Monthly Archives: June 2011

My Hip Flexors

I keep thinking about posting an entry. I keep thinking about it but when it comes time to do it, well…

So. Here I go!

My lower back is bothering me and I think my mattress is partially to blame. It’s the left side of my back mostly. It’s tight, there’s a knot and it’s making life unpleasant. My husband and I were at the Cincinnati Zoo this past weekend and there was so much standing and walking my back started to get to me and I got much more tired over the course of the zoo visit than I should have.

I believe that some muscles are in constant spasm because of weakness and inflexibility in my leg muscles and I think it’s rooted  in the fact that I was carrying around a large fibroid tumor on the left side of my uterus until Dec. 2009. And my abdominal muscles are still adjusting and recovering from the surgery to remove said tumor and uterus.

So I feel like a mess.

I stretch a lot and I’ve been going to the gym to do strength training and that has made me realized how weak my hip flexors and abductors are. Here’s a look at the hip flexors. I think my Psoas Major on the left side is particularly troublesome.

Hip Flexors provided by Beth ohara

When I Googled hip flexors I found a recommendation on laurensfitness.com to do overhead lunges. I found this type of lunge referenced for flexibility at this site as well. I’m going to try these asap.

They look like this.

Over head lunges on Stronglifts.com.

The other thing I need to do is get back into doing a regular yoga practice.  The Warrior I and II poses provide a good hip flexor stretch (Warrior I especially).

Warrior I from Yogajournal.com.

That’s one of the things that’s  been on my mind lately.

I’ll talk about the massage I got in the next post.

Change of Direction or Simply an Expansion

So this is supposed to be my blog about being an Information Technology professional and I’ve written a few things about my life in IT, specifically the things I do for work.  But lately I’ve found that I’m just not inspired to write this blog. I’ve written about podcasting which is most of what I do at work so I  wonder what else is there to say?

I considered just scrapping the IT idea and writing about the things that do inspire me but I’ve got this url lauraontech.wordpress.com. The word tech would lead people to believe that this is a blog about technology so how could I change the focus? I would have to just scrap it and start a new blog with a more apt url.

But then I thought “what if I expand my concept of technology?” What is technology anyway? I googled the word and found this in Wikipedia:

Technology is the making, usage and knowledge of tools, techniques, crafts, systems or methods of organization in order to solve a problem or serve some purpose.

Okay do I have problems to solve in my life? Is there a purpose to my existence?

The answer to those questions is yes. That being said, what are the tools I use to solve problems and give my life purpose? What is my technology?

So that’s the new focus. That’s what I’ll explore.

And I think I need to adjust the blog’s title. So I will.