2014 was a big year for me, both good and bad. Starting with the good: I moved back to Boston, bought a condo, and got engaged. The bad: my mom passed away after having dementia for a long time and getting progressively worse, I had appendicitis and surgery, and then complications after the surgery including a back and hip injury that I’m still recovering from.
I wasn’t in the best shape before the appendicitis; I’d been going out a lot and eating whatever I wanted for most of the year (at some times celebrations, other times stressed / upset about my mom). Just before surgery my weight hit an all time high, and I was finally motivated to start working out. I went pretty hard and at first thought my stomach pains were just a strained muscle. Luckily I realized something was wrong and went to the hospital before my appendix actually ruptured (though they told me it was close).
I followed my post op instructions exactly, but inactivity for a few weeks combined with other muscles over compensating for my abs resulted in a back and hip injury. I’ve just started physical therapy after 2 months of not getting better, and was told there’s nothing I did to cause this – any surgery puts a lot of stress on the body and sometimes these things just happen. But I can’t help but wonder if I had been taking better care of myself all along, would my body have been more resilient?
Since October I haven’t been able to work out like I’d like (at all really), and all I can do for the next six – eight weeks is walk and do the daily strengthening exercises for my hip and abs prescribed by my physical therapist. This means if I want to lose weight I need to be even more careful about what I eat, which is why I’ve come up with the resolutions that I have.
I’m not normally good at resolutions, but after all that’s happened I understand more than ever the value of taking care of yourself. Since a big part of them involve healing, I plan to reevaluate after the first few months of the year.
With that, here are my resolutions that I hope to accomplish within the first 2-4 months of 2015
1. Stick with the New Lifestyle Diet until I reach my weight loss goal (40 lbs)
2. Wear my fit bit and get in at least 10,000 steps every day
3. Complete all of my daily physical therapy exercises as prescribed until my back and hip injury are both fully recovered (~6-8 weeks)
4. Drink 8 glasses of water a day
What are your goals for 2015? If you’d like, leave them in the comments section and we’ll keep each other accountable!