September Fitness Recap

September Fitness Recap

 

A quick update on the knee: Another month has passes and I still have the knee pain. I finally got in to get a second opinion, had a cortisone shot (which was horribly painful and made me really, really sick), had an MRI, and as it turns out, there is nothing wrong. I’ve had knee pain for 6 months, and they can’t find anything wrong. Needless to say, I am beyond frustrated. I am going to physical therapy a few times starting tomorrow, but I think they are basically sending me to physical therapy because they don’t know what else to do. I am just ready to get better and stop being in pain.

 

Moving on … while I was doing BBG, I came up with a quick workout that I could do at home, and it only requires a jump rope. It started because I was having issues last summer because it was SO hot which made running outside impossible, but we didn’t have a treadmill yet (and I don’t belong to a gym). I was having problems getting my cardio / HIIT in (with BBG, you need to do 2 – 3 cardio workout per week). So I made something up. It took me about 20 – 25 minutes to complete it. And for me, it is great when I want to get a quick workout in that involves a little bit of everything in it, when I wanted to do a little something different, or when I wanted to challenge myself more & extend my workout.

 

At Home HIIT Workout

 

I would do 2 sets of this workout, and do it as quickly as you can (while keeping good form of course). Between each exercise, you jump rope 50 times. If you don’t have a jump rope (or don’t have room to jump rope), you can either pretend jump rope or you can do something like jumping jacks instead. You just want something to get your heart rate up! If you need to make it easier, cut back on the jumping rope and cut in half the other exercises. And if you want to make it harder (or have more cardio), just increase the amount of jumping rope you are doing.

 

Hopefully next month my fitness recap will actually include me DOING something fitness related. Fingers crossed physical therapy helps because I don’t know what I am supposed to do otherwise.

 

August Fitness Recap

J. Crew New Balance Workout Outfit

Shoes: New Balance (similar); Pants: J. Crew x New Balance (blue stripe / solid pink); Sports Bra: Under Armour (solid)

Every month, I hope that my next month’s fitness recap will be better. I hope that my knee will be doing better, that I have been able to get back on track. I would love to say that my knee is doing so much better. It was getting better, very very very slowly. But it is now back to really bothering me. If you don’t remember, I had a knee injury in April, and it just hasn’t gotten better. My knee cap isn’t tracking right, and it is rubbing the cartilage, which is causing me a lot of discomfort / pain. I have been wearing my brace, doing my exercises, and now I seem to be back to square 1. I am in the process of trying to get a doctor’s appointment with a different doctor for a second opinion. Note – this has been incredibly difficult and frustrating. Who knew it was so incredibly difficult to get a second opinion. I keep hearing that they will look at my records and “decided” about an appointment. Shouldn’t I be the one to decide if I want a second opinion? But I am hoping to be able to go to the doctor next week. I pretty much had a nervous breakdown on the phone with a doctor’s office.

 

Up until about 2 weeks ago, I was doing my “easy” arm work out that I posted about last month, along with an ab workout that I came up with, which also involves absolutely no knees. I am not sure why I called them easy, because they really aren’t. I think my thought process was because it was at home and didn’t require much equipment. But I promise it is a pretty good little work out! So I thought I would share my “easy” at home ab workout today. The whole thing usually takes me about 20 – 25 minutes.

 

At Home Ab Workout

 

I do 2 sets of this workout. If my knee was healthy, I would add bicycle crunches, mountain climbers and a plank at the end, but at this point I don’t think that is the best idea. Honestly, right now I am not doing anything just to try to keep it happy. For the last one, I was using a 5 lb weight, but when I went up with my arm weights to 8lbs, I went up on this one too. I keep the weight stretched out over my head the whole time, and I am so sore after those!

 

I hope to report something better next month!

July Fitness Recap

J. Crew New Balance Work Out

Pants: J. Crew x New Balance; Shoes: New Balance; Tank: Under Armour

 

Another month has passed, and my fitness hasn’t progressed much. I talked about my knee problems in June (and in May). I am finally making some very small improvements, but it will be a while before I can get back to running and BBG.

 

For now, I am doing what I can, which isn’t a lot. I am doing light arms & abs workouts about 3 days a week and trying to walk a little. I am only walking about 0.25 mi right now just because I don’t want a set back, but I am happy to do that without pain. I hope to walk a little more this month!

 

So today I am sharing my easy arm workout. I have been doing 3 sets of 12 with 5lb weights (I use 5lb for BBG and it was all I had). I just bought 8 lb weights, so those will probably kill me. Maybe by the time my knee is in good shape, I will have great arms!

