Thursday, June 27, 2013

Woooorkin' It...

Yesterday's workout didn't go quite as planned. I was delayed at the dentist office (they were running behind) so I was unable to do Ripped in 30. Instead I walked for an hour. It was exercise and I burned some calories so despite not doing all of what I wanted, I'm happy.

Today's agenda is Ripped in 30 (when I'm done with this post), and then walking the dogs later.  I will most likely wait until after dinner, when it's cooled down a little. That way the dogs can enjoy the walk with me. I usually only walk them for like half an hour because they get so worn out, so I may try to fit something else into the plan today. I do need to do some laundry and cleaning though, so we'll see how far I get.  I might hop on the stationary bike and see if I can do half an hour of biking. That's not a huge calorie burner, but it will be a little extra activity.

Dinner will be healthy tonight - I'm actually looking forward to it. I'm planning on turkey burgers on the grill and a nice, cool, refreshing salad. It sounds so yummy that I'd like to eat now! I'll most likely have some steamed veggies with it, or maybe some watermelon as "dessert" or something.  I'm not quite sure yet, but one of the two (or maybe both?) will be included.

As for tomorrow - I'm planning to do something in the morning and hopefully in the afternoon too. Even if I just take two walks, I'll be a happy camper. I've missed exercise SO much. At first I was kind of bummed to have to walk and not do any running, but I'm okay with it now. I'm really taking time to enjoy the walks - pushing myself as much as I can while making sure I don't over-do it. So far it's working well. It's only been a few days and I already feel better (even with having a few margaritas and Mexican food last night!).

I was super happy to be able to wear a pair of pants I was wearing before surgery. They're a little stretchy so that may have something to do with it, but they went right on. I haven't tried jeans or other pants yet, but I'm hoping that this means the swelling has gone down enough that I can get back into my regular pants. Even my "fat" jeans were tight a week ago, so I'll be happy if those fit! I suppose I should try some on tonight...Just to see.  My priority is cleaning though, so I'll be doing that before playing around with clothes (although I do have some to put away - blah).

I'm excited for the weekend... A long-time friend is getting married up North so my parents, boyfriend, and I will be going up for that wedding on Saturday. We're coming home on Sunday and my hope is that my Mom and I can con the guys into stopping at a winery or two on the way home. My supply could use a boost and the wine tastings are SO much fun! They're just sample sizes, so I'm sure we can convince the guys to give us a few minutes at a few wineries! There are two I'd like to stop by for sure so I'll be happy with those.

Well, I suppose I need to go do Ripped in 30 so that I can start cleaning and make dinner.

Happy Thursday!!


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Margarita Wednesday!

Healthy title, huh?

On Wednesdays some friends go to a local Mexican restaurant for dinner and margaritas (which are always on special)... I will be joining them this evening because one of my friends has a birthday tomorrow, so we are celebrating today! Naturally Mexican food is really not very healthy... I plan on having a taco salad, and not eating the shell. I also kept it light earlier today - gotta save room for a margarita or two! It should be a fun time - the friend who has a birthday is fun, her brother-in-law will be going, I know my parents, boyfriend, my cousin, and her daughter will be there too.... And who knows who else! I'm definitely looking forward to a relaxing Wednesday evening with friends and family.

I have a dentist appointment shortly, so this will likely be a bit on the short side. This means I'm out of work early and should have some time for a walk and (hopefully) Ripped in 30 before dinner. Burning a few hundred extra calories before indulging will be nice.... Sometimes I feel like it gives me a little buffer.  You cannot out-exercise a bad diet, but an occasional treat is nice.  My treat tonight will be the margaritas, as I'm keeping it as healthy as possible by having the salad.

And a short update...

My workout (and lawn mowing) went well yesterday. I managed to mow the lawn without incident, so yay - I can do that! I need a weed whacker thingy though. Because I've not done any of my own lawn care in the past, I do not have one.  The grass in areas I cannot mow is driving me crazy! Hideous!

