In almost every other area of my life this has been a week of distraction. Blogging has not gone well at all because of these distractions. Mostly I think my spirit and soul know that I am about to transition back to school mode and the time for relaxing as much as I do will be most definitely over. I definitely think it is better for me to be busy with things I have to be busy with so. The one exception this week has been the Body Rabyd but even that has its quirks as I am trying to retool my nutrition,
Next week will necessitate some changes and some readjustment to getting my life in order so once school gets going my other goals do not get sidetracked. The thing is in the area of my health I am rebalancing things because now that I can lift again, other things that were being done to compensate can be dialed back a little.
I have two meetings with health care this week. One is a nutritional seminar on diabetic nutrition. The other is a doctor appointment which will require some blood work. I am sure the issue is has my A1c level dropped?
The Body Rundown:
Weightlifter – It was simply good to be back to the weights again. I don’t think you appreciate something you enjoy until it I taken away from you. That said, I spent a lot of time working on form and testing the waters to see how the weights felt more than actually pushing myself. The weight levels were about half of what I had been using and I reduced the maximum reps from 15 to 10. This wasn’t about strength or even endurance, it was ‘how does this feel?” Next week I plan to start reaching toward working on my muscles more while keeping great form. It will be time to wade out at least to waist deep and see how that feels. The issue is if something feels wrong or it is clear I am overdoing my scar tissue from surgery than its time to back off a little. I also am still on what I would call ‘don’t bend the torso’ restriction. In short, no crunches or anything similar probably for another month.
Hiker – Now that I am back to the gym, for practical reasons of time and such I am going to dial this back. I had been walking two hours a day but I think that will go back to one hour and then with the lifting I should be alright. It is a way of achieving balance again. An hour walk with pack is pretty good cardio five days a week.
Nutrition – This is the problem area and that is mostly because I have more nutritional counseling this week in an all day session on Thursday. That will mean early morning lifting and hiking but I need to get ready to do that anyway for school. My hope is to find a way to mesh diabetic diet with weight lifter diet. I think it is possible but now I don’t only have to worry about protein levels but carb levels so they are steady all day long. Hopefully I will get some practical advice at this meeting and start coming up with meal plans and a diet journal to keep track of things based on it.
Blessings and Cheers!!!
Yeah, and I have missed four. Thankfully that is about to come to an end. I come off weight restriction on the 8th and I am back to the gym that morning after my morning walk. The routine will return and I am sure I will feel much better. I still have to watch it though and do the gradual work up thing until I am back to normal.
The nice thing is that I covered 2 hours of walking every day this week covering six plus miles each day. I feel good and have probably lost some fat. The next trick is to gain some muscle and get the nutrition thing under control.
The Body Rundown:
Weight Lifter – I will be back in the gym in a few days and that excites me. That excitement is however tempered with the fact that I must start light and slowly build back up. That means starting with just the bar in many cases and then working up over the next few weeks back to where I was. Where I was though is going to change to less reps and more weight very soon. I am thinking 3 sets with 8-10 reps very soon. Like in three weeks.
Hiker – I have been compensating for lack of lifting through hiking more. I will probably scale back to one and a half hours a day the next two weeks before school starts. After that things are going to get interesting as I need to fit everything into a smaller amount of time and eventually the weather will get colder. but that won’t stop me. I probably won’t stop until the snowmobiles are allowed on the trails and they can’t do that until there is four inches of snow. I haven’t picked up my pack for a month either so it will be interesting to see how that affects my hiking.
Nutrition – My big issue right now is coming up with a meal plan that keeps my sugar steady and falling while at the same time getting the protein I need for lifting. It creates all these grams of carbs issues. I have a full day of dealing with this on August 18th and then a doctor appointment on the 19th. Hopefully my A1c has dropped or this is going to be a difficult discussion. Hopefully the next two weeks will be truly effective on all levels.
Blessings an Cheers!!!
Well, it has been a whole week since I had surgery. I have gone from moving slowly to moving almost normally and I even got a 30 minute walk in today. I am recovering well and pretty much pain-free. The only thing I have to watch is how much lift. I have a doctor’s appointment in three days and so I am looking forward to that at this point. I still find it necessary to take a nap each day which is not usual for me so it must be the healing process.
I have been trying to find a system of approach to my new system of goals based on the roles I am trying to achieve. My thoughts center on going through the roles one at a time each day and asking myself how I am going to make progress on them that day and once I have made some progress that day I move to the next role. I will have to see how it works tomorrow but I need something that keeps me on task.
The Spirit Rundown:
Leader – I need to get the petition done and filed. After that it is all about campaigning. That said, even though I missed the MOISD meeting, I may have some business to do their in a week. Can’t say much else about it but it is the first time I have been called in to help solve a problem.
