Last Friday, I took some annual leave. During a meeting with my boss the day before, I talked about my stress level. I realize now I mentioned that “my health is not great” twice due to all of the stress as of late. She kindly encouraged me to take the day. I said I had a lot to do. A couple of hours later, I recognized the gift and put in for the day. It was a fabulous idea.
My second PT appt was bright and early Friday morning and I considered canceling it since I didn’t have to get up early anymore. Nevertheless, recovery, right? I got out of bed and made the appt. Daren – PT friend, asked me how the muscle memory exercises were going. I told him, I couldn’t believe these simple movements made my muscles sore! I also said I couldn’t figure out where my patella was. He had a plastic model and I was confusing tendon with patella, it made much more sense. I had no idea the patella was so small!
We went through some exercises – a mix of stability and active ones. I rode the bike for 6 whole mins, but that was the only cardio. Even though I could feel my knee, it didn’t really hurt per say. More irritated, I think. I was definitely surprised when going through these strength exercises I broke out in a sweat. They were tough! During one of the exercise, Daren asked if I was feeling any pain. Nope. He then provided music to my ears, “I really think you just abused it by doing too much when your knee/muscles weren’t ready”. Good news indeed!
I know I said I was happy to be a lazy bones and I really am. That said, I’ve worked hard to lose almost 20lbs in the last year and I don’t want that to by the wayside. Sure, feeling crummy stomach-wise is helping with the decrease in eating but somehow, this doesn’t seem very healthy. In fact, it sounds eating disorder-ish, which is definitely NOT what I am looking for. I told this to PT friend. He said he understood – both about getting back into the habit of lying around and wanting to be active. Next week we are going to evaluate and try the elliptical, which is going to be a riot since I can’t catch the rhythm of said machine and foresee failure. I asked about swimming and looks likely as an option for next week.
I did ask about one of those electrode machines that contract the muscles for you. I don’t know why but I really want one. He said I could buy one myself, to which I asked if I needed one for recovery. He said I didn’t since those machines are used to contract muscles that can’t do it on their own. He said my muscles can, “they are just moronic right now”. HA! This cracked me up, my thigh muscle is a moron. It’s perfect.
PT update – over and out!