Far Too Long
Thursday, October 02, 2008
It's been a long time since my last blog!
I traveled to my grandma's funeral in August and spent some time with my extended family - many of who I haven't seen in a decade (or two). It was an eye-opening experience to see how the gene pool is so clearly reflected in my family. We have genes for tall, short, lanky, and "beefy" -- for lack of a better word.
Some of us got one gene, some got two - but it was amazing to look at the family and see "grandpa" and "grandma" so clearly in each face and body type. I am a "grandpa" - tall, large-boned, and it's easy to carry a lot of extra weight with this build. I can fight to be active and thinner . . . but I can never be the lanky body type I see in other family members.
That said, I definitely want to age more gracefully - and I can do that simply by dropping more of this weight. I don't want my body to give out because it can no longer support my extra weight. And if I work hard to stay active, I'll stay stronger and (hopefully) not succumb to spinal fractures and the resulting poor posture.
After a couple of very painful walks/elliptical runs, I finally made an appointment with my sports medicine doctor. He recommended 6 weeks of physical therapy to get my kneecaps back into alignment. I spent my September doing two-a-day knee exercises to strengthen my inner quads. I was restricted from walking and running, so I did a bit of pool work - but mostly just focused on my knee exercises.
I also struggled through yet another sinus infection. My last CT scan showed evidence of "sinus disease" so I took another run of antibiotics (which make me feel icky and exhausted) . . . only to find that I didn't feel much different after I finished them. So goes the story of my life; I do my best to treat the symptoms that I have, but go on with my life because I may never be back to "normal."
Getting Back on Track
I've done a great job of maintaining my weight. I haven't lost much since March! But at least my body is happy to stay within a 5-pound range - so I don't have to re-lose any pounds. But I do need to kick my activity into gear so I can start losing again. I've spent far too long at this 35-pound milestone!
I should "graduate" from therapy on Tuesday, and hopefully get the OK to resume my cardio work (along with another 6 weeks of on-my-own PT). And with the cooler weather I'm more inclined to get outside and walk after work. My goal for October is to get 1000 minutes of cardio time -- that's about 30 minutes a day -- an achievable goal if stay focused.
So, as the year wanes and I look back at what I've accomplished in the last 9 months, I wonder where I might be had I worked a bit harder. Still, I'm happy with the fact that I lost 10% of my body weight this year (not an insignificant amount according to the medical experts) and I have changed my life style for the better. I eat 5-7 servings of fresh produce most days, I always get at least 8 cups of water, and I truly look forward to my gym workouts. Overall, I'm in a much better place than I was last year at this time. And I intend to keep improving!