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Friday, November 02, 2012

To say that this process of recovery is a headache is an understatement . My weight goes up and then it goes down and because I know the answers doesnt make it any less troubling I find.

I have zero tolerance to medications . I am taking Ibuprofen 800 mg or Vicodin 10 for pain just depends on the pain scale. I also have to take a antibiotic to make sure there is no infection set up . I have Phenogren for nausea . These are viscous to my system .

I take the pain meds and that sets up constipation . The antibiotic is good for vomiting or diarrhea. So then I have to take the Phenogren which then dries up everything ... I have to drink a lot of water during the day as to not dehydrate again and that leads to fluid retention because i have zero way of expelling all the fluid i am drinking .

Everyone says dont worry when it is done then you will get back on track easily .. but I am trying not to do any more damage than necessary and when you get up and weigh and that scales says you gained 5 pounds over night well it is just more heart breaking than anything because then I have to say dont panic you know it will be different soon. I dont feel like i am gaining weight but the scale is not being my friend these days . Tomorrow I have to weigh for the challenges I am involved in and I so dont want to hurt the teams standings . I knew this was going to be hard but I sure wish the end was in sight right now. It is so hard when you know you are doing all the right things and the end is not what you want .. I was really hoping to make 100 pounds gone by 1/1/13 but i really dont see that happening at this rate . This morning i just feel defeated and I am trying to hold on to what i know without giving in to my own emotions.

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SNUZSUZ 11/2/2012 10:16PM

    I know how you feel! I have the same problem with pain pills and constipation. I can weigh 5 lbs heavier or lighter overnight, all depending on if I am constipated or not. I wish I could help, but I don't know what to do about it either. But like others have stated, I go by how my clothes fit, and how much easier it is to bend in the middle:)

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ALDNJPD1 11/2/2012 10:09PM

    Hey my friend! I wish I was great with words the way you are. You have an amazing ability to word things to always cheer me up and encourage me to keep going. I wish I could promise you that your journey will get easier, that you will not struggle and that you will heal fast and be back up on your feet in a flash. All I can say is I THINK you are one of the strongest, most hard working woman I have ever come across. Your story and your progress has really played a huge part in my continuing with sparkpeople. I had a rough couple of months and really didnt think anyone would notice that I was gone.... but you did. I know that you will be ok. I know that you will work very hard not to let yourself or your teams down. Just allow yourself time to heal. That is what's MOST important. Heal, get better and your spark family will be here to cheer to all the way to your goal weight as soon as you are up and at it again.
Lots of hugs and well wishes!!!!!


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CYALE76 11/2/2012 11:35AM

    Dont let the scale stress you out, you have been through so much lately and have done amazing. Do you know how many people when they can not be on their feet (or even ones that can be up for that matter) still gain weight and a lot more than 5 pounds. I know its frustrating and you want to stay on track and not gain, but you will get there it will take some time in the mean time I think you are doing great and being ahead of schedule with your recovery says alot about your strong will to get back on track. You can do it, just dont be to hard on yourself. emoticon

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 11/2/2012 11:14AM

    Don't just look at the scale for results. Measure yourself. Do your clothes fit better? Is it getting easier to walk around? Look at those non-scale victories as a way to gauge your progress too!! You can do this!

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The start of Physical Therapy !!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

This morning I started Physical Therapy (PT) . The Physical Therapist name is Genevieve. Don't you just love that name, she is very sweet although she assures me that I will not feel the same way at some points in this process. Today was evaluation day . She tested the range of movements in both feet and she also tested hip strength. She said my legs were stronger than she expected, I said well I do chair exercises as well as some stretches and have as much as I can since the surgery. She maybe the doctors should tell everyone to do that, then her job might not be so difficult. I dont know about that but I have tried to stay on track or at the very least not do any more damage than necessary. No swimming as of yet because she thinks I need to see a wound care specialist about the bottom of my foot.

I have a set of exercises that I have to do 2 times a day as well as massage the foot. These exercises although seem easy enough are some of the most difficult things I ever done. I thought the foot was further along because I can put weight on it but Ms . Genevieve proved I am not as far along as thought. She also told me nothing of any form of serious exercise would occur till at least 10 weeks from Surgery day ... Tomorrow makes six weeks so for now it is training the Achilles tendon to move again. So we have a long way to go but we will get there literally one step at a time.

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KBRADFORD88 10/30/2012 1:57PM

    I love this quotation and i am trying to live in the light of that truth. Thanks for sharing your tough time. I am nursing a hurt ankle and while it is nothing compared to what you are dealing is driving me crazy. I appreciate all you do to stay with this path. emoticon

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SHRINK_U 10/30/2012 1:18PM

You are a such a strong woman :) Take care ... and best wishes with your physical therapy.

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Falling into Fitness ... you can do it !!! blog 4

Saturday, October 27, 2012

This is an easy blog to write , it should be named "Been there Done that " ... I had to make the decision to make the changes. Life smacked me and well it was either do something or just die. I was 366 pounds . I didnt know where to start or how to even do it with my physical abilities . I had more excuses as what not to loose weight than Carter has liver pills.

I started out with reps to the restroom .. when i could do that with no pain or out of breath I would walk around the apartment building 1 time 5 times a day ... then i got to 5 around 3 times .. then Leslie Sansone Dvd's then one mile walks .. then before I had surgery I could walk 6 miles in one outing..

