I'm most excited to see a loss on the scale putting me so close to a new set of numbers I can taste it (pun intended). This year, both of my knees have been giving out on me randomly... the first time happened when I was walking slowly through a bookstore browsing. My knee just buckled and I had to hop to a table because I couldn't support my weight on that leg. After a couple of minute of stretching I was able to hobble out of the store. It happened a couple more times during the year, but when my other knee did it I became really concerned because I need to be able to walk. A former employee of mine, who was younger than me, needed to have knee replacement on both knees, so I knew it was a possibility - and it terrified me.
I went to my primary to discuss what was going on. I really have the best practitioner in the world... she never shames me for my weight, understands I have an eating disorder, and doesn't make that the central focus of any conversation. In this instance, I was the one who brought up how I know my weight is probably a contributing factor but that I was working on things (I am!). She said "Weight aside, you are healthy. Let's just consider maybe there is something else going on". Beautiful right? She sent me to an ortho doc to get checked out, and SHE was great too. We did xrays, and it came back there wasn't anything wrong with the knees at all. Instead, my hip and glute muscles have become very weak over the years (deconditioning) and that occasionally the muscles are just feeling weak and give out, leading to my knee giving out. I was super grateful to hear it wasn't my knees and surgery wasn't in the picture.
We talked about the work I was doing with eating more appropriately, and she encouraged me to continue with that. She made me aware that every 10# we lose, we take 30# of pressure off of our knees. Important to know. When I'm ready, she said I can come back for some PT for the hips/glutes which will help prepare me to be able to take on running again, if that is my wish.
So, I keep working on things. I did sign up for BollyX on my phone and am in the trial period. I worked out on November 1. I forgot how much of a workout it was! 30 minutes was plenty of introduction to get me back into the swing of things. Not suprisingly, November 2 and 3 I have been tired and sore, but I'm going to give it another go this morning. Right now, my goal will be to do two sessions a week and build up my endurance. I have to remind myself I am still going through the lyme treatment and detox and that may make things more challenging if I am not feeling great, which is entirely possible given how I've been feeling this week.
Overall, I can't complain. I'm putting in the work, and it's working. While I am recording my weight 1x/week, I'm weighing in on Wednesday to see if I am on track or if I need to tweak, as well as Saturday morning to gauge where I am for my Sunday morning weigh in. That has helped as well so far because it helps me make better choices on my Saturday.
I'm hoping next week I'll be past the 10# mark, but I am 10.5% to goal today.
W5: -3.0# (total -9.6#)
W4: +0.2# (total -6.6#)
W3: -1.4# (total - 6.8#)
W2: -3.6# (total -5.4#)
W1: -1.8# (total -1.8#)