I came up with a way to shower but it involved getting naked in the bright white well lit bathroom which was horrible. There is a giant mirror so that was just horrible. I was able to actually shower alone but I needed help getting my robe on and getting out of the tub. 

Overall, it was a miserable experience that would have been so much less horrible if I wasn't so overweight and out of shape. Moments like these remind me that I must do something about the weight. I was doing so well and then it all went to crap. I was finally going to get back in track and now this setback. I'm not sure how long it will take before I can workout. 

I've been a very bad girl

I have officially fallen off the wagon. I can't believe I let this happen. I'm absolutely crushed that I haven't worked out in months and my diet is pretty horrible right now. It's not the worst my diet has ever been, but it's not pretty at all.

It's been a long series of events that have led to this. Hubby was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in February. I stopped dooing Beachbody programs so I could help motivate him to get up and walk in the mornings. We weren't very consistent with getting that done. We did try to get in a few hikes over the summer but his work schedule left little time for hiking. Then I got busy with editing over the summer. I ran out of time for the blog. Once I stopped blogging,  I pretty much stopped working out.

I slowly put most of the weight back on. I'm back to a men's size 46 jeans and they are getting tight. I was going to start working out January 3rd, but I fell at work on December 30th and hurt my foot. There isn't much I can do right now. I could try some chair excersizes or upper body weights but I don't want to risk making the recovery take longer. I can't even drive because it's my right foot.

My normal process to get back into the groove is to start with working out and then adjust my diet. I might have to reverse that because this inactivity is not going to do anything good for me if I keep eating cookies and ice cream for dessert.

I'm not adding any pretty pictures of scenery or flowers because this post does not deserve pretty pictures. This is a depressing post with me facing up to reality. I need to do something and I need to do it now. I have a new iPad so hopefully I'll be able to do some blogging to get me on track. I didn't realize how important the blog was to my success but it seems that it truly is. We did a few hikes this summer that I didn't blog about. Once I got behind it kinda made me not want to hike because it was just more work I didn't have time to deal with. I even did some Beachbody on demand yoga but never had time to blog. I also tried Beachbody County Heat, but once again, no time to blog about it. Then I just gave up.

I let life get in the way, but I'm optimistic that I can take control again. It's pretty time consuming typing this out on the iPad. I would have been dines ages ago with a keyboard so maybe I will invest in a Bluetooth keyboard. Let's see if I can manage a full time job, a part time job, taking classes for medical coding and refocusing attention to the blog. If I wasn't insane before, I think I might be before too long. I might have to really test his theory of "If it's important to you, you will make time instead of excuses.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Easyish Hike to the top of Carpenter Mountain near Blue River, Oregon


Carpenter Mountain

It wasn't the best day to go to Carpenter Mountain, but we did it anyway! It was an amazing day and there are some crazy pictures that we wouldn't have gotten on a bright clear day. The path was really quiet and we only saw one other couple there. Who else would go to a viewpoint hike on such a cloudy, miserable day! We did get some really cool pictures, but I don't really suggest going to this hike on such a crappy day. We got drenched! It wasn't raining, but the path is very narrow and it's overgrown with bushes. All of those bushes were wet from the previous rain and also just from all the moisture in the air. If you do decide to go on a miserable day, make sure you pack extra clothes! 



So the book said this was a 2.2 mile hike with 900 feet of elevation. We were actually planning on doing a different hike, but they were actively logging that mountain. We could have waited 20 minutes for them to clear the road, but then we could have gotten stuck at the top of the mountain! We decided to bail on that and go to the hike that I actually wanted to do, but didn't think we could do since 900 feet over 1.1 miles sounded steep! I really wanted to try out our new Subaru Forester though and the book said something like "the increasingly rough road." It made me want to do this hike just to play with the car! The car did great on it! We did pretty well on the hike also. 



There's not much to say about the hike. My Polar M400 thinks the hike was only .8 miles up, but the book thinks it was 1.1. I'm not going to argue over the distance. The book said 900 feet, but it didn't feel like 900 feet. We must be getting better at this stuff. We stopped to take a bunch of pictures, but we didn't have to stop many times for breaks. About halfway up, there was a big field with a bunch of wildflowers. It was gorgeous. They had a bunch of hummingbird feeders which seemed odd, but whatever. Hubby saw a hummingbird, but I didn't. The path was really narrow in some spots, bu wider in others. The bush ground cover was probably the first third of a mile, but after that, it was wide enough to get through. 




