Sunday, October 23, 2011


I always say that I will not sign my kids up to multiple activities at once because I do not want to over-schedule them or myself and then I go and do it to myself anyway! Yesterday was a prime example. I was up at 6:00 AM to go to the nature center and walk 2 miles before heading to EIU to compete in my first organized race. The race was a 2.5 K so just about 1 1/2 miles. Sounds easy right? NO! There were multiple hills involved! I only walked since I am still not released to run and I finished in just over 26 minutes and came in 204 out of 249! I finished and I am happy with my accomplishment!

Immediately following the race I made my way to Lincoln Log Cabin for a family shoot with some great clients. I finished the shoot around 12:30 and took lunch to my family then the Diva and I headed home so I could shower and relax before doing a Senior shoot at the nature center! I was exhausted and I knew I would not make it through the Cardinals game! I was right! I saw one home run by Pujols and woke up at the end of the game just in time to go to bed! My body hurt and I knew that I had overdone it! My knee was stiff and I was walking like I had a fresh injury (I don't but just saying).

I will never again do that to myself! I know my limits now and, unfortunately, I can do less now than before because of my knee! I need to rebuild my strength and stamina but I need to take it slow as not to re-injure the knee. I will be walking 2 more races this year and both are 5 Ks. There will be no shoots on those days! I have learned my lesson!

Here is my race number! It is on the refrigerator to remind me that "I did it" and "I will do it" again!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

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Got The All Clear!

Maybe not the ALL clear but good enough for me right now! The surgeon gave me the go ahead to walk a couple of 5 Ks! I am so excited! This morning I walked just over 5 K and will continue my training on Monday! My first one is actually a 2.5 K so it won't be that bad.

I return to the Doc on November 15th and am hoping and praying that I get the thumbs up to start some light jogging! I am finally seeing the light at the end of this long tunnel. I must admit that depression had set in and I was becoming bitter about the whole knee thing and then suddenly things are looking up again.

I have decided that walking across the finish line with my head held high will be a big accomplishment and next year when I can run, it will be a whole new achievement! No excuses, folks! Get out there and move!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

No Frankenstein Here!

Physical therapy is going slow but sure!  I make good progress every week and am now at 113 degrees of flexion.  She wants me at 120 degrees before I see the doctor next Friday and I am pretty sure I will be close!  The main goal was for me to quit walking like Frankenstein, which I have done!  Go me!!!  I can even walk up and down stairs like the rest of y'all instead of peg-legging it!  Franky has left the building and will not be returning!

So the next step is to get back to the weight loss and I am jumping in full force on Saturday when a local car dealer kicks off the KC Summers Slim down!  There is a $10,000 grand prize at steak here folks!  The program runs for 10 weeks and there is a point system so anyone can win, even if you don't lose the most weight!  It's all about getting our community members healthy!  Here are a couple of videos detailing the contest!  Of course, you will all be with me on my journey!  Stay tuned!

Now you know what I know!  I am excited to be part of the crew on Saturday that kicks it all off!  If you are in the area, please feel free to join us and get in shape!


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