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    Monday 4/29/13

    60 minutes lifting weights at gym on machines
    practicing walking with a shopping cart 1000 feet
    Keep moving forward

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      Swimming has been great for me. Started with being put into pool with hoyer - had no idea where my feet were (floating in back of me). Took 3-4 people with me practicing walking in pool - wore Keens sandals & helped protect feet I cannot feel.
      After nearly 2 years I am swimming in pool & once in a while my feet reach the top and kick slowly. Other days it's only my arms, but GREAT cardio and feels good to be in water. Always have one person with me though. The other day I could actually attempt the butterfly stroke, which I could do in my sleep. I stay in pool 1-1.5 hours. Practice my balance and now others push my shoulders from the back to practice recovering being off balance. High recommend pool, even if it takes a village to get you there. Cannot figure how to upload photos or would post a pool one.
      Keep moving forward

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        I got back from my last trip to Goddard on Saturday! I'm really looking forward to being at home and being able to workout on a regular basis.

        This week (so far) track practice on Sunday (5 miles worth of various intervals) and weights today (benched 105 lbs FOUR TIMES!).

        I was pretty sure I had gained a bunch of weight while traveling and not working out, and the week before last when we took the dog to the vet I took the opportunity to plop onto their platform scale and get the bad news. Up about 12 pounds. I'm going on arndog's oat bran diet :-).

        Oh, any advice on breaking in Harness wheelchair racing gloves? I got a new pair on Sunday and my knuckles are bruised from the stiffness of the leather.

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          Here's a pic from the Warrior Dash a couple weeks ago...

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            Originally posted by Cjt8 View Post
            What an interesting topic for the night. Today I was bitchen that I was turning to shit. I feel like I want to get up and get some good done only to get up and be half wore the heck out by the time the spaz get settled down and I slip on the side Stix. Dam, Dam , Dam. I'm staying off the Baclofen cause I know it keeps some of the lazy parts from working but I tell ya I don't think I can keep it up. Is there something temp a guy can do instead of getting on the Baclofen program.
            Baclofen is definitely a mixed bag. I'm now 2 months out from having the pump put in. I'm more comfortable at night, hardly any spasms through the night or the total body charlie horse I used to get upon arising in the mornings. I'm also off all oral meds, baclofen and neurontin; I'm more awake and with it. I also don't get those sudden freeze ups in a crowd or if I drag/catch a toe. However, my legs are weaker and I'm trying to figure that out. Back in PT focusing on weak muscle groups and balance. I've still been able to keep up my exercise and activity for the most part(Side Stix have helped as well). Anyway, overall a positive, but the jury is still out. I will say nothing else has helped cut tone as much - massage, pool, baths, stretching.

            If anyone has tried or tries THC for tone/spasms, I'd be interested in 1st hand accounts.

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              Working hands on timed typing tests...getting better Laundry, scrubbed stove top, cleaned a shelf in fridge, walked up and down stairs 4 times today, walking without watching my feet through a few rooms today, cooked, uloaded dishwasher and put away dishes, (mental workout...re did budget)

              Doesn't sound like a lot but today was my most active day in months. I plan to challenge myself more when the weather heats up to keep my mind of the burning pain I get in the summer.


              @Dan F...THC helps get rid of the spasms for me, but it does increase nerve reaction (ie tingling and burning) I find that ingestion has a slower onset than inhaled and is less likely to cause a nerve pain reaction at least in my case. It also rocks for pain relief!
              CCS/Walker C6...it's a long story

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                I don't smoke pot for nerve pain, but am a regular user and don't seem to have any problems with nuero-pain for whatever that is worth.

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                  Arndog,

                  Sorry to hear about the hernia. I hope it heals well.

                  I've gotten back on the scale....

                  For the past 3 weeks I've been tracking everything I eat. That has really helped stop the indiscriminate snacking. I look forward to the days when I'm not on the road for work and the weather allows me to ride my bike. Easy to get a thousand calorie burn on my bike while I'm only good for about 30 minutes on an elliptical at my gym or at a hotel.

                  I remember how the winter weight would just fall away with the onset of bike season. Five hour rides would do wonders for my weight---and my psyche. Remember the days of being pleasantly exhausted?

                  I've lost about 8 pounds since I've started 3 weeks ago, I'm sure those were the easy pounds. I need to lose at least 15 more. I motivate myself with knowing how much better I will feel and how much gentler my reduced weight will be to the rest of my body. I wouldn't be bothered if it helped my average speed on the bike. I still have a hard time with getting passed since I look normal, thats when I have to remind myself how damn lucky I am to still be riding.

                  Originally posted by arndog View Post
                  May I join in the conversation , even if I haven't worked out in 6 weeks waiting for my hernia repair to heal???
                  I have 2 more days to go.

