Hey there and Happy Friday to you!
This post is coming to you a little late. I actually just woke up. And it’s 11am. And I just walked the dogs in my PJs. Kinda embarrassing but I really, really needed to catch up on some sleep.
Here’s what I’m doing as we speak:
So I started physical therapy this week and I can already tell that my knee is on the fast track to recovery. The pain under my kneecap has improved SO MUCH since I switched to a more supportive tennis shoe that I’m convinced this was the main cause of my problems.
I decided to keep my PT appointment anyway just to see what they said about everything. My doctor had thought I could be having some instability in my left leg, so I thought getting a few exercises to help with this may prevent me from having further issues in the future.
My first appointment was on Wednesday and I had an initial assessment. I thought my PT was really great. I think I laughed half of the session from the awkwardness of him touching my legs and feet so much. I felt very mature
My PT said that the muscles in my upper legs are pretty weak, and that many times that can contribute to knee pain. He gave me some exercises to strengthen my quads and stretch out my IT bands to do everyday.
He was also going to talk to my doctor about getting a topical treatment done on my knee with him to help get rid of some of the inflammation.
We talked about some insoles I can get in case I want to wear my Nike Frees again. I don’t think I want to go there right now (I just want to stick with what I know works) but I appreciated the info.
Here’s the best part… he said that from what he’s feeling in my knee, I need to stay away from running right now BUT he doesn’t thinking biking a small amount will hurt anything. So he’s going to run that by my doctor and hopefully get me back on my bike in the next week or so. I’m so excited!!! The weather in Charlotte is so beautiful. I can’t wait to get back on my bike!
I’m feeling very optimistic about everything and it feels good to not be in constant pain. I’m working on my exercises… good thing I have a helper.
I also got to do something pretty cool yesterday. I went and talked to a local swim team about eating healthy when you’re a young athlete. This reminded me so much of my first job in child nutrition where I got to do a lot of nutrition lessons, so I really loved it!
The girls were between ages 11-13. This is a difficult age to talk about nutrition because it’s when body image issues really start to surface and I did not want to give them any information that could fuel a disordered eating pattern.
Here’s what I focused on with them:
- An overall healthy diet (choosing whole grains, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, choosing lean protein)
- How to stay hydrated and when/how much water you should drink during athletic seasons
- Adding additional carbohydrates & protein to their diets on days when they’re working out
- When to use sports drinks and when they are not necessary
- How to read a nutrition label
The girls were so great! Everyone was friendly and very engaged. I answered a LOT of questions and I hope the session was helpful to them. Just another reason why I love being an RD
I’m going to hop off of here and get this day started. Have a great day!