Minister – I had a long heart to heart with the church council this Sunday after church. It made the meeting probably twice as long but I outlined my financial, professional and relational concerns. The main issue is that in about two years I will be in a position where I can search for another job and/or continue my education. My degree in hand, I can go wither way. If the church is going well and I am in a better position based on the three things above, then I will probably pursue my Master’s Degree and continue to pastor the church. If not, well I may have to; by necessity, get another job and pursue my Master’s Degree which would probably necessitate me leaving the church which I do not want to do. I think everyone yesterday took what I said to heart and they are all spending their time reflecting on it. I guess in time we will see how much it affected them.
Theologian – I took the last two days off from blogging this weekend and it felt good in a sense. I want to write deep posts when I can and I really don’t want to get into writing crap just to write again. That said I am also considering weekend writing on this blog to be optional and not mandatory. I then would write two posts, minimum Monday through Friday. It might make things in other areas a little more easier to carry.
Blessings and Cheers!!!
I must say that this recovery thing is going much better than expected. It is also not what I expected at all. I mean I do take naps but they are short and I am not sleeping as much as I thought I would be sleeping. I also am not experiencing any lingering soreness or pain either. If there is something I am experiencing it is longing. Longing to be back on the trails walking. Longing to be back in the gym. Longing to be out of my bedroom and at my desk doing what I do.
I have been in my bedroom as it is really uncomfortable to be sitting all the way up. The humidity in Michigan right now is about 99% as well so being in the one room in the house with AC is a real plus. The downside is that I really am missing my hikes and the gym. They were my time of prayer and meditation. I can do that here as well but it just isn’t the same.
Finally took the bandage off yesterday and the scar will eventually run from the top of my belly button upward for about three or four inches and it is dead center right in the middle so it will not look ugly from a cosmetic point of view. It might even make it look like I have a central ab line. The issue for me right now is not bending or twisting my torso so it can heal. That and not lifting more than 15 lbs. which I have been OK with so far but all this requires deliberate thought or action every time I move. I am hoping things get better as they go. For now my journal posts will be about my recovery until it is over as it is what dominates my time these days.
The Soul Rundown:
Writer – Looked at my book outline today and meditated on it a bit. It has several major parts and I am thinking I will be writing the second part first because it will probably write itself as I have covered that part many times on this blog so I am thinking I will be hitting that tomorrow. I figure I need to alot at least an hour or two to writing every day and that will get me a lot further than I have been.
Scholar – I have been reading books while I recover. It has pretty much been fiction so don’t expect deep thoughts yet. The real thought for the day s how long is I going to take to finish my current degree which if I ma counting right will be two years yet. I have 21 classes to go if I stick to just having Television and Digital Media be a concentration rather than a minor. After 12 of them down this coming year, that will leave 9 of which 2 are designated final classes – internship and final project. That will leave me seven classes for 2017-2018. If I take one or two next summer that will be actually 5-6. I could then technically finish Fall of 2017 but I think I will go for the full minor and that means a few more classes. It will leave a few slots open for the last year. I am thinking of doing a few classes simply for enjoyment sake which should make for a great last year at Ferris.
Steward – All my cleaning and dejunking projects are on hold. f I get some more mobility back I might tackle organizing my books as I can lift one or two of them at a time. I am rethinking the dumpster and I might be going back to the simple idea of renting one that I can throw anything into for a short time and getting as much done as we can in the time allotted but that will have to wait until I am off weight restriction.
Blessings and Cheers!!!
I have a feeling that hospital gowns are designed for purely practical purposes in that they can be removed by the staff when you are lying there helpless. I don’t seem not mind the draft anymore having come to peace with my own nakedness years ago but it does create some interesting situations in the hospital. Is it to over the top to suggest that every staff member of the hospital that gets to see your naked parts has to also show you theirs? It might change how gowns are made in a quick hurry. In any case there are now a few more people in this world that have seen the Rabyd Theologian naked and they didn’t go into shock over it. Neither did I, come to think of it.
Surgery was a resounding success and I am off to a pretty good start as I have only had to take one pain pill as the pain seems very minimal. It has cause me to theorize that that particular section of my body is either lacking in pain sensors or my pain tolerance has gotten even higher which is saying something. More likely though is that God is being very gracious to me so I will stick with that. I have to hand it to the progress of anesthesia as I didn’t feel it coming. I was looking at this cute brunette nurse with blue eyes named Jessica as she was telling me to relax and then – nothing until I woke up in recovery. No count off, no gradual fade, just bam.
