Friday, March 09, 2012
This is my 4th week at part time light duty week where I can celebrate the weekend with a TGIF! I worked 12.5 hours this week, up 1 hour since last week.
I actually do not feel as exhausted at the end of the day today.
I do not hurt as much today, at least right now. It is also not as cold out, and the sun is shining, and there are crocus popping up in my garden!
This morning my husband made me a PB&J on 7 grain bread for my lunch, and I had that with a small vegetable juice, and on my way home had an apple and low sodium Colby cheese for my snack, followed up with some low sodium turkey when I got home. I also drank 6 cups of water throughout my work day and drive there and back, and only had half of a cup of coffee this morning.
I followed up my 4 hours at work with a quick visit to one of the libraries I frequent to return some materials, and renew what I have. I am currently reading 2 fiction books, and reading through some non-fiction cookbooks. I ordered a bunch on cooking without sugar and without artificial sweeteners so I can come up with some fruity not so sweet alternatives.
My mood seems brighter, and I wonder how much how I ate and drank my water today has to do with it? That and the better weather. I am tired, just not sheer exhaustion like I have been. I am hoping that by next week the combination of working and physical therapy will not bring me to the point of exhaustion. I also walked 1.3 miles at work today.
Somehow, I feel mostly positive today.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Sooo, yesterday was Physical torture, I mean Physical Therapy. This morning my back told me in no uncertain terms that it was severely unhappy with the whole thing. I found this out the moment I tried to roll out of bed, a near impossibility again. Ugh. So I got myself up, brushed myself off, and promptly fell asleep in the recliner. When I did get up later, my mobility was better, still sore, so I used the TENS unit. I was glad I did not have to work today. And I only had to drive briefly.
Tonight, I am more mobile again, and will have dinner with a friend, and then spend some time visiting and crocheting. Tomorrow I work.
I took today as a total rest day, and did not do any extra exercise. My body needs the recovery day. Big time. I wonder how many of these I will be needing on a weekly basis right now? It's ok. One baby step at a time. The day after is part of the process, as recovery is important. Tomorrow I will move again, and walk at work, and hope to get some kind of 10 minutes of activity in. Slow happening works.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Session 3 in PT - Done
Into my 4th week of work - hope to make 12 + hours by Friday
Better Sleep - work in progress, so much better than it was!
Finding new PT stretches that I can do at home - in progress
Getting up after exercises on the table without back spasms keeping me locked up - DONE today!!!
Walking at least a mile at work - done
Healthy snacking every few hours - staying fueled with healthiness - in progress
Friday marks one year since my cervical spine discectemy and fusion. The scars on my neck are nearly invisible. I can turn my head right and left, even though the range is not as extreme, it is possible. The left arm pain I had before the surgery is gone, and has been since after the surgery. I am getting stronger.
It will be one year for the knee arthroscopy in June, and one year for my lumbar spine in August.
I think I am doing fairly well all things considered. I am very tired from driving, working, physical therapy, but I am daily getting stronger and am able to endure more on a daily basis. Recovery is definitely in action.
Oh, and on further note regarding my job, I will begin secondary proofing of audios soon! I will get the final listen for mistakes before they make the masters. I am being trained for that along with someone in the upcoming week. Next week I will have to figure out how to boost my hours by working on another day, or just maintain reaching 12 hours. Or just jump in and try 2 or 3 4 hr days, and add another 3 hr day. I will be patient and listen to my body though.
Getting healthy IS still my job, and always will be.
I am keeping me in motion.
Monday, March 05, 2012
Here we go, beginning of the week. I couldn't move really well this morning, and had a delayed start out of the house for work. I therefore ran into much more traffic than normal. I will aim to leave earlier next time. The extra traffic stresses me out.
So I worked 4 hours, and walked a mile doing it. Then I went to physical therapy (visit 2 since restarting). Wow! I am really really tired out, and achy sore.
Now, it is time for me to just rest for the night. Perhaps Peaches cat will join me in knocking me out in my chair. I will konk out the minute I sit in it I am sure.
This week I am aiming, and trying to work 3 days with a total of 12 hours. I am adding half an hour to an hour to my schedule each week. Baby steps, as always. I have also been aiming for and mostly achieving better sleep, unbelievably so.
I can't wait til my metabolism heats up and begins to melt my fat again. It is so hard to stay focused when I know it will take time for it to kick in. It WILL happen, I am certain. That's what happened last time. I just have to keep telling myself that even if I am only doing something 10 minutes a day, or walking 1 mile a day, it IS something, and it counts.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Those baby steps. Yep. Doing them. Not always easy, but doing what I can, when I can. Funny, this morning, I could barely move with my back. It eases up through the day, until night when I tire.
Tonight, my son had gotten a new drum set for his wii, and I sang, and lightly danced while he played, for 20-almost 25 minutes!
Baby steps. Yep. doing them. One baby step at a time.
One inch at a time.
Now, to go rest, and fuel, and aim to go to bed at a decent hour. PT tomorrow afternoon after work.
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