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Review of last year / December Goals / Goals for January

Friday, January 08, 2021

Last year was not the easiest of years. I had torn my ACL in my right knee a week before Halloween of 2019. I went through some rehab and then had my ACL replaced in February. I will say that it's probably one of the most painful surgeries I've been through and I've had 9 surgeries in my life. I started physical therapy about a week or two after surgery. Just as I was getting ready to go back to the YMCA to use the pool, the pandemic hit and everything went on lockdown. I continued with physical therapy for several months until they felt like my knee / leg were healed to the point where I wasn't going to benefit from therapy anymore. I could have really benefited from using the pool while I was healing but having a compromised immune system I didn't feel comfortable going back to the Y even though they were limiting how many people could be there by requiring everyone to make an appointment.

Towards the ends of spring we did get some recumbent tricycles this summer but we got a little bored with the same routes. We meant to get a rack to put on the back of the vehicle but we never did. We were a little paranoid to spend too much money with so many people's jobs ending. I did shed a little bit of weight over the summer though.

Just as my knee was almost completely healed I partially tore my knew ACL and bruised the bone. I'm still going through physiotherapy and am getting close to being done with it. However, after my orthopedic surgeon diagnosed that I had partially torn my new ACL I told him about the pain I'd been having in my other knee. When we lived in Missouri I had been exercising when my left knee went in the opposite direction of my leg. I thought I had torn the meniscus but I didn't trust the doctor's there to do surgery and I didn't have the money to pay what my insurance wouldn't pay. So, I never had it checked. My orthopedic surgeon here had an MRI done on it. He said that the ACL was completely torn and there was a vertical tear in the meniscus. I was supposed to have ACL replacement surgery in November a week before Thanksgiving but the Covid numbers here were so high I decided to postpone my surgery 'til February. The numbers are kind of high again so I'm debating to postpone the surgery again.

With all of the ups and downs of this past year and dealing with pain I gained weight and I'm at my highest weight ever. A friend of mine from junior high and high school has been working with her cousin whom is a nutrition, health and fitness coach. I talked with him and decided to work with him to try to get this extra weight off. He's not cheap by any means but in just 1 week of just a little bit of nutrition coaching I shed a 1/2 lb. While that isn't a lot it's better than seeing the scale numbers go up. I took measurements and pictures at the beginning of this journey with him so that I can track my progress that way as well.

For December, the only goals I had was to not gain more weight and to hopefully shed some. emoticon

January Goals

Coaching: Do the 4 tasks that are assigned to me each day from my coach.

Habits: Do a 5-minute action each day. This is just one of the things I picked up from my coach.

1. Based on what you know of yourself, pick ONE improvement you want to make.

2. Break that ONE improvement down into a very, very, very small and simple chunk.
A chunk you can do in 5–10 minutes, today. That chunk is your "5-minute action".

3. Do ONE small "5-minute action".

4.Then tick off your habit.

I can pick a different action every day, or try the same one.
Either way, this will help me practice changing something daily.

Weight: I'd really like to shed at least a few pounds this month.
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  • BARBIE176
    Boy, 2020 was really not a good year for you. I am sorry you had so many problems with your knees and I hope that this year will be a much better year and that you can finally get them healed. Your goals for January sound interesting. Have fun and good luck with them.
    52 days ago
    emoticon I'm sorry you've been having such a rough time. Sometimes it seems like one's life is on a path to destruction, doesn't it! Things do get better and every day seems a little brighter.
    I don't know if you remember me. We were on the A&I team together. My last username was RBVFBC. I had a lot of health problems and totally gave up on myself. I rejoined Spark under this new username on January 1 and am taking things slowly.
    Hope we can stay in touch. I'm going to add you as a friend.
    52 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    2020 was a rough year. Here to 2021.
    53 days ago
    emoticon 2020 has been rough. I'm so sorry with the pain your experiencing in your knees. . I saw on sign for a local business.. "before I enter 2021, I need to see some terms and conditions" Sounds like your moving in a new direction.. Just keep working at this. small incremental changes over time can add up! You can do this.


    54 days ago
    2020 sure was a very crappy year! I understand the knee pain... getting my right knee replaced in 10 days. hope things start to get better for you and everyone
    54 days ago
  • LINDA!
    So sorry for all that you went through in 2020. I hope that you reach your goals this year. emoticon
    54 days ago
    Coach sounds like a great move. So sorry your knees give you such trouble. I have a really nice bike rack that I would give you if you live in Wisconsin!
    55 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    I hope working with the coach is helpful for you and I hope you are able to get your knees fixed sooner rather than later. I know with the numbers this high it's a scary time for a surgery.
    55 days ago
    Sorry to hear about the issues with your knees and the inability to get them fixed :-(
    Its entirely possible to lose weight and keep it off without exercise. Thanks to Spalrkpeople and tracking, despite multiple surgeries, I have maintained for 12 years. It really does boil down to how careful you are with food and portions. I eat a mostly plant based diet, careful about getting enough protein so I don't feel hungry. Giving up bread products really helped lose the weight. Gluten is very inflammatory even if you are not allergic to it.
    55 days ago
  • LESLEY_62
    I'm sorry you still have not been able to get your ACL done. Good luck with your new coach.
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    55 days ago
    Here’s to things going in the right direction! You can do this. Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    55 days ago
    55 days ago
    I’m sorry you’ve had so much trouble with your knees. Best wishes for working with your new coach! It sounds like it will be very helpful.
    55 days ago
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