Great Information

My physical therapy session yesterday went better than I ever could have imagined!

 

I learned some GREAT tips to reduce the pain and how to live my life from now on without hurting my back again. The first thing she did was check out my posture while I was standing and while I was sitting. It turns out I have a very hyper-mobile back and because of years of dance training and my own natural tendencies, what I thought was “sitting up straight” was really arching my spine backwards.

 

I was sitting like the person on the right. When she adjusted my spine to neutral position, I told her, “I feel like I’m slouching!” She said it’s very common to feel like that for the first few weeks while my brain adjusts to my new normal, but that I’ll get it figured out. I may feel like I’m sitting like the woman on the left, but I’m really right in the middle!

All this postural work applies to my standing and walking as well. I have to focus on my core muscles pulling my pelvis forward instead of allowing that swayback, because that puts all the pressure from every activity I do right where the defect in my spine is.

I am so relieved to know all this information!! I ALREADY feel so much less pain and my attitude has flipped 180 degrees. When doctors told me this problem was something I’d have to manage my whole life I though they meant it would always hurt and I’d just have to deal with it. What this therapist explained is that isn’t true, I CAN do everything I did before this but I just have to always be aware of my posture and make sure my core is always strong.

PSH. That’s nothing!! Of COURSE I can do that!! I’m going to do all the exercises she gave me exactly how she tells me to, keep focusing on my posture, and do everything she tells me to get rid of this pain.

She’s also going to teach me how to do my workouts with this new posture so that I can still push myself really hard without pushing myself into an injury.

Sorry if this is a word heavy post, I just feel so happy and relieved and I’m finally 100% confident that I will get my old life back. Or rather, I’ll get a new and improved life with better posture, a stronger core, and no more back pain! I’d say that’s a pretty good deal. Hope your week is going as well as mine!

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Call Me Regina

Yesterday evening I was transported back to middle school when the movie “Mean Girls” came on TV. I remembered loving this movie and watching it over and over and over but I guess I had forgotten why I liked it so much!

It is so FETCH. (haha see what I did there).

Anyway, one thing I had completely forgotten about was that Regina George fractures her spine too!! You have no idea how happy this made me.

I honestly have no idea why, but I was sitting in front of the TV like:

“Oh, Regina Gurrrrl I feel ya. I. feel. YOU.” haha I think I’m  a little sleep deprived. For some reason in my head I was thinking, if Regina George’s spine healed and she could play sports then mine will too in no time! Solid logic. The thing that brought me the most comfort was not the very real doctors telling me this, but the fictional movie character.

 

I know, Regina. Sorry.

I start physical therapy today! I’m so excited. I’m going to ask her what exercise I can do that won’t make the injury worse and then  hopefully I’ll be able to be up and about more and more. Gradually.

 

Rad Reading

One good thing about having to rest so much is that I have more time to read books than I’ve ever had before! I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve read so far for the most part and I would suggest these books to anyone whose interested 🙂 

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“The House at Riverton” is about a young poet who kills himself at a society party in the 1920’s, but only the maid Grace and the family’s two daughters know the dark truth. Years later, as Grace is living out her last days in a nursing home, a filmmaker comes to interview her about that night and she is forced to face many years of secrets. I could not put this book down!! It’s one of those tales where the full picture is slowly revealed by carefully placed details so you are always curious about what is going to happen next. It has a lot of suspense and history and the characters really come to life. 

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“Life of Pi” is about a young Indian boy who is very faithful. His family immigrates to Canada but the ship they are on and he finds himself stranded in a lifeboat with a full sized Bengal tiger. I wasn’t sure if I would like this book or not because I didn’t see how a story could be compelling when it’s just one boy and a tiger in the middle of the ocean for the duration of the novel. But the author does a fantastic job of keeping it suspenseful, throwing in flashbacks and anecdotes to keep it from being monotonous. I loved it! 

