Recovery

So I was living my life normally and started doing some functional training in the month of December (hard-core workouts targeting the core muscles that include crazy-ass cardio, step-ups, weigh-training and kettle-bell lifting along with a lot of burpees and hopping and stuff like that.) So even though I was doing it under the guidance and supervision of a personal trainer, it backfired. My back started hurting followed by a weird pain in my knee, thigh and then feet. I consulted with a spine surgeon and when I got the MRI done (which is an entire horror-story in itself), we came to know that I had spinal disc bulge (a kind of degeneration of the spine.) Now it was multi-factorial so the doctor doesn’t particularly blame my rigorous training though we all knew why it happened so suddenly. Anyway, I learnt my first lesson about being patient and not rushing into things without first considering them and thinking them through.

As the pain started migrating to my leg and my entire left leg started paining, it kind of got unbearable as I wasn’t able to either sit not lie down for any longer than 15-20 minutes and bending was entirely out of question. So it’s not far-fetched to say that my entire life turned upside down when I came across the fact that I could be labelled disabled for life.

Upon consulting another 3 doctors, we decided to go through an entire month of physiotherapy. For that, Vishal took me to a very big Spine Clinic (QI Spine Clinic, KP) but sadly, in spite of my super amazing spine-specialist, it gave me very less relief. The pain subsided sometimes only to return with a vengeance. So, having no other option, we had to go for the other option we had – laser-assisted annuloplasty. The problem was, this procedure was so new in India that rarely any of the doctors I had consulted knew about it (not even the best ones!) So I had to trust my doctor, who is one of the best spine surgeons in our city and went ahead with it. All my other doctors were against it, even my spine expert at the spine clinic, but what option did I have? The problem was, Vishal and I had, kind of stupidly, booked tickets for Egypt for late February and if we didn’t do anything, that trip would either have to be cancelled (in which case we’d lose a lot of money as all the bookings had already been paid for) or we’ll have to just go there and sit in the hotel room taking painkillers. So ultimately, we went ahead with the surgery as our doctor assured us that I can travel after 15 days of the surgery. I was operated on 12th February so 27th seemed okay enough for travelling and sitting in a 6 hr flight.

I was very scared, obviously, as this was my first surgery and my first hospitalisation ever! And I am so phobic to the hospital environment and everything related to it that I cried for an hour before the surgery. I have no idea why doctors say once the anaesthesia is given you can’t feel a thing. I felt quite a lot of things when I had got my root canal done last year and then I felt quite a lot of poking and prodding while getting this surgery done. Though there was no incision, there were a lot of big needles involved along with a laser beam and an HD camera. And I felt them all touching my L4 and L5 spine sections through my lower waist, so it wasn’t pleasant and nor was it entirely painless. But maybe that’s how surgeries are, who knows. Anyway, it’s all in the past now, and, for what it’s worth, I did not keep quiet about the pain, I hollered and cursed at the doctor while he was doing the surgery. *Smirking* That’s about all I remember.

Post-surgery in my room at Grant Medical Foundation – Ruby Hall, Wanowrie

Anyway, it’s been 5 days since the surgery and I can feel very little pain in the nerves and muscles surrounding the area where the needles were inserted, but apart from that, there is no pain that I can feel. Though I am still on painkillers and will be visiting the doctor day after tomorrow to consult and for further course of action (he’s asked me to do some more physiotherapy in order to regain full movement of my back and leg.) Though he had already told me that it will be 6 weeks before I could start walking more than 0.5 km or bending so I’m still going to be on restrictions while I’ll be exploring Egypt. Isn’t that just lovely? But at least I’ll be able to walk and roam around seeing all the beautiful places and pieces.

I’ve had a harrowing month and especially since I’ve been working with an amazing psychiatrist on my mental health as well, I’ve learned a lot in the last two months. I just hope that this year, will be the end of all my health problems and that I can get back to losing weight (which is why I started functional training in the first place.)

While I’m at it, I’d like to share this beautiful quote before ending the post:

The time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself.

โ€“ Douglas Coupland

Workout Progress #2

Hi guys, I hope that you all are having a great day!

I’m more than happy to let all of you know that I’ve been sticking to my schedule and diets for the last one month and I’m amazed to see the difference by doing just basic stuff. All of you have been a great source of inspiration and help to me. THANK YOU ALL for all the encouraging comments and new ideas (in Workout Progress #1)

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I’ve finally started drinking green tea once every other day and I’m actually starting to like it a bit ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve also started making infused water and keeping my jug filled all the time! Thanks to all of you again!

