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Heading Back.....

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

To work.

Not that I haven't been working from home, but I am heading back to my office, with computer and large monitor and two boxes of documents in tow, and will be setting up in my home office and sometimes traveling to our other offices as well, business as usual. I will be able to arrive a bit late or leave early sometimes, my position has that kind of flexibility.

So, what are the results? A normally structured foot, still swollen and painful at times, but to be expected. I am minus a toenail and do not know if it will ever grow back, have to ask the doctor. I also have a tendon released on one of my fingers, the scar area is still swollen and kind of painful at times, but the finger works fine. And a capped tooth--that is just about perfect.

What did I accomplish? I wrote a number of draft policies and procedures and documented 10 or the 25 criteria I have to address for a certification submission for my organization--right on schedule. Aside for a couple of days after the finger surgery, I have played my guitars for at least 15 minutes every day, and have increased it to 16 minutes. I finished and reviewed 3 of the 4 books I planned to read.

And I kept working out--that was hard to try and figure out what to do. From seated workout videos to purchasing and using an inexpensive arm cycle machine to back to my dumbbell routine to walking outside with my cane when I was still bandaged up in the walking boot. Now I am back to my beloved treadmill, working on building up time before I start building speed.

What did I eat? My usual 1,200-1,300 calories, I think one binge day and a few close to my max of 1,550 calorie days. Did not lose, but did not gain.

What did I buy? Internet shopping is tempting when you are stuck at home. I bought mostly good purchases and one mistake. Good purchases are the arm cycle, a heart rate monitor, some books, and a book download. Mistake was a high tech purse/carrier for my iPad that turned out to be too small; looked big enough on the Internet. That was a present I chose as well as a titanium spork, which I love. And I was in Costco with DH the other day and bought a new Roots lunch bag, nice to have a clean and functional place to carry all my food around in!

And what did I learn? It is probably not a good idea to do three procedures within such a short period of time...I did come down with an infection that required antibiotics to clear up, not related to the procedures, I think my body had had it. And, as a lover of routine and order, I was able to adapt, even though I didn't like it, and work with what I had. Good preparation, as I have said before, for the increasing limitations I know aging brings us all.


I want to thank my SparkFriends and Sparkguy for all the support, I am certainly not leaving the site but may be a bit less active. I am trying out SparkCoach and will see where that goes.

Spark On!


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HAPPYSOUL91 8/9/2012 11:11AM

    You really did a great job, from the pre-planning through today. I am really impressed that you did do 3 procedures, but it is done!

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MUSICNERD1993 8/8/2012 7:52PM

    You are amazing, Bonita! emoticon

I'm thinking about trying SparkCoach myself. Let us know how it goes!
And wonderful news about the practicing everyday!

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MEXGAL1 8/8/2012 7:12PM

    Wow, busy lady. Sounds like you have a great job. So glad to hear that you are healing even though I am sure it's slower than you would like.
You will have to let us know about sparck's coach and what that is all about and if you like it.
Have a nice evening.

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ROCKMAN6797 8/8/2012 6:38PM

    Great news Bonita! I agree, the three procedures in such a short time period might have been pushing it for somebody half your age! I, too, am a stickler for a routine so I understand trying to adapt but good for you for doing so and, best of all, not going off of the deep end!


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I Forgot about the TEMPTATION.....

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.

Interesting experience!


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2BMYOWN 8/8/2012 12:35PM

    As you walk into our local Walmart, the entire wall you are immediately greeted with is filled with:
1.) Pringles
2.) Bags of miniature peanut butter cups and candy bars
3.) Energy drinks

(As if anyone would need an energy drink after that sugar

It's no accident that these chains have psychologists on staff to determine where they should **strategically place** things. It's allllllll about the bottom line and appealing to peoples' worst (and strongest) weaknesses. Whaddya do....takes a strong person to live in today's world, for sure. Junk is in abundant supply, while organic is usually twice as expensive and far less appealing to our psyches. LOL They're even more aware of every foible in the human brain than WE are, usually. I read that in those stores that have inhouse bakeries and delis, they actually pipe the cooking odors thru-out the stores in order to get peoples' salivary juices (and their minds) going so they will be more inclined to purchase from the bakery or deli. I find it all so manipulative and kinda scary, sometimes. Also caught an article awhile ago that spoke of how they are now using video cameras to record where customers' eyes are first drawn to, in their displays. Geez...does the manipulation NEVER end??? We are but puppets in a junk food world......

