From the department of extremely boring, I am on Day 4 of living a borderline sedentary lifestyle.
On Thursday, when I was sitting in the doctor’s office immediately post-surgery, I basically asked every way that I could to get permission to run and do yoga. When I didn’t get that, I consoled myself with the prospect of power walking.
If I can be completely honest, when the doctor told me No Running, my first thoughts were:
- I am going to balloon into a whale over the next two weeks
- I need to focus on what I am eating so I do not balloon into a whale
Which is horrifically superficial, I know. But this is honestly a bigger “break,” than I have ever taken from…exercise. Even when I had awful tendinitis, I was on the exercise bike every afternoon, doing yoga every morning, and right now that is simply not an option.
With my first bandage change, there was a reality check. I have a two inch incision and about 16 stitches in my back. It was sort of alarming. And it was 100% not the same as two centimeters and a few stitches. At all.
I get it now. I really do. I can’t run or do yoga or even power walk right now or anything that will cause that area not to heal. I can walk. Slowly. Which is just phenomenally boring. But that is it, because I really need those stitches to stay in place and my back to mend. I need to eat the foods my body needs in order to heal, which is not about amounts, it is about things. Like lots of fresh produce, protein and healthy fats. And daily mugs of hot cocoa because that is healing too.