3 Tools I'm Using to Get Healthy Pre-Surgery
A few months ago I wrote about finally deciding to undergo breast reduction surgery. As of today, I'm about 5 months away from the operation, and one of my main focuses in preparation is getting healthy physically. I don't want to get too detailed here, but when I met my surgeon back in the summer, he made it clear that I should get at the weight I'm most comfortable at, because they remove enough tissue to be proportional to your body at the time of the surgery. Rather than focusing solely on weight, I decided to try and get to a point where I feel truly healthy. Here are the tools I've been using to help:
I've used a couple of food trackers in the past, but I often found it annoying that there was little guidance beyond calorie counting and offered little in the way of tracking other things. Plus, they were usually just not that nice to look at aesthetically. Lifesum is a bit different. They have a ton of plans you can use for guidance, from the Scandinavian Diet to a high protein diet - there's even a quiz to help you figure out which one would be most helpful for you. Unlike a lot of other trackers, Lifesum focuses a lot on the types of food your eating and the nutrients in them.
One of my main concerns starting out was that I was eating hardly any protein on a regular basis. I have nut and egg allergies, and I'm not the biggest fan of soy or of cooking meat. I also didn't feel like I was getting any fruit in my diet (I also happen to have a ton of fruit allergies). So Lifesum has been really helpful just in visualizing the variety of nutrients I'm getting and making sure I'm getting them in appropriate amounts. I don't use the app constantly, just for a week or so every couple of weeks to make sure I'm eating a balanced diet. And of course, the app doesn't hurt to look at. Click the photo below to see more sections of the app!
My mom, angel that she is, kindly gifted me a Fitbit recently, and I am loving it. I live a fairly sedentary lifestyle between work and school, so it's been helpful to get a sense of just how much walking I do on a day to day basis. It's also been a great source of encouragement for stepping up my activity level via step goals. Another awesome bonus is that the Fitbit can track your sleeping habits and quality. Sleep has a huge impact on your overall health and I've loved seeing the analysis of my sleep and figuring out what I need to adjust for better sleep.
Let me start out by saying this is not the most high quality exercise machine in the world, but that doesn't mean it's not perfect for me! Gyms give me a ton of anxiety, so I wanted something I could use at home that would help me get in some cardio and build more muscle. This little machine is easily stored away, but helps to work your leg muscles, core, and arms (thanks to the attached resistance bands). I love that I can adjust it to make it harder as I get more fit. I was a runner and a dancer in high school, and I have to say, it feels awesome to be engaging all of my muscles again!
There you have it! Pretty simple tools, but they've been super helpful for me so far!