It has been about 5 weeks since I had surgery. My last post talked more about this, and even had gnarly pictures, to walk you through it. In this time, I have been doing a lot of thinking. Ok more like in the last 4 weeks. Ill be honest, I do not recall much from that first week. So if I talked to you, sent you a text, or an email, I am not fully responsible, for what I said, wrote or texted, unless it was Funny, Brilliant, or Awesome. That was all me, and not the pain killers.
So, ill skip ahead to the past 4 weeks. I have been home on disability fallowing Dr. orders as best I can. I have been going to PT once a week and doing my at home exercises every day. Along with those, I have created a core and upper body routine. I found a really informative book to guide me along the way. Cycling Anatomy by Shannon Sovndal,MD. I’m a visual learner, and the illustrations help, not only with the exercises, but knowing how they apply to you on the bike.
I have been guilty of neglecting my upper body in the past, and have been compared to T-Rex to many times. Just because, I too hate pushups, and have small feeble arms, that are best used at the computer, dose not make me a prehistoric carnivorous dinosaur. Although, I do love a good hunk of meat now and again. But any ways, I got distracted, thinking of bacon. aaaaah bacon. What im trying to say is, with more time in the day to work with, it’s time to change this, and build a stronger core, and upper body, while I wait for the green light to get back to training on the bike.
This is the first time since I was 12 that I have had extra time to work with. (It’s hard for me to call it free time, as I feel like I earned it, and am paying for it in a way).
At first it was really hard for me to figure out what to do with my day. I needed to except that it was ok to do nothing, because that is exactly what I was supposed to be doing. But in order to do this, I needed to look at it differently. Not as doing nothing, but as resting, healing, and recovering. As soon as I was able to see it this way, it has been easier to be constructive, and not feel guilty. (It’s amazing what you can talk your self in to).
You see, I am a person that needs to stay in motion, working on something, towards an ultimate goal. This has not changed, I have simply altered my approach, and have been able to be more mindful and constructive, in this process.
Back to the past 4 weeks. On top of PT and working out, I have been in constant little torn muscle pain. Who knew working out a muscle group that has been neglected for so long could cause so much discomfort. It hurts to brush my teeth. And just to be clear, I have not gone over board, as I do every year, when I do a little cross training, and I think im still a runner,and then can not walk for a week. No, I have been smart about this. Im simply,well please refer to above image.
I have also been cooking and juicing a lot. And it’s been a great experience as many people have reached out to me wanting recipes. So in the next few posts I will be including some of my favorite juicing recipes, as well as soups, and other fun dishes I have been making.
I will also be sharing an announcement, of a great new partnership that is helping me through recovery! So subscribe to my blog, message me, introduce your self if we have not met, and ask questions if you have them. Id love to know who my readers are, and connect with you more. So until the next post,(it’s coming soon) enjoy.