Dissolving Bone, Wimping Out and Shaping Up

Hey, Wild Riders! How was your weekend?

Would you take a pill that dissolved bone?

dissolving bone

You’ve seen the commercials. Almost every drug has side-effects. My oncologist switched me from Tamoxifen, which can cause uterine cancer to Anastrozole, which breaks down bone. You can imagine I’ve been more than a little concerned. I picture a vinegar-like substance hitting my bloodstream. It rushes through my veins and arteries. When it comes in contact with my bone, Tsssssss, it dissolves it like acid. Not good, right?

I’ve become obsessed with everything that strengthens bone. I’m 5’4” and don’t want to lose any height. As it is, I have a hard time reaching the top shelf on tippy toe.

With all the calcification they saw in my breast tissue before my double boobectomies, (the radiologist said my boob x-rays lit up), I was reluctant to go back to taking calcium supplements. Instead, I’ve been on a calcium-rich diet. My oncologist also mentioned, weight-bearing exercise.

You might remember how I broke my wrist the first week in January. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? The fall could have broken anyone’s wrist, according to my doctor, but you never know. After being relegated to sitting inside my house for eight weeks, I hit the gym way too hard. My knee ballooned up like a basketball. I overdid it, so I cut back. Waaaaay back.

Have you ever seen a penned up mustang? That’s how I felt, without the mane.

penned horse

My daughter texted me last week. She has been taking classes to become a certified personal trainer. The next best thing to having a doctor in the family. She told me in order to build bone I needed to engage in weight-bearing exercises including quickness, speed, and agility.

Parkour jumping from ledge to ledge

Whoa. That sounded a lot like tennis and skiing. Parkour looks like fun though.

I looked it up. Walking, hiking, running, weight-lifting, tennis.

Yep.

The next morning, I scheduled the ball machine. I couldn’t imagine sprinting again after weeks of taking it easy. Even though I had been on the exercise bike (which is NOT weight-bearing exercise), and had been walking, I felt weak.

Would I dog after the ball like an old lady? Would I injure myself in some other horrific way?

I quickly banished those thoughts. Geez! I’m a Wild Rider, after all.

The last person who used the machine set it so the ball would go straight up the middle. I sighed and set a big span. Yep. I would run for every random ball that was fed.

tennis player's racket turns into light saber

I felt like a Jedi warrior.

Soaking wet and out of breath afterward, I felt great. The true test was the next day. No pain. My knee was normal-sized. Wow. Ha!

I had been babying myself, BIG TIME

No more.

Danny and I skied on the first of May. I plowed through the moguls and hit the trees. Not literally, thank God.

Take a look!

 

view of A-basin from the top

The weather has changed once again and it will be a lovely week. Time for Wild Adventure!

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Are you shaping up for summer? Have you challenged yourself recently? How do you feel about videos on the Wild Ride?

 

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  1. Yay! A year for skiing, even here in Oregon. I didn’t go at all last year. We went 14 or 15 days this year! Great photos and video.

    And tennis? A case of outdated impression of limited capacity? Chasing after wide-sprayed balls is a pretty good test of your knee abilities. Nowhere on your list: yoga. Hand-standing, forearm standing, deep lunges — all weight bearing. Just ignore any teacher who pushes for anything that hurts your knee.

    Looking forward to your Parkour videos.

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  2. Medical decisions like that are always horrible aren’t they because there are no guarantees with anything, so you’re trying to weigh up chance and level of harm against chance and level of success, it’s an impossible choice at times. My mum is struggling with a medical choice at the moment, it’s only her hand so it’s nothing life-threatening, but it’s her right hand and she’s right-handed. She’s had two rounds of surgery following a nasty dislocation a few months ago, and it’s still not right, she can’t bend her middle finger and still has a lot of pain, so it’s either a third round of some new kind of surgery which could make it better or could make it worse, or do nothing and it may or may not improve with just physio, but that’s perhaps better than the worse it could get with the surgery! And the longer she leaves making a decision about the surgery, the less chance there is of the surgery being successful.

    Glad you’re happy with the way your exercise regime is going. Keep up the good work! What time of day do you like to exercise? For me, I have to do it first thing of the day or I won’t do it at all.

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  3. It’s the impact. Impact builds bone. Also make sure you get enough vit K. Gouda cheese, leafy greens and such. Or take K2 if you like supps. This helps the calcium make it’s way into the bone so it doesn’t calcify your arteries and other organs!

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    1. Thanks for passing that along! I’ll move it to the top of my list of exercises. I’m also trying to strengthen a non-existent vastus medialus. Lots of work to be done!

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      1. Many people think yoga is about flexibility, but it’s really about strength. So, it’s strength training… lengthening and strengthening muscles, while also weight bearing = bone density improvements. I had a woman in one of my classes who brought in her scans, to show us how much her bone density had improved! Pretty funny, but impressive. AND, it’s calming (if you don’t do hot yoga), which is great for your immune system and mental health. Ok, stepping off my box now… since you already said you’d move it to the top of your list! 😉 Wishing you well, Susie!

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