Heal Your Knee And Your Ass Will Follow

Greetings! I have emerged from beneath my rock after a small break. I get so much sanity and solace from having a blog but every now and then I feel a little smothered by it. Instead of writing about things I needed to just focus on doing things instead.

I have the attention span of a gnat today so I will steal Lainey's Bite Sized Chunks format!

Cutting Edge Technology
Here is my current favourite piece of exercise equipment:

Canada

Yes it's Canada's National Parks by R. D. Lawrence. I put the book on the floor then stand on top of it and perform endless sets of step-down thingies for my knee. Kind of like a one-legged squat for the weak and hopeless.

Priorities, Man
Last week it dawned on me that my Fat-Fighting priorities were all out of whack. They were:

  1. Lose more blubber
  2. Increase fitness
  3. Heal my knee

I was wondering why this didn't seem to be happening but then realised that logically they can't really happen in that order.

First of all, I acknowledge that eating right is the best thing I can do to get to my goal, but the key factor in maximising my motivation to do so is exercise. It makes me feel good, strong and purposeful. Ever since I've been unable to do much exercise my motivation has never been as strong. So until I properly tackle Item No 3, I won't be able to do No 2 which will further assist with No 1.

Does that make sense? I have been fretting about No 1 and trying to speed that up by doing as much of No 2 as I can, but often pushing too hard (eg. ill-advised knee push-ups, swimming lessons, etc etc) which makes No 3 even worse. It's hard when your head says GO but the body says NO. I need to learn to listen to the body.

So I turned the list upside down and have been dedicated to Healing The Knee. Thanks to Wilma's helpful email I made up a wee Knee Program. I am doing my physio exercises like a mofo, icing the knee when it gets tender and generally being extra careful. It's not quite what I had in mind when I started my Going For Gold challenge, but I don't see how I am ever going to move forward until I stop this endless cycle of Hurt Knee > Feel Miserable > Exercise Too Hard > Hurt Knee Again > Feel Miserable-r. I've been doing this for almost 18 months, pushing too hard too soon and setting my fitness and flab-fighting goals backwards, so for now the Knee Comes First.

Do's and Don'ts
Along with reassessing priorities I've also decided to stop focusing on what I can't do. Cannae run, Spin, row, jump, swim, squat, kneel. Moan moan moan! The negativity makes things even worse. But what about what I can do? Walk. Stretch carefully. Do upper body weights. Pay closer attention to what I eat since I am not moving as much. I have to accept this situation and work with it, not against it. I have been making things even harder than they need to be.

Pilates
I started Pilates at work again this week! We stopped the class over the summer and I really missed it. Pilates is one of those things that make you wonder, is this doing a bloody thing for me? But when I stopped for a few months I noticed my posture getting lazy and my stomach getting sloppy. So it's good to be back again. Next week I will have to modify some moves, coz the plank irritated my knee, but I think I can do it on my toes again. I like the idea of having Abs of Steel, even if they are hidden under 27 levels of lard!

Winter Fayre
I made the last Spinach Pie of the season this week. Filo pastry and greenery just seems too airy fairy when it's dark outside! I'd also gone off yogurt and muesli for brekkie, far too summery. But this week I was mad for hot stewed apples with yogurt and a couple of big spoons of raw oats and sunflower seeds on top. A pinch of cinnamon and you could almost kid yourself you were eating apple crumble for brekkie. Almost.

I've gone soup daft, too. The latest favourite is very lazy and based on a WW Zero Point recipe. You just chop up a couple of onions, zucchinis and carrots and throw them in a pot with a can of tomatoes (I prefer passata) and the equivalent amount of vegie stock and some mixed herbs. I like it because you don't need to fart around sauteing things. It's easy to clean the pot! Anyway, you just simmer til soft, chucking in a can of butter beans towards the end for some protein. Then blast it smooth or eat it chunky. It's also nice to chuck in an old Parmesan rind while it's simmering away, makes it taste faintly cheesy. As long as you remember to remove it before you blend!

Enough rambling for today, I'm off to make the paella for dinner. Hope you are all going great guns out there in fatblog land!

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15 thoughts on “Heal Your Knee And Your Ass Will Follow

  1. Hey! Maybe when you’re done stepping on my country’s national parks book, and your dodgy knee is healed, maybe you can actually WALK on our national parks and come over for a visit!

    anji

  2. Nice to see you back, you inspired me and recently I have been trying to “Go For Gold” too! I also spotted you in my Red magazine this month!

  3. Have you thought of water running? Yes, you’ll look a little goofy and have to wear a bathing suit to do it, but it’s zero-impact and a great alternative to running if you have a buggered knee. All the cool runners are doing it. 😉

  4. Love to hear you whatever you are doing as I believe you have made, are making, will make great decisions every day of your life. You know that saying “When we know better we do better”. I think you are a living example of that girl and sharing yourself and your journey is giving others the means to make better decisions too.
    Hip, hip, hurray for Dietgirl and all those like her:)

  5. Good luck with the knee! It makes sense that it hasn’t been a priority, after all we spend so much effort forcing ourselves to exercise despite all our inner protests that when we have a genuine reason to stop, we tune it out.

  6. I’m in the same spot you are, and I thank you very much for putting in black-and-white how I feel and what my priorities should be. My plantar fasciitis has stopped my walking and/or running program and it’s thrown me completely off track. But I can still row, lift weights, do yoga, etc. Focusing on the positive can’t help but yield positive results … right?

  7. Pilates also helps strengthen your lower back muscles and because you stand up straight better your boobs don’t look as droopy. This is important at 47.

    Your breakfast sounds yum and I wished it wasn’t 32C and muggy. I had to settle for Weet-bix.

    I think your priorities inversion is the right direction too. Good luck!

  8. Sound like a good plan to focus on your knee and the healthy eating! I tried that ww recipe for apple strudel or something w/ baked apples w/ cinnamon and brown sugar and oatmeal and brn sugar on top and other things and it’s not 1/2 bad. How’s the swimming for your knee? Water aerobics or yoga isn’t too much strain on the knee if you modify the moves.

  9. hiya Patty! unfortunately it was the swimming lessons and aqua aerobics that made it worse, clearly the knee ain’t ready for lateral movement yet.

    now you have me thinking of apple strudel… mmmmmmmmmmm 🙂

    and weetbix. mmmmm.

    okay, must be time for brekkie. thanks for your comments folks, hope your days are going swimmingly 😀

  10. I can’t imagine how hard it is to exercise when you CAN’T DO ANYTHING! Arrgh! I know you love Cathe, maybe you could check out her CoreMax workouts – they’re killer, if you want those great abs.

    The soup sounds great – I’m all into cold-weather food like that, now that it’s almost winter here.

  11. Sensible stuff, as always. That brekkie sounds yum. I’ve rediscovered bagels with extra-light philly.

    I liked the parmesan idea – sort of essence of cheese.

  12. I am currently sitting on the bed with an ice pack in my knee so I understand where you are coming from. I keep reinjuring my knee and have finally decided to see the doc tomorrow. On my way to heal, I hope!

  13. I have bad knees as well. I have had them for years. I do understand where you are coming from. I have been struggling the last week as well. But I am going get it right now. I am going to get groceries tomorrow so that I can get the right things in the house to aid in my journey.

  14. I found your site on BlogHer – I have a blog about training for the 3-Day walk for breast cancer as well as other health/fitness topics – would you be interested in a link or entry exchange?