Saturday, January 29, 2011

Getting My Foot To Work Again And Other Random Events Of The Day

So I had my first physical therapy appointment today.  Here's what I have to say about it:  Yuck. Ouch.  Blech.  That basically covers it.  It was kind of interesting; I did learn a lot about my injury and how I'll be building my strength and motion back up.  But aside from that it was like... please quit pushing my foot in all of these directions that it doesn't want to go... But Dave the executioner had his earplugs in.  Or he just didn't care.  Whatever.

While I was starting with these exercises and complaining to myself about how much it hurt I was reminded about something one of my best friends went through about a year and a half ago.  She dove into a pond in a spot she thought was deep... but it wasn't.  She hit her head on the bottom and broke her neck.  It was so scary to get this news and to see her in the hospital dealing with this injury and so scary to think about how lucky she actually was and how so many people who break their necks end up completely paralyzed or even dead.  She was alive and they predicted she would get almost all of her movement back.  And she did.  And I went to the hospital every day I could to sit with her and keep her company and help her in what ways I could (limited ways since I was 7 and 8 months pregnant at the time) and watch as she started a grueling physical therapy process.  And I watched her take steps and then walk and then regain the use of her right arm (the worst affected area from the injury) and so many more miracles.  So I guess I should quit my bitching about some little therapy on my foot and be thankful my injury wasn't worse than it was.

So I have dutifully scheduled my PT appointments for the next 3 weeks out.  Yay me.  Actually I'm looking forward to getting the use of all of my limbs back again.  I'm not going to be able to Live My Best Life until I can get back to being a more mobile mom and also getting back to really working out again so I guess today I started on the first step towards those ends.  Oh btw the therapist told me that I had the most common orthopedic injury in America, and that most people who do this end up doing it 3 or 4 more times in their life.  What an inspirational speaker that one is.

After PT I was tired and sore and I came home to a bored Ava and a yet again not feeling well Brody.  Ava had picked out her own outfit while I was gone (a pretty common theme lately... I try to keep it slightly in check but the girl is quickly following in the footsteps of Punky Brewster).  Here she is checking out her handiwork in the foyer mirror. 

After a quick lunch (grilled chicken salad!) I got the Brodster down for a nap and was aching to do the same.  I set Ava up with some paints and prepared to rest a little while she did her magic, but instead ended up cleaning.  Not quite as relaxing. 

She's so funny when she's drawing or painting.  She won't let me look at what she's working on until she's done.  I convinced her to let me snap these pics of today by promising I wasn't actually looking at the painting I just wanted to get a picture of her doing it. 

So finally I want to talk about snacks.  I love em.  Seriously when I'm counting and watching what I eat I have to make room for several small snacks throughout the day.  Are any of you like this?  I'll eat less at lunch or breakfast or dinner to ensure I get a couple more snacks.  I try to make them pretty healthy and have at least one or two that are fruit, but I also need to have something salty and crunchy every day, particularly at night (particularly while I'm staying up until 3 am reading blogs....).

Tonight I tried something new I bought last week.  Orville Redenbachers Natural buttery salt and cracked pepper mini popcorn bag.  You know, like the ones that are the 100 calorie bags?  Except this bag is 200 calories.  Same size but twice the calories.  I almost didn't buy it when I noticed that but then I remembered seeing someone on Ellen once (I think it was Bob from Biggest Loser) showing Ellen all of these great healthy snacks.  There were several of the 100 cal snacks.  I don't remember what exactly it was but there was something that Ellen said something along the lines of, "this is so small though, and it's so good, I'd want to have like 2 or 3 of them."  And Bob said something like, "so what!  It's 100 calories!  If you want to have 2 once in awhile, have 2 and don't feel guilty about it!"

At least this is how I remember it going.  It's also possible that Bob said something like, "Ellen, NO!  Don't ever even consider having more than 1 of these snacks at any given time on any given day ever!  Don't you know anything about staying healthy?"  I'm not sure.  It's all semantics.  I guess it could have gone either way.  And let's be honest, it's not like Ellen couldn't afford much more than I could to have 2 snacks at a time but let's not dwell on that.  Regardless, I've decided that I'm not going to stress about a 200 cal snack as long as I don't do it all the time. 

ANYWAY my point in all of this is to say that... these salt and pepper little popcorn bags are AMAZING!!!!  I mean seriously good.  Everyone in my family loves popcorn like I love Diet Coke but I've always kind of been able to give or take it.  But I do like salt and pepper flavored chips so I thought I might like this.  And I did.  I highly recommend you go straight to your grocery store and buy a box of this yummyness.

I should probably mention that this is just my opinion of a snack I tried tonight.  I'm not getting paid by the Colonel to tell you about it's yummyness, I just felt the need to pass on a good find.  :)


  1. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! :]

    I love Jolly Time popcorn personally, but that's because I followed Weight Watchers for quite some time. I almost always have at least one snack during the day, but lately, I've just been trying to fill my diet with more fruits and veggies.

    P.S Your daughter is adorable!

  2. Thanks for following us. I love your blog. Hope you have a great weekend.:)


    I am, as promised, traveling through your site. I am moving on to find out what you needed physical therapy for. kt>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  4. Thank you for following my blog--I'm following yours now too! I love the concept of your blog. I've also been feeling lately that I'm not really living my "best life" and I'm trying to take steps to change that. But it's totally easier said than done. :/

    And I'm in physical therapy too. Not fun! Good luck with it--I've been told that it hurts like crazy before it gets better!