Thursday, August 12, 2010
I had surgery on my wrist on 21st July to remove a ganglion. It turned out to be a little more invloved than I was expecting. At the moment, I'm still working on flexibility; strength will come later (and is not to be pushed).
Last Friday was the first time I weighed / measured in since the operation. The good news is that I maintained my weight. Even better this week, my chest measurement (I started recording under my bust when I was breastfeeding as a bust measurement was just too variable to track) is the lowest it's been since I started recording it (2006). My bust is just a centimetre away from it's lowest measurement since 1999.
This week, I got the all clear to drive (and swim) again (lucky 'cause Tuesday was very wet). Monday was the show day holiday in our area (but not for where my eldest and husband work / go to school) so I didn't need to drive and couldn't get away to try the pool.
Tuesday was my first day driving and swimming. I came so close to not going for a swim. It's still winter here. I find that if I don't stop swimming in winter, I'm fine. Once I take a break for whatever reason it's so hard to get started again before the weather warms up. The brace for my wrist is made out of wetsuit fabric. I don't need to wear it during the day, but the OT said I could wear it in the pool for a bit more support. I took it slowly, did 10 laps kicking warmup (with kickboard and flippers) and felt fine. I then tried swimming freestyle and backstroke, keeping it slow and got 22 laps done before I felt any pain in my wrist. I'm back in my normal pool which is quite cool, so I'm not sure if it was the exercise or the cold that caused the ache, so I did some breaststroke to cool down and finished my program. All up, I got 2 km done, swimming for 50 minutes. Before the surgery, I was doing 2.5 km in 60 min.
I tried again on Wednesday. The wrist started to ache a lot earlier in the program, so I only got 1 km done, swimming for 30 mins. I'm not sure if it was sore from exercising the previous day. To play it safe, I didn't swim on Thursday and I won't be able to make it today (Friday) either. I think I'll give it a go again on Saturday.
On the diet front, I'm aware of the importance of tracking my food, but really don't like doing it. It seems to bring out the worst of my perfectionism. (I don't like missing my target my a calorie for example). This is despite knowing that the calories are estimates, so in reality I might not have missed (or if I am in range, in reality I might have been outside them due to errors in the estimates). Additionally, I'm not sure that the calories on Spark are accurate for Australian foods. (Looking and the calories on the Subway sites in the US and Aus and the same sandwich has different calories in the 2 locations is one example). I know I can use my own food labels, and I have entered quite a few of those, but I cook from fresh a lot (normally) too. My other problem is that I enter the minimum amount of exercise that I plan to do in my planner. Some weeks I go way over and get the warning message from Spark that my calories are most likely not sufficient.
Anyway, enough of the excuses, what's the plan? I was listening to one of the podcasts for 2 fit chicks with a microphone. The topic was on intuitive eating. This is how I used to eat (when I was young and slim and pregnancy hadn't messed with my hormones). One of the podcasters (Mizfit) uses this approach. When she first started, she kept a journal of what she ate and how it made it feeel. The other podcaster (Dietgirl) has a journal of her eating for a year. I'm thinking that this is something that I can do (might not make a year though). I'll still have to record if I eat a meat pie (for example), and can see the fruit / vege consumption.