Recovery and a Good Question

First, I am about ten days into my recovery from total hip replacement. I should have done this probably three years ago and I can’t get back all those missed Highland Games and Track Meets. But, I learned a lot! I think I have a handle on Yoga…at least the Bikram model, Martha Peterson’s work was very insightful, Laree Draper really expanded my vision of joint mobility (there are a lot of “schools” here, but common roots) and, most important, I learned that sometimes medical intervention is the right choice. All too often lately, we get these bizarre forms of physical voodoo that one can learn in a few weekends…or a belief that stopping eating this or that will stop something…but, really, a dead hip socket is probably going to remain dead because, and in all candor, it is dead.

To assist, from “Young Frankenstein:”
Medical Student: Isn’t it true that Darwin preserved a piece of vermicelli in a glass case until, by some extrordinary means, it actually began to move with voluntary motion?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Are you speaking of the worm or the spaghetti?
[the class laughs]
Medical Student: Why, the worm, sir.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Yes, I did read something of that incident when I was a student, but you have to remember that a worm… with very few exceptions… is not a human being.
Medical Student: But wasn’t that the whole basis of your grandfather’s work? The reanimation of dead tissue?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: My grandfather was a very sick man.
Medical Student: But as a Fronkensteen, aren’t you the least bit curious about it? Doesn’t the bringing back to life what was once dead hold any intrigue to you?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: You are talking about the nonsensical ravings of a lunatic mind! Dead is dead!
Medical Student: But look at what has been done with hearts and kidneys…
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Hearts and kidneys are tinker toys! I am talking about the central nervous system!

One other thing, spending the day taking naps, relaxing, hanging out with Tiffini, tanning by the pool, and catching up on movies “seems” to be a great way to relax. We discussed this idea before that much of my recent unrelenting weight increase and waist measurements “may” be cortisol related. I was in 8-9 pain (out of ten) almost all the time with blinding flashes of 10/10 with a misstep or a slip. Constant pain, maybe, triggered the body to hold “something.”
I have lost four inches off my waist since the surgery and at least one chin without any exercise and I have seen this in my career before with wrist and back injuries. Eliminating pain seems to eliminate a lot of bloat.

I had a good question about fat loss training. As most know, I suggest three exercises, beyond adherence to a food journal, taking care of stress and cutting back the NUMBER of meals a day. Quick point: I think if you eat all day, three meals and three snacks, that is great for a football player or collision athlete. It is not so good for the rest of us. I have also discovered if I have the biggest meal of my day more around noon, it seems to help, too. The question was pretty simple and it asked if I still that that, for fat loss, we should keep exercise as simple as possible.

“Yes,” for two reasons: one, you just don’t have enough mental energy (free will) to focus on cooking, planning, recording and following an intelligent meal plan AND have a three ring circus training program. Oh sure…YOU can do it, but few others can. I have a funny story in “Never Let Go” about someone telling me about all their personal discipline while swing a chicken leg around the air with one hand and a PBR in the other. I DON’T have the discipline to do both…and I wish I did. Second, fat loss just isn’t that damn complex. If I tie you to a tree and come back in three days, I believe, on average, you lose 27 pounds. This is what one of Tom Fahey’s friends told me, I haven’t done the research myself.

For the exercises, I always push:
Push Ups (or Planks)
Swings (or Bulgarian Goat Bag Swings…or Goblet Squats if that is a gap)
Farmer Walks

I think a fat loss training program needs “everything” and I suggest what we do at Coyote Point at least once or twice a week: mix mobility with strength with flexibility with some heart pumping with some stability. If you forgot, read this again:
The Most Recent Edition of the Coyote Point Kettlebell Club Workout

The section at the end on Push Ups and Swings will give you a few ideas to work with on adding these to your week. If you did a CPKC workout once or twice a week and a Push Up/Swing combo once or twice a week, you probably are going to have your fat loss work nailed down fairly well. At the end, of the Push Up/Swings, take two bells and march around as a finisher. This simple Farmers Walk can do miracles.

I’m always happy to answer questions. I HATE it, though, when people email me on Facebook with questions. We have the DJ Q and A at davedraper.com, my “normal” email, SKYPE, telephone, the various forums I hang around and all my workshops. So, feel free to ask me at the DJ Q and A

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