Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Progress and worthwild pain

Busy day ! Best to begin it with something healthy- quinoa and frozen berries !

Then school, exercise, housework and a lunch break for some leftovers

Colorful salad and leftover Polenta casserole. Leftovers are something that I am trying to once again embrace. Having a family of 3 makes it hard for cutting down some recipes. You cannot cut some things smaller ( an egg for example), and not everything freezes. The polenta casserole kind of deconstructed when it was reheated ! In the afternoon it was a trip to the DMV to renew my license. I hate driving, but as much as I hate the act I hate the thought of having to redo the whole behind the wheel test even more, so I renew it. I have to say, the pain of this activity was infinitely less than the pain one of my nieces was experiencing at the same time. I got a new license for my trouble , but she got a brand new Abigail Marie !

7 lbs 1 oz and 20 inches long. Ready for the world, and will not have to deal with the DMV for at least 16 years !

Dinner was veggie lasagna in the crockpot- a MUCH better outcome with texture, but it seems all my lasagnas want to slide off their stack and deconstruct. It does not bother the guys, but it bothers me ! I served it with a salad of assorted greens , apple , pear and walnuts.

I noticed yesterday that my walking gait is more stable, even and a little faster. Working on my abs is helping my head to feel a little more connected with the ground when I walk ( hard to explain this one) , and that makes me feel a little less tentative about the terrain under my feet. That has been something that has really bothered me with arthritis. Because of the pain in movement it seems your focus tries to go to places not in pain, and in time you sort of lose your "connection" with things that the painful parts connect or engage with. When a step causes pain and you must constantly step, the survival mechanism does what it must to keep us alive.I think the abdominal work helps to increase the blood flow in my lower body, and with blood flows a certain "cellular awareness" or something, and you begin to be more alive. At least that seems to be what happens. Not sure, but I am looking forward to another opportunity to get out to walk in the woods again ! Perhaps one day I will be able to even consider running if things keep improving.


Marisa (Loser for Life) said...

Congrats on the new addition to the family!

Glad you are noticing a difference from all of the exercise that you are doing! YAY!

blessedmama said...

Good for you on your walking. And, it's good to see you finally have a chance to renew your licesne.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the little bundle of joy!
I'm also going on a walk in a few minutes :)

Diane Fit to the Finish said...

I hate renewing my driver's license because one of my pet peeves is standing in line!

I'm also glad that you are experiencing such positive effects of working your abs - that has got to make you feel really good.

Kim said...

Congrats on your new great neice. :) Do you have the recipes for the polenta and lasagna? Sounds yummo. Btw, I'll be leaving you a reply on my blog. :) Thanks for stopping by.

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

Hi Kim ! To find the recipes, just click on lasagna and polenta on the label cloud on my page and it takes you to the entries with them. With the lasagna I just put it in a crock pot this time, and it worked much better. I love things that work well in my crockpot!
@Diane - standing in line is one of the things I hate as well. At least now the clerks smile and act human- it drives me crazy when I have to deal with people who act more like robots than anything else !
@ Suzi- thanks and I hope your walk was a great one !
@blessedmama- believe it or not I almost postponed it again becausde something shiny caught my attention :-). I really hate having anything to do with the DMV, but told myself if I was a good girl and did it, it would be done and so I did.
@Marisa- it is really surprising me how fast I am feeling a difference. I am awake at this hour because all of a sudden my back muscles seem to be noticing my efforts and are registering a formal protest about the whole thing. I will listen to them for a while and then tell them to simply get over it !