The week in Review
Friday, August 06, 2010
The last time I wrote was on Tuesday. Now it's Friday and some major changes have transpired this week. Later in the day Tuesday, I did a semi-squat to pick up something...and pop...and OWWWWwwww; my new hip joint popped out of position. Let me tell you, for those of you lucky folks who have not experienced this phenomena; it makes child birth look like a stroll in the park! I was in the most agonizing pain I've ever experienced-and that's saying a lot, because I'm a "pain pro." We had to call 911 to get paramedics to help me get to a hospital and getting there was nothing short of hell.
It was a good five hours of that pain, before they finally knocked me out in order to put the hip back into the socket. Fortunately, they were successful, thus avoiding another surgery. However, when I left the hospital, my hip felt much like it had when I first stood on my feet, post surgically. Tenuous and very painful.
By the next day, I could maneuver through the house, (back on my cane again with my full weight), slowly and painfully. However I did not feel up to taking a shower or going anywhere - even missing Bible Study that evening, which I always look forward to.
By today, I'm "cane-less"...and moving with more ease. I am still feeling sore and kind of bruised in the rear quarters...kind of like a burro gave me a good kick in the back-end! I saw the surgeon yesterday and he gave me the "go ahead" to go back to my walking workouts outdoors...And although I'm not sure if I'll start tomorrow, definitely by Monday I'll be hitting the road again...although very surely not for the distances I was doing in the beginning of this week.
I found, as is usually the case with my "all-or-nothing" self that, because I could not do ONE kind of exercise (cardio), I eliminated ALL exercise for a bit, before I suddenly thought, "what am I doing? I can still exercise my arms, core (somewhat) and my calves...GET TO IT GIRL!" So today, that is what I did. I worked on the strength stuff using the body parts that are not hurting.
It has also been an interesting week in regards to food ...but maybe I'd better save that for another blog...This one is getting long.
One of the things I love about the Spark program is that it has been forcing me to confront a whole bunch of behavior and thought patterns and habits that I have developed over the years - which up till now, I've been ignorant of. There are REASONS we don't lose weight; REASONS we overeat; and REASONS we don't get off the couch to exercise. And these reasons are the main things we must confront and deal with if we are ever to successfully take weight off and keep it off.
I'm a pro at dropping weight. But keeping it off and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding extremes in eating and exercising patterns is another story. Once I reach my goal, I think my greatest challenge will be ticking away the months and years while REMAINING at a desirable weight. And the only way to do that is to notice and correct these bad patterns that are so deeply ingrained in us. I'm working on it. And THIS time, I plan on being successful at it!