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Sometimes Our Minds & Bodies Have Different Ideas!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

If we are Spark friends, you have probably seen my many updates regarding my knee... that is because it is driving me crazy! emoticon I have rheumatoid arthritis in both knees, so I have to be very careful when it comes to my exercise. No jumping, nothing high impact, and nothing that could potentially tweak my knees. I kept all of that in mind when creating my workout calendar for March. I have been enjoying doing the Rockin' Body DVDs, and I always stick with Tonia and her modifications. I love it because I feel like I am still doing the moves, just in my own way that my knees appreciate.


^March 1st was also completed, just no room for it on the calendar. And now that it is super tiny, I realize it's unreadable LOL! I had knee pain on the 8th, I swapped out the rest day for the 9th and exercised on the 10th. All the rest said completed ha ha.

March was (and still is) off to a strong start. I want to hit 2,000 fitness minutes for the first time ever. I also wanted to prove to myself that I could follow my workout schedule and get the job done. Unfortunately, my mind and body had very different plans. After about a week, my right knee started to become sore. I always panic because I never know if that means it is the beginning of a flare up, or if it's just sore because of all the added activity. I know soreness is a normal reaction to extra exercise, but soreness and pain are different things. So Friday I was able to complete my workout doing the moves very gently as to not irritate the knee. I also iced it a few times. Saturday I tried the gentle approach again, and had to stop after 2 minutes. Sunday I was so sore that I did not even try it.

Monday I woke up with a lot less discomfort in my knee, so I did my workout gently again and got it done without any pain to the knee. I am hoping that if I keep up the gentle approach for a little bit, that I will be out of the woods pretty soon. It can just be upsetting when we are so set out to do something, and our bodies won't allow it. I started to get discouraged thinking that I had to give up my workout plan, but if I gave up every time something went wrong, I wouldn't have accomplished very much in life. So I will continue my plan, and follow it as closely as I can, and make changes where physically necessary.

This journey is about becoming a stronger and healthier version of myself. I don't want to completely transform into a brand new person, and I wouldn't even want to say I want to be "better" than I was before. Being better to me sounds like I wasn't awesome before, and I can assure you I was awesome! emoticon I was obese and out of shape, but I was still a good person... and when I get to goal weight I will still be that same good person, in a smaller, healthier and stronger body. So since this really is about health (and cuter clothes, I can't lie!! emoticon), it would be completely counter productive to harm my body, in this case my knee, because I want to stick to my plan. I can be stubborn at times, but I have to know my limits. So I will continue to take it day by day, and do the best I can at the moment. If that means modifying the plan and switching to a seated workout, or doing some strength training or stretching in place of it, then so be it. I will keep fighting the good fight, and that 2,000 fitness minutes trophy will be mine even if I have to stretch and chair exercise my way to victory! emoticon emoticon emoticon


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LORIVIOLA 6/23/2014 11:14AM

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emoticon for sharing.
i really like the last picture!

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GRAMPIAN 6/8/2014 5:46AM

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NASFKAB 4/16/2014 11:36AM

  amazing

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ANGELN325 3/22/2014 11:46AM

    I can totally relate to this post. I've been down for long bouts due to injuries which is why I'm learning more about stretching and doing shorter workouts and resting when I feel my body is getting really sore. Some soreness is good, but too much I find sets us up for injury. I think you handled it very well with resting and then gentle workouts. I agree...stopping means having to start up again and that can be difficult once we found new uses for our time. It's much better to work through the recovery by being gentle with ourselves and get us back on track. That's been my plan too at least.

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CICELY360 3/14/2014 9:21PM

  good blog

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MRSRIGS1 3/14/2014 3:55PM

    I LOVE your attitude girl! emoticon I hope your knees begin to feel less sore and quick!

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QUEENIEBELLE 3/14/2014 11:57AM

    Hail, yes!! Love your attitude. Great calendar. emoticon

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ROXYCARIN 3/14/2014 1:05AM

  Awesome

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LIFEINTHEZONE 3/13/2014 10:39PM

  Love it!

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LIFEINTHEZONE 3/13/2014 10:32PM

  Love it!

