A few days ago I mentioned on my Instastories that I had had a hip replacement (well, three actually) and I had so many questions about why and when that I thought the best way to answer everyone was to write a blog post. It’s actually something I don’t really talk about because my hips have always been a big issue for me and something I’ve always been very self-conscious about – even writing this post gives me anxiety. But, as I’ve gotten older I’ve realised that it is so much a part of who I am and have become a lot better about embracing it.
So, the why… I was born with Congenital Dislocated Hips (CDH) where the ball and socket joint of the hip do not form properly and dislocate as the ball of the hip slips out of the socket. Both hips were dislocated and I had countless surgeries trying to fix my right one but it just never came right. When I was little, it was definitely a lot harder on my parents since I had very little knowledge of what was going on but having a baby in a plaster cast while running after a toddler could not have been easy. It’s since having Oliver that I really gotten a sense of just how tough it must have been (I wrote this post when Oliver had his adenoids removed) Isn’t it funny how you only really appreciate your parents and understand the things they do or the way they worry about you once you become a parent yourself? Growing up they always believed in me 100% and never let me think there was anything I couldn’t do – which is probably where I get my very determined nature from (don’t tell me I can’t do something 😉 ) I played sports, ran and did pretty much everything little people should do. But, I also went to an all-girls school and young girls can be vicious. I was often teased about the way I walked and I became very self-conscious. For a long time, if anyone ever asked me why I limped or what had happened, I was always very defensive and generally just gave a very blunt response.
When I was 19, I had my first hip replacement but given all my previous surgeries and complications, it was a lot bigger than a straight-forward hip replacement and I took a lot longer to recover. A year and a half later it was replaced again as the joint had moved and then six years ago, I had a total hip replacement due to further complications. Each surgery has been very invasive and I tend to lose a lot of weight and a lot of muscle tone (my last operation I was on crutches for three months) so keeping fit is as much about looking and feeling good as it is out of necessity. Maintaining good muscle tone means I protect my joints and makes for a quicker recovery post-op.
I have always loved being active but my husband was the one who really upped my game and got me into cycling. Most of the exercising that I do needs to be low impact so cycling is one of the best things I can do (expect when falling off 😉 ) I have completed seven Argus Cycle tours and I would love to get to ten but since having Oliver my confidence has definitely taken a knock and I really can’t see myself riding on the road again – it’s amazing how your priorities shift when you are responsible for another little human! So for now, I’ll be sticking to spinning 😉
Before I fell pregnant, I was the fittest I had ever been after doing Sweat with Kayla for close to two years. I had only ever focused cardio before then and it’s the first time I have ever noticed real results not only in how I looked but how strong I felt. A lot of the exercises in the BBG program are high impact or are movements that my hip doesn’t allow so I need to modify or alter some of them (I’ll go into more detail on how I do this in my next post). For cardio, I walk on the treadmill at the gym (I walk on an high incline to make things more interesting otherwise it’s so boring I literally feel like I’m watching paint dry) or I do a spinning class. When I really need to slow things down, I’ll walk around my neighbourhood or in the greenbelt.
It’s taken me a long time to get to the point of being more accepting of my body and it’s flaws. I have scars, I still walk with a limp and I still get self-conscious but I come to accept that it’s my story and shaped me into the person I am today. While most people don’t notice my limp anymore as it has improved dramatically, it’s still something that I am acutely aware of – but I have also found that since becoming a mom, it’s far less of a focus for me than it ever was before (a busy toddler will do that ;)) I will still need more surgeries in the future where they will do ‘routine maintenance’ to preserve this joint for as long as possible as I can only have one more hip replacement. This will be sooner than I’d like but I’m hoping to push it out until I’ve hopefully had another baby 🙂
I’ll be sharing a post soon on how I’m slowly getting back into fitness post-baby as well as how I modify my exercises when necessary so be sure to subscribe to my email list so you don’t miss a post. This post was a lot longer than I had planned but hopefully it answers some of your questions. If not, leave a comment below or send me a message on Instagram 🙂