A little over a year later…

It has been a little over a year since my surgery. Apart from having to spend an extra week in the hospital due to a staph infection in my healing wound 8 or 9 weeks after surgery, my recover is almost 100%.

I’m now able to jog over a mile. I’ve started out using an ArcTrainer at Planet Fitness. I started out doing 15 to 30 minutes on a typical elliptical, but that caused my feet to feel numb after  a while. I’m not sure why, but I figured I would give the Arch a tray. It was much harder for me due to my lack of cardio health. Needless to say, I kept bumping up my time by 15 minutes every week until I could get to an hour.

I’ve started lifting weights as well, but I’m mostly focusing on my upper body because it’s always been weaker than my lower body.  Soon I plan on putting together a workout plan instead of just doing whatever I feel like every day or every other day.

I’ve also lost 25 lbs due to working out, doing the cardio, and using MyFitnessPal to track my caloric intake.

The bottom line is that I think I’ve made a full recovery. I missed my last appointment with my doctor when it was originally scheduled. I went just at a year later. He had me to a heal raise on my injured leg. It was notably weaker than my uninjured leg, but I could do it for a second or two. He said that he released me from all restrictions and said that I just need to be careful, stretch, and that it could happen again.

Overall, when I first started the blog, the mental impact of going through this surgery, knowing that I would be out of commission for so long, really took a toll on me. Also, hitting my 40th birthday just under a year after my surgery stunned me as well. It motivated me to really pick up the pace and attempt to get back into shape. I would like to train for half a year or so and then possibly participate in a race. I’m not up to do a Spartan Challenge or Tough Mudder, but I think I can get there.

Thank you to the folks who created this site to help those of us have an outlet to express our concerns, post our status, and even contribute to any research we have done.  I think this will be my last post for a while unless I come upon another major milestone.

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