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What a way to bring in the New Year!!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

First off: Happy New Year!! Thank you for the wonderful notes and goodies and general well-wishing! 2013 was a brilliant year and I see 2014 being just as good!

After, of course, I get back on my feet. And to explain why I've been off, let me relate what happened.

Three days before Christmas, I went ice skating with some friends. I don't skate much, so I'm on the ice putting along when suddenly, BAM!! On the ground, with my knee twisted underneath me. The pain was excruciating.

I tried icing and elevating it, but eventually it got so bad that 3am the next morning, I had my sister drive me to the emergency room. No breakages (yay!), but they couldn't tell what was bugging it until the pain went down. On went an immobilizer, in went the Vicodin and up went the knee.

Since then, I have been unable to do ANY of my usual routine. No spin, no zumba and most certainly no running. Adding insult to injury, I've found myself snacking more, so this is not going well for my Maintenance!! (The doctor's scale showed 173.3 - OUCH!)

Now, I know part of the problem is the snacking. Not being able to DO anything other than eat coupled with the copious food over the holidays has caused that, and that I can combat no sweat. What I DO need help with is what can I do to be active and yet not hurt my knee worse? My aunt and sister are prepared to help me with weights for my upper body (my arms need some serious work), but I was wondering this: what sort of activities can I do to keep somewhat active but off my knee?? Do you, my wonderful SparkFriends, have other recommendations for staying active but not bending my knee?
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    you poor thing... Seated exercises!!
    1567 days ago
    I row all the time. It really helps my stay on track with my injuries. I LOVE it!
    1568 days ago
    Get better girl!!! emoticon
    1568 days ago
    As one who has a history of knee issues, it would be best to focus on your upper body rather than risk further injuring your knee by trying to work on your lower half with a wounded knee. The less you do with it now the faster it will heal. When the time is right you can get back into exercises that include your legs.

    Just say NO to the snacks girlfriend!! you have come way too far to let a knee injury reverse all your great progress. Set the snacks down and pick up those dumbells!!

    1574 days ago
    To echo CHERYL_ANNE's suggestions, there is also a chair exercise team here on SP you could check out.

    You can pretty much do anything with upper body and abs, as long as you aren't bracing yourself with your leg.

    Once you start recovering and you can move it a little you could consider water exercise. It's super easy on the joints and provides a really nice combination of resistance and cardio.

    Hang in there.

    1575 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    I googled for chair exercises - Judy Stoloves DVDs was mentioned. Also, SP does have seated exercise videos. Here's to you feeling better soon!
    1575 days ago
    There's a rowing type of thing that you do while sitting and you just spin the round wheel with your arms. The holidays messed me up too and I don't even have an injury to say why. The past is the past and all I can do is keep my hopes up.
    1575 days ago
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