Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Summary - Weeks 1 and 2

First of all, I would just like to comment on all of the great posts and comments we have going here - how fun and supportive!

Secondly, I hope it doesn't bother anyone to have a new post added soon after another post - with so many of us writing, it is sometimes hard to find an "empty" day to post something!


Well, the past two weeks haven't been too bad for me. If I was keeping score, I would probably give myself a C+... Not trying to be hard on myself or anything, there is just a lot of room for improvement.

I've been doing really well at getting up frequently at work and stretching and walking around. This is a must for my legs. I've also done several short walks (15-20 mins) with my dog after work - lots of checkmarks there.

Food is coming along -this one is much harder for me. Portion sizes are better and I'm not feeling as snacky as I normally do, so each little thing helps. I'm trying to stay positive and build on little successes here and there. I'm sure doing a strict diet cold turkey would yield faster results, but I'm just not that kind of Type A personality!

Every day finds me feeling better - my legs hurt less and less. I'm starting to feel like my old self again and I find myself itching to get out and do more "things". I went out to the barn on Sunday - I sure have missed old Rusty! I couldn't help but smile when I saw him - his paddock is a total mud pit and he was standing on a little island in front of the shelter that is the only dry spot. He nickered to me for the first time ever - he is a very quiet horse typically. I know the nicker was one of "oh, finally - someone is here to rescue me from the mud" instead of an affectionate nicker, but I'll take it!

It took me a good 30 minutes to groom him and then we just did some lungeing. Someone was feeling young and frisky, so there was lots of bucking, farting and snorting on the lunge line - this doesn't really bother me, because he managed to do all of it on the circle and not pull me all over the place! He never bucks under saddle either, so I guess he just felt like goofing around after being stuck in mud up to his knees.

Being out at the barn gave me a big boost - my spirits are starting to pick up and I feel more and more like my old self. I was having problems with my legs before the blood clot, so I was pretty much in constant pain for the past three months, which really wears on your emotional state.

I'm working on a post with some resources for fitness and healthy eating - I have tonnes of stuff at home, so I'm going to try and get all of that sorted out this week and post it soon.

Happy trails!


Mrs Mom said...

Its amazing how horses can pick us up like they do. I know on the worst days here, having Sonny right outside the door is my escape. Even five minutes, and I am calmer and ready to handle the next crisis.

It is really great to hear that you are perking up and are in much less pain. Scary how constant pain will suck the life out of you too!! Heres hoping it only keeps getting better and better for you Laura!!

I dont mind the posts one after another, it gives me something else to contemplate through the day.

And so y'all know, I thought of each and every one of you while my littlest cowboy had me jumping like crazy with him on the jumpoline. (OK- I confess. I was praying SOMEONE would just magically show up and take over for one rotation so I could catch my breath!!)

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Mom,

You can borrow Dude if you'd like. He'd be happy to jump on your jumpoline and he's got way more energy than both of us combined. Plus, it would tire him out! So, a win-win all around!


I'm glad you're feeling better. Being in pain sucks. You have my sympathies.

John and Regina Zdravich said...

A C+ is better than a D or F! Especially when you have a physical problem on top of it. Glad the horse helped lift your spirits -- I know mine always does!! Here's hoping you have a B- week next week!!!

cdncowgirl said...

I am so relieved to hear that you are feeling better!
Have to say, I sometimes think of my horses as my 'therapists'. I sure do feel a lot better after spending time with them :)

Mrs Mom said...

LOL OS-- normally there are two little men here (15 mos apart) that wear each other out. I bet your lil Dude would have a BLAST with them!! ;)

CDN- Horses are better than talking to a person anyday IMO ;)