I spent about half an hour doing the lawn, then did Ripped in 30, and later (after dinner) walked my dogs for a while. I ended up putting in 100 minutes of fitness yesterday and burned 766 calories. Normally I would burn more during that time, but normally I have a run in the mix. Had I ran, I'd have burned a couple more. If I'd been able to put all my intensity into Ripped in 30, I'd have burned more there too... BUT that's okay. I did as much of Ripped in 30 as I could at a higher intensity. Some of the moves I had to modify due to leg and arm pain.  I was able to do most of it without difficulty though. I also used lighter weights than I normally would, just because my incisions are still healing and I don't want to over-do it. I feel like due to movement combined with a heavier weight, I could put myself at risk.  I wasn't a huge fan of the lighter weights, but I used them. Honestly, I felt sore while doing some of the moves, which shocked me. Of course, it's been three weeks since I last worked out. The lighter weights must've awakened my muscles.

I'm still drinking my usual amount of water... I think I had 22 or 24 cups at the end the day yesterday! On Monday it was either 20 or 22. I sense today will be around 20 as well.  Good - that's where I like it!! Eating has been great all week, with the exception of what will be dinner tonight. It's only been  a few days of being back into my "normal" routine, and I already feel better... It's not much but I feel less "fat" and healthier in general.

It's good to be back - I've missed it!!

Hope your week is going well!!!


Tuesday, June 25, 2013


I have to start this with a big ....

GO BLACKHAWKS!! Great job winning that Cup! 

Now onto the business at hand...

I have been "off" from working out the last couple weeks. It's been slight torture. I've still had pain so it hasn't been bad being unable to do it physically. However, mentally it's wearing on me! I am starting to feel "fat" (for lack of a better word). I am definitely ready to get back into action!! It's been frustrating having to rest. I'm not good at resting.

Last night I tried a run. I made it about five minutes before I quit.  I was going to just walk, but I was pressed for time (had to get to my Grandparents' for dinner). I'd have had enough time to run, but not to walk. Obviously I walk at a slower pace, and with my legs hurting, I know I'm going to be even slower than usual. BLAH!

So running? Is a big fail.  For now.
I guess I was expecting to be able to do more because after my surgery last year, I was right back at it about this time.  I had a different form of lipo on my legs, so that may contribute... As well as the swelling taking longer to go away due to no compression garment on the bottom. I blame the capillaries for all of it! Well, maybe not, but it seems that that's where it started. I will allow myself to heal and won't try to run for a little while longer. I can feel the pain when I walk, so I know it's going to be there when I run. I knew that yesterday. I just didn't know, or think, it would be quite so intolerable.

Today's plan is to do a short DVD and take a walk. I really need to get over my fear of the lawn mower and mow the grass, otherwise I'd do more.  I suppose at this point a 30-35 minute DVD and at least a 30 minute walk is probably good.... I KNOW I should start a little slower but I've missed it. I want to jump right it. Fortunately I'm going to see how it goes with the mower so there won't be time to push too hard... Wish me luck in not hacking off my foot or something when I mow - seriously I have NEVER used a push mower and the thought frightens me. This will be the first time mowing my grass on my own, someone else has always done it for me, so I'm slightly afraid of the contraption. Also, the thought of it is not appealing to me. I try to look at it as a little extra exercise. However, that? Is not fun like other exercise.


 I think I will do a JM DVD and see how that goes. I'm thinking I'll do Ripped in 30. That's a good mix of cardio and ST (as most of her workouts) and should be light enough that it won't bother my legs too much. If it does, then I'll stop and just walk tonight. I won't want to accept doing less but I will. Begrudgingly, of course. I have to try to see what will work!  I absolutely have to find some sort of exercise, in addition to walking, to do as I continue to heal.

My thinking is that a few days a week I will get up early to do a shorter DVD. After work I will attempt TF, and then after that (or even later, after dinner) I will walk.... Time will depend on the temperature. I will, most likely, take my dogs since they love walks. I can't take them out if it's too hot. Plus after dinner walks can be nice sometimes!

I think I will wait to incorporate TF until next week. Tomorrow I have a birthday dinner to attend so I will probably do the DVD in the morning and take a walk after work/before dinner. I'm happy to be back into planning - it feels good!! My eating has been good the last couple days, and after that short time I'm already feeling better about myself. I wasn't super unhealthy when I was off, but I did eat out a lot more often than normal and things weren't cooked to my usual slightly obsessive healthy preference. It wasn't all bad but it wasn't all as good as it could have been. If feels good to be on track with planning, eating, and drinking my water (that suffered a bit too). Now I just need to get back into an exercise routine! I'm for sure looking forward to it!!

