So, at this point I have been in physical therapy for five weeks. The first three weeks I was not allowed to jump, run, lunge, squat…pretty much any really good leg move. I was miserable, but my knee was feeling *much* better.
The fourth week I was cleared to start lunging and squatting again. That went just fine – still no pain in the knee. Last Friday they added jumping into my routine. That, unfortunately, is where things went wrong.
Friday was alright (I did two or three jumping exercises), but Monday they added even more jumping maneuvers. Uck. My knee hurt *so* bad Monday evening I could not even workout. I could not walk up my stairs leading with my left leg either. So, I looked like a toddler taking one step at a time always leading with my right leg. Awful.
I just left my doctor’s office and the news did not get any better. Since my knee cap is still not tracking correctly, and I still have pain with use of the knee, he is referring me to sports medicine docs. That, in itself, is fine. The problem is he decided to restrict me…again. No running or jogging, and absolutely no jumping! He really is not on board with me continuing with lunging and squatting, but I told him (which is completely true) that those moves do not irritate my knee. So, extremely hesitantly he told me that “some light lunging and squatting could be okay” but that I should watch it and definitely not add weight to it.
Does this knee really not understand that I have goals to accomplish?! I do not have time for this…seriously. I hate being limited, and I hate feeling held back. That, unfortunately, is something I have to deal with because the alternative is me damaging my knee so bad that I will require surgery. Of course, I do not want that.
So, for now I am to avoid running, jogging, and jumping like the plague. My doc even said it could take *months* for this to heal. *MONTHS* – like I have that kind of time. He added (with a lighthearted smile and chuckle) that he wants me to make it to my goal, but with the ability to walk when I get there. 🙂
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So, although I have a list (literally) of things I intend to blog about within the upcoming week…this post is completely random. Hope you do not mind.
First, let me tell you all how very excited I am about the Neil Armstrong machine at my gym. (Okay, it really is not called the Neil Armstrong machine, but I have *no* idea what it is actually called. And, I feel like I am walking/running on the moon when I am on it…hence the Neil Armstrong title I have given it) Anyway, I have been hopping up on this machine all week and have progressively stayed on longer. Monday I did 15 minutes with my girlfriend. Tuesday I did 20 minutes (again with the girlfriend). Wednesday I managed 40 minutes (alone), which was 3.26 miles! Tonight I did 45 minutes, which was 3.61 miles! This is such a big deal to me because I tried to do that machine about 50 or 60 pounds ago and simply could *not* pull it off. I just did not have the strength and stamina to do it even for five minutes. Excellent progress that is!
Second I went to a boutique today in search of a new hoister…er…sorry, bra. Anyway, I walked in wearing a 38J and thinking I would probably need somewhere in the ballpark of a 36J, maybe even a K. Guess what?! The girl took one look at what I was wearing and said, “I’ll be back with a 34J for you to try.” I looked at that girl like her head just flew off. A 34?! Are you kidding me? So, she did…and you know what…it fit…on the tightest row of hooks! Then the girl looks and says, “Oh, I guess you actually need a 32. I’ll be back.” Again – total shock and disbelief. That one fit, too…on the loosest row of hooks, but none-the-less. My body actually fit in a 32J. Craziness, that is, folks. Absolute madness!
On an even better note (in that same vein), they carry sports bras for those with “tiny” band sizes (her words, not mine) and great, big…well, you know. Unfortunately, they were out of my band size, but they should have a shipment in later this week or early next week. So, I am going to have an actual sports bra…and that is very exciting. I might even be able to do an actual jumping jack (without having to hold on to my “friends” while jumping). Awesome!
My testimonial taping is happening within the next week or so…and I am nervous! So very nervous! I have already ironed out what I am doing with my hair…vibrant blue in the back with streaks of yellow and lime green in the front. I know I am going to wear all black (which I have yet to shop for a shirt that actually fits me like a shirt should, and not so much like a night shirt). Now, I just have to iron out what in the world I am going to say! They told me I should strive for about 15 seconds. Well, how in the world can I say *all* I need to say about my fabulous gym and phenomenal trainer in *only* 15 seconds?! I was rehearsing in my kitchen yesterday morning and whittled it down to about a minute and a half. Not kidding. I just do not feel like I can really quantify my experience in 15 seconds. Any suggestions on that one?!
Last I want to mention that the scale was kind to me this morning. I was down 0.8 from yesterday…so far 1 pound down for the week. Hopefully that means with less weight lifting (per instructions from Denise – best trainer in the world) and more cardio (thank you Neil Armstrong machine)…combined with an increase in raw foods…my “plateau” is no longer. We shall see in the morning. I will likely keep my fingers crossed…even while sleeping. 🙂
Do you have any exciting news to share?
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