There's a lookout tower at the top of this thing. I would not want to spend the night in this thing! There's an outhouse, but you have to walk down a scary rock to get to the outhouse. No Thank You! The lookout tower is on the tippy top and to get there, I pretty much crawled up this rock. To get down, I sat on my butt like a toddler going down stairs. It was sooooooo scary for me! 



We loved this hike and we didn't have many problems with it, but if you're just starting out, you might not want to try this one right away. I would also suggest bringing hiking poles for hiking newbies. The top of this thing is seriously scary. Hubby wasn't afraid, but I was! Maybe it's because I keep remembering the time when we went to some mountain and there was this patch of snow. We had to climb up and over it. I went up and almost went over the mountain. I ended up falling and then sliding. Not sure how I managed to stop sliding but I did. Then I was sitting there in the snow thinking, "How the hell am I going to stand up and not fall over this mountain?" I do okay with the up, but I bet nervous on the down. When you're going up, you have the opportunity to try your footing with the foot before you pick up the other foot, but when you're going down, if you miss step, there's not much you can do. The poles help though because you can poke around with the pole to find a good spot and then you've got three points of contact with the ground instead of just one. 


How to get there

If you want directions there, follow this link to traveloregon.com. I'd just end up getting you lost and I don't know if it's okay to copy their directions on here. It's way easier to just link to them.


Overall Comments

There were no restrooms at this location and it's a nice bumpy road there and back. Make sure you find someplace to pee before you go up there and find a quiet place off the path to take care of things before you get to the car. I tagged this as Easyish and the book we used called it Easy. We didn't need to stop for breaks very often and I wasn't in my pain the following day. My calves were sore, but that was it. However, another website tagged it as "very difficult." I wouldn't go that far, but maybe they are trying to keep people safe. This is one of those hikes that isn't really all that easy to classify. I'm 265 pounds and made it up there, but I've been working out and hiking frequently for the past couple years. Use your own judgement on if you think you can handle it. Don't do anything crazy and make sure you wear good shoes. Don't go up there in flip flops! 


Polar M400 Screen Shots

I forgot the heart rate strap. Oh well. The Polar M400 agreed with the book on the elevation. That's a first! 



Gaia GPS Screen Shot

Gaia thinks the hike was a little longer than my Polar M400 and had a little less elevation. I will say though that I know I never moved 4.2 MPH on this hike and it seem to think I did so there's obviously a flaw with it somewhere. 



Sunday, July 3, 2016

C25K Couch to 5K Round 2 Week 6 Day 1

I'm getting closer to getting caught up so I'm back on a Monday is Day 1 of  week thing. I'm going to take Monday off so hubby and I can go for a hike on the holiday. I was thinking that today was going to be walk for 5, run for 10, walk for 5, run for 10, walk for 5, but it was run for 5, walk for 3, just for 8, walk for 3, jog for 5, walk for 5. I was kinda looking forward to only having two running segments. Having the third one in there kinda messed with my brain. The cold weather messed with my lungs. OMG! It was soooooooooooooo cold! I could barely breathe in my first running segment. by the end, my breathing was horrible. When I got home, I was talking to hubby and I could barely finish a sentence without coughing. It was horrible and remained that way for most of the day. My body felt fine during the run other than my lungs. I did the faster pace at the end of the runs again. I did it last year, so I should do it this year. I'm hoping it helps me improve my horribly slow pace.

Polar M400 Screen Shots

My heart rate screen shot is a mess. It really annoys me when it gets like this. Maybe it's time to tighten the strap again or pay closer attention to which bra I'm wearing when it happens like this. 


C25K Couch to 5K Round 2 Week 5 Day 3

This was the day that I was dreading. I had to run 20 minutes straight. The good news though......I did this last year so I knew I could do it. I just wasn't sure if I could do it on the street and at a faster pace than last year. The answer would appear to be that yes indeed I can do it on the street and I can do it at faster pace than last year. I wasn't a happy camper at the end of this run the last time around, but it wasn't that bad this time. I was definitely not as fast as I would have liked, but I got through it and wasn't sore the next day. My breathing was okay too. I'm quite impressed with myself this time. Hubby didn't come with me so I ran to the high school and around the block. I went all the way down to the Bi-mart street. Not really sure what possessed me to do that, but I did it even though I knew I'd end up having to go uphill at the very end. I really pushed for the last minute of the running segment. I read my post from last round before I did this workout and I did that same thing last year. I was all happy because I got to a 12ish minute mile pace so I wanted to go faster and I did! Woot Woot!