In fact, I'm looking forward to it so much that I'm going to go out and attempt this mowing situation and then come in to do a DVD. We'll see how hungry I am when I finish. I might have dinner then walk later. If I'm not hungry, then after the DVD I'll leash up the dogs and head out for a walk. I'm super excited to be doing something, even if it isn't running right now!!

Hope you are having a fantastic week!!!


Monday, June 24, 2013

Just Slightly Overdue....

Hello friends!!

I hope my absence hasn't been too tragic for you (haha - joking, of course). I'm feeling better and back in action.  I intended to blog more when I was off but I just didn't get the time, and honestly sitting at the computer didn't appeal to me. Also? It takes a lot longer for me to blog from my iPad! Between lots of amazing visitors, doctor visits, and other things I was pretty beat.

So here I am... I will try to do a couple separate updates on here, to keep posts shorter and better organized. I suppose I will start with surgery itself. That's probably what people are waiting to hear the most about. I'll write another post (maybe yet tonight) about the eating and exercise portion of my time away.

Surgery went pretty well... I was less nervous this time. I think that having had my procedures last year helped with to calm me.  I had to be at the surgical center first thing in the morning, as I was scheduled for eight o'clock. I went through the standard prep...Changed into fantastic and highly fashionable surgical garb, had an IV started and meds pumped through it, super cool things were strapped around my legs to prevent clotting during surgery, and then (after I was all wrapped up in this gear) the doc came in and marked me.

I was given a few more medications this time due to my history of feeling nauseated after surgery. I can't even recall all of what I was given for sure... I know I had a scopolamine patch (used for motion sickness), some kind of Tylenol concoction with an anti-nausea component to it, Pepcid, then of course the anesthetic, and I believe some heavy duty pain meds. 

I recall being give the anesthetic and getting drowsy quickly. I'm not sure I even recall making it into the operating room before I was asleep. Last year I remember being wheeled in there and them telling me they'd be moving me. This time? I think I was out a lot faster (probably given the med a little earlier).

I remember a little bit more about being in the immediate recovery area than I did last time. In fact, I don't recall much of anything from when I was in there last year.  This year was a different story... I remember meeting two nurses, and I remember feeling really nauseated. They kept me in the immediate recovery area quite a while longer than planned. They kept the oxygen on me due to the nausea and gave me some more meds. The nurse also kept wiping my eyes because of the ointment that was in them. At first I thought the pain meds were hitting me too hard... I remember opening my eyes and seeing black spots. One of them seemed to run off to the side, so I thought that they were bugs. I'm pretty sure this is an occupational hazard due to knowing how pain meds can impact on someone.  Luckily it was because of the ointment, so the nurse was very kind and stayed with me for a while to help wipe my eyes.

I also remember being told how rough I looked. I recall something about not letting me look in a mirror. Because I had some liposuction on the back of my legs and butt, I was on my face for quite a while. I guess being face down with the breathing tube in can cause some swelling. Apparently I was very swollen. 

I was finally taken to the area where I could see my Mom, who was a bit nervous because she thought she'd see me after 45 minutes, and that time was pretty much doubled! I remember her trying to help with things and me getting cranky and telling her that's not what the doctor said. One time a nurse was in there and I think she thought I was snapping at her. I didn't do well in telling her that I wasn't talking to her (which also probably sounded pretty snippy). Naturally after I was mean, I started to cry and apologize to my Mom for being crabby.  She realized it was because of the situation, but I still felt bad.  At one point, I said to her, "I just want to go home."

After surgery I went to my parents' house to recover and since that time, I've been back and forth between my house and theirs (spending most of my time up there). I finally came home "for good" yesterday afternoon. I've been lucky to have such good people helping to care for me.

I went back to work today. I had thought about coming back toward the end of last week but that didn't happen. My legs were (and still are) pretty swollen from the liposuction. About a week ago I tried on my "fat" pants (a size larger than I was wearing before surgery) and even those weren't going to fit. I couldn't get one pair past my thigh! That hit me pretty hard, but thankfully I had some good support who just let me be whiney. Anyway, I decided to give it a few more days to let the swelling go down, in hopes that my pants would fit again. I can definitely see a difference between last week and now...But I also can see that there's more swelling to go down.

