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Staying on Track with Food, Adding PT

Wednesday, April 05, 2017



My visit with my physical therapist today was very encouraging. I will do my exercises every day and my knee will heal. My therapist pointed out that my left hip pain could use a diagnosis and is a good candidate for physical therapy as well. She gave me the name of a few doctors and suggested they might prescribe PT from what she could tell. Why didn't I think of that? I've just lived with that hip being sore off and on for my whole life - more on than off as I have aged. I think I shall take advantage of my good health insurance (that I certainly pay enough for!), and see what we can do about that hip pain while I'm at it.

It's time to get my body issues taken care of to the extent that they can be. Of course, every pound lost will keep down the wear and tear on my joints and promote healing. Every strawberry I eat makes me feel like I'm rewarding myself doubly with deliciousness AND nutrition AND promoting weight loss by NOT being a potato chip. Feeding myself to my needs/wants is so different than providing food for 3 kids and a husband. Time to mother myself back to health!

My streak of logging food continues! Sure, I have a few treats (or beers) here and there. But I don't let them derail me. Overall my calorie differential over time is looking very favorable to promote weight loss! More importantly, I don't feel continually hungry or needy of food in the same way. I am breaking my addiction, I can feel it. I believe the corner has been turned. Now that I know what exercises I can reasonably add, the pounds should shed even quicker.

I may try acupuncture, personally prescribed yoga, massage therapy, maybe even some naturopathic stuff? How about rolfing? Whatever I feel like spending the time to hunt down! I can do whatever seems right. It's fun to have almost grown kids, although I miss them dearly. But now I can spend some time and effort on me.

I finally bought a scale - an inexpensive mechanical one. The problem is that my previously recorded weight was from a big, weight sliding, standing doctor's office scale. I don't think those two scales are operating on the same wavelength, since I can't imagine that I lost 11 pounds in 9 days. So I'll just have to see how much I lose with respect to my home scale over time. I've sneaked a few peeks in the days since I got it, but over a period four days I've only seen one or two pound different either way. I'll pay attention to my weight after one week - two weights on the same scale taken at the same time of day - to really see how much (or little) I have lost. But whatever the number, I won't let myself get discouraged. I can do this.

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The quest continues!
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