Consequences of Injury and Surgery

I’ve been a runner on and off most of my life.  It’s always been part of my training.  Now, in my 50s, I know MANY people who (as early as their 40s) who have undergone knee replacements and some hip replacements.  Those of us who are active are now faced with failing bodies earlier sometimes than in times past.
There is another group of people who also struggles with fitness – those older people sometimes confined to bed, not always due to an injury, but surgery, or people who have chosen another weight loss path, bariatric surgery.  Oftentimes, those people want to begin their weight loss journey, but they are just too large to exercise traditionally.
By chance, a friend of a friend facebook friended me.  I can’t even tell you now who he knows that I know in common.  He is in the fitness industry, and he and his team have invented a fitness product for people who are suffering through the very things I listed earlier.  There was a big need that wasn’t being met, and Joseph M. Salamon and his team were approached about being able to do fitness in bed.   Bingo.  A new fitness idea was born.  Stuckinbedfitness.com meets the needs of older individuals, those recovering from surgery, those with injuries who cannot traditional exercise and those that are too large to traditionally exercise.
How many times have you read someone’s blog or known someone that has undergone knee replacement surgery only to lose all their training and fitness level?  Now with the help of stuckinbedfitness.com and rehabilitation, that doesn’t have to happen.  The concept is that you are able to move and still train while being confined to bed.  I asked Joe how it integrates in terms of a patient, for example, and he explained the idea is that the patent undergoing rehabilitation will be guided by a physical therapist.
Young in terms of years, this established and reputable compan are in the process of debuting the fitness program at a national event this spring.  You are able to actually purchase the fitness product directly from stuckinbedfitness.com.  I can’t think of anything better than being able to perform rehab after surgery without losing a lot of muscle tone.  This will strengthen you and help you maintain so that you aren’t weak and starting over from zero once you have recovered, or on your weight loss journey.  I also think it would be a great way for the bariatric patient, one who has never really done traditional exercise or is limited because of size, to start to strengthen their body in preparation for their journey.
Take a look at stuckinbedfitness.com.  They have a Facebook page as well.  There are pictures attached here that show the product and give you an idea of how it can be used.  If you know you will be having surgery, or have a loved one that is struggling right now with fitness and is confined to bed, why not give this a shot?  I believe that this is something that will be incorporated with rehabilitation in the next few years.  This gives everyone a chance to bounce back or start earlier with taking care of themselves.  After all, what is worth more than good health?  If you are having surgery to get to that spot, follow it up and help yourself!

CAUTION: Fat Girl Running!

Although Dead Girl Running might have been just as appropriate a title.  It seems my almost two years of run-free time is now ending.  I’ve spent the better part of my last year and a half eating what I want, not exercising and not caring very much.  Originally, I stopped running and training because of a bad knee injury.  That is long gone.  No excuses left, except that my long distance runner went off to college, and I didn’t even have that to motivate me. 

Nothing like a few vacation photos to get yourself back on track.  See, in December I took my first cruise.  I took shorts and a swimsuit, figuring I knew no one else on the boat, except who I was going with.  At 50, I really shouldn’t care anymore what people think, but somehow it gets into my head and plays with me. 
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The World at Large

And how was your 2013?  I haven’t posted in a long time – you can probably guess why!  This blog is about eating right and working out, neither of which I did during the year of 2013.  I pretty much ate my way through the year, in fact.  Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but I didn’t pay attention to what I ate either.  But, let’s start at the beginning.

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Just a Little Taste…..

I bet you thought this post was going to be about food, didn’t you?  Well, it is partially.  However, I’m referring to spring.  Here in the midwest, Mother Nature has decided to give us just a little taste of spring with weekend temperatures in the 50s and 60s.  

I haven’t put my running shoes on since the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day.  Even though we sprang forward in time this morning, I think I’m probably back to being at a “normal” time.  When I woke up, my clock said 6 AM – ahhh, awake at my normal 5!  I did lay in bed awhile, and knew today I’d be hitting the trail. Read the full post »

Snug As A Bug…..

Living in the Midwest, I truly understand why bears (which we don’t have here) hibernate.  The winter days are short and I leave for work in the cold and dark and return home the same way.  The cold, dreary days of Cleveland make you want to hibernate in your bed and not come out until springtime.  

For most of us, that’s not an option.  I walk a good part of my commute in downtown during all four seasons, including winter.  That usually means trudging unshoveled sidewalks and streets.  I try to tell myself it’s a decent leg workout for the legs that aren’t running right now! Read the full post »

Goals and Resolutions

In general, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions.  I learned a long time ago that when it comes to some sort of weight loss challenge, by the end of January, I’m burned out and ready to quit, or have already quit.  I heard  a statistic the other day which said that of the 40% of people who make resolutions, only 8% succeed.  

Over the past few years, I’ve tried to make (and attain) goals that really have nothing to do with weight loss, or the number on the scale.  Last year, it was running and doing the 5Ks, which is something I want to definitely continue this year.   Read the full post »

A New York Minute

I know I’ve been lax in posting and my apologies.  Life seems to have gotten in my way!  I’ve been so busy, I barely have time to breathe most days.  

Speaking of breathing, I DID run the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, which now seems like months ago.   Read the full post »

The Number on the Scale Isn’t Everything

I am the queen of dieting, literally.  I know what I am supposed to do and when I’m supposed to do it.  That is probably what makes this last year or so very frustrating.  The weight should be dropping of me,  and yet, it hasn’t.  I never believed in the middle age spread until well, I hit middle age.  My already slow metabolism has slowed even more.

This doesn’t mean I haven’t had any success.  Not by a long shot as I discovered this week.   Read the full post »

Catching My Breath, Letting It Go

First off, thanks to Kelly Clarkson for the song title from her new song, which I really love.   I love the lyrics and am going to download it to my running list (altho it’s too slow to really run to, it would be a good warm up song).   Read the full post »

Belly On Up

I know I am an emotional eater – I’m constantly trying to change that. I have times when I’m very reflective before I put something in my mouth, wondering the why and “how I’m feeling” moments of doing what I’m doing.  Many times it’s just eating – I eat when I’m stressed or happy, when I’m sad or bored and more often, when I’m depressed.  I don’t need something major to happen, for me, it’s a comfort.  Other people have their own vices; as long as I can remember it’s been food. Read the full post »

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