27 August 2003
Well, I didn't exactly quit, but I've gone on hiatus. It's time to re-up for
another 10 meetings at WeightWatchers and, since I'm leaving in 11 days, I decided to just
go on hiatus now, so I'm removing the weight chart at the bottom of the page until I get
While I didn't exactly go out on a high (or low), at least I recorded another pound
loss, making it 67 total since I started this. I suspect that with Peggy's more restrained
eating habits, and our inevitably more active lifestye, I won't be packing on the pounds
in my absence. It will be interesting to see where I am when I get back.
I am leaving just as WeightWatchers is starting its newest plan, "Flex
Points," which is similar to what we've been doing all along but perhaps a bit easier
to follow. My first hint of it was in WeightWatchers magazine and it seemed more
complicated, but what makes it easier is all the documentation that goes along with
it--the journal that you keep to follow the program.
I respond well to crutches and this looks like a good new crutch, though I don't know
how dedicated I'll be while I'm away. We'll see.
Today was a good day. I am aware that my knee is starting to change. It's still a long
way from "normal" but it bends better now. I did 5 minutes on the exercise bike
yesterday and then dutifully iced the knee. Today it felt good enough to go for 15
minutes. That was the longest I've ridden the bike since the accident and I felt very much
encouraged by the fact that it didn't seem to immediately affect the tightness in my knee.
Maybe I'll bike again some day after all!
Tomorrow is my next Physical Therapy appointment (my last before I return from
Australia). The stretching part of the arm recovery is doing very well. It almost goes
straight up when I raise it and I use it almost normally when lifting things or putting
things away (though for really high things, like hanging pots and pans overhead, I still
use my right hand). I am aware that it's an effort to get to the highest shelves, or to
lift anything over my head (like putting dishes in the cupboard), but it's very definitely
a vast improvement.
The hard movement is getting the hand behind my back--the "bra fastening"
position. I can do it and I can even unhook my bra from the back, if I lower it to waist
level. I can't quite hook the bra up behind my back, but it will get there.
I think it's all just a question of keeping at the physical therapy, stretching those
muscles and keeping them stretched. I discover when I don't do the exercises enough on one
day, it's more difficult the next day. This is no stretch once and then it will stay
stretched. It's a daily thing. I don't know how long it's going to be a daily thing, but
my mother, a year after her own shoulder dislocation, still admits to twinges from time to
Dr. G helpfully tells me that I have now set myself up for artiritis problems later in
life. Somehow I knew that, but I don't think I wanted to have it confirmed. Surprise me.
One thing this all has done, and who knows if this is a permanent thing or not, is to
make me semi-ambidexterous. I've always been totally left sided, but I've had to learn to
do things with my right hand. It surprised me the other day that when I was at lunch with
a friend, I just automatically picked up my fork in my first hand and started eating.
It's like being back in first grade again and having the teacher tell you you must use
your right hand!
But as strength returns to my left arm, I am using it more and more, though I think
it's going to be some months before I'm engaging in any arm wrestling competitions.
For now, however, it's time to take my first extended "vacation" in two
years, without focusing on the diet or exercise or any of the usual things. We can all use
a change of pace now and then to revitalize the engines.