Thursday, March 28, 2013
One of my biggest worries that I had before my surgery was, would I be able to maintain my weight if working out wasn't an option. My surgery needed to be done because pain and lack of function was making it impossible for me to live my life day to day. The doctor also didn't want to wait until my shoulder froze to do surgery because it might stress other body parts and make my recovery more difficult.
I was faced with the challenge of trying to stay within 1-2 pounds of my weight before my surgery and accomplish that goal without doing aerobic exercise for at least 6 weeks or more. I decided that in order to be successful, I would have to change my mindset. I needed to become adaptable and more creative.
I decided to view food as a potential healing source. I have made an agreement with myself that I will think about the healing benefits of my food before it goes into my mouth. That means I look at the vitamins, sodium, calcium and potassium etc. content carefully. I am trying to eat adequate protein throughout my day, not just at lunch or dinner. This has caused me to rethink some of my normal meals - especially breakfast. I'm also more aware of foods containing sugar because it has little if any nutritional value. That doesn't mean I can't have occasional treats but I have eat very small quantities.
I'm not going to lie to you, I definitely have days when I get cabin fever and could crawl walls (and I'm only 2 weeks post-op). I've always used exercise as an outlet for excess energy and stress as well as for fitness. At this point in my recovery process the only options available to combat stress and excess energy, are short slow walks and the relaxation/ breathing/meditation CD (by Dr. Greg Doris) that I received at my migraine/chronic pain sessions at the hospital. The CD has been a life saver for me. I'm firmly convinced that the benefits from meditation and deep breathing are assisting my healing process greatly. The relaxation that I experience following the time spent listening and practicing the skills on the CD have also helped me with cravings and night time eating. I found that especially interesting!
I have been successful with my goals so far, with the exception of the day after surgery when I got on the scale and had gained 10-12 pounds over night. My doctor told me that the gain was due to swelling and the sodium in my IV solution. I'm happy to report that I've dropped all but 2 of those pounds even though I still have a great deal of swelling. I've done this by doing mindful eating, occasional slow walking and listening to my CD. I'm proof positive that you can maintain your weight when working out isn't an option (and I'm hypothyroid too which makes it even more challenging)! All you have to do is plan, set goals and stick with it. Never give up on yourself!