Where am I?
Well, I'm still here as far as being on Sparkpeople so that's good! 481 days active on the site today and since I know logging my food is critical to my weight maintenance, that is very good!
I'm also still physically active...maybe I even planned TOO much into these next few weeks because I signed up for a 12 week Cardio Drums exercise class at the local community college and also asked for another round of 12 sessions of PT which means I work out 4 days a week in addition to whatever else I might do at home. This week, it's 4 back to back days which might not have been the best idea....2 down and 2 to go. Next week, I'm going to take a rest day in the middle bc I've noticed that if I don't get quite enough sleep, I struggle to recover. The good thing is that I LOVE Cardio Drumming class....SO MUCH FUN! And it's only $15 for 24 classes since I'm over 50....being old is good for something!
As far as PT and my knee....to recap I've seen 3 doctors. Dr #1 said there was nothing wrong with me, but listen to my body and don't run, jump, squat, etc. Dr #2 did an MRI and said I have a torn meniscus & severe arthritis and not to run, jump, squat, etc. Dr #3 said I have a torn meniscus & mild to moderate arthritis and not to run, jump, squat, etc. I guess I really want a doctor to tell me to live my life & do whatever I can tolerate but none of them have really said that..what a bother. Anyway, I asked Dr #3 for PT again since this go round, we know what's wrong with my knee and aren't just guessing. At first, I didn't think it was going to be worth it, but I have noticed that my muscles are getting stronger in that leg and my range of motion is almost back to normal. I always said if I could get my ROM back, I wouldn't even consider surgery which is good because surgery isn't really recommended for me anyway.
The real reason I wrote this blog was to journal how I feel about my weight. Today, I weighed 134.2...am I happy with that? Not really because I am aiming for a center weight of 132 right now and I don't like feeling off target. However, I am still in the +/- 3% range so I'm hanging in there. My weight dipped down to around 128.5 after my trip to the Philippines, but has been steadily climbing ever since. Since I'm nearing my 1 year in weight maintenance date, I am kind of freaked out by the climb, but perhaps I need to ask if the dip to 128.5 was really normal for me or was more a factor of being in a foreign country for 2 weeks where food wasn't as plentiful. I HAVE been eating more so it's natural to weigh more. What I DON'T want to do is to slowly accept a higher and higher weight until I gain it all back because I've done that before. At least the 9 week maintenance challenges keep me aware of where I am. A shout out of thanks to the At Goal & Maintaining Sparkteam for keeping those going!
Tracking everything I eat: Yes (20%)
Continuing to exercise: Yes (20%)
On target with my weight: So-So (10%)
Keeping up with my weight: Yes (20%)
How's my attitude: So-So (10%)
Grade: 80%...a B
If you've read this far, then thank you but really these blogs are for me to remember where I was at any given time so I can look back and learn from myself.....and you! Best wishes on your own journey!