Though I’ve been eating properly, it’s officially been a full week since I’ve been to the gym by doctor’s orders. Yesterday, I had the thrill of having an endometrial biopsy, along with some lovely blood work. On Monday, I get to have a pelvic ultrasound–oh goody! The good news is that I should get all of my test results back by the beginning of next week. The not-so-good news is, due to the bleeding and uterine prolapse that I’ve dealt with for years, my gynecologist thinks that I should have a hysterectomy. Though I’ll be overjoyed to eliminate all of the problems associated with being the proud owner of a dysfunctional uterus, I’m not excited about the six-week recovery time needed after this surgery. I’m not going to be able to get the amount, or level, of exercise that I’ve grown accustomed to. I’m also not going to be on-the-go, like usual, which keeps me from wanting extra food.
After returning home from the stress of the doctor, I took a giant nap and then formulated my plan for surgery. On Wednesday, I’ll find out what my bariatric doctor says about food and calorie intake during my recovery. I’m also going to make an appointment with my trainer for light exercise that I can do as I get well. I’m relieved to have a whole slew of crafting and art projects lined up that I can work on while I’m resting; they should, hopefully, keep my mind off of food. I still have 20 something pounds to lose, and I certainly don’t want to gain weight or lose muscle mass during this ordeal, although a bit of chance might be inevitable.
As much as I’d love to keep my weight loss schedule as it’s always been, sometimes life intervenes. I’m just going to have to roll with it. Luckily, my family doctor gave me the go-ahead for exercise for the day after my biopsy. So today, weather permitting, I’m going to spent some fun, relaxing time swimming at my friend’s house, and then head to the gym on Saturday and Sunday. I’m going to do my best to get all of the exercise I can, without overdoing it, until my surgery is scheduled.
What do you do when life events thwart your fitness plans? Have any of you had a similar procedure?