Polar M400 Screen Shots

I'm not really sure where those crazy spikes came from on the heart rate monitor or the crazy dips, This thing drives me nuts sometimes. 

Review of C25K Couch to 5k Round 2 Week 5 Day 2

Week 5 Day 2 of C25K was a five minute warm up followed by 8 minutes of jogging, 5 minutes of walking, 8 minutes of jogging and 5 minutes of walking. Hubby didn't go with me, so I ran on the street. I wasn't in the mood for the pesky hill at the end though so I turned left onto my street instead of going all the way down to the street for Bi-mart. I ended up getting back too soon though so I just walked past the street and turned around and then went back to the back gate. It felt good doing this run. The temperature was just about perfect so it wasn't too bad on my lungs. My breathing was decent and I didn't really hurt all that much. I was so ready for it to be over when it was done though. I had some issues with my pace in the first running segment. You can see the nice wavy line there. The second one was a little more consistent, but you can still see the gradual slow down. I did kick it up a notch in the last minute or so of the second running segment. I still need to work on my speed! I'm way too slow!

Polar M400 Screen Shots

Here are the screen shots from the run. 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Review of Couch to 5K C25K Round 2 Week 5 Day 1

The best part of Week 5 Day 1 is that there were three running intervals! That's because each one was 5 minutes long! I wasn't sure how it was going to go with three 5 minute jogging intervals so we walked to the track. I grew to regret that decision. We get back soooooooo much faster if we ride. It just makes the running harder for me though.

I wanted to avoid the pain that I had in the previous couple workouts, so I didn't really push the runs too hard. I barely made it into the 12ish minute per mile pace in the last run. I didn't care though. Walking home was so hard. I was just exhausted. I think it was at that point that I realized the perfect way to fix my issue with being on the wrong days. I want to get back on a Monday through Friday schedule with day 1 of the week on Monday and day 3 on Friday. This day 1 being a Wednesday and Day 3 being a Monday is messing with my head. I had been thinking of doing a Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday deal one week to make up the missing day, but instead I decided to skip going on Friday and then skip going one day the following week which should put me back on track! (no pun intended there) I'm just not sure which day I'll skip. I think I'll end up waiting on my next skip until July 4th weekend. That would be a good day to skip. I want to skip a day this week though! LOL.

Not much to say about the workout. The five minute intervals weren't too bad going at my slightly slower pace. No pain.

Polar M400 Screen Shots

I'm not sure what happened with my heart rate monitor. It's looking a bit ragged. Oh well. 


Review of Couch to 5K C25K Round 2 Week 4 Day 3 - The halfway point!

I made it through the halfway point of the program! Hubby came with me again and we rode the bikes again. I'm starting to think the bike thing isn't such a good idea. It gets us there faster and home faster, but OMG my legs were not really all that into this running thing after riding to the track. This was the same workout as the previous two where it was a five minute warm up followed by 3 minutes of jogging, then 90 seconds walking, 5 minutes jogging, 2-1/2 minutes walking, 3 minutes jogging, 90 seconds walking and 5 minutes of jogging. I had a hard time getting into the 12 minute mile pace on this workout. I ended up getting there for each run, but it was a fight each time. My fastest pace was a little off too. Oh well. I got through half of the program which means, I only have half to go! Although, I'm pretty sure that I'm going to do 10K trainer after I finish C25K which means, I'm not really done with my running in four weeks. :) Don't tell my legs that though.

I had that horrible pain again in my right side during the last couple runs. I was trying to push myself to keep a decent pace. Apparently my body just doesn't like that pace. My legs didn't hurt though. I didn't make any comments about the side pain in my post last year for Week 4 Day 3 of C25K though so it bothers me that it's happening. Oh well. Maybe I'll do better in round 3!

Polar M400 Screen Shots

Here are the screen shots from the workout. I had to edit this to include the correct pictures. I originally included the following workout. Oopsy. 



