Friday, August 02, 2013
I have two situations that I'd like some help with. If you can help me with one or both of my questions, I would be so grateful!
1. I used to be in much better shape than I am now. Two years ago, I fell off my front porch and cracked my knee very badly on the edge of one of our slate walkway pavers. I had stitches, crutches, the whole thing. My kneecap cracked all the way across. It was about 6 months before I could bend it again, but only about 3/4 of the way at that point. It was about 8 months before I could bend it all the way and even then it was a tight bend. This injury really set me back, in a couple of different ways. For starters, I couldn't workout at all for many months. I spent a lot of my time sitting, doing knee stretches, walking a little (doctors orders were to really baby it). I was also finishing school at this time and so between my knee and studying, I was doing a lot of sitting. Consequently, I put on a lot of weight that I'd lost. My knee still hurts, but not like it did. I have 60-70 pounds to lose, and I know that extra weight is not helping my knee(s) at all, but my injury really changed the way I can workout. I used to workout HARD. I would really push myself physically. I would workout for several days in a row and it wouldn't be a big deal. I felt wonderful. Now, I can only do certain workouts. I can't push myself like I did before. I have to take a day off every 2-3 days or my knee feels like it will explode, no matter how gentle the exercises are. When I workout, I really like to put everything I can into it. I like to sweat and I feel like I could do so much more if it weren't for my poor knee. When I don't push myself, I come away feeling like I didn't give as much effort as I could...but the reality is that my knee can only take so much. I've found that walking, elliptical, recumbent bike, and water aerobics don't seem to aggravate my knee that much. I guess my big question here is how do I workout with "bad" knee? How do I workout hard? Can I even do that? Start off slow, lose some weight and then take on more exercise later? Do I push through and just deal with the pain? Does the pain mean something bad or does it mean my knee is getting stronger? I'm thinking pain = my body's way of telling me to slow it down.
2. My other question is about asking for advice. One of my friends on Facebook is a girl I went to high school with. I haven't seen her since then, and although we knew each other then, we never really talked, etc. She's a nice girl, very smart, funny, etc. She is SO fit! She works out all the time. She does cardio, weight training, she runs, etc. I really admire her fitness efforts, but I don't know anything about her regime. I have been thinking about sending her a message, asking if she could give me some tips (how often she works out, how long are her sessions, how often she does the weight training, what does she do during her various sessions, etc). Should I ask her for some tips or is that weird? I don't want to freak this girl out or anything by sending her a message out of the blue.
Thanks in advance!! :)