Monday, November 13, 2017

Surgery, misery, boredom and recovery.

So, WOW - it's been a very long time since I've blogged.  Or really since I've had anything to blog about, really.

Just wanted to chronicle my recent bunion surgery. (I wish they could come up with a more glamorous name for it, but alas, it sounds disgusting.)

I had put this procedure off for many, many years.  It is considered elective surgery and I wasn't going to die without it so, I put it off to the point where I couldn't ignore it anymore. One HUGE reason was I hated the thought of 6 weeks out of the gym. 

What is a bunion?  Well, a bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. Bunions can develop as a result of an inherited structural defect, stress on your foot or a medical condition, such as arthritis. Mine was the result of 35 years of wearing gorgeous stilettos.  I love my high heels!

So, the result of this comes out making everything shift around push other bones out of place in my foot, and was painful especially after long hikes or runs.  Here is one of the initial x-rays showing what a mess it was in there!  Next to it, the outward appearance of my foot.



So the recommended procedure was a Lapidus Bunionectomy.  Basically what that involved was removing a portion of the first metatarsal, realigning it, and then fusing the first metatarsal and medial cuneiform bones.

Here is the "after" x-ray taken 5 days post-op, which shows the plates and screws used for the fusion. 














I had read everything I could about the recovery, pain, success rates, etc., but nothing prepares you for the real thing.  Some of it was worse, some of it was better. 

The pain afterward was minimal.  Honestly I was surprised.  I took the pain meds for 20 hours and stopped.  They are awful and I seriously for the life of me cannot understand how people get hooked on that shit.  Anyway, Tylenol was my go-to.  I also had 800mg Ibuprofen for inflammation, which also helps with pain, in my opinion.

Starting on night two I had some really awful nerve pain which felt like hot razor blades and needles poking into my foot all over.  Yeah.  But I still just took Tylenol.  They offered a pill to help with that but it is an anti-depressant which I wanted nothing to do with.  So, I just suffered through it and learned to cope.  That nerve pain seemed to hit only at night (you know, when your body is in repair mode) and lasted about a week and a half.

The procedure was on Friday, October 6.  By Monday morning I was bored and filled with regret - "what have I done?" kept going through my mind.  I wanted to work out. I kept having visions of laying on the couch getting fat and lazy.

So, four days post-op (Tuesday) I decided  to get up and actually work out.  Now, this wasn't CrossFit by any means.  Lots of stretching, knee push ups, sit-ups, leg raises, hip exercises, seated dumbbell presses, etc.

Week two I made it upstairs (which was hilarious - lots of crawling and scooting) so I could use the rower.  All in all I've managed to only miss about 4 days of working out  to date.  Week three I got to go back to the gym, and started going every other day.  The off days I still did my home workouts.

I've lost weight.  I've also lost muscle, so, win/lose there.  But I'm okay with it.

I had a few pity party days, where I just felt like this was never going to end.  I just want to DRIVE my car.  I want to be able to go somewhere when I get the urge.  I do not like being dependent on someone to bring me water, food, etc.  But thank God I have Allan who did all that and more.

Recovery:
My first visit post-op was 5 days.  At that visit I got permission to start putting slight pressure on my foot, in the boot, with crutches.  About 1/4 of my body weight.   Same advice at the second follow up - 11 days in.  At the next visit which was 3.5 weeks post-op, he instructed me to start putting more weight on my foot, working up to full weight walking without crutches.  All still in the boot.

As of yesterday I'm there!  It's a bit achy sometimes but no big deal.  Part of the process.  My six week post-op is in two days and I'm hoping to be released to take off this boot and put on a shoe and walk, and drive, etc.  The surgeon has told me no running, jumping, hiking or heavy weight lifting for at least 12 weeks, and expect "full recovery" to take 9 to 12 months.  That seems like forever.

