Seeing all the lovely active sweaty people made me realise I need to stop sulking about being a one-armed wonder and start living the "wonder" part while making the "one-armed" part as short and impermanent as possible. So here's my game plan. Some of these points I'm already following; others I'm going to start incorporating. As always, any and all comments and suggestions are welcome!
With a few exceptions that I'll note below, I'm going strict paleo until I'm healed enough to use my arm again. The reasoning is pretty simple: it promotes reduction/avoidance of inflammation, which in turn helps avoid infection and speeds healing. I've also been using an ice pack and occasional doses of ibuprofen, as my shoulder still seems to me to be a little swollen (no redness, oozing or other signs of infection, though).
I've also been keeping half an eye on portions, though I'm not actually counting calories. Reason is that I know my BMR is about 1500 cals/day when I don't factor in any activity, and I haven't been very active at all lately. This isn't too much of an issue, since the sudden and dramatic decrease in exercise and activity means my appetite dropped to almost nil. However, I do tend to binge-eat when I'm bored, and ennui has been the main emotion of late. The times I have caved, I've kept it pretty paleo, though, so that's a semi-victory. A better fix is finding something to erase the boredom, and I'm working on that.
My exceptions to the paleo rule are mostly driven by the fact that I'll be staying with my godparents for a couple weeks while my parents are on vaycay and I'm still pretty helpless. They keep chickens in their backyard! I'm also expecting to encounter
- delicious homemade fermented things (like sauerkraut, not beer), as well as
- happy milk! that is, not all cooked and nastified, just as pure as Bessie intended (wink wink)
- pistols, once I'm up for it
- one-armed push-ups off the wall or the arm of the couch
- side plank holds
- front one-armed plank holds, once I'm up for it
- one-armed kettlebell stuff