- HEALTH TRACKER
You will be so glad you added exercise before your surgery! It made my recovery a breeze!
When I started, I was 324 lbs. I couldn't walk from the driveway into the house without getting winded! Now I can run a few miles before I even notice it. I started with walking. And crying, because it hurt so bad. After a few weeks, I added some Nautilus weights. Over time, it got easier, and I got stronger.
Hang in there! We all had to crawl (and cry) before we ran races! YOU CAN DO IT.
I just need to vent to peeps that will understand.
Most of y'all that know me (via my posts) know that I truly do love to exercise. But, there is one sticking point with me. I hate the time change, and having to run in the dark/cold. My last "nice" outdoor workout will be tomorrow. I'm going hiking and the weather will be beautiful and the Fall foliage awesome. Also, the cold weather REALLY aggravates my arthritis, so I'm struggling with knee pain every day (interestingly, exercise does make it feel better!). Last night I really had to force myself off the couch to go run at 7:30 (I waited for DH to get home so he could go too). BUT, I did it! and yes, I felt much better afterward.
I really have to push myself to keep up my fitness level in the cold months. Many of my workouts will be in the basement.........which is also cold! I am actually joining a gym in January so I will be able to use boxing/boot camp as my main exercise in the Winter. My plastic surgery (lower body lift and breast lift) is next Friday, so I wont be able to workout for at least 4 weeks....so I'm really trying to savor these last few before the big day.
Thank you for listening.
I began exercising 6 months before my surgery, and the nurses at the hospital swore that was why I had such an easy time in my recovery.
Walking is great, and make sure you hold your abs tight the whole time you are walking. Try to work up to a 15 minute mile. Also, do as much core work as possible. It is so important for overall strengh to have a strong core.
Best wishes to you, let me know if you have any other questions.
Oh, and I was 44 and 324 lbs when I started, so it can be done!