Monday, February 13, 2017

Osteoarthritis Update



Three weeks ago I went back to my Orthopedic doctor to discuss the results of my MRI I had done on my left knee. For those of you that have been on this journey with me for awhile, this is the knee I had surgery on in June of 2014, which we have since discovered did nothing beneficial for me, in fact it has made my knee worse.

Yay!

My doctor flew into the office and basically said, there is absolutely no need for us to discuss surgery at this time, especially a knee replacement surgery (which I was originally told I'd need full replacements in both knees by 35 the rate I was going) however I have a baker's cyst, meniscus tear and osteoarthritis, which is arthritis of the knee cap.
I've known about the last part for almost four years and have pushed through, mostly pain free until recently which is what landed me in his office for a new treatment plan.

(Left knee, the white is my arthritis)

He instructed that I get blood work done to rule out further arthritis such as Rheumatoid and Lyme's disease, both of which came back negative. I was also told I need to lose the weight to take the strain off my knees (no shit doc, I've been working on this for awhile now but my knees are holding me back) and to stop lunging, squatting, running, jumping, cycling, etc. 

That is when I burst into tears.

This man is unaware of my fitness regime before I moved down south and how much I had been through already with my arthritis, and telling me I needed to completely stop almost everything I love and enjoy doing was completely devastating to me. We decided to move forward with a cortisone shot to help alleviate some of the pain and swelling then have me come back when the blood work came in.

Over the last three weeks I haven't stopped working out, I have modified myself in a big way which has proven to be a mental struggle as much as a physical one, because every workout has squats and lunges, but I'd rather workout with my friends at a modified level then not at all.

This morning I went back for my follow up and told my orthopedic how fantastic my knee feels. I have not been pain free in over five years and now I am. We discussed where we go from here and decided to stay on the cortisone shots as needed and that I am cleared to walk/run, jog and jump IF it feels right. Mini/half squats are okay if I want to try them but no cycling or lunging as both are aggravating to osteoarthritis. 

It has been a rollercoaster of emotions these last three weeks but I have a fantastic support system here as well as a doctor who takes the time to actually diagnose me properly rather than just put me under the knife to temporarily fix other issues.

I have two weeks left in BodyBack round two and already signed up for my third! I am also hoping to run a 5k the first weekend in June if I can properly train and remain pain-free.

At the end of the day, I am going to work on keeping my head held high when my knees tell me to slow down or take a break and know that some sweat is better than no sweat at all.





Tuesday, January 24, 2017

January PopSugar Must Have box



Yesterday after my post I went to Stroller Strides and got in a great but very modified workout in. My knee had been really swollen, tight and painful since Friday morning but as always I pushed through the pain and did what I loved to do, workout with my friends.


Right after class I called my Orthopedics office in hopes of a cancellation so I could go in, discuss my MRI results and figure out our course of treatment. They had a last minute spot at 11:30 am and needless to say the appointment didn't go as I had hoped.

I want to discuss everything in detail so I will share that in a separate post later this week but I spent a lot of yesterday in tears and in pain.


Thankfully after I left the almost two hour appointment I came home to some happy surprise mail in the form of a PopSugar Must Have Box!


For January the focus was on self care which is something I am really trying to practice more of in 2017. Since becoming a mom I have put my needs on the very back burner of life and it shows, I am in desperate need of a haircut and color, pedicure and gym pants without holes in the knees, but I digress.

 

Upon opening the box I was pleasantly surprised to see a yoga mat towel, yoga is something I need to practice more in 2017 as well, but I was ecstatic for the hair wrap towel.



I have always wanted one for myself but could never justify buying it, no matter how cheap they can be it just seemed unnecessary to spend money on.



The yoga towel will be joining me tonight for my BodyBack class where I can really put the sweat activated grip to the test. I have a Manduka yoga mat (which my mom is currently "borrowing" ) that I love so I am excited to try another product of theirs. 



These little sticky notes were just what I needed yesterday. 

I thought they may be fun to leave randomly around the house for Eddie or when I visit someone else's home, I may go as far as putting them in a public bathroom! You never know whose day you're changing with a simple smile or compliment, right?

This May Designs calendar and Glade candle went right into our guest room, it's always nice for friends and family to have a space that smells nice and tells you what day it is, right?



And last but not least a facial peel. To be honest, this is something I will most likely pass along to my mom or a friend, it's just not "me."

Overall, I loved this months PopSugar Must Have box and I am looking forward to seeing what comes next month.

Which product would you like to try? 
Leave a comment below!

Monday, January 23, 2017

This is not a sprint, it's a marathon



Tomorrow kicks off week three of BodyBack, which means it has been two full weeks of tracking my food (using MyFitnessPal this time around) and consistent workouts.
The past two mornings I have woken up feeling lighter and I said to Eddie that no matter what happens on weigh in day tomorrow, I feel good and I need to remember that.
Although tomorrow is my "official" weigh in day, I decided to step on this morning and I am down 4.2 lbs which is on target for a 2lb a week loss.  However, I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little frustrated thinking it would be more, especially after this last week.

This is not a sprint, it's a marathon. 
Slow and steady wins the weight loss race.
Repeat that to yourself 3 more times.



Overall, this last week was much better than the first, mostly because I wasn't sick anymore so I was able to get in 6 workouts and burned 3,744 calories!


 My knees are really bothering me the last few days but I finally got an MRI last week and (hopefully) I will have a treatment plan when I go to my orthopedic next week! In the meantime I have hopped on the collagen peptides train and I am hoping it will bring me some much needed relief. 




I was planning on taking a rest day today but Monday workouts set the tone for the week, so I am off to sweat. 

Here's to another great week full of clean eats and strong workouts!





 
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