Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Last weekend we had a birthday party and a potluck. Last night, a fundraiser for our son's school at a local restaurant. This next weekend, Easter. Lots of heavy, rich foods and still not able to engage in aerobic exercise due to my knee injury. Still keeping up with my PT, core, and upper body exercises, but those don't raise my heart rate or burn as many calories. I'm trying to keep what I can track as low as possible, but I admit that I'm feeling a bit yucky right now. Usually when I overeat, I know my exercise will help me counter it. Right now, I'm just overeating.
I'm also trying to make better choices in difficult situations. OK. I splurged at the birthday party, but at the potluck I watched how much I took and didn't go back for seconds. At the restaurant, I ate only half of the serving they gave me. This weekend will be very tough, as my MIL cooks for an army although there are only six of us, and I always feel badly that there is so much food left over - and she pushes the leftover off on us. I'll try to remain strong.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Unfortunately, the doctor still isn't sure whether I need surgery on my knee. He likes to have the MRI confirm a diagnosis, not make the diagnosis. My knee was still too swollen and mobility too limited for him to make a proper assessment. He prescribed some PT (I start on Thursday) to increase mobility, and okay'd some efforts for me to keep my strength and improve mobility on my own at home.
So, I kept up with the heel slides, ankle rolls, etc., and with my core and upper body strengthening, some flexibility work. On Saturday, I added 15 minutes of walking on the treadmill. I always held onto the bar and kept my speed at 1.5 to 2.0 MPH. I did 20 minutes today, again at the same speed.
I will stop using the brace this week or next, depending on how I feel. And back to the doctor on March 26.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
My knee is still too swollen and mobility still too limited to tell if I need surgery or not. I'm a little frustrated as I'd like to know what I'm facing, but still feeling lucky that things were not worse.
I am still focusing on core and upper body strength and integrating some physical therapy moves to improve the mobility in my knee. Being smart and letting stability and lack of pain be my guide. If I start to feel unstable, or I feel any pain, I stop.
I also successful transitions to about 300 fewer calories a day, and right now my weight is still in my goal range (even a little lower, but within the "this could be water weight" category).
So, I'm hanging in there and proud of myself for making the successful - albeit reluctant - transition to being less active.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I've always believed that regular, consistent aerobic/cardio exercise is critical to my health - physical, mental, and even spiritual. In fact, I so believe this that, having suffered my first real injury ever, I am finding it difficult to eat well and maintain a positive outlook. I'm easily falling into the "well, I can't exercise, so might as well fall off the eating wagon too" mentality. But, I'm changing that.
I've been exercising in the way I can - careful, gentle yoga of limited asanas with lots of modifications and props, stretches, and some weight training. I'm going to keep my core and body as strong and flexible as I can so that when I am healed, I can get back into my cardio routine as well. Today, I started tracking my food again. I hope to keep it up for the same reason - I want to keep myself as healthy as I can so that I don't have to deal with weight and other physical issues as my knee heals and *after* it heals.
Let's hope that happens sooner rather than later!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
I stopped tracking food for a while. It got too difficult over the holidays to track all the foods prepared by others. I tracked my exercise and weight a bit more regularly, but still not on schedule. All in all, it went well. I stayed within my preferred range and felt like I generally made some good choices. However, I now feel it's time to get back to tracking, at least for a while. So, here I am.
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