Ok, so the deal is I am supposed to eat 5-6 medium sized meals a day. I can pretty much eat what I want, but they prefer if you indulge more in proteins than in carbs (duh), but for the most part it doesn’t really matter. Also, I am not supposed to follow any other diets, like for cholesterol, salt, calories, whatever.
So there are 2 appointments each week. The first day of the first week was an intake–they have to do a complete pain assessment, as far back as you can remember–and then (supposedly) they tailor your exercises to your weight and eating habits (5-6 meals) and to your pain. So, by eating 5-6 meals a day, you are increasing your metabolism, so you will actually lose weight when eating 5 meals compared to gaining weight when eating only 1 meal. So, the 2nd day of the 1st week was some light (to some) exercises. That day, my neck happened to be bothering me quite a bit, but I had held off on the pain pills until after PT just to see if it really helped. So, I did mostly stretching kinds of things, raising hips while laying on hard surface, stretching neck, doing rows, riding the bike (but not at a particular speed, just whatever you can manage). The one that really surprised me on how noticeable it was was leg lifts out to the right and left sides but making sure my toes were pointed forward. It seemed easy, but I was actually exhausted and all rubbery and jelly-like afterward! Anyway, my neck pain was relieved quite a bit, and I didn’t need pain pills or muscle relaxers either! Oh and for weigh in, I had stayed the same for both appointments that week.
So, this was the first day of the 2nd week, and they added a few more exercises and skipped some of the others and increased some longer. Again, I was especially surprised to see that the way I walk was causing me problems too. Way back when I hurt my back over 10 years ago, I had one leg go completely ice cold numb for about 3 years, and apparently even after feeling came back to it, I had adopted a new way of walking with my toes turned out (duck-like). So, we did some walking exercises and balance exercises ( I was never blessed with particularly good balance, and I have noticed it has been much worse the last 5 years or so). The balancing exercises really showed me how much difficulty I have in just walking and standing. No wonder I get so tired shopping or showering!! I could couldn’t even stand on one foot with the other bent up at the knee for 5 seconds without having to restart. Well, I have one more day for the 2nd week, and then there are 2 more weeks before I’m considered ‘done’ and I’ll have to fly on my own with what they have taught me. This week on weigh in, I actually lost 1 whole pound (so, since I’m eating 4x more, that’s not actually as bad as it sounds!).
They said the next 2 weeks, (sadly, the last 2 as well), they are really gonna push me farther with the stretching and exercising so I can continue it at home and lose more of a real weight faster, plus be stronger and better, like the 6 Million Dollar Man (but not quite, lol!)