Pain in the knee is a pain in the neck!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Laziness has kept me in bed for the past two mornings... it’s only a 10 minute workout and I just lie in bed, resting my bones for 10 more minutes. Then I feel bad. I think I need to focus more on the good feelings I get after I’ve done my workout. So many other Sparkers have said that they motivate themselves by thinking about how they will feel after the workout. That’s what I think I need to do, focus on after not the during... I’m still a bit stiff and sore from Tuesday’s YoFit class and last night I did feel quite a few severe pain twinges in my knee.
In 2000 I had an accident while running across a road. I tripped and broke the tops off my fib and tib in my knee. I had to have surgery - a plate was added with some screws. I had the metal work removed a couple of years later and then the following year, I slipped and cracked it again, and ended up having more surgery. This time was to repair ligaments. Another year later and I slipped again, cracked it but didn’t realise for about 6 weeks so by the time I took myself to the doctor because the pain was not getting any better, it was already 6 weeks and was aligned properly so I just had to take it easy.
However, since then I’ve really increased the strength in my knee. I went to a physio regularly for a year or so and we worked on building the strength in the muscles so that if I was to find myself slipping, my knee would be strong enough to handle it and bend the way it is supposed to. When I had my second baby I noticed quite a bit of pain, but apparently that’s normal after having a baby as the extra cushioning and looseness in the joints from being pregnant returns to normal. Since she was about 6 months old I’ve not had too much pain, until yesterday. Perhaps I pushed myself too much at the YoFit – or maybe it’s an accumulation of the past 3 or so weeks of upping my exercise.
I don’t want my knee to restrict me from becoming a healthy member of my healthy family. I want to be able to enjoy bike rides when the girls get bigger, and get out and about more, perhaps kayaking and doing other fun activities. I remember when I was unable to put weight through my knee for 5 months – and was scared to move around in case I made it worse (I am clumsy at best). I was in my apartment in Sydney and could hear the annual “City to Surf” 14K going past the top of my street. I was determined to do it myself one year, and a couple of years later I did. I walked and it was tough (particularly “Heartbreak Hill!” but I got there.
So, tonight I think I might head to the pool and do my regular 30 minute session of 5 minutes swim, 5 minutes walking in the water and repeat twice more. When I was working more on building up the strength in my knee it was the walking in water that made the biggest difference in bulking it out with muscle to be the same size again as my other knee. If I don’t make it, I will do some wii fit instead as I will be going to the pool tomorrow on my day off.
My other bad habit is snacking after dinner. Last night I ate a jello fat free pudding, a handful of peanuts, a piece of toast and peanut butter and then a Breyers 70 calorie ice-cream lolly (which I only just remembered now!). My crochet kit is still in the bag. I did open it a few days ago but then put it back without starting anything.
On the plus side, I did do some additional writing yesterday and hope to do a bit more at lunch today. I’m thinking more about my storyline and when I find it tough to get some inspiration, I’ve been using the iPhone Writing Tips app I got some time ago and forgot I had!
I’m looking forward to my day off tomorrow. I’m hoping to have my swim, do some writing and get my taxes sorted out – I have an appointment with my accountant tomorrow afternoon so hopefully that will be it and I can start thinking about something else that’s more fun!