My physical therapist Valerie gave me some exercises for gluteus medius strength that she uses with her young competitive skaters. They’re hard! I went home and tried a set with a 3# ankle weight, put my hip out of action for days. Valerie informed me that for where I was at, that was way too much. Yeah, that light bulb had already flickered on.

I switched to doing one set with no weight on days where I did no other hip exercises. Over a month I gradually added a 1# and then a 2# weight. Last week I tried the 3# again, and like a fool, did 2 sets plus some other hip exercises. I was going out of town and wanted a good workout before I left.

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Açaí Bowl

March 3, 2017 All Year

Brazilian-style açaí bowl as experienced on the North Shore of Oahu.

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Cleared!

February 18, 2017 Figure skating

My neurosurgeon Dr. C. is a cheerful and humorous guy. He promised that at my three-month visit he would “turn me loose into the wild.” And he has! Not to fly off into the forest but to do all my normal activities. I told him that I’m doing extremely well but still working on strength, […]

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Microendosopic Discectomy

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Details of microendoscopic discectomy and my experience to help folks facing this same decision.

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My home version of the Green Velvet smoothie from Lanakai Juice.

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February 3, 2017 Figure skating

My latest physical therapy exercises– lots of ab work! Plus work for hips and balance.

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Getting Stronger! And On the Ice

January 8, 2017 Figure skating

Making progress in my PT and taking my first steps on the ice.

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Losing the Pain

January 5, 2017 Microdiscectomy and microdecompression

Contemplating life with and without chronic pain.

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Physical Therapy Baby Steps

December 12, 2016 Fitness

My first three weeks of physical therapy after my L4/L5 microdiscectomy and L5/S1 microdecompression.

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December 2, 2016 Health and Nutrition

Diet and supplements to encourage nerve healing.

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