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ROCKMAN6797 8/6/2012 10:00PM

    I love using the powdered sugar-free drink mixes! I have tried the Mio, it is good.

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MUSICNERD1993 8/6/2012 3:30PM

    I know how you feel! Sometimes it's a little hard to walk by all of those tempting treats. That's why I never go to the store hungry.
Good for you for not giving in, and it's great that you can go to the store alone now!
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MEXGAL1 8/6/2012 2:39PM

    I know when I go to the states and go to the food store that I get on overload. I can believe all the products and things on the shelf. I am already worried somewhat about my upcoming trip to Seattle and all the temptations. I guess I will have to really work on portion control
Good for you to pass on the junk!!! You are right as we just do not need it!

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This and That...

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?

Things heal.
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!

Feels good.


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2BMYOWN 8/8/2012 12:26PM

    It's kind of a scary thing, being temporarily incapacitated, isn't it?? At this stage of the game, my 'motivation' is a bid to stay out of the nursing home for as long as possible, and how bad is that??? LOL Kudos to you for an excellent outlook and keep on taking care of yourself to the max.

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PUDLECRAZY 8/6/2012 8:09AM

    Yes, you should have it all back and more once you finish healing up. Driving again will be great.

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/5/2012 7:36PM

    The circle is almost complete, you are truly healing nicely.

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MUSICNERD1993 8/5/2012 6:41PM

    So happy that you are healing! You have been doing wonderfully and I know you will continue to do great things.
Maybe soon you'll be able to work in a music store! :-)
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MARATHONDAD 8/5/2012 6:37PM

    glad to hear u are getting better

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MEXGAL1 8/5/2012 6:06PM

    So glad to here that you are on the mend. I know how hard it can be when you can't do the things that you Re used to doing! Been there for sure, I know tha tyou are going to heal and your attitude is wonderful. That is the key!
Keep on Keeping on!

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I'm at the mall!

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.

Feeling good!


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2BMYOWN 8/8/2012 12:23PM

    I had to read this one. LOL Malls and I do not have an easy relationship....I avoid them whenever possible because I have a nasty tendency to 1.) get lost in them, and 2.) to lose my car in the parking lot. However, this equates to also getting much more **cardio** than usual because of the excess of walking, so I guess I can't complain. LMAO

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    We take doing simple things for granted sometimes, don't we. "Don't know what you've got til it's gone". Glad you got out and about.

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MEXGAL1 7/31/2012 7:55PM

    So glad that you are feeling good and all is well.
Enjoy the rest of your evening!

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MUSICNERD1993 7/31/2012 7:41PM

    How fun!! I'm glad you're doing well! emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 7/31/2012 6:14PM

    Just one more step to full recovery Bonita, good for you!


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JESPAH 7/31/2012 1:18PM

    Today, the mall! Tomorrow, the park?

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LESSNESS1 7/31/2012 12:52PM

    you was smart to bring that lunch, no temptations, the smell of food would have got to me. emoticon

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What A Difference....

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.....

All good.

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!


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MEXGAL1 7/30/2012 5:33PM

    All this is wonderful news!
Woo hoo!

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ROCKMAN6797 7/27/2012 4:03PM

    Great news Bonita!
We are more than happy to support you!


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MEDDYPEDDY 7/27/2012 3:51AM

    Nice to hear - congrats! Whenever I am restrained by illness or injuries I swea that I will never forget it and be gratefu every day I am O -no emoticon

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RACHELSHADOAN 7/26/2012 11:24PM

    Yaaaay! That's great news! I'm sure you're delighted to be more mobile!

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CLEBLOOM 7/26/2012 11:20PM

    Yay!!! Congrats! emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 7/26/2012 10:29PM

    Yay! That is such terrific news! You are really healing fast and well. Congratulations.

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DOVE1010 7/26/2012 9:25PM

    Good for you! Sounds like it has been a tough time, but now you have made it through and good things are up ahead.

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MUSICNERD1993 7/26/2012 8:35PM

    emoticon I'm so happy that you're doing well! You're always such an inspiration.

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WILDFLOWERMA 7/26/2012 8:27PM

    i'm so happy for you! You're on the home stretch & have maintained an incredible positive attitude the entire way. Kudos.

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