Wednesday, May 26, 2010
At the beginning of this week I was panicked about losing my exercise streak. Consecutive exercise has been a theme for me and a way to keep linked to my journey to a healthier me. After the first 100 days, I was down 40 lbs and had inspired several other to join my 100 day challenge. Now over 200 days later, many people have successfully completed the 100 day challenge and are now inspiring others. What began as very difficult for me, became routine over time. Before I go to bed every night I think about when I am going to exercise the next day: do I have to get up early to do it? Do I need to bring gym clothes to work? Do I need to do five 10 minute segments at different times during the day? No matter what challenges the day offered me I was always able to get it done. The hardest days were days I was feeling sick (interestingly though, it never made me feel sicker, it is just harder to motivate yourself when you don't feel well). Most days were enthusiastic, but yes, there were plenty of days I was just doing it to get it done.
So when I found out I needed surgery one of my first thoughts was: oh no! what about my exercise? I talked to my surgeon about it and her suggestion was that I exercise the morning of the surgery before coming to the hospital and then the next day in the evening so that I would have some time to recover. She also gave me strict limitations: no running, no jogging, no elliptical, no lifting weights, no jumping jacks, no sit-ups, no jumprope, no swimming, no true core strengthening activities. What does that leave: walking... So that is what I did. The morning of my surgery I got up super early and put in 45 minutes on the elliptical. It was a great workout because I knew it was my last killer workout for at least 2 weeks. Next came the surgery and it's complications which I have already blogged about. Waking up and being told that your heart stopped during surgery is truly scary. Other than a broken rib from CPR, and small scars from the laparoscopic surgery, I feel the same. After initial heart workup was negative, I was cleared to walk. So days 305 and 306 (today and yesterday) I walked...5 miles yesterday, 7 today. That leaves exactly 59 days to make a consecutive year. I may just make it yet....
Here is me today, post-op day 2 from my laparosopic gallbladder surgery. Belly is still really distended and tight, but look how small the scars are! Small broken rib is on the lower right side near the last cut. I feel lucky to be healing so quickly and I think it is largely due to being fit. My journey toward health has been so much more than weight loss.