Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I'm so flabbergasted that my oldest child turned 23 today! How can that be?! I mean, I know I can do the math and it's true...I'll be 43 next Wednesday, he was born a week shy of my 20th birthday...it all adds up. But I can't believe it. He's a young man. Not a little boy, not a teenager. An adult. Wow!
And on to other more sparkpeople-related news. Today I'm starting ANOTHER diet. This regime is two weeks long and comes from my friend, a natural path, who's helping to "shock" my system into losing again. Absolutely no sugar for 14 days. Not even natural sugars in fruits. Lots and lots of leafy greens. 5 miles a day, instead of my 3+ miles...well, 25 miles a week, anyway...broken up any way I want. I did my 3 mile power walk this morning, so I have have to walk 2 more miles at some point today. May do it on the outdoor track at the college later today.
I bought a better fitting sports bra and 2 knee braces yesterday. (In hopes of eventually turning my power walks into running.) The brace certainly helped my right knee a lot. But the left, the one that has always acted up, it did nothing for. I really think there's something legitimately wrong with it. But it's still functional, for the most part. I don't want surgery, so I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing and hope it heals itself or at least doesn't get any worse.
I know...ostrich with the head in the sand. It's just that every time I've ever seen a doctor about knee pain, they've told me to lose weight...here's the kicker: every time I've complained of knee pain, it's been after a significant weight loss...it's all the exercise I'm doing to lose weight that's causing all the pain. When I'm heavier and sedentary, the knee doesn't bother me! Who wants to bust their ass to lose weight, only to be told they need to lose weight?! Not me!
So anyway...sports bra kept the girls still. The right knee really liked the brace. The left didn't find it useful. Won't bother using it on the left again...I now have 2 for the right. Didn't attempt running today. But if both knees feel good this afternoon, I may try a little on the track...it's a rubber track and feels kind of bouncy. Should be better on my knees than the side of the road or the sidewalk.