Janathon end

oAfter pulling my abs on Sunday I’ve decided not to continue with Janathon.

  1. I need to let them heal without pulling any more.
  2. i start Pilates on Friday so I’m hoping a few days rest will help.
  3. i get too competitive with myself in ‘athons and after Sunday I’ve realised my body needs to go super slow.

Yesterday it felt like I’d gone back in time recovery wise to October. Today, ever so slightly better.

moral of the story, maybe doing mountain climbs and side planks wasn’t a good idea even 6 months after open abo surgery!


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Janathon Day 3

Oh dear. Yucky, wet day and sore from yesterday! I managed a one mile walk in the very wet rain. I tried to walk relatively fast, but near the end I had a nasty kind of tearing, hot pain inside, which was similar to what I had when recovering from surgery. I knew not to panic as everything is well and truly healed. But I stopped and caught my breath back before continuing…slowly. Don’t know what that was all about!

Last night and today I’ve felt a bit despondent. I was really enjoying my Betty Rocker videos, but since last night have had colitis pain. Since I’ve had colitis it’s restricted me physically as I’ve found if I do too much, then my symptoms start. I’ll spare the nasty details, but basically only a rocket of steroids sorts it. And that’s not good for you. So prevention is better than cure.

So today, I’ve taken it very easy, apart from my walk, and will probably do so for the next few days, especially with crazy long days coming up with the holidays coming to an end!

Exercise completed:

1 mile walk


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Janathon Day 2

Had a lazy morning today, then went to see Snoopy. Entertaining, but nothing like Star Wars!

Exercises completed today:

Physio – back and knee

Betty Rocker day 2 – Abs…when I first watched this I thought that there would be lots of the moves that I couldn’t do. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Don’t get me wrong I was exceptionally slow, and there was one that proved impossible since my surgery. It reminded me somewhat of bicycle crunches, which I could easily do pre surgery…ha! Not now! They will take a lot of work.

I was pleased after my workout; my flexibility is improving and I worked my upper arms hard too! I ache now!

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Whoop, whoop! Janathon Day 1

Hurrah! Janathon has begun again. I didn’t finish Juneathon last year…not sure without reading back on my blog if I ever did any of it. However, what I didn’t know at the time, was the appendicitis monster was lurking deep within, and that was the reason for my complete lack of energy.

So, literally, 6 months to my appendicitis anniversary, Janathon has begun. I’m now in a much better place physically to exercise, but still having physio, as what ended up being a long and complex operation, removing much more than my appendix, has left me all a bit seized up to say the least.

Anyway, today, apart from eating (some) of these …maltesers

and going to see Star Wars, I have been doing my exercises.

So Janathon Day 1:

  1. Back exercises
  2. Squats
  3. Stair climbs
  4. Betty Rocker 30 day challenge video (stumbled across a link to this on FB) completed in my own style SLOW!! …it’s approx 30 seconds per exercise….sometimes it took me 30 seconds just to get down onto the floor…. a link to the video is here…I hope my link works. Am a bit out of practise on the blogging front atm!

That’s all folks! Happy Janathon 🙂


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Appendicitis open abdo surgery week 5

Wow! This has definitely been my best week. Been out and about every day, walking more frequently each day, but not far. Went out early this morning for my first solo walk in 5 weeks. Managed half a mile! Oh such a short distance, but any longer and that scar pulling pain would have been too much. Little and often is my motto.

So so what’s the worst thing about open surgery? Well for me it’s the not being allowed to bend over.  I’ve become very adept at picking things up with my toes, and I’m left wondering, have I become more clumsy since my operation? I seem to be dropping a lot of things! The other problem not being bendy gives me is the inability I have to independently put on footwear. I’ve been living in sandals, but next week hope to ever so slightly increase my mileage to get into the orchards. I may have to get up super early so hubby can put them on for me before work!

With all the enforced resting and need to not put any strain on my belly, I can’t do my physio exercises so my knees are playing up as the muscles have weakened. Went back to the physio for advice and bless her she has given me a super easy treatment plan for the next 3 weeks, just to try and get some muscles firing 🙂


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Appendicitis recovery

Four weeks after my op I’m beginning to feel slightly more human. My huge zip scar is healing nicely (had to have open surgery as it turned out to be more than just appendicitis!) and I will always thank my friend for telling me about putting Vaseline on the scar. That has significantly reduced my pain! Paracetamol could do nothing for my scar pain, but Vaseline, wow, I will be ever thankful for it!

Exercise is having to take a back seat at the moment, apart for short walks around the block. I’ve been told I can’t bend down for the foreseeable future due to the risk of getting a hernia! I’ve become surpringly adept at picking things up off the floor with with toes instead!

This last week has been my best; managed with my dad driving to go to Morrisons, and yesterday hubby and I had a mini drive followed by a short trip to the pub! Yay!

imageLuckily, we hadn’t booked a holiday this year, so no money wasted there. Instead, hubby is embarking on a DIY programme and is currently painting our frontimage fence (major plus as it’s needed doing for a while).

On the cat front, one of our boys got injured this week, and needed an operation to sew his leg back together. Initially, we had to hand feed him (tricky for me as I can’t bend over, however  I managed to entice him to the stairs to get him at the right height!) then yesterday, without going into too much detail, we had to do some personal grooming for him as his cone prevents all cleaning duties. Bless him!

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Unfinished Juneathon

Juneathon started late for me, then I tailed off. I’d been feeling under the weather and really tired, but had  it down to school and report writing etc. However, two weeks ago I developed a really bad pain in my tummy, GP sent me straight to A&E where I had a scan and it turned out I had appendicitis plus a problem with my colitis.

The NHS are brilliant, they took out all of the offending material, and I’ll get my results in a few days, hopefully all will be well and I won’t need anything else doing. But to go to the GP with a bit of a tummy ache, then be whisked in and operated on as soon as the results were in, I think that’s amazing!

All of the hospital staff were lovely, so reassuring,mind you I was pumped full of morphine for a lot of my time there!

So exercise is exceptionally moderate while I heal, just walks around the garden and I managed a walk around our mini block too today! Yay!

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