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Sunday, 2013-10-21, Summary; Comments include today's intelligence

Monday, October 21, 2013

2013-10-20, Sun


Steps: 3019
Floors: 2
Miles: 1.41
Calories burned in exercise: 2144
Sleep: 6.45


(Numbers, here are included in the above Fitbit numbers. They are listed, here, separately so I can track my post-surgery progress.)

Start Time: 04:50 PM
Total Minutes: 19.00


Left and right leg numbness is increasing and spreading. Walk was slow but invigorating.

Doctor said, today (Monday), not to worry about it, that it's natural after all the trauma to the nerves and muscles in my back. He also said that I should level off on the walking to the one mile that I'm currently at, and resume the recumbent bike.

Sleep is still an issue. I spend lots of time in bed or reclining in my lift/recliner but only about 3.5 hours of sleep, max, at any given time. Yesterday, I was unable to take any naps. The doctor also recommended that I limit my napping to one, one-hour nap per day. (Yesterday, and today, so far, I would have killed for an hour snooze. The body is willing but the mind is not.)

Today, I drove for the first time since my surgery. This will relieve Beth of at least one time-consuming duty.

Yesterday, I ate over 5500 calories which is more than twice as much as I have eaten on my maximum calorie input over the last 2.75 years. I'm within .7 pounds of rising to my goal weight, with another five pounds to gain after that, and then to reassess my new (?) goal weight. Today, I had a lox, (real bagel bakery) bagel, tomato, cream cheese and capers sandwich, today, for breakfast -- the first time I had any of these five ingredients in the last 2.75 years. I felt like hugging myself the way that dog, in the cartoon does, when he's given a bone. Yum! Shows you my new "commitment" to weight gain.

The doctor also recommended that I temporarily increase my intake of beef, most especially steak and brisket.

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    Congrats on getting to drive again!

    Oh the sacrifice you have to make... eating more beef. You gotta do what ya gotta do I guess!

    1648 days ago
    It's nice to have a doctor who is specific about what he wants you to do. My current doctor is more like that too. To be honest, I got tired of the vague "just do your best" as it can lead to anything from nothing to killing myself.

    The last 3 days I have had tons of work to do so it has been challenging to get my steps in but I got my 5 miles in today. The hike with hubby was grueling. My left knee is giving me fits - it swells and gets hot. I'm so glad my hubby put the bench near the pond closer to the road as we have to use it almost every day because 3/4ths of the way into the walk I'm done in. I'm starting to wonder in the problem is chiefly walking on the pavement as that is when it seems to be worse. I come home and soak the knee in the tub and that is it for exercise for the day. It's dark by then and I'm wasted.

    I'm still sleeping like a rock most of the time. So unusual for me. Maybe it's one of the perks of exercising more again.

    I love steak and it is actually allowed on my diet so I really should have it more often.
    1648 days ago
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