Daily Bread #80
I forgot to snap a pic of the actual knee class I went to this week, but it was in an actual gym at the medical center which looked kind of like this one. For an hour, under the guidance of a physical therapist, I worked on knee strengthening exercises along with 6 or so other people also recovering from knee surgery. We used a knee press, a leg lift machine, stepped up and down off of wooden blocks, and rode an exercise bike. I focused mainly on the other equipment as I have a bike at home. I was definitely tired afterward, but was quite proud as my surgery was more recent than anyone else and my flexibility (both straightening and bending) was the best of the group there that day. I can bend my knee 130 degrees and can get my leg perfectly straight – zero degrees. (My leg may be the only thing straight about me!) All the work before and after surgery is paying off. I no longer need a cane at home and my pain is improving even as I am decreasing the pain meds.
Other victories: I no longer need help in the shower or with dressing, I am also able to cook meals that don’t require a lot of standing. I know I will be back to walking the neighborhood before very long at all – we did a short almost loop yesterday. My Fitbit shows that my steps, miles, cardio minutes, and calorie burn are all dramatically up from last week. I expect to be off of all of the pain meds except Tylenol in just a few days. My knee still hurts, but I want to be able to drive. After weeks of being so dependent, the freedom and power to do things for myself is very important to me. Self-determination, agency, is what I crave, but I would not call it self-reliance as I know how much I will always need the support of others. My friends and family cheering me on during the recovery process (just like they have on my weight loss journey) has really made it all a lot easier.
My support system has proved the grist, but the grit I suppose is my own. I do know that success in meeting one challenge can help make other challenges feel more attainable. I am seeing the rewards. Hard work can pay off. Luck and grace also never hurt.
L’Chaim! This week’s stats: I am drinking about 96 ounces of water most days. My Fitbit report shows 27165 steps last week for 11.4 miles. I ate approximately 9415 calories and burned 12848 for a deficit of 3433. I am down 4.2 pounds for a total loss of 148.6.