                  Obesity and SCI - that has to be brutal. I can barely drag my sorry buck fifty body around with my wobbly legs. It would be impossible if overweight.

                  Hope to get the 19 ft Seda Glider in Tahoe Thursday and have something to post about. Been getting lots of work in at SSDI but really ready to reunite with the out of doors.
                  sorefm -get on a scale. Weigh yourself. Don't eat until the weight goes down. Don't sabotage yourself. Don't eat after 7:30pm. Eat breakfast 2 tsp of oat bran dry with water and a small banana. Then eat 7 times a day. Count calories and lose 3 lbs per week. We can celebrate when you reach your goal.

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                    I rode a trail loop I ride every year (my 7th year of one-off riding) in 2:45 = best ever was 2:15 so I feel pretty good about that - 1st ride at altitude, around 8500ft.
                    Steve Garro. www.coconinocycles.blogspot.com

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                      Riding with my buds today in the sun, distance 24 miles, Elevation about 8460 feet below Steve's.
                      So Steve after 7 years of one off riding, and doing arm work for a living as well, not to mention all the rowing, how are your shoulders doing? Osa looks like she is having a blast, I'm sure she ran a lot farther then you rode.
                      T12L1 Incomplete Still here This is the place to be 58 years old

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                        Originally posted by lavenderthistle View Post
                        Working hands on timed typing tests...getting better Laundry, scrubbed stove top, cleaned a shelf in fridge, walked up and down stairs 4 times today, walking without watching my feet through a few rooms today, cooked, uloaded dishwasher and put away dishes, (mental workout...re did budget)

                        Doesn't sound like a lot but today was my most active day in months. I plan to challenge myself more when the weather heats up to keep my mind of the burning pain I get in the summer.


                        @Dan F...THC helps get rid of the spasms for me, but it does increase nerve reaction (ie tingling and burning) I find that ingestion has a slower onset than inhaled and is less likely to cause a nerve pain reaction at least in my case. It also rocks for pain relief!
                        Originally posted by MFlounlacker View Post
                        I don't smoke pot for nerve pain, but am a regular user and don't seem to have any problems with nuero-pain for whatever that is worth.
                        Thanks for the pot input. Haven't tried it yet, at least not in the last 25 years, but I'll keep it as a potential option.

                        I had some kind of GI virus over the weekend and have felt tight and twitchy this week, but I'm still trying to stay busy. Tuesday had PT for almost 2 hours. Yesterday had a busy day in the office (saw almost 30 patients) and then took a 40 minute crutch walk. Today it's back to PT and then a good trike ride - weather's beautiful.

                        Arndog - glad your recovery is about over.

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                          Originally posted by flying View Post
                          So Steve after 7 years of one off riding, and doing arm work for a living as well, not to mention all the rowing, how are your shoulders doing? .
                          I have to be careful.
                          The worst was falling on the ice a few months ago - it hurt real, real bad - had to get a cortisone injection - wow, what a relief!
                          But yeah - I have to pace myself and watch it = it's really hard for me.
                          Keep your arms close to your core - it's when you are wrenching on shit all cantilevered out from your body that you tweak your shoulders.
                          The #1 thing that hurts my wrists, elbows and shoulders by far is..........crutch walking.
                          Paddling feels good as it's the opposite of wheel chairing.
                          One-off riding is brutal, plain & simple.
                          It's hard on your skeleton, esp. if you have a super jacked-up one like I do......
                          Steve Garro. www.coconinocycles.blogspot.com

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                            I'm back finally ! Kayaking on Lake Tahoe today after 6 weeks off from inguinal hernia surgery. I am so happy to be back in a sea kayak. Tahoe was pretty calm, went with AB friend who let me set the pace. Gortex mesh held apparently. 3 hour paddle. 10 miles. Good start - Crutch walked too. Woohooo.

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                              Yesterday I was on my way to watch my daughter's college team play in their conference tournament. I was going to be early so I decided to take a crutch hike at Catoctin State Park. Did a two mile trek with some steep inclines. I always love to take the opportunity to hike in the mountains when I get a chance.
                              Water temps are holding the line in the mid fifties here. Just a few more degrees and I will be ready to get back in the surf.

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                                Originally posted by steve garro View Post
                                I have to be careful.
                                It's hard on your skeleton, esp. if you have a super jacked-up one like I do......
                                What do you mean by jacked up. Did you raise up the chest pad?

                                Arndog great that your back on the road or lake or crutches. Might not hurt to take it a little slow to start with, after all we all want to read about your adventures for a long time.
                                T12L1 Incomplete Still here This is the place to be 58 years old

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