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End of Stage 3, but Stage 4 "Delayed"



The cast was removed yesterday and overall the doc is happy.  I'm now in a Walking Boot and can begin adding weight to my leg.  He wants me to start with between 25-50% weight on my foot for the next week and gradually work up to 100% weight bearing over the next 4 weeks.  He also wants me to hold off on rehabilitation therapy until after January 11th.  I was hoping to start rehab before Christmas in hopes of swinging a golf club beginning in January but I guess I was overly optimistic.

I'm thinking it may be February before I can start my Speed Training & Evolver lessons.  Also, without being 100% weight bearing I will not be able to do my treadmill and cycle as hoped which will delay the resumption of my weight loss goal.  I need to add upper-body weight training which should help.  Truth be told, I should have added that 6 weeks ago.

I meant to ask the doc if I could do cycle since that is more the ball of the foot and not as much stress on the arch & heal but forgot to ask.

My goal for Stage 3 was to avoid gaining weight until I could start weight-bearing on the foot.  I think I was close but standing on a scale with most weight on 1 foot as well as being fully clothed and wearing a walking boot does not lead to the most accurate weigh-in.  Still, this morning it showed @ 245(is) and if I subtract 3-4 lbs for the boot & clothing I get real close to where I was just before surgery.  Heck, if I subtract 5 pounds then I actually lost weight.  Maybe I should subtract 10 pounds?  OK, that is just me being stupid.

Since I can't fully weight-bear yet I am going to set a mid-stage goal of being @ 241.2 on Jan 11th when I should be 100% weight-bearing and be cleared to start rehab.  That is the same weight as the morning of the Oct 25th surgery.

I reviewed my Fitbit data and prior to the surgery I was burning 3400-3500 calories per day.  Since Oct 25th I am closer to 2200 per day.  A difference of 1200 per day for the last 44 days.  I've always assumed I would loss @ 1 pound for every 3500 calorie deficit.  Using that math, the last 6 weeks have prevented me from losing @ 15 pounds and the next 4 weeks I may have been able to lose another @ 12 pounds.  Nothing I can do about that, but it sure would have been nice to start 2024 @ 214lbs.  I have not seen that weight since the late 2016.  No point in whining over something out of my control, but I just can't help it, I am a whiner!   



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