Monday, August 06, 2012
of grocery shopping! Boy oh boy!
So today was my first solo grocery trip in 8 weeks. Getting ready for total return to responsibilities when I go back to my office after this week.....
So I walk into my local No Frills....and food! food! food! Junk! Junk! Junk! Chips, and chocolate, and cookies, and cakes, bless our prosperity in North America, but really!
I think that I had inured myself against these distractions pre-surgery through regular exposure. But today?
In case you are waiting with baited breath, I did not give in. The only thing that called me slightly was the candy bars at the checkout (candy bars at the checkout, evil supermarket, bhwaa haa haa, but I told myself they were not worth it. Which they are not.
I did find a new product (at least new in Canada) called MIO, it is a liquid water flavor enhancer. I bought it and tried it, the fruit punch flavor, it is good. I think I can even use less than recommended, it is pretty concentrated.
Sunday, August 05, 2012
Today is the first day since my surgery when I really believe I am going to heal up and get my capacity back...all of it.
Did a full housecleaning today, including using the vacuum instead of a carpet sweeper, and then walked for 30 minutes on the treadmill. And my foot hurts a bit, which is as usual, but we are not talking about extreme pain here!
So, next week is my last week of working from home, then I am moving back to my office. Feels like the right time.
I am going to use this week to move completely from a combination of arm cycling and treadmilling to treadmilling only. Arm cycling did its job, but I do not really like it. I have read blogs from Sparkpeople who have had to give up their favorite workout because of injury, etc. and do something else, and I see now how it feels.
So what have I learned?
Lack of mobility is really bad...being unable to drive is worse. Great motivation to stay as fit as I can.
I can adapt, even when I don't like it.
I can persevere....oh heck, I knew that already.
I didn't gain weight, which is kind of amazing...
Looks like it is back to LIFE!
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
How did I get here, you may ask?
I drove here!
I am sitting in the food court, having just finished lunch (brought from home, of course) in between follow up appointment for my hand surgery (all is good) and my first physiotherapy appointment.
What a sense of freedom!
I am now going to go and window shop a bit and wait out a thunderstorm that is banging away out there.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
A visit to the fracture clinic makes!
Pins--in my possession but not in my foot
Boot--in my possession but not on my foot
Physiotherapy--required, covered by my work
Driving--as the foot can tolerate it
Treadmill--as the foot can tolerate it
Footwear--supportive lace up shoes for the next month, think running shoes
Shower--foot can get wet but no soaking for 3-4 days.
How cool is that? I am already going upstairs like a normal person, downstairs I still do not quite have the knack.
I see normalcy returning on the horizon.....
I want to thank my Sparkfriends for listening to me blather on for the past six weeks and Pre-surgery too.
You are one of the big reasons I have made it to today with sanity intact!
Monday, July 23, 2012
This is the third book I set myself to read during my healing from foot surgery. The opinions are solely my own.
Ms. Roth has been there. She is, or has been, an emotional eater and is very emphatic with we who suffer as well. I could not find academic credentials for her, she teaches and runs workshops. I did not visit hr website. What does she say?
Ms. Roth's advice is of the "give yourself a break" category. Forget scales, or "calorie counting" (her words) and even exercise if you want to, just be very aware when and why you eat, and you will reach some weight that you and your body is happy with.
Now, I am not being (too) sarcastic. I read these self help books--an activity I used to eschew like poison--because they usually have something to give to me. And this book does as well.
One of Ms. Roth's messages that resonated is stop eating as if you will never be able to eat the food again. That is, if you want cake, and chips, and ice cream (there are no "bad foods" in her world view) go ahead and eat them with the idea in mind that you can go right ahead and eat them in the next minute, or hour, or day, or week, and so on. This will likely minimize binging. There may be some lack of reality here, such as having dollars to purchase what you want, but the book seems to be aimed to an educated and reasonable well-off audience.
Another message is eat what you really want, or else you will you eat what you don't want and then go ahead and eat what you do want anyway. Again, socially, this might be awkward, as your family lets say sits down to a three course meal and you sit down to a pint of ice cream (or to nothing at all if you don't want to eat at the pre-ordained suppertime). But, the idea of trying to put off binging by eating something else resonates with me. With me, it doesn't work.
Ms. Roth provides many helpful hints and brief exercises that are understandable and doable. She addresses areas such as family of origin, social eating, exercise, the concepts of wanting, needing, and having.
So, this book is not psychological, or Freudian, but pretty much common-sensical. It is kind, and forgiving, and she writes like she knows you. There is value in this.
The book is of fairly small dimensions and on decent quality paper with a reasonable sized font. Easy to hold and carry around.
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