FINALLY--broke through a plateau
Monday, December 17, 2012
I haven't even been able to post here for so long. Hit a plateau about 4-5 weeks ago and could not break below that. I'd gained 10 lb. on the scales just before Thanksgiving--water, I know, was most of it, but still it's very frustrating to see the pounds go up on the scales. We were having a lot of humidity and that always causes me to retain water in my joints, but some of it was just too much food too. There were days when I couldn't seem to eat enough. About the best thing I could say is that I still made healthy choices. Even for Thanksgiving dinner, I stayed within my calorie range and just had half a slice of pumpkin pie--my favorite. And the next day I went right back to no sweets of any kind; we sent the extra holiday foods home with our son when he was here for dinner. But after all that time struggling to lose those extra pounds and get back to where I was a few days before Thanksgiving, I did get it all back off about 6 days ago. Then yesterday--a miracle!! I lost one more pound! So now I'm at a NEW low (at least I haven't been here in more than 20 years). That makes 87 pounds lost. It feels great to have broken through that plateau. It was such a mental burden!
And this week is the end of my second month of physical therapy. I've made more progress than I ever thought possible. When I started therapy, I could walk about 30 feet without my cane and not much farther than that without stopping to sit down and rest. Now I'm up to 230 feet without my cane and 530 feet total before I need to stop and rest!! For me that's a miracle too. And the work on my rotator cuffs has also shown great progress. When I started, I could raise my arms 50 and 55 degrees, respectively; at my evaluation, I was able to raise them 110 and 120 degrees! And I'm able to do stairs--slowly! But I can do as many as 10 stairs if I take my time. I still haven't been able to do water exercise because I still have some little scabs on my lower leg that aren't quite healed. But I actually enjoy doing the exercises I get at therapy and continue to do them at home--at least the ones I can do here. Sure wish I had a recumbent exercise bike here too--I do 10 minutes on that and feel like I could easily do an hour!
I'm sorry I haven't posted anything for so long, but didn't want to spread my depression. I did keep coming to SP daily though, tracking my food and exercise and reading articles and blogs to keep me motivated. Thanks so much for being there for me, and I apologize for not being there for the rest of you. But I'm back. And I did learn that even when I hit a rough patch, I need to keep coming here. We all hit plateaus. We all have times when we're depressed about something. And we just need to stick together and support each other during those times. That's what real friends do. I haven't been acting like a real friend, but I will be here for you from now on. And I truly appreciate that all of you have been here for me. Thank you again.