After keeping my activities quite light and the diets very strict, I’m planning to alter both for this month. I’ll be increasing the level of my activities a tad and include some foods in my diet (as all the walks leave me hungry like an ogre!) What I’m planning to do this month:

  • 5 kms walk + 1 km jog everyday
  • 2 sets of 20 lunges and squats everyday
  • 15 minutes stretching everyday
  • 20 Surya Namaskar every week: 5 Surya Namaskar 4 days a week (Mon, Wed, Friday, Sunday)
  • 45 minutes of Zumba 3 times a week (Tue, Thur, Sat)
  • Atleast a glass of infused water and 1 glass of fresh juice.
  • 2 cups of green tea everyday
  • Adding 1 piece of chicken/fish twice a week and eggs every alternate day with oats. Also alternating oats with filling (but healthy) breakfast options like Salami sandwich, omelettes, parathas, etc.
  • Drinking a cup of milkย every night.
  • And having dinnerย strictly before 7:30ย every night.

I’m extremely excited to do all these things! I’ve already started doing some of the aforesaidย things and so far I’m feeling quite comfortable. All the exercise makes me very tired and sleepy and as a result, I’ve stopped taking sleeping pills (I’m off all the pills and I feel amazing!)

On a side note, here’s a card for all of you that I just made:

HVD

Now I’m off to find my recipe journal for V’s valentine day surprise… Caramel Custard and Chocolate Brownie ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m gonna be extremelyย busy tomorrow making these treats and keeping V from sneaking into the kitchen ๐Ÿ˜‰ What are your plans this Valentine’s day? Are you making something special or going out or simply taking a day off…???

Ciao โค

Workout Progress #1

Hello dear reads *friendly waves* ๐Ÿ™‚

In my post 2015 Resolutions, I promised a lot of things along with my workout and walking goals. Reading everyone’s warm comments I really felt encouraged to follow everything even more seriously (THANKS a lot to one and all!) You guys really encouraged me in my daily walk routines as well. So I’ve decided to keep all of you updated about my progress, especially in the above said goals.

I haven’t started working out as such, but I’ve started to prepare for it. I started walking from 11th January and in the following table you can see my progress as recorded by S Health (which I got along with Cigna Coach as an app in my Note-4.) It’s a great app and lets me know much more than the basic stuff. It monitors my steps (with pedometer), heartbeats, stress levels and my meals as well.

Here’s the chart:

Date (Januaryโ€™2015)

Distance

Calories Burnt

Skipping

11

2.05 km

125 kcal

12

2.71 km

182 kcal

13

3.02 km

203 kcal

14

2.84 km

190 kcal

15

3.31 km

223 kcal

16

3.92 km

263 kcal

17

1.90 km

127 kcal

18

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19

0.97 km

66 kcal

20

3.65 km

247 kcal

21

4.00 km

269 kcal

22

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23

4.01 km

270 kcal

24

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25

2.03 + 2.11

4.14 km

137 + 142

279 kcal

Started

20

26

1.29 +ย  3.20

4.49 km

86 + 215

301 kcal

35

27

3.16 + 3.02

6.18 km

213 + 203

416 kcal

50

 

I started skipping from 25th only, it’s been just 3 days but my legs ache quite a lot. I’m gonna increase sets and reps very slowly and carefully. Here are two great articles on skipping I found on net:

I’m searching for an app for monitoring my water consumption (which I’ve started using just recently, so in the table above I haven’t included my water consumption but I’ve worked quite a lot in increasing it by 50% than before. It’s still not enough but atleast it’s good for a start, what say?

Here’s my rough diet plan focusing on having light food, especially very light dinner:

  • As soon as I wake up: 1 glass warm lemon-water (1/2 lemon for now).
  • 1 glass of water + 4-5 nuts before going for walk.
  • After walk I eat 1 bowl oatmeal + 1/2 cup milk + 3/4 apple/ or some strawberries.
  • Regular Indian lunch with 1-2 chapati + vegetable curry + curd + dal + salad.
  • Then after evening walk I eat 1 bowl of porridge + 1/2 cup milk + 1 fruit (mostly pear)
  • And 1 hr before sleeping I have 1 cup of cold milk.

I’m not on a strict veg-diet but so far I’ve had chicken only 3 times. So far I’ve already lost 4 kgs (8.81 pounds) and I’ll be happy even if it stays the same for the next few days ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m not at all starving! Initially I felt quite grumpy, but after a week I got used to the entire process. Now I’ve adjusted to this schedule and I’m planning to squeeze in my Zumba sessions and yoga from next week or maybe the one after that.

That’s all I have to say for now, but I do have a few questions for you:

  1. Do you drink green tea, why or why not?
  2. If you do then do you have a special way to make it taste better? (I hate it’s taste!)
  3. If you know the technicalities of dieting then can you tell me how much sugar I should have per day as per my routine?
  4. Do you use apps to guide you in your daily exercise/dieting?
  5. Do you use apps to monitor water consumption? Please tell which one.
  6. If you know other heath related apps then please share with us!

Please feel free to ask anything you want or if you have any advice or suggestions then please share them. Also, you have the liberty to ask me anytime for my progress (please do!) so that I can stay motivated.