As I probably shared with most of you, if not all of you, is that on December 14th I had the bones of my foot cut, re-set, then screwed back together to prevent them from moving.
I had the same operation done on my other foot 3 years ago, and have been waiting with anticipation for the day of this one to arrive. I also knew what to expect: a great deal of pain, 2 months of bedrest, and very limited use of my computer for work, since my legs had to be above my heart. Anyway, this is old news. Operation went well, and tomorrow is my third of eight weeks of being in bed.
I promised the doctor, my husband and myself that I would do everything as requested, and I did. It wasn’t until my first post-operation visit that I told him the big secret I had been keeping: YES I kept my foot elevated 90% of the time BUT… I exercised.
I only told him that after he commented on my impressive recovery :) and he was surprised that I even would want to exercise despite the pain, but agreed to let me keep doing it, much to my delight!
So here is my routine for the last 3 weeks:
- I lay in bed with my feet elevated the whole day and night (yes, it’s hard to sleep with your foot way up there at night)
- I exercise for 30 minutes/day, still with my feet above my heart. I am doing 320 abdominals a day, sometimes more, modified push-ups (so my feet can be high), and weights for my arms.
- I have an amazingly relaxing bath every day, with my foot resting on my crutch above the water. I got so many pretty bath bombs, and my favorite bath gel, for Christmas, that I have splurged in a bubble bath every day.
- I also decided to eat really clean and not drink wine :( sooo…
I lost 10 pounds in just these past 3 weeks, even though I only moved for 30 minutes a day, and when I say move, I mean move my arms! the rest of me is still pretty much flat 24/7.
I really didn’t feel like working out any of the days, but it was a promise I kept to myself and I didn’t want to break it (still doing it now). I am a runner, so not having the use of my legs really weighed heavily on me, but even without legs there’s a million things one can do! Who would have thought?
The good news is that it worked in my favor. I am stronger now, and I healed much faster than expected, so the doctor gave me permission to be up (using crutches or sitting) for no more than 2 hours each day. Sooooooo exciting!!! :) I already went out of the house 3 times!
Glad that secretly pushing myself to the max worked out! Still being careful otherwise.
Have a good time, and in your next walk, add an extra pep in your step, for me :)