After what has actually really been a 4 year absence from fitness due to my partner’s long-term illness and then, probably from shear exhaustion and doing so much physical work in his care, I ended up having 2 cervical spinal surgeries (back-to-back) in mid April. (One was due to my neck bone having shifted to narrow the passage way for my spinal cord – risking the spinal cord being severed in some traumatic event, like a fall or car accident. The other was due to a herniated disc in the exact same area, narrowing the space for the spinal cord even further — that had to be operated on from the front – the first from the back – hence 2 surgeries.)
I am on medical leave through December as that was the expected recovery time , particularly given some post-surgery complications (1 was I developed C5 Palsy 3 days after the 2nd surgery, losing use of my right arm.)
However, my recovery was nothing short of miraculous. I still have actually some weakness in my right arm and left hand (we don’t know the cause of the left hand weakness – it just started about 2 weeks after surgery as my right arm started to recover.) But no one would certainly notice as I am fairly strong from my previous years of fitness gains.
My only concern now is fatigue — almost certainly due to having laid in bed for much of the day for 4+ months — 2 months before the surgery waiting for the surgeon’s schedule to open up and 2+ months post surgery.
I have actually been discharged from acute rehab as well as post surgery PT. I have actually been cleared for driving for a month now. My surgeon works out himself and has actually cleared me for starting to go back to lifting. I am sort of poster child for his success.
I used to work along with Swolecat and then Mastover in developing programs. I could not do either of their programs along with consistency because of my time constraints (and tha tI am not a pretty consistent person :o)
I have actually a food plan that I evolved over time based on a combo of their approaches and some tweaking that works rather well for me — about 1300 cal a day, 50% protein, 30% fat and 20% carbs. I am definitely a high-protein, reduced carb person — that type of food plan is the only one that has actually ever been successful for me — and both Mastover and Swolecat had that orientation as well.
Swolecat’s program involved 4 days of lifting and 7 days fasted cardio. I can’t do that. Mastover and I were evolving a lifting program that was a two day split — and though he wasn’t wild about the fasted cardio., I still did it 3 times a week.
But that was when my partner started becoming debilitated and things cut short there.
I know what will work for me — but I don’t know enough (or I am too scared to) develop a 2 day split of weights on my own.
I have actually to start light to see how my strength is , but can anyone suggest an upper body/lower body two day split (i.e., 1 day upper body, 1 day lower body)?
I know a 2 day split is not ideal but that is the time and energy I have actually — and it will always be that way — even when I go back to work.
So I am now 5’3" (having shrunk) and weigh 157 lbs. Super flexible and rather energetic despite the fatigue. It is more how long I can stay up during the day before I tire out. (About 5 hours now.) I won’t get my endurance back until I rebuild my muscles.
All comments are appreciated :tucool: