Monday, January 7, 2013

gettin' fit · an update


I've now been a member of the gym for five months. I've lost around ten pounds! And managed to keep it off through the holidays and during my knee problem. Going to the gym has definitely become a habit and I miss it when I can't {or, lets be honest, choose not to} go. I never thought I would be at that point, but I'm happy to be here!

I know the key to my 'success' was finding exercise I enjoy doing so it didn't feel like a chore. I still go to Pilates twice a week {that's me in the studio up there!} and hit the treadmill a couple times. I also do some weights and machines every once an a while... depends on how many guys are clogging up the free weight area, ha!


Back to that knee thing... to make a long story short: I'm having issues with my iliotibial band, something that is commonly known as runners knee. Here is what I understand: the band is a thick tendon that runs on the outside of your thigh, from hip to knee. Mine is tight, so the tendon is pulling my knee cap slightly to the outside of my leg. My knee obviously doesn't like that, hence the swelling. It has never been painful, luckily, just uncomfortable. {knock on wood!}

I saw a sports medicine doctor who diagnosed me and gave me a list of stretches and exercises to help relax the band. It was pretty bad for a week and I recently had a little flare up, but I'm doing better and I've gotten back to my usual gym routine now. I noticed that when I'm being active and doing my normal workouts my knee is mostly fine. It's when I sit and don't use it that it gets bad.

Another change that has really surprised me - I don't really crave sugar and sweets like before. I used to want dessert every night. I needed something sweet to complete my evening. Now I might want a little snack before bed, but I'll go for a couple cheese cubes and crackers or some almonds instead of cookies or ice cream. Even with the plethora of holiday sweets in the house, I pretty much eat one and am done.

My goal weight is about five pounds away. At this point I'm more focused on toning up and staying fit than really losing weight - that's just an added bonus! I have a few fitness related goals for 2013 that I will share along the way.

What exercise do you enjoy? I'm going to branch out a bit in the coming weeks and try some new classes - I'll let you know how that goes!

xoxo, christa

2 comments:

  1. My coworker is going to make a fitness schedule for me. I am SO LAZY but I seriously need to get into shape. And with Izzy and I discussing marriage so often... the last thing I want is to feel huge in a dress again, like I did during my first wedding. Good motivation, right?

    I basically told her I'll do anything except running. So we'll see what she comes up with.

    Keep up the good work lady!

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  2. I used to love going to spin class at my old gym! Our new one doesn't have it - but it has Zumba and I like that sometimes. I usually do the elliptical & weights - but it gets really boring after a while :) Congrats on being so close to your goal! I still have a little ways to go to get to mine!!

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