Motivate Me! Monday

You haven’t seen that post title in a while, have you?  Well, it’s back!  And hopefully, better than ever!

Thursday was my latest round of physical therapy.  It was my first pt since the doctor gave me the okay to not wear the cast at home.  That translated to working out in my running shoes with my therapist.  It was awesome!!

I got to use the recumbent bike for 10 minutes, the elliptical for 7 minutes and a few reps of calve exercises that also help the ankle on the leg press.  We then did a few exercises on the stairs.  The only issue I have there is with going down steps.  My foot doesn’t bend the way needed for the movement completely yet.  It should loosen up with time!  Then we did some stability exercises on a balance beam with railings.  I was great at them!  Really.  She then had me walk up and down  a foam balance beam.  The foam creates an uneven surface that mimics grass.  All good.  Next I had to do the gravevine step both directs.  Easy.

Then she got creative.   She had me try standing on my repaired foot only.  I assumed the yoga tree pose with no problem and stood there for a couple of minutes.  She then upped the difficulty by having me stand on a square foam board and do the same thing.  I killed it!  I have lost nothing in that department!  I can’t tell you enough how taking yoga before my injury helped with this recovery!!  I will forever take yoga because of it.  Seriously impressed by my own body here.  My therapist was so impressed with me and my progress!

So impressed, in face,  she let me on the treadmill!  She even let me increase my walking speed as long as my ankle allowed it.  I got to walk for 8 minutes.  Eight minutes on a treadmill!  So happy!

And so full of questions.  Such as, if I get released from my doctor this Thursday, as planned, can I run?!!!  The answer was yes.


And the answer was no.


Wait.  What?

I can run, but I have to build up endurance on the ankle.  I can do that!  The therapist is a runner and familiar with the Couch to 5K program.  She agreed that it would be the perfect program to get me back running and on the trails.  Yes, I will be running trails.  I have to.  They are calling my name.  Unless of course, my doctor says otherwise.  We will see!

My therapist and I also talked about how often I can get on the treadmill, bike and elliptical.  And then run!  I can go to the gym every other day for now.  Yeah for me!!  I can do only 10 minutes on the treadmill and elliptical, but bike as much as I want.  Deal!

So that was Thursday, meaning I could work out again on Saturday, if my ankle felt okay.  Friday it felt fine!  I worked Saturday morning and then mid-afternoon, to the gym my music and I went.  It was a workout full of lip-syncing!

At the gym, I did ten minutes on the bike.

recumbent bike, bug bite

Please ignore my horrible bug bites.  Bugs hate me.  Apparently as much as my skin hates them.

Favorite song during bike ride.  I am loving the Pandora pop & hip-hop workout channel lately.

Ten minutes on the elliptical with my favorite Nathan’s waterbottle by my side.  Love that thing!


Ten minutes on the treadmill!


Look at me, walking so fast, I’m a blur!  😉

Love this song by Nelly Furtado!  I was so happy when it came on.

Then I did my ankle work on the leg press.  Working on that range of motion!

leg press, pink shoelaces

I also did some arm work with the weight machines, while I was there.

Then back to the bike for a ten minute cool-down.

recumbent bike

The gym was pretty empty by then so I tried to take a stealth selfie…

selfie at gym

Hello pose-created double chin!  Obviously I need to work on my selfies.

It was right around this time that I noticed a sign that would be today’s  motivation…

motivation monday, motivational sign


Also, I have decided I want to start measuring to see how it changes as I kick-up my working out now.  Should be fun to watch the change.

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Yesterday’s Eats:

  • Morning: Iced coffee = 12 oz. coffee, plus 1/4 cup Italian sweet creme creamer & 2 packets of Splenda.
  • Breakfast: Open face sandwich = whole wheat toast, 1 Laughing Cow garlic & herb wedge, & 1/4 medium avocado.
  • Snack: Smoked-flavored string cheese & a banana.
  • Lunch: Subway 6″ veggie sub = 9-grain wheat bread, shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, cucumbers, black olives, red onions, banana peppers, pickles, mayo, pepper, light oil & vinegar.  12 citrus gummy candies.
  • Snack: McDonald’s dipped cone.
  • Snack: 17g honey-roasted sunflower seeds in shell
  • Late Snack: Apple & 2T of PB2

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Do you measure your body?

Favorite workout song at this moment?


5 thoughts on “Motivate Me! Monday

  1. Norman Morgan

    Two days this week I rode my bike for 90 minutes. A circuit that normally takes me an hour only took me 50 minutes. That was surprising. But then I was very well-rested.


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