Pre-surgery classes: Exercise
I don't post much because I am a newbie. I enjoy what you are all saying. Please keep this forum running, because come next April when I (hope to) have my surgery, I will need you bad!
So, in accordance to my ins. co and the medical group where my doctor is assigned (I live in So. Cal., where most insurance is a form of managed care ... HMO/PPO/POS, etc), I am attending 2 one-hour bariatric surgery preparation classes per month for 6 months.
2 sessions ago I attended an exersize class where we were taught how to exercise. I guess. The gals who teach the classes work for the "health education" department and I know one is an RD. Anyway, the other gal was teaching and she asked for examples of us doing increased activity. I said I am walking my new dog daily. She said, "OK, I guess. But when you walk your dog, aren't you pretty much just standing while your dog does his business and sniffs and walks around trees?" I sheepishly said, "I suppose. It seemed like a big step for me." She moved on in her talk with other participants.
I was ticked (no pun intended...get it? dog...tick?) by the time I got home. For me to get up early every day to walk that dog for even 10 minutes and for me to even be outside and not in my car for 10 minutes is a MAJOR miracle! FWIW, that dog also gets walked by me every weekend for at least 2 hours total at the local park. When we walk, true that he stops me so he can do his business, and we will never be able to keep a treadmill on for very long, but at least it is SOMETHING!
Now I have a bad taste in my mouth. I have other gripes about these classes but at least I have documented them here and I can copy/print them for the course evaluation when it is all over. lol
Thanks for the "ears".