Monday, September 2, 2013

Three Point Planks

Planks Are Awesome


Well, your stomach will thank you in the long run. Planks are a surprisingly "easy to carry with you" exercise. This golden goody engages muscles in your back, your shoulders, gluteus (uh - that's the butt) and thighs.  It will encourage you to maintain flexibility in your toes -- now put this favorite of mine onto the Fit Board -- and you have a whole new experience. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Standing Rockers

Warming Up


Welcome to our first blog post on the core exercises we frequently perform on the Fit Boards. These posts are intended to be simple and informative. Please feel free to ask any questions. We'd be glad to answer!

Each of our sessions on the Fit Boards begins with a Rocker Set. Today, we will specifically address

Monday, August 19, 2013

Grateful for Friends

As the "big event" approached, I desperately balancing sleep, timelines, doctor's visits -- and budget. The balancing act is where friends and family come into play - in a big way!

I am grateful for friends with flexible schedules to help work the booth. I am grateful for friends with strong backs who help deliver the booth setup. Right now, I am just grateful to be alive.

Fit Board Fusion is set up and ready to go in Booth 300. We requested a booth away from the Figure Competition but near the personal trainer certifying booths - and we got exactly what we requested. I am incredibly thankful that our booth worked out well - it looks like we won't be next to any blaring music. I look forward to conversing with types of new people!

Today, I'm tired. I'm sore. I am excited for the show. I hope the lights won't be too bright for my concussed head. See you after the show!




Friday, August 16, 2013

Nerves and Concussions: The Arnold Classic is Coming!

Fit Board Fusion is just barely a year old and we signed up to attend one of the largest fitness expositions in the country - even the world.  AHHHH! We anticipated an exciting event full of energy and enthusiasm. Noone anticipated that a car accident would so deeply affect our ability to serve and energize our customers.



FBF has found some wonderful supporters in the organizers and friends of the Arnold Classic. We appreciated their support in providing timely feedback and information as we prepared during those last days before the Expo (between bouts of excessive concussion-related sleep!)  However, event with all the support, I faced the day with some trepidation.

At its base, FBF is all about core muscles, stabilization and balance. For the record, the whiplash combined with my concussion severely inhibited me from performing some of our "inspiring" exercises.  Thankfully, I had helpers scheduled throughout the weekend- but the plan all along depended primarily on me to explain and demonstrate exercises for potential clients and trainers.

Before the event started, we mapped out a new game plan. Stay tuned to see how it went...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sleep and the Buzz

Have you ever been on a long train ride - or car ride that is very bumpy? Did you arrive at your destination only to feel that your body was still in motion? That's how I have felt since the car accident. I can only describe it by saying my body is on constant buzz.

I am so tired. I wake up from this buzzed state of sleep, still feeling exhausted. I am not sleeping well; my eyes are burning when I'm awake. My head is spinning when I lay down.

I realized in a sudden moment that I haven't listened to music or the radio at all since the accident. I drive from place to place in total silence. As a part-time musician, this realization is jolting to me. It's just not having music playing in the background, but I miss the song in my heart.

I can only think that my head needs the silence to heal.

Nearly a full week has gone by since the accident. I haven't worked a full day yet. My hat doesn't sit square on my head. My shoulders are tight and I try to lay down with an ice pack fro my neck. Although I subscribe to holistic practices and I've seen the chiropractor regularly, I'm taking pain killers and muscle relaxants.

As an athlete, I'm no foreigner to sore muscles. The pain in my shoulders is due primarily to soreness and tightness - it's bearable. However, I'm unaccustomed to this constant sense of buzzing.

How long with this extended sleep continue? I'm sleeping nearly 16 hours a day! I am grateful my husband is here to care for our son. I am not an active participant in our household right now. He's cooking, cleaning and supporting my recovery efforts.

When do you think this buzzing will end?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Concussion Survey

I'm lucky. I have a supportive team of doctors who know me well. They have seen me on the race course, they train themselves and they are intent that I get back to my whole self- brain included. That having been said, my headaches are getting worse.

This morning, my Sports Med doc asked me to count backwards by 7s from 100. Really, a simple task. I'm a trained engineer - I do numbers, right? Um, no. It was torture and he cut me off, thankfully. Why could I do the word tasks but not the number tasks? This lack of cognitive ability scares me.

