I use swimming all the time in my exercise routine. As a fat bodied person I started out in the pool. But I have always loved swimming . I find that the water is very relaxing and comforting . This past spring I was able to attend a couple of water zumba classes they were very fun. The upside to swimming is that it is great on the joints ... the downside at least for me is that I am famished after swimming ...
However for all i did know about swimming I did not know it could strength my bones. So I am ahead in a race that i didnt even know I was in lol ... have a great evening everyone.
You know everyday I think write a blog. You must understand that my brain never shuts off. As a matter of fact if I could get my tush to work as much as my brain does I would have been a goal weight years ago. So Pardon this interruption as I clean out the attic per say .
I have entered the fifth week of recovery now. On Monday 10/15 I saw the doctor and he was pleased with where we are at. I am about 2 weeks ahead of schedule. So now I am waiting on the PT scheduler to set up the appointment to start that. Now I am not the most patient person in the world , I know that is shocking right lol. This would have already been done if they had just let me make the phone call. Just so you know for the record they have till Monday to schedule it or i will set it up. My mind works around lists and things must have checks on those lists or things just dont get better. The ankle itself is doing pretty good , I have been doing some range of motion exercises and I am allowed to put some weight on it . There are are a few things that are driving me loony during this process. Dehydration I have to constantly have something to drink. During the first few weeks I dehydrated 3 times. I have lost most of the oil in my skin which is very unusual for me. I have never had to use body moisturizers . Doctor T. says this my metabolism speeding up to fight the injury the fix for this , yep you guessed it DRINK LOTS OF WATER. Peeling skin on the surgical foot , I am not talking about just a little patch like you have been sunburned. I think there are something like 19 layers of skin protecting us and i would guess this is like 6 or 7 layers that come off. Dr. T says this just the foot healing as the it looses it swelling not to worry .. the fix well use lotion an it to keep it more hydrated than the rest of me . Now the last thing is outrageous it is evening hunger not the munchies. I have managed to control night time munchies for a while now. This is different and it is very hard to ward off. I have tried eating earlier and i have tried eating later. It really drives me out of mine that I seem not to be able to control this issue. and as per usual I asked the almighty Doc about it because well I have NO INTENTION IN GAINING WEIGHT WHILE DURING RECOVERY. Dr . T said this is what happens when you entire system is thrown into shock . The medicines cause issues on the inside that well we will not discuss lol but meanwhile my body is use to being active and burning off calories. Of course I expel a lot of calories doing just normal stuff that well doesnt usually burn them. He said Look Darlene it is this simple , You did an awesome unbelievable task in the past year losing all that weight. He said that now you are here and your body wants to move like it has been doing and well it can but not like it wants to. You are scared if you eat to much and not exercise then you will start back on a slippery slope and well your body wants fuel to fight this intrusion. So you must eat sensibly but yea you have to eat more than usual . I said alright but just know I dont like this at all ... He said I know and eat more fruit and raw veggies. He is truly a very good doctor. So all in all the recovery is going well for something that I cant control but only be a puppet to the process and fight to stay on track.
Thanks for all the support and encouragement during this process . It is all very much appreciated.
So I was looking for some motivating pictures this morning but I didnt see the pictures with the right words .. So I created my own ... they are some of my favorite pictures and quotes from friends that inspire me ...
As a person who lives with what most would call chronic pain, I work everyday to the day where I have less pain. For 13 months I threw everything I had at loosing weight and then changing my life. So when I woke up this morning after a good nights sleep ready to meet the world I was reminded that right now I have a handicap. I sat typing and playing on the cpu and then I said why am i doing this? I am injured yes but I am not handicapped . I can not sit on the couch and waite for someone to do everything for me. By doing that I dont feel better I actually feel worst . So I did the things that I could do . I did not push myself past any limits and I was mindful of my foot . It isnt that I know more than my doctor It is my doctor doesnt know as much about me.
I want to be healthy and do that I have to work at it. I make conscious choices everyday to ive the life that I want. And if I want to get back to where I was three weeks ago I have tackle my limitations but also continue to build up the parts of my body that I can.
Nothing is ever easy .. it was then I would have reached my goal lol ...
So if you have been following along then you know that I have had to make some changes. Back 17 days ago I had surgery to remove a mass and heel spur. The mass ended up not being cancerous thank goodness ... it was a rare condition called Ruptured Epidermal Inclusion Cyst .. which caused Chronic inflammation, Foreign Body Giant Cell reaction and Fibrosis. Ok so that is a mouthful for sure. What it means in regular terms is somehow an outer epidermal (skin) cell got on the inside of my foot , once it was on the inside it continued to grow and the rest of that stuff is what my body did to combat it. Earlier this week my first cast removed and a new one put on. On Thursday however that one had to be removed due to swelling . I was tested for blood clots and again thank goodness there were none, Now I have a boot on instead of cast which is s much better but I still have to be super careful and am not able to return to my exercise program . I am told it may be after the first of the year before I can start substantial exercise again.
Today is the first day of the 5% fall challenge. I made the choice to stay as involved as possible. Joining a new challenge team was important because it keeps me mindful of what i need to to meet my weight loss goals . Last year I would have told you that it is impossible to be under these restrictions and lose weight however I now know better. It takes a lot of dedication but it will be done. I weighed this morning (286.2) however I know that is water gain that we are working on diligently. When in this situation everything must be monitored and tweeked but I wont be discouraged by a number on the scale. I will continue on the path that i know to be right for me. Yesterday I started chair exercises for the first time in my life. This left me some sad feelings becasue i am use to sweat muscle burns .. But i am going to take the high rode here and say even those the are not my usual exercises they will keep my body stretched and use to some activity so when i can get back to my normal the transition will not be so difficult. I also try to walk at least 20 minutes on my crutches a day, this is not an easy task at all but I have been managing it . So although it may seem like I am not doing much .. my least is taking all i have right now .. I am sure it will improve as recovery continues.