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    Feb 15, 2009 10:58 AM GMT
    Last year I went in for a 'routine' operation. Unfortunately I was that one in a million people for whom EVERYTHING went wrong. I ended up in a coma on a ventilator. The day before the docs were ready to pull the plug, I woke up. Iain has been GREAT through this whole thing.

    After several monthes of debilitation, recuperation, and a LONG hospital stay - including 4 re-hospitalizations for complications; I finally got home just before Christmas and am on the road to recovery.

    Problem: : I have lost more than half my original body weight, including huge amounts of muscle mass(I have supposedly lost more than 70% of my previous muscle mass) . I find myself weak as a kitten, and with little stamina.

    I have always been extremely active and athletic. Although I have had rehabs in the past due to minor health problems, I have never faced something like this before.

    As I begin to rehab my body, I am beginning with lots of aerobics: walking (I can walk almost 100 yards - with a cane - at this point!), and aqua aerobics, as well as massages (I have a private full time PT/OT).

    My big question is somewhat different - is there any truth/merit to some claims of "Body Sculpting" - that is being able to shape your body and muscles somewhat in order to increase/decrease/ or enhance some aspects of your overall appearance.

    I was always a big heavyweight muscled bruiser of a guy. Friends have told me that I was intimidating just for my size (I played D1 ball in college and was always naturally built like a heavy tank).

    Whenever I have tried in the past to lose weight - I end up with more fat - not less body mass.

    As I begin my rehab - do I have a choice - can I choose a much leaner, less heavy musculature? Or am I genetically doomed to be an textbook mesomorph.

    I know I can't change my bone structure or overall body type, but can I 'sculpt' my way to a new leaner (longer muscled?) - and hopefully healthier - body?

    Thank you for your thoughts.

  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 15, 2009 12:51 PM GMT
    The first thing to do is to refocus your perspectives. Going through all this trauma is like hitting a wall. Start off slowly. Build yourself up to your goals, but be realistic.

    I think you bring up good questions about body sculpting. To be honest, I haven't read on anything of the like because I don't think people take that into consideration as far as converting body-types is concerned. But some things you have to consider is not only your physical frame, but your body type: ectomorph, endomorph or mesomorph. Identifying yourself correctly is the best way to work towards your goals.

    But focus on the rehab/physical therapy first before getting into the muscle building. And don't forget about muscle memory. It's easier to get back into shape with building muscle than it is to get into shape and building muscle mass for the first time.

    Good Luck!
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    Feb 15, 2009 4:37 PM GMT
    If you have suffered that much lean tissue loss I would think you would be a good candidate for hormone therapy if you have no contraindications for it. It really helped a friend of my who was suffering from hiv related wasting.
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    Feb 15, 2009 5:56 PM GMT
    I had a similar thing happen to me, 2005/2006. Was down to 98.5 pounds. Best advice, take it slow so as not to over do it. Keep at it. Don't give up.
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Feb 15, 2009 7:23 PM GMT
    Welcome back Rob / ITJock!

    Sorry to hear you were in a coma, but good to hear that you woke up from it.

    I don't know if this is right, but maybe martial arts can help you sculpt less of a power physique and more of a lean and muscled physique.'s list of books on "muscle building" may have some info: Amazon list
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    Feb 15, 2009 7:58 PM GMT
    wishing u the best...
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    Feb 28, 2009 8:33 AM GMT
    I have decided to set some goals for my recovery:

    I want to do another week long Allison Tours bike tour - maybe through S France or Tuscany (I have been on two others that I absolutely loved).

    I want to participate in the California AIDS Lifecycle ride (a couple of friends have been after me for years to do the event).

    I want to do an olympic or 'standard course' triathalon:
    Swim - 1.5 km (0.93  mi)
    Bike: - 40 km (24.8  mi)
    Run - 10 km (6.2  mi).

    My question - more to myself I guess - is am I aiming too high too fast?