Anyway, if you're grossed out by feet or scabs or bruises, you can tap out now.  Here are some progress pictures taken over the weeks:

day 6 post op
bruising was horrible (day 13)

day 16 - soaking in hot water bath


day 20, incision progress is slow

 
1-month post op

 
38 days post-op, incision healing more


So, that's it for now.  Hoping for a good post-op visit this week and moving on with my life!  I'll be modifying every CFJ workout for a while, but I'll just be glad to BE THERE! 


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

PR day

Long time no blog.  I've been busy not being busy.  Ha!  Housewifing takes up a lot of time.  Not sure how I ever managed a career with all the stuff that goes on around here.  We are all super-women when we have jobs outside the house I suppose.

Anyway, since I last  blogged, I hit my 25lb weight loss goal and then went on a two week sailing trip and gained 5 back.  It'll come right back off.  I'm back on track and working hard at it.

Today, I managed to set 2 PR's at the gym.  The first was on hang power snatch.  Actually I set 2 PR's on that alone - 95# and 100#.

Then we had a choice of Isabelle or Randy and I chose Randy.  75 power snatches for time at 55#.  I took 1:46 off my old PR with a time of 5:54.  So, it's a PR day! 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Housewife

Yep.  That's me these days.  Actually, I'm unemployed, so I'm being a housewife until I find a new job.  Not digging the whole house cleaning thing, but I realized the people I've been paying to clean my house were slackers.  So much was just being done half-assed.  I'm fixing all that.  I will probably just continue to do it myself even after I find a job.  Like the old saying goes, "If you want something done right, do it yourself."

We had our usual winter escape to the caribbean - this year to the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas.  Very enjoyable and relaxing trip.  And I got my annual cold on the return.  So, I'm almost over that, and in the meantime I've been scaling everything at the gym.  Still maintaining my meal-planning and weight loss.

“The MLK Muscle-Up Mile ” by DB
For Time:
-805meter Row
Then
-10-8-6-4-2-1 Muscle-Ups (ring) MRX Burpee C2B
-20-18-16-14-12-10 WallBalls 20/14lbs 10/9′ MRX 20/10/9′
(i.e. 10 MUs & 20 WBs, 8 MUs & 18 WBs, 6 MUs & 16 WBs……10WBs & 1 MU.)
Then
-804meter Row

My Time:  21:53, modified

I scaled the burpee/pull ups to 5-4-3-2-1-1 double-burpee/single pull ups due to a bicep tendon issue.  Always an issue...always.  :)

Core development:

2 x 10 sec L-sit
30 Hip Extensions
25 abmat sit ups
25 GHD sit ups

Friday, December 16, 2016

Goals and more goals!

So, this week, on Tuesday, I hit my 20 lb weight loss goal!  8 months, and honestly, just a little bit of effort.  It hasn't been all that difficult once I set my mind to it. 

And now I think I want to lose more.  So, today, much to my surprise, I was down another half pound! Wooo!!  I think I can safely lose at least 5 more lbs.  I see the areas of fat I can stand to lose.  So, 5 or 10 more perhaps in the next few months. 

The really cool part of this is I've developed strong habits.  Weigh and measure everything 90% of the time, but learn to let go when it's time to have a "free" meal.  I don't call them cheating because I'm not really "dieting".  I'm just eating right.  So, anyway...yeah, I'm hitting goals. 

Next up is the goal to find a job.  I'm feeling pretty positive about it, and letting it all go this week and next while I go on vacation.  I'm ready for some bikini time on the beach.  Snorkeling, kayaking, exploring and eating some locally caught fish in the Bahamas.  And...wine.  :)

Today's WOD

For Time:
-25cal Row
-25 Pull-Ups
-25 WallBalls
-20cal Row
-20 WallBalls
-20 Pull-Ups
-15cal Row
-15 Pull-Ups
-15 WallBalls
-10cal Row
-10 WallBalls
-10 Pull-Ups
-5cal Row
-5 Pull-Ups
-5 WallBalls

My time: 17:01 - scaled

I took the pull-ups to about half the reps, so 13-10-8-5-5.  Still got a really good sweat going and felt like I pushed myself, so worth getting out of bed!

