Hi Everyone Just wanted to
do an update. Things really changed for me in 2011. In April, I saw a superb physiotherapist, Susan MacFarlane on 1111 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, 604.986.8442.
At the beginning I was using a
walker. Tres bummer. I could walk maybe 20-30 minutes and couldn’t do much in the way of Pilates. We starting working on the really, really small stabilizers of the back. I figured it was nothing but as we continued, twice a week, small improvements happened. Some weeks I slide back into pain but overall I went forward. Boy, did I ever.
Within a 6 weeks, I didn’t need the walker and graduated to a cane. Woohoo! I was able to walk longer and overdo it to go backwards but…I started using my reformer again and walked more and more without overdoing it. After a year, my longest walk was 3 hr of hiking. I still have to watch the hills- leaning forwards is not an option – but I hike the trails in North Vancouver regularly.
I do the reformer 5 or 6 times a week and the elliptical 4 or 5 times depending on the weather. My longest time is 90 minutes.
I still can’t do the mat although I try from time to time. Biking is out because of the sitting. Skiing is out because of leaning
forward. But I am happy as heck to be moving.
And I now weigh almost what I did pre-surgery in 2007. Moving the body really helps but I also discovered Intermittent Fasting (the Fast Diet in Amazon). It has helped me live a very normal life with the exception of eating 500 cal two days a week. My sister, with 2 hip replacements, lost 75 pounds over a year and has kept it off now for 6 months. Just don’t give up.
My life is not perfect. I still have bad days but not as many as before. Standing is tough, let me walk any day. Sitting is always tough. Just need to get up frequently. It’s all okay compared to the alternatives.
Merry Christmas and have a healthy and Happy New Year.