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Am I really back on track now?


Sunday, June 30, 2013

After two solid weeks of eating well and exercising regularly, I'm starting to be cautiously optimistic that maybe this is it, I'm really back on track.

Surprisingly, I feel comfortable. It's familiar. It almost feels as though I hadn't stopped living this way. Which is so encouraging, because maybe that also means that my lifestyle really has changed more than I thought. After being off track for 9 months, I thought maybe I'd just lost it, that my success was the aberration.

Now I'm hoping that perhaps the aberration was my 9-month hiatus, that what's real is me living a healthy life.

Next week will be a strong test. Mom's open-heart surgery is tomorrow morning. I will have to work hard to prepare decent food and work in my exercise amid a lot of boredom and stress (killer combo).

I'm wondering if it would be in bad taste if I took an hour during her long surgery in the morning and dashed down to the gym for a treadmill workout. The alternative is sitting there for 4-6 hours reading a book and chatting with family. But what if something goes wrong? What do you think?

I guess I should say that my priority right now is Mom and I will be so glad to have tomorrow over and help her with the recovery. It's my main motivation right now. Yet I also want to make the experience as positive as I can, for both of us.

Going to spend the afternoon with her today and skip the church potluck. She's doing okay, but the least thing makes her cry because she's so nervous. But I know she'll do great and it's all downhill after this, all recovery.

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HEAT7918 7/1/2013 10:25AM

    My prayers are with you, your mom & family today.

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KRISKECK 6/30/2013 10:19AM

    I am so glad to hear that you are feeling that this healthy way of living is the norm and the other was the aberration. A good sign...

I will be sending strength and prayers for your mom tomorrow. I don't think it would wrong to go to the gym during the surgery, but I kind of like other posters' suggestions of walking the halls and stairs, so you are getting your exercise in but are not too far away.Come to think of it, I spent a lot if time when my dad was in the hospital doing that, without even thinking of it as exercise!

In the end, you need to take care of yourself to be able to take care of others, so don't feel bad about taking the time to take care of yourself.

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MISSIFISH 6/30/2013 10:11AM

    I'm sending warm thoughts your way as you and your family work together through this. I hope the surgery goes wonderfully well.

I would absolutely have trouble sitting still for that long while being concerned about a parent. As long as the rest of your family knows where you are, I'd say taking a break to work out is fine. Perhaps wait for the first couple of reports so you can be sure they are not expecting to finish up while you are gone, and then do your workout. You could also take the middle ground, skip the gym, and just climb the stairs in the stairwell for a while. That way, you won't have to change/shower, and you can get back in a jif if you are needed.

My best to you and your family, and congrats on getting back on track.

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MALAMI518 6/30/2013 9:49AM

    I don't think it would be wrong to leave for an hour as long as it doesn't cause the other relatives more stress. Just make sure they know how to reach you. If you don't want to be gone for a full hour, walk the halls and stairs in the hospital for shorter amounts of time coming back to the waiting room to check in. When my father was in open heart surgery, my mother and I walked the halls and stairs because we would have been much more stressed sitting in that waiting room the entire time.

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KESTRYLL 6/30/2013 9:32AM

    Prayers for your Mother, if you have family waiting with you, I would say to stay with them in the waiting room but they may let you leave for an hour but not longer than that. You never know when the doc will come out with info. I have been in the same situation, good luck to you, my friend.

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ICEANGEL0531 6/30/2013 9:29AM

    Personally i would not leave until the Dr says the surgery was a success. There is physical activities you can do while waiting, sitting in a chair (Nicole has a short video) 10,000 steps, bands, etc. I will say a prayer for your mom.
Blessings

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