So far it means though that I have to be extra cautious because I can’t let my lack of pain lull me into thinking that I can rush recovery as I know the new scar I will have is very much in the initial stages of healing. Have to still follow the rules for four weeks but I have an appointment with the surgeon on the 21st for a follow up so he will probably tell me the fuller story.
In any case, I was spiritually ready for anything so it went well regardless of all.
The Spirit Rundown:
Leader – Right now I have one thing to do and that is get my name on the ballot for Novermber. I have had the petition on my desk for well over a month and have till July 27th to get it in.
Minister – I have my first church council meeting since sabbatical this Sunday and I have made a commitment to tell them my concerns in full. I do not know how this will be received but I am in pretty intense prayer over it. I will let you know how it comes out.
Theologian – My outlet for my theology right now is this blog and as such I think it is my mind about my blogging goals that have changed more than anything. I guess I am trying for deeper posts rather than more of them and this may change my objectives. This blog needs to be more about my walk with God than anything else. That does not mean that the goal of 2500 posts at the end of the year has gone away, it is just seen in a different light.
Blessings and Cheers!!!
Right now I am a few hours away from a fairly routine surgery but it has been 30 years since I let a surgeon stab me with a scalpel. I am not nervous per se other than the normal human reaction that one might have when someone is about to place you in a position where you have no control over the outcome. I have to trust a God and those that are in the medical profession today and I figure that God has this, as I preached yesterday.
I will be Ok.
That said when I do wake up afterwards today the hardest thing will recovery for me. Four weeks is a long time not to lift weights over 15 lbs. For me 15 lbs. is equivalent to a couple lbs. for others. I mean my one granddaughter is 15 lbs. and right now I carry her around with one arm like it is nothing. That said, I am going to try to be patient about this because that is what is needed. You can’t rush hernia recovery without risk and so I don’t want to have a do over on this. I want to be back to normal lifting by the end of the year and that means taking the recovery time seriously.
I guess I am writing about this today for a few reasons and the first one is that so I get a sense of what it is going to be like to recover and take it seriously. The second is this is like a form of down centering to use a meditation term so that I am calm and ready. Finally it is to inform you dear readers that this may be my only post for a couple of days. I am going to be pretty out of it due to the anesthesia so I may not be up to writing for a while. Of course, I have been accused of drinking my own theology before writing before, so maybe people would not notice the difference. 😉
I appreciate your prayers and your continued support.
Blessings and Cheers!!!
Time for the final part of this Changing of the Rundowns. A current event is affecting this that must be discussed is my upcoming surgery on Monday where I will get my upper abdominal hernia repaired. This is actually going to throw some of this off a little bit but my doctor said I could walk as much as I wanted as long as I didn’t lift over 15 lbs. – for four weeks.
I often wonder if doctors consider the size of the person when they make these limitations. I mean I can wrist curl a 20lb. dumbbell for reps. 15 lbs. seems incredibly light to me but I will do all I can to comply its just both my granddaughters are over this mark by now so that will be tough too. That said, I am excited to have this done because it has been bothering me for quite some time although it is not painful. It is just tiring to do a lot of work, diet right and still see a bulge of pretty good size sticking out.
So what three identities do I want to take on for The Body Rabyd? – Weightlifter, Hiker and Nutritionist. Full Rundown follows.
The Body Rundown:
Weightlifter – The main goal here is a strong body both in muscular strength and joint strength. This is why both strength training and flexibility fall under this identity. That said I am not going to be able to lift for four weeks after my surgery so this one at first is going to be my hopefully brief journey from surgery through recovery into walking into the gym again. After that the goal is simple and that is to be back in beast mode lifting normally and at higher weight at the end of the year.
Hiker – The only form of cardio I have found that I stick with and there is something very spiritual about hiking that I enjoy as well. I like the identity of being a hiker. Thankfully this is one thing that because of surgery I can get back to fairly quickly, at least the walking part. but without the pack. I can still do training walks so as soon as I feel up to it those will start again. Now, nice all this recovery stuff is over the goal will be a day hike to a certain point and back before school starts up again. This is also going to be about acquiring more equipment until I am ready for next year’s overnight hike.
Nutritionist – Now a disclaimer needs to be offered on this one as I am not trying to be a full-blown nutritionist. What I am trying to do is be my own nutritionist to he point that I am monitoring everything carefully that is going into my body. Meal plans and supplements and that sort of thing are the real issue in this identity. Being that this is the only other thing I can control during my recovery, it will probably take on more importance and I will be able to focus on it more for some time and maybe get a better handle on it. The goal is to lose as much fat as possible without losing my muscle gains, keeping it off and watching my diabetic score drop to normal levels by the end of the year.
Blessings and Cheers!!!