Monday, August 29, 2011
Since my myomectomy in April I have been unable to exercise properly due to the prolonged recovery time, which was extended because of my father's hospital stays and subsequent death at the end of May. Just over a week after coming homne from hospital Dad was hospitalised for 4 weeks whcih meant that, as I was convalescing I visited every day and stayed for hours as I was unable to drive, so had to rely on taxis (expensive) or my wonderful partner Laurie (often unavailable due to work commitments) to get to and from hospital.
So that was that.... extended enforced recovery. Then I got bored, so gardening was done - not a good idea, as it was too soon.
Then we went away to Hungary in July. That was a great idea and we had a wonderful time, during which I put on weight, but not as much as during previous trips.
So..... we came back on 10th August... time to get back to normality, but with a certain reluctance to exercise formally - I was scared quite honestly - previously exercise of any kind, walking a little further caused pain.
BUT, and it was a big but..... I decided that the only way to get back to exercising was to push myself in the basics past what I had been able to do. After all, I was off meds and wouldn't know what I could do unless I tried.
Today was a MILESTONE - I had spring bulbs and plants to put in the garden. 100 daffodil bulbs, 70 tulip bulbs, 90 crocus bulbs, 72 pansy plants and 45 primrose plants. 2/3 of the way through I was ready to give up, although there were more plants to put in afterwards too.
W-E-L-L...... I got all the 260 bulbs and 117 plants in; it took me a full 3 hours but I DID IT!!!! Woo hoo!! My back is aching, but I'm so pleased. Now there are only a few additional plants to put in tomorrow, which leaves me plenty of time to do some walking and have a gentler day the last day before I go back to being a full-time teacher ( I was off school from 1st April to 29th June and then only went back for the 2 last weeks of the school year).
I've tracked every day sonce being back from Hungary and aim to persist with the weight loss and exercising. I even have plans to join a local gym and may end up buying myself a treadmill so that I can walk whatever the weather...
That's all for now - so many of you have served to inspire me the last few weeks - I feel completely able to succeed!!
Night-night and here I go......