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And Skipping over the Ocean like a Stone

Monday, February 08, 2010


Well, I'm not exactly skipping.

But I'm doing better than I was. It's still a row to hoe, but it's better.

This week was remarkable for a few reasons. I've gone back to strength training (very light weights!). I've gone back to walking most days. I've been sleeping better. My reflux has improved (although not gone away entirely, damn). I can stretch the time between applications of Tylenol and Maalox. My measurements are still just about the same. My weight has gone up but I am bloated and that will continue for a while. Kinda like a three-month TOM. Gawd.

And I've come to the conclusion that, following _The_Spark_, it makes sense to set some recovery goals. Naturally I have regular old weight loss goals, but these are for the time from the date of surgery (January 15th) to three months afterwards (April 15th - Tax Day!). This short term will, more or less, be the time for me to get back in the swing and recover. It may end up taking longer. It may take less time. It's my body and, while I can influence some of the things that happen, I cannot predict how I will react. If it feels like too much, too soon, I'll pull back.

So, here are my recovery/recommitment/rededica
tion goals:

GOAL #1: wounds all healed by March 1st (somewhat out of my control but I'll do what I can to spur it along). I have three major wounds which I have to dress twice daily, and that takes up a great deal of time these days.

GOAL #2: back to regular walking speed (about 1/4 mile every 5 minutes) by March 1st. Currently I'm walking at a speed of about 1/4 mile every 10 - 15 minutes.

GOAL #3: back to one hour (at a time) or more walking endurance by March 15th. Currently I conk out at about 45 minutes, and I really pay for it in nappage if I stretch that to 55 or so minutes.

GOAL #4: back to strength training levels as follows:
* lift 10 lbs. every morning (I am currently at this level)
* lift 20 lbs. every morning by February 20th
* lift 30 lbs. every morning by March 10th
* lift 40 lbs. every morning by April 1st (this is my old level)

GOAL #5: fit back into the brown pants by April 1st (you get bloated by surgery, and it's hard to get rid of that, particularly if you're not exercising as vigorously as before). These pants had fit before; they will fit again.

GOAL #6: there is no #6. :)

I think these are reasonable and attainable. But I'll change them up if they're not working for me. April 15th isn't some magical date, and neither are the other days. If I make it on time, great. Early, even better. Late, eh, that's okay, too.

I'll be keeping track of how I'm doing here: www.sparkpeople.c
. I'll be summarizing my progress on my blog, too, but not as frequently as on that topic.

In the meantime, I am still waiting to hear on a particular interview. I will blog once I know, one way or the other. You can count on that, even if it's today.

Enjoy Harry Nilsson.
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    Love Nilsson, love Everybody's Talkin', but more than that love your progress and your plan! Woo Hoo to YOU! :-)

    3948 days ago
    Those are great goals. Be sure to listen to your body. You know best what you can handle. Sounds like you are making a lot of progress and that is AWESOME!!
    3948 days ago
    I am also amazed you are lifting 10# weights. You do have some big goals but I see you are willing to adjust them as needed. Glad you are doing better.It will all be worth it.
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    You are awesome! I have known you well enough you will make it to all your goals OR be pretty darn close!
    3949 days ago
    You have put together a great plan. Take care of yourself and good luck on your way to recovery =)
    3949 days ago
    Nappage sounds good! emoticon
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  • JOHAL52
    You're lifting 10 pounds already? Wow. I am glad that you are feeling better and making goals. Just remember that adjusting goals is okay too, as long as you are in touch with yourself. And you sound like you are.
    3949 days ago
    Always right to have a plan! Positive energy your way!
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    3949 days ago
    Nappage is good for healing.

    Sounds like you have a sensible plan. You are as ever an inspiration.
    3949 days ago
    wow ! you put me to shame indeed. I had surgery oct 5th and then 5 more hospital stays and one surgery. I am due for another one in about a week. I am losing weight but not able to exercise due to the nature of the surgery. I wish you success on all your goals whether they be short or long term.
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    Lori in new york
    3949 days ago
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    Is it too early to ask if it was worth it? Good luck and good health. Having done nine months of recovery for a rotator cuff repair as well as a few other surgeries, I feel your pain and I would never elect to do it. . . except my neck is bothering me. Why is it that age first shows in the neck???? emoticon
    3949 days ago
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    Good luck to you. Hope you reach your goals! Hang in there.
    3949 days ago
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