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After a while hanging out with the Rangers, and a break from the challenges, I'm back, to reset my life, with the Adventurers.

 

I should make a introduction of myself, but I don't have much time in the computer (reason bellow), so if you are curious there are all my last challenges in my signature! :)

 

I'm late to start for the same reason...

 

Last thursday I did a varicose veins surgery, both legs, they took of lots of veins, but not the great saphenous vein. I have to rest in bed, with the legs elevated for at least 7 days. I can walk for a maximum of 60 minutes in total in a day, what is divided between go to the bathroom and to the kitchen. After that I will be able to increase, slowly, the time seated and walking.

It is most discomfort the position. I'm reading a lot, but my arms start to hurt. Today is the first day that I could use my computer, I found a position, with the help of a little table beside my bed, that I can stay for a short time.

 

So, with all that, and the addition of my already in treatment chronicle fatigue and chronicle stress, I'm reseting my life.

 

I will break this challenge into weeks, as will be my recovery from the surgery.

 

First week:

- Movement: Get out of the bed a maximum of 10 times. Sit for a maximum of 60 min. Log in a app in my phone.

-Diet: Eat real food, home made food. I'm not in charge of the cooking, so I will eat what my parents made. Sometimes I will eat things that I shouldn't, like bread, but every thing are fresh. And all my meals include lots of veggies, and my mid morning and mid afternoon snacks are fruit. No sweets or candies permitted. No processed food permitted. Everything is being logged in Evernote (the simplest way that I found. I don't like MyFitnessPal, it take too long to log something).

-Water: Drink at least 3L of water daily. I'm logging everything in Plant Nanny. I count tea in this amount, but not coffee or juices that my mom bring for me. Just a reminder, this are fresh made juice, is more a smooth with lots of water.

-Routine: My normal routine is inexistent. So I want to use this time to create good habits and a new routine that will work for me and not against me. The only thing that I can manage now is the time I go to sleep, and wake up in the morning. So I will turn of any screen by 9 pm, and go to sleep before 10 pm, and I get up about 6:30 am. This is happening without any effort. As I'm sleeping enough, I can wake up without a alarm, and really wake up, and not be a zombie.

 

This is my first week.

I won't be logging here much this week, I hope this improve next week.

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So, the first week is finished.

I did well.

Movement

I stuck to bed for the most part. I didn't over walk.

 

Diet

I ate some not so god foods, name it, chocolate.

A family friend came to visit me and bring a box os chocolate, I could`t resist. And my parents went to a engagement party on Saturday, my mom bring some sweets for me.

One typical day of my diet is as the follow:

        Breakfast: 2 free range eggs scrambled in butter, and black coffee.

        Snack: fruit

        Lunch: Starch (potato, sweet potato or rice), protein (chicken, pork, beef) and veggies/salad (anything that is in the table)

        Post lunch: If the desert craving is too high I do what I call a sweet tea, that is a infusion of fruit or flower, what have a sweet taste.

        Snack: fruit, or if the hungry is too strong, toast of gluten free bread with cottage or deli meat

        Dinner: Veggie soup, and some protein source, like deli meat, or chicken pie, or anything that is appealing in the fridge.

        Before bed: a Camomila or other calming tea.

 

Some days I ate more, others less, I'm taking note of everything, and just being counciouss to eat when hungry, and even when eating not so good things, like pizza yesterday, I just ate one slice with my soup.

 

Water

I'm doing really good at this front.

I just keep my CNF bottle always filled, and I'm using plant nanny, what is kind of fun.

 

Routine

I went to bed every day early, and wake up early. Too early in reality, I have to wait to my parents to wake up to get out of bed. Some days I stayed in bed for almost a hour waiting. My dad does the coffee (no one else can achieve his standard, so I didn't even try), and my mom does the eggs for me. Till today I was with restriction of the time that I could spend out of bed, so this was a necessity, and already become a habit. But tomorrow I will get back the eggs job again (never the coffee!).

