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Thursday, August 02, 2012

(In Photo taken July 28, 2012, I am in the turquoise top at the left...sans the crutches, but hanging onto the chair for support!)

Tragic as my June 30th bike accident was (resulting in a fractured pelvis with a three month recovery), it brings with it an opportunity to rebuild myself. My 2012 triathlon and running race season was trashed with the crash. I went from up to 95 miles a week of swimbikerun to absolute ZIP as I was forced to become a coach potato to allow the bone to heal. Amazingly, I was allowed to return to swimming, though limited, after just three weeks. I'm at a third to a half of what I normally do in the water, but it's a great start. Now I can begin to spin on a stationary bike and am almost off the one crutch that I use (down from two last week). The bone will take 6-8 weeks to calcify over and another 6-8 weeks to return to it's normal strength. I'm on week 5 of 12.

Today, I restarted Weight Watchers. Last time I attended was April 19th. Until school ended (I'm a school secretary), I would be extremely busy and decided to take a break from WW until school ended. My first grandbaby was born mid June and I was out of town for a week. Then upon returning, training like mad for my early July Olympic Triathlon. June 30th changed my 2012 summer plans 180 degrees! I feared that going from 95 miles a week of training to nothing would PACK on pounds! Not at all. I had gained some weight since April but after the accident, I had lost 6-8 lbs. I believe the majority of this weight, if not all of it, is muscle mass. This is not good weight to lose, but I've been told the muscle mass will come back very quickly once I gain back my mobility. Does that mean the weight comes back on too?

Not being sure about the science behind all of this, I figure I better get my eating back on track with healthy, low fat food, yet higher in protein as I rebuild myself with renewed muscle mass. I will be allowed to return to walking soon and build that up for the next 6-8 weeks. By Oct. 1st, assuming all goes well, I can start to add running in again...and tennis.

Why not take advantage of reintroducing the sports that I love with rebuilding my nutrition and adding core work? The old me crashed. The new me will be stronger, better, and leaner than ever. Here begins a series of new posts recording this new adventure!

Stay tuned....

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    I like it. The rebuilding. Maybe an accident such as yours is the universe's way of telling us to pay better, more, different attention to ourselves. Not get complacent and take ourselves for granted.

    I predict you will come back stronger and better than ever!
    3006 days ago
  • BRONZE50
    I am on the WW program as well--rejoined in May of this year. One step at a time, you'll get there!
    3007 days ago
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