Another week has gone by, which means we are another week closer to spring. Another week closer to getting my mobility back, whether it be by the new routine/med the doctor prescribed or by surgery. I will get there one way or another, will be able to walk and be functional without pain, and that will be a very happy day.
This week I ate pretty much the same types of foods I've been eating for awhile: eggs, chicken, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, fruits, vegetables, dark chocolate, and protein bars and shakes. I made soup a few times, had chili one day, made portobello mushroom cap pizzas last night, and warmed up some chicken curry soup from the freezer today. My calories ranged from about 1,000 to 1500 per day, depending on how hungry I was. Here's what my week looked like overall (with a comparison to last week).
Averaged 1544 calories and 149 grams of carbs/day, biked 24 minutes, walked 8 blocks, walked 15 minutes in the PT pool. Lost 2 pounds.
Averaged 1211 calories and 114 g carbs/day, biked 60 minutes, walked 30 minutes in the PT pool. Lost 2 pounds.
*note that the walking and biking times are the total minutes completed for the whole week.
Scale says 227.
I also dropped one of my blood pressure meds this week and my numbers are currently the same as they were before dropping it, still elevated at high 130's/80's most of the time. Much better than the 160's/100's and higher I was getting without any medication.
I am currently spending a lot of time with my leg splints on. The doctor this week wanted me to try again with the night splints, but also said that I should keep my feet flexed 90 degrees as much as possible when I am sitting. So I have them on right now and whenever I sit for more than 5 minutes. I'm also still doing calf stretches and biking on days I don't have physical therapy. When I go to PT I walk on a treadmill in the pool for 15 minutes. They're slowly increasing the speed.
I feel good about the progress I am making. I have lost weight 3 weeks in a row, which I have not done in a very long time. If I can keep losing 1-2 pounds a week, I will be very satisfied with that.
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