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September 2018 Progress Report

Thursday, September 27, 2018

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!

Report Card:
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!
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    Oh I'm sorry about the knee issues continuing!
    Weight fluctuation is scary sometimes,
    but you are well within the +-3% range - and you can reverse the trend any time.
    722 days ago
    Well you are definitely 'on your game' ... and the sound of cardio drumming sounds interesting and fun! .. And isn't that what it is all about. (My hubby always tells me to find and do the things that are fun and avoid the routine-rut) ... Keeping it fun keeps one in the game. emoticon

    And who knew that a Medicine ball can strengthen the core, strengthen bone and amazing how in just a few minutes you are sweating and heart rate is up. (I am going to watch a video today to learn more

    Meanwhile, take care of that knee and you are doing and for percentages, you have to be in the top 99%! .. (which is an A) .. emoticon
    722 days ago
    Keep working it. You're doing great! Happy to hear you're seeing improvement with the knee.

    I found the Physical Therapist to be the most helpful guiding recovery from the pelvic fracture. She helped me learn to assess what was too much and when to back off. Otherwise, I was told by PCP, OB/GYN, Orthopedic Surgeon, and PT to do what the body tolerates.

    My Achilles heel is my body tolerates more than what's best for it. I'm learning … emoticon
    722 days ago
    I had to laugh at you wanting a doctor that would tell you to live your life & do whatever you can tolerate. I didn't listen to my doctor, who told me I shouldn't run. That was about 10 years ago. Since that time, I've participated in many triathlons, and 10K & 5K races - and have medaled in many of them. What I did was listen to an expert runner, who told me that I had to ease into running and wear good running shoes, and replace those running shoes every 300 miles. In other words, give my knees and body the best support that I could give it in order to do the sport that I wanted to do. I'm not saying don't listen to your doctor, but I'm saying that doctors don't know everything about athletics and my doc never bothered to ask about my running shoes, etc.

    I've had 2 knee surgeries for meniscus tears, so I get not wanting to have surgery if you don't have to. But I gotta tell you, the benefit of not having the pain from the meniscus catching in my knee joint was so worth having the surgery. But due to the lack of meniscus in my knee now makes doing squats difficult. And I'm beginning to cut back on my competitive racing. I sure don't want to get to a point in my life where I can't even walk around the block.

    Do what you can, when you can. You do a good job of listening to your body. You're doing a great job of being accountable and maintaining your weight in range, in spite of the slight upward trend. You are doing all the right things. Keep up the good work!
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    722 days ago
    Keep moving forward
    722 days ago
    Sounds like you have the fitness covered
    722 days ago
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