30 Days of Biggest Loser

biggest_loserBeing hurt is making me bored out of my mind in the diet and exercise department. I decided I need something different to keep my attention longer than a couple days. My sister mentioned she is checking out this jump start book put out by the Biggest Loser. It spells out 30 days of meals and exercises. She’s lost 9 pounds so far. Well, what the hell. 9 pounds is about all I’d need. I’ll consider it a 30 day experiment. The diet has slight differences from Paleo but when you just had double pepperoni pizza and girl scout cookies they don’t seem too bad. And exercise-wise, any movement I can do that doesn’t hurt will be welcome at this point.

So, I started it this morning. First workout was 20 minutes of walking on the treadmill followed by stretching. Since that isn’t nearly enough to break a sweat I put my knee in a brace and set the incline as high as it goes. Kind of a test to see how bad it hurts afterward. I am icing it now. So far so good.

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Got my MRI and I think I see the problem…

I had my MRI yesterday. It wasn’t too bad. They needle around in your shoulder joint for awhile and shove you in a cadaver drawer for 20 minutes. When it was over I got a CD of the images and I think I see the problem…

2012.01.23 Shoulders

There appears to be paper clip in there. That’ll have to come out. The next one is even worse! My shoulder is sticking out of my neck! (No wonder overhead squats are so hard).

2012.01.23 Shoulders from side

Below, on the left, is the contents of my purse. I see a set of keys, a pocket knife, a rubber band, and a Junior Mint. And I guess, a glow worm? (This one, not this one). The image on the right is, of course, an octopus.

2012.01.23 Shoulders 2 - Purse  2012.01.23 Shoulders 4

I am pretty sure the rest of the images are just plans for a new golf course.

2012.01.23 Shoulders 3

Of course, I will need to confirm all these findings with the doctor on Wednesday and decide what to do next.

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The most interesting game of the day

2012.01.22 Dylans come backWe watched football yesterday but the most interesting game of the day was my 12 year old nephew Dylan’s basketball game. He’d be the first to tell you they played terrible. They failed to score in 10:00 despite what seemed like a hundred attempts. The refs made it even worse by  calling fouls on every drive yet allowing the other team to practically break into tap dancing without calling travelling. Over… and over…driving the crowd crazy.

With the score Blue 35 to White 23 and only four minutes to go it seemed pretty much over. I told Todd he could leave early to pick up drinks on the way home for the football games. When suddenly out of nowhere the whistle blew and the ref signaled travelling! The crowd erupted just relieved they finally noticed!

White ball. White takes it down. Scores and draws a foul. Free throw goes in. 9 points behind.

Blue takes it down. Whistle blows. Travelling called again! Crowd goes crazy!

White takes it down. Swish! A 3-pointer! 6 points behind. 2 minutes to go.

Blue takes it down. There is a shuffle for the ball. Whistle blows. A foul? NO! A 3rd call for travelling! YES!

White takes it down. Ball goes out of bounds but gets touched by Blue. White ball.

White throws it in from the side. The ball goes up but the whistle blows… SWISH! Yet another 3-pointer but it DOESN’T COUNT! AAAA!!! The whistle blew the ball dead because the clock didn’t start! Do over! UGH!!!!

43 seconds to go. White re-throws the ball in. SWISH! Are you kidding me? The FOURTH 3-pointer in a row?! In less than a few minutes?! Score is tied!

Blue takes it down and misses. White takes it down and Dylan is fouled. Dylan at the foul line with less than 16 seconds to go. Score is tied. Dribble. Dribble. He shoots.

He scores! White is fouled again and makes another free throw. Blue launches the ball in the last few seconds (and yikes it almost goes in) but NO! The victory goes to…. WHITE!

They played awful and whadoyaknow? Pulled a Tebow right at the end!  Hahaha. Great job, Dylan!

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My X-rays

The cause of the knee pain is pretty obvious. My knees look pretty healthy which is great news. But the last X-ray shows that my kneecap is off track. The tighter my quad and IT band get the more it pulls off center. Easy solution. Stretch, roll out, and strengthen the muscles that pull it back in place. Good as new in 2-4 months.


The shoulder is a different story. The doctor pointed out a bone spur. It was obvious at the time but I don’t see it anymore. I’ll have to ask again. I have an appointment for arthrogram MRI on Monday. They inject dye into it to see if anything is torn. Don’t know anything for sure but my new doctor is suspecting I may have both the bone spur and a labral tear. The MRI is on Monday and the follow up will be a few days later. (Sigh).


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The little things

Yesterday was one of those days. The X-rays of my knee and shoulder are not great and I was told not to bother going to physical therapy for awhile. (More on that tomorrow). For most of the day I had very fine and elusive eyelash poking me in the eye. And my quad would not stop twitching! Grrr. I broke all my tests at work and almost lost a file containing a year’s worth of information I have accumulated to get my job done.


At the end of the day I was on my fourth hour of dealing with one issue and really feeling sorry for myself when in walks Todd with dinner and a bouquet of flowers. Within a half hour, I got the eyelash out, my leg stopped twitching and I fixed my tests. Support from people who care about you and a little positive thinking works like magic. Thanks, Todd, for turning a crappy day into one worth remembering. Smile

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Cooking class with a crazy lady

I took a cooking class last night. Soups and stews. Chef Deb was hilarious and it was not totally intentional. Ever see people with ADHD say and do everything that pops in their head? She said she gets distracted so easily her kids call it SOD – shiny object disorder. Hahaha. (I can relate). She reminds me of Dori from Finding Nemo. Adorable and completely nuts! Her thoughts “get to California by way of Alaska” but her story is cool…


When she was a kid she never wanted to be a princess or a dancer or a movie star. From 6 years old she always wanted to be a chef. Her plan in college was to get a degree in Organizational Management and then go to culinary school. After graduation she was accepted into a fancy school in New York the same week she found out she was pregnant. So she could not go. Years later her mother passed away. In her will left a chunk of money to her saying ‘take this and become a chef’. So she went for it. Awesome.

Anyway, the soup recipes are unbelievable. Each one can be adjusted to be as healthy as I want them and all are delicious. I would not, however, recommend eating six soups in one night on a regular basis. I’m still full!

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Landscaping from space

Apparently we got our landscaping done just in time for satellites to take photos of it for Google maps! If we had waited one more week there would have been a port-o-potty in this image for everyone to see. Haha. I wish I had know they were coming. I would have come out on the driveway and waved to everybody.


The page below updates every 30 seconds to show the positions of 13000 satellites orbiting the Earth. I read about a few satellites designed to study the affect of things like aerosols on the atmosphere. I wonder if anybody is studying the effects of the satellites. http://www.gearthblog.com/satellites.html

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Casino Night

The company where Todd works (Newsgator) is so creative with their parties. Saturday night the theme was France in the 40s. They rented out Le Grand Bistro in downtown Denver (sooo delicious) and brought in a dozen casino tables. Blackjack, poker, craps, and roulette. (And a 120” screen to watch the Broncos get pummeled by the Patriots). So fun!
We were given 500 chips and played for raffle tickets for a number of prizes including everything from gift cards to airline tickets. Didn’t win anything but I had a blast with the wives. What a riot! We will have to go to these more often. Last year the theme was 80s ski gear. Hahaha.

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Good luck to the Broncos today!

Todd’s dad and niece supporting Tebow and the Broncos. Hoping for a little more Mile High magic today!

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Friday the 13th

Who’s idea was it to schedule a product release on Friday the 13th? Well, wish us luck…

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