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Jayniana Jones and the Yoga Streak


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This round my challenge is going to be fewer so I stop beating myself up for what I don't get done and can be more adaptable to the needs of family as Christmas approaches. My main challenge for this round:

 

Continue my yoga streak. Today is day 331.

Since January 4, 2016, I have been doing yoga every day without missing a single day. While this is quite an accomplishment on its own, I managed to do it through ACL surgery and ankle troubles. Since April I have had no use to very limited use of my left leg. Yesterday, I almost tossed the streak out the window because I found out that there is a strong possibility that I may need foot surgery (PTTD and "rearrangement of my foot"). As I type, I'm on crutches and can't put any weight on my foot because I have a torn tendon in my ankle. What's the point in continuing my yoga streak if I'm bored with the few videos I have found and feel extremely discouraged about what the future holds? This evening, I had a EUREKA! moment thanks to a guy who continued his yoga practice with a broken femur. 

 

https://youtu.be/OBNPAEQ2Kak

 

The video showed me how to adapt some of my favorite yoga sequences without putting weight on my leg. I did a test run this evening and couldn't keep from grinning. 

 

So my yoga streak continues. My goal is to get 365 days of not missing a single day of practice. Care to join me for the last stretch? ;)

 

My side challenges:

Swim when I can.

At this point, if I can get once a week I'll be happy. My mom is dying of an incurable form of ovarian cancer and I find pool time is hard to squeeze in because I'm at my parents' house a lot more frequently these days.

 

Edit my novel.

Since I can't walk without crutches I may as well take advantage of the sitting around time and continue to edit my novel. I'm about halfway done. If I can get at least 3 hours a week logged my goal is a success. I would be super happy if I could have it completed by December 31, but because of the other things happening in my life I don't need any more pressure. 

 

Keep up with other NF threads.

I'm bummed I've fallen behind the past few rounds. Yes, I know I have good reasons, but I really enjoy the community. So this round, I'll give myself permission to be more social. :) 

 

 

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14 hours ago, Jayniana Jones said:

So my yoga streak continues. My goal is to get 365 days of not missing a single day of practice.

 

Congrats on the streak! This is a great challenge and I'm following along!

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On 12/1/2016 at 4:37 AM, Vibrantella said:

Yay for the yoga streak! :D   Sorry for the possible surgery, but if it's the best way to heal...

Thanks.

 

On 12/1/2016 at 10:52 AM, EternalJourno said:

 

Congrats on the streak! This is a great challenge and I'm following along!

Thanks for following.

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I'm a head case. Over the weekend, I read a lot of information about PTTD. I vascillated between anger, fear, and total depression. After meeting with the surgeon, I've opted for the non-surgery route at the moment. There is a chance that if I went through with the surgery that I will not be any better than I am now and possibly in even more pain for longer. The surgeon also said that because I'm in a knee brace he doesn't want to go down the surgery road until my knee is back to normal so I can put pressure on it. This is simplifying an hour discussion and lots of research. It's hard to swallow the reality that I may never be able to participate in many of the activities that I wanted to do after my knee healed. Yet, my inner warrior is already figuring out work arounds. 

 

At the moment, the boot stays. I start up with a new physical therapist on Thursday. Right now, if I can get to the point where I can walk to the end of my driveway and back (about 1/4 mile) I'll be super happy. I'm utilizing crutches when I go to stores (if there are no motorized carts available) and after I meet with my knee surgeon next week, I may be able to get a knee scooter to increase my mobility. I have no weight restrictions but I have to stop when I feel small amounts of pain otherwise the tendon will flare up.

 

I have to make a tweak to my challenge. I don't want my novel edits to be part of the goals. My mom is in hospice. The doctors have done everything they can do and now she's at the point where they are just trying to make her comfortable.  My ability to focus on anything is pretty small.

 

On a happier note. I've been experimenting with yoga modifications. I'm finding it fun and a bit silly to do sun salutations all without standing. My hips are extremely appreciative of my yoga routine because sitting lots, crutches, and the boot make my hips hurt. Today is day 336.

 

I've also been brainstorming a list of new fitness things I want to do that do require my leg in the same way. I guess I'm redefining what's important so I know what I'm working for through PT. I'll post them after I've thought more. The list is a nice distraction from everything else going on.

 

Have a good week.

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On 12/5/2016 at 9:25 PM, Jayniana Jones said:

Yet, my inner warrior is already figuring out work arounds. 

 This epitomizes resilience. It sounds like you have the skills you need to take care of yourself while you're going through such a difficult time.

I'm not sure this will work with your knee, but I did these one-legged sun salutations after I broke my foot several years ago.

They really helped my back and hips (the knee scooter helped a lot, too. It felt so good to stand up straight again).

Take care.

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On 12/8/2016 at 1:22 PM, AverageFish said:

I'm not sure this will work with your knee, but I did these one-legged sun salutations after I broke my foot several years ago.

Thanks for the resource. I tried it out and it mostly worked. :) 

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Challenge wrap up:

It's been a strange last few weeks. My mom was put on hospice Friday before Christmas Eve. There isn't much else that can be done. In just under a week, she went from being able to move in a wheelchair and care for herself to almost completely bedridden. :( My brain hasn't really cared about much besides trying to work through heartache. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to pitch the blasted yoga streak out the window because I wanted to zone out on TV and video games (both of which I only usually spend a couple of hours doing on a Saturday or Sunday) to distract my brain.

 

Yet the yoga streak prevails. Today is day 364. Tomorrow completes a year of daily yoga. Originally, my reward for doing yoga every day for 365 days was a trip on my own. I'll have to postpone any trips until I can walk without a boot and crutches since those items make me dependent on an assistant. I'm hoping I'll be good to go in late March.

 

There is a little bit of progress with my foot, but it's definitely not healing at the speed a broken bone would. I can stand on my foot with the torn ankle tendon for 30 seconds without falling over. Five weeks ago I could barely get five seconds. Patience is going to be a huge challenge for me because I'm realizing this is something that I can't push through the pain. There are no shortcuts and I can't hide from it. I meet with my surgeon on Friday to determine if there is hope that the non-surgical option is worth continuing to pursue. 

 

I'm not sure if I want to keep the yoga streak going after day 365. Last week I thought I definitely wouldn't but yesterday and today I'm thinking I may keep going for a bit longer. I guess I'll know on day 366. 

 

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Years celebration. May the year 2017 leave us all with accomplishments that we're proud of. 

 

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I'm sorry to hear about your mom. I hope you're doing OK. And I hope you keep up the yoga streak. It's really inspirational that you've kept it up this long. But if not, that's OK too. 

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On 1/3/2017 at 6:21 AM, Vibrantella said:

{{{hugs}}}

Thanks. :)

 

 

On 1/5/2017 at 7:32 PM, EternalJourno said:

I'm sorry to hear about your mom. I hope you're doing OK. And I hope you keep up the yoga streak. It's really inspirational that you've kept it up this long. But if not, that's OK too. 

 

Overall, I'm doing OK. My yoga streak continues. 

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