Last Tuesday was 8 weeks post surgery. Seems crazy to me, yet August seems SOOO far away. I know these post-op updates aren’t that exciting to read, but I want to be able to look back on how far I’ve come and give insight to anyone who may end up having this surgery.
I had PT last Monday and Julie (PT) was impressed that I wasn’t really sore after a weekend of walking around at a festival. She thinks I’m progressing faster than normal, but that isn’t surprising based on my fitness levels.
So, added last week:
- squats on the bosu
- one leg ball catching on the balance board
- hamstring curls with the stability ball
- bridges with one leg lifts (don’t know proper name)
- back/shoulder workouts with weights (waited for permission in case the hinging would irritate)
Last week also included working out 4-5 times a week-which would mean my first back-to-back workout in two months. I wasn’t allowed to increase time spent on the elliptical, just days. Julie also told me to walk a mile on the treadmill REALLY SLOW to work on my stride.
So, last Monday night after a really long day of travel for work, I hopped on the elliptical and did my weights for my arms, abs, back, etc.
Wednesday-arms, back, abs, 1o minute bike, 15 minute elliptical and 1 mile walk. I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t pain free.
I had been talking to a guy in the Marriott gym while I was on the elliptical and told him about the surgery (I always feel self conscious and stupid for getting off a machine after 15 minutes and wanted to explain why I was walking at a snails pace on the treadmill). He looked at my legs and couldn’t figure it out. Until this.
He noticed the difference in my quad size. Honestly, in the 8 weeks, I knew I was weak, but didn’t know that it was that visable. Really, really sad. Not to mention, my legs look so puny (the difference may not be as obvious in this pic with the shadows). BOTH of my quads used to be bigger, but my right one is pretty non-existant.
So I spent National Running Day walking-but at least it was on a treadmill.
Thursday was my back-to-back day and I did the elliptical and my PT exercises. By the time I drove back to Atlanta, I was sore. I was having to massage out spasms in my leg while driving. Awesome. But it wasn’t that bad, in comparision to previous weeks.
I also did the same routine Saturday morning at the gym (bike, elliptical, weights, PT exercises). In full disclosure, I’m getting frustrated. I’m bored. I am dying to sweat again. Like, really really sweat and not because I’m standing outside in the Georgia heat kind of sweat. I know I only have a few more weeks till I can do some of that again, but I feel lazy!
My weekend was spent with friends and probably eating and drinking a bit too much.
What did you do this weekend? Like National Running Day or think it’s just a media day?