Hello, my Courage Friends!
I know, I’m seriously overdue in giving you an update, aren’t I? I had my DIEP flap procedure in March and then my revision surgery to fix a few problems here and there as well as the first stage of nipple reconstruction. I am so happy to be able to tell you that both surgeries were absolute successes, and after so many failures, it is amazing to feel whole again.
I’m going to post more about the surgeries and how things are shortly, but this is a post I just can’t put off (or else I’ll never do it at all!). Years of immobility and physical restrictions due to surgical complications have left me completely out of shape. I started my surgeries weighing 130 pounds, and at my heaviest in March I weighed 180 pounds. That’s 50 pounds! That’s A LOT of weight! I’ve gotten back down to 160 just by being able to enjoy simple movement, but I still have 30 pounds to go. I also have severe muscle weakness, no flexibility, and fear that if I don’t fix this now I will have difficulty walking and doing simple things as I get older. Passing the 40 year mark really makes a difference in recovery time, or at least it has for me, and I want to stop getting weaker and start getting stronger! And awesomer! LOL.
I’ve made a lot of huge adjustments in my life lately. No more coffee. No more Coke (I’m from Georgia, so Coke means any kind of bubbly yummy sugary drink). I’ve been making smoothies (actually, Jon has been making them for me) and I try to replace one or two meals a day with them. I no longer take antidepressants or any other prescription medication. I’m currently taking Betaine HCL to help with a new GERD problem and it’s helped tremendously. I have walked away from my full time job at the medical office and I’m working part time and focusing on my schooling for Certified Medical Assistant and Certified Medical Office Manager. I’m also developing a new project and event that I can’t wait to tell you about, but I’m just not ready to share that secret yet.
All in all, I’m feeling better than I have in a very long time. Except that I find it hard to move my body, and that just won’t do!
I have sat down and researched all of the videos and links I’ve been keeping for the day when I can start exercising again. I have developed a little 30 day exercise program for myself, and I’m sharing it with you in case there are others out there that want someone to work out with while remaining in your own home! I’m going to post the first week for you in a moment.
I just did today’s workout-Day One. Or at least I tried. I picked a lot of dancing routinesbecause my spine and hips are where I’m really feeling a lot of weakness and lack of movement. Instead of rolling with a sexy country girl walk (just listen to Jason Aldean
and he’ll tell you all about it), I have kind of been walking like a stiff old man. So today I stared with a ‘simple’ beginners belly dance routine. Oh, my gosh. When I tried doing my snake arms I could hear my shoulders crunching. When I tried to do the camel move my hips were popping! But that’s ok! I stuck with it and did as much as I could, and I actually feel good. I also have some moves that I need to practice in the privacy of a locked door and a mirror, but I am going to nail those snake arms and camels if it’s the last thing I do!! I have to remember, it’s taken 4 years for me to get this out of shape, so it’s going to take a while for my body to remember how to move again, and to build up endurance and muscle. My physical therapist also told me that I have a spatial problem, all of the nerve and muscle damage to my chest and arms has put my nerve connections out of whack and my brain hasn’t quite figured out where all of my parts are at any given time. Exercise will help, although relearning is a bitch. But I’m working on it, and I’m not going to give up! And if you’re trying it with me, please let me know!
Speaking of letting me know! My old email address (@courageismystrength.com) was inundated with spam mail and I couldn’t get it to stop no matter what nifty tricks I tried. So I shut down that email address. If you use the new Contact Me button you will reach me. If you have tried to email me and received an error email back, you were trying the old address so please try me again!
Thank you all for everything! I promise I’ll be in touch soon!
Week One Workout!
Days 1, 3, and 5
Days 2, 4, and 6
The first video isn’t in English, but it’s easy to follow along.