Tired, Can't Concentrate, Knee and Leg Hurt
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
As you can see from the title, I'm not feeling up to par. My husband just told me I looked like I'd been hit by a train.
For some reason, after my usual walk (1.85 miles) with dog this morning, core exercise and leg stretches, my right knee and leg were hurting. I went outside to pick cucumbers to do a Spark recipe and DH asked me--"If you are hobbling like that, why are you still on your feet moving?"
Because I need my steps, I thought but didn't say out loud. I iced knee and leg while they were elevated and followed with hot bath with pulsing bubbles and Epsom salts and it felt a bit better. Then ran errands with son and walked getting in and out of my husband's car which entails me bending knee to an angle that was not comfortable. By the time we got home, I was tired, needed to eat and brain wasn't functioning very well (almost walked out of store with out paying for groceries), fixed the dinner requested by son for his last evening at home (SP recipe Crispy Ranch Chicken) and finally ate. Thank heavens, DH is taking son to big box store to buy last of things he needs. I would probably stand in the aisle gibbering.
So obviously there are things I could have done better today--what were they? First start earlier to do all the errands which took us over 2 counties, a town and a city so it wasn't so late when I started fixing dinner. Or take a snack with me.
Second: Don't forget and leave my water at home.
Third: I need to do something to rest leg and knee while still staying active as per my plan.
I'm about 740 below my goal for steps and will do them on the elliptical because that doesn't involve hopping, jumping or twisting. Then I will ice knee and leg with compression and elevation and use a SalonPas before I go to bed.
I think I need a break from walking on the paved road or on concrete slab based surfaces such as the stores. I've been trying to walk at least part of the time on the side of the road, but it's a country road, so side is uneven and the dog thinks if I've come that far over, he can pull me over the ditch and into the woods. Um, nope.
Tomorrow, I'm going to walk the dog for a shorter distance and time and try making up the steps on the elliptical which will not put as much pressure on my joints and shins. (I'm doing stretching exercises for the shins daily) Thursday and Friday, the majority of my steps will also be on machines since the dog will not be travelling with us and I'll be using the fitness centers.
I will carry plenty of water in the car with us. I will also elevate and ice knee and leg in the hotel each evening.
I have not exceeded my recommended lower range of calories for weight loss. I haven't quite reached it to be honest, but since I'm over 1200, I'm not worried if I don't feel like eating more. I've had an abundance of fruits and vegetables, high quality protein and whole grains and know I'm eating a healthy diet.
Trial and error. Live and learn. But by golly, I am not quitting, I am still moving and I am committed to my healthy lifestyle. I can do it. Yes, I can.