Today I talked to the surgeon’s office to find out if they want me to have another heart test. Looks like the heart doctor gave me clearance despite my abysmal ability to complete the stress test. So, the surgery is on! No more tests! Yay!
I am in the final stretch. Only a week left. The reality is starting to set in. My Mom will be here next week for the surgery. I’m excited to see her and I’m glad she’ll be here for me.
I am really upset that I could not finish the stress test. So, today I am going to talk a little about exercise and my current lack of a plan. Exercise is difficult for me because of my back pain and weight. Nonetheless, I need to do something. Not exercising is clearly not working for me.
Also, after the surgery, exercise is going to be a crucial part of my medical recovery and weight loss plan. I only have a week before my surgery, so I will not get a lot of exercise in before the surgery, but I still need to do something now. Any amount is an improvement over my current condition.
Starting today, I am going to make my way down to the exercise room in my apartment building and start riding the recumbent bike. I will also start using some of the weight machines. I do well on the bike. In the past, I have been able to ride the bike for a half hour and more without having to stop. I do breathe heavy, but not nearly as badly as I do while walking. And my back pain is minor.
After the surgery, I am going to join a gym and work with a personal trainer. I am hoping that as I lose weight some of the pain I experience will start to abate and make exercising much easier for me. I am going to also focus on strength training. I think some of my back and leg pain will really start to lessen as I strengthen my muscles. I may even start going to a chiropractor to help with some of my back problems.
But today, I am going to start by riding the bike in my exercise room and using some of the weight machines. I am going to exercise every day until the day before my surgery.