Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Rehab PostOp following the New Hip

On December 11th, I had a new hip installed.  For two weeks, I had a rehab PT guy come to my house and show me the basics. 

When I visited by doctor, he said that rehab for "people in my category" (I assume he meant pretty young and healthy and aggressive about getting back in shape), there's no data that demonstrates attending formal rehab improves outcomes over not attending. So I opted not to attend.

My major focus now is not hurting my hip as it solidifies and on getting back in shape. My measurement of being in shape is reducing my horrific belly and weight (I saw 215 a number of times on the scale in December).

My goal simply is to lose a pound a week until my birthday so that I'm under 200 at the start of March.

Here's my tracking.

BTW, I read all the articles about how hard it is to exercise away weight and that weight, at my age, is lost by controlling diet, nothing else. So I'm doing both.

Exercise: Lots of swimming (but only kicking a little. I use a pool buoy between  my legs to keep me from over doing anything with my legs). Some weights a few times a week. And today I introduced walking. I walked for over a mile and only made it 2.3 miles. I guess I need to pick up the pace. I thin a 3 mile/hour pace is appropriate for exercise.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


Here's the news. On 12/11/2018, last Tuesday, of my own free will, I drove to the hospital, got totally undressed, signed some papers, and let them pump me full of a cocktail of muscle relaxants, pain killers, and sedatives.

Then, with a sharp knife they sliced open my thigh.

With a reciprocating saw, they cut thru my thigh bone.

With a hammer and chisel, they removed the ball from the hip ball and socket.

They took a powerful power-sander and polished up the inside of the socket cutting off a set of bone spurs and trying to make spherical.

Then they jammed  into me the strangest looking device made of  titanium, plastic, and ceramic.

 Basically, they jammed (hammered) a cup my  hip socket and then jammed a ceramic ball with an the attached metal rod into the thigh bone at one end, the newly placed cup in the other.

Once in place, they cleaned up the mess that they'd made being sure not to leave any bone chips or other evidence around, pushed all the muscles and stuff back into position, and glued the incision back together.

Then they high fived each other, stopped for a coffee break and a chat, and moved onto the fourth hip replacement of the day.


Later that day, they watched me take ten steps in one direction with a walker. Turn around. Walk back.

The next day, they took me to a little room to see if I could climb and descend a few stairs, sit down and get up from a fake car, and otherwise move about. They also checked that I could pee. Then they send me home.

So far so good....This is what being healthy but needing a new hip at age 60 looks like.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Father Son Boxing

I've been pretty healthy as of late so I thought I'd take a chance and see if I can hang with my 18 year old son in a few low key sparing rounds. No kick boxing, just classic boxing.

I've watched these rounds a number of times and I think it's a fantastic father son portrait. My son is about 3x times faster than I am.

He chases me around and I mostly roll with the punches, move away or block the punches coming in, and I sometimes even counter.  My footwork is good.  But he's just fantastically athletic, quick, and graceful as he throws.  #dadissoproud  Note: neither of has put any time into boxing in the previous year or so this is us at our sloppiest.

The great news is that I held up OK for three, four, or five rounds (however many it was. I guess I did get a little fuzzy)   and I COULD WALK THE NEXT DAY (after some icing and time in the jacuzzi)...  OK, now here it is... Watch how he zings and I drag....


Anybody notice how fast he is?  Good technique. And how he stayed away from knocking off his father's noggin which I really appreciated.  This is what I looked like between rounds (while he was shadow boxing or talking up the audience):

John Edelson
John Edelson between rounds

 Round 3

Round 5

Where were we? We were at Ace's new gym just off Commercial, just west of Powerline. She opened it a few weeks ago. I highly recommend it for fitness, boxing skills, some time in the ring (she should get the ring installed in the next few weeks and will get the place expanded as the other tenant gives up space), and camaraderie.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

VR Boxing

This GIF is of me boxing in virtual reality. It was more than a little awkward because the other boxer was crowding me and I couldn't use my footwork to get away from him. It made me use an inside game which is not my strength. In any case, enjoy the spectacle of virtual reality boxing.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Gave myself a present: Daily Exercise

I gave myself a Christmas (OK, Hanukah) present this year: I'm going to exercise everyday.  OK, it's also a little like a challenge but the idea is that I'll make it a priority ahead of racing into work at 8am  and of going with the flow.  I'll do it since I want it.

 It's now a little more than two weeks and I feel great.  I haven't missed yet and it's carried a few benefits with it.

  1. Continuity allows me to focus on improvement. So I've upped my game all around:
    1. The gym.  I use to go to  warm up with 5 minutes of rowing, do the weights, and done. I've decided to add cardio to each visit so I'm up to 10 minutes of rowing at the start, weights, then 10 of stair climber and 10 of elliptical. I'm both increasing the intensity of them and would like to make it to 30 minutes of cardio at the end.
    2. Biking. I'm up from my 13 mile ride to a solid 20.  
      john edelson
    3. Swimming. The biggest change. I was doing batches of two or four lengths and working towards getting 20 done in a work out. I pushed hard and am now working with batches mostly of 10, sometimes 5, and have done several 30 length workouts.  I'm also timing this so I started when the pool opens at 8 so I'm done by 8:30 and in the office around 9:15.
    4. Nicole and Focus Studio. I see her 2x a week working on building the stuff (intrinsics, posture, certain stretches) which will help with my managing my back problems. I was showing up at the hour and not being that intense. I've stepped this up to showing up early so I can do the warm up before the hour begins.
    5. Nutrition. I'm indulging my focus on the scale. I step on it a lot. I like to see how my weight varies during a day and a week. I can move up or down by five pounds in a day.  I've decided, starting Jan 1, to drop sugar and alcohol from my diet (almost entirely) until I see less than 200 pounds consistently on the scale. I did have one drink with DJ to celebrate him being alive and out and about adn tonight, going out, I might try one too but mostly, I've been nutty good about eating this year. I have big size sugar-free yogurt which I mix with nuts (no salt!) and blue berries as my go-to snack and light dinner.
To lay it out there, here's the goal. Get below 200 in January and stay there all year. I'd like to range between 194 and 199 for Feb through December. Actually, I'd love to average 190 and it was only a few years ago that I was there but without the 4-5x thrill of a martial arts workout and people to live with who are also actively health conscious, this takes more discipline and sacrifice than I'm likely to make.

PS.    I'm also trying to get in shape to ski with my son in early February.  Vail.
PPS.  My doctor retired and I need a new GP.

Working on Something at Nicoles
Psture? Intrinsics?