Me and My Knee
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Yesterday my knee was hurting big time. I had done some step aerobics on Tuesday and I felt something go wrong while I was doing it. It hurt in the wrong way and I knew bad things were coming. I took some ibuprofen before bed, but when I woke up on Wednesday morning I was in a lot of pain. Way more than the usual aches and pains from my age and morning arthritis, and not even in the knee that usually bothers me, the one I messed up playing field hockey in college!
So I gave myself a day off and I mostly stayed in bed with my leg propped. I didn't want to see the doc and I certainly didn't want to take anything stronger than the ibuprofen if I could avoid it.
I slept a lot off and on, must have needed it as I am not typically a napper. And my sweetheart picked up Mexican food, so I ended up eating two taquitos and some rice and beans, which is more fat than I'd like but the meal included four (!), and I didn't touch the last two. Also I was pretty good with my water and had eaten very little during the day what with all the sleeping.
I did some stretches and gentle exercises that made my knee feel good. I could feel exactly where the injury (maybe a small twist) was located.
Well lo and behold this morning I woke up feeling pretty good. The bad pain is pretty much gone and I can resume my exercising today. I'll probably do the chair cardio and some ab crunches and upper body strength training, let my knee take it easy for another day or so.
It really is ok to take a day off when you need to! In the past I might have used it as an excuse to think "oh my diet failed," and we all know that really means: "I'll eat whatever and as much as I want to shovel into my mouth." But I'm not on a diet and I never will be again. Sometimes I have to say that out loud to myself. I'm not on a diet and I never will be again.
Being reasonable about food and fitness does not mean being so obsessed that I'll push myself even when my body is telling me this ain't the day for it. And there's nothing to feel guilty about because I made the right decision. Little by little I'm learning. Poco a poco se va lejos!