Obstacles Can't Slow Me Down

Friday, June 01, 2012

Well, that's not exactly true. I have been slowed down by some obstacles. By a lot of obstacles. I had outpatient surgery a week ago on my, ahem, reproductive organ. I was advised that I could work out as long as I didn't have a particular side effect. But, of course, every time I was active, I had the undesired side effect, which meant I wasn't healing just yet. That coupled with the swelling in my knee (bursitis) and the torn gluteal muscle and I was really feeling down this week - I was already limited by what I could do physically and now I couldn't do anything at all.

On top of that, due to the surgery, my weight went up 5.3 pounds in a day! I know it wasn't "real" weight, it's not like I was gorging or anything, but it took an entire week for that weight to come back off. And this morning? I finally weigh less than I did nearly two weeks ago, when I reached 225. This morning? I skipped 224 altogether and weighed in at 223.4. A definite step in the right direction.

This week, with the lack of exercise, I've been in a funk. Sad, grumpy and honestly, a little depressed about the results of my surgery.

I got the okay again yesterday to try a workout and after ten (really intense) minutes on the arc trainer (they were awesome ten minutes, I was dripping sweat!), I had to stop due to the healing process. But I did my weight-lifting circuit and then finished on the recumbent bike which is the most boring and worst cardio on the planet. But after talking to a trainer, I realized I could make a few modifications to increase my heart rate and get a better workout when one the bike. I used hand weights and did various cardioblast arms things while riding the bike and after my 30 minutes, I felt like I had done something far more worthwhile than I've been able to do in the past couple weeks. I wish I'd have done it before.

So, obstacles. They are there. They are not going to stop coming up. But they have stopped being excuses why I can't succeed. I have lost 22 pounds in the past 7 weeks because I am doing the work. And in spite of injuries and surgery and a host of other potential excuses, I am succeeding.

I have never felt so confident - or determined. I have a long way to go, but I know I will eventually be sharing my success story.
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