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On Roadblocks (and overcoming them...)

Monday, April 04, 2011

Here's to my first blog post. It's my third week at SparkPeople, and I've managed to lose over 10 pounds in that time (almost twice what I expected to lose). I've done this by tracking my food, staying toward the lower end of my calorie range, swimming, strength training, and starting a running plan. I've felt so fantastic these past few weeks -- full of energy, focused, and ready to make a change.

This week, however, I've hit a snag. It had to happen. I had to hit an obstacle sooner or later. Honestly, I feel a little silly. But the fact is... my knee hurts.

I don't know if it was the Express Circuit at the gym on Friday, or the kick boxing video on Thursday, or taking my running plan up a notch on Saturday (2 minutes of running per 5 minutes of walking for 30 minutes). But on Sunday morning, my left knee felt less than awesome. I tried to stay off it and ice it and down ibuprofen all day yesterday. I did a low-impact cardio session at the pool. But it still hurt this morning. Seeing as Mondays are cardio rest days, I wasn't too concerned (although dismayed that I couldn't make up the day I missed on Sunday). What I'm concerned about is tomorrow.

I know that this injury is not extreme -- it's just inflammation. I still have full range of motion and am able to walk just fine. But I'm terrified of doing permanent damage. I'm even MORE terrified that this is going to take my progress to a screeching halt. I really, really, really don't want that to happen.

I work best when I'm accountable to others. So, SparkPeople, here is the plan. If I wake up tomorrow and my knee still hurts, I will:

-Go on a light, 30 minute walk in the morning (UNLESS the pain is dire.)
-Swim after work
-Ice, ice, ice
-28 minute yoga DVD, if I'm up to it
-Do this every day I'm supposed to do cardio. Just. Keep. Moving.

When my knee starts feeling better, I'll rewind my running plan to where I was last Thursday. I don't want to push myself to catch up to where I 'should' be. There's no deadline for this. Eight weeks is a good goal, but the world won't end if it has to be nine instead.

The temptation to push myself is so great. But I have to realize that my ultimate goal is health and wellness. And it just doesn't make sense to destroy my body along the way in a supposed effort to save it.

I really hope to write more in this blog, not just on my obstacles, but on my journey and successes. Until then, I will keep updating, if only to stay accountable to my goals to stay active but not harmful.

I'll keep you posted.
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  • MIRAGE727
    I agree with both replies. I also think you have a great plan. Take your time with that injury. It will be worth it in the long run. Thanks for sharing. It's a great first effort and I look forward to reading more.
    3349 days ago
    I agree! You don't want an injury! Make sure you have a good pair of running shoes. Find yourself a local running store where they actually fit you for running shoes. It makes a huge difference.
    3349 days ago
    Please don't overdo it. Knee sprains, minor or major, can hang around for a long time if you don't give them time to rest. Looks like you have a good plan in place. Congratulations on the your weight loss, (don't try to lose too much too quickly) and keep up the good work.
    3349 days ago
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