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  • Good News and Bad News

    If you've been following this blog/post here in Cowbird, you know that yesterday I had surgery to correct a deviated nasal septum. This morning at 10:20 am, the packing was removed, and I had a chance to talk with my doctor. Naturally, my first question was about exercise, how soon, how much weight, and how long will the restrictions last.

    So first the bad news (that's the order, right?). I am restricted to 20 lbs of weight for the next two weeks, so I won't be needing the spotter on Saturdays. Because of this, I am going to revert to my circuit training sessions for the next two weeks, so light weights, full circuit movements and the Gazelle for my 30 minute sessions three days a week. I can handle it. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt, although it's an old shirt and I may need a smaller size. (Okay, that's bragging a little.)

    The good news? I CAN BREATHE! I know, I know, everyone can breathe. But for the first time in a very, very long time when I breathe I feel an equal distribution of air across my forehead, and throughout my sinuses. The feeling is Incredible. That first inhale brought a sensation I hadn't felt in years. And I can smell so many little things I couldn't before. So this is what the rest of you can do. Should have had this done years ago.

    Normally I wait until after the session is over, but tonight I have all three of my daughters coming over to the house for a family reunion. Michelle, Natalie, and Jayden are home for the holidays, Her husband, Felix, couldn't make the trip because he is assigned to the Vice President over the holiday and will be in the Virgin Islands. Crystal, Torrey, and Brittni will also be joining us for a nice spaghetti dinner and either a board game or the Wii, Natalie and Jayden will watch the trains and play with Olivia and color, or just come in to watch the games or even play along. Family time! Nothing like it.

    When I am done with this post, I will set up a pair of dumbbells at 20 lbs (9 kg) and do three sets of 15 repetitions of bicep curls, tricep extensions, shrugs, flyes, squats, calf raises, leg extensions (@ 25 pounds per leg), leg curls (@25 lbs for both), seated back rows (@25 lbs) and bench presses (@25 lbs), which means I have to adjust a lot of weights down from what I have been doing. But I would rather do that than risk undoing this marvelous work Dr. Von Hake just completed.

    On Satuday, January 4th, I will get my spotter back and begin with the heavy chest and back day, so I will have four heavy sessions before beginning the rip schedule on January 13th. The rip schedule will last 5 days, and will consist of lighter weights and reduced calories. When it's complete, I hope to be able to take some photos that will show you what I have been trying to achieve with all this work.

    To quote a fictional cousin, Hannibal Smith, “I Love it when a plan comes together.

    Stay strong, stay determined, and hang in there, friends. I can do this, you can do this. We can all do this.

    I hope you are having a blessed and glorious day.

    Fred
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