Sunday, February 19, 2017

4 years 5 months - Surgery Scar

Sunday - February 19, 2017

Noticing my scar is smoothing out. The part upper part had this weird dark patchy area. It usually itches there. Also at the very bottom point of the scar, the collagen builds up and it gets itchy when I walk to much. Today, the scar looks much better and more blended in. I haven't used any scar cream to get rid of it either. It gets better every year!

                                      Last Year                                                 Today

Saturday, January 21, 2017

4 years 4 months - Took my first Full Body Barry's Bootcamp that involved running on a treadmill!

Saturday - January 21, 2017

Happy New Year!

It's the new year and you know how it goes, working out to get rid of the holiday pounds for the new year resolution. Way to start off this new year!

I took my first Full Body Barry's Bootcamp that involved running on a treadmill! 2 sets of treadmill workout that equals to about 25-30 minutes of running. Here's the full information:

25-30 minutes of cardiovascular treadmill intervals and 25-30 minutes of strength training utilizing weights, resistance bands, medicine balls and other equipment to target a variety of different muscle groups followed by a short stretch and cool down.

I got there nervous. I wasn't sure if I was able to make the entire run. I haven't ran in months! When it came to the treadmill session, the first session started at a Level 4 Speed and some incline to a Level 3 to begin. I was able to do the minimum and went up to the most at Level 5.5 Speed and at max incline at Level 4. I stuck with it and was able to run without issues! After the second session, I was getting tired. I didn't push myself too hard just in case of reinjuring and worried about the pressure I was putting on it. I loved the treadmill though, it was so bouncy and supportive, not like the other gyms I've been to.

Here's what it looked like inside. I loved their treadmill! The tread was made of actual tire like treads. I felt comfortable and not in pain at all when running! However, my ankle did feel tired. Great start to this new year!


Sunday, November 20, 2016

4 years 2 months - I can feel the rain coming!



Sunday - November 20, 2016

Rain all weekend! My ankle antennae tells me there's more rain! I can feel the throbbing. Not really a painful feeling but a quick pinch. These happen randomly for a quick few seconds and it startles me every time. 


Sunday, September 25, 2016

4 years - 4 Years Ankleversary!

Saturday - September 24, 2016

Today's my 4 years Ankleversary! I just got back from vacation, an 18 hour flight from Cambodia. It was my first vacation where I walked a lot in tours. First day there, I was probably on my feet walking from about 5am since landing till 11pm. After about a few more days of nonstop walking, I'm noticing my ankles swelling. I've got cankles haha! It was spilling over my shoes at one point, it got so bad! 


The 3rd day, I decided to wear a brace and it backfired. I got heat rash! It didn't help that it was hot, in the 90s and humid. I was also noticably limping with some pinching sudden pain that scared me a bit. I almost buckled a few times and had to stop. Then again I was carrying pretty heavy luggage and walking a good distance with that weight. Ankle was also hot. Ice packing and elevating it helped! 


Good thing I brought some Salonpas patches to wear overnight. I also elevated it on a pillow to bring down the swelling.




By the last few days with some rest, my swelling and heat rash went away! However, my scar is itchy. I guess the heat activated my collagen around the scar that caused inflamation. Now I know I can't do long walking tours and carrying heavy things for a long distance. I also probably need better shoes. I had the lightweight Nike running shoes which I thought was enough but wasn't. I probably need better cushioning. Time to shop for new shoes! I am back to normal and ready for the next vacation!


Monday, August 22, 2016

3 years 11 months - I wore 2 inch stiletto heels for the first time and on grass!

Monday - August 22, 2016

I wore 2 inch stiletto heels and on grass for the first time! I went to a wedding yesterday and needed some shoes to match my dress. Found these 2 inches I had and wore it with no issues. Even in grass, I wasn't nervous at all. My heels even dug into the grass and I felt fine. Definitely progress! I was so happy! No pain! I may need to shop for more 2 inch heels!





Thursday, June 30, 2016

3 years 9 months - I get nervous every time I get a massage!


Thursday - June 30, 2016

The last time I went to get a foot massage was in Las Vegas from The Foot Spa located in Chinatown 2 months ago.

This was the 3rd time I've received a massage and every time I forwarn the person about my ankle surgery and show them the scar. People usually are very gentle around the area but I still tense up everytime they get to that ankle area. Sometimes they'd rub over the scar, and one person rubbed a bit too hard and it got a bit uncomfortable but not painful. One person massaged around the area and still I felt a bit of pressure when they got real close to the metal part. It's a weird pressure tight, and muscle tensing feeling. As if the nerves around the metal area feels like it's pulling against the bone. It's hard to explain really. Otherwise, the massage itself still feels good! It's a different person every time, so yes I'll get nervous every time haha.  


Saturday, April 16, 2016

3 years 7 months - Back to cycling class since 2012!



Saturday - April 16, 2016

I took my first Soul Cycle class today since I broke my ankle in September 2012! I can't believe it's been that long since I last took a cycling class. I use to go to these twice a week at 24 Hour Fitness. I'm back and surprised I was able to hang in this 45 minutes class. I did quite a lot of walking afterwards too and feel the heat in my ankle. A bit sore but in a good way. No pain! I'm excited to be back and will continue cycling! It's such a great body workout, as well as for my ankle!