Here we are: the last week of 2019. I’ll be honest, I won’t be sorry to see it go. These last two months have been sad and hard and not anything like what I thought it would be. I hate not being my normal, cheerleader self, but I’m feeling lonely and isolated and that’s when the negative thoughts creep in. Going into the last week of 2019, I need to get a handle on that.
Sunday – pt exercises + recumbent bike
I was pretty exhausted after our party on Saturday, but I had big plans for Sunday. First, I wanted to get into our neighborhood gym. I can do my range of motion stretches on the weight bench and then ride the recumbent bike and make use of the dumbbells.
And then I wanted to go to Target. If you can believe it, I haven’t been to a Target since the accident. What? I got to do a little holiday shopping for the boys, and celebrated with a peppermint mocha.
After that, I was done. I ate lunch and crawled into bed, while the boys went to see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It killed me to miss it, but there was no way I could navigate a movie theater in my current condition.
Monday – physical therapy, 60 minutes
I was still tired on Monday, so I took it easy until it was time for physical therapy. This time, my PT was a woman who actually fitted me for one of my first pairs of running shoes! We went through old and new exercises, and I ended the session on the bike again.
Tuesday – pt exercises + upper body + recumbent bike
Welcome Christmas Eve! We got up and out to the gym fairly early as we had a lot going on for the rest of the day.
Today, I incorporated some chest presses, flys and tricep extensions into the workout.
From there, we went home and Mr PugRunner started cleaning and prepping for tomorrow. My parents came over in the early afternoon and my mom (saint that she is) wrapped all my presents for me.
We ordered our traditional Christmas Eve dinner: Chinese food, and enjoyed it with some fun holiday movies.
When my parents left, the boys took it upon themselves to put all the gifts (except the Santa gifts) under the tree and call it a night. I was really sad to not be able to join in the tradition this year, but they did a great job.
Wednesday – rest
So on Christmas, we rest. Or something like that. The boys let me sleep until 8:00 AM, but then it was time for presents and breakfast. Little man was so excited!
I was really hurting and uncomfortable while we opened our gifts, but I did my best to put on my bravest face. Little man was totally stoked with everything and started suiting up immediately.
We ate breakfast with poinsettias and I went back to bed for a two hour nap. Oops.
My parents came back in the afternoon and we had a lovely time with them again. I wished I was feeling better, but I did my best, and even got dressed enough for a family photo by the tree.
Thursday – pt exercises + arms + recumbent bike
On Thursday, I worked a little more on my flexibility. Being laid up has done a number on that and I am trying to figure out ways to get my stretchiness back.
After our gym time, I asked if Mr PugRunner would take me to the nail salon. My last SNS fill was prior to the accident and my nails were a mess. They were gracious enough to slide me right in and I finally got that handled.
Friday – physical therapy, 60 minutes
Due to the holidays, I had a visiting PT for this appointment, and he meant business. He started me on the bike, and then absolutely went to town on my foot and toes. I found out he was a former triathlete, and gave some really great pointers about things I should be doing during my stretches to help get me back to running, which I appreciated.
He also told me that I could do anything that got me sweating as long as I didn’t involve twisting or turning my ankle: core work, floor work, and upper body. Fantastic.
Saturday – pt exercises + arms + core + recumbent bike
I went back and forth about going to the gym. Friday’s PT session wrecked me, but I was afraid to skip a day. If things tighten up, then it will be harder to move the following day. It’s a vicious cycle.
I ended up going, and was really happy to feel great after doing a series of Russian twists, flutter kicks, and overhead sit-ups with a weighted ball.
And again, that about did me in, so I watched some TV with the boys and begged off a neighborhood cookie event. I just didn’t have the energy to be “on” for people. Wild Saturday night, no?
I’m proud that I’ve been consistent with my PT and working out. It’s frustrating that I am still in some pain and discomfort, but apparently, that’s all very normal. Blah.
I am mostly off my crutches while wearing the boot and I can walk up stairs in my boot! This is a huge victory. Sadly, I am too scared to try going downstairs, so I am still booty scooting to get down.
Nutrition is going well, as is hydration. It’s amazing how easy it is to keep eating in check when it takes so much energy to get your own food. I guess we can celebrate new habits.
This week, we have New Year’s Eve and Mr PugRunner’s birthday, so it’s going to be lots more fun! Stay tuned!
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How was your week in training?
How are you spending this last week of 2019?