I have written ad nauseum about my painful knees. I'm not sure what took me so long, but I am really trying to take matters in my own hands (I'm full of cliches today).
I have known for years that I need to lose weight. I keep putting off. I guess it's some sort of denial. Then, when my knees started to get really bad, I knew I really had to do something. But I still didn't
When I was at my orthopedist about a month ago he told me that he has gone as far as he can in my treatment. The only real option is knee surgery. yes, I knew that. have made promises to myself. "I'll start dieting on Monday" Haven't we all done that?
I'm not sure if I have been afraid to actually lose the weight, or if it's the fear of failing. After all, I didn't get to be more than 100 pounds overweight by feeling like a great success!
So, I joined Weight Watchers about 6 weeks ago. It's slow going for sure, but I have actually seen some changed in my behavior. Last night I went to dinner with a friend. My order came with a side of fries. I love fries. But last night I wasn't really even tempted. "Normally" I would have eaten the whole order of fries. Last night I shared them with my friend and her daughter. I only ate a few. I didn't feel deprived! I have lost about 15 pounds . I have a lot more to go, but I a glad I am finally doing this.
I also thought about doing physical therapy. I figured, my knees hurt so much, what have I got to lose. (that's not a rhetorical question) I looked online and found a promising physical therapy place. I went for an evaluation and started right away. I wasn't sure if I needed a doctor's order. Apparently not. After the first session, my muscles were sore. After the second session, I noticed that my knees started to crack. I decided that the cracking was a good sign. I think that the increase in motion in my knees is why they are cracking.
Today was my third session of physical therapy. I am feeling so much better! My range of motion has improved. I can walk better and have way less pain than before.
No, I am not 100% pain free and I know that there will be some moments that are better than others.
So, at least for this minute, I am feeling pretty good!