 

 

Plans for week 2:

 

Today morning was my post surgery appointment with the surgeon, and my vascular doctor. The first thing he asked was if I lost weigth! Yeah, I lost 2Kg in 10 days! He said that everything is as expected, even better. And all the itching that I'm having is partly to the healing process and the biggest part a allergy to the micropore... Now I'm in meds for allergy.... Sleepy...

He said that I can come back to normal life, but feel my body to not overdo.

So here my plan for this week:

Movement

I will not restrict the number of times that I get up, but I will keep trying to be on my feet as less as possible.

I need to work on my PhD, so I will start with 30 minutes siting on the computer, 1:30h sitting/laying on the bed, and I will decrease this time everyday.

My dad did a kind of table, so I can use the computer in the bed too, so I can keep working in bed.

Diet

I will keep logging everything, and being mindful of what I eat. This is working, and I'm not feeling deprived nor hungry. I, or my parents, don't buy chocolate, and I don't encourage any one to bring me, but if that happens I now that I can't resit. Other things I can resist.

I won't do any major changes right now, but I feel that my diet is fallen into a good place without much effort.

Water

I will keep what i've being doing.

Routine

What changes now is that I have to work. So, I will increase the amount of working time slowly.

And I need to figure out what else I can do here in my parents that I do in my home.

 

That is it.

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Sounds like your recovery is going well. Good luck in the rest of your challenge. Its amazing you decided to do a six week challenge while recovering from surgery. 

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Keep going sounds like you are making some good progress under some really tough conditions

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wow, you are doing really well!
How are you coping with plant nanny and needing the loo all the time? I started it 5 days ago and I'm still going to the toilet every 5 minutes - at least it feels like that.

I have huge admiration for you taking control of things right now - it would be easy to slump into days of chocolates and treats. You have really got this!

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Thank you guys!!

 

Sounds like your recovery is going well. Good luck in the rest of your challenge. Its amazing you decided to do a six week challenge while recovering from surgery. 

Keep doing a challenge it is a way to not loose all progress, or the momentum! And the accountability is phenomenal!

 

Keep going sounds like you are making some good progress under some really tough conditions

This is just me, never give up! :)

 

wow, you are doing really well!
How are you coping with plant nanny and needing the loo all the time? I started it 5 days ago and I'm still going to the toilet every 5 minutes - at least it feels like that.

I have huge admiration for you taking control of things right now - it would be easy to slump into days of chocolates and treats. You have really got this!

Plant Nanny annoys me after a few days. It is the second time that I use it. I usually drink more than 3 Liter of water a day, I'm used to pee all the time! lol But when I'm at home, or in the case of the first 2 weeks, in the bed for the most of the day I forget to drink enough water, so it was a good reminder.

 

Clarys!

 

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So sad to read about health stuff giving you trouble but you are a real fighter for pushing on!

I have having health issues for a while now, I just don't like to talk about it...

But I'm better, and taking care of me!

 

Hey Clarys, hope the recovery is going well. Sounds like your recovery is coming along well. Hoping for a quick and healthy recovery for you! Keep up the great work on the water-front!

Thanks!

 

My recovery is going very well.

I forgot to write the plans for the past 2 weeks. I didn't make good plans, or didn't really keep with them.

 

- Movement: I'm walking more, but till last saturday I haven't any measurement of it. My Garmin Vivofít was on technical support, they send a new one for me, my original one stop working a while ago. So my plan in this front is to get back to my usual 12-15K steps/day. In the end of September is Camp NF, last year I hit almost 20K steps in one day, so I put a mark on 15K on the sunday before camp and subtracted 200 steps daily. So today I should be walking 7400 steps, I'm already in 8600. Very well in this front, but I have to take care to not overdo, I'm still in recovery.

Last Friday I started Pilates here in my hometown, I have being doing Pilates for 2 years, it makes my back and knee pain almost go away (the knee pain is a reminiscent of my swimmer teens years, and the back pain is a result of a twist in my L3). It is good to strech again.

