I had surgery and was on crutches for 7 weeks. I was so worried about gaining, I watched my calories carefully, and actually lost 6 pounds while on crutches. I did start physical therapy at 2 weeks, but it was not intense.
Don't underestimate how much work getting around on crutches will be! I added in some upper body, wall pushup and the seated arm/upper body routine, it is one of the coach Nicole videos. This really helped to get my arms in shape while my hip was healing.
I do recommend some pre-covery, if you are going to be on crutches, you might want to start some upper body exercises ahead of time.
Coach Nicole has some good chair-exercise videos you can modify for your needs.
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It does get easier though so don't worry about the immobility. Use it as a chance to get some killer arm muscles :) Mine are hurting less but it is still a struggle to do a lot of things. No "browsing" for food for sure! Also my big temptation, skipping my packed lunch at work in favor of something higher calorie from a shop is gone entirely: I can't get to the shop!
I'm renting a knee scooter that comes on Saturday. Have you considered one of those?
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I'm trying to imagine myself in your situation, and I'm picturing settling in with movies, books, and my laptop, with water or some low-calorie drinks, occasional healthy snacks. It could be a good time to catch up on some of those sit-down tasks that you never have time for!
Thanks for the advice! I didn't actually think about how much of a pain (literally HA!) it would be to get up and get myself snacks. I already told my hubby to be sure NOT to be an enabler while I'm healing up. :) I'm going to figure out what my maintenance needs are and just stick with that.
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Hey there MamaB77. I know a bit about what you are going to be going through: on thursday I broke four bones in my foot and I am now on crutches. It will be 6 to 8 weeks in a half leg cast for me. Let me tell you, I am going to have the upper body strength of a weight lifter from supporting my whole weight on these crutches.
I'm eating a lot less right now for two reasons...first, like what was said before, I'm not moving as much so I am not naturally burning as many calories. Second, it is really really hard and complicated to get up and get a snack. Honestly, just pushing yourself up into an upright position is really hard. After that you have to make it to the kitchen, get a snack out of the fridge, prepare it, and carry it to where you are going to eat it. That is the hardest part, carrying it. You cant carry anything when you are on crutches.
For example, my supper is almost ready. I already made the salad (took me forever! Balance, balance) and I just need to cook one piece of salmon. On normal feet that is about 2 seconds of effort. On an immobile foot, well, my tummy is grumbling something fierce but i haven't convinced myself to get up yet. I'll probably combine it with a trip to the bathroom or something else like that :) That could be an hour from now for all I know...my arms just hurt too much to push myself up right now!
I suppose what I am saying is that as long as you don't get your family to go fetch you food, there is a good chance that you will feel that the snack isn't worth it most of the time. Focus on your recovery, focus on not moving your foot hardly at all, and just dont ask anyone to bring you snacks :)
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Remember that weight loss (or gain) is about the food you eat. You will likely have decreased calorie needs while you're off your feet, so adjust your fitness goals accordingly.
The experts often recommend that healing from surgery or an injury is not the time to be worrying about losing weight. It may be beneficial to set your goals to maintenance while you heal, because your body will need those extra calories for the healing process.
I'd consider taking up a sedentary hobby in the mean time. I do best with something I can do with my hands... Christmas is coming, what about some handmade gifts? Cross stitch, knitting, other needle crafts? Have some scrapbooks you've been putting off? What about taking a free online class?
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
In about a week and a half I'm having surgery on my foot. For 5 weeks I will be immobilized and won't be able to put any weight on that foot. I'm lackadaisical at best when it comes to exercise especially with a foot injury since late July. But I try to eat very well. However, I am a mom so I'm doing a lot of day to day running around, cleaning, chasing, etc. I'm very worried that I'm going to gain a ton when I'm forced to sit on my butt for 5 weeks! I struggle with being a total boredom eater too and tend to distract myself by cleaning, getting up and out, etc. but that won't be an option for me in the next month. Anyone been through this before and have suggestions? Thanks so much. :)
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