Yes, I know I was gone for a very long time. A year to be precise...
I had back surgery in March 2011 and pretty much vanished afterwards. I missed my SP friends, but recovery kept me away from the computer and things slowly faded.
Fast-forward to this fall, 6 months post-op. I was told by a friend about a challenge after seeing her and barely recognising her (she had lost 60 pounds in just over 3 months!). I decided to give it a try, knowing that I was 150 pounds and that I couldn't exercise. I didn't change any of my habits actually, but did lose 15 pounds in 3 months (and have maintained the weight loss).
I have now returned to work 2 weeks ago (am still doing the progressive return to full-time hours) and am ready to challenge myself. I also have a casting call in two weeks and, although I know I probably won't be selected, it's giving me an extra incentive not to show up completely gross! (Yes, I used to model during my pre-injury glory days).
My physical challenge:
-Take my supplements daily
-Start the day with a large smoothie, every day. No exceptions.
-Eat balanced meals/snacks and try to log my food intake on most days
-Exercise every day for 20 minutes following my rehabilitation workout (low impact)
-Add in body weight exercises for another 20 minutes on days my back feels good
-Walk the dogs every day it's not raining or freezing (aim for 5 days/week)
-Pack my own lunches and snacks - no eating at work (except low-sod soup here and there)
My mind challenge:
-Follow my sleep schedule
-Enjoy a moment /do something for myself everyday
-Do something social at least 1-2x per week
-When dark thoughts take over, question their validity and the perspective I have. Look for a positive outlook or a more logical/reasonable response
-Lose about 8 pounds = 125 pounds
-Get some definition/toning
-Feel better in my body
-Improve my sleep!
-Battle depression and learn to enjoy life again
I wanted this plan to involve many different facets for obvious reasons. I don't know if I can ever return to the life I had before my injury - and just admitting this to myself took a very long time. But I need to be able to find ways to enjoy my life again and one way to do this is to explore the things I loved to do and see what I can still do or what other things I can do to replace the many activities I cannot do anymore.
I am opened to your comments and suggestions my friends.