I decided to be proactive in my recovery and went to a water aerobics class yesterday after having gone to a personal training session the day before. I also ran errands and bought a 15 pound box of cat litter (which is still sitting in the back of my car). Turns out that it is possible to feel all your muscles at once! I honestly wasn't in kind of pain that I had before the surgery or even post op, but it was exceedingly uncomfortable.
I found myself unable to rise from a sitting position without questioning all of my life choices so I decided to dig around in the vitamin basket and see if I still had any painkillers left. I did, and let me tell you, they are much stronger than I remember. Not only did they cure what ailed me, they also made me go sleepy bye before 11 p.m. (which is a good thing). After a good nights sleep, I am feeling much, much better and have rethought my game plan.
My original intent was to start going to the gym 5 days a week for things like water aerobics, water yoga, and personal training, but I've just proved to myself that even water aerobics at 50% power is above my threshold right now. So, I've decided to still go 5 days a week to get into a routine, but I'm going to sub some of the aerobics classes for walking around the track. There's really no point in pushing myself past the limit. I just end up laying on the couch like a comatose sloth.
Sometimes it really is ok to set your sites a little bit lower. Right now I'm dreaming of the day I can do water aerobics at 100% power, and that dream is a good goal.
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