Post-Op Week 72: Dx–Knee Surgery Needed

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This week I am grateful for no change on the scale.  I am struggling mightily with keeping motivated to stay the course. 

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Post-Op Week 71 Progress Report: Is This Real Life?

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Surprised by this week’s progress.  I traveled out of town for a conference,  so planning for meals was tough because I didn’t know what would be available.  I did work out two of the three mornings of the conference as my hotel had a fantastic gym in the bottom of it.  I also ended up walking nearly 15000 steps each day I was away.  I think that helped stave off any potential weight gain I could have had.  Given how I did eat while I was away, I was shocked it didn’t show up more on the scale this morning.  I dreaded stepping on it this morning but knew I needed to hold myself accountable, so I put on my big kid pants, sucked it up and weighed.

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Post-Op Week 70 Progress Report: 5K Finisher and Being Tired

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Not terribly pleased with the scale this week, but it’s all my own doing.  And it needs to stop.

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Post-Op Week 69 Progress Report: Self-Care Takes a Holiday

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Discouraged this week by the slight uptick on the scale but this week was the week from hell.  Unfortunately this whole month looks to be that way.  This week, I fell down on the job of taking care of myself, and I let stress make choices for me that I wouldn’t have made otherwise.

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Post-Op Week 68 Progress Report: Disappointed

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A little frustrated by my progress as of late but glad to see the scale is still trending downward.  Not being able to be as active as I’d like has really thrown a wrench into my plans to exercise 5 days a week.  I still go 5 days a week, but I feel like I can’t put in as hard a workout as I could before since my knee injury.  I did go early Friday morning and swim, so that may be something I continue to do:  get up at the asscrack of dawn and go swimming.  There is something soothing about swimming back and forth for 40 laps.  All I do is concentrate on breathing, and propelling myself forward.  I don’t have to think about anything else.  It’s very Zen.

I have an MRI scheduled for this coming Saturday morning to see what’s going on in my right knee.  If I have torn meniscus cartilage, I will have to have the knee scoped.  When, I have no idea.  I will have to find the time between now and EVER to be out of commission for about two weeks.  I am NOT jazzed about this.  At. ALL.

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The Price of Obesity: Orthopedic Issues

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This is an x-ray of my knees taken today at my orthopedic surgeon’s office.   I went in today to have him look at my right knee, which I hurt last week and which was keeping me from walking and working out properly.

When the doctor finally came in to see me, after our initial pleasantries, his words to me were:

Your left knee actually looks worse on film.

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Post-Op Week 67 Progress Report: Injuries and the Thigh Gap

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Slowly headed back down toward my lowest adult weight again this week.  I’m not stressing about the scale this week because I took measurements today and I’m down another 6 3/8 inches all around for a total of nearly 125 inches lost.  So I guess when people say ‘you are really tiny,’ I really AM tiny.  I have a tough time conceptualizing this about myself because I’ve never been small.  And now I am.  It’s trippy.

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