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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Preparing for Surgery

Happy feet at the gym this morning. Loving my bright pink Sauconys!!

Surgery is scheduled for Monday - four days away. In some ways, I wish that the next four days will fly by but at the same time, I wish that they will pass by slow as molasses. I want the days to move quickly because I want to get this thing over and done with and I want to start moving on the road to recovery. I want the days to be drawn out because I know that recovery will be a long and slow process and I want to try to pack in as much as I can between now and then - seeing friends, taking walks, playing with the kiddos, and working out. I'm kind of petrified of the thought of being limited in my mobility.

Over the past two weeks, I've been focusing on staying active and strengthening my legs. I figure that the stronger my legs are going into surgery, the faster recovery will be, right? I've been working out 4-5 times a week. I've been able to hit my favorite spin class a few times, focusing on higher resistance vs. higher RPM, and hop on the elliptical machine without aggravating my knee. As for legs, I've been doing a variety of leg exercises, many I learned from my little project with FITNESS Magazine, but also combining other moves that I know and that I love such as Bulgarian Split Squats on a ball (probably one of my all-time favorites), Goblet Squats, Single-Leg Deadlifts, Bridges, Hamstring Curls, Leg Lifts, and Single-Leg Squats on a step. I've been focusing on strengthening the muscle on the front inside of my thigh to improve the stabilization of my knee. At least that's what I remember from physical therapy the last time around.

The best part of my week so far was that I made it to TRX on Monday and it felt great. I love TRX because it forces you to be super aware of your body. It force you to recruit a lot of different muscles to perform the moves, especially your core. While you can fake it to a certain extent when you lift weights at the gym, you can't when you do TRX. My instructor knew of my injury but I was actually surprised that I was able to do the entire workout without my knee feeling funny. Even the pistol squats and curtsy squats.

I was talking to my son Jasper the other day about my surgery and the fact that Mommy will be on the couch a lot afterwards. He was most concerned about the crutches and wanted to know every last detail - how you use them and if I'd have to use them all the time, even when I sleep at night. While I reassured him that no, I don't have to sleep with my crutches, he asked what would happen if I was in bed and I had to get up but couldn't reach my crutches. I told him that I would call him or Daddy. "What if we don't hear you Mommy??" he asked. "Well, then I'll just have to push Daddy out of bed." I have never heard him laugh louder or longer.

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At March 22, 2012 at 5:03 PM , Anonymous Positively Alene said...

Thanks for stopping by yesterday for my SITS Day. Girl - I totally love those bright pink shoes -- my fav!!! Hoping your surgery goes well and you receive a quick recovery. Saying a prayer.

At March 22, 2012 at 8:50 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Alene! I am pretty much in love with my new shoes. I'm not usually one to go for bright and flashy running shoes but I adore these. Who knew that bright pink would make me so happy? :-)

At March 22, 2012 at 9:16 PM , Blogger Jolene said...

Sidenote: wow that is SO cool about Fitness!! I didn't read that post (not sure I was reading then), but so so cool! your legs look fabulous btw!! And I am so glad you are focusing on what you can do right now leading to your surgery. My prayers will be with you for a smooth surgery and recovery!

At March 23, 2012 at 10:24 AM , Blogger The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

First of all...your legs still look so darn strong!! I can't stand it!!! Second of all...that smile on your it!!! Third of all...wish you lived closer so we could work out together. I need someone to partner up with your enthusiasm for being healthy and fit! Fourth of all...make sure you let us know how you are doing on Monday. Best of luck to you. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers for a very successful and quick healing surgery.

At March 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you!! The Fitness Magazine thing was a lot of fun - nerve wracking to do the photo shoot but still fun!

At March 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM , Blogger Christine said...

You are too sweet. Thank you. Awww, it would be so fun to work out together! Hopefully one day in the future. Or I can just harass, I mean encourage you via Twitter :-) I will definitely let folks know how everything goes on Monday. Happy weekend!

At March 23, 2012 at 10:19 PM , Anonymous Laura said...

Glad to connect with you on twitter! So sorry to hear about your knee injury and surgery... sounds like you're as prepared as you're gonna be. Hoping for a fast recovery for you!

At March 24, 2012 at 3:28 PM , Blogger Missy | Literal Mom said...

Good luck with your surgery! I hope you're having a very energetic weekend this weekend in preparation for being a couch potato!

At March 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM , Anonymous tracy@sellabitmum said...

Thinking about you tomorrow. xoxo

At March 25, 2012 at 10:32 PM , Blogger OatmealBowl said...

I keep hearing about these Bulgarian Split Squats - need to Google it and give it a try!

Crossing fingers for a quick & easy recovery. I think your pre-surgery working out will definitely help with that process.

BTW, I think working out makes girls like pink & chocolate. I love your shoes. And as you know I just bought a pair of pink shoes not to long ago... I never liked pink. haha.

I will be thinking about you tomorrow, too! Hey... you'll have lots of time for blogging. ;)


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