I have been questioning my decision to get hip surgery (mostly because I’m scared of surgery) but I wake up with pain, I spend the day in pain, and I go to bed in pain. Granted, it’s not debilitating pain but it is a constant annoyance all the time that obviously needs to be fixed.
I plan to workout right up until surgery and will be run/walking a 5k with my 5k prep group tomorrow, as well as running the 5k the following weekend. Yes, it will be hard and yes, it will hurt but at this point I can’t make anything much worse and soon I’ll be on the road to a full recovery.
Recovery is another thing that scares me because how do you go from working out every single day to not working out at all and being on crutches?! It’ll be hard but I’m trying to keep the finish line in sight. (The finish line being a totally recovered Heather). I may not be able to run for a long time but I have no doubt in my mind that I’ll eventually get back to where I want to be. It’ll just be a journey to get there.
I would also like to point out that running did not cause my injury. My bones do not fit together correctly and this is simply how they developed. It’s not caused from running. Yes, running it what caused the tears and the pain but how would I know that? How would I know that my bones don’t fit together correctly? I wouldn’t.
I hear people say all the time that exercises causes so many problems – knee pain, bone spurs, injuries, pulled muscles. But you know what? Not exercising and not working out will cause you more damage in the long run. Never in my mind is there a legitimate argument against exercise.
If an exercise is causing you pain or you’re getting injured you could be doing too much too fast or doing it incorrectly. Or if an exercise bothers you, find another exercise that doesn’t! Walk, swim, lift weights, etc. I don’t ever regret any injury that I’ve gotten from exercising. Sometimes I push myself too hard but that’s on me, not exercise.
Well, I must say, I wasn’t expecting to type any of that until it just came out. Obviously, I’m going through some inner turmoil.
Let’s move on…
I haven’t done Friday Favorites in awhile, so let’s do that.
I am still one my once-a-week sushi from Whole Foods kick.
I love it…then someone pointed out that I wouldn’t be able to get sushi once I have my surgery since I won’t be able to drive for close to a month (Thanks, Jess). That thought never even crossed my mind and I spent a good three days debating whether I should pass on the surgery so I wouldn’t have to give up my sushi habit (kidding).
So, here’s what I propose…if anyone wants to bring me Sushi from Whole Foods (California roll with brown rice), we will be best friends for ever and ever and ever and have slumber parties and braid each others hair and buy best friend necklaces because I will love you forever and ever. Deal?
When I found out that I was getting surgery, I posted it on Facebook the next day. I was overwhelmed by everyone’s responses of well wishes and offers for help.
My family is very close and I know they will do whatever they can to help if I need it and I really appreciate it. I am extremely lucky to have a wonderful Mom, Dad, husband, brother, stepmom, sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, stepbrother, mother-in-law, father-in-law, and grandparents. (Hopefully that cover everyone!) And they’ve already offered to help out how they can.
I also am so appreciative to my friends and gym friends who have been soooo supportive. They can feel my pain about not being able to workout. They have offered to help drive me to therapy, bring me food, or anything else I need.
Even though I shouldn’t be, I was surprised by everyone’s kindness. I have worked out at the gym with these same girls for years (and some only months) and although we might not see each other outside of the gym, I am lucky enough to consider them friends.
Once again, I wasn’t expecting to discuss all this…I am sappy and emotional today.
Since I am not really a big meat eater, I rely on Greek yogurt for protein. One cup of plain Greek yogurt has 18 grams of protein! I usually mix it with Truvia and fresh fruit, but sometimes that gets boring so I checked out the good ol’ internet for some different ideas.
I came across a few different recipes for a cookie dough Greek yogurt creation and decided to try it out. I’m glad I did because it was awesome.
I mixed together one cup plain Greek yogurt, one Truvia packet, one tablespoon regular peanut butter, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, and one tbsp. of chocolate chips.
It was like eating dessert. Go make some and try it.
Also known as “the store that makes me spend way too much money on things I didn’t even know I needed”.
These things include snickerdoodle Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches and Earth’s Best popcorn chicken. The nutrition facts on the Earth’s Best box are for ages 2-4. I don’t care. I like those little chicken nuggets.
I also bought a cute pajama set.
I am not normally a pajama set kind of person. I usually wear five year old Old Navy shorts and whatever t-shirt I can find. I have been eyeing that cute pajama set at Target forever but could never justify buying it (even though it was less that $20). Then I decided that having surgery justifies a new pajama set. And that’s the story of why I bought new pajamas.
I bought it in a size medium in case anyone cares about that kind of thing. I usually like my pajamas on the bigger side but these already looked big so I went with a medium. I have a long torso because I’m tall and I hate when shirts are wider than longer. Tall girl problems.
That’s what I am loving on this wonderful Friday afternoon! What are you Friday Favorites?