Dinner on the Balcony (harder than I thought!)

I usually like to have dinner on my balcony during sunset, the view is usually pretty awesome. But, how would I get my food from the kitchen to to the patio with the crutches… Soup isn’t particularly easy to carry while on crutches!

Well, MAcGyvering a solution was in order:

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Yep, an oven tray. Because in the case of any spillage everything will be contained! 

 

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The long way to the patio!

 

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I made it… The rewarding view!!

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First Training On Crutches

I had decided that I will not give in to my temporary handicap. There was no way It will come between me and my training and weightlifting.

That being said, I woke up this morning and packed my water bottle in a bag made to carry an iPad (yes, a man purse) and off I went. The 1 mile drive was not fun, but I made it.

Now was the time for the real challenge, actually working out. Typically, Monday is my Legs & Shoulders day at the gym, considering my current condition I had to change that to Chest & Biceps (Monday is internation chest day after all!)

I had already planned my workout. I knew there was no way I can manage lifting my normal weights. I used to do 80 lbs dumbbells by 12-15 reps for 3 sets for the incline bench press and 75 lbs for flat bench press. So I decided to go with 50% weight and twice as many reps.

Getting the dumbbells off of the rack and rolling them over to the bench made for an entertaining, sometime hairy experience but it was all good.

I was able to do my bench press and incline bench press with seated dumbbell curls and preacher curls 30-40 reps each set for 4 sets total (oh yeah, I’ll be sore tomorrow!)

It was hard, it was challenging but during my workout a couple of people came up to me and said “Now that is dedication, we are impressed!”

Needless to say, I am humbled, but proud. I feel accomplished and I am looking forward to tomorrow’s Back and Triceps workout.

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Loft Living… Now with Crutches!

So I live in a loft… on the third floor. Needless to say, that presents an interesting set of challenges.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I will be working from home for the next 6 weeks. My office/work area is actually on the top floor of my loft… It’s a nice view, see for yourself:ImageThat being said, I had to figure out a way to haul stuff up there. Carrying stuff is out of the question while hopping with the crutches. And so, the Ghetto Dumbwaiter was born:

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It works great to get water, food and most importantly… ICE for my foot. And it brings back some childhood memories (won’t make sense to anyone born and raised in the USA)

Challenge, meet Solution! 

Thanks to my Cousin for making this happen before he left back to NC this morning!!

 

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So This Happened!

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As a lot of folks know, I’ve been on an awesome journey of getting healthy over the past ~2 years. I’ve lost about 153+ pounds. But that’s not the point of this!

Because of the weight loss, and being more active I’ve craved new experiences that were simply unreachable at my heavier weight (~400 pounds). My most recent experience was to “try” and learn how to ride a longboard… It ended in breaking the 5th metatarsal bone on my right foot (I actually heard it go “POP”, a hell of a noise to hear!)

That happened on Sunday August 25th.

The surgery to add that lovely titanium screw happened on Friday the 30th and I have 6 weeks of being in the mixture of a Surgical Boot, a Cast and then back into the Surgical Boot and how can I forget the CRUTCHES!!

I gave myself one week. One week to get over my self pity and being miserable and down on myself. And oh good God was I down on myself. After all, I won’t be able to participate in the Canary Challenge that I trained so hard for.

Also, this week served as a learning phase. I had to relearn how to do everything and I do mean EVERYTHING!

Being non-weight bearing and one crutches adds an interesting challenge to my day to day activities.

That week is over. I figured out my way around the apartment. My cousin flew in from NC and helped reorganize my apartment (he actually did most of the work, and I watched helplessly) to better suit my temporary situation.

I am already planning on going back to the gym tomorrow. I’ve done some research on exercising while on crutches and was disappointed. There isn’t much out there. I’ll have to figure it out as I go…. I am excited about that.

I’ll be working from home as well, and that is also exciting.

Hooray for new challenges.

I’ll try to update this once or twice a day… It all depends if I find that I come across something worthy of noting down.

On a closing note, those carts have a surprising oomph to them and an awesome turn radius!

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