TGIF kids!!

Friday, December 9, 2016

I'm a big friggin' mess today.

Wow.

So, you're rolling along thinking life is fine and then BAM out of the blue you're just a big crybaby.

Shit.  Ok, let me back up.  Just before Thanksgiving I was informed that our equity partners are backing out, and our company will be shutting down.  For good. Final. Over. Done.  I. Will. Have. No. Job. 

I've been through every possible emotion over it, and thought I was close to the point of acceptance.  I mean I have no choice but to accept it.  But emotionally, mentally I'm not there yet.  I thought I was, but I'm not.  I'm a big crying, sobbing mess today.  I hate feeling weak like this.  I hate not having an answer.  I hate having to deal with this bullshit.  I don't want to have to go on interviews.  I don't want to have to start all over.

 I am pissed.  I am stunned.  I am lost.

LOST

The only place I can truly let go of it is at the gym, when I need to focus on what I'm doing so I don't accidentally kill myself with a barbell or something.  Or you know, someone else.  Ha! 

Today I channeled all this emotion into getting a PR.  Although at the time I didn't know it was a PR, it just felt like a really awesome solid lift.  It feels good and that's what my focus will be on today.  This one success for the day, a 130# Hang Power Clean.  Go me!!


6min AMRAP
-6 Hang Power Clean 155/105 RX+ 185/125 MRX 115/65
-30 Double-unders
-12cal Row
Immediately into
6min Build to a 1 RM Hang Power Clean


WOD MRx = 2 rds + 23 DU
Max HPC: 130# – 5# PR!!


This was our warmup:

2min HPC w/65: 40
2min DU’s: 50 + 30 singles
2min Row for Cal: 25
1min HPC w/65: 25
1min DU’s: 32
1min Row for Cal: 15

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Go Vote!

I mean, really you should but only if you vote the way I want you to.  KIDDING~!  Just go vote.

Let's see, I skipped a while blogging.  Since my last update I've goofed up my left ankle.

I was running, out in the middle of nowhere (in a state park) on a beautiful, foggy morning and just as I was about to make a turn, I caught my foot on the edge of a groove in the road and turned it all the way out, which threw me into a skid in the road and sent me flying.  I did everything I could not to go down on my face, all the while millions of thoughts ran through my head:  "How will I call for help, since my phone is way over there? I hope it's not broken.  Will there be blood?  I didn't hear a snap.  I don't want to ride that awful bike at the gym."  And on and on...

So, there I was in the fog, trying to get my phone out of the road, and get myself off the road, when a stray dog came up (I think he's going to bite me) and he started licking me.  Which I hate, by the way.  Anyway, I assessed the damage and sat there writhing in pain for a while, afraid to get up.  Wasn't sure if it was just a bad sprain or what.  Finally a couple guys came along and helped me up.  I walked on it and the pain subsided somewhat, so in my complete state of genius, I ran back to camp on it.  I got in 2.15 miles.  Ha ha!

Long story, but I hiked 6 miles the next day.  I think the hiking boot actually helped it. It was swollen all weekend, but I'm wearing a compression sleeve and that has helped tremendously with swelling.  I ran at the gym Monday, but took it easy today, no rope climbs, no double unders, etc. It'll heal.  I figure typical rehab time is about 6 weeks.  So...tick tock!


Oh...and I'm STILL hitting weight loss goals.  It's slow going these last few pounds, but so satisfying to know that my plan is working.  Consistency and dedication are KEY!

Friday, October 28, 2016

TGIF!

What a tough week at CFJ! 

I'm still sore from Monday.  Or something...somewhere in between Monday and now.  Everything is sore.  But its a "good" sore I suppose.

I've pushed myself this week for the most part.  I mean, yesterday I was super tired so maybe I didn't go all out, but I felt like I got a good workout.

