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Jayniana Jones

Jayniana Jones Returns

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It has been awhile since I've been on the forum. My life fell a part in 2017. I think my last post was June 2017 when I dropped off the forums to rehab my leg. The short summary of my adventure is I had two ACL surgeries and PTTD (posterior tibial tendon dysfunction - a fancy name for my foot rolling inward on the tendons). The advice I received for my foot was reconstruction surgery but having just gone through a second round of rehab I wanted to avoid more surgery. Two weeks before the foot surgery was supposed to take place, I made a last minute visit to a chiropractor who did things other chiropractors didn't. If my leg hadn't been atrophied from crutches, I think I could've walked out that day. Rehab on my leg took about 1 1/2 years. In February, I received the all clear to push myself physically with the exception of no direct pivots so tae kwon do is out for the moment (which is how I tore my ACL in the first place).

 

Now I'm back and ready to get myself back into shape before I tore my ACL the first time six years ago. :) 

 

Here's my plan:

 

Workout six days per week (a mixture of weights and interval training) 

This one include a free weight routine, walking daily, and on nice days fun, active things.

 

Track what I eat for the entire challenge

Despite my normal active stuff, I'm not losing weight and I have a feeling it's because I'm eating more than I'm burning. My biggest struggle is I hate tracking food. I grew up watching my mom and grandma constantly track food to lose pounds. It would work until they stopped. Their lives became so focused on what they could or couldn't eat and I'd get lectures on why I shouldn't eat what I did. My grandma in particular obsesses about food to the point that it is all she talks about besides her medications. There's a lot of negative association with it, but I think it might help me tweak things. I figure it's worth a try despite my hesitancy.

 

Learn to kayak

I bought a kayak because I can finally use one and I had the cash for one I found on craigslist. I figured out how to load it onto my car by myself. I took it on the lake on Friday with no problems other than I didn't paddle correctly. My shoulders were taking the brunt of the abuse because I didn't use my torso. Saturday I went to a different lake. The water was more choppy and the first thing I did was plunge into the water as I tried to get in. I'm in Wisconsin and the water was chilly. My husband reminded me there's a proper way to get into a kayak which I had forgotten about. My goal for the challenge is to kayak at least twice a week weather permitting and practice getting in and out of it like a pro. :)

 

Finish my novel

I've wanted to have a writing career for awhile and decided this is the year I'm going to do it. I have one novel published, one that is waiting for me to create a cover, and one that is waiting for me to finish. I planned to have my novel I'm working on finished by March 30 and I'm still working on it. This isn't a bad thing, except that I avoided the story for a few days and I think I let perfectionism get in the way. It's almost done and I think if I focus I can have it done my April 30. Then I can send it off to the editor. Once that's done I can make the cover for the one waiting, make the edits, and publish it.

 

Write one short story a week

I took on a challenge of writing one short story a week for 52 weeks in a row and send it off. Last Saturday I completed my first one. For this challenge, I'll have four more written.

 

That's my focus for the challenge. I also plan to follow some of you. I loved the times when I got involved enough on the forum to encourage, cheer on, and see progress of others.

 

Good luck to everyone on their adventures.

 

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