My surgery is scheduled for October. I have about 6½ weeks to prepare. I have decided to set some goals for myself in preparation. I would like to be as strong and healthy as I can going in. I would also like to lose some weight. Less weight to carry in recovery, and I firmly believe that being stronger and healthier will aid recovery. Obviously there is only so much you can do in 6 weeks so I must be realistic. Goal 1. lose 6 pounds. That’s a pound a week which should be achievable. My current weight is 214 so 208 should be my “fighting weight” . Goal 2. reduce my waist by 5 inches. I have noticed in the past that I typically lose about a half an inch off my waist for every 5 pounds lost. Goal 3. continue strength training 3 times per week. Squats, Deadlifts, overhead press, chin ups, Bench press and rows. Due to my issues with range of motion I have to squat to a box set at about 19 inches. The bottom position of the dead lift also can cause discomfort so I have been pulling from pins. Press and bench are unaltered, though the bench is pretty uncomfortable for my hips. I have found that lifting has been beneficial to my hips with regards to my pain experience. Though it can cause a rough night’s sleep sometimes due to local inflammation of the hips I presume. It’s somewhat of a balancing act between too much and just right so I have been taking it slow and altering the lifts as needed. Goal 4. do cardio 30 minutes 2 times a week. This will be done on stationary bike mostly as it doesn’t seem to cause any issues. Let’s get it on!