Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Day 2

First thing under the scalp this morning: "Man I'm exhausted, but I'm still fat." Let's add in that this back isn't going to strengthen itself, and certainly isn't going to get better if I just roll over and go back to waiting for my alarm. So it was time to drag the body up and out of bed... slog around finding all of the necessary items to get outside, including bagging up some of the recyclable plastic bottles. Doc says no more than 10lbs for lifting at the moment, but two bags of plastics come out to probably 3 or 4lbs. Decided to try combining a walk up the hill in the development (about .3 miles) with carrying up the recyclables. These things never show right away, so if I'm in agony around 4:00, we'll know this was a dumb idea. Got out by 7:25, walked up, walked back, and spent the rest of the time walking the good old circle. The pace is still horribly slow - especially up that hill - but I did it, and that's a step in the right direction, both in the battle to recover and the battle of the bulge. It'll be a longer day today (my last appointment first starts at 5:00) but the walking time enabled me to fine tune an idea to drive some revenue at work, so there's your side benefit. Under the scalp I got, "hey, why don't we go out and find some inexpensive sponsors for our email newsletters?" If we score enough to just cover operating costs of the email system, it's a positive step because we aren't losing anything, even if it isn't a huge gain.

Breakfast thoughts - going to do a banana and some grapes, and a bunch of water. Time for a quick shower, pulling on the snazzy clothes for work, and out the door early again!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Back Under the Scalp

For the last handful of months, the only thing under my scalp was pain... in my back... in a very severe manner. Now, however, I am about to mark three weeks since surgical repair of said back, and now I'm on to the rehabilitation portion of the show. The interesting aspect is that I managed to gain a whole lot of weight while the last month before my procedure and the first two weeks of recovery passed. So now, the main thoughts under my scalp - shed weight (I'm almost scraping 220lbs) and regain strength in my back faster than the experts consider possible.

Why am I sharing this? Perhaps a sense of public shaming will be helpful. So, let's chat about the eating and the exercise. While still a week away from clearance to begin hard-core workouts, I walked 1.5 miles today on the treadmill. I kept the pace at a very slow 2.5 - 2.6mph out of sheer necessity (3mph never felt "wicked fast" before), so it took some time. I fully understand that this is day one, but I also realize that it's something of a pathetic start.

So let's set some goals... whereas you, the world wide web, can mock me if I do not meet said goals to get back into shape. For the end of this week, let's set a goal to clear 1.5 at an average of 2.8mph pace, with a goal for 3.0mph by next Wednesday. Let's also set a goal to weigh in at no more than 218 by next Thursday (giving me a week to shed 1lb). Planned dinner for Wednesday: baked filet of perch with creamed corn on the side. I might even post the recipe.