Week 2 of Rehab

So, this week, we “ramped up” the rehab. Here’s how it went down:

Tuesday: Amy, my PT, had me first, so we did the treadmill—3.0 miles an hour, almost back to my “baseline” of 3.2/3.3 pre-heart insanity. Yay! Only 22 minutes, but we’re working on it.

Then we did core and leg work. Crunches, a plank like move when I raise and lower myself onto my toes while resting on my elbows (holy crap!), and then 10 bridges (which I love. My back is actually quite flexible, thank you).

Then some leg stuff with weights, which was awesome. It was a fantastic workout.

Today: Therapeutic rec—we went through my schedule to see what my day is like. Next week we’ll build on this to see where I can put in more dedicated activity. Then the psychology part, which was with my normal doc, so that was nice.

Then Amy had me again—we did the stair climb machine today. I did over 2000 steps, which means I went “higher” than the Space Needle, the Eiffel Tower, and the Empire State Building. Go me. 🙂 Amy says next time we’re shooting for the Sears Tower. (Which I think is like 2300). She increased the workload after about 5 minutes, and had me incrementally increase my pace, too, so this wasn’t pansy stuff. Then we did arm and core strengthening. Wow. Shoulder and chest flies kill me. 😛

Now I am going to make myself a lovely stir-fry. 🙂 I deserve it.

Emily Cooks: Paula’s spicy chicken breasts

When I was at OSUMC, I got to watch TV. Real TV. Food Network! Hallmark Channel! TLC! (What Not To Wear!!!) And since I watched a lot of Food Network, I wrote down the recipes I liked, then emailed them to myself the next day from my dad’s laptop.

This is a Paula Deen/Deen brothers recipe I really liked. I made it on Monday. It is super-fast and the topping is really easy to halve! I made two chicken breasts—one for dinner, one for lunch.

This is spicy! But you could probably reduce the spices if you’re not into heat.

Roasted Spicy Mayonnaise Chicken Breasts

Serves four

1/2 c. mayo (I used light, no problems)

2 lemons, zest finely grated

2 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. celery seeds OR dill (What I used. I love dill!)

1 tsp. salt, plus additional for seasoning.

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus additional for seasoning

Pinch cayenne pepper/chili powder

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.

Whisk all ingredients (except the chicken!) into a small bowl. Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange chicken on prepared baking sheet. Slather the mayo mixture over the chicken. Bake until juices run clear when the chicken is pricked with a fork, about 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to serving platter and serve hot!

Reblogging because I am on my Love Never Dies kick this week…and he originated the role of the Phantom in that one. Also sung the Phantom in POTO.

RAMIN KARIMLOO as THE PHANTOM (ERIK) 

The Simple Woman’s Daybook–March 28, 2011

Outside my window…Sunny, but 40 something. 30 degrees colder than last week. Sigh.

I am thinking…that I want warmer temps!

I am thankful for…early spring flowers

From the Kitchen…Paula Deen’s spicy mayo chicken. Recipe to come. Reaaallly yummy dinner and very easy.

I am wearing…my Garnet Hill long-sleeved PJs (showered early again). Really, Garnet Hill has the best night stuff.

I am creating…more in L&A—-which is being SAVED, copiously…

I am reading…Like The Willow Tree, Moby-Dick, The Essential Lenten Handbook, Lent with Jesus Christ and St. Benedict, Death on a Friday Afternoon, the Bible. 🙂 

I am hoping…for good work in Pulm rehab this week!

In the CD player…Revised Act I of Love Never Dies. Ahhh, “music, sweet music”! (NOTE: THis is the sequel to Phantom of the Opera. It opened last March. In December, it went through some revisions. I have the original cast album and then made some new playlists on iTunes to reflect the new song ordering. Yeah, I am THAT MUCH OF A NERD)

Around the house…cleaning, as always…dishes! Dishes! Always dishes! And I’m cleaning my oven for the first time.

I am hearing…the prologue to Gotterdamerung. Siegfried just said good-bye to Brunnhilde. (Watching the 1990 Ring —at the Met).

A few plans for the rest of the week…

Black Swan and Tangled come out tomorrow!!!!! Excitement!!!!

Pulm rehab T and Th

20s group at church on Th.

Saturday: working at the Donate Life/Lifeline of Ohio organ donation month event!

‘The King’s Speech’ Leaves Theaters And Is Replaced By Asterisks : Monkey See : NPR

R for ridiculous…

Sometimes, swear words aren’t swear words.

Let me give you an example.

When I was a kid, I wouldn’t sing the second verse of “What Child Is This?” the way it was written, because it contained the word ass. (“Where ox and ass are feeding.”) Instead, I squeezed in, “Where Ox and-a-word-I-can’t-say are feeeeeee-ding.”)

I was seven, give me a break. Then my mom told me that “ass”, in this context, doesn’t mean what we think it to mean, but “donkey.”

Ah, OK. Ergo, not a swear.

The F*() in The King’s Speech are swears-that-are-not-swears, like “ass.”

It’s in a therapeutic context—it’s not just random swearing, and it’s not even something the Duke would probably say, in the context of his life, and certainly to someone outside his family circle. (I can’t imagine him saying it in his family circle, but that is neither here nor there.)

To take out the “bad words” and leave us with silence is ridiculous. In fact, the R rating is ridiculous. How, exactly, is The King’s Speech on par with The Hurt Locker, or Braveheart, or Gladiator? Kids that are in junior high could really benefit from seeing this movie. (But with the DVD release late next month, they can see it “unaltered”, should their parents desire.)

Well, now they can, I guess. Because we know that junior high kids have never, ever, in their life, heard bad language.

‘The King’s Speech’ Leaves Theaters And Is Replaced By Asterisks : Monkey See : NPR