Archive | December, 2011

Successful Surgery 12-14-2011

15 Dec

I will never forget yesterday for as long as I live. Yesterday was the opening of a new chapter in my life. Yesterday, I underwent surgery on my right hip to repair a torn labrum. I have been waiting for this moment for over 2 and 1/2 years so it was a dream come true to have had this surgery.

The surgery I underwent is called a hip arthroscopy. Such an amazing procedure and very non-invasive. I was able to bear weight on my right leg after I woke up from surgery and got to go home the same day. Since we had to drive to Spokane, WA, to have this done, I was relieved that both trips to and from went quickly. On the way home, I slept in the truck and before I knew it, Manuel woke me up and helped my slowly walk into the house. My difficulties walking right now are the extreme numbness I have which is starting to go away a little at a time.

I am on strict bed rest for the next 4 days only being able to get up to use the bathroom, grab ice and eat. I can’t do stairs so I am limited to our main floor. Right now I am kicking myself for not pulling out enough movies from the downstairs family room so I will just have to use the laptop for my entertainment today.

I will continue to update everyone on my progress. I have a follow up/ post-op appointment on the 22nd of December at which time I will begin physical therapy. I am hoping that with eating healthy and resting, that I will recover quickly and will be back in the gym kicking some a$$.

Until next time,

Karly Beth

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One Size Fits All- It’s a LIE!

15 Dec

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We have all seen that infamous “one size fits all” label, but I have learned a long time ago, that it is a big lie! Just because it says “all” and just because you can fit into it doesn’t mean it’s a good fit for you. That same clothing item with that very same label for instance can be way to baggy on one person and just a bit to snug for another.
This whole thought came to me this morning as I saw my cat squeeze herself into a little basket on my bathroom floor. Sure, she got in but if you notice, her butt is bunched up and partially hanging off the end. Miss Kitty, clearly that is not a good fit nor can it possibly be comfortable for you.
So many people these days have sadly still not learned that one size truly does not fit all and this pertains to more than just clothing. This is the same for exercise, diet, rest, emotional well-being and so on. People must remember that what works for me isn’t necessarily going to benefit them. It is important to remember that each of us is unique so you need to be selective in what you chose to do for exercise, diet and so forth. It is that same theory that while one person needs only 6 hours of sleep to feel rested and ready to go in the morning requires me to sleep 9 hours in order to get the same effect. Or that person who can eat anything and everything and never gain a pound but if another person did the same thing they would be 20 pounds heavier in the blink of an eye. One size fits all does not exists people, stop thinking this way.
Until next time, cater to your specific needs, and listen to your body and mind. Once you do this, I believe you will realize that you deserve way more for your unique self than just a “one size fits all” label.
Karly Beth

 

Coffee in the Microwave and the Milk in the Cupboard

7 Dec

Tuesday nights are homework nights for my oldest son. I try to multi-task the prepping for the next day’s meals, and cleaning and wrapping up odds and ends while assisting him with his homework but tonight I was having a terrible time doing so! I had to just tell myself to sit down and focus on Felix. After Felix finished his homework, we ate dinner, then read a story and colored Sponge Bob pictures with my youngest, Fabian. Before we knew it, it was time for bed. I tucked the boys in their beds and as usual headed back downstairs to finish up what I hadn’t accomplished earlier. This is the point where I realized I had a moment just like the Man who mistook his wife for a hat (a book I read in my abnormal psych class in college). I had discovered that I had put the ground coffee bag in the microwave and the milk in the cupboard. What the heck was I doing earlier?
Then I realized that I was just doing way to much and that by stopping everything to just enjoy the company of my kids is exactly what I needed to do. I needed to SLOW DOWN!!

This is a reminder we all need from time to time, especially around the holidays. In this fast paced world we live in today it is no wonder we all do silly things every now and then. By slowing down, our bodies and minds can really benefit from it. Whether it is in the gym, cooking dinner instead of going through the drive-thru, spending quality time with your kids, going to bed early or taking a nap when you are tired, just slow down!
Your body and mind need rest in order to recover, feel refreshed and to stay healthy. It is not going to be the end of the world if some chores don’t get done right away. If anything, you will be more productive after slowing down because you will have a sense of clarity rather than a sense of a chicken running around with it’s head cut off.
So until next time, slow down, relax, and breathe for a calmer and happier you.
Karly Beth

She wasn’t the one that needed saving, it was me..

6 Dec

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, the Gomez family was on a Costco run as usual. We did our shopping and enjoyed lunch right after. We were ready to drive back home when my oldest son asked if we could go somewhere else before we went home. He tried to bribe us with the Home Depot and we instantly knew what he was up to. Conveniently, next to the Home Depot is Petco. Yes, smart boy. So we caved and said we would go and look at the animals but we were NOT getting a pet.
Of course, we walked in and the local Humane Society was there with over 25 cats and kittens just begging for a home. Of course we looked and loved on them but then decided it was time to go. As we were were leaving we noticed another adoption center in the corner of the store near the entrance containing a little black kitty with gorgeous amber eyes. She was sweet, curious and very playful. To make a long story short, we adopted that little kitty. Her name is Java.
I thought that I was the one saving her as she clearly needed a home and the poor thing was locked up in this little 2×2 cage, but after these past two weeks I have realized that she has actually saved me. She has brought additional love and laughter into our home and after a stressful day at work having her sit with me and cuddle while my husband works late at night has been a blessing. She is loving and crazy and everything in between, making her the perfect match for our family.
The lesson this little cat has given me is this- Sometimes, we don’t need to be the one saving others, sometimes it is others that save us when we least expect it but need it the most.
Until next time,
Karly Beth

And so the countdown begins

5 Dec

It really has been a countdown for over 2 years but it is truly now only 10 days away. On Wednesday, December 14th, I will be going under the knife for a hip arthroscopy on my right hip.
I am filled with different emotions. Excitement, anxiety, calmness, panic, happiness, frightened beyond belief…. Every emotion has been at my door step. I go through my head over and over again the pros and cons of having surgery. I know the facts, the risks and the most important, the benefits of having this procedure done.
The thought of being able to simply walk without pain is something I can’t even remember. Every day when I wake up, I step out of bed hoping it will be pain free¬†only to be dissapointed again and again. Then, just as I do every day, I put on my big girl panties and a strong face and I go about my day convincing myself that I can do this, and I have.
I am not going to lie, this injury has taken a lot out of me. Living with constant pain wears on a person and takes a person who once could do everything and challenges them just to get a smile in their face and tell others that they are doing fine. The energy it takes to do this day in and day out is exhausting. I am not in the clear yet as I realize I will have recovery time to get back to the top, but hope is in my heart and mind 100%.
Although If I could turn back time, I would but having this injury has made me a different person. It has taught me patience, forgiveness, appreciation, inner strength, and led me down the journey to weight train, eating clean, and competing. All things that I am so very grateful for.
I will keep you all updated on my progress and hope that what I have experienced can help and teach others all the things I have learned through this difficult journey.
Until next time,
Karly Beth