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DRAGONSDAWN 3/13/2014 10:44AM

    Great attitude. emoticon emoticon

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RAPUNZEL910 3/13/2014 10:28AM

    great blog, well said. Always love the motivational quotes!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 3/13/2014 9:38AM

    well said

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AJB121299 3/13/2014 8:10AM

    kudos

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WHITNEYLD 3/13/2014 7:11AM

    So motivating!

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JENCHESNUT 3/13/2014 6:32AM

  I love your post and especially the part about realizing your limitations. I have issues with my knees as well. All my doctors seem to think its much to early for me to be experiencing the arthritis and my exercise of choice was always running. I know I need to find a new favorite exercise. I have gone through my stages of acceptance and now I have peace with my limitations. Thank you for writing about yours also.

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CARINEVE 3/13/2014 6:09AM

    You are so right, you were already awsome, but you just want to become a bit healthier awsome, one step at a time!
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Carine

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ZELLAZM 3/13/2014 5:33AM

    Well said, and something I need to read myself today. Gentle, but strong and consistent exercise!

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LIVELYGIRL2 3/13/2014 12:57AM

  Well besides triala nd error and listening to your body, perhaps a more knowlegable person, coach, doctor, or proper specialist could recommend exercises to dow ith problem knees. They could even have a board here dealing with knee issues.

Good luck. You impress me and your coming along a long way. Good for you!

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JAMER123 3/13/2014 12:33AM

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I look at our walk as one that we never start over but pick up where we left off and continue on that path. It takes too much effort to start over again and again!! Hang in there

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MARYJEANSL 3/12/2014 11:44PM

  It sounds like you're doing great. And you are absolutely right to baby your knees sometimes. You know your limits.

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DIANNEMT 3/12/2014 5:36PM

    You WILL make it!! Good luck!!

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 3/12/2014 5:28PM

    emoticon emoticon even with baby steps.

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NONNAOF2 3/12/2014 4:55PM

  I have knees that act up, so I've learned how to take care when I exercise. Having Rheumatoid arthritis works against you, but if you can get that exercise in, you will be moving a lot better. You are doing a great job!! :-)

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JSEATTLE 3/12/2014 4:23PM

  Oh yes, you can DO IT for sure!! 2000 here you come!

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CHARTHESTAR 3/12/2014 3:42PM

    I don't want to be anyone else either.

I just want to make parts of me the best they can be!

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PATRICIAANN46 3/12/2014 3:24PM

  You are so wise to take good care of your knees. I never did and had to have my right knee replaced 6 years ago. Although I am in far less pain, an artificial knee is just that....artificial. It doesn't allow me to do the exercises I used to do. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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FLMOMX2 3/12/2014 2:59PM

    emoticon Steph you rock!!!

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KIMBERLY0916 3/12/2014 2:59PM

    thank you! i needed this kind of message today... especially as the weather cools once again. i'm finally starting to get over the random sickness (no longer 100* fever daily) but still have a LONG ways to go to be healthy again ... a lot of emotions i'll have to face sooner than later

but it's reassuring to know there are ways through the physical pain as well .. baby steps!

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DJSHIP46 3/12/2014 10:56AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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TRUCKER72 3/12/2014 10:53AM

    emoticon "Are you friggin' kidding me?!" That's funny!

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SJKENT1 3/12/2014 10:53AM

    Keep on stepping out there and doing what you know you are capable of doing and be gentle on yourself the days that you must back off. You are doing this for life not just a temporary fix.

Good luck

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HYATTI1 3/12/2014 10:44AM

    I too suffered the never ending knee pain for years until I got the knee surgery in both knees. Oh my gosh I was all gun hoe for getting back in shape and shedding the 75 lbs I had racked on. Within three weeks of the knee surgery a truck hit me and sent my dash and motor ring into my new knees shattering my right leg in multiple places. putting first in traction and then into a cast for months. My recovery has been extremely slow and I struggle daily with the additional pain, but by the grace of god both new knees held up and I am walking on my own. As you no heavy impact can I endure with my knees and right leg but I do manage to get alone without assistance right now. Unfortunately another 30 lbs have been added to my desired weight loss giving me over 100 lbs I need to lose. I feel you struggle and commend you for being cheerful and sharing your journey.

Joanna

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JERICHO1991 3/12/2014 10:42AM

    Great job of taking care of your body, and maintaining a great attitude. Love the posters.

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