The most dedicated athletes can get whiney and down about the process of training, but then I see someone who inspires me to “pull up my bootstraps” and keep pushing on. One of these people is on one of my DVD weight training tapes. This young man does plio (jump training) with a prosthetic leg. That is impressive. Then I saw an article in The New York Times about options for amputees.
People facing the challenge of incorporating a prosthetic foot, arm, hand, or leg are faced with unique obstacles and challenges. According to the May 15th article, 2 million people in the United States are living with amputations. In the last 10 years, great improvements and options have been made to make their prosthetics more “real” looking, and more functional.
The article discusses the inconceivable choice that many amputees are making to actually have more of their limbs removed, to make their artificial limbs function with less pain and better functionality. What a difficult decision! When you hear the stories of constant pain and inability to use their limbs as they are, is heartbreaking. They realize that removing more of their limbs (such as more of a leg so that the prosthetic fits at the knee) allows them to live with less daily pain which gives them more mobility. My appreciation and awe at the issues that any amputee goes through daily is astounding, and reminds me to keep pushing through with my goals. To be as brave and perseverant as they are every day!
05/22/12- Exercise Journal: Tuesday
Pure barre class- 55 min
yoga DVD- 45 min
05/22/12 Food Diary: Tuesday
1 cup egg whites (120 cal.)
Ezekiel raisin English muffin,spray with no calorie butter spray (105 cal.)
1/2 cup non-fat cottage cheese, sprinkle of blueberries( 65 cal)
large bosc pear(67 cal.)
1 portion whey protein shake (125 cal)
3 oz organic chicken breast, 1/2 tsp Walden Farm no calorie bar-b-q sauce (166 cal.)
1 cup brocolli slaw, cherry tomato ( 30 cal)
1 low-calorie, whole grain tortilla ( 138 cal)
1 cup carrot sticks, small piece whole wheat sourdough brd, 2 wedges Laughing Cow Light cheese( 160 cal.)
5 oz. salmon- (300 cal.)
Bowl of low-salt, homemade lentil soup (150 cal.)
grilled eggplant, sprayed with EVOO, garlic (55 cal)
1/2 cup whole wheat orzo, cranberries, EVOO, onions,garlic, fresh basil, dandelion greens, dash of balsamic vinegar (150 cal)
1/2 cup Greek yogurt, 1/8 cup blueberries (65 cal)
TOTAL CALORIES- 1688