Perhaps I should start with the "other stuff". Yesterday I went to Rite Aid to purchase some Mederma or other scar care product. Holy Moley is that stuff expensive! For a small tube of the Mederma Advanced-$35! I went with something called Scarguard, a product that combines silicone, hydrocortizone, Vitamin E oil and flexible colloidion. I had called my orthopedic surgeon to see 1-what they recommended and 2-if I could get it in prescription form (which would be cheaper with my insurance). They don't give out prescriptions but the nurse described to me what they sell at their office and I found the closest thing. I can't report on it this early on but I hope to update later and mention if it works.
I went to PT today and talked through what's been going on with the pain I have been having. The therapist has a sense that it was too much activity too soon and recommended that I cut out aerobic type activity this week and just focus on the strength moves and walking right. Then next week I can play around with what type, how much, etc of different exercise. She also said steer clear of all hill anything-no hill hiking, walking, nada. She also said absolutely no jogging or running until my calf muscle is strong again-GOODY. Which leads me to...
Weighty issues...I have been keeping loose tabs on my weight. I'm not a big scale person, but I do believe the scale can be one of many helpful tools. Another is fit of clothing. So far both have been ok. Another one is dressing rooms. Don't laugh. This is called tough love people. Dressing rooms are the worst! Don't they realize that if they put more flattering light in those places, people would buy more of their clothing? Well today I was in Target trying on a few new things for spring/summer and it was not pretty. I'm getting slightly lumpy in my backside areas (back of rear, legs, arms). UGH! I refuse to act surprised though, I know where I gain weight. Next, I tried on a pair of Merona brand size 6 shorts and they were too tight! That is never a welcome situation. *sigh* The tank top I did purchase I am going to feel slightly self-conscious in because my arms don't look as good as they did before. I'm going to try not to obsess over it.
The honest truth is that I have not been diligently watching what I eat, despite not having running as an exercise outlet. I'm not going to lie. The word DIET makes me want to stick my finger in my eye. I love food. This is why I run! But I can deny no longer that I have 2 options before me as I rehab: 1) Eat whatever I want and gain weight or 2) Discipline myself with my intake so that I can come out of this thing relatively unscathed. But I love food!, my inner self whines. It's ok, you will still be able to eat what you want within reason, and in smaller amounts. The world will not end, I answer.
So next on my list today is to record measurements and get to work on taking positive steps. I have used MyFitnessPal in the past and I'm thinking it's time again. I can't stand taking the time to plug everything in, but if I have time to log into Facebook a gazillion times a day, I have time for this (and less Facebook would probably be good for me too!)
Ok here goes:
Weight: 145 lbs (goal 135)
L arm: 12"
R arm: 13"
R calf: 15"
L calf: 14" (this will be one area I hope to increase!)
I'm not going to go over tips and tricks for weight loss. I've been down that road before. I think more than anything, moderation, and hopefully I will find some kind of cardio outlet that doesn't leave me with a sore heel! I might have to start dancing around the house or something.