Monday, May 25, 2009
I haven't blogged in over two years, so I guess it is time to get started again.
I had my first knee replaced in February 2008 and shortly after that my other knee got real bad. Not only that, but RA decided to flare up and stay with me. All that combined really kept me from exercising. It took all my energy to just function "normally" from day to day. In order to keep my job, that I can't afford to give up, I had to work at least a year before I was able to get my other knee done. I had it replaced almost three weeks ago, on May 5.
In a way I am proud that I was able to hold my weight (within about 5 pounds) for the year even though I did not exercise on a regular basis. I fell off the wagon numerous times and kept climbing back on. I wonder how many pounds I actually lost during the last year?
Right now I am going to physical therapy three times a week where we practice bending and straightening the operated knee and developing the thigh and calf muscles. At least once during that hour I threaten the therapist to cross her off on my "friends" list. I am tracking part of the exercises since not all of them raise my heart beat, but I feel I should get a little bit of credit for doing them.
I am getting better at tracking my foods again and most of the time I stay below 2000 calories. I really have to work hard at staying below 1600 ALL the time.
My goal is to lose weight permanently for the rest of the year. I am doing fine with the water and the fruit. I have to work on drinking more milk and eating more vegetables.