I'm ready for the weekend though.  Tomorrow I'm doing a photo shoot - first time ever doing someone's Senior pictures.   Not sure I'm a portrait photographer but I'll give it a try.

And then I'll get all deviled up and go to Royce & Cindy's Halloween bash.  Should be fun! 

TGIF!!  Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Ugh!

I'm sore all over.
I'm exhausted.
It's only Tuesday!

Had a great weekend camping, hiking, stargazing and enjoying some fine wine. Well, $15 a bottle is fine, right?  Ha ha!  I love getting outdoors and being more active.  It means I can have a few treats on the weekend, like cheese, which I miss on a regular basis, and maybe some chips and dip.  Yes!  Anyway, still on track to hit my 20 lb goal by the end of the year.  I'm SOOOOO close!!

Today's WOD was one of those that looked impossible to me from the get-go.  Breck, ever optimistic and encouraging, told me I could do it.  He believes in me more than I believe in me.  Someone has to...right?

With a Continously Running Clock for Best Times Loads
= 95/65lbs RX+ 115/80lbs MRX 75/55lbs
-0:00-4:00min -Run 200m – 7 SDHP – Run 200m – 7 Hang Power Snatch
-4:00-10:00min – 11 SDHP – Run 400m – 11 Hang Power Snatch
-10:00-14:00min -Run 200m – 7 Power Snatch – Run 200m – 7 Hang Power Snatch
-14:00-20:00min -11 Power Snatch – Run 600m – 11 Hang Power Snatch
-20:00-24:00min – Run 200m – 7 SDHP – Run 200m – 7 Hang Power Snatch
-24:00min – UTC – 11 SDHP – Run 800m – 11 Hang Power Snatch

My times using MRx weight of 55#:

2:41
7:13
12:56
19:16
23:13
30:48

I did all the lifts unbroken.  Which really isn't much of a feat, at 55#.  But I had to do them unbroken or I wouldn't have hit the time caps each round.  My running felt awful today.  Breathing wouldn't even out until the 800m run, and then it was half way over before I got a rhythm back to my breathing.

 As always, I"m glad I pushed myself to just show up at the gym.  Some days that's all it takes.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Well, just look at me...

Back over here blogging two days in a damn row!!

SO, this morning I was dreaming, peacefully and slowly started to wake up and I looked over at the clock and it said 5:02! CRAP on a cracker!  I overslept.  I did NOT want to miss Annie, because I've been on a roll with the double-unders lately and I just knew I could PR it!  So I hopped out of bed, threw on (matching!) clothes, brushed my teeth, put up a pony tail while peeing and tying my shoes (I'm a trained professional, do not try this at home!) and ran out the door as fast as I could.

I made it to the gym just in time to grab my jump rope and get an abmat and get in position.  Zero warm-up, though I was already sweating from rushing around. 

So...3-2-1 GO!

I PR'd Annie by what I thought was 3 minutes but it was actually only 2.  I'll take it. Why did I think it was three you ask?  Well, I haven't updated the side panel over there---> to show my most recent PR for Annie, so I was thinking 11:38ish.  Anyway, I went back through the CFJ pages and found my real PR and it was 10:36. 

Today's time was 8:36 so *boom*  2 whole minutes.

We did other stuff...bench, and some planks and stuff, but that's too boring to write about in comparison to Annie.  :)

And, I have a "cigar burn" on my bootie to show for all of this.  Go figure. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

PR day!

Yeah, I haven't been blogging at all. Like in months.  Oh well, today I hit a PR so I figured I'd come over and make note of it.  You know, in case I forget or something.

PR = 16 unbroken pull ups
PR = "bi-polar nicole" = 64 reps

So there it is.  :)

Let's see...what else?  I'm almost to my 20 lb weight loss goal...2.5 lbs to go.  Which explains why my body weight exercises are improving.

Life is great!