My legs ended up with some reddened areas post-op. They were itchy and burned at times (still do). I thought it was a tape allergy or an allergy to the material in the garment (had it in other spots - including my arms; same type of garment too), but the doc said that it was actually broken capillaries. He instructed me to stop wearing the compression garment, which means the swelling will take a bit longer to go down. I can see a small difference in the areas he did the additional liposuction. I'm sure I will notice it more as the swelling goes down and I continue to heal.  I'm still having some leg pain; probably related to the swelling. It's nothing significant though and is more present when I walk for too long.

As for my arms... They're healing very well. My incisions are already scabbed over and in some areas the scabs are gone and they just look like scars. I definitely had pain in my arms, and am still having some. Again, it's not bad pain and now it mostly happens when I bump against something or when I stretch them. I am continuing to wear my compression sleeves, and will have to do so for another week or two. I don't have to wear them constantly and the doc said that it's not mandatory, however it will help the swelling go down. I've had them off "when it's not appropriate to wear them" (words of my doc), like when I've laid out in the sun. I do notice that my arms will hurt a little more if I don't have them on. Just like my legs, I'm sure that's from the swelling.

Overall, surgery went well. Recovery has gone well too. It will take some time for the rest of the swelling, and resulting pain, to decrease, but it's definitely tolerable.

So that is that. Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have and I didn't already answer.

Have a great week everyone!!


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Surgery - Done!

Hi All!

Just a short post today... I hag surgery this morning and came home a couple hours ago. I'm very groggy so that's it for now.  

I just wanted to let you know I'm home and doing pretty well!


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sunburst Burst

*Another one of my infamous moments of hitting save instead of publish... This is from 6/3/13.

Saturday morning was supposed to be the day of my second half marathon. It was not. I believe I mentioned in my previous post that I was really concerned about the weather. After much debate and discussion (and stress), I decided not to do the race.  I'm hoping that they received my e-mail in time (sent it way before the deadline) so that I can defer my registration until next year. In doing so, the money I paid for this race would just go toward that.

Why didn't I race?

The weather was the major factor. I kept seeing storms in the forecast and the radar looked pretty nasty. I didn't want to make such a long drive and spend money on a hotel when the only reason I was going was to run. Had I had something else to do in town, I would've gone and seen how the weather was in the morning. I just didn't want to chance making the trip only to have the race be called off or postponed (I wouldn't have been able to run later due to other obligation at home later in the day).

I may have still gone and ran in the rain (if there was no major lightning or whatever), but someone brought up the point about it being wet. Sometimes when it's wet things get slippery. I'm prone to falling (over absolutely nothing sometimes). The last thing I wanted to do was slip and fall... An injury may have resulted in being unable to finish the race. Or something worse that may have prevented me from having surgery this week... I've been looking forward to surgery a lot longer than the half marathon. And given the choice between the two, I'd chose surgery for sure. So, people's thoughts about getting hurt or sick really weighed on my mind....More than a wasted trip. I'm normally a risk-taker but taking the risk with something so big coming up wasn't something I wanted to do.

On top of it all, my Mom was supposed to be going with me and she was pretty adamant about not going based on the weather forecast.  We finally decided on Friday afternoon that we would stay home. So I cancelled the hotel and e-mailed the race officials and stayed home. My Mom and I ended up spending some quality time together on Friday anyway, and we had a good day. We went to lunch, did some shopping, met my grandparents for coffee, and then later went out for dinner with a group of friends (yeah, I ate out TWICE in one day - not a great idea, in my opinion anyway).

So that was that... No race report from me today because I didn't go to the race.  Now I need to find a June race... I think I will do a local one that's on the morning of the 29th. I have a wedding to go to that evening, out of town of course, but I don't think we'll leave too early. My Dad likes to be on the road with time to spare but I'm sure I can take the time to do a 5K before we go! I think it's at 10:30 in the morning so that gives me lots of time.  I will most likely walk the majority of the race, since I will be out of commission for a couple weeks. I will be away from any major activity for a couple weeks after surgery.... But at least it's something. I need to do a race this month, whether it be walking, running, or a mix of the two (likely the latter).

I suppose that's it... I'm headed out of town as soon as I get out of work tomorrow evening since my surgery is so early Wednesday morning. I have surgery at 8:00 and have to be there around 6:00. I have a short list of things to finish so that I can meet up with my Mom and hit the road.

If I get a chance to post tomorrow I will, otherwise it will most likely be in a few days (again). Whether or not I post tomorrow, I plan on writing something after surgery - hopefully Thursday or Friday, depending on how I feel.

I hope you had a fantastic weekend and that your week is awesome!