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Finding a balance at the gym

Saturday, February 12, 2011

So I'm still recovering from surgery, but I've found a stairstepper routine that (1) doesn't bounce me up and down too much and (2) doesn't send me staggering to the restroom to throw up. I think I've found a point that's easy enough to not hurt, but challenging enough to let me start gaining back some cardio endurance.

For the first time today, I added in an upper-body weight routine. (I think I'll hold off the lower body until that suture line across my abdomen looks more healed up - don't worry, I'm not posting pics or graphic descriptions.)

I'm hoping this will give me more energy, too. I'm sure that right now part of the problem is that I'm healing up, and part of the problem is the medication - but exercise will let me sleep better, and, if past experience is any indication, be perkier during the day.

Hopefully I'll be biking - and running 5Ks again - when the snow melts.

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DARWINISTA 2/26/2011 2:41PM

    I just joined the walk/jog version of the 5K team. My sprained ankle is no comparison to surgery recovery, but we can keep each other posted.

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JAYMURZ 2/14/2011 11:18AM

    Youo just keep doing what you should, and the rest will fall into place!

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AEMILIA 2/12/2011 8:26PM

    My mother had a double hip replacement and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Hope you're not going through what she did.

My surgeon said the people who are up and around recover from this procedure faster than the ones who don't, so I'm doing what I can. Here's hoping we're both back to normal soon!

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/12/2011 8:10PM

    Good job that's the right attitude.

I just had hip surgery right before XMAS. As soon as the doc cleared me to the gym 2 weeks afterwards, I got to lifting for upper body work, taking it easy until everything heals.

It's a much better way to spend the recovery time

Good luck!

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Surprise - it's possible to overdo exercise after surgery

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I'm up and around after my surgery, and the doctor has cleared me to be more active as long as I "don't overdo it". Whatever that means. (Her clarification was "be reasonable", which is not really my strong suit.)

I've been walking 5K under her old limitations, so yesterday I thought I'd try running part of it. Like, half a kilometer (though I was bored with walking, and ended up running a whole kilometer.) It felt great at the time ...

But today I'm having more pain than I've had for days. (This is not, I should emphasize, agony; more like sharp jabs even with the level of painkillers I've been taking for a bit.) Google suggests that most people wait 6-8 weeks to start jogging after this surgery, instead of, uh, four and a half.

So my husband has wagged his finger at me, and today I tried a shorter stint on the stairstepper. I'm wondering if all the bouncing around is what's getting to me, rather than the higher heart rate.

Sadly, the stairstepper doesn't add up to much in the way of Rivendell miles. Ah well.

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MORGAN!! 1/16/2011 11:40PM

    The problem with healing is it's SO boring! But take it easy, the last thing you want to do is prolong the recovery process! And maybe get your doctor to define the parameters of "reasonable" activity :)

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JAYMURZ 1/16/2011 3:47PM

    Bouncing may be fun at the time... but really, don't push too hard sweetie! I's hate to sprain my finger by wagging it at you? ;)

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DARWINISTA 1/16/2011 12:06PM

    Don't overdo it! I think you may be right about the bouncing part.

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Home from hospital

Sunday, December 12, 2010

After two and a half days in the hospital, they let me go home. The doctor and nurses were happy that I'd been up wandering the halls so much. Before anyone thinks this is inspirational, let me make it clear that I wouldn't have done it if it hurt, and I was working up bit by bit so I wouldn't overdo it.

I'm done with my PhD coursework, so I can stay at home (which is all I feel like at the moment anyway). I'll be back in DC from time to time during the spring to meet with my advisor.

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KRAV-CHICK 12/12/2010 10:07PM

    I'm glad you are home....just take it nice and slow and easy :) Get yourself better :)

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FLAMENM 12/12/2010 8:03PM

    Glad you are home! And that you are ABD!

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EEEEEEOOO 12/12/2010 6:44PM

    Glad you're feeling a little better, and hopefully the holidays will cheer you up even more!

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Tottering to Rivendell

Saturday, December 11, 2010

So a while back I developed iron-deficiency anemia, which has pretty much kept me from exercising to any significant degree. Why did I have anemia? Turns out I was losing too much blood. And why was I losing so much blood? Turns out I had these tumors ...

So now I'm in the hospital following surgery. (Tumors of this kind are almost always non-cancerous, though, as you can see, they cause other problems.) This morning I was able to walk up and down the hall, and I have decided to use this to re-start the Rivendell challenge! They're still filming The Hobbit, so surely Darwinista and I can reach Rivendell by then.

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KRAV-CHICK 12/12/2010 4:15PM

    wow and omg....i was wondering how you were doing and if you were still in the area....i'm glad the surgery went well. please take care of yourself and get better fast :)


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MYSTERY4EVER 12/12/2010 1:55PM

    Glad you finally figured out the reason. I hope you are up and about and back to exercising again soon.

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MALLEUSMIKE 12/12/2010 12:04PM

  Glad you're doing better. Take it slow and easy and you'll be fine in no time.

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JAYMURZ 12/11/2010 11:52AM

    Wow! Glad to hear that the surgery went well, and you are doing better! Luvya n hugz!

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Want a postcard from Australia?

Friday, July 09, 2010

I'm about to head to Australia for an SF-related job (yes, really). If you send me SparkMail with your address, I'll send you a postcard (and an explanation). Back in a week!

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JAYMURZ 7/9/2010 11:18AM

    ok, cool!

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