scared of the gym post-boob-job
July 27, 2014 10:57 PM Subscribe
I'm the Anon from this question
. You smarties were on the ball -- but now that I'm post-surgery what do I do next?
You guys were absolutely right about going ahead with the surgery -- particularly since it did get surprisingly complicated. Basically, the tissue of my boobs was so heavy, and had been for so long, that my chest muscles were pulling away from... whatever they're supposed to be attached to? Anyways, that's why I was having migraines, why I could never do anything involving my pectoral muscles, etc etc. My muscles were all WTF owwwwwwwwwww. Long story short, what was supposed to be a 4 hr surgery extended into 8, I was in and out of the hospital for 2 months, and I have a second surgery scheduled in the fall which should be the last one. It's so good this was planned because in a year or so this would have been an emergency because it was starting to affect my ribs/lungs/heart.
The financial bits were good too, because I hit my catastrophic cap between all the hospital visits. I'm finally feeling "better" too -- I'm very sore sometimes (like I prefer not to lift my arms above my head) but I'm feeling better than I did even before my first surgery. I'm LITERALLY 30 pounds lighter in a spot that was basically torquing my entire torso out of whack. This is such a triumph because it's coming after a 2 yr fitness journey -- I had already lost and kept off about 40 pounds. I've been cleared for the gym now, too, and I'm excited to go back!
But... what do I do?
Here have been my ideas so far:
a. Running -- I had recently done my first 5K right before my surgery and had been planning on training for another 5K in order to improve my time. HOWEVER, my boobs are still bigger than average and are really tender; not digging the bouncy trouncy Tigger aspect of running. Plus, I sincerely doubt the post-surgery bras I'm rocking are meant for serious running.
b. Swimming -- My incisions are healed, so I CAN swim, and the gym pool is salt not chlorine so it'll be gentle to my new skin/scar tissue. HOWEVER, is it going to weird people out if I basically dog paddle or frog it? I haven't yet tried doing a regular overhead stroke but I think it'll tug at my scar. However, that might be good because it'll improve my skin's elasticity or whatever? IDK, I've never had such a long scar before. I don't feel like I'd tear anything, just that I'd be sore.
c. Reclining bicycle -- :-/ It feels like a step back since I did a whole race. :( But there'd be no bouncy or overarm stuff.
d. Elliptical/Stair machine -- I... fall off these. Or did. Maybe smaller boobs has improved my balance?
So far I'm leaning towards swimming with some self-guided aqua aerobics... thoughts?
I've been on a 5 pound weight limit for over 3 months. I'd like to try weights, but have no idea what steps to take. So here, please go wild with suggestions because I don't know where to start.