Review of C25K Couch to 5K Round 2 Week 4 Day 2

Here's another post from my marathon of getting caught up on Couch two 5K. I hate getting behind! Last weekend I spent so much time working, so I ran out of time to post about my workouts! Ugh! Week 4 Day 2 was the same as Week 4 Day 1. I did a five minute warm up followed by 3 minutes of running, 90 seconds of walking, 5 minutes of running, 2-1/2 minutes of walking, 3 minutes of running and 5 minutes if walking. Then there was the five minute cool down.

Hubby didn't come with me so I went down to the high school and then around to the middle school to finish off on the downhill straight section. I did the same route earlier when I was still on week three. It turns out that I finish up right near my street so I can just walk home! Or so I thought! There was more running involved in this one, so I had to go a little further to make sure that I didn't get home too soon, so instead of turning left onto my street, I kept going straight and turned up by the street for Bi-mart. Turns out, the stretch of that road between my street and the street for Bi-mart is UPHILL! It's not a steep uphill, but I was pretty tired already and was so not interested in going uphill again. My breathing was pretty horrible and I was pretty tired. I was so ready to be done with the running thing. Technically speaking, I'm not really sure that was actually running at this point though! I was going sooooooo slow up that last little stretch. I just wanted to be done! My legs didn't hurt though, but my breathing was sooooooo heavy and I was coughing a bit. I still did better going on the street for this one than I did for the same workout last year on the track. Feel free to read my workout for C25K Week 4 Day 2 from last year. If you're struggling to get through C25K, it might make you feel better. My first round was pretty much torture.

Polar M400 Screen Shots 

Here are the screen shots from the workout. I didn't get a running index score this time. I wonder why. Oh well. I was surprised to see that I got up to 12:05 minutes per mile. That must have been on the downhill right after the first uphill. 

Review of Couch to 5K C25K Round 2 Week 4 Day 1

My second post from my marathon of catching up again on my progress. So week 4 Day 1 was a day that I was dreading because we bumped up from 3 minutes of jogging to five minutes of jogging! It was a five minute warm up, 3 minutes of jogging, 90 seconds of walking, 5 minutes of jogging, 2-1/2 minutes of walking, jog for 3 minutes, walk for 90 seconds, jog for 5 minutes. That added up to a lot of jogging! Knowing that I had gotten through it last year made it easier to get through it this year. Reading all of my previous posts from the previous round really made me feel way better about this round. My Week 4 Day 1 post made it sound like I was about to die! My entire body hurt, bu this time around my breathing has been more of an issue than any pain. I haven't had any soreness since my first workout and that was all in my abs and chest really. I haven't had any soreness in my legs this time around. I have noticed that my legs aren't at full capacity during our hikes on Saturdays, but it hasn't been painful. I just feel like a wimp on the hikes.

Enough rambling! Hubby decided that we should ride the bikes to the track. I think this was the first time that we did this, but maybe we did it the previous week too. It made things a little challenging for me from a logistical standpoint. I wasn't sure when to start my apps. I wasn't sure if the ride to the track should count as my warm up. I wasn't sure what to do with my headphones on the trip over. I forgot to turn off my app before we left the track so my minute per mile is all jacked up. I think I got some speed record because I was riding my bike downhill during the workout on the Polar app. Oopsy.

So the run itself was a bit challenging. It's tough to say if it was because of the five minute jogging intervals or because we road to the track. The track is a little uphill from the house. most people wouldn't notice the include, but I'm a wimp on the bike so I really notice it. My hamstrings were feeling it when we got to the track. I tried to keep myself in the 12 minute per mile range, but it was quite challenging to do that. I started out at a good pace for each run, but then fell off the pace, but I got through it and wasn't in pain. I was ready to stop running because I couldn't breathe, but I could have kept going it I had needed to do so.

I ended up having some severe pain in my right side after the final running segment. It went from my hip to my shoulder. It was sharp and horrible. I walked it off in a couple minutes, but it was horrible while it lasted. It seriously felt like someone was stabbing me.

Polar M400 Screen Shots

Here are the screen shots. I just noticed that it gave me a running score. I'm not sure what that's all about. Check out how fast I was on the end of that workout? That was me going downhill on my bike because I forgot to shut the app off. UGH!