Here I sit, after yet another scary bout of infections after a medical procedure. When you don’t have a personal nurse caring by your side, meeting your every need especially food intake, you need to rely on yourself.
It isn’t easy. It takes some discipline and quite possibly, the internet.
Yes. How can this crazy world of the internet help? Well, because I am not alone. There are many others who use technology to assist them in their everyday life and groups of amazing individuals have created a set of apps/sites that have become my right hand.
It took some getting used to but I have, as of today, successfully logged 7 days straight of food intake. Let me tell you….it was an eye opener.
In order for my body to fight off and heal the terrible infection that was inside me, days and days of buckets and buckets and buckets of heavy hitter antibiotics were poured in. Morphine has quite the effects on the body and lets just for fun, throw in a few other meds…..just to watch how the human body reacts. Long story short, as strong as the acid in our stomach is…it can only take so much before it implodes.
A fellow jiujuteira made me a little recipe to help me combat the terrible insisting metal taste. Lemon and Ginger Water. Calm the ever present nausea and maybe, just maybe, the combination of right foods to finally heal.
I started using Grocery Gateway to get my food into the house. I am not allowed to pick up anything heavy, nor will I be able to for quite a while yet. Can I just say what a wonderful service this is, regardless of surgeries? If you are a busy person, which I am sure you are, this service allows you to set up your order, pick a delivery date and time, and modify the order right up until 7pm the evening before. Bliss.
I start my order for the following week on the Saturday, process it even if I haven’t finished all the shopping I need – simply to secure the delivery time/date. I personally like the 7am-9am on a Saturday morning slot. It is $10 delivery charge but if you calculate the gas to get to the store, your time in the store, the impulse purchases etc….$10 is nothing when they also pick out all the food for you. I have not had a complaint yet – nothing rotting, very fresh (sometimes a little too fresh)
My Fitness Pal
My second tool I have begun to use is My Fitness Pal for logging my food intake. Wow…what an eye opener this has been. A dear friend of mine has been all over my case that I don’t eat enough protein…she didn’t say I didn’t eat healthy. Just not enough protein. That made me think and realize that I have absolutely no clue how food truly does work. Since I have been bed-ridden for a few weeks and barely moving around, I learned what my BMR is. You ask, what the heck is BMR?! Ya. Me too..I had no clue.
Your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) is an estimate of how many calories you’d burn if you were to do nothing but rest for 24 hours. It represents the minimum amount of energy needed to keep your body functioning, including breathing and keeping your heart beating. My Fitness Pal includes this calculator for you. Once you know that, then you can set your calorie goals here.
Did I mention this site is free? It has a paid membership for more advanced features, but I have to say….the features for a beginner are amazing.
After a week of paying attention to my food intake, I can tell now when I have not had enough of ‘something’ in my diet. My legs start to not be able to hold me up, my hands start to shake a lot….the human body, such an amazing machine.
Yep….you guessed it, I haven’t had enough protein that day. Thank you my dear friend Renata, for being such a beautiful annoying pain in the butt….you are helping me heal.
Lastly, if I can get in 1K steps in a day, that is huge right now. So exercise is not a priority so much for me at the moment.
However sleep…..sleep has got to be the number one healer of all time. I know when the infection is worsening due to the exhaustion levels that hit me.
I like my Alta because its tiny. Bulky things on my wrist bother me.
The bands are not the sleekest. I don’t understand why it comes with a plastic band when the Alta is not water-resistant but Amazon has some neat bands. I treated myself to a new band….not sure about it yet, as it is a little heavy. I thought the leather would be lighter than the metal…I’ve already removed all the bling on the sides.
The only mistake I wonder I made is if not investing in the version with the Heart Rate makes a difference. Maybe when this one dies off or decides to go into the shower with me.
Oy vey, I digress…the effects of morphine and not letting me focus.
The Alta tracks your sleep. I have read that it is pretty accurate in its readings, if that is the case, my sleeping patterns sucks. I go to bed at 10pm, I am up at 5:30am Lots of hours, right? No. I actually only get about 2-3 hours of regular restful sleep. This is something that I feel needs a little bit more of research.
What does all of this have to do with Jiu Jitsu? Nothing and everything. It’s the one activity I truly fell in love with, I crave it when I am doing it regularly and I miss is terribly when I cannot. In order for me to be able to get back on the mat at some point in time over the next few months….I need to get healthy.
We turn to the medical field to heal all of our ailings. The truth is they are not miracle workers. They are human just like we are. We need to help them, help us….(cue in Jerry McGuire – help me, help you)
So learn about yourself. Take a moment to reflect physically, spiritually and emotionally.
Are you in a good place? Have you lost your smile?
Then do something about it….start taking better of yourself because you, my dear friend, are worth it. xo
Don’t ever lose your smile.
PS….I’m not completely alone, my daughter has been a gem of help. I love you to the moon and back, mi niña.