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Almost 7 weeks. Exercised probably too much. Now I am dead. Almost 7 weeks. Exercised probably too much. Now I am dead.

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Unread 02-06-2005, 12:30 PM
Almost 7 weeks. Exercised probably too much. Now I am dead.

I'll be 7 weeks post-op this coming Tuesday. I got back to the gym for the first time last Friday and felt OK, despite my wobbly legs afterwards. Yesterday I went for a long walk and survived. Later in the evening I went to the movies. I was tired when I got home, but nothing horrible.

And then... This morning, I decided that, since I am back to my Super Woman mode, I could REALLY get back to the gym. I spent 35 minutes on the eliptical trainer and now I feel as if a truck has run over me. I have this pain in my right side of the pubic bone and an incredible pain in the right groin.

OK, I'm an idiot... But other than that, do you guys think I have done something more damaging than I think I did?

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Unread 02-06-2005, 12:51 PM
Almost 7 weeks. Exercised probably too much. Now I am dead.

Hi. I am 10 weeks post op and I know how you are feeling.

I overdid it one day at about seven weeks post op and chose to power walk way to far and for too long. Somehow I thought that once I got the all clear, I was back to normal. NOT!

During the first 6-8 weeks that we are recovering, we are doing very little in terms of exercise. Walking slowly around the house, up and down the stairs slowly, on and off the couch slowly.

Then, all of a sudden we feel we can go back to what we did pre-op. 35 minutes on an eliptical trainer fresh off of couch-potatoing it, is harsh.

The key word I have learned is "gradual". Get back to your routine gradually. Work up your stamina at a slow pace for the next couple of weeks. Take baby steps first and gradually work up to where you were. It may take longer than you think, but if you do it right, then you will better for it.

I am still walking. Haven't got back to the gym yet. I feel the gym might be too much of a temptation to overdue it right now. I plan on power walking for a while until it becomes "easy" again and then venture back to the gym. But, I will do that in baby steps too.

Best of luck.

Sarah
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Unread 02-06-2005, 01:12 PM
Almost 7 weeks. Exercised probably too much. Now I am dead.

Thanks, Sarah. Your words are very wise. And I agree with you that the gym gives you plenty of opportunities to overdo it.

I was feeling good in the beginning. After a few minutes, the adrenalin started running high and I felt even better. Then in seeing eveybody around me working out hard, I foolishly ended up feeling pumped to do the same. I guess I felt like I was back to being "one of them" and that I could work hard too. Big mistake!

Now I am here feeling angry with myself. I guess I will meditate now, so I can start calming down, knowing that tomorrow is another day...

Do you think it's also too early to get back to my yoga classes, though?
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Unread 02-06-2005, 01:19 PM
Almost 7 weeks. Exercised probably too much. Now I am dead.

Yoga....hmmm.

I have always wanted to try it. Never had the courage.

Hard for me to say whether you should try it now or not. If it involves a lot of stretching, twisting and abdominal work, I would be careful.

I guess you could go and do some of the movements, but do them slowly. I wouldn't, myself, do a full class right away. I always tell myself...baby steps. Don't jump in doing what you did before surgery. We may feel good, but inside, we are still healing. It takes up to a year to be completely healed!!

As for the gym and temptations...you are exactly right. Seeing all the other people working up a sweat and somehow watching us makes us feel like we need to keep up. Crazy, I know. Walking really feels good for me. I get out in the fresh air, no one is around to compete with and I can take my time.

Let me know if the yoga works out. I have been wanting to start, but am still afraid of my insides....

Best wishes,

Sarah
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Unread 02-06-2005, 05:44 PM
Almost 7 weeks. Exercised probably too much. Now I am dead.

I am 4 weeks post-op. Went to my kids dance demo a week ago and I am a member of the same dance school. I really miss it. I talked to my teacher and have mentioned it to my doctor and I, too, have to try to return slowly. Cannot wait though!

If you want to know. I Belly dance!!!!!!!! Miss my Belly Dancing Sisters but happy to be a Hystersister!

Belly dancing is great! Take it easy!

ewok
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Unread 02-06-2005, 05:51 PM
Almost 7 weeks. Exercised probably too much. Now I am dead.

Ewok...

WOW! Belly dancing! You go girl!!! That is awesome.

I don't have the nice figure to show my belly....I think belly dancing looks really fun! It is probably good exercise too!

That's great!

Hugs,
Sarah
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Unread 02-06-2005, 06:02 PM
Almost 7 weeks. Exercised probably too much. Now I am dead.

Believe me, my body isn't perfect, either!

I've had three children in 26 months (and none of them are multiple births), one of them was a c-section, lots of stretch marks and now a hysterectomy.

I am 36. I am WOMAN. Hear me roar! (In a few minutes, I'll probably have a cry!) You know how it goes when you are recovering from a hysterectomy!!!!



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