Friday, March 28, 2008

Fit Friday Update: I'm on the disabled list

It's been quite a while since I've done a Fit Friday update, and for the most part, things are going great. I've now lost 24 pounds, and in any given week, I exercise 4 to 6 days.

As you know if you've been following my fitness journey at all, I was really disappointed when my for-women-only gym went out of business without warning. I was really adrift for a few days...but just for a few days. I ended up joining Cardinal Fitness, and I have to say, I love it.

My daughter and I were both concerned about how we would feel working out with men around. As it turns out, that's not a problem at all. People pretty much don't pay attention to other kind of just do your own thing. The staff is friendly and helpful, everything is clean and nice, and the equipment is great. (The music sometimes tends toward the "screamo" variety, but I just need to get my own Ipod or Dell DJ to take care of that!)

However...I'm dealing with a problem with my left knee. I really don't know what it is. It seems to "catch" sometimes, even when I'm just walking. And if it does it a lot, it then becomes painful and stiff.

I made a big mistake the other day by staying on the elliptical far too long (knowing how weird that knee is). I was watching the movie "K-Pax" on one of the TVs at Cardinal Fitness, and I got so involved in it, I didn't want to stop watching. So I ended up doing cardio for almost an hour, and now my knee is paying the price. The only thing that seems to help is staying off of it, exercise-wise, for a few days before I try again.

If anyone has any ideas, suggestions, or even theories about what's wrong with my knee, I'd love to hear them. I know it's dangerous to get a diagnosis off the Internet, and that's not what I'm looking for...just any possible theories.

I'm thinking about visiting a chiropractor, but I don't even know if chiropractors would deal with knee problems. Anyway...bummer. I need to exercise for my blood sugar's sake, so I really want to get back into action. I'm thinking about doing Pilates until the knee gets better, because it seems to be OK as long as I don't put any weight on it. Thoughts?

If you'd like to participate in "Fit Friday," it's normally hosted by Kelly at A Spacious Place, but she's taking a break from it right now as she's participating in a reading group. Feel free to join in and post your fitness ideas, suggestions or experiences!

Before I go...

If you're a Christian, you must read this post by Athol Dickson. Amazing!

I am sooooo ready for the weekend. Hope it's a wonderful and blessed one for all that stop here!


e-Mom said...

Hi Cindy,

Lol, I love that button... it's a good reminder that I need to buy a new pair of tennis shoes for spring. :~D

You've achieved some amazing fitness and weight loss goals. I've started walking again, now that the better weather has arrived. I have my eye on a Salsa, Tango, Swing Aerobics class that begins next month. Good fun!

Thanks for visiting Chrysalis. I'll be back!

e-Mom @ Chrysalis

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Good morning Cindy,you are doing great with your weight loss..keep it up... when I read about your knee,it reminded me about mine. Three years ago,my knee did the same thing with "catching" and giving out.After I let it go on for awhile, I finally had it looked at by my Doctor..It showed on a MAR that I had a torn ligament in my knee.It required surgery to repair it.. I let this problem go for a long time before having something done about it..You will know when the time is right to have your knee looked at, when it gets more painful and harder to walk ...
Maybe you have just pulled a muscle, but don't over look treatment. Talk to you later. Hugs,

Elizabeth said...

First off: Congrats on the weight loss! Keep up the fantastic work!

Had you ever stayed up on an elliptical for that long before? A sudden change in the amount or intensity of a cardio workout can have profound effects on your joints. Did you stretch out after your workout? If not... that could be a contributor to your knee problem.

We may feel loosey goosey after a workout but it's still very important to get those muscles stretched after we work them hard.
If you end up seeing a doctor about your knee I'd be very interested in hearing what he/she deemed the problem to be.

In the mean time, don't over do it! Give your body the time it needs to heal. :)

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