Yes I Can!

Good morning! As my mother says, it’s Yippie Skippy Friday!

So, I mentioned yesterday that I’ve been in a crummy mood lately. After some reflection (and reading Caitlin’s post), I realized that I have not been checking my negative thoughts as much as I should have been, and now my outlook is negative. The good news is that it’s totally doable to turn this around with happy thoughts! So no more “stinkin’ thinkin'”, it’s time to turn that frown upside-down, look on the bright side of life, and all of those other hippy-crunchy woo-woo cliches.

In other news, I left work early yesterday for my physical therapy appointment.

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Train office!

I can’t believe I haven’t talked about my PT yet! So, I finally had it with all of the hamstring pain that is preventing me from running, lifting, and living in general. So I went to the doctor and he referred me to a PT. My first session was last week before I left for Pittsburgh.

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Gearing up for PT. Always a dork.

They took down my history, had me do some walking and stretches to see the movement I was making, and assessed that I was really tight due to strong muscles overcompensating my weaker ones, primarily my hips. We also went through sitting posture, which I do a LOT of in my work at both the office and traveling, and I found that I need to keep my feet flat on the floor as much as possible. Which is hard because I’m 5’0″ and do you think I can ever find a chair that when sitting my feet touch the ground? Then we did some combination massage/stretching on my hammies and glutes, and gave me a few exercises to do at home every day.

After my first session, I boarded a plane to Pittsburgh the next day. Normally the day after travel I would be feeling it, but I had no discomfort whatsoever! I did my best to keep my feet flat on the floor when I was sitting on the airplane (really flat on my carry-on bag, since my feet don’t really touch the floor) and I found it helped a lot. Also, I felt better after I did the exercises they prescribed me.

Then on the trip home I completely forgot to sit correctly and do my exercises, and my legs were killing me all weekend. So, the moral to the story is do stuff that makes you not hurt, and don’t do stuff that makes you hurt.

I’ve never been to physical therapy before, so this is all a new experience for me. I hope with the regular body work and exercising the weak muscles it’ll improve my “muscular balance” so to speak and I don’t have to deal with my poor overworked hammies anymore.

Have you ever done PT? Any crazy weekend plans? I’m hoping to eat my weight in jelly beans and watch Squish hunt eggs.

Make it a great day!

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2 thoughts on “Yes I Can!

  1. Nice, hope that PT keeps helping you! Yes, I’ve done a few stints at PT for a torn calf and foot pain. I’ve found that it definitely teaches me new exercises and stretches that I hadn’t done before. My favorite part is the trigger point therapy to work out the knots and scar tissue! *hurts so good*

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