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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday Weigh-in & Waist Measure

My weight was up from last week as were all three waist measures.  I am not surprised.  We ate Mexican last night on a whim.  That is a lot of salt.  Salt = weight gain  and bloat.  At least I am proving the articles right.  LOL!!  I'd rather be proving it right by losing weight.  That's OK.  I know what happened.  And, I know what to do about it.  All I have got to do is just do it.

I'll be only dropping in here and there until early next week.  Family is here and I intend to enjoy their company.  Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My CAN Do Plan

I've been rocking right along with my CAN Do plan.  It isn't hard when there are really no standards to measure against.  :)

My three CAN do items are:
1.  Drink water
2.  Keep a food list
3.  Do therapy (6 exercises to do at home to continue to strengthen my right hip area)

These three things I've committed to do each day.  I have done each one successfully.  Sometimes I just drink one glass of water or write down what I've eaten hours afterwards.  It still counts since the goals are so broad.  

The scales have not responded.  Honestly, I didn't expect much.  I knew when I started this, that these would be baby steps in the right direction.  I knew that more steps of whatever size would still need to happen to see meaningful progress.  I have learned from the food lists that I really need to eat more vegetables.  Adding at least one vegetable per day is another small step forward.  I'll continue in this manner for as long as I need to.  It feels comfortable.

Sometimes, it feels a little too comfortable.  Sometimes, I get concerned that I'm fiddling while Rome burns.  We all know that the scales are not an accurate measure.  And until I ran across this article, the scales were all I had.  I encourage reading it as the author does a much better job of explaining those weight fluctuations than me.

Briefly, the article states that the fluctuations have to do with fluid/sodium intake or carb intake, among other factors including the cycles of the body.  It further states that in addition to the scales that three waist measures be taken:  one at the belly button, one two inches above the belly button and one two inches below it.  The measures in tandem with the scales show a more accurate picture of what is happening in the weight loss arena.  Read it.  There is also a chart at the bottom of the article suggesting how to make changes depending on the results.

So, as of today I am making Wednesday a weigh-in and waist measure day.  I'll report my progress each week and continue to take steps forward no matter how small. 

This is my new CAN Do list:
1.  Drink water
2.  Keep a food list and eat one vegetable each day
3.  Do therapy
4.  Weigh & measure on Wednesday

Friday, November 14, 2014

And Now a Word about Exercise

During the 6 weeks since surgery, I've probably worked harder physically than ever.  Three times per week every week, I saw a therapist who showed me what to do, how to do it and continually pushed for improvement.  That was just a small part of what I did.

I had daily exercises assigned by the therapist as well.  Initially, however, just getting out of the bed to go to the bathroom was a major work out.  Over time, that has diminished.  As it has, the intensity of the formal therapy increased.

Now the formal therapy is over.  I have 6 exercises to do at home every day.  I took a couple of workout DVD's to my therapist to see which ones to use going forward.  For now, neither.  She suggested that I watch any workout DVD with fresh eyes, looking for movements that might move my hip in a way I shouldn't just yet.  (Bellydance is out until all the hip precautions are removed, which could be 6 months.)

It is going to be harder now to stay motivated.  I want my hip to get well and be fully functional.  Still, I know in time as my hip feels more and more normal the motivation will wane to do those exercises.  My hope is, I'll be eager to move on to one of the DVDs.  Time will tell.

Just to update - I have driven the car in the parking lot enough to give 65MD comfort that I haven't forgotten how.  Today, I drive solo.  Slowly, slowly I am getting back to my former routines.  I still have discomfort in my hip and thigh.  And, my gait is not right, but then again, I don't think it was 'right' before surgery.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Not Much to Say

I've been drinking water and keeping a food log.  I've also been weighing but not recording it.  My weight will fluctuate as much as 2 pounds from one day to the next so I don't get freaked out about it.

