Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I know I haven't been around much this past month (two months??)... Once I got off bed rest and started working I just felt like a hamster on a wheel - always running but never getting anywhere. Then there was the rest of life... daughter returning from Switzerland, son graduating HS, family coming into town, graduation party... you know, life.
So many of my dear spark friends have popped over to my page to ask me how I'm doing, how my healing is progressing, what's next for me... and I haven't been able to properly respond to them or catch up with their lives. So I figured it was time to blog, to at least bridge the gap from my end so to speak.
I started weaning myself off crutches after I saw the Dr. June 2nd. It took me nearly 3 weeks, but I am officially done with them now!! I still wear my boot full time and I have a fair amount of pain and swelling by the end of the day but I am celebrating this progress as a major milestone in my recovery. No crutches means the start of cardio again!! So on Monday at PT I got to do 15 minutes - 10 on the elliptical and 5 on the bike - and was told I could build from there but to take it slowly. I also did some squats with a TRX. Have any of you ever used that system? Its just straps and handles hanging from a bar and you use your own body weight as resistance while doing exercises. Seemed easy at first but I'm still struggling with getting on/off chairs and its been two days now!! I had hoped to work out again every day this week, but it looks like I need 2 days rest before I try again, so I'll do some more cardio tomorrow.
As of today I am also trying to wean myself off of my boot. I have the green light to wear a running shoe (not an easy thing to get into!!) for 30 minutes, 1-2 times a day, with crutches for support. I put my sneaker on this morning with great difficulty and proceeded to walk around the house withOUT the crutches. I mean, what's the point of weaning off them if I have to go back to using them?? I'd rather walk less without them than walk more with them, even if this is going to take awhile...
Now for the downside of recovery... I have been gaining weight since I got off bed rest. Seems like as long as I was stuck in bed I was vigilant about my eating (maybe vigilant is too strong a word, but I was maintaining my weight at least). Once I got up and moving and went to work all restraint fell by the wayside. Since I wasn't getting a workout in I started to gain again. Bad eating habits took over and I now find myself up 7 lbs. from my pre-surgery weight. Ugh!!
Today I am going to try to get a handle on this bad habit of self indulgence and see if I can't turn things around!!