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Dealing With Setbacks (Response to Weekly Prompt)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

How I deal with setbacks depends a bit on what type of setback I'm dealing with. However, in general even if I'm feeling overwhelmed or other negative feelings, the one thing I try very hard to do and am mostly successful at is...

To maintain a laser-like focus on my workout routine. Even if I'm tempted to skip it I talk myself out of it by telling myself "how is skipping my routine going to help?" Of course it ISN'T, but reminding myself of this helps to keep me on track.

Another thought goes along these lines:

"Well, maybe I have no control over situation X or Y (whatever they may be), but I *DO* have control over MY ARMS & LEGS...so get on with that workout!"

Now I am beginning to stress out over an upcoming surgery to remove my gall bladder. Yes, of course I am no fan of going under the knife, but what is stressing me out more than anything is not being able to work out during my recovery. My first thought is 'maybe they can wire my mouth shut while they're at it!'...lol! But seriously, I depend on my workouts to support my food choices!

So what can I DO about this...? Well, I'm giving some serious thought to attempting a vegetarian approach to my food choices during my recovery period. This will help me to reduce my caloric intake and hopefully keep me from gaining any weight during this period.

Depending on which way the surgery goes, laparoscopic or opening up....my recovery could take up to several weeks of little to no working out...ugh!

I see the surgeon on Monday and will probably set a date for surgery then.

Planning ahead, I'm hoping will avoid at least SOME headaches and problems.

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    Take care of yourself, Don. I bet you will find that the surgery is a piece of cake!! (well, you know what I mean, LOL)
    I'll be praying for you.

    2918 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    I worry about my gallbladder, but I haven't had it out. I hope they take out your appendix while they are in there. emoticon
    2920 days ago
    I understand your feeling anxious and glad you blogged. That helps relieve stress. It is a different feeling to be a patient. Planning ahead is the best you can do and well congratulations for doing that!
    If I may suggest something...isometric exercises for your muscle tone or breathing exercises are some choices, if tolerable, offer ways to stay active while recovering.

    Wishing you the best!

    2920 days ago
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