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Knee Surgery and Recovery

Saturday, September 08, 2012

A week and a half ago, I had arthroscopic surgery on my right knee to repair a torn medial meniscus. Good news: the doc didnít find any arthritis, which is great news since it is pretty rampant in my family. The bad news: it hurt! For some crazy reason, I didnít expect it to hurt so much, maybe since everyone had told me what an easy surgery and an easy recovery it was, but as I learned, when they cut into you, itís going to hurt! (Duh!) Ah, well, enough crying, I was back at work in 6 days with minimal pain at that point, and only limping a little, so I am not complaining.

The whole experience has really made me appreciate how lucky Iíve been to have enjoyed good health in my life. And how lucky I am to have people to help me when I need itÖmy son took me to the surgery center and drove me home and took care of me (although I think he was hoping I would be goofier coming out of the anesthesia that I actually was Ė he wanted to post his goofy mom on You Tube!)Öand my boyfriend waited on me hand and foot all weekend, and everyone offered to come over and help me, drive me here and there, just wonderful. I am so blessed.

So, I am pretty determined to be really careful about not reinjuring it and about avoiding future injuries. I think I need to set some new fitness goals. Weíll wait and see how the recovery goes, I really love and miss running, but definitely I plan to do a lot more cross-training: riding my bike, Pilates, strength training, that kind of thing. Since I injured myself trying to set a personal best in a 10 mile race, I am not sure whether it was the speed work (which I had never really done before) or the long miles that caused the injury. I was really enjoying the speed work, and I like having specific goals to work towards, so I am going to have to think that over the long term. I may stop doing long races, and see how it feels to do speed work for shorter races (5-10Ks). Or I might explore bike races, since I know at some point, I am going to have to reduce the amount of exercise I do.

But for now, Iím going to focus on recovery, PT for a month, and Iíll check with the therapist about what exercise I can do during that time to stay in shape. Then weíll see what the doc says.

Iíve been pretty undisciplined and not doing a good job of staying on track on my calories. And the scale is definitely showing it - I regained 3 pounds. I think I was feeling sorry for myself and used food to feel better. And itís almost like my body needs to have the discipline of exercise in order to be motivated to maintain discipline on eatingÖwhich is terrible, because now is the time when I really need it! But again, Iím determined to get back on track. I know I can do it.

So cheers to all and be careful out there!

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KERRIELYNN719 12/28/2012 10:07AM

    I had arthroscopic surgery on my new last summer. It halted a lot of my progess in the exercise and weight loss department. Once my healed completely, I realized I was given a second chance to make things right with my body. I eased into exercise this yar and just started running. My knee is definitely sore after some nights, but it feels so good that I can run on it!

Wishing you a speedy recovery and no major bumps in the road...

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HIPPICHICK1 9/14/2012 11:30AM

    Glad to hear that the surgery went well and that you are recovering from it nicely. Pace yourself and remember that our parts DO wear out. Good Luck with your future fitness goals!!

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BUNNYCATS 9/9/2012 7:26AM

    Great attitude! emoticon emoticon Wishing you a speedy recovery! emoticon emoticon

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SBHPATRICK 9/8/2012 3:59PM

    So glad the surgery went well and you're on your way back to 100%!

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Ten Tough Days

Saturday, August 11, 2012

I just got back from a week and a half on the road for work. It was harder than I thought it would be and between working really long hours and going out at night with colleagues, I didnít meet my goals. I only managed to work out once and I went over my calorie goals for 7 out of ten of those days.

I did have a good talk with my doctorís office and they said I could go ahead and work out, as long as I didnít run and wasnít having too much pain. So, I plan to ride my bike instead and I feel good about that.

Work has been incredibly stressful lately. Other things in my life have also been stressful. But I know I canít let either of those situations stand as barriers to achieving my person goals. Iím not traveling again until the end of the month, and during that time I pledge to focus on myself and my goals, one day at a time.

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BUNNYCATS 9/6/2012 2:11PM

    You inspired me to go out and get a new bike, too. I really like bicycling. It really helps me feel more relaxed being outdoors and enjoying the scenery.

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NELLJONES 8/11/2012 9:10AM

    It sure is hard to eat right when traveling. Good luck.

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Bad News

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I went to the doctor yesterday and he thinks I have a torn meniscus. Basically, torn cartilage in my knee and I probably need arthroscopic surgery.

I know when I did it. I ran a 10 mile race in April and got my best time in 10 years. I didn't feel a thing when I was running, but it hasn't been the same since I woke up the next morning.