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I’m only about a third of the way through this book. It is the third in the “Game of Thrones” series and, though they are very good, I need a little break from the story line. George Martin wrote 5 books for the series and they are all 1,000 pages long with very fine print. It’s a big commitment to read the whole thing and I want to but right now I’m just a little tired of it! Maybe if I read one other book I’ll feel refreshed enough to tackle the rest of this series. We’ll see. 

Today I think I’m going to go buy “Perks of Being a Wallflower” because I really want to read it before the movie comes out! Have any of you read it? What did you think? 

Besties

When I found out three of my best friends would all be home this weekend and would be bringing me Cafe Rio, I was all:

 

 

It was so great to see them! No matter how long it’s been it is always fantastic. I only have a cell phone photo to share, sorry!

 

Tonight our family friends are coming over for dinner. This is shaping up to be a fantastic weekend ❤

Dark Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

 

The name kind of speaks for itself, no? Sorry the photo is blurry, I only had my little point and shoot handy and I was too lazy to break out the big guns.

Also I managed to bake these cookies and make the frosting and I only had one little tiny taste of the frosting. GO ME!

Dark Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

Cookies:

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

2 tablespoons milk

1 tsp vanilla

A few tablespoons of raw cane sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheets. Combine flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl.

2. Place 1/2 cup chocolate chips in a small microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute, stir. Microwave at additional 15 second intervals if needed until chips are melted and smooth.

3. Beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add melted chocolate, egg, milk, and vanilla; beat until well blended. Add flour mixture; beat just until blended.

4. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls into a dish filled with the raw cane sugar. Roll around until there is a thin layer of sugar coating the dough. Place on cookie sheet and bake 10 to 11 minutes or until set and no longer shiny. Cook on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Move to wire racks and cool completely.

Frosting

1 cup butter

1 cup dark chocolate peanut butter

3 cups powdered sugar

a few tablespoons of milk

Combine all ingredients and beat until frosting is light and airy. Spread two or three tablespoons onto a cookie and top with another cookie. Enjoy!!

Chewed Out

This morning I had an interesting wake up call! Alice has been coming down to my room and sleeping with me in the mornings lately, but today she went for the gusto. Around 7:00am I found myself with a Doberman laying ON MY FACE. She’s not a small dog. Though I appreciate her love, it was a little hard to breathe.

Then when my alarm went off at 7:30, I decided it would probably be a good idea to get my butt out of bed so that my sleeping pattern doesn’t totally reverse itself and turn me into some night dwelling, anti social creature. Alice thought this was a terrible idea. She was enjoying her face-pillow a whole lot apparently. She barked and barked and ran in circles on the bed, tried to tackle me, barked some more, whined, and basically made quite a show of it. I was this close to falling for it.

 

When I came up the stairs after her temper tantrum was over, she looked at me like, “Oh are you awake? Interesting.” That dog.

Remember when I said I was going to learn how to cook something that wasn’t a sweet?

 

I lied. Today I am going to bake chocolate cookies with peanut butter frosting in between them. But I will be sending them away. Far, far away where they cannot call to me from the counter.

Have a great day!! To everyone out there who is getting an iPhone 5 today…better keep a close eye on that thing. That’s all I’m saying.

 

A Little Frustrated

Healing isn’t linear, this I know, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get a little/a lot frustrated on the days where I seem to be sliding backwards. I tried to walk around the block again today but my back just felt like it was “catching” every time I took a step and so I turned around and went home.

Sometimes I feel like this is how my recovery is going:

*sigh* Most days I feel okay just relaxing all day because I know it’s what I need right now, but I’m not used to having so much time on my hands AT ALL. I really like studying and learning and engaging with different people and situations and I’m feeling a tad mentally restless today. Okay, super duper restless.

It’s okay though! Just have to suck it up and get through it. I’ll find lots of books to read and just keep plugging along. Some days are just harder to be positive than others 🙂

No need to worry!

It’s almost the weekend! Hope your week is AWESOME!!