Keeping In the Game
Life has been busy so I haven’t been keeping up with the blog as I should have, so with a few minutes early this Saturday morning, I want to get some thoughts down on where I am at in my recovery, weight loss, etc.
Recovery: I am finally feeling mostly back to normal. I still feel some tightness from time to time in my hip, but it isn’t even on a daily basis at this point. I do feel like I limp still when I am first getting up in the morning and a bit stiff, but others have reported to me they don’t really see a visible limp. I am worried that my right foot is turning inward when I walk, but my surgeon at my last visit did not seem concerned. It is nice to finally feel like things have returned to where they used to be. I still struggle carrying heavy items and walking up the stairs without leaning on a railing, especially if I have something in both hands, is not easy. But overall I am feeling very good. It has been four and a half months.
Weight Loss: I finished my 28 Fast Metabolism Diet down about six and a half pounds. I tweaked it here and there: didn’t stop drinking (though I definitely cut back), didn’t stop drinking coffee (let’s be real) and if I was out with family or friends, I didn’t get all “Oh, I can’t have this and I can’t have that.” Instead I increased portions of the stuff that was on plan and had very small amounts of what wasn’t on plan.
Since then I have been just trying to eat healthier and avoiding the bad stuff. I am down about two more pounds over three weeks, which I am not happy with. I am probably going to start another cycle of the FMD next week to kick start things again. That being said, I do feel like I am on track and in the right mindset. Even if I were losing a pound or even half a pound a week, I can live with that. That’s how I gained the weight (ten pounds in a year) and if I lose it that slowly while still enjoying life, that’s OK with me. It’s a marathon not a sprint.
Exercise: The doctors say I should still avoid running and any high impact exercise indefinitely. So lack of cardio is probably not helping me lose weight. I did join the local YMCA and have been there several times a week to do the stationary bike and the weight bearing machines. I don’t love it the way I did running but I know I need to continue at least short term to get my muscles strong again. I have also walked, both on the treadmill and outside, and I am up to two miles. It’s a long way off of running miles and miles, and I finally just cracked 3mph, but I’m getting there. I have attended one yoga class, and plan on going again once a week when I can fit it in my schedule. The one class I went to really helped loosen up my hip and was really the start of feeling much more “normal” again.
Races: I have one, possibly two 5Ks coming up in a few weeks. Obviously I will walk them. The first is the Vicki Soto 5K, which I have done every year since they started the race. I couldn’t imagine not doing it, so I am signed up. It will be my first “race” since my injury. It will be bittersweet in so many ways, but it is a race where tons walk, so I won’t feel strange about it. I have a second one a few weeks later, but I’m going to wait to commit until I see how the Vicki race feels. I don’t want to be the last one across the finish line, and with my times still likely putting me at over an hour to finish a 5K (ugh) I don’t want to embarrass myself too much.
Family: I don’t talk much about my family here other than the occasional mention of how we’ve had a pretty rough year. Right now things seem to be smoothing out a bit and I am very grateful. It has been one horrible thing after another since last fall and so I am hoping that we’ve turned the corner. We spend every Christmas in Florida, and I am hoping to go this year feeling healthy and happy.