Sunday, June 21, 2009

It just gets better and better!

So, I bought a kayak and I am thrilled!! I love it and it's exactly what I needed to reward myself for all of my hard work over the last couple of months. Thank you Rusted Moon in Broad Ripple for all of your help! I spent the day at Eagle Creek Reservoir on Saturday and love it even more than I did when I paddled it before I bought it. The only bad thing is that sitting in a kayak requires externally rotating your hips and hooking your knees up under the cockpit. My left hip complained loudly after I got out so I will have to be careful of the amount of time that I am paddling for awhile. That's ok though. I am living my life again and it feels awesome!!

Have also worked up my bike time, gears and surface so I am no more riding like a grandma. :-) I went out for a nice ride tonite and was pleased with my strength and endurance. I haven't worked up to riding through the park yet on all the hills but hope to be there by the end of summer or early fall.

Continue to LOVE my new physical therapist. She asked what I wanted from her and I told her that I wanted my butt kicked every time I was in there. She is making good on her end of that bargain. She changed up more exercises last week and I can definitely feel the results. Again . . muscles in places that I really didn't know I have muscles.

And, I have gone back to my personal trainer to work on upper body and core strengthening. I am looking forward to being back in shape and on a maintenance regimen instead of a weight loss and muscle building regimen.

This hip surgery may have been the best thing that has happened to me in awhile. I am in better shape than I have been in for a long time and I feel great. That doesn't say anything about the fact that I have absolutely no hip pain in either hip anymore. . . . hallelujah!!

My life has returned to normal . . whatever normal actually is. Work is crazy (just the way I like it) and I did 4 hours of yard work today. I am flying out this week to do a finalist presentation and am pumped about that. Did I tell you I love competition?? :-)

Life is good!!


Anonymous said...

Hi April, I have been following you blog for some time having had the same surgery on 5/20/09 and trying to decide whether to go to Vail with Dr. P or with one of his past associates in Miami FL area where I live. The ortho office I went to all knew Dr. P was the best. As a nurse I understood other OS may be as good and that the rehab was super critical so I was sure to get a PT I felt was great. Economics dictated doing this here in Fl and so far so good but I have no where near the rehab you have had, I am 51 y.o. female and your activity level gives me encouragement that next year I will hike in Yosemite for my 25th wedding aniv. Your story is truly encouraging and I wish you nothing but the best. I am anon on the blog only because I am too tired to figure out how to register as a regular user. Will keep watching your progress and want to thank you for sharing your story.

April said...

Hi Anon --

Hope you are doing well and it's I am glad you are encouraged by my blog. I am thrilled with my progress and plan to go to Utah next year and learn canyoneering. It's wonderful to be out of pain. Sorry you couldn't work out Dr. P and Vail. He is absolutely the best and the pt team at Howard Head is phenomenal. Keep working . .you'll get there and I know you will be able to hike Yosemite. Lots of core and leg work!!