It is too early to draw any real conclusions to the food log experiment, but I've got some theories already.  
  • I'm not sure that I am eating enough, particularly vegetables
  • I have skipped eating some 'bad' stuff because I don't want to write it down
If those things prove to be true in the long run.  I'll know what modifications to make.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Another CAN Do Item

I'm doing much better with the water since I got a lot of helpful tips from my readers.  The best thing about drinking water is not tracking it!  If something happens, and I don't get with it first thing in the morning, I don't feel like I've blown it and give up.  I simply go get some water and drink it.

I haven't been nearly as well with the low carb eating.  Committing to eat low carb was a knee jerk reaction from seeing my behind accidentally.  I thought I was doing well by making that declaration rather than saying I was never going to eat again, or eat only on Tuesdays or some other irrational, unsustainable plan.

Even with my more moderate stance, I knew I really needed to get my head in the game.  I just haven't.  The home delivered meals have stopped, but we still have tons of leftovers.  It is all good food.  It isn't like people have been bringing over boxes of donuts or ice cream. Most people have brought one dish meals like lasagna or meat & veggie meals, or soup/chili.  One person even brought us salad!  A couple of people brought brownies and one person brought a chocolate pie.

To me, that is all reasonable food.  It is the sort of food that people without weight issues eat and move on.  I perceive that is what I am doing too.  But, when I made a declaration to eat low carb, it eliminated most of the food in my house right now!

Rather than try and force myself in to a plan that isn't going to work right now, I decided to figure out what I CAN do.  I don't want to feel bad about myself and the choices I make (or screw ups) and let that dictate how I feel about myself and my body.  I'm not mentally tough enough right now.

What I CAN do, is write down what I eat.  I am simply making a list of it.  I am not weighing, measuring, counting calories, fat grams or carbs.  I am writing it down.  That is all.  (I'm also writing down the time I eat.)  I'm thinking in time, I'll have a better idea of my eating patterns and where to make changes.  Small changes in the right direction.  No more wholesale, none of this or all of that.

My mother lists her food.  She insists that it helps keep her in check because sometimes she doesn't want to write down that she ate this or that so she doesn't eat it!  I should be so lucky.

Today, there are two things I CAN do to move along the road to better health:
1.  Drink water
2.  List my food
That is what I WILL do.

For the record, this is the last week of physical therapy.  I hope to be driving by the end of the week. :)  

Friday, November 7, 2014

Why I Blog

I blog because my readers are much smarter than me and have great ideas.  Not to mention the encouragement I get when I confess a screw up.

In a previous post I confessed that I hadn't been on the water bandwagon as I had hoped because it was cold.  Deniz suggested warm water with lemon, or even tart cherry juice with warm water.  That triggered a memory for me.  My mother used to drink 8 oz of warm water with lemon every morning.  I don't remember the health benefit, but that doesn't matter.  I knew it wouldn't hurt.

So, this morning I diluted 1 ounce of tart cherry juice in 7 ounces of water and then added another 1/2 ounce of lemon juice.  I heated that and had a sip.  I fully expected to have to sweeten it some way because the cherry juice is indeed tart and the extra lemon just might pucker my cheeks for life.  

I had a sip first because I wanted to have it as pure as possible.  I didn't want to add honey because that would add another layer of flavor and I wasn't sure what other sweeteners were in the house besides sugar.  I forged ahead with a sip.

Much to my surprise it was not too sour at all.  (Of course I am a person that eats dill pickles and mustard!)  In fact, it was quite enjoyable.  I liked the warmth of it as well.  It heated me from the inside.  This is something that I definitely want to keep.  It would be nice if a health benefit pops up, but just getting an extra 8 ounces of water down, is a good thing.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

An Accidental Glimpse

I've done it more times that I can count; walk by a mirror or window and see my reflection unintentionally.  It can be sort of fun, when the weight is slipping off and the reflection is better than anticipated.  It can be alarming and frustrating when what is seen is worse. The second happened to me this morning.

