11 days ago I had knee surgery. I got a brand spanking new ACL and a repaired meniscus. From what I understand this type of surgery has a long recovery. I am still on crutches, but hoping my doctor takes me off of them at my next visit. I know it will be a long time before I can exercise like I used to. The plan for now is to start walking regularly as soon as I’m cleared for it.
Being down for this long has made me realize a couple of things. One, I am done with doing exercises I don’t like doing. In 2010, I pushed myself to do a lot of things that I think probably weren’t for me. That’s not to say I’ll never be a runner or to just rule out things forever. But I am saying that I’m not going to keep pushing myself into stuff that is cleary no fun and will just lead to injury. Instead I’m going to stick with what I know is enjoyable. As I lose weight, other things may become easier and maybe I’ll be a runner yet. After taking some time to sit back and think about the exercises I truly enjoy, I came up with walking and yoga. And I’m super excited about focusing on these when I’m allowed!
The other realization I’ve made (and this one was made prior to surgery) is that a little bit of exercise goes a long way. At the end of last year I wasn’t exercising daily, just here and there. Then in early January I messed up my knee. I could probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve exercised since that happened. Turns out, I gained about 15 or 20 pounds. While I thought my exercise wasn’t doing much, because I wasn’t losing, turns out it was. It was keeping that 15 or 20 pounds at bay.
I’ve changed my eating habits the past couple of weeks. I’m watching my portions, snacking less and most recently not eating meat anymore. Since my surgery I’ve lost six pounds and I finally feel like I’m gaining the momentum I need to really lose the weight, get healthy and start exercising again.