That's why it's been quiet 'round here.
I've been benched for knee and back issues. Both things have been recurring issues for me for years. My knees have been an issue since middle school sports. My back has been a bother since a minor car accident when I first started working (like 10 years ago now...ugh).
But today I got back out there. It's a beautiful day in the Northeast, and the view from my favorite park was perfect. I got a good looong walk in, and the kiddo got lunch on the beach. After the terrible tornado in Oklahoma, I find myself again counting blessings and again taking extra time to appreciate family, health, and comfort.
|Walk by the water...remind me again why I've been avoiding THIS?|
I've been kind of avoiding blogging because no one wants to read "wah! I fell off the wagon" posts over and over again. But this whole project is supposed to be my accountability zone. Where I have celebrate victories, but also have to answer for my misbehavior.
Rest has been prescribed by my therapist. But he did say I didn't have to stop everything. Just to take it easy. No running. No jumping. Easy on the squats (even though there are some squats in my PT routine).
I can walk. I can do the elliptical. I can bike (if I had a road bike).
Have I done any of this? Nope.
I went from doing something active every single day to twice a week. tops.
That's because the first few weeks of PT are PAINFUL.My whole body is exhausted after that kind of torture. Every session is a painful knee massage followed by a very targeted light strength training session. I guess I could count it as a workout, but it's not exactly a sweat session.
I did a walk after my first or second session and my knees were screaming.So I backed off a little. Maybe too much.
I started to get a down on myself. That lead to just being down period. Which lead to less exercise again. And even less smart eating. The extent of my smart decisions has been "Have the cupcake for dinner. Less calories than dinner AND a cupcake."
The only thing saving me from a gain is a nice little stomach bug I had over the weekend. I feel like I completed a cleanse. Yuck.
Today I feel more like myself again. After that massive dose of sunshine and baby fun, I'm ready to work WITH the PT restrictions. No more just doing nothing. A little something is always better than nothing.