Mar 15, 2017

Making the Cut: Allow Yourself to be a Beginner

I'm back...kind of.

It's true that I'm exercising again but mostly I'm just doing a lot of PT. I still have a lot of PT left actually, although I am hoping they will discharge me at my next evaluation which means I have control over the rest of my recovery. But the reality is that I still have a long way to go before I'll be exercising like I once had.

And I actually really miss exercise. I miss it a lot. Something I have learned over the last few years is that exercise is a source of therapy for me. Exercise gives me endorphins and gives me balance. I miss doing this one thing for me and only for me. I miss feeling productive after a good sweat. I have learned that exercise helps me not just physically but mentally each day. And in truth I have really needed that lately because I have really struggled with the knee surgery and just with life recently thanks to just one thing after another (hello black cloud, go away now!). Not to mention the fact that I worked hard to get to where I am and lose the weight I did, so the thought of gaining it back thanks to suddenly becoming sedentary.

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So I decided it was time to do something about it. I knew full well that I couldn't go back to the exercise I craved. I couldn't really even exercise even half of what I wanted. My main focus still needed to be PT. But that didn't mean I couldn't do something. I was already walking for cardio whenever I could but that's about as much cardio as I'm able to do (I can't jump or run. It's actually quite weird to try to move fast and realize that I'm about to fall on my face if I do.). So as lame of cardio as it is, it was something. My PT was pretty much all the lower body work I needed.

But that didn't mean my arms and my core couldn't get a little extra something. So now I just needed to figure out what I wanted to do and how to add it in. Like I said my PT is my biggest focus, but with easy days and hard days it was just a matter of getting up in the morning like I once did and adding in those other two workouts in with my morning PT (leaving my evening PT as is).

I knew I couldn't do any of Jillian Michaels because there's too much lower body and cardio mixed in. So I turned to my other favorite thing - Moms Into Fitness. She has good workouts and usually broken down into individual workouts. And luckily for me, she had just come out with a new program: Love Your Body. Within that program is a all core and a all arms workout. Both of which, yes have some planks but I can do them with some modifications, I can do three months past knee surgery.

The core workout is only 9 minutes but a killer. So I decided to add that workout to my harder PT days. The arms workout is about 15 minutes and I definitely can feel it so here's hoping for lean arms. This workout is added to my easy days. And this is my plan for the next two weeks. I decided that planning out just fourteen days was definitely for the best because in just about two weeks I have my PT evaluation and I have no idea what's coming after that. So fourteen days was the best choice at this point.


So that's where I am. I'm making my way back into exercise as much as my leg will allow at this point, but at least I'm doing something.

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