 I included strech in my morning routine, but I need to find a good routine, that don't ´put any strain on my legs, it hurts if I use them too much (like in the down dog yoga position). I need to look up a little more.

Diet

I'm not doing well in this front, I'm eating crackers, sweets, and some processed food that lay around the house. My weight is fluctuating.

The 3 principal meals are okay, breakfast is eggs, coffee and a banana, lunch is lots of veggies and a protein source, and dinner is veggie soup with bone broth. I need mid morning and mid afternoon snacks, and they aren't being great. Ans I think I'm eating too much starch veggies. I don't really have control here, so I don't know what to do.

Water

Every thing great at this front! More than 3L of water daily. And moving to drink just when thirsty, bur we are in dry season, I'm thirsty all the time!

Routine

My morning and bedtime routine are in place. I'm meditating every day while I put my legs up before to put my compression socks on. I'm going to bed before 22h every day. I need to do some tweaks in the morning routine, nothing big.

 

I'm having 2 problems right now.

One is with my work, I'm not being able to work very well, I'm procrastinating a lot.

My hormonal issues are due to chronical stress that are a result of a very stressfull master course, that I finished february of 2014. I'm procrastinating of fear of not be able to handle the project, I rationally know that I'm capable, but any time that I sit to work my anxiety get in the way, and I want to do anything but read the papers or work on the project. I'm trying a new method, where I work for just 15 minutes, than I can rest for a while, and I increase the numbers of 15 minutes blocks every 2 days. I started this 5 days ago, and it is already not working.

The second one is with my dad, we hit the maximum time permitted to living together. I'm here for over a month, and he started to annoys me and my dog. It is hard to explain in english. It is hard to explain in portuguese either... It is like I'm not welcome in the house any more. I should stay here for a month more, but I'm thinking to go home next week. I live alone, so I have to do all the housework, and drive, and groceries, so it is certain that I will overdo, and mess up my recovery, but I'm stressed here, what it is not helping my work or my health either. I can't stress, I don't want to go back square one in this front, my doctor just decrease my supplements and hormones dosage...

 

I don't know what to do. I will keep you posted.

Thanks for listening!

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First of all, I'm in awe of your spirit and your dedication to do a 6 week challenge during recovery. Even if it's "just" to keep momentum, I applaud you.

It sounds like you're doing great, too (I can't believe you're already walking so much :D) , except with the diet. Is there a way to prepare vegetables for in between snacks? Like carrots or bell peppers or something? Or maybe even grilled chicken strips... just so you have something handy when you get hungry and don't consort to unhealthy stuff.

I feel you on the work issues. I had those when writing my master's thesis. In the end I decided on a specific time of the day when I was going to work on the thesis and nothing else. So at 10am I knew it was thesis time and was not allowed to distract myself with anything else. It didn't matter how much I read/wrote it just mattered that I stayed there and did something for the two hours I set myself. At 12am, I was free to do whatever I wanted. I did this just to get into the swing of things, to get used to working on it. Maybe something like this would work for you? Why are the 15minute bits not working so far?

I'm sorry to hear about the trouble with your dad. Is there a way the two of your can sort it out? Is there another option besides going back home where you're alone (that doesn't sound like a good idea with the recovery, but I don't know the situation). I hope you find a solution that works for you.

I hope your recovery continues to go well and wish you all the best. Keep us updated and stay strong :)

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Just a quick update. Veggies definitely aren't a problem at my parents, today at dinner there were 15 different veggies, most of them organic. Let's see if I remember all: lettuce, arugula, tomatoes, carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, white potatoes, yacon potatoes, mandioquinha, cabbage, chayote, pea pie, cucumber, zucchini, beats.

This are what I will be eating this week ( except beats that I hate!) for lunch, plus a animal protein source. I decided that during the week I don't eat anything of plan, all my snacks will be fruit, including a green smoothie in the afternoon. On weekends always there are something different and I will eat without guilt but with moderation.

I'm struggling with work, but I changed my mindset about it, I will write more tomorrow.

 

 

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