Good evening, I’m blogging a little later than usual because it’s been a weird day and kind of emotional day. It started off mostly normal with a walk with the puppy, I’m getting really good at multi tasking on the phone while walking her.
When I got home I made a delicious and gianormous green smoothie!
I packed it with whey protein, instant iced coffee, frozen banana, spinach, water, and a ton of ice (that’s what made it so volumous).
After cleaning up the house a ton, selling your house is hard work, I headed out to see Dr. Cameron Khavari at Functional Biomechanics. Dr. Khavari had come to give the trainers a talk about the hip joint and possible pain syndromes. I guess he saw me stretching my piriformis (figure four stretch over the chair) and so he picked on me when that slide came up to do some demonstration. I gave him a brief synapses of my story and he immediately got to work assessing my condition. After the presentation we talked for a little while longer. I haven’t been very vocal about it but the only solution to the pain in my SI joint and hip has been strong anti-inflammatories. They’ve been working really well at half dose and I’m able to do just about anything I want. However, yesterday I was a bit more sore from running than usual. Let’s call that some kind of weird fate.
Anyways, so I agreed to go in for a full assessment to see if he could help. I’ll admit this happened rather reluctantly, I knew he was going to say stop running and everything so he could start his own protocol. To be totally honest, after chiropractic, acupuncture, two rounds of physcial therapy and injections from the pain doc I was less than excited to hear another persons opinion on what’s wrong with my hip/low back, I think that’s reasonable. After an extremely thorough assessment, adjustment, and exercises we talked about a plan. Which of course, involves me stopping all exercise for at least two weeks (except the mini exercises given to strengthen and activate core and Glute Medius) and not returning to running for 6 weeks. (More on plan details later.)
I’m not going to lie, I cried the entire way to Target and the entire way home from target (and looked like hell in target). I so desperately want to be off medication but I’m scared to trust another person just to be in the same spot three months from now. Medication is so much easier, I pop a pill and I can do all the high intensity exercise I want. Meanwhile I’m sure I’m wrecking my liver and stomach. Not to mention I can’t take that kind of stuff if I were to want to have babies some day. So that means that the harder road, the uphill battle is the one that’s required. I equated it in my head to my clients that want to get off medication, they have to overhaul their whole life and taking a pill is sure easier than that. It’s kind of a crappy start to my 90 day, but hey I’ve read stories people overcoming worse obstacles.
What do you think? Is it worth it to go through another 6 weeks plus of therapy?
How do you find the strength to take the hard road?
Sorry to hear you had a challenging day Kelli. I think you are doing the right thing by listening to your body and trying to recoup your strength as naturally as possible. If it means holding off on running and overtraining your body, it’s all about what’s going to be best in the long run. You are a healthy, strong woman and you are super positive. You always encourage everyone that comes in contact with you with that positive attitude and make sure you tell people that it’s not a one size fit all meal plan or workout plan so your own advice is what I think wil get you through your injury and recovery. I know Team Kelli and everyone else has you in their thought for a speedy recovery as we go through the challenge and wish you all the best?
Kelli Shallal MPH RD says
Thank you so much Isabel for commenting! I really appreciate the kind words, it really means a lot to me. I was telling Dr.K I sit with people all day long and give them advice but it’s so hard to take your own sometimes. I’m glad to have a team of support and really 2-6 weeks is nothing in comparison to how long I’ve had the injury!!!
For the last 13 weeks you have worked with me, you have pushed me to do my best and work out hard. In the last week of my own workouts, I have realized a second important value you brought to my workouts which is far more quiet but equally important and that is reminding me to slow down, listen to my body, and to be careful about how far you push yourself. You remind me that sometimes results mean to slow down, you push us for steady healthy results and you care about what that means for us and our bodies. So I think you already know which one you should pick but maybe you just need a reminder about what you teach us. It makes a difference for all of us and it’s hard but it’s often rewarding and you show us that. It’s the worst timing with 90 day and how pumped and excited you have been for this challenge but if it works, look at all those positives. So keep your head up. 6 weeks 🙂 You can do anything for 6 weeks!
Kelli Shallal MPH RD says
Amber you don’t know how much I appreciate your kind words! Sometimes it’s humbling to ask of ourselves what we ask of other people, to honor your body and do this right. I appreciate all the support and encouragement it means a lot to me 🙂