I am wearing what I call "Old Lady Pants."  They are stretchy elastic waist pants that probably are not flattering on any body type.  The OLP's are a step up from 5 weeks ago when I refused to wear anything below the waist.  Then I upgraded to a giant pair of gym shorts that 65MD owned.  The goal being, nothing, and I mean nothing touch that incision. Yesterday, I graduated to OLP's.  This morning, I even managed to find a top that matched.

The incision has healed nicely and thanks to vitamin E the scar is diminishing.  I had walking in to the bathroom to toss the vitamin E 'shells' into the trash, when I got a glimpse of my behind.  I think I actually gasped audibly.  That thing is HUGE!!

It is time for action.  No more, "Poor, pitiful me, I just had major surgery!"  That time is gone.  Today has got to be the day I draw the line in the sand and actually do something.  It will have to be low carb because, I don't have what I need for Trim Healthy Mama.  It is OK, it is an easy transition from low carb to THM should I decide to do it.

I got a harsh return to reality.  I needed it.  If I can keep that image burned into my memory, I'll never overeat again! 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Bits & Pieces

I don't have enough to say on one topic to actually make a blog post, but I do have a several tidbits that might be of interest.

1.  I blew it with the water this weekend.  It turned COLD here and I just can't drink cold water when I am cold.  Plus, I had the busiest weekend since surgery.  The level of busy is not nearly up to normal people busy.  Still, it was a lot for me.  And I know this is TMI, but I need a toilet raiser still and so I avoided drinking anything before going some place so that I would not have to figure out how to pee while I was in public!  Folks, that is just a reality of life that is not often discussed but still true.

2.  I am not eating according to any set plan just yet.  Friends and family are still bringing food and it is still quite welcome.  I'm much stronger but still need lots of rest.  Plus I am still going to therapy three days per week, and taking pain meds.  BTW, therapy will end next week, and I've weaned back to one pain pill at night to help me rest.

3.  I have started weighing most days.  Since I'm not actually following a plan, I am not recording it.  It fluctuates as much as two pounds from one day to the next.  It is the same pounds up and down so I think that it is just the natural rhythm of my body and it's fluids.  I'd still like to break through and move on down the scales.  I'll gladly take staying flat for now.  I haven't decided yet if I will record it monthly, weekly or some other interval, if at all.

4.  Anyone have any experience with tart cherry juice?  I've heard how it will cure whatever ails a body, including healing ligaments & muscles after joint replacement surgery.  A friend IRL said a friend of his had hip replacement, drank an ounce each day and two weeks later was healed.  I am wondering if anyone else out there has had a similar experience.  I started on it Sunday and so far haven't felt any thing extra special.  At this point, it would be hard to know if the juice aided or if I'd be feeling this good without it.  I am considering keeping it in my diet long term.  I prefer my friend both blog and IRL share stories rather than finding random postings on the Internet.  Who knows if those are legit?

5.  I am considering what plan to follow when I do feel strong enough to tackle something.  It is down to Trim Healthy Mama through the end of the year or just low carb.  I have some hcg.  It requires at least three weeks of strict adherence which won't be doable until the first of the year.  I'm hoping that I'll be successful enough with THM or whatever I choose to stay with it and save the hcg to get those last few stubborn pounds off.  Right now, we have a beach trip planned for late April.  I'd like to feel strong and healthy enough to walk along the beach in a new swimsuit.  (65MD has decided I need a new one!)

6.  I keep getting advice on what to expect along this healing journey.  I love it.  I love knowing that I am not alone, even if my benchmarks are a little different.  A friend told me yesterday that her mother felt like it took her a full 6 months to feel normal again.  That took such a burden off of my shoulders that I actually cried tears of joy.  Six months is a long time to feel bad, but I've already got 5 weeks under my belt.  That just leaves 4 and 3/4 more months.  I should be feeling great by our beach trip.

I know this is just a bunch of disjointed thoughts.  I wanted to keep in touch especially since blogger has been doing something wonky and my reading list only comes up when it feels like it, so I haven't been able to comment like I want to.  I'm still here.  No worries!