I couldn’t believe it. I was soooo happy for something like this to happen. A couple of years ago, I would have thought someone who was looking forward to doing this activity was absolutely insane. What was it? I got on the stationary bike for 30 min.
?? Believe it or not it was a major step forward. A while back, I would get on the bike and watch SVU with subtitles to take my mind off this odious task. It was in no way pleasurable. It was boring and it put my butt to sleep. It tired me out and made me hurt the next day. Who could look at that and be excited?
After I broke my hip last August, I was restricted to walking with crutches. When they put that much metal in your hip, they have to move a lot of muscle and tendons to work on it. This means there’s a lot of swelling and bruising, and the recovery time is long–6 months to a year. It hurts. It hurts to lie down, to sit, to stand, to walk, to drive… But you soldier on. The doctor was pleasantly surprised on how well I was moving. The physical therapist was amazed to see how much weight I could put on it, and how well I articulated my foot. I was confused. I didn’t think I was making much progress at all. I was frustrated. It still hurt. In fact it continues to hurt. How was I to strengthen this leg?
I was given some exercises to strengthen the leg and I did those when I went to the gym.
Of course, it occurred to me that it was silly to work just the leg angle when I could do a myriad of upper body exercises while I was there. Granted, my forearms, shoulders and triceps were getting a workout from using the crutches, however I added biceps, back, abs, and chest exercises just to round things out. One day, I did stand-ups from an inclined bench. I lay down on the bench, sat up and continued into a standing position, then sat down again. Sitting down without using my hands was new (and scary) but I didn’t have far to go to get my butt onto a surface, so I didn’t have to worry about falling. The next week, I added a 10 lb. weight and a twist after I stood up. I was getting stronger.
So last Tuesday, I rode the bike! 30 min! Of course, it was level 1. My trainer had me go 4 min on 1 and then boosted it up to lvl 5 for a minute. I was SO excited.
I haven’t had as much water this week as I did last week. I feel so dry now! Need to drink some more.
I’m back to the weight I was when I started this journey 3 years ago. 208.9 Dam. But I’m healing! YAY!