I'm glad you found this forum helpful before you surgery (as I did), and am happy you decided to share your experience post surgery. It sounds as if things are going very well, and I'm glad for you!
Please don't do anything to undo the good that has been done for your health and well-being. Follow the lifting rule, and don't try to be a hero. If your job requires lifting, please talk with your supervisor and discuss your post-surgery requirements. You would feel terrible if you did something to damage your hernia repair. A six week wait before lifting heavy objects is pretty standard. Whatever your doctor suggested is exactly what you should be doing.
I'm sure others will follow with similar advice.
Again, thanks for sharing your experience! I'm sure it will help someone else.
Best wishes for continued healing,