Thursday training for my marathon started in earnest!
Thursday, June 14, 2018
No, I am not even thinking about running a marathon, but I am getting ready for being in the best possible circumstances when I eventually must get my knees replaced. I am tightening up my eating habits and strengthening my entire body, but especially my legs so that the risk of falls is reduced in the present and the recovery is improved in the future.
My trainer is helping me by finding activities and exercises that specifically target the muscles that support my knees. I followed the training session by heading to the pool where I did a half hour of the water aerobics class and then spent the next two hours in the therapy pool getting both water walking and stretching done in comfort. Maybe I am unrealistic to think that I can actually make a difference, but I don't think so. My son took me out for dinner after we left the fitness center. He said I could get whatever I wanted. I ordered a bowl of homemade soup and a baked sweet potato. By the time I finished the soup, I decided to ask for a takeout container for the sweet potato. I was really hungry when I left the fitness center but despite talking about the cheesecake, sundaes, and molten chocolate cake, I couldn't even eat everything I DID actually order. Ed also took home at least half of his Stromboli.
I am not limiting my strengthening to my legs but working on my entire body. Some people have suggested I might be a bit obsessive when I set my mind to something. I have set my mind on being prepared for a surgery I never want to have but that will most likely be inevitable based on the condition of my knees. I don't look forward to surgery and am something of a wimp about pain, but IF it is possible to reduce or mediate pain, I am going to try to do it!
I am tired now and ready to settle down and get a good night's sleep!
Be blessed and recognize that you are someone else's blessing and that what you say and do can change a life!