This all came after a very en depth physical . What I can tell you .. is that beyond else you have to attack the process with everything emotional, physical and spiritual. You have to want it more than any chip or french fry taste good.. you will cry, you will get mad, you will have humilation , you will wont to stop but you will also become strong, confident, intelligent and so much more than you could ever believe ... but you have want it , believe it, sleep it , it has become everything then one day not so long off ... it is just your second nature and when you cant do it because life got in the way for a short time you miss it and morn for that loss.. So no you are never to heavy to change you are just to scared to.

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JOYCECAIN 10/29/2012 8:47AM

    I liked this. I am happy for you. It is One Step At A Time. You have to want it. WE have to want it. Keep up great work. lol emoticon

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5KPRINCESS 10/27/2012 10:12PM

    Beautifully written and very inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us :)
Wave Runner Chick

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RDGISME 10/27/2012 6:18PM

    emoticon I have read this wonderful entry at the end of a very hard day. I put off my morning walk-just 'couldn't' get out of bed, spent the day running around that included lunch out, and finally, at 5:20 hit the pavement for a 30 walk. Tomorow morning, having read your story, I will graciously lace up my sneakers and head on out! After all--I am capable of at least a morning mile!!

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CSDAYS 10/27/2012 5:39PM

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Falling into fitness ... Mix it up ... blog 3

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Life gets comfortable ... you dont even realize that you are eating and doing the same things. We all stay with what is comfortable to us. I for one dont like change at all. I take the same paths when traveling, buy the same foods , I stay in my comfort zone. This is good because I know what is coming however this is bad because I never feel like I experience and adventure. The following article refers to the same concept with working out.

One of the things I have learned is that if I dont change things up every now and then , nothing works. OH I know I like walking because I look good doing it , it is the safe thing for me , I do weigh 280 something and well if you put all this into a jog people look I promise. So no I dont jog or run for various reasons. but what I do is use resistant bands and weights along with different guides to put some varity into my exercise plan.

That is the basis of getting fit not just losing weight, training my muscles and body to endure all things not just the comfortable ones. This is what i miss now while recovering from surgery . The ability to do a lot of different things but I am doing some things everyday ... However I can tell you that doing this recovery is the best recovery I have ever had a surgery especially being on crutches. If I hadnt been mixing things up for the last year or so then this would be so much more difficult ... Have a great day everyone !!!

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SHRINK_U 10/27/2012 12:11PM

    Happy to hear that you are recovering well. Nice article, Tink.


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FALLNTENN 10/27/2012 8:13AM

    It sounds like your recovery is going well. Keeping mixing it up!

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MOSTMOM1 10/27/2012 6:57AM

    Hope you recover quickly! Take care of yourself, buddy.

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OLIVIANIGHT 10/27/2012 4:42AM

    I hope you're up to full recovery soon!
I like your ways to mix it up with walking, I'd never though of those before.

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AEGISHOT 10/27/2012 3:25AM

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Falling into Fitness .. Wanna HIIT it !!! blog 2

Thursday, October 25, 2012

What is HIIT? HIIT is high intensity interval training and it is not for everyone. When I started out I weighed 366 pounds High intensity for me was walking from the couch to the bathroom . So I couldnt do this program then and to be honest 80 pounds lighter I still cant although I have tried. Look I sell myself every great bill of goods there is out there if it is supposedly healthy. So I read something like this before.. Oh I jumped on the ban wagon and well let me tell you when they say check with your doctor make sure to do that ... I am for all intents and purpose am healthy meaning I dont have high blood pressure, heart problems or cholesterol issues. What I am is a fat bodied person. And well when you take my high intensity level and fling it on my heart it feels like i am having a heart attack really. My heart is strong but it has to be to tote around 285 or so pounds everyday. It wasnt till I tried HIIT back a few months ago that I realized being healthy and being in shape are two very different things .

Inside the article in fitness today

it gives you a set of guidelines to go by I would suggest everyone read it before you jump in to HIIT it . If you can not already do I would say at least 25 minutes of more than moderate exercise DO NOT DO THIS PROGRAM . If you can but have reached a platue in your weight loss then this might be what you need to get back on track.

I had to go look up what a RPE was .. RPE is the rated perceived exertion scale .. and basically it is a 0 to 10 scale that measures how easy or difficult your exercise is ...
0 Nothing at all
0.5 Just noticeable
1 Very light
2 Light
3 Moderate
4 Somewhat heavy
5 Heavy
7 Very heavy
10 Very, very heavy

Now this became very interesting to me because in a way I do HIIT just a different way .. My normal cardio when not recovering from my surgery is walking ... Well I walk about a half a mile at 0 to 3 ... then one mile at 4 to 6 ...a mile at probably 7 to 9 and then a half mile coming back down to from 9 to 0 ... I didnt realize that it was this but it works for me ... So even if you cant do the program prescribed inn the article you can use different intervals and intensity to shock the body a little just so it keeps working harder. Have a great day everyone ... now go HIIT it lol emoticon

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FALLNTENN 10/27/2012 8:22AM

    Thanks for the info. I read the article before, but didn't think about trying it with my walking. Now I will. I hope your recovery is going well.

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SHRINK_U 10/25/2012 1:42PM

    I have tried HIIT with walking/jogging before... it does seem to be a more efficient workout. Nice blog!

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DANILYNNG 10/25/2012 11:18AM

    I keep meaning to try this, I really do emoticon

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