For the next few weeks, I'm not permitted my normal workout routine. Since I could barely walk a flight of stairs the other day, this "prescription" is kind of a no brainer - but seriously - I need someone to tell me to back off the workouts sometimes. My back is swollen. No head below to waist for any exercises.

My doc did give me an awesome tool though: the Concussion Survey. I'm posting it because in all my years of hanging around sporting facilities and coaching, I've never seen it. I think this is awesome. I hope you will be able to share it with friends and colleagues as well.

Patient Name: _______________________________ Date: ______________
Symptom Severity
Circle Appropriate Number None          Moderate            Severe
Headache
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Nausea
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Vomiting
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Balance Problems
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Dizziness
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Fatigue
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Trouble Falling Asleep 
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Sleeping More than Usual
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Sleeping Less than Usual
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Drowsiness
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Sensitivity to Light
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Seeing halos or shadows
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Sensitivity to Noise
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Irritability
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Sadness
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Nervousness
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Numbness/Tingling
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Feeling Slowed Down
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Feeling like "in a fog"
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Difficulty concentrating
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Difficulty remembering
0
1
2
3
4
5
6

P.S. I did make one edit to the survey -- I added the question about loud noise. You'll learn why in future posts.

What tools and techniques have you learned to help you on the concussion recovery journey?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Development of the Concussion: Week 1

Have you ever hit your head? It seems like everyone I know has hit their head at some point: some harder than others. I'm sure I have - and I healed quickly. In general, I've lived an active life, and I've had injuries just like every other human, but I've been blessed with a healthy body. I enjoy a healthy lifestyle -- and this has always led to quick/reasonable recovery times.

Immediately after the car accident, I was confident that I would heal as quickly as always. I was in a car accident in my early twenties. The car was completely totaled - it looked worse than this accident. I had no headaches, no soreness. I walked away, laughed at life and moved on. That was then, this is now.

Although I showed no bruises, I suffered far more internal injuries than I realized. I woke up the following morning extremely early. My head hurt. My vision was blurry. I thought I was just tired from lack of sleep. I love my work; I love turning out high quality work. I thought that I would go to the office, since I wasn't able to sleep. I wanted to prep for the vendor who was supposed to arrive that morning.

During his visit to our site, my heart rate sky rocketed. After only a half flight of stairs, I had sweat pouring down my head. Me! I'm supposed to be an athlete. I exercise, I walk stairs without giving them a second thought (ok, except the 3rd and 4th days after a long run, stairs always hurt after long run days.) I should not be sweating the stairs in the middle of winter.

The clincher came in my afternoon meeting. Not yet 24 hours after the car accident, a respected colleague had agreed to meet me and help me through a few difficult pieces of data. I seriously started nodding off while look at him. I couldn't keep my head up, I couldn't keep my eyes open. I knew that I was going to need a doctor's visit, and more than just a trip to the chiropractor. I left the meeting early, scheduled an appointment with my general practitioner, who is conveniently on the Sports Med Concussion Team locally. I think went home to pass out.

My life, health and fitness were degrading by the moment.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Car Accident

On Feb 17, 2013 I was dressed in the proverbial black dress to go out for a belated Valentine's Day Dinner dance with my husband while driving our son to the sitter's. At the corner of her street, our car was struck from behind. I estimate the collision speed at around 50-55 mph. I had been slowing to make the turn, when suddenly I realized our car was no longer in the right location, or even facing the right direction.

"Ow!" my son cried! I asked what was wrong. "I hit my head. Mommy, why did I hit my head?"

Photo Credits: Photocentric Photography

Yes, the accident occurred that quickly. I turned to look for the other car, only to see nothing. My sitter looked out the window, wondering why we didn't come to the house after she heard "the car door slam" only to see me wandering in the street, the car totaled. Together, we wrenched open the back door to get to my son. That door would never shut again.

It was a very cold evening. I let my son go off with the babysitter, and never saw saw him again that night. I didn't kiss him and hug him. I didn't tell him how much I love him. I only thought he would be safer and warmer in the house while I waited for the police and my husband. This fact haunts me. I realize now how severely I hit my head that evening. A concussion was in the making.

The next few hours were an exercise in patience - as anyone who's ever needed to wait for police & a tow truck must know. The lady who struck us said she never saw us, even though she'd been driving behind us for nearly a mile. She said she was OK when I checked on her at the scene of the accident. I have no way to verify that.

It's been months now, and this is my story of recovery.

Have you ever been in a car accident? Were you injured? I would like to hear about your journey (and your families' journey) back to health.