 

At Home Arm Workout

 

These are all exercises that use no knees at all which is what I have to do right now. I can’t wait add things like lunges and squats back in the mix! If I were able to use my knee, I would definitely add push ups to this. I am planning on also adding some bench presses to the mix as well soon. I have slowly added on exercises, since I am really trying to take it easy and not make my knee worse. I know these don’t involve my knee, but I just don’t want to take a step backwards!

 

I googled to make sure you could find these easily if you weren’t sure. The only thing I can’t find is the waitress pulls, which is something we used to to in my sculpt yoga class. You hold your arms out straight, fists up, at about a 45 degree angle. Then pull your arms in, elbows bent and pulled in tight to your side. Then straighten them out again and repeat.

 

How are your fitness goals going? Hopefully better than mine!

June Fitness Recap + Why I Work Out

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I wish I could say that June was much better on the fitness front than May, but it wasn’t. I talked about my knee issues in May – my kneecap isn’t tracking correctly, and it is causing me a lot of discomfort. I’ve been doing exercising the physical therapist gave me but I was still having problems. So I ended up getting a different brace, but it still isn’t right.

 

Oddly enough, I had zero pain while we were on vacation. The only thing I can figure is that there weren’t any stairs on vacation, and stairs really bother me. Other than that, I don’t know.

 

If things aren’t better soon, I am going to get back with the physical therapist and see what else needs to be done. Not being able to work out is making me crazy. So since I can’t talk about my month’s fitness (since there wasn’t any), today I am talking about why I work out, and it has nothing to do with the scale.

 

When I was in high school, all I really cared about was being thin. I didn’t care about being strong or healthy. I just wanted to be thin. As I have gotten older, it has stopped being about being thin. I don’t even weight myself. The only time I see my weight is when I go to the doctor. It doesn’t really matter to me what the scale says. As long as my clothes fit, I am OK.

 

Health

Health is the main reason I work out. And I don’t just mean physical health. Exercise is so essential to my mental health. I have dealt with depression and anxiety since my freshman year of college, and even before then. I (very very slowly) stopped taking my medications about a year and a half ago (it took me a year and a half to get off of them, and did so with my doctor’s approval and assistance so please do not try it yourself). The more that I exercise, the better I feel mentally. You know, endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don’t kill their husbands (name that movie!). But seriously, it is especially important for my anxiety.

 

Stress

When I get stressed, the best way for me to de-stress is working out, especially running. The more I run, the more I am able to de-stress. I have tried to convince Charlie that his stress would be a little more manageable if he would work out (regularly), but I have yet to convince him.

 

Clearing My Head

This may sound weird, but I have my best ideas when I am exercising. I think it is because I can just focus on whatever it is without any other distractions. I am able to think so much more clearly when I am on a run, or even doing my BBG workouts.

 

Sleep 

I sleep so much better when I am working out. Maybe it is because I am so exhausted from the workouts, but I sleep so well!

 

So there are 4 reasons working out is so important to me that have nothing to do with the scale. Hopefully, my knee will get better soon so I can get back to it!

 

Why do you work out?

May Fitness Recap

Shirt: Under Armour (similar); Shorts: Target (similar); Shoes: Brooks

 

I wish that I could say that I had a great month and was able to work out. But it isn’t true. Last month, I said that I hurt my knee at the very beginning of April, and unfortunately I am still having all kinds of issues.

 

After about 6 weeks of pain, I finally bit the bullet and went to the doctor. I was having a lot of pain in my left knee, and it started spreading up to my left hip and down to my left ankle. I felt strongly that the spreading was due to favoring it.

 

The doctor said that my kneecap isn’t tracking correctly. So instead of going where it is suppose to, it is pulling to the side and rubbing the cartilage, which is causing my pain. Apparently this is super common for runners. I am to wear a knee brace, do some strengthening exercises (think leg lifts), lots and lots of stretching (tight muscles can make it worse), and really take it easy. He said I would be able to go back to working out and running, but I would have to really really ease into it.

 

So I am benched for a little while. It has been about a month since I went to the doctor. I am not in the amount of discomfort that I was. But it still isn’t right. Memorial Day weekend, I spend a good bit of the day Saturday shopping. And that killed me. I had issues the rest of the weekend.

 

Until I am feeling a lot better, I am not going to push my luck. I just don’t want to have a set back. But I am losing my mind not being able to work out. I have really bad anxiety, and working out and running helps keep it in check. I have felt a dramatic increase in my anxiety since I haven’t been able to work out.

 

Even though I can’t work out, I can still look the part and sport cute athleisure clothes! Here are some of the things on my wish list.

 

Does anyone have any experience with what I have going on with my knee cap? According to google it is called Chondromalacia Patella.

 

How are your fitness goals going? Hopefully better than mine!