Very depressing. It hurts to run and really to walk or ride my bike too. I was kind of upset and forgot to ask him whether I should stop exercising completely, but my mom had the surgery and she says I should stop exercising until it's done and I've recovered. I'm going to check with the doc, but I'm pretty sure she's right.

So I'm going to try to do upper body strength training, core work and hatha yoga which is very gentle. But while those things might build strength and muscle, they don't burn much in the way of calories. Last time I had a health issue, I couldn't exercise for three months and gained 15 pounds. I don't want that to happen again, so this is really going to test my self-discipline.

And I'm going to count my blessings. It could be worse. I am lucky to have health insurance, and to have a job that has sick leave. I'm lucky to have someone to help me out when I'm recovering. I'm lucky it's a pretty minor injury, as injuries go.

Getting ready to do 10 days of work travel, hopefully by the time I get back, all the insurance hoop-jumping will be taken care of, and I can get on with it.

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JANEDOE12345 8/5/2012 12:29PM

    My daughter had a similar injury and it was amazing how quickly sh recovered. The physical therapist had her on her feet the next day (with crutches) and she was not very long in getting a full recovery. The PT is extremely important.
I wish you well.


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VERONICAVW_140 8/1/2012 2:13PM

    Eeekkk! I'm sorry to hear this. I hope that you heal up soon!

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BUNNYCATS 8/1/2012 10:32AM

    Sorry about your knee injury. I'm glad that you have health insurance. Keep up that positve attitude. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Sending flowers and sunshine to help with pain and recovery. emoticon emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 7/31/2012 10:10PM

    You are lucky! It sucks to be injured, but to head off weight gain at the pass, start by reducing your caloric intake about 40-50 calories every 4-5 days or to compensate the lack of exercise you are about to experience. While it's true that strength training doesn't burn many calories, the muscle you will build will use up more calories. Take some comfort in that and the fact that you will bounce back more quickly after your little surgery because of the strength training. You can also do a lot of seated exercises for cardio and I'm sure you can find a whole bunch of videos here on Spark. When I was 260lbs at the start of my journey I used to play Wii boxing for cardio and all that punching really got me going!!
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DJ4HEALTH 7/31/2012 9:52PM

    It depends on how bad it is and yes get your doctors approval for doing lower body work out. he may have you do gentle exercises to strengthen the knee

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Getting Back on Track

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Today, I got a new bike! This will be a great way to make sure I get my cardio, since whatever is wrong with my knee is keeping me from running, which has been not just exercise but a great stress reliever as well. Looking forward to getting out and riding, although since I'll be doing a lot of work travel for the next week and a half, it might have to wait a little.

Here's a picture of me with my new bike:

I feel skinnier just looking at it!

I'm trying to make some good preparations for the travel, since it's pretty challenging for me to stay on track while I'm traveling. I'm committed to staying within my calorie range but I know it will be hard. I plan to stock up on healthy snacks, dried fruit and nuts, apples and oranges. Also plan to bring workout gear and my bathing suit (I think there's a pool at the hotel). And my yoga mat cover -- it's no heavier than a towel -- so I can do yoga in my hotel room.

And tomorrow I'm going to the doctor to see what's up with my knee. Fingers crossed it's nothing too bad!


Wild Undiscipline and a Good Start

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Since I posted my last blog about learning from my struggles, I have been wildly inconsistent and undisciplined. I've eaten too much and had too many drinks and not exercised at all.

But at the same time, I feel like Iíve moved forward.

I saw my SO and we had a good time together. We've had some tough times and then a lot of distance over the past two months, but we got together and he cooked me a wonderful dinner and we enjoyed being close. We agreed to talk and try to solve our problems and find a way to be together. So we shall see.

I went to the wedding of the daughter of two of my dearest friends, and saw so many old friends, including some I hadnít seen in years, shared memories and danced all night long. And all of the kids, all grown up and making their way in the world, kids Iíve known since they were very small getting ready to get married and have kids of their own! Really, a wonderful celebration! (and now that I think about it, I probably burned A LOT of calories on the dance floor!)

And now Iím on the road on business travel , which I enjoy. It takes me out of my routine, removes distractions and forces me to pay attention to what is important. And although it is definitely harder to eat well, it forces me to work at it and really commit.

So, I am ready to go.

One day at a time, I will rebuild good habits.

Today I will keep my calories under control.

Iíll practice yoga since I can do that anywhere. Thank you,!

I will meditate for 5 minutes.

And after I plan my presentation for todayís meeting and then give my presentation, I will do a half an hour on the elliptical.

Feels like a good start to me!

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LAURALITE 7/24/2012 4:43PM

Loving your positive attitude and portable intentions!

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DANCINGWILLOW87 7/24/2